You would think at this point the found footage genre would have run its course, but it still shows no sign of slowing down. The latest Black Water Vampire steps back and takes a Blair Witch Project approach in hopes to recapture the magic of that film, but does it bring something new to the genre to help it stand out or will it just be another forgettable entry to the found footage filmography?
Black Water Vampire follows a documentary film crew who investigate a series of brutal killings known as the Black Water murders. As they delve deeper into the story, they stumble upon a horrifying secret that is far more dangerous than they could have imagined. To say this film is similar to the Blair Witch Project is an understatement. For the most part it is the exact same story with a vampire twist. On some aspects they have improved on the idea making more actually happen and not as much down time, but at the same time it loses some of the slow build that made it work. Here you get a much better payoff with the vampire aspect which steps things up quite a bit. Intelligently they used an unknown cast to help make you buy into the real life nature of the film and attempt to use the same interview tactics to make it work. For the first half of the film it runs a bit slow and viewers will likely see the similarities and not want to give it a shot, but when the second half kicks in the payoff is way better. While Blair Witch kept a creepy mystery, this film brings the creatures right too your face and lets you actually see what is behind it all.
Sure this isn’t breaking any boundaries in the genre and it’s story is familiar, but there are some good creature designs and creepy moments that will likely keep fans entertained. In a world of a slew of horrible found footage films, Black Water Vampire is actually a pretty fun edition in the genre.