Day #48: Found Footage: Big Foot vs. Vampires

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Hunting the Legend (2014) vs. The Black Water Vampire (2014)

Synopses:

Hunting the Legend [from IMDB]: In 2008, a deer hunter was taken by something in the Alabama woods. Only his rifle, blood and a 16″ footprint were left behind… Five years later, his son seeks revenge.

The Black Water Vampire [from IMDB]: A documentary film crew 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. One they may not survive.

My take:

I happened to randomly select both of these movies to watch on the same day, and it just so turns out that they’re so similar that they don’t really warrant their own entries. Thus, the movie vs. movie format was born! And it’ll probably pop up more often as time goes on, too.

So, let’s break this down a little, shall we?

Basic premise:

Not at all afraid of basically recreating The Blair Witch Project step for step, The Black Water Vampire has us following another ill-prepared documentary crew traipsing through the woods after a supernatural creature that could have caused the death of four young women over a period of four decades.

Similarly, Hunting the Legend has us following a group trying to find evidence of Big Foot in yet another wooded area. However, this group has at least thought to bring along some guns and an attack dog. So I feel like they win this round, for at least considering that there might be some danger associated with what they’re doing.

Execution:

Again, both movies pretty much follow the exact formula of The Blair Witch Project.

Both are found footage, with The Black Water Vampire probably just coming out on top for its production quality. Both have pretty much the same quality of acting (which is to say that it’s fine, for the most part), too.

In fact, there’s so little variation in the two movies that I think this one’s being handed to The Black Water Vampire by default of its slightly better production quality. Sans its use of CGI, that is. Which brings us to the next point…

‘Big Bad’ Reveal:

Even though The Black Water Vampire got slightly more use out of its big bad, there was some really, really shonky CGI used at a couple of points, which really wasn’t necessary. In fact, it would’ve been exponentially better without it.

However, as much as I originally thought that The Black Water Vampire went for the reveal too early on in the game, Hunting the Legend didn’t really offer anything in the way of pay-off for sticking with it to the end. The former also offered up its one variation from The Blair Witch Project mold in its final act, so, even with its shonkiness, I’m surprised to find myself handing this one to The Black Water Vampire, too.

Resolution:

Let’s just say that you’re not going to be surprised in either case, and leave it at that. No one wins.

Overall win:

It went backwards and forwards a couple of times while I was writing this up, but it looks like The Black Water Vampire pulls out ahead. And, honestly, even I find that a little surprising.

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