BBFC Classification: 15
Director: Evan Tramel
Starring: Danielle Lozeau, Andrea Monier, Anthony Fanelli, Robin Steffen, Bill Oberst Jr.
There are two things that make Black Water Vampire stand out from the rest of the found footage crowd, the first being that it has the distinction of being the first found footage vampire film, which is something. The second is that, for once, the level of performance doesn’t induce fits of anger and the need to self-harm, Again, it’s something.
But where the film loses points is that it basically follows the same plot as The Blair Witch Project – students making a documentary go into the woods carrying a video camera and get scared out of their wits by the local legends apparently coming true – and the age-old problem of having a character experiencing all of the terrors that present themselves whilst neglecting to put down the video camera. However, if you can get over that – and you probably can if you like found footage films because they all do it – then Black Water Vampire is one of the more effective examples of the style. And as a bonus, it actually goes the whole hog and shows you the vampire rather than wimping out like most of the other films do, and the ending may at first seem a little incongruous but ultimately it felt somewhat refreshing because it was a little different from what you would expect from a vampire or a found footage film. It’s not a great film but an enjoyable one – isn’t that enough?
Special Features: None
UK Release Date: 24th March 2014