Vampires have just made themselves public. Now a group of documentarians have been granted access to learn how they live and coexist with humans. But as reality sets in, the crew realize their very lives are in danger.
Synopsis (IMDB) : Vampires have just made themselves public. Now a group of documentarians have been granted access to learn how they live and coexist with humans. But as reality sets in, the crew realize their very lives are in danger.
Directed by : Brian A. Metcalf
Written by : Brian A. Metcalf
Cast : Esmé Bianco, William Sadler, John Heard, Andrew Keegan, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jordan Hinson, Jessica Morris, James Russo, Hunter Gomez, Travis Aaron Wade
My Rating :
Got to admit it but I'm a sucker for found footage / first-person movies and thankfully 'Living Among Us' is a pretty cool attempt at just this.
The story is relatively simple and straightforwards.
Vampires have made themselves known to the world and co-exist with humans thanks to their evolution and ways in which they survive - ie, they don't kill humans and instead use blood-banks that provide for their 'needs' (or so we are led to believe).
The movie starts off by showing a load of fake-news articles about how peaceful the vampires are and that they are not the monsters we are shown in movies and read about in novels.
But when a documentary film crew are invited to spend a few days with just one family of vampires, it soon becomes apparent that the vampires haven`t been exactly truthful with their 'living in peace' comments!
The vampire family, with the late John Heard playing the role of Andrew, allow the documentary makers to interview them one-by-one but when Andrew cuts short his interview, Mike (Thomas Ian Nicholas) and the rest of the film crew start to feel uneasy and things soon start to escalate beyond their control.
And when they are invited to watch a ceremony take place where a young girl (taken from the street) is sacrificed to satisfy their hunger - Mike feels its important to keep recording so he has definitive proof that the vampires have been lying all along.
They then follow Blake (Andrew Keegan) and fellow vampire Selvin (Chad Todhunter) on a midnight outing only to capture on film the savagery and brutality that reality brings out in a vampire contradictory to all the stories of them living in harmony with humans.
When head vampire Samuel (William Sadler) makes an unexpected visit to the home, Mike watches them on hidden cameras that his fellow camerman Benny had placed around the premises and he overhears them talking about the film crew. Knowing that something isn't right, Mike starts to pack up what he can and the three documentary makers try to escape the house.
Obviously you know whats coming next.
Living Among Us is nothing new to be honest but there is something about it that keeps you captivated. It's simple in nature and straightforwards to understand.
As far as found footage / first person movies go - this is a decent attempt and one I will gladly watch again. The acting performances are OK, nothing ground-breaking, but everyone seems to be enjoying themselves on screen.
This is one of John Heard's last movies before he passed away in July 2017 and some will think its a shame that he left by appearing in such a movie but personally, I think its a very good movie.
If you like found footage movies then this is a must watch. Its not ground breaking by any means but it definately has value for money.
I`d give it 3.5 escapes out of 5.(Viewed 333)