Hey gang, Valkor here. And welcome to TOV 2020, where we look to kick off an amazing year of reviews, previews, and everything in between. And to start, we have a MediaView nugget that you might want to give a go if you have some difficulty sleeping. Because after watching Webcast, all I can say is that it knocked me right out. But I gave it another go and the results are pretty much the same. Some spoilers ahead!
Webcast is a found footage film that centers on two filmmakers: Chloe (Samantha Redford) and Ed (Joseph Tremain). The duo is shooting a documentary about Chloe’s aunt Amelia, who suddenly went missing, without a trace, back in the 80s. During filming, they notice strange occurrences from the house next door. The first being an erratic woman who charges at Ed, but she’s quickly sedated and brought back inside. Other instances occur, which causes Chloe and Ed to investigate. But the further they delve into the events of the house, they discover that there’s a connection between what goes on inside and what eventually went down with the missing aunt. This will ultimately lead them down a path of witchcraft and other such tomfoolery, leading up to the duo's demise. I’m just assuming they’re both dead based on that car crash at the end.
It’s been a while since I reviewed a found footage flick; I don’t recall the last one I did and I’ll be damned if I’m going sift through the site to find it. Regardless, going in, I didn’t expect Webcast to be part of that genre. And while I find the film has many faults, the ending kind of, sort of makes up for it. But not really. And I’ll explain all that in the TOV Breakdown.
The only positive I can find with Webcast is the ending, which was a shaky-cam rush of awesome events. It’s not as exciting as Evidence, but it’s still creepy as all fuck! The people in costumes live burying Amelia? The naked scene, in the neighboring house before Ed and Chloe are discovered? The creepy singing of “Glory Hallelujah”? All that and everything after was wild! But that’s it! And it’s sad you can’t just jump ahead because then everything would be out of context. Still might be creepy to watch, but if you will watch this one, then just go all in from the start.
First up, Ed and Chloe are supposed to be filming a documentary. So why are they filming just about EVERYTHING they do! I mean not “everything”; There aren’t any scenes where they go to the bathroom. But most of what they film has almost nothing to do with the documentary. Granted, they switched it up to investigate the house. But you’re getting more of the same, which is nothing. Like any scene where the two argue. It’s unnecessary. And there were plenty more scenes that could have been cut out for time. And that’s my major gripe with the film–everything leading up to that crazy ending is damn long and too boring, with piss-poor pacing. And not even the film’s ending can be its saving grace. It’s just uneventful and really not worth the trek. My first time watching Webcast, I zoned out only to wake up to that crazy ending. So, of course, I had to watch it again to see what led up to all that. And I didn’t want to do it! But it’s done and here we are.
All those blisters that formed on Chloe's body – yikes!
You can find Webcast on Amazon Instant but I’d recommend giving this one a pass. The ending is insane, but the journey getting there is slow and really not worth it. However, if you’re a fan of the found footage genre, give it a go. But for me, out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving Webcast a 1.5.