The Lost of Footage of Leah Sullivan. Creepy. End of review. No seriously, the film is the definition of a slow burn. It may be a bit too slow for some viewers. But horror aficionados who can appreciate a creepy lost footage film and have the patience will get a kick out of this.
The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan is written by husband and wife duo Anna Stromberg and Burt Grinstead. Grinstead takes the directing credit here. The film synopsis is as follows –
“A young journalism student decides to return to her hometown to investigate a brutal murder that took place 30 years prior. Without much hope of finding any real answers, she interviews a series of local characters, all of whom leave their own bewildering take on the legendary Mulcahy Murders in her student film. As the facts unravel, she begins to realize that this cold case murder, may not be so cold after all. Along with the help of the handsome deputy police officer, Patrick Rooke, she begins to uncover the horrifying truth of what really happened that night thirty years ago. As she gets closer to discovering the truth, she edges even closer to her own demise. Will her blind ambition overtake her desire to survive?”
The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan made its premiere recently in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles’ Cinemark 18 & XD on December 11. The film is now available on Amazon. To watch this film requires a certain setting. Lights off in total darkness with a bag of popcorn. I recommend you watch it at night too.
The setup is pretty straight-forward. We have student journalist Leah Sullivan who is back in her hometown to craft an investigative documentary looking into an unsolved violent murder case. Back in her hometown Leah hooks up with the local pretty boy small-town cop who is a little too willing to break several laws in order to help Leah along with her project.
The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan spends a lot of time with one on one interviews with the local characters as Leah looks to fill in missing pieces of the murder story. As the story slowly boils along to a conclusion, Leah is oblivious that she’s in hot water until it’s far too late.
The movie is shot well. I didn’t have any issues with the camerawork. The found-footage aspect allows the movie’s killer to slowly bleed into the screen. That being said, even after seeing the film, there are certain elements about the killer that I’m still uncertain about. Despite that, there are several spooky supernatural elements employed throughout. The thing is the horror is more in sprinkles, but by the time the film was over I was satisfied. There were even a few moments when I found myself yelling at the screen in vain trying to affect Leah’s poor thoughtless decisions. But what’s a horror movie without a blonde dangerously close to a killer butchering tool of choice.
While not a movie full of jump scares, The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan is a solid horror film and a good addition to the found film genre. Would I recommend the film to everyone? No. But I’d recommend it to anyone with the patience to sit through the slow build-up that leads up to the unsettling finale.
FINAL GRADE: C
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