After checking out Oculus on Wednesday, I took the evening off to digest all the craziness that is taking place in the world. Honestly, if I did not know better, I would think we are all stuck in some butterfly effect, as nothing truly makes sense on any level. Now, it is time to jump back into a movie with the 2013 entry The Den.
Plot/ A young woman studying the habits of webcam chat users from the apparent safety of her apartment witnesses a brutal murder online and is quickly immersed in a nightmare in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.
Having students that talk about visiting the chat roulette website, watching The Den brought those stories to life. While the premise of the storyline is interesting, there is truly nothing new in this found footage montage from a laptop. Yes, there are some interesting moments, the pacing worked, and the overall feel for this micro-budget entry was solid. Yes, it suffers from the typical subpar acting, there is minimal atmosphere, and the ending leaves much to be desired, but all low budget entries have some flaws. In the end, there is something about the film that made it more interesting and entertaining than one would expect. It is definitely a different take for the found footage genre, and honestly, with sites like chat roulette, it is at least plausible to imagine something like this actually happening online. If you are a fan of found footage flicks, give this one a shot.