Infernal full movie review - Has everything that I hate about found footage movies
Although there is no bias intended, this viewer really isn't a fan of found footage movies (even the best of them seen, so far, have a lot of major problems).
Most of them are poorly made, amateurishly written and acted, have a lot of scenes that lead nowhere or don't make sense, have little atmosphere and don't have much point. Infernal has all those flaws and more and is one of the worst of the lot.
For starters, it looks cheap. Photography is both erratic and sloppy, never is it expansive or shows any intimacy with the characters, instead it is a visual eyesore and some of the shots are superfluously random. The editing is every bit as haphazard and incredibly badly paced, with a lot of the first quarter's scenes in particular having a very draggy and going on for too long feel. The movie is also rather too darkly lit in places, the found footage and even some horror clips are clumsily inserted and add very little and the effects and creature costume look dreadfully fake. The music more often than not did not fit within the movie, too much of the wrong mood and tempo, is overbearing and even on its own it's irritating.
That it's very poorly recorded makes matters even worse, the sound quality throughout is just awful with parts being flatly recorded and others shrilly. The sound effects go well overboard in the bizarre factor, and often don't sound anything like what they're meant to sound like. The script is one of those where one has to express shock at how it was even approved in the first place, it always sounds painfully awkward and contains lots of irrelevant cussing, clunky rambling and shrill arguing that grates on the ear fast. Never once was the story engrossing, there are too many scenes that go nowhere, serve nothing to the story and they go on for far too long. It also drags badly, to the point of being interminable in places, too many parts are confused to the point of not making sense at all and there is a complete lack of scares, suspense or horror as a result of the bad pacing, being too unintentionally silly, looking cheap and being too tame.
Same with the characters, who are little more than done to death stereotypes with annoying or non-descript (or both even) personalities, while the creature was more laughably silly than menacing. The direction is so flat that it borders on incompetence, and the acting across the board- with the sole exception of Alyssa Koerner, who's cute and creepy, even with having little of worth to work with- is far too amateurish to ring true.
Overall, an awful movie and one of the worst of a type of film that's never done much for me. Koerner is the one halfway decent thing about Infernal, and even she is not enough to save it. 1/10 Bethany Cox