13 Cameras (Movie Review)
The title of the film hints at the voyeuristic undertones of this psychological thriller, which follows a young couple and their hapless landlord. They don’t know their neighbor, Gerald (Neville Archambault), is recording their every move. In addition, the movie is a bit too straight-laced, with the relationship woes of Claire and Ryan being undercooked. In the film, the filmmakers avoid the trap of making this a found-footage type of movie, and instead create an effective thriller, which makes us care about the characters in this way.
“13 Cameras” is one of those rare films where the premise is a home invasion film that deals with the secret fears of homeowners. While most movies about this type of situation involve a snooping killer, 13 Cameras is a more personal tale, dealing with a landlord who invades a house. It’s also a little less harrowing, because the story doesn’t revolve around a murderer, but instead, a creepy landlord who tries to spy on his tenants.
Another mistake that Zarcoff made was presenting Gerald as an obvious villain. It is also a little disconcerting to think that a trustworthy landlord would put his tenants in harm’s way without their knowledge. Nevertheless, the movie is well worth a watch, and the cast provides solid performances. The movie’s most effective feature is its use of found footage and its unsettling tone. As for the plot, the director has done an excellent job of evoking tension and mystery in his debut feature.
While the movie focuses on a simple plot, it is a great example of an inventive approach to home invasion horror films. The film’s title is a cryptic homage to the Paranormal Activity series. Repeated shots of the newlywed couple in the pool appear to reference Paranormal Activity 2, where the landlord sets up surveillance cameras all around the house. There are also many similarities with the slumlord in this movie, but the latter is a more believable retelling of an actual event.
In the first half of the film, Gerald, a smarmy salesman, installs security cameras in his rental property so that he can spy on his tenants. This is a self-stimulation method for Gerald, who is seen only by his tenants. While the camera is a good tool, the filmmakers do not exploit it too heavily. The film has a lot of potential to be a true genre film, but it does need to be more ambitious.
While this may be the most ominous scenario in the film, it is a highly entertaining one aimed at teenagers. It follows a young couple as they try to raise a family while living under the watchful gaze of their landlord Gerald. The film is based on a real-life case, and the real-life events that unfold are portrayed by the protagonists. The story is a very satirical comedy with a dark undertone.
The main character, Gerald, is a sleazy, self-absorbed man. He spends his time working in a basement, and his neighbor, Claire, a smarmy woman, is his office assistant. They have an affair, and he rationalizes this by saying he needs Hannah’s affection for himself. When he finds out that Hannah is pregnant, he invites her to the house.
The main character, Gerald, grunts and grinds his way through the film. He is a man of mystery who tries to escape from his abusive wife and husband. However, he is a human, and is the true protagonist of the film. He is a sleazy serial killer who targets women at a hotel. He is the ultimate home invasion. Fortunately, the filmmakers have the means to make such a thriller in a more realistic way than most.