In my nightly trolling for all things spooky, I stumbled across this flick from the American Film Market that has until now skated under my radar. Cotton, produced by the bear Jew himself, Eli Roth, tells the story of a priest who has turned his back on faith and allows a documentary team to film his last exorcism. I haven't seen the flick, but I'm going to assume that all hell breaks loose.

Bloody-Disgusting reports that it's being pitched asREC meets the Exorcist, which leads me to believe it will be shot without a tripod, poorly lit, and that they'll try to sell it to us as a true story. It was a matter of time, really. After the ubiquitous Paranormal Activity, everyone from big time studios to indie filmmakers are realizing how cost effective and frightening the cinema verite style can be. (Strange how there wasn't a glut of these back in 1999.)

In the next 2 years, we'll be seeing every possible permutation of the horror film filtered through a jittery lens. Generally, it's an effective way to place the audience right in the thick of things. While the technique is spreading like the REC virus into other genres, the heaviest concentration is in our deviant little corner of the film world. With it proliferating just about everything we watch, I have to wonder when this fad will reach critical mass. And is it even a fad? Is this just a new technique of directing that has now established itself as something other than a gimmick?
The faux-documentary style was utilized by director Daniel Stamm before in his debut feature, A Necessary Death, which also attempted to pull the wool over viewers' eyes by masquerading as found footage. It's nothing new, but as filmmakers become more reliant on it, you have to wonder if folks like Oren Peli and Stamm are capable of directing in the traditional sense.
I'm not casting aspersions, but genuinely curious if this is a creative choice or a 'cheat.'
No release date is set for the film just yet, but I'm hoping it will add something more to the caught-on-tape sub-genre. With all of those misgivings, I still think that exorcism is a perfect fit for the style.

Head on over to Bloody-Disgusting to check out some more goodies. There's a particularly delicious one that smacks of the Exorcism of Emily Rose.

categories Movies, Horror