RKS 2023 Film: “The Outwaters”

The promotional blurb I received for the film describes “The Outwaters” as a “throwback to the early days of the found footage genre”. My goodness talk about an obscure genre, at least in my neck of the woods. If I was to give this film a categorization I might say it is “a flashlight in dark genre” film and quite frankly there is just too much of those flashlights in the dark in the movie. It gets a bit boring.

Four artsy types head out to the Mojave Desert to film a music video for Michelle. All four are reported missing on August 8, 2017, and it is in 2022 that a camera is found in the desert with memory cards which tell the story of their misadventure. Just regular 30-year-olds looking forward to a desert trip. Easily predictable as it is a horror movie matters take a turn for the worse. Oddities quickly become horrific. Of course, I can’t tell you what the meat of the horror is other than its bloody and poor Robby cuts off his penis near the end of the film. Obviously, some deep symbolism! And the references to Jesus and saying the Lord’s Prayer? The donkey stares?

Yes there are blood and guts, screams, strange slithering creatures, loud booming noises, fluttering and pulsating lights and even a few , “I want my Mommy” calls.

“The Outwaters” certainly has its creative and terrifying moments worth the price of admission but for my taste there is just too much flashlight in the dark. Those slithering creatures are shiver causers! But what you make of this film, as always, is up to you. My interpretation is that this is a trip through hell.

The film has quite an extensive North American release commencing 9February2023. It is directed by Robbie Banfitch who also wrote and starred in the film.

You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6Du7TvNqvY

RKS 2023 Film Rating 73/100 or should it be 666!

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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