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Published April 25th 2020
Think twice before opening your mail
Beware the mystery box
Deep Web: Mystery Box just might be one of the leading films in a new sub-genre of movies entirely made in quarantine and it is so much better than I anticipated!
Directed by Josh Schultz (The October Flowers & Genesis: Fall of the Crime Empire) and Tony Newton (Virus of the Dead & 2 Die For), who co-wrote the film with Dane Keil (Drive-In Grindhouse & Faces of Fear) and starring a host of incredible actors including Julie Anne Prescott (As Night Falls & Kill Dolly Kill), Shawn C. Phillips (Ghost Shark & Girls Gone Dead) and Tony Newton (Grindsploitation & Trashsploitation), the film is presented in a series of YouTube-style unboxing videos, in which several characters are blogging their at-home adventures in opening packages they had recently received in the mail.
For those not in the know, unboxing videos are a huge online trend, with thousands of bloggers who take part in the phenomena on a regular basis and some have developed mass followings of fans because of them.
As the film progresses, they all begin to discover that they have been sent mysterious Creepy Pasta style boxes, which they didn't order and with no clues as to who sent them, they decide to open them on camera. Each unboxing reveals a host of spooky, strange and grotesque items, however, they all have one major thing in common; an old, unmarked VHS tape and a written message, which simply says: "PLAY ME".
Just some of the talented cast of this wicked film!
In all honestly, I went into this film with low expectations and while it initially started off slow, it just got better and better as the movie progressed.
Every character is very well played, with them all resembling the different personality types of your typical famous YouTube bloggers. The online found-footage theme is used to the filmmakers' advantage with the use of clever edits which give the viewer an experience which isn't too dissimilar to what it's like when jumping from one video to another when browsing the internet. It even includes some false "buffering" and gets more realistic when a "conspiracy" video pops up briefly, while the story itself gets much creepier as the characters begin to watch the videos.
The effects used are minimalistic, which isn't a bad thing for this type of film, as they look more plausible than I have seen in other films of this genre.
All in all, if you enjoy found footage horror, which is a little different from the norm, this just might be for you!
Deep Wed: Mystery Box is not yet rated, but would not be suitable for a young audience.
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