Movie Review: Unlisted Owner
Updated: May 27, 2019
‘The 'Owner House' has been vacant for several years because of its very dark history but with the recent series of murders it has been taken to the next level. A family who just moved in has been murdered causing the curiosity of a group of friends to get the best of them. Deciding to break in and investigate with hand held cameras, would be the worst decision of their fun filled night. The terrifying and suspenseful footage has been edited for the film 'Unlisted Owner’
IMDb rating 6.5/10
The film takes place in a small Illinois community in fictional Lawford County that has been shaken to the core by the murders of a Roth family who had recently purchased a house with a dark history unaware to many. A radio broadcast of the deaths is heard by a group of friends Gavin, Griffin, Tyler, Jed, Andrea, and Haidee, the group of friends realize the murders are only a mile away from where they are going camping this weekend. Since the campsite is so close to the murder scene the group of friends decide to go back and investigate themselves. Causing an eventful night they can only hope they will survive.
The film started production in 2011 and was finished in 2013. The film was edited and produced over the next two years and finally released in 2017. It follows the style of the found footage scene similar to that of a Blair Witch Project. It compiles multiple handheld shots and even a dash cam at one point in the film.
This film reminds me of something I had heard about recently on a podcast with something called the Murder Castle which was a home that was built for the sheer idea of being able to bring people in and torture and kill people with multiple hidden rooms, doors, passageways. However this is on a much smaller scale with a normal multi-level home with what appeared to be a sizable basement as well.
Now I enjoyed the film overall from start to finish. I didn’t have any problems with the footage and how it was shot on the handhelds or the shakiness. That is all the nuance of the found footage genre really but the one thing I did have was with the production and editing afterwards the effects on the footage to make it appear damaged and corrupted didn’t feel genuine and little on the fake side. It goes back to my idea of poor CGI in a film. I know we’re talking an independent film and I don’t expect million dollar effects. It reminded me of the effects I tried to use making music videos in grade school to a point.
The effects didn’t make me hate the film entirelyl just distracted me a little from the project when they appeared from time to time. I enjoyed the interactions and the dialogue of the characters but if I was Jed I would have totally slapped the shit out of Tyler and his buddy. It had the feel of the two jocks in school with that nerdy friend and how they bullied him non-stop but the nerd wouldn’t do anything about it. After a while it got to be a little much.
From a character perspective as well I am wondering where the idea of self-preservation was at the end of the film. They realized that the windows weren’t an option because they were bolted and the door was locked. I think it was Jed that wanted to break the window but they stop him because they are worried about the cops. Let me think about it for a second. Friends have gone missing in a house known not once for murders but twice let’s not get out and deal with the backlash from the cops let’s try to find out friends instead. If you are that scared for your life you would say fuck it and break the window and leave the rest to fend for themselves. They don’t even think to look for weapons to defend themselves at all? You can hear the fear in their voices. It just didn’t make sense to me.
Not too sure how many people out there will get a chance to see it depending on availability. If you enjoyed Blair Witch and don’t get motion sick give this a chance it is decent. Just because I pick it apart doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. Just my own opinion I know most of my friends don’t always share the same opinion I have on films. Make your own opinion on it. Keep an eye out for it
3 Beards out of 5