In recent years, we have seen a rise in movies that involve the internet or at least some aspect of it. Social media runs our everyday lives and has become a huge part of mainstream culture. In Jérôme Cohen-Olivar’s LITTLE HORROR MOVIE we follow a group of vloggers on their quest to get Youtube views. How far are they willing to go, and are they willing to risk their lives for the ultimate viral success?
At the start of the film we meet our vloggers, Helen (Rebecca Ramon), Einar (Einar Kuusk) and Mike (Cody Heuer) as they film on location in Brazil. Their equipment is stolen by a young boy and after a chase on foot, they happen upon a house with a mysterious man threatening them. After a strange exchange with Helen, the man leaves them alone and they are free to continue on their journey.
Next they travel to the city of Casablanca where they encounter even more weirdness at the Airbnb they are staying at in the form of their elusive French host. While touring the city they are invited to a “wedding” and things go from weird to straight up bat shit crazy in a matter of minutes.
Without giving too much away, this is a film about possession. Straight up. The story follows your basic possession story complete with a creepy goat. As the story unravels we begin to see our three protagonists become unhinge as they face the truth about what is going around them. When I started watching the film, I was immediately put off by the first-person POV shooting style. I understand this is a movie about vloggers and we are supposed to experience the events from their point of view but I couldn’t help but be annoyed as soon as the shaky cam started.
The acting throughout the film was also seriously lacking. Our three main characters didn’t really have a genuine chemistry on screen and I found myself not caring about what happened to them. The only character I ended up slightly caring about was Mike. Cody Heuer does a good job playing the goofy camera man and ends up delivering some heavy scenes pretty convincingly.
One thing I did appreciate throughout the film was how they managed to balance some pretty dark themes with some pretty funny scenes. Almost every time something awful would happen some sort of comedic relief would follow and it worked without feeling cheesy.
Personally, I didn’t super enjoy LITTLE HORROR MOVIE. The opening scene felt super out of place and so much of the story felt forced. I understand what they were going for but ultimately it didn’t work for me. If you’re a fan of first person POV and possession genres you might enjoy it but sadly for me, it fell flat.