Unlisted Owner Haunting Slasher Has Potential For Franchise
Unlisted Owner Film Details
Director: Jed Brian
Writer: Jed Brian
Release Date: Now Available
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 1h 14min
Social Networking: Facebook
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’.
Unlisted Owner follows standard approaches, commonplace aesthetics found footage films. Horror enthusiasts and casual explorers of the genre are accustomed to the cadence of found footage narratives.
The arrangement takes a measured beat and director, writer Jed Brian follows suit. For instance, most of Act I and Act II focuses on the characters and reserves the plot as the subplot. Having that docu-style Vlog aesthetic focused on the characters may not offer excitement for audiences to attach with. Although the writer hints on the pivotal theme, its impact doesn’t unfold until the third and final act.
The plot has original concepts brought into play and the roster of characters have real-life personalities. These roles I found amusing but the comedic element makes relatable individuals seem immature. Bad decision making is also a highlight. Yet, this is a Horror film and spur of the moment ill judgments are the norm.
In terms of narrative evolution Unlisted Owner treks at a moderate pace. Valuable time seems lost on the hijinks involving a group of acquaintances. Rowdy drunkenness, remarks about sex and complaining females can only travel so long without it becoming exasperating.
The haunting elements surrounding a neighborhood home was interesting and made up for the wasted minutes. I found the urban legend influences rejuvenated and ingenious. To add, the alienating force possesses a clever display, and while its backstory lacks emphasis, audiences will identify with the suitable Horrors conveyed.
With the performances, there isn’t much to elaborate in this section. The novice acting connects to this construct of visual narrative. Natural is the best word to define the communications between each onscreen character. Whether that is an appropriate quality depends and hinges on the perception from the viewer.
The same explanation runs toward the cinematography, Brian elects for the unstable, amateur filmmaker vibe with Unlisted Owner. This is the intention since the unraveling events are from the frame of reference of one character. With this in mind, the observer should not foresee seamless editing either. According to the storyline, police officers shredded and plotted the footage for evidence archival.
Practical and special effects were nonexistent and so was the fright factor. Unlisted Owner has significance as a thriller under the disguise of a supernatural / Slasher.
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Unlisted Owner is a conventional found footage film. The characters, while down to earth in their distinct fashion overpowers an otherwise intriguing urban legend inspired Horror tale. The final act serves all the trappings of a well-planned modern Horror film. I would favor more insight on the adversary instead of concentrating too much on nonsensical shenanigans from the characters. Nevertheless, Unlisted Owner is an entertaining work in Horror.
Unlisted Owner has potential to develop as a sequel or series. With a draw on the haunted home and its homicidal denizen, the narrative will be certain to arrest and increase its present cult following.