Trailer Analysis “Altar” “The Hoarder”
Director: Matthew Sconce
Writer: Matthew Sconce
Release Date: TBA, 2016
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Horror Sub-Genre: Horror, Found Footage
ALTAR is the terrifying story of a group of former college classmates who get lost driving to a college reunion camp out in the Sierra Nevada mountains. After stopping for the night, they stumble onto something much darker. They must battle to escape the evil they unleashed to not only save their own lives but their souls as well.
The trailer opens with an eerie hymn. The words “When faced with a test of survival” shows on the screen. Then we cut to a happy newlywed couple. The words “There are 7 rules” show on the screen, followed by “Do you know them?” The scene cuts to the couple in the woods. It’s dark. You get a glimpse of some random person frantically running towards them. The seven aforementioned rules display on the screen.
- Rule #1: No Traveling
- Rule #2: Don’t Break Down
- Rule #3: Don’t Get Lost
- Rule #4: Stranger Danger
- Rule #5: No Hanky Panky
- Rule #6: Don’t Go Exploring
- Rule #7: Never Touch Anything
In between the rules, we see glimpses of a group of friends who take a road trip. They come across a weird man at a rest stop. Things start to get tense from that point. They become stranded in the woods and forced into a game of cat-and-mouse while the creepy man stalks them. The words “Follow the rules or die” flash on the screen. The trailer ends with “Altar”.
All of this is shot behind a camera lens.
Found footage films seem to be the new trend in the horror arena lately. More and more up-and-coming indie film directors are bringing found footage films to the scene. However, not the found footage films we are used to. The films that played more like a documentary than an actual film. Nowadays, found footage films are “turning a new leaf” and changing the “game”. “Altar”, among others, is a perfect example. We follow this group of friends on a road trip. They get stranded in the woods and they become prey to a madman. All of this we see behind the camera. The camera gives it a dark and suspenseful touch. It also gives you the feeling that you are “living” the film, so to speak.
The “rules” were a good touch. There are certain rules you must follow if you want to survive. If you don’t follow them, you die. And, of course we all know the rules are going to be broken. There wouldn’t be a movie if they weren’t. What’s the price for breaking the rules? We get a glimpse of the price the group of friends pay when they break the rules. Some stalking and torturing pursues. The stuff horror movies are made of.
The trailer to “Altar” is pretty solid. Then again, many trailers deliver misleading promises. Where we see all the action is two minutes. When you watch the full movie, that two minutes is the only action you see. My hopes is that “Altar” delivers the goods.
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The Hoarder (2015)
Trailer: The Hoarder
Director: Matt Winn
Release Date: TBA
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Horror Sub-Genre: Horror, Thriller
When Ella discovers her Wall Street banker boyfriend is renting a secret storage unit, she suspects he’s using it to hide an affair. Enlisting the help of her best friend Molly she breaks into the facility only to discover something more terrifying instead. Now trapped in a darkened building with a group of neurotic strangers who start disappearing one by one, Ella soon uncovers even worse horror in the dank depths. Her life or death battle to escape eternal enslavement is about to begin.
The trailer opens up in a glimpse of a town. We cut to two women talking. It then makes a drastic cut to what appears to be the basement of a facility. The words “There are over 50,000 STO age facilities nationwide” appear on the screen. It cuts on an outside parking lot and the two women we saw earlier. They walk inside the facility. The words “But some things are not meant to be stored” flash on the screen. The women enter a secured are of the facility. All the lights cut out and it becomes almost pitch black. One woman lights her lighter and looks around. A strange-looking creatures jumps out at her, startling her. Things get pretty intense from this point on. The women, along with others, become trapped in the facility and stalked by the creature. The words “Fear will find you” flash on the screen. We then cut to what looks like a brutal torturing session. The words “The Haorder” ends the trailer.
I have mixed feelings with this trailer for “The Hoarder”. The trailer looks very suspenseful, while looking “familiar” all at the same time. While watching the trailer, I thought about the film “The Descent”. Especially with the weird-looking creature, which appeared to be half human, half…something else. I got the mental picture of the creature from “The Descent” in my head. The creature looked very similar.
What happens when you go into the unknown? Better yet, what happens when you venture off into territory that is supposed to be off limits? You find what you are looking for, plus more. This is the direction I feel “The Hoarder” is trying to take, when I look at the trailer. The torture shot in the end kind of threw me off. It added even more suspense to the trailer. That alone draws me in even more, to where I need to watch the full movie.
A plus to “The Hoarder” is Mischa Barton , who plays the lead role. She’s known for many movies, but one of my favorites is “Walled In”. A horror-thriller from director Gilles Paquet-Brenner.