SPOILER: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. Written by
Deputy Jackson Lamb compares Joe's friend Cary to Carrie (1976). Ryan Lee would later appear in David Guetta's music video "Titanium" as a young boy with telekinetic powers. See more »
The movie is set in southwest Ohio. A woman mentions in a town meeting (at around 49 mins) that "Belmont County's without power". Belmont County is in eastern Ohio. Vicky tells Deputy Lamb on the walkie-talkie that Brook County is out of power (at 43:29 using the spelling of Brook County from the captions). This is a fictitious county in Ohio, however principal shooting for the film was in Weirton, West Virginia, which is on the county line between Brooke County and Hancock County in northernmost West Virginia. See more »
As an homage to the Spielberg films of the 80's, this movie succeeds. As a piece of original entertainment? Nothing happening, folks. Now, if you're a kid and have never seen The Goonies, Jaws, ET, War of the Worlds, and Cloverfield, you may think this film is absolutely wonderful. And judged through the lens of cinema history, it may well be looked upon as a culmination of all that came before.
Let's just hope that the future is filled with something in rare supply: originality.
It's not that I wasn't entertained, it's just that I expected something more.
And I suppose that's another problem with getting older. There aren't as many surprises left in the world.
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