'The Asylum Tapes'
(Pete Antico, Antonella Lentini, Zana Markelson, et al / DVD / R / (2011) 2013 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: To find peace after a long and bloody war, two kings declared a large piece of desert, the Yellow Belt, neutral territory, which neither king can claim. But when it is discovered that there is oil in the Yellow Belt, one king breaks the peace treaty and begins drilling for oil.
DVD Verdict: As you can guess, 'The Asylum Tapes' is a found-footage sub-genre that has flooded the market recently. Filled with similar concepts found in everything ever since 'The Blair Witch Project,' I still very glad I took a chance on this film. Because it is actually a unique and well-made jaunt into terror; as they say.
Even if you did not realize 'The Asylum Tapes' (also known as 'Greystone Park'), was made by Oliver Stone's son, Sean Stone, the directing ability is really rather good here. And is evident from the very beginning. And so, with all found-footage films, this means that the camera work is shaky. But luckily never to the point to where you can't see what's going on in the scene. And given that most all of the filming locations were very low light levels, this is a good thing, trust me.
Come the end, the 'The Asylum Tapes' is a taut thriller that contains spine-chilling terror and visible tension. A lot of white-knuckle fear moments, this supposed found footage found at the scene of a crime plays out very chillingly. Not too sure why a background score was required, but it all works, for the most part. These is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.