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Hungerford follows a crew of teenagers as they record their experiences in the middle of an otherworldly disaster that strikes their town. As they come to terms with their scenario, they have to find a way to survive the dangers.

Hungerford Review

I'd hate to dig too heavily on the criticism for a film that has the feeling more-so of a passion project than an actual film, but what's publicly released must be able to weather the storm or be crushed under it, and Hungerford was a film that was built on sand rather than stone, and was set to crumble under the pressure.

It's another found footage movie with another take on zombies that isn't original on both fronts. The acting, writing and effects are sub-par or worthy of a worse descriptor. It's like a blend of homage to Blair Witch, +1, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers all produced under the veil of a college graduation final. And had I been the teacher, I'd have an A to hand out, but as a movie provided on a streaming service...it's not really worthy of a grade.

If I had a compliment for the film, it'd be its courage for seamless takes. A lot of found footage films take advantage of camera dysfunction, black outs and quick turns to make editing easier and mask takes. Sometimes these practices can be effective and there are plenty of movies that have used them well to give the illusion of seamless action, but in general, it's a cheap ploy to retain some semblance of realism amidst poor acting and worse writing. Rather than hide behind these tricks, however, Hungerford bravely lets scenes play out, however weak they may end up, in a seamless shot. There are a couple of scenes I was impressed to see as a seamless shot of action, even if it was a seamless shot of laughable tussling or terrible CG blood/creatures.

Despite its lack of originality and failure to execute well on most fronts, there is a tinge of admirable sentiment I can muster for a project with as low a budget as this film likely had. I can't and won't recommend it, but I've seen worse with more to work with at the end of the day.

Horror Rating System

Horror Qualifier: 7/10

Horror Quality: 4/10

Film Quality: 2/10

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