It’s kind of crazy how we’re only 3 months into the new year, yet 2017 has delivered many superb horror movies already. I can’t count how many awesome films I’ve seen, each brought something different to table as well. For awhile now, I’ve heard great things about Capture Kill Release, so I decided to finally watch it, despite not being a huge fan of found footage. I wanted to see if it would be another one to add to the 2017 hall of horror fame.
Distributed by Midnight Releasing, Capture Kill Release is a found footage horror thriller directed and written by Nick McAnulty. It’s unlike any you’ve seen before and it’s been making waves in the horror community for awhile, even more so after its March 7th, 2017 release date. The film stars the lovely duo Jennifer Fraser and Farhang Ghajar (same names are used in the story), who are a filming a documentary and are planning out the process of killing someone. In reality, it’s mostly Jennifer’s sick and sadistic plan, but Farhang entertains the idea because he loves her and wants to make her happy. Well, that is, until things take an ugly turn for the worse and their fantasy plans become a reality. Who will their victim be and will he partake in the madness? Holy guacamole! I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a found-footage story told and filmed this well, so much so that I often forgot that I was even watching that style of a film. Instead, it felt gritty and raw, like I was just a random bystander watching this odd couple plan out a murder and then go through with it step by step. You almost feel guilty for letting it happen and not stopping them from committing a crime, but alas it’s just a movie.
We’ve seen films in the past that plan out the perfect murder, but Capture Kill Release takes it the next level by a few notches. As previously mentioned, the audience gets to be a part of the process and the film excels at keeping a tight hold on the viewer’s attention by throwing curve balls and not rushing the story. Just like Farhang’s character, we don’t know if Jenn will follow through with her twisted plan or if it’s just merely a sick dream, but when she does, “oh shit, this is really going down” mode begins. Plus, even though the rules were carefully planned, they don’t follow through with them and, when this happens, all hell breaks loose.
The acting was some of the best I’ve ever seen in a found footage film, even the minor roles by Jon Gates and Rich Piatkowski were entertaining and memorable. It wasn’t forced and just flowed naturally. Jenn and Farhang had true chemistry and when things went awry, you could feel the trust for each other’s actions go right out the window along with the connection they once had.Beyond their amazing work as a team in Capture Kill Release, each actor gave standout performances as well. Farhang’s transformation throughout the film as a loving and devoted partner to an utterly terrified criminal was quite exceptional. However, it was Jenn who stole the show for me. She’s charismatic, convincing, sarcastic, demented, and worse of all… deadly. If when she’s doing all these horrible things, you can see why Farhang is wrapped around her little finger, but when he does stand up to her, I almost gave him a round of applause. Jennifer played the part so well that I completely loathed her, I don’t think I’ve hated a character that much since I was first introduced to the witch bitch drenched in Pepto-Bismol known as Delores Umbridge in the Harry Potter series.
As you can probably imagine by a name like Capture Kill Release, there’s plenty of blood and gore to please all the horror hounds out there. Whatever dismembered body part you fancy, it’ll be there waiting for you. The best part about it is that the special effects and makeup are incredible and it doesn’t look fake at all. It’s done carefully and pays close attention to detail, even when sawing off body parts.Director McAnulty was not afraid to go against the grain and deliver a story that has multiple shocking scenes. Thus, not only breaking the rules within the story, but all together. As a viewer, I kept thinking, “no they won’t push it that far or how could they do that?” but it was effective and makes the film stand out. It’s definitely not for the squeamish and, even though one scene involving a sink infuriated me, I realize it’s purpose and how it led to the bigger things that would soon unfold.
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