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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Man Vs. (2015)



Now that I am settled back into a routine, it is nice to mix some horror/sci-fi flicks with working on a nonfiction project. After a lot of debate, I was so motivated after the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Camping Adventure to not only head back into the field but to revisit Searching the Abyss and update it with some new information and material. While I was working on that last night, I decided to kick back and watch the 2015 horror/sci-fi entry Man Vs.


Plot/ As host of the hit TV series, MAN VS., Doug Woods is forced to fend for himself for five days in remote locations with no crew, food, or water, only the cameras he carries on his back to film his experiences. Doug's in the remote woods for a routine episode until he's awoken by an earth-shaking crash. Things get weirder as it becomes clear Doug isn't alone. Someone or something is watching him.


As days go by this week, I think I am stuck in one of those cycles with my movie selections. In this case, I was somewhat optimistic that this one would break that streak, but it didn’t quite make it. While I love the premise and was excited about the atmosphere and feel as the movie progressed, the subpar CGI makes this one collapse in a major way. The storyline is interesting (albeit cliché), the performances were solid, and the visuals are decent. Unfortunately, that is where the typical found footage trappings and CGI come in and destroys the equity the film built in the early stages. In the end, there is nothing new or memorable with this one (unless it is the poor CGI). The flick starts well enough but ends with a thud. Stay away, you could definitely do much better.


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