RWD (2015 film)

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RWD (2015), AKA Rewind

Summary

"Kill your past... rewind your future." Two men went searching for ghosts, but they found themselves instead...

Details

  • Release Date: 2015
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror (found footage), Science Fiction, Thriller
  • Setting: Modern, USA
  • Runtime: 1 hr 17 min
  • Starring: Adam Hartley, Matt Stuertz
  • Director: Matt Stuertz
  • Writer: Adam Hartley, Matt Stuertz
  • Producer/Production Co: Twenty Eighteen Seventy-Six
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: TV-MA (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not very much was drawn directly from Lovecraft's work. The science-fiction plot about a time/space portal that allows the main characters to meet ominous versions of themselves lurking in the shadows while filming a ghost hunt might still provide a fun variation on the basic plot of the Call of Cthulhu RPG scenario "The Haunting".

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Review at (The Miskatonic Valedictorian) - "While it may not be for everyone, if you like to have fun with your horror, you’re definitely going to enjoy RWD."
  • Monica Edwards at (Epsilon Lay) - "I had intended to watch a really bad found footage movie to review and it turned out to be not all that bad. It’s confusing and a lot of it makes no sense and even despite that it’s some how creepy. No idea why."
  • Stephanie Malone at (Morbidly Beautiful) - "What starts out as a straightforward ghost story becomes a mind-bending and unique horror film.... It did remind me of a couple of other independent horror films which employ a similar storytelling technique. But it's executed well here and will feel refreshingly original for most viewers."
  • Ben Robins at (Flickering Myth) - "Sadly though, RWD feels like a major step back for this less-is-more approach, failing to ever really go anywhere with its admittedly intriguing central twist.... On the whole RWD is just a pretty pointless waste of 80 minutes of your time. You might jump at the occasional sound effect and it certainly earns an extra point or so for a genuinely decent plot turn, but otherwise it’s the perfect embodiment of everything wrong with found-footage horror...."
  • Allan Walton at (Ravenous Monster) - " It’s a lot closer to fair than middlin’, and that’s quite an accomplishment given the tired format and uneven script...."
  • Sue Webb at (The Slaughtered Bird) - "Hugely original, the concept of this movie is its strength, and any frustrations are overwritten by how genuinely enjoyable it is...."


Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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Two young film-makers trying to film a haunted house for their web series, Ghost Goofs, quickly find their original plans derailed with the eyewitnesses they have traveled to meet are not home, and the film-makers are soon distracted by strange phone calls and text messages, strange voices audible over their sound equipment, weird sounds in the woods, and the ruins of a strange silo or tower standing in an empty field, containing mysterious electronic equipment. After a series of increasingly bizarre experiences, the film's anti-heroes soon realize that the equipment in the silo has opened up a time-loop, and the strange experiences are actually caused by their doppelgangers from alternate time-lines, and the boys decide to play dangerous and sadistic pranks on their confused duplicates. Things spiral out of control as pranks turn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game of revenge when their duplicates realize what is happening....


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

  • scenario: "The Haunting" (can be looted for plot hooks, etc., before stumbling on the main plot)


Keeper Notes

  • The first part of the movie is essentially the set-up for a modern take on "The Haunting", but the original soon derails as the investigators - film-makers trying to interview witnesses for an amateur ghost-hunting web series - soon find themselves mixed up in something far stranger than a haunted house, when their interviewees are not at home, and the investigators are instead distracted by an otherwise unrelated plot involving a bizarre phenomenon relating to a laboratory in a ruined silo in an empty field, ground zero to a series of strange experiences involving mysterious text and voicemail messages, eerie voices on their audio equipment, and evidence of the investigators' sinister doppelgangers lurking in the distance....