The Black Water Vampire – USA, 2014

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The Black Water Vampire – aka Black Water Vampire – is a 2014 American found footage horror feature film written and directed by Evan Tramel. It stars Danielle Lozeau, Andrea Monier, Anthony Fanelli and Bill Oberst Jr.

Every ten years for the last forty years, a woman’s body is discovered in the woods outside of Black Water, drained of blood and bearing mysterious bite marks. Raymond Banks (Oberst Jr.) has been convicted of the crime, but Black Water resident Danielle (Danielle Lozeau) doesn’t believe that he’s the murderer.

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Hoping to prove his innocence and thus get Raymond off of death row, Danielle convinces her friends Andrea (Andrea Monier) and Rob (Robin Steffen) to venture out into the woods to search for evidence. They hire Anthony (Anthony Fanelli) to film their search, which quickly turns bizarre when they begin to hear stories about supernatural creatures.

Despite Rob’s misgivings, the group begins a three-day hike to see where one of the bodies was discovered, only to get lost in the process. As they try to make their way through the woods, the group finds that someone – or something – is following them…

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Reviews:

” …pretty original as far as found footage vampire movies go. Is there a real vampire? Is Banks the actual killer? Will the group make it out alive? These questions and more will be answered by the end of the film, which was actually pretty good.” Chris Egan, Horror-Movies.ca

” … the camera work here is certainly better than Blair Witch. Things are steadier and that helps tremendously. Secondly, there’s a whole subplot involving the would-be potential killer Raymond Banks (played by veteran Bill Oberst, Jr).” Andre Manseau, Arrow in the Head

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“If you enjoy found footage movies and you can forgive the lack of originality in the first hour the pay off is worthy, creepy and, on a couple of distinct occasions actually makes solid use of the found footage conceit.” Phil Lunt, The British Fantasy Society

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“As a con, the use of camera at times seemed a little forced, but that is always going to be the case with this style of film (even the more magnificent examples such as the Rec series had their clunky moments in this regard). But if a film keeps you truly interested then that is certainly a big plus.” Taliesin Meets the Vampires

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” …it kicked all sorts of ass on a number of levels. While the premise may not be the most original in the world the movie is still very well-written and interesting. If you ask me this movie was what the very overrated and unsatisfying The Blair Witch Project should have been.” Todd Martin, Horror News

Main cast and characters:

  • Danielle Lozeau … Danielle Mason – Werewolf Rising; Tales of the Wicked Unseen; Twinge
  • Andrea Monier … Andrea – Are You Scared 2
  • Anthony Fanelli … Anthony
  • Robin Steffen … Rob – Naked Zombie Girl
  • Bill Oberst Jr. … Raymond Banks – The Devil Within; Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies; Dracula’s War

 

The fact of the matter here is that this film was really, really similar to the Blair Witch project that way. However, there are a few differences worth noting, mostly on the positive side. First of all, the camera work here is certainly better than Blair Witch. Things are steadier and that helps tremendously. Secondly, there’s a whole subplot involving the would-be potential killer Raymond Banks (played by veteran Bill Oberst, Jr). Though the timing of it makes zero sense based on his age (according to the story), this guy adds a great sense of schizophrenic dread. His performance here is far and away the best and most interesting part of the whole film. 

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