Review Roundup: Death of a Vlogger
Death of a Vlogger, directed by Graham Hughes, has lapped up a number of reviews on their festival run. Check out the links below to a number of notable reivews.
21st Century British Horror
Because of the great word of mouth, I’ve been waiting to see Death of a Vlogger for a while. The good news is, I wasn’t disappointed. If you’re worried that the first hour of the film will be doors silently opening by themselves, rest assured that, by found footage standards, escalation is quite brisk. Between scares, the twisty-turny plot keeps you guessing, and the best description I can give is Lake Mungo crossed with the good bits of Paranormal Activity
DEATH OF A VLOGGER is the kind of resourceful, intelligent and inventive filmmaking that pours scorn on the constraints of its tight budget and makes scouring the Discovery screens always worth your time.
Dark Eyes of London
Previous horror movies about the YouTube generation have pitched the characters as people who've had it coming to them, but Death of a Vlogger is more nuanced than that, even while it acknowledges that people access and exploit social media for a range of reasons. A clever film which knows how to work around its limitations.
Death of a Vlogger is a very clever film and it marks Graham Hughes out as a serious talent with a very bright future ahead of him. The film is tight, very atmospheric and it sucks you right into the middle of the action. There are plenty of twists and turns, along with capable support from Annabel Logan, Paddy Kondracki and Joma West, but there’s no denying that this film is all about Hughes. The last thing I expected from Arrow Video FrightFest this year was a thought-provoking meditation on the perils of social media and Internet fame so Death of a Vlogger was a complete surprise and a wonderful breath of fresh air.
The Hollywood News
With pretty solid scares that will induce goosebumps, Death of a Vlogger explores a tried and tested sub-genre in a new dynamic way. Proof that if you are committed enough you can produce a high quality and creepy horror film without breaking the bank. Graham Hughes very well might have created Paranormal Activity for the vlogging generation.
It all adds up to an exciting send-up of found footage films that mutually celebrates and mocks the usual hackneyed claims of “authenticity”. Plus by focusing on the self-perpetuating, addictive, allure of online fame it answers the usual question of why the bloody camera’s still on.
Ironic for a film about the paranormal, Graham Hughes’ third directorial outing breathes fresh life into the mockumentary format. Wrapped in this initially standard looking horror mock-doc is an effective chiller and a blackly comic spin on social media stardom.