M.L. Miller here! Because you and I love the horror so much, I’ve decided to post a “Worth Noting” pick along with each of my Horror Countdown choices each day through October. The same rules apply. The film must have been released before September 30th, 2019 to the masses (no festival picks). This means that is available to view in theaters, On Demand, DVD/BluRay, or digital download. I’ve tried to indicate in the reviews how you can watch and enjoy these films.
How did I compile this list? Horror is such a broad and varied genre that sometimes, while these choices may not represent the best—something about the film is worth taking notice. Some of these films have similar themes to their counterparts in the main countdown. Some just missed the countdown by an inch or two. Others were just squozed in because there’s nothing like them out there. Others because they have been made available for the first time. One way or another, it’s more horror to enjoy!
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Worth Noting – 14 CAMERAS!
The sequel to 13 CAMERAS, ingeniously titled 14 CAMERAS, continues to follow one of the creepiest creepers to ever have creeped, Neville Archambault’s Gerald. If the original 13 CAMERAS mouth-breathing, funk-stanking, sweat-coated monster gave your heebies the jeebies, 14 CAMERAS is going to do the same. In a lot of ways, this is the right way to make a sequel. I’ll get into it below, but this is one film that barely missed my top 31. Released on Netflix on July 27, 2019, here’s my review of 14 CAMERAS! Available on Netflix, and on DVD/BluRay, On Demand and digital download!
14 CAMERAS (2018)
Directed by Seth Fuller & Scott Hussion
Written by Victor Zarcoff
Starring Amber Midthunder, Gavin White, Brianne Moncrief, Chelsea Edmundson Lora Martinez-Cunningham, John-Paul Howard, Hank Rogerson, Tait Fletcher, Zach Dulin, Kodi Saint Angelo, & Neville Archambault as Gerald the Creeper!
A good sequel should continue the story, up the ante on stakes, and maybe broaden the scope, never losing sight of the reason why the first film was so good in the first place. 14 CAMERAS, the sequel to the creep-inducing 13 CAMERAS, does all of this quite well.
Neville Archambault reprises his role as Gerald, the slumlord who owns a number of properties and all of them are littered with secret cameras that send a feed back to Gerald’s Creep-cave. In 13 CAMERAS, final girl Claire (Brianne Moncrief) found herself imprisoned in one of Gerald’s dungeons with Gerald acting as her newborn child’s father (and raising him on a healthy diet of McDonalds). Taking place a few years after the original, 14 CAMERAS finds Gerald still raising the young boy he has named Junior (Gavin White) and setting up his cameras in a new AirBnB-style home rented out to a family of four, plus the best friend of the older sibling. That best friend Danielle is LEGION actress Amber Midthunder and she becomes not only Gerald’s new obsession, but the apple of many of Gerald’s subscribers to Gerald’s voyeur porn feed. Meanwhile, Claire is dedicated to escaping from Gerald’s dungeon, hopeful that she can be reunited with her son. When Gerald’s subscribers become more obsessed with his “actors” and are able to discern the location of the home he is spying on, Gerald must take action against his stars, thus threatening to topple this creepy house of cards he has carefully constructed.
“Never build a business you can’t oversee yourself.” It’s a bit of advice I got years ago and still try to abide by. Basically, it means don’t overstretch past your own reach. Back when I worked at the mental hospital, I built a program with myself serving as supervisor and the rest of my employees working as unpaid interns. This means that they were extremely unreliable. And while I wanted to see the department grow, I never wanted to have it grow to the size that I couldn’t handle it, should my interns not be able to do the groups they were supposed to do. Had Gerald followed this rule, I think none of the issues that occur in 14 CAMERAS would have happened. Gerald has just so many plates spinning that he can’t keep track of it all. All it takes is one misstep and the whole thing falls apart. That is what makes 14 CAMERAS so interesting.
Gerald won in the end of 13 CAMERAS, so 14 CAMERAS shows his downfall of sorts. It successfully takes what worked so well in the original and instead of repeating the story, it continues it. This makes 13 and 14 CAMERAS a great double feature. It also shows some development in Gerald’s character as he gets a bit cocky; taking care of business as a landlord/maintenance guy, abducting more than one woman, trying to raise his adopted son, and maintaining his creepy website. That’s a lot of things to juggle and seeing Gerald squirm under the pressure is a whole lot of fun.
Amber Midthunder proves to be both a seductive and likable lead here. She’s playing against her LEGION role, showing a lot of range. I’d love to see this actress continue in genre projects as she is a solid actress and has a kickass name to boot.
There’s some fantastic suspense in 14 CAMERAS where you want to have Gerald caught for his intrusions, but he just barely eludes detection time and time again. It’s also cool to see Gerald’s role reversed here when some of his subscribers attempt to abduct his “actors.” So now, Gerald’s role is of the protector, muddying up the waters even more. It’s all a smart way of telling the next chapter of this great franchise.
Original writer/director Victor Zarcoff acts only as writer this time around, handing the director’s duties to Seth Fuller and Scott Hussion. Both directors are able to handle the action well, juggling multiple plotlines and keeping the tension on an uphill trek. 14 CAMERAS is a worthy sequel to the original. If you liked watching that ultimate experience in creep, you’re bound to feel the same way about the sequel.
WORTH NOTING SO FAR…
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