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During SxSW, an anthology horror film screened as part of the Midnight slate. It was called 'V/H/S' and it was a patchwork of several miniature found-footage films each made by rising talents in the industry. You can hear the Spill Crew review it here. One such segment, easily my favorite of the whole bunch, was a haunted house story created by a group calling themselves Radio Silence. Well, it looks as if Radio Silence isn't through with this storytelling medium just yet. They are currently in negotiations with Lionsgate to direct 'Reawakening,' a found-footage take on the Frankenstein mythology. Few additional details are known at this time other than that the script for 'Reawakening' was penned by Luke Dawson ('Shutter').
I am quite conflicted here. On the one hand, yes, Radio Silence has shown me that they are quality horror filmmakers and they did manage to do something creative even within the already tiresome subgenre. However, I am really getting sick of found-footage. Plus, as the original news source points out, there are a great many Frankenstein projects on the horizon including 'I, Frankenstein,' and upcoming films from both Fox and Universal. I'm not at all saying that I immediately think 'Reawakening' will be bad based on its premise, but it is going to face an uphill battle. To make any sort of reasonable sense, 'Reawakening' will have to be a more modernized version of the Frankenstein tale, I don't see the silent, hand-cranked camera incarnation of found-footage working too well. Based on the good will they've engendered in me from 'V/H/S,' I'm willing to at least give the film a shot should Lionsgate pick it up...which honestly they would be crazy not to considering the investment-to-return ratio on found-footage these days.
What do you guys think? Could this concept work?