On June 30th 2018, Officer David Serling went missing whilst investigating an abandoned hospital. Footage was recovered showing the last moments that he was seen and his wife, Sarah (Sarah Froelich) managed to get hold of that footage and thus started the obsession in uncovering the truth behind her husband’s disappearance.
She contacts some people while trying to document her journey who have experience in making documentaries. So, the events of Last Radio Call follow Sarah on her journey to get back the love of her life. Unfortunately, it’s not very believable that this is actually a documentary or even an original found footage movie because of the dialogue, the acting and the many cliches that are littered about the movie.
Last Radio Call is supposedly a found footage movie from writer/director Isaac Rodriguez that takes inspiration from many sources. By now, most fans of horror and indeed the found footage subgenre of horror would have seen The Blair Witch Project by now and it’s hard to separate the two when the 90’s sleeper hit has been so influential.
Saying that though, there are many different elements that are thrown into the script. So much so that it may start to feel like the filmmakers were trying to come up with an idea, they decided to throw them all in just to see what worked.
This leads to many cliches such as abandoned hospitals with dangerous mental patients, ancient Native American rituals and even a folklore witch that’s thrown in for good measure. Before long, the audience will start to wonder which story they are supposed to be following and unsure of which aspect they’re supposed to be focussing.
Last Radio Call is also a relatively short film, coming in about the 75-minute mark, the audience may be expecting something short, sweet and effective. However, this unfortunately doesn’t explain why there are so many extended scenes of silence where a character is usually walking along a corridor waiting for a jump scare. In fact, there are even occurrences like this where there isn’t a jump scare at the end and it makes it rather disappointing.
Not one of the high notes of the found footage genre and may even send some people to sleep despite how little time is spent with the characters.
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