Dom (Josh Stifter) is an aspiring filmmaker who focuses his attentions on cryptozoology – unexplained and mythical creatures. He has a channel on social media where he talks about his theories on the unknown, but the comment section is getting him down. Especially because they’re right and he’s not living up to his potential.
Then one day Dom is presented with footage of a sasquatch by his friend, Miles (Keith Radichel) and they head off to meet a man called Doug Greywood (Daniel Degnan). Doug is a peculiar man, perhaps the type you’d expect to have claimed to have seen a sasquatch, but he’s the only one who will show them what they want to see.
However, it seems the Doug’s ulterior motives may be leading the intrepid adventurers into a trap.
Greywood’s Plot is an arthouse horror directed by Josh Stifler and co-written by Daniel Degnan. Clearly aspiring filmmakers themselves, Stifler and Degnan have a lot to say about the filmmaking process and also what it takes to be popular.
Shot in an arthouse style and evoking an atmosphere like many horror movies that have come before, Greywood’s Plot is a mixture of what would be considered high art and more mainstream fare. This is mirrored by its protagonist who is frustrated with the way his life turned out and sure that he can do much more if given the chance.
However, the problem seems to be that like its protagonist, Greywood’s Plot wants to have its cake and eat it as well. Giving the audience something different than they may have expected by shooting in black and white brings a certain tone and expectations to a movie and often this may push audiences away. Although on the other hand there are people who gravitate towards the kind of thing that thinks outside the box and are satisfied by the way it is presented in a less conventional way.
This unfortunately leaves Greywood’s Plot feeling like it’s simultaneously trying to appeal to both audiences, and in doing so it alienates them both. It may say something about how different genres appeal to its audience, but the mash up may leave the audience feeling unsatisfied.
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