Project Z: Review

Project Z: Review

Julie (Ellie Harboe) is directing her first movie and it feels like a big deal, especially as they have such a big name as Iben Akerlie (playing herself) on board. Not to mention Dennis Storhøi (also playing himself) as the main villain in the story. Although despite what he says, Dennis is still looking to audition for his next role.

Julie’s other half is also getting along a little too well with Iben and her micromanaging of the cast and crew is getting on everybody’s nerves. Then one day a meteorite hits the earth right where they are driving to their next location.

An unusual occurrence indeed, but after ensuring everybody’s safety they carry on because they have to stick to a schedule. However, on closer inspection the meteorite may not be what they think and soon, strange things start happening.



Project Z is a horror comedy written and directed by Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken. Something which may have been inspired by things such as Shaun of The Dead, but comes across more like Judd Apatow’s The Bubble.

The concept of a group of actors filming a low budget horror movie only to find that the horror is quite real is an intriguing one. The audience may know what they’re getting into and it may ultimately feel formulaic, but if the jokes are good enough then it could have been satisfying.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be what Project Z wants to do, instead relying on most of the comedy revolving around pretentious actors and bored crew members trying to keep it together. This means that for the vast majority of the time, the audience may not even be aware that it’s meant to have a true horror element at all.

In fact, Project Z seems to have a rather derisive view of the horror genre and while trying to create mystery around what element may descend upon the filming location, it may just bore its audience. It’s a shame, but the ‘real’ horror happens far too late into the movie and the ending may just be one drawn out joke too many.


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