Sunday, August 23, 2015

i-Lived (Xlrator DVD)

Did you know that I have the supernatural power of being able to tell you how a movie is going to end just by staring at the cover? I don't. Sometimes I do. I did in the case of i-Lived the new techno-demonic Horror picture released by Xlrator. First off, great cover. I may be getting a wee bit spent on the tech Horror angle, but this one pleased my aesthetic snob senses. The title on the other hand did not and when you put the two together you pretty much figured out the movie.

Let's do this. Imagine the movie Brainscan. The awesome flick from the 90's featuring Edward Furlong playing a "game" that may have been released by Hell itself and then update it and instead of game, go for the next big fad... something computerized. An app. Of course then you'll have to forget the comparison because the charismatic bad guy doesn't exactly show himself. What you get are some competent performances that lead you to a predictable end the whole time being forced to sit through what feels like someone's YouTube channel diary. You get the right baddie in the end, you may have a chance at saving i-Lived. You run up the kill list with awesome kills that play on the heart strings and practical effects pressure points of today's retro obsessed horror fanbase and you might get away with going ultra-modern on the tech front.

My only personal failing is that I didn't get the chance to check out Unfriended so I could see how the mainstream tech Horror craze is playing out to compare this new, direct to DVD version to. Of course there is a cautionary tale about technology to be observed and the real mystery here is... does the new generation of 18-24 year olds dig this? Maybe I'm not the audience for something this modern. Maybe this really creeps out the kids who don't bother to read disclaimers and haven't had the chance to revisit Brainscan because it hasn't been released on Blu in the states.

We've seen similar kill by number Horror in recent days that focus on reward for doing absurd things. This just isn't the best of them.

You can pick up i-Lived now on DVD.

From Xlrator:

Josh Fosse is a 20-something guy whose life is going nowhere. His girl left, his rent is late, and he lacks a real job. He is trying to make it as an app reviewer online and decides to review a self help app called i-Lived for fun. He's signs on and immediately his life turns around. He meets the girl of his dreams and he gets a job offer he can't refuse. Convinced it's him and not the app, he signs out... and loses everything. He signs on again but this time the terms are different, the app is asking him to do things that are out of his moral comfort zone... but essential to becoming the success the app tells him he can be.

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