Director/writer: Alex Murray.
An introductory article on Alex Murray’s The Last Man was posted (here), with trailer. Now, a screener copy has made its way to the westcoast, from England. However, this reviewer wished that the film was returned to sender, as this zero budget independent film fails to shine. The entertainment quality is also missing from The Last Man, with over an hour of the film dedicated to mundane, pointless dialogue.
Thanks goes out to the filmmakers of Creative Outlaw and Silver Edge for sending an early copy of the film, but where was the excitement? Stop this horror lover if you have heard this before: “a hunting trip turns to horror as seven lifelong friends are forced to face their fears in a remote woodland” (Last Man). This premise has been tried in better films like Cabin Fever, House of Wax and the remake of Friday the 13th. If you are going to repeat a theme, add something to the story, characters, or villains for the benefit of your viewers.
Sorry Murray, but The Last Man is not recommendable for a number of reasons. First, nothing happens for the first hour, except dialogue of oral sex, homophobia, or getting sick from a late night bender. Second, where is the music? Apparently there were no funds for a soundtrack. Third, for the love of God, make the film interesting by adding action sequences throughout, or character arcs. Camping is an everyday thing, but it should be outside the norm in a horror movie! Sadly, the filmmakers seem to have filmed their own camping trip into the woods and added in a shadowy creature here and there.
So, this review will halt here, as there really is nothing new or interesting to be seen. Independent film’s have an uphill battle to receive recognition and this one will have an even tougher time by being unusually bad. Bravo Murray for getting the basics of moviemaking correct, but you get a fail for not adding anything interesting within the reels of The Last Man.
Setting/realism/authenticity: 5 (realistic, but create a set or two).
Social/philosophical/message: 3 (there was no message, except for do not go into the woods and that is a dumb message).
Characters/acting/believability: 6 (the acting was fine, but the writing gave them nothing to do and dialogue involving homophobia is never funny).
Overall: 5 out of 10 (this is the lowest score possible for a film that gets all the basic elements of filmmaking correct e.g. sound, camerawork, lighting. A film that gets the basics of moviemaking correct gets an automatic 5 on 28DLA).
As mentioned the film’s trailer can be found here:
The Last Man on 28DLA
The Last Man at Brit Films, in case you want more info’:
The Last Man at Brit Films