Exists (2014)

logoDirector: Eduardo Sanchez

Writer: Jamie Nash (Screenplay)

Starring: Dora Madison Burge, Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn, Jeff Schwan, Brian Steele, Denise Williamson


Plot: A group of friends who venture into the remote Texas woods for a party weekend find themselves stalked by Bigfoot.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: High Definition Found Footage


Story: Exists starts by giving us the Bigfoot statistics and that the creature is only dangerous when it is provoked. We meet our five friends Dora (Burge), Matt (Davis), Todd (Edwards), Brian (Osborn) and Elizabeth (Williamson) who are on a road trip to have a party filled weekend. Straight after the opening credits role we see the friends accidently hit something while driving through a dark road, this leads to looking into what they had hit with terrifying crying coming from within the woods. Believing it might just have been a bear the group continue on their journey arriving at their creepy cabin in the woods.

Reaching the cabin we see how it has been left open which leads to the friends having to spend the night in the car, even with the creepy noise still seemingly following them everywhere they go. Brian the main guy with the camera who is filming the other four doing extreme sports for YouTube, seems to be filming everything and just so happens to get a glimpse of a Bigfoot leading him to investigate alone. We learn the Brian and Matt are brothers and the cabin belongs to one of their uncles who claimed to have seen something in the woods years before.

The night the Bigfoot attacks the cabin leaving the friend standard in the woods with no car leaving the friends with no choice but to use one of their bikes to find help. Matt goes alone to find help leaving the other four to fend for themselves against whatever the Bigfoot has in store for them.

Exists has to go down as one of the best horror films of this years and it follows a very basic idea for a story. Friends go down to the woods and end up disturbing a Bigfoot leading to them having to fight to survive. This is easy to make easy to follow but I do have one big question really, did we need the found footage angle? When you watch you will understand that the footage all looks way to clear for a true found footage, but it did give them an excuse to use a couple of original ideas for the footage being recorded and also gave them a chance to be able to jump between shots because of the multiple cameras. I feel this is a very good and enjoyable horror film that doesn’t need the found footage angle. (8/10)


Actor Review


Dora Madison Burge: Dora is one of the friends who doesn’t seem to get many lines early in the film. Dora like the other lady of the film doesn’t really get a chance to do anything in the film. (4/10)


Samuel Davis: Matt is the nephew of the cabin owner who ends up having to stick up for his brother before going off alone to look for help. The character of Matt is a good first victim and Samuel does a solid job with his small amount of time. (6/10)


Roger Edwards: Todd is your alpha male of the group who manages to put a plan in action to defend the friends who stay behind even though he doesn’t like the behaviour of Brian. Roger does a good job and makes his performance look realistic with all the emotions his character has to go through. (7/10)


Chris Osborn: Brian is the camera man and expert who tries to communicate with the Bigfoots but only seems to insight their rage. He is also related to the owner of the cabin. Chris does a give a good performance and can’t fault him, but did his character really need a camera for the whole film? (7/10)


Denise Williamson: Elizabeth is the last member of the friends who is the girlfriend to Todd and much like Dora doesn’t get a chance to say much in the first half of the film. Denise doesn’t really get any screen time to work with if I am being perfectly honest. (5/10)


Support Cast: Exists only has small appearance from any other actor who only appear to surprise.


Director Review: Eduardo Sanchez – Eduardo has evolved his style in the found footage genre to carry on his ability to make a frightening horror film. (8/10)


Horror: Exists manages to build tension very early making nearly every scene have a feeling that something will happen. (9/10)

Settings: Exists uses the isolated setting to its advantage by putting our victims on the location the Bigfoot knows perfectly. (10/10)

Suggestion: Exists is one that all the horror fans should watch it really does manage to make everything high tension from start to finish. (Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: Making an instant impact.

Worst Part: Couple of annoying shaky cam moments.

Scariest Scene: First attack.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Willow Creek


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

Tagline: The legend is real. So is the terror.


Overall: Exists has to go down as one of the best horror films  this year, fully of tension and scares, a must watch for horror fans.

Rating 80