MAN ON WIRE helmer jumping on the found footage horror bandwagon with THE VATICAN TAPES!
Published at: Nov. 9, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST by quint
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. James Marsh's MAN ON WIRE is a fantastic documentary about the French dude that's obsessed with staging tight rope walking hits on famous landmarks, most notably when he walked between the two World Trade Center towers.
Marsh is heading back to the feature film world (his first was 2005's THE KING) with a Lionsgate found footage horror movie called THE VATICAN TAPES according to Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit. I'm thinking this subgenre is already close to wearing itself out again, but I have to admit that I like the basic set-up here... Essentially the flick is about what happens when a tape of a failed exorcism somehow leaks out of the Vatican.
If they do it without making the camera POV the focus of the movie this could be a great horror flick. I mean, the best parts of THE FOURTH KIND were the videos... they just decided to shoe-horn in that "this is real" throughline that became distracting.
This project is a curiosity at the moment. There's a slim path it could walk and be incredibly effective. We'll see how it casts up and comes out.
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