I’ve never been a huge fan of sci-fi films, unless they’re more horror than science fiction (like Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, which is my personal favorite sci-fi/horror flick). I’m never in a rush to see the next Alien movie, and it’s rare for me to fall in love with a sci-fi film. Was The Gracefield Incident one of those rare moments?
(Synopsis provided by IMDb.com):
In Gracefield, three couples are spending a long weekend in a luxurious cabin she suddenly an uninvited guest in the form of a meteorite, comes crashing the party.
The Gracefield Incident is directed and written by Mathieu Ratthe. Ratthe also stars in the film along Laurence Dauphinais, Juliette Gosselin, Lori Graham, Kimberly Laferriere, Alex C. Nachi, and Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles.
I’m gonna start off by saying I really enjoyed this film. As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of Sci-Fi films, but I absolutely love found footage films and The Gracefield Incident combined those two sub-genres beautifully! It took advantage of its atmosphere and created a really creepy experience.
What works for the film:
The main character, Matthew, had a storyline that was very tragic and I’m really glad we got to see a sub-story that makes you feel for the character more, instead of just jumping right into the trip. I found myself rooting for Matthew and I thought Mathieu Ratthe did a wonderful job portraying the character.
Most of the special effects were very well done. When it comes to found footage films, the filmmakers have to step it up a notch in order to be different. I thought using an eye as a camera was an especially nice touch, it takes POV to a unique level and I think it could be the next level I found footage.
I just absolutely fell in love with the ending. Without spoiling too much, I will say the ending perfectly connected the protagonist and antagonists in a way I wasn’t expecting. The end was undoubtedly my favorite part.
What doesn’t work for the film:
I was a bit irritated by the some of the dialogue; it seemed bland and cringe-worthy. In particular, the conversation between the group on their way to the cabin really made me wonder if I was going to care at all about what happened to these characters.
Some of the minor characters lacked any redeeming qualities and it seemed they were there more for body count than any character development or sympathy, which, for horror films, is pretty much normal.
I can definitely see myself watching The Gracefield Incident again in the future. It was creepy, original and I loved the storyline. It is now available on Amazon. Be sure to check the film out and let us know your thoughts on it!