Review by Mark Schwab
I think I'm pretty much done with the found footage horror film now. Director Bernard Rose, who used to make decent films with decent budgets like Candyman and Immortal Beloved, has delivered a pathetic, borderline embarrassing waste of time with SX_Tape and I think it's time to really stick a fork in this genre. Especially if this is what it has been reduced to.
The person in front of the camera most of the time is nymphomaniac Jill (Caitlyn Folley) and the moronic idiot doing most of the filming is Adam (Ian Duncan). I know these names because the actors are constantly saying them in the film, usually yelling it down a hallway. I think I heard "Adam" said about 103 times and "Jill" about 108 times. I would advise counting the number of times the characters call out their names because it is more interesting than watching the film.
The story has these two name droppers breaking into the abandoned Vergerus Institute women's hospital because "it would make a great place to throw a party!". I actually googled "Vergerus" for the heck of it and noticed one of the links referenced Ingmar Bergman using the word. Wow…is director Bernard Rose deep or what?
Anyway, after they break in, we get a lot of shots of Jill walking down dark hallways and Adam saying off camera, "Did you hear that?" and "I thought I saw something". This simple little description goes on for a very long time as we get a subjective camera tour of an abandoned building where almost nothing happens for about 45 minutes.
Then Jill gets possessed (sort-of - it's so badly directed you aren't entirely sure), then their two equally stupid friends show up and also decide to break into the building, then Jill's nose begins to bleed a lot and there's a really cheap looking optical effect when a ghost is around and…..yawn.
SX_Tape is boring, stupid and might as well be cut up and made into guitar picks.