The Ominous Project 2: Macabre File
Most horror films today have a great start but gradually become redundant through its sequels. There are a few exceptions, however. The Ominous Project broke the mold and set the bar high for horror. Its sequel, Macabre File, not only lives up to its predecessor but, in many ways, surpasses it.
The film follows a group of five journalism students who are given the opportunity of a lifetime: find out what happened to Daytona Westgate, the only known survivor of a brutal attack one year earlier. Whoever gets the story first, wins a full scholarship to the Paris Academy of Journalism. As the students delve further into their investigation, things begin to turn deadly, and they'll have to work together if they hope to make it out alive.
If I had to pick one element from these films that I could say really defines them and sets them about the rest of the genre, it'd be their feeling of realism - not only because of the POV format but also because of the stories they tell. There are a lot of wackjobs in the world and The Ominous Project films capture that. Macabre File in particular accurately shows post-traumatic stress disorder for what it really is. It develops the story expertly, bringing a ton of unexpected twists and shocking turns of events to the table that will have you guessing til the very end.
Congratulations to director Shreco Bakari for once again defying the modern horror standards and creating a masterpiece. Will there be another film? As long ad it stays true to these two films, I wholeheartedly welcome it. I give The Ominous Project 2: Macabre File a perfect 4 out of 4 rating.
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