I’m always a bit wary of found footage films. Sure, when made well, these movies can give us some of the best scares we’ve ever seen, but it’s a really tricky style to get right. More often than not it falls flat on its face and feels borderline silly, so I always go into these films with at least a bit of skepticism. But every once in a while, a found footage movie comes along and wins me over with its trailer alone, and Last Radio Call is one of those films.
It’s about a woman whose husband went missing a year ago so she hires a film crew to find out what really happened. Their investigation uncovers a terrible secret, and it sets the woman on a collision course with an ancient evil entity.
We don’t know much about this movie beyond that sparse description, but for my money, it’s plenty. If you give me dark secrets and timeless evil beings, I’m all in, so this already sounds like my kind of film. And when we add in all the cool footage we see in the trailer, Last Radio Call just becomes more and more enticing.
There’s a ton of really cool imagery here, and while I can’t say that every single shot works for me, the vast majority of it definitely does. To take just one example, I love the part where we see a person tied up in the woods in front of a strange, occult-like structure. I have no idea what that thing is or why that person is tied up there, but you just know it’s something terrible.
On a more general level, this trailer is also saturated with a bleak atmosphere right from the get-go, so even when there’s nothing particularly scary on screen, you can still feel the dread oozing from just about every frame. Sure, you get a few seconds of respite here and there, but for the most part, that feeling never really goes away until the trailer ends. It’s creepy as hell and it makes me super excited to see what the full movie has in store for us.
When you put those individual shots together with the overall feel of the trailer, it looks like Last Radio Call is a film you’re definitely going to want to keep an eye out for. It’s going to premiere on the Terror Films AVOD YouTube Channel on January 14, and then it’ll hit all the usual digital and VOD platforms a week later, on January 21.
So what do you think of the trailer for Last Radio Call? Do you agree with JP that it looks like a good found footage movie? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re looking for more trailers, we’ve got you covered!