10 March 2015

HOOKED UP

HOOKED UP

Spain, 2013/2015
Director: Pablo Larcuen

2/10











"Hooked Up" is the debut feature of Spanish filmmaker Pablo Larcuen, shot entirely on an iPhone and for whatever reason produced by Jaume Collet Serra, director of "Orphan" and the "House of Wax" remake. The movie follows two super-horny douchebags on holiday in Spain, getting trapped in a creepy house and terrorized by some kinda semi-supernatural 'killer girl'.

The movie is basically a very shaky wannabe-variation of a low-budget slasher film mixed with last year's found-footage shocker "Afflicted", and packed to the brim with elements from other found footage films, like "V/H/S", "Atrocious" or "[REC]". It's incredibly lazily written and directed, amateurishly edited and horribly filmed. I'm usually a fan of all kinds shaky cam, but the camera in "Hooked Up" is way too shaky for my taste.


There's hardly anything likable about this thing. I mean, It's hard to enjoy a movie that starts out with a disgusting three-minute-scene of a drunken idiot vomiting into a toilet while his buddy, a much, much bigger idiot, is constantly ranting about the other idiot's ex-girlfriend and raving about how awesome it will be to party/drink/fuck in "Bahselona!", followed by roughly 20 minutes of bar-hopping, drinking, drinking, kissing girls, more drinking, pissing into a glass in the middle of a pub, more drinking, more kissing etc. etc.

Damn, these two idiots are so unbearable, it was simply impossible for me to get into this movie at all. When "Hooked Up" finally starts to focus on the horror part (after the first half hour), it was already way too late. The guy from Bloody Disgusting nailed it: "(...) during the first 20 minutes of the film (...) I wanted nothing more in the world than to turn the damn thing off."


The rest of the film consists of loud noises, loud screaming, people running though the house, loud noises, loud screaming, people running though the house, ad infinitum. There's a bunch of neat gore scenes and a handful of mildly interesting sequences in the last third, but all in all, this was so fucking frustrating,
I'm still at a loss for words. "Fucked Up" would be a much better title for this piece of stupidity. Watch James Cullen Bressack's excellent iPhone-thriller
"To Jennifer"
instead!

Thanks to October Coast PR for the screener!

4 comments:

  1. Damn, I wanted to see this....damn, now I'm tempted to see it just for the sake of ranting about it!

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    1. I'd recommend to stay far away from it. It's not worth checking out, not even for ranting ;)

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  2. I've got a review coming up for this soon too, and yeah, it's pretty crappy. It looks alright but the story and acting is terrible.

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    1. Indeed. Actually, the only good thing about it is the cover :D

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