It’s generally not a good sign when we reach out to a film maker or distribution house about covering a film and hear nothing back.It can often come off as a lack of confidence in the product. Nevertheless, Desecrated did hold up well in the first 20 seconds or so of the trailer (that’s all I ever watch), and it looked as if it was in one of the higher “tiers” of indie horror. That being considered, I went ahead and plopped down a few bucks for a HD rental. My mistake.
The plot is absolutely nonsensical. We follow a group of cliched college kids into the woods for a spring break getaway. Normally, that’s a wet dream for me. Unfortunately, Desecrated gives us almost zero reason to actually like any of the characters. Let alone care about them. The performances from the cast didn’t do much to help – or maybe they were just doing the best they could with what they had. Haylie Duff is by far the best thing going here…and that should tell you something.
I don’t know how they did it, but the scenes in the trailer made it look like a real winner. It’s not until you actually buy the film that you feel the obvious budget constraints and the film makers inability to work with them creatively. These seemingly “well to do” kids are riding around in a 90’s model Suburban and using old school Blackberry devices. Both of which would be fine if all of the money was spent on decent gear for creating a feature film…but nope.That’s not to say it’s a bad looking film, it simply had no style. I have seen multiple short films shot on DSLR cameras that look like Interstellar next to Desecrated. It’s unfortunate, because as ridiculous as the plot seems – it could have been kind of cool.
2015 is off to an excellent start, with all kinds of awesome titles to watch. Desecrated is not one of them. I support indie film, and that should be apparent from the countless other reviews on this site. That said, I do not support poor film. Regardless of how much money is behind it.
Film Makers are getting extremely creative in the horror genre these days. With all of the competition that exists right now in the industry, Desecrated simply does not stack up.