SX_Tape (2014)

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Synopsis: What begins as harmless sex games between a free-spirited artist (Caitlyn Folley) and her videographer boyfriend (Ian Duncan) turns much darker as the pair breaks into a boarded-up former hospital , looking for a space for a new gallery show. As they investigate the building's ominous rooms and passageways, a seductive prank , meaning to arouse and terrify, goes terribly wrong - and what is discovered will destroy them both. (C) Well Go USA

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Reese
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 14, 2014
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for SX_Tape

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

It's a bad movie, the kind that presents itself with countless opportunities to create suspense or dread and wastes them.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

It is difficult to become fully absorbed in goings-on when the characters keep having to deal with plummeting IQs.

Full Review… | July 10, 2014
TheFilmFile.com

Do you like your horrid "found footage" ripoffs riddled with amateur pornography? If so, SX_Tape is just the movie you've been looking for!

Full Review… | May 26, 2014
We Got This Covered

Its creepy setting, lighting and sound designs deliver some scares, but there's not enough in terms of surprises or cleverness.

Full Review… | May 16, 2014
NYC Movie Guru

There's no reason or logic in this found-footage yawner, and nothing rises to the level of even adolescent notions of sexy-scary.

Full Review… | May 16, 2014
Flick Filosopher

Steeped in the gritty, grimy minutiae of urban decay and chillingly well-defined supernatural components that made [Rose's] breakout hit Candyman an enduring cult favourite.

Full Review… | May 13, 2014
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Audience Reviews for SX_Tape

Visually and sonically impressive but ultimately wearying and repetitive "found footage" film that is elevated by its sheer weirdness and surreal imagery, though the performances are merely competent and the final moments are utterly ridiculous.

danieljparsons
Daniel Parsons

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½

A mostly mediocre and somewhat boring found-footage horror film that manages to bring some creepiness, weirdness, and brutality before the ending.

What SX_Tape does well, it does well enough to leave an impression. The claustrophobic feeling of the hospital make the character's mental states easy to believe. The jump scares are also well-executed.

Unfortunately, everything else fails to excite. The first 1/3 of the movie is random slice-of-life type scenes, regularly interrupted for the main character, Jill (Caitlyn Folley), and her boyfriend to have sex. It's rather wearying by itself, and made moreso with the unsexiness of the visual aesthetic of found footage-genre movies.

You'd think that once the scares started happening that the sex would cease. It doesn't. It decreases, yes, (preferring to have endless shots of Jill rushing hurriedly through samey hallways) but two of the main sex scenes of the movie are found within the confines of this abandoned hospital.

The first one, if it was the only sex scene of the movie, could be defensible. In fact, it might even enhance the overarching story. That it follows one of the main scares of the movie isn't inconsequential. It's the absurd sex scene that serves as the climax (narratively speaking) that pushes this movie into ROFL territory. Watching the absurdly porn-inspired exaggerated humping and position-switching cheapened the entire movie.

There is the core of an interesting story here. The director has shown that he can deliver about a half-hour of an interesting horror movie. Then to puff it into a full-length he added a lot of sex and nonsense. Strip out that sex and nonsense and build the core narrative and *presto!*; a good movie. Unfortunately, that is not what we have.

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