The Dark Tapes

The Dark Tapes


The Dark Tapes.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  The film, which tells four interlocking tales of supernatural horror, will premiere on VOD on Tuesday, April 18. WoodBangers Entertainment calls the movie “A genre-defying mixture of horror, sci-fi, myth, mystery and thrills told as four interlocking tales in one intelligent anthology.”

Starring: Emilia Ares Zoryan, Danielle Baez, Katelyn Bailey
Director: Vincent J. Guastini, Michael McQuown
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller



Dr. Steve Jones thinks, “The Dark Tapes is a horror anthology film, and as with any compendium, the segments that comprise the whole are somewhat hit-and-miss.”

Eye For Film finds, “Overall, this is considerably more successful in its thematic linkage than most of its ilk, and it’ not hard to see why it has done well on the festival circuit. Its one drawback as an anthology is that its meta-structure makes it difficult to dip in and out of, but as there are no truly weak links here, it’s still likely to please the home audience.”

411 Mania says, “This movie deserves all sorts of praise and a major release of some sort. And people need to see it. Even if you don’t care for found footage movies see it anyway. You won’t regret it.”

[Re]search my Trash observes, “Ok, this movie describes itself as a “found footage” flick – and that might turn off a lot of people already … but The Dark Tape actually uses the approach rather cleverly and in a cinematic way rather than too many other films of its ilk that just cut corners. Instead, this one puts its emphasis on creating tension and suspense, puts emphasis on decent pacing (often a shortcoming with found footage movies) and telling original stories. And with a decent cast, some crazy ideas and fun effects, this one totally works, too!”

WoodBangers Entertainment calls the movie “A genre-defying mixture of horror, sci-fi, myth, mystery and thrills told as four interlocking tales in one intelligent anthology.”

Flix4Chix writes, “Not terribly frightening, and jumping between stories tends to tame the adrenaline rush a bit. Still, a good effort. I jumped in my seat a couple of times.”

CineFiles Movie Reviews says, “In the end, The Dark Tapes is worth the VOD watch for any found footage fan.” finds, “THE DARK TAPES is potent nightmare fuel and deserves a viewing for those who love heady Lovecraftian horror and found footage fans.”

Phase9 Entertainment thinks, “As these are anthology stories, some are better than others, my personal favourite being Amanda’s Revenge and more so for Brittany Underwood’s brilliant performance. Michael McQuown has created a very interesting concept that could easily continue and evolve into an ongoing franchise.”

Gruesome Magazine gives the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “Even so, The Dark Tapes is at once one of the best anthologies and one of the best found footage films I’ve seen. It’s won a multitude of festival awards for everything from best feature to best directing to best ensemble cast and it’s not hard to see why. The Dark Tapes makes you think, keeps you guessing, gives you goosebumps, and rewards you for your attention!”

The Slaughtered Bird observes, “If you want something suspenseful and creepy but otherwise aren’t sure of what genre you’d like, this is the film for you.”

Alice Bishop gives the movie 2 out of 5 rating, and further writes, “Innovative in places but ultimately a throwaway Sci-Fi scare flick, the film allows its low grade shooting style to expose the actors as performers rather than characters within a believable story, drawing attention to their efforts through a lack of cinematic proficiency and failing to reel us back into its terrifying realm before we’ve already lost interest.”

J.B. Spins thinks, “Evidently, there was some gold left to be mined from the found footage vein after all. Highly recommended for horror fans.”

DreadWorld gives the film 4 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “With two strong and one awesome segment, The film really hits on all cylinders. The “found footage” element is reasonable justified in every segment, with only a couple of the head scratching “why are they still taping” moments that seem to plague these films.”

Addicted to Horror Movies says, “This movie is definitely for found footage fanatics, and horror fans who enjoy surprise twists with a dark sense of humor and a smart plot.”

UK Horror Scene finds, “To wrap this review up, I have to say I wish there was more money to make the film. If McQuown could have afforded better production values and creature design it would, along with the great acting and impressive scripts, made this a must see movie. He attempted to gat around the constraints by focussing more on storytelling and character work, and to an extent it worked.”

PerksOfBeingNath thinks, “The Dark Tapes is one of the stronger found-footage horror films in recent memory, confidently utilising its anthology-structure to deliver bite-sized scares and thrills, anchored by some stories more so than others.”

For the Love of Celluloid writes, “If you’re in the mood for an entertaining and (at points) scary found-footage horror anthology, THE DARK TAPE comes recommended!” observes, “I’m a fan of anthology films, but rarely have I seen one that featured such innovative and thoughtful storytelling, strong acting, and impressive cinematography.”

Father Son Holy Gore gives the film 3.5 stars, and further notes, “The Dark Tapes, warts and all, is one of the better found footage movies I’ve seen as of late, running the gamut of horror, thriller, and science fiction with relative ease. Like Tales of Halloween, Holidays, V/H/S, and Southbound, this is an anthology worth dipping into for a fright.”

Horror Society says, “In conclusion I have to admit that I had more fun with this movie than I didn’t. While the ending to pretty much every segment was a letdown the stories themselves were all engaging.”

The Movie Waffler thinks, “Although extremely similar in layout to other found-footage anthology films, The Dark Tapes does well enough to hold its own; all four films show originality, and there is no fault in terms of the acting.”

Rogue Cinema finds, “The script is well thought through and the stories make sense, something the found footage genre consistently has issues with. It’s not perfect, as noted the third story isn’t overly original and the fourth never fully develops all of the ideas it raises, indeed it could have been a film on it’s own. But the stories still deliver which is what matters in the end.”

Hell Horror observes, “Most of the special effects were okay and worked. The storylines/grisly premise were executed nicely with average acting that was believable most of the time.”

The Movie Sleuth writes, “The Dark Tapes is a crowd pleasing entry into both the found footage and anthology categories.”

Film Fracture finds, “The Dark Tapes is too generic, too bland, and too on-the-nose to be scary at all.”

Dread Central gives the film 3 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “Both Guastini and McQuown have executed a tense and thrilling film here, which is packaged with some good scares and is a flick that should be watched with the lights off and the sound on HIGH.”

Space Jockey Reviews thinks, “The Dark Tapes is scary as hell, with cutting-edge creativity bleeding originality from a genre cursed with cliche.”

Movie Rewind gives the movie 4 out of 5 stars, and further writes, “This found-footage anthology features four stories and a wraparound, all of which are incredibly interesting and well-made short films in their own right, but then are made even stronger when seen in the context of this connected whole.”

Tales of Terror finds, “This is not an easy movie. Don’t blink or you’ll get lost. It’s hard to keep up with the segments’ asynchronism, but it pays off, in the end, and makes the film fun to revisit.”

Found Footage Critic says, “In a genre that’s besieged with literal “what you see, is what you get” plots, The Dark Tapes is a breath of fresh air, offering intelligent and innovative storytelling, solid acting, well-placed jump scares, and plenty of plot twists.”

SCENES thinks, “Overall, The Dark Tapes is a solid recommend.”

Horror Geek Life gives the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “The Dark Tapes makes the most of its modest budget and delivers a smart, expertly crafted found footage anthology that claws its way into the upper echelon of both subgenres. It’s a blast.”

Terror from Beyond the Daves says, “The stories also all show strong performances from their casts along with great storytelling and deft directing/editing. It’s a super creepy, mind-bending paranormal ride with more pieces of the puzzle revealed as satisfied viewers go forth.”

Movie Pilot finds, “Impressively rational but still stupendously haunting, this could quite possibly be the best found footage #horror film you will see this year.”

The Movie Guys thinks, “It is a little gruesome bag of dark delicacies that for the most part overcomes its limited budget.”

The Rotting Zombie observes, “The Dark Tapes is the final film I have seen to fully make me believe found footage is genuinely seeing a resurgence in decent ideas, and new ones at that. For any fan of horror anthologies of any type this is well worth a watch, the icing on the cake is that it is at times creepy as well, the kind of creepiness that makes you afraid to turn off the lights.”


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