The Face In The Wall
1 May 2022
Dwayne Buckle, Semyon White
Frantz Lecoeur, Jonah Ehrenreich, Victoria Guthrie, Samantina Zenon
While working on a film, two friends discover a mysterious face on the wall of an apartment.
Calvin (Lecoeur) is a freelance cameraman, who is assigned to do a job in one of the floors of a New York building. One of his co-workers is his friend Jimmy (Ehrenreich), a soundman. While using Calvin's old camera, the two of them accidentally come across a large, ghostly-looking, human face in a wall, in the room where the film shooting took place. The face can only be seen through that specific camera. Puzzled and intrigued by their finding, they decide to find out what it is.
This low-budget movie operates kind of like a spooky horror film. An extraordinary (and apparently supernatural) discovery is made and from there the protagonists try to unravel its origins. They research the history of the building, spend a great deal of time studying the face and enlist the help of a paranormal expert, Dr. Polinova (Guthrie). Polinova attempts to provide the most rational explanation, suggesting that it could be a being from another dimension. The script is not very exciting and consistis mainly of discussions and theories regarding the existence of the face and the feeling of threat, that something bad is going to happen is vaguely present. The thing that will most likely keep the viewer watching will be to know the aswers regarding what the face actually is and that might not be enough.
Unfortunately, it shows that this was filmed on a very small budget. The quality of the image looks poor and the audio does not sound good. Although these faults affect the viewing experience, they do not prevent the movie from being watchable. Moving on to better elements, the face is arguably the highlight here. The face is roughly the size of an adult's torso and it comes across as more fascinating than sinister.
The film contains interesting use of electronic music, however at certain scenes the choice of score might not had been the most appropriate and ends up creating an awkward atmosphere.
The acting is OK and Lecoeur and Ehrenreich have good chemistry between them. Guthrie plays the most interesting character, that of an knowledgeable psychic.
This is a movie that has an interesting plot and manages to be spooky and mysterious at times. Nevertheless, the screenplay fails to bring much excitement and the ending is not a big pay-off.