Macabre…ish Horror Review: 14 Cameras
14 Cameras, 2018/ 1 hr 30 min.
Gerald (Neville Archambault), now driving a box truck instead of a van, has added vacation rentals to his repertoire. And there are more cameras than before. He advertises on the internet through a vacation rental hub and is up to his same old antics plus some. He sneaks in and uses his guests tooth brushes, goes through their belongings.
He has upped the anti though, if there are keys, he takes them and makes copies. He’s not only still copying video but streaming them live. He also takes requests from the viewers in chat. Someone can request some underwear they watched a guest take off. A request is made, a price offered, it is accepted or declined, if accepted, Gerald retrieves the item and sends it to the buyer.
His computer is now a huge work space with a wall of monitors that tower over him. And he now has a son. Well the son of one of his victims who has to be at least 11 years old and called Junior. The child is mostly ignored, locked in a house and left to be entertained by the tv.
A family books his rental for a few weeks vacation and the house far exceeds their expectations, at first glance. But there’s rotten food in the fridge, lipstick on glasses and frankly it’s way too cheap. It feels like they aren’t supposed to be there.
Later, Gerald enters a woman’s apartment and kidnaps her and stores her in his box truck, chained to a wall. He takes her out to a bunker in the middle of nowhere and inside is another kidnap victim, Claire (Brianne Moncrief).
Back at the vacation house, Dad (Hank Rogerson) is uneasy. Things are out of place, the front door is unlocked when it shouldn’t be. Things, like underwear are going missing and causing strife amongst them.
One day Junior steals some keys and gets into the truck, Gerald unwittingly drives him to the location where he streams. Junior watches the monitors and everything going on, on the feed. But he hides when Gerald returns.
One night, on the live stream, the chat spirals out of control when an offer is made for one of the girls, $100,000. Gerald says they’re not for sale. Then the offer is $10,000 for the address. It is again declined. But another subscriber chimes in to take the offer, somehow he knows the address to the house. Before the livestream can be ended, a photo of the house is also sent.
This is a disaster and now Gerald has to go to the house and handle it. And Junior is once again watching on the monitors, he picks up the phone and dials 911.
This is directed by Seth Fuller and Scott Hussion but written by Victor Zarcoff. It is a direct continuation of 13 Cameras but about a decade in the future. The same actors are used for characters that are reprised from the first movie. This one is much more graphic, gory and violent. The pacing is still good though there are a few problems with the story which doesn’t matter too much but they were noticeable. It didn’t stop me from enjoying it though!