A thoughtful script. Two funny, relatable actors. Perfect audio. Fun angles. A surprise body count and good gore. RWD is resourceful. Basically two men went into the woods for however long and came back with a movie that landed them a distribution deal. If that’s not a masterclass in filmmaking, then I don’t know what is.
Stuertz and Hartley are two incredibly creative and talented filmmakers, with a passion for the medium that clearly shines through their work. Hugely original, the concept of this movie is it’s strength, and any frustrations are overwritten by how genuinely enjoyable it is.
This is a movie about two pranksters, and even if the genres are said to create opposite feelings, horror and comedy are actually closely related - as evidenced in this film, actually, that also makes perfect use of the found footage approach, using it to keep the wildly confusing plot coherent and even giving the protagonists something to cling on to.
RWD goes from nerve wracking to a fun surprise and, by the final act, it’s a tense survival film. I found myself on the edge of my seat, genuinely rooting for the characters.