Greywood’s Plot (2022) Film Review- Armessa Movie News

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Days ago I was listening to a podcast, and a modern filmmaker (of genre films) said that a film has to be “sold” in its first 10 minutes. He said the idea of conquering an audience during a film’s introduction should be a director’s main goal. And a screenwriter’s for that matter. As if things were that easy.

Hours later I watched Greywood’s Plot with a critical eye that’s also soft for the horror genre. If I had to consider that premise with Josh Stifter’s creation, results would have been different. This is a film that grows on you, and yes it happens in a matter of minutes. It’s no cinematic sin to introduce your story with enough personality that the audience may get lost a little, but only if you have a broader idea when delivering. Greywood’s Plot has that, and it has lingered deeply on my mind for a few days. Yes, the way few films do.

In Stifter’s Greywood’s Plot, a frustrated content creator and his friend come upon a tape that shows a mysterious being in the woods. They decide to take the matter into their own hands and research on its existence. For this they enter the area with enough equipment to make this a random found footage film. 

The relationship is strong enough to make this part of the film a fierce contender in Stifter’s concept. Pop culture nods and hints at horror fandom make the journey very fun. I laughed and also frowned. I hadn’t fallen in Stifter’s hands just yet.

And then Greywood’s Plot turns into something else. It becomes the film I wanted to see from the beginning with the use of grainy effects to get me in the mood. Black and white had felt like a lazy option to homage some influences, but in the second half it’s part of the stage for Stifter’s forced shoving into the unsettling world he has created. This was the film I wanted to see, but I have to admit my blood curdled.

It all has to do with discovering the cause for that monster’s sighting and the reason why two clueless doofuses entered the woods. The film complies with a subgenre we know tons about. It even looks like that film which created the mad scientist idea. But Stifter twists the wheel enough to make this fall down the rabbit hole a justified one. It’s not that the plot has to make sense. It’s an inevitability for a character’s insight of living and dying for your art. 

Greywood’s Plot feels like a flashback to the era of drive-in movies where monsters and ghouls were made of cardboard and practical special effects and somehow it is. It’s just that the script goes for more when addressing its resolution. Just when you thought everything was over, the idea keeps revealing itself to show more of the decadence.

Again, this feels like two movies in one and a great opportunity seized by an indie filmmaker. If there’s one thing horror lovers love is when horror films are noticeably made by one of us. This one is. You can feel that. Right when characters speak like one of us, but also when you notice an evil act is a mere note on the surface of something bigger, gorier and scarier. 

And no, films are beautiful enough to give them a chance at improving themselves after 10 minutes. Screw that rule.

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