Skew is a 2010 indie horror film written and directed by Seve Schelenz. The plot tells the story of three friends who embark on a road trip, where death seems to follow them step by step. The harbinger of death is due to one of the characters (Simon’s) camera. The film is shot from the camera’s perspective, in a similar vein as other “found footage” movies, that is, with a shaky handheld camera.
The movie has a very slow and dull first half. I find this to be a problem with most films in the handheld genre. This film in particular, suffers from a slow build up. The first half is boring in part due to the writer’s failed attempts to captivate the audience while he tries to characterize the people on the screen. The script is weak, and the acting does not deliver. The characters are uninteresting, which makes it difficult to like them, or care about them. Some useful background information is given about Simon. Also the three characters are in a love triangle. These details are important and add to the story, however there are long sections of rambling and uninteresting dialogue. Half the time the camera is not even facing the person talking. This kills the pacing of the film, its incredibly hard to sit through. The film, despite the first half, nonetheless, becomes interesting.
As the trio continue to film their trip, the faces they capture on the camera become all distorted and skewed. The people with these disfigured faces are then killed shortly after. Their ghosts later appear, sporadically, to haunt Simon while he’s shooting the trip. The scares are well implemented throughout the movie. These are in their nature “jump scares,” but they’re nonetheless effective. Once the film picks up the pacing it becomes more engaging.
As the pacing picks up, the scares become more frequent, and the film becomes more entertaining. Howbeit, there are still some scenes with and without dialogue that drag on and on. Also just as you start to care about what is happening, the film ends. The ending is extremely open ended and basically answers none of the questions raised throughout the film. Some might love this, some might hate this.
The film takes a psychological route and becomes rather ambiguous. This film is very open to interpretation by audiences. I personally appreciate methods like this because they allow the audience to think and speculate attributes of the film. This adds a sort of replay value to films of this nature.
I found Skew to be an average horror flick with some decent jump scares. I do give this film some credit since it came before Paranormal Activity. The premise is interesting, but it is not exactly anything new in the horror genre. The film also suffers from poor pacing, bad acting, and a dull script. If you are able to get past this you would find the second half to be a mildly entertaining supernatural story with a psychological twist.