You know, I did a review of this movie way back when I started doing reviews, and it was part of the ramp up when I went professional with my reviewing as well as my writing. Basically when this film first dropped on Netflix, I was still largely focused on political commentary, and movies like Alien Abduction (2014) were part of my transition into taking horror seriously.
Anybody else get a rapey vibe off of Noah at the beginning of this movie? He just walks up to a complete stranger, who is with her boyfriend, and in a low and vaguely threatening tone is all like "I wanna dance with you." I swear you can hear fucking banjo after that. His next words should be, "I wanna hear you squeal like a piggy." The fact that this girl's friend gets misty over it says she ain't that much of a friend. More like the kind of friend who you'd ask to watch your drink, but would immediately hands it to the seediest guy at the bar.
Yeah, this was fun. As many of my readers well know, my wife watches a lot of horror movies with me, and one of our favorite things to do is riff the movie we're watching. It's one of the ways I know a movie has riffing potential. Of course this movie, being a shoe-string indie, had all kinds of riffable material. It's like the trope my wife coined "ForeCaging," (named after the hammy acting of Nicolas Cage) which means "Foreshadowing riff worthy material from the setup."
I had long considered the use of Vinettes for horror after I was invited to review 15 Second Horror Movies on YouTube. For the most part they were pretty entertaining, so when I was asked to review another series of Vinettes (now called Toks as Vine has long since shut down to be replace by Tik Tok), I jumped on the chance.
I ended up watching this because a friend recommended it after I surprisingly enjoyed Color Out Of Space (2019). The 2010's brought us a huge uptick in seriously quality Lovecraftian horror, many of which made it on to my 'All Time Top Horror' list.