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The Last Broadcast

The Last Broadcast

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An absorbing, low budget thriller similar to Errol Morris' documentary The Thin Blue Line, The Last Broadcast was dubbed the first 'desktop feature film' -- having been shot on inexpensive digital cameras and edited using home computers for the bewilderingly low price of $900. The effort landed filmmakers Steven Avalos and Lance Weiler in a November 1997 Wired Magazine cover story, where they were placed among the 25 people most likely to revolutionize the entertainment industry. Though constructed like an investigative documentary, The Last Broadcast is an assemblage of fictional yet realistically staged interviews, found video sequences, and contemplative voice-overs by the film's 'director' David Leigh (David Beard), who claims to be making the film as a means of investigating the brutal murders of Steven Avkast (Steven Avalos) and Locus Wheeler (Lance Weiler), hosts of the small-town public access cable show 'Truth or Fiction?'. Leigh creates a complex and horrific story out of the show's final episodes, detailing Avkast and Wheeler's half-baked plan to multicast a special episode of 'Truth or Fiction?' live on cable TV and the Internet. Prompted to investigate the legendary 'Jersey Devil' by an anonymous fan, Avkast and Wheeler setup camp in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, recruiting local sound engineer Rein Clackin (Rein Clabbers) and 'psychic' Jim Suerd (Jim Seward) for the event. Only Suerd makes it out of the woods alive, making him the prime suspect for a police investigation into the murders. When the 'Truth or Fiction?' tapes (or what is left of them) are viewed by the police, Suerd's undeniably violent temper and unstable personality lead to his conviction for the murders. Leigh's film investigation, however, points in a different direction. As damaged video tapes of 'The Last Broadcast' are painstakingly restored, the story of what really happened that night in the Pine Barrens begins to emerge. The Last Broadcast does a lot with its very modest budget, and is part of a growing lineage of successful 'found footage' horrors which includes Cannibal Holocaust (1979) and The Blair Witch Project (1999).
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CRITICS OF "The Last Broadcast"
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eFilmCritic.com
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March 19, 2003

Unravels at the end, with a completely contrived finale that totally destroys whatever mystique the first 80 minutes managed to build.
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Independent on Sunday
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November 27, 2017

TLB is amateur. In all the wrong ways.
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TheMovieReport.com
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January 08, 2005

An efficient and effective exercise that manages to get under the skin.
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Goatdog's Movies
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February 28, 2002

Wouldn't have made it much past the creators' computers had Blair Witch not done so well.
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DVDLaser

November 06, 2004

At its best, it is very creepy
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eFilmCritic.com

April 03, 2005

Intermittently successful gimmick flick.
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