August Underground is a revolutionary film in the found footage shot-on-video horror movie directed by the infamous Fred Vogel. It still continues to be a debatable topic on the internet where it stands in modern day lore and snuff film inspired horror. Released back in 2001 it definitely feels like you’re picking up a relic in this day and age of all things digital and accessible. However, if you’ve heard the myths and stories from the fans who’ve seen it upon its initial release or during its peak during the mid 2000’s when the trilogy was concluding. It will have a higher bar for you when you do finally watch it.
Two serial killers go on a murdering rampage as one films the outcome from behind a video cameraSynopsis
When you think ‘August Underground’ think ‘Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer’ on cocaine, the acting and directing by Fred Vogel is unique and immersive for the journey these two serial killers will take you on throughout the 70 minute runtime, which if you don’t have a strong stomach it will feel much longer. If you love the gruesome and grotesque gore and grim storytelling this is for you. Luckily for me, a friend of mine didn’t steer me away enough when I was asking if him if the gore was intricate to the plot or to be excessive. It had great practical gore effects that would make Tom Savini proud.
When it comes to the actual plot of the movie it’s rather weak, and you’ve seen it done a million times before with two maniac friends going on a serial killing spree. What separates this from others is the lighting from the director of photography and cinematographer goes back to the immersive feel of the terror and torture you witness throughout the film is something to behold. ‘August Underground’ is a must watch and a must own for any hardcore horror fan, especially if you want to trip out your friends. Be warned though, it is quite the party clearer.
Overall Grade: 3.5/5 Stars