The Black Tape: A Film About Murder

Ramone Menon's directional debut deserves a lot of praise.

The Black Tape, written and directed by Ramone Menon, stars Elina Madison alongside Allen Marsh in an interesting twist on the found footage genre of horror.

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The story follows Robert and Alana Wilson and their children who live in a normal American suburb. All of their lives change when their home is invaded by a killer who is making his own film.

Check out the official trailer below.

The intro to The Black Tape shows a disclaimer that local news and television sources received this footage, and it has not been edited in any way. At first it seems plausible that the footage may have been found, and turned it by someone. As the film progresses, you realize how crafty and unhinged the killer really is, and that he may have sent it himself for the audience to enjoy.

One of the first things you notice about this film is Menon’s use of editing, sound, and lighting. It pairs well with the theme, and adds a feeling of tension as the killer stalks his victims.

Having a brutal murder scene in the first three minutes of the film was a great touch. Especially when the killer chops off the victims head, and throws it at the camera he set up to document his actions.

The Black Tape shows a lot of footage from the killers point of view, but also the reactions of others from his previous time spent in the area. Menon did a great job displaying paranoia, and pulling the curiosity of the viewer straight into the mind of a killer.

Although Elina Madison’s talent shined through in her role, everyone did a great job portraying their characters. There was a lot of devotion and precision that went into creating this project.

The Black Tape was brilliantly shot, musically scored, and deserves a lot of praise for a directional debut. The ending answered a lot of questions instead of leaving them behind.

Ramone Menon and Phenomenon Cinema are a great stab for independent horror, I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

You can learn more about The Black Tape by clicking here.

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  • Tim Johnson
    7 March 2016 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Looks impressive. I’d give it a watch. Home invasion types of movies are always a bit unsettling, which is a big reason I love them!

    • Matthew Myers
      8 March 2016 at 12:03 am - Reply

      It was a really cool film Tim, you will enjoy it. Very innovative for the genre.