Movie Review – Skew (2011)

Skew (2011)When Simon, Rich, and Eva head out on an eagerly anticipated road trip, they bring along a video camera to record their journey. What starts out as a carefree adventure slowly becomes a descent into the ominous as unexplained events threaten to disrupt the balance between the three close friends. Each one of them must struggle with personal demons and paranoia as friendships are tested and gruesome realities are revealed…and recorded.

Director: Sevé Schelenz
Writer: Sevé Schelenz
Stars: Rob Scattergood, Amber Lewis and Richard Olak
Studio: Sleep Apnea Productions

Skew focuses on three characters – Simon, Rich and Eva (Rob Scattergood, Richard Olak and Amber Lewis) – who are on a road trip that goes horribly wrong. While on the trip, Simon is filming the entire trip with his handheld camera. Skew is making its rounds on the festival circuit and is a film that is well worth your time.

The premise of the film is that, while Simon is filming, he sees that someone’s face skewed in the camera and then that person dies. As the film unravels, you are trying to figure out the mystery of what is causing this camera effect. In the end, the reveal is handled well and, while we see it coming, it does work out fairly well.

As far as acting goes, that is the strength of this film. It is very character driven and all three of the leads were very capable in their roles. I have heard this film compared to Paranormal Activity and The Sixth Sense. I do not see either comparison, but I did enjoy the film and I think that you will too.