“We all die in the dark”
The Outwaters is a 2022 American horror film about four travelers who encounter menacing phenomena in the Mojave Desert.
Written, produced, photographed, directed, edited by and performed by Robbie Banfitch.
The Fathom Films production also stars Angela Basolis, Scott Schamell, Leslie Ann Banfitch and Melissa Andrea.
“It’s impossible to guess where or even how Robbie’s journey will end, although you may pick up a puke bag once or twice along the way. As he lingers a little too long on the serene setup, washed with pastel pink and purple sunsets, the full-throttle dive into a personal hell soaked in black and red viscera sinks deep into your skull and remains long after the credits. 4/5 Bloody disgusting
“The Outwaters isn’t afraid to get weird and make you feel deeply off balance. It’s a contender for one of the best movies of 2022 because of that. If you think you know the found images, you need to see The Outwaters.” 4.5/5 dread center
“The Outwaters is an experience not to be missed. It’s a love or hate movie made especially for those who love risk-taking horror movies. It’s an intense effort to expand the depth and possibilities of the found footage genre. 4.5/5 grimoire of horror
“Yes, it’s gripping and gruesome, with moments that might otherwise have been unforgettable, but it’s also hollow and meaningless, overwhelming the viewer with one shocking scene after another. I admit that the end is rather funny…” Obsessive Horror
“The direction of this film is strong, with most shots having an intentionality behind them that gets lost in most films of the subgenre that rely entirely on their style being found footage and not adding much- thing beyond. The Outwaters is an incredibly strong found film that will no doubt find an audience in time. 4.5/5 iHorror
“The Outwaters is by no means a film for everyone. It’s a disorienting film that literally leaves audiences in the dark with few answers, and I’d be lying if I said it was an enjoyable experience. This one is not for the faint of heart. But Banfitch has created something truly shocking with a minimalist, DIY approach…” 4/5 killer horror review
“The Outwaters is as simple as a found movie can be, until it descends completely into what can only be described as a terrifying trip to hell […] Banfitch’s film will be divisive in that it takes a while to get to the goods. Those familiar with its rhythms and embracing the journey, however, expect a rarefied experience. Field
“Before the stark and unsettling visuals kick in, Banfitch does a great job of introducing viewers to the group of friends, all of whom are likable characters, making their fates all the more difficult to watch unfold. . The Outwaters is a trippy excursion into a hellish world, and one that will likely stick in viewers’ minds for some time after. 3.5 out of 5 The scariest things
“Much of the film takes place in total darkness, relying on sound to convey the horror. There are scenes that are literally pitch black with nothing but screams on the tape. Banfitch is smart with his cinematography, often lighting up his scenes with nothing but a small flashlight.It’s scary and sets the tone disorienting, but it’s over the top. Zealots Screen
“The disturbing images are disturbing and only made worse with disorienting cuts, impressive editing and camera tricks, which throw us off even more. […] With jaw-dropping sound design, striking visuals and confident direction from Banfitch, The Outwaters is a masterful dream of death with found images. 5/5 kill away
“The Outwaters features a borderline (intentionally) incoherent finale that runs the gamut from deeply unsettling to utterly inexplicable, making for a perfectly disorienting mix of found footage, cosmic horror, and Tremors-a creature feature that looks quite original. 3.5/5 Empty video
Cast and characters:
Robbie Banfitch … Robbie Zagorac
Angela Basolis … Angel Bocuzzi
Scott Schamell … Scott Zagorac
Leslie Ann Banfitch … Leslie Zagorac
Melissa Andrea … Neighbor
Christine Brown … 911 Operator (voice)
Nancy Bujnowski … stewardess (voice)
Filming locations :
Death Valley, California
Little Armenia, Los Angeles, California
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Mojave Desert, California
Claremont, CA (studio)
Filmmaker Robbie Banfitch also provided sound design and special effects.
The cast and crew were swarmed by bees during filming, and the incident appears in the film.
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