The Sigil (2012)

Are you bored of found footage films? Yes? Then stop reading. This review is not for you.

Devan’s brother is dead. He was one of was 42 people killed by ‘radiation poisoning’ in a downtown LA location. The bodies were never released and the house was sealed off from the outside world.

Unsatisfied with the government’s report into her brother’s demise, Devan enlists the help of her two filmmaking friends Brandon and Nathan, who decide to make a documentary on the incident… and to see if they can unravel a secret conspiracy!

As the trio embark on a mission of discovery, what they find is more bizarre and horrifying than they could’ve possibly imagined…

This is a cheap production, which is utterly forgivable if it’s a compelling, well-acted and smartly constructed piece of work… but The Sigil is not. At all. In any way.

Logically, The Sigil takes some absurd leaps that instantly throw you out of the film, especially the fact the house had been scoured by FBI agents who failed to find the incredibly useful diary of Devan’s brother… which was lying on the floor.

Probably the most illogical thing is the situation with the ‘neighbours’, who invite three random trespassers to stay in their home when one of them (the neighbours, not the filmmakers) frequently has psychotic episodes! Yes, because I’d really want to sleep in the same room as a psychologically damaged stranger.

And hey, why not invite the constantly-fitting stranger to come with you… into the very house that might’ve driven him insane in the first place? What could go wrong?

The acting and dialogue, however, are what truly plummet The Sigil into the realms of amateur cackage, with unnatural conversations delivered incredibly badly. A couple of the actors are decent, but one in particular is the least naturalistic actor I have ever seen. It truly destroys any element of integrity…

Now, The Sigil – like a lot of recent horror films – isn’t true found footage. It has elements of found footage, with a huge chunk of it filmed with the crew’s cameras, but then it intermittently jumps from found footage… for no discernable reason. This is increasingly becoming a new cliché; filmmakers throwing in found footage simply to generate additional scares. It’s needless and constantly reminds you you’re watching a film. It is also filled with SCREAMING.

Luckily The Sigil has an interesting idea at its core, with a twisting tale about a Baphomet-worshipping cult that went horribly wrong. Just a shame it was so poorly constructed. Hilariously bad in places, The Sigil is an utterly forgettable horror film that stars the writer and director. As feature debuts go, it’s not the worst… but it’s not worth your time.

Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

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