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Movie Review: ‘The Levenger Tapes’

The Levenger Tapes
Studio: Lionsgate
Cast: Johanna Braddy (Amanda: the hottie with a heart of gold), Lili Mirojnick (Kim: the tough, sarcastic BFF ), and Morgan Krantz (Chase: the puppy dog)
Genre: Found footage, horror, thriller
Rating: R for Terror, Some Bloody Images and Language
Runtime: 92 minutes
Release: July 5, 2016 via DVD, Digital HD and On Demand
DVD SRP: $19.98

Review:

The plot of The Levenger Tapes plays out like a How to Write a Horror Movie For Dummies book. With 90% “found footage,” 10% “tired cops who don’t get paid enough watching tapes at 3:00 am,” the film features horny co-eds partying during semester break in a secluded cabin in the woods who find bloody clothes belonging to a missing girl (spoiler alert: it’s Katie Levenger, the film’s namesake). They cross an Old Indian Burial Ground (SERIOUSLY!), are attacked by creepy The Hills Have Eyes-esque people lurking in the trees, before ultimately solving a local mystery a la Scooby Doo. Only with more blood, screaming, and camera shaking (naturally).

shoppingBased on my summary of the plot, you’d probably think this was a trite and cliche horror movie worth skipping, but not necessarily.

The relatable friendship between Amanda and Kim and the sub-plot of a small town’s investment in finding a local girl gave each facet of the film something thrilling and enjoyable. I really did like Amanda and Kim! I felt like their inside jokes, loyalty to one another, and even their bickering were relatable. Hearing the two lament about how they could have been spending their break on a beautiful beach resort versus running through the dark and scary woods was actually pretty funny. Unfortunately, I didn’t particularly enjoy (i.e. I HATED) the role of Chase, who bobbed back and forth between being the scared wimp and the machete-wielding hero. The performer’s acting chops also wavered. The only thing that was consistent about him was that he was 100% annoying, 100% of the time. As mentioned, I also liked the sub-plot of the missing girl, but that might be because I’m a sucker for true-crime stories, detective work, and investigations. I kind of wish there could be a “Katie Levenger” cut of this film, where they only show the parts featuring her. Sure, it would be short, but it would also be intriguing!

The sets were standard but fitting: a tacky family home with way too many floral adornments, a dusty abandoned house with vintage pictures on the wall, and a dark forest with tree limbs that reach out like hands in the dark. I also found the camera work to be suitable: shots with “night vision” were appropriate for the scene, and the movement wasn’t so jarring that it gave me motion sickness. The lack of score was typical for a found footage film, with music sprinkled in when the characters were listening to the stereo.

Unfortunately, my biggest complaint about this movie is that it wasn’t particularly scary.

I am often teased for being the biggest “scaredy cat” around, but this film did little to send shivers down my spine or make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. In fact, during many of the so-called “scary parts,” I tapped my fingers on the table, willing the scene to be over out of boredom— not fear. To be honest, GeekGirl World, this is the kind of movie you watch if it’s raining and Netflix is broken and you’re waiting for your cake to finish baking. Not great, not horrible, just kind of inbetween. In a word, The Levenger Tapes is “Meh.”

For a closer look at The Levenger Tapes, check out the official trailer below:

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

Be sure to catch The Levenger Tapes on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand beginning July 5, 2016— if you dare!

Want more movie madness, darling cinephiles? Be sure to check out our other film reviews here!

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PJ Harvey’s Album: The Hope Six Demolition Project

This week, GeekGirl Lacey listens to PJ Harvey’s new album The Hope Six Demolition Project.

This England born singer song writer started her career in 1988, when she joined Automatic Dlamini as a vocalist, guitarist, and saxophone player. Harvey later went on as a solo artist, and since 1995, she has released six studio albums with collaborations from various musicians.

Rolling Stone awarded her 1992’s “Best New Artist” and “Best Singer Songwriter”, and on their 1995 list she was named “Artist of the Year”.  In June 2013, she was awarded an MBE by the Queen Elizabeth II for her services to music.

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Music Monday: Weezer’s ‘White Album’

Weezer released their latest (and 10th!) album, The White Album, on April 1.

Does this album live up to Weezer’s reputation? Find out in my review:

Weezer is an American rock band based in Los Angeles, California. The band’s current members are Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner. Some of Weezer’s top hits include ‘Pork and Beans’ (Red Album), ‘Photograph’ (Green Album), and ‘Buddy Holly’ (Blue Album)

On October 2015, Weezer released a new single, ‘Thank God for Girls’, and another single, ‘Do You Wanna Get High?’, the following week.

The band is scheduled to co-headline the Weezer & Panic! at the Disco Summer Tour this Summer.

What do you think of Weezer’s new album? Let us know in the comments!

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Music Monday: The Joy Formidable

This week our Music Monday girl Lacey looks into the new The Joy Formidable’s new album, Hitch.

This Welsh alternative rock band was formed in 2007 in North Wales, but they currently call London home.  The band consists of Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd,  and Matthew James Thomas.

Hitch is the groups third major studio album.  We loved the album and we hope to hear more from them in the future!

Take a listen and let us know what you thought in the comments below!

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Music Monday: Pete Yorn’s Album ‘Arranging Time’

This week our Music Monday girl Lacey looked into Pete Yorn’s new album Arranging Time.

Pete Yorn is an American born singer song writer from New Jersey. As a child he was highly encouraged to become a musician, and more so while attending Syracuse University. Shortly after graduating he began his career by moving to Los Angeles where he’s had seven major studio released albums.  Take a listen to the review we did on his latest album Arranging Time and let us know what you think!

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Music Monday Review of The 1975 new Album: I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

This week we reviewed The 1975’s new album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.   This English alternative rock band formed in 2002, and have been going strong ever since.  This album being there sophomore release, shows massive potential for an amazing group on the rise.  The album came out a little over a week ago, but take a listen to what we had to say, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Music Monday: Review of Star Wars Headspace

This week GeekGirl World’s very own Music Monday Lacey, reviews a multi artist album inspired by Star Wars.

With songs like C3Po’s Plight what Star Wars fan wouldn’t have fun dancing along to the beats.  Don’t take our word for it though,  go listen to the tracks available in iTunes and let us here at GeekGirl World know what you thought.

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Music Monday: Review of ‘Matters’ by St. Lucia

This week I stumbled upon a new band that I just had to share with you! St. Lucia is a South African born, Brooklyn based group headlined by Jean Phillip Grobler.  I review their album Matters, which is the group’s sophomore album.

I am definitely digging it! Check out my thoughts in our video review below:

Matters is available on Spotify and iTunes, so take a listen and leave a comment with your own thoughts!

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Music Monday: Valentine’s Day Songs!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the season of all things love than with music! After all, people have been using music to express their deep feelings of love since, well, forever.

So with V-Day fresh in mind, Lacey (GeekGirl World’s official music guru) decided to pick five songs that remind her of her Valentine for this week’s edition of Music Monday.

Everybody interprets music differently, so it’s important to note that what qualifies as a love song is different for each person. A song don’t necessarily have to be soft and romantic so long as it lets your special someone know how you feel about them.

Check out this weeks Music Monday below:

What are your five songs that remind you of your special someone? Let us know in the comments!

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