Runtime: 1h 34m
Director: Daniel Goldhaber
Writer: Isa Mazzei
Stars: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters
Alice, an ambitious camgirl, wakes up one day to discover she’s been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself.
Initial: I believe Cam was recently mentioned on Evolution of Horror podcast’s “Best Streaming Right Now to Watch While You’ve Been Asked to Keep Your Germs to Yourself” episode. (That’s not the title of the episode, I’m fairly sure, but you get my meaning.) I hadn’t even watched a trailer for this movie before I watched it, and I’m kind of glad I didn’t. Runner up was Color Out of Space (2019), but I decided I didn’t want to burn a hoopla credit this early in the month.
Production Notes: Writer Isa Mazzei is a former cam girl. She decided a horror movie was better for explaining the industry than a documentary. (via Wikipedia)
What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead) I feel like movies focused on social media are doomed to be quickly out of date. This one is probably no different, but for the moment, it does pretty well. The set up is long and maybe a little gratuitous. (Btw, this is a very sex-positive movie. It’s not explicit, but it’s about an area of sex work. If you have a problem with that, skip this.) The twist was unexpected, but it felt quickly intuited rather than investigated. I feel like Alice/Lola would have had some cross platform connections that might have given more clues/help. I rather appreciated that all the men in this movie are idiots and it’s pretty much left entirely up to Alice to save herself. Granted, this movie, like Mandy Lane, involves a women putting herself in a dangerous situation, but it does a very good job of conveying the continual low-level paranoia that goes along with being female in a world of potentially predatory men. I did not understand the very end of the movie—Alice goes back to being a cam girl. I wasn’t sure whether there is some real reason for this or not. Still, this was a decent below-the-radar horror flick.