The McPherson Tape

The McPherson Tape

Directed by Dean Alioto

A decade before THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT redefined the horror landscape, there was THE MCPHERSON TAPE. On October 8th, 1983, the McPherson family gathered together to celebrate the 5th birthday of Michelle, the littlest member of their household. Everything was captured on VHS by Michael McPherson and his new camcorder. Including the alien invasion.

October 8th, 1983. Michelle McPherson’s 5th birthday. Everything was captured on VHS… including the alien invasion.

Cast: Tommy Giavocchini, Patrick Kelley, Shirly McCalla

Member Reviews

recommend for fans of found footage

ebibebibae
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21 hours ago

i mean, it's pretty bloody good for a film school dropout who wanted to make a movie before he turned 25

GHOULMEGA
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1 day ago

a classic and a staple in found footage. must watch for a tour of found footage films

princevegeta
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3 days ago

I respect it and enjoyed my time with it. Found Footage is a hard genre to nail as you have to maintain a continuity in both the film reality and our reality. The fact that it maintains the illusion of just some family during an alien invasion is very admirable. There are problems, the aliens look goofy, the young kid who should be wailing and crying is strangely calm, and the moment that the two brothers leave the film drags. Overall though for a film made on a $6500 budget (on what I assume was digital) it is really ahead of it's time. It predates the Last Broadcast by 6 years and The Blair Witch by ten. I have a tons of respect for this movie and if you are interested in analog horror/found footage, it is an easy recommend.

Whaleberg
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6 days ago

I was not a fan of it, but can at least maybe understand its like marmite

LordJim
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6 days ago