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Death Web (2024) Review

Death Web is the latest in a line of films where computers and cell phone apps become the high-tech replacement for Ouija boards and spell books. From Evilspeak and Feardotcom to Host and Byte, they’ve been growing in number and popularity as home computers and the internet have gone from a novelty to a nearly essential part of most people’s daily lives. How well does this latest entry fare?

Emma (Jenna N. Wilson, Boudica, Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2) is the host of Emma Investigates, one of the seemingly infinite number of livestream channels devoted to urban exploration, ghost hunting and unsolved mysteries. She’s a little low on ideas for her next show, so she decides to take suggestions from her viewers. One of them suggests an allegedly haunted website, Ghost Webcam.

Now, if that sounds familiar, it might be because I previously reviewed the video chat horror film Ghost Webcam, and now writer/director Sebastian Dove is returning to that cursed URL. This time, however, he’s bringing someone who claims to know a thing or two about evil spirits.

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It doesn’t take long before there’s a ghostly figure on her monitor, the lights go out, and she starts hearing voices. One of those voices mentions a name, Alan Crayford (Alexander Dillon, The Narrow Road, The Reason), who happens to be a psychic investigator. A ghost that wants you to call Ghostbusters, I’m pretty sure that’s a first.

It doesn’t take Alan long to come to the conclusion that an evil presence, The Dark Entity, has attached itself to the website. They need to do some investigating into it and the history of the house where the webcam is located, in order to figure out how to banish it. But it knows they know about its existence, and it’s quite capable of putting up a fight, as they find out when Emma tries to get her hacker friend Sanjeev (Martyn Luke, Dune Drifter, Ship of the Damned) to help them.

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With its small cast, camera centred plot and low budget, Death Web is by necessity a dialogue heavy film, and watching two, occasionally three people talk on camera is not going to appeal to everyone. Especially after the glut of films like this we got during and immediately after COVID lockdown. If you’re one of those people, then you’ll probably want to skip this one.

For those who aren’t put off by it, Death Web does have a rather inventive story that, as it’s gradually revealed, involves mental institutions, occult sects, a missing baby and even the lost colony of Croatoan. There’s also some unsettling old photos dug up during their searching. The plot does have a lot of potential to it, but two people sitting in brightly lit rooms is not conducive to creating fear. There needed to be more done with the lights going out, suggestions that something is in their homes, etc.

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One problem I had with Death Web that wasn’t budget related was the ending. Or more accurately, the fact you can see it coming from a mile away. It’s an unfortunate fact that most genre films these days have predictable endings, but this one is particularly obvious almost from the start.

Overall, Death Web is an acceptable film for a weekend afternoon, but it never really manages to achieve its full potential for reasons related to both budget and script. Ghost Webcam showed Sebastian Dove can make a good film, and he certainly brings some good ideas to this one. But the basic format and lack of budget prevent it from being as good as it could have been. Hopefully with his next film, Dove will have the budget to break free of this format and its limitations.

Death Web is currently available on Tubi and Fawsome with more services to be added in the upcoming weeks.

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