Review: THE 16TH EPISODE Doesn’t Go Viral

FIRST IMPRESSION

Although its ambition and solid acting earns it some points, The 16th Episode is not very well-made, making it very hard to sit through.
Writing
Directing
Acting
Technical Merit

The 16th Episode, written and directed by Jérôme Cohen-Olivar, is a perfect example of a horror film that thinks it is more profound than it actually is. The movie follows three YouTube personalities who host a travel web series as they unknowingly get involved in a ritual in the city of Casablanca, Morocco.

This film is extremely messy and chaotic, seeming like nothing more than a bunch of bad decisions (by both the characters and the filmmakers) from minute one. If one good decision was made, it was re-titling the movie. Originally, this film was going to be called “Little Horror Movie”. The 16th Episode isn’t much better, but at least it isn’t as diminutive.

The story jumps all over the place and tries to do so many things that it is eventually too hard to keep up with what is happening. You will be left with so many questions by the end of the movie that you will just be happy that the movie is over. The supernatural elements of the story are particularly ridiculous and convoluted, so if you are looking for a satisfyingly-written ghost story, this is not one you want to watch.

Furthermore, the film fails at being scary or suspenseful because it is just that bad. Granted, it isn’t quite to the level that it is so bad it’s funny — it’s just bad to the extent that it is frustratingly bland and boring. In that case, you almost wish it were worse, though, so you could at least enjoy laughing at how bad it is.

the 16th episode bathroom
Rebecca Ramon as Helen
in the Gravitas Ventures horror film “THE 16TH EPISODE”. Photo courtesy of Gravitas Ventures.

You can’t fault the movie for lack of ambition, but it has that ambition in the wrong areas. The film desperately wants to include meta-humor, but it is incorporated so inconsistently and ineffectively that it goes nowhere. The editing is also a swing and a miss, attempting to combine elements of found footage and traditional horror to no avail. The result ends up being horribly confusing.

The movie doesn’t do anything to develop its characters. They can’t even be called archetypal because they barely have personalities. They are simply another group of horror movie imbeciles that don’t seem to have any common sense or understanding of basic logic. It is nearly impossible to form an emotional connection with anyone in the film because they are simply so flat.

That said, even though they are given very little with which they could work, the actors do try their hardest to make the movie work. The three leads, Einar Kuusk, Cody Heuer, and Rebecca Ramon, have solid chemistry together and make for a believable dynamic. Rosine Young plays the antagonist in a fun and over-the-top way. Surprisingly, the cast makes the film almost watchable.

The 16th Episode besmirches the name of Casablanca. At least Cohen-Olivar did try to do something unique, which is more than can be said of some other B-horror movies to come out recently, but it is a failure on pretty much every level.

The 16th Episode hits theaters and VOD on June 28.

TRENDING THIS WEEK

Morgan and Jesus Throw Down | The Walking Dead Classic Scene | Ep. 803

A fight between Morgan and Jesus escalates all the way to blows. #WalkingDead #TheWalkingDead Subscribe to The Walking Dead on YouTube: https://goo.gl/Tu5rSx THE WALKING DEAD: More TWD videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP63B9XPsQt25wnp6jAnr0utIk-s5n24r The Walking Dead on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkingDeadAMC/ The Walking Dead on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WalkingDead_AMC The Walking Dead: https://www.amc.com/shows/the-walking-dead Sign Up for The Walking Dead Newsletter: https://www.amc.com/shows/the-walking-dead/exclusives/newsletter-subscription FEAR THE…

‘Wham Bam Hotline’ Ep. 10 Official Clip | On Becoming a God in Central Florida | SHOWTIME

Krystal calls into "Wham Bam Thank You Fam" to speak with Obie Garbeau (Ted Levine). Starring Kirsten Dunst. Catch new episodes Sundays at 10/9c on SHOWTIME. #OnBecomingAGod Subscribe to the Showtime channel for more clips: http://goo.gl/esCMib Don’t have SHOWTIME? Order now: http://s.sho.com/1HbTNpQ Get SHOWTIME merchandise now: http://sho.com/store_yt_showtime Get more SHOWTIME: Follow: https://twitter.com/SHO_Network Like: https://www.facebook.com/showtime Instagram:…

Pose | Season 2 Ep. 10: Recap Realness | FX

The last Recap Realness of the season? Judges, your scores. Season 2 on FXNOW. #RecapRealness #PoseFX Subscribe now for more Pose clips: http://bit.ly/SubscribeFX Season 2 of Pose flashes forward in time to 1990. On the heels of the ballroom community establishing itself in pop culture and going mainstream, the House of Evangelista is forced to…

Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman from The Laundromat in the Corner Booth | Netflix

Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman discuss their Panama City law partners, outrageous costumes, and singing on set in Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat. Watch The Laundromat, Only On Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80994011 SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/29qBUt7 About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with over 158 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries…

BACK TO LIFE | NEW SERIES | NOVEMBER 10

SHOWTIME® presents the hilarious new comedy series BACK TO LIFE. Miri Matteson is the ultimate Adult Beginner; she’s funny, endearing, awkward and… eager to move on from her unspeakable past. Miri’s back in her hometown fresh from an eighteen-year stint behind bars and trying to nudge her way back into society, but life post prison…

American Son: Global Audience | Behind the Scenes | Netflix

Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, and director Kenny Leon discuss the way in which this Netflix Television Event is a chance to walk in someone else's shoes and relate to everyone's perspectives as this tragic story unfolds, and the opportunity to bring this story to a wider, global audience. Watch American Son, Only on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81024100…

Exclusive Trailer: DUST’s New Sci-Fi Short ORBIT

Next Thursday, October 24th, Gunpowder & Sky’s sci-fi brand DUST is debuting the sci-fi short Orbit starring Chris Cleveland (Obscure), Jasmine Kaur (The Walking...

Supernatural | Season 15 Episode 3 | The Rupture Promo | The CW

Stream new episodes of Supernatural Fridays, free only on The CW App: http://go.cwtv.com/genSPNyt SUBSCRIBE: http://go.cwtv.com/YTSubscribe About SUPERNATURAL: The thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester brothers continues as SUPERNATURAL enters its thirteenth season. Sam and Dean have spent their lives on the road, battling supernatural threats that include everything from the demon that killed their…
Avatar
Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here