Take a picture.
You don’t appreciate something until you realize it’s gone. This is one of the first thoughts that crossed my mind after putting this on. How are found footage films doing in 2019? The subgenre sure isn’t as popular as it once was. Somewhere, though, in the hearts of most horror fans, there will always be room for them. They put us in the front seats and constantly break the fourth wall.
This one is about a cursed painting, of all things, the kind that gives you goosebumps; the kind you don’t stare at for too long. This raises one question, though; how much can this budget afford? Just how much can that painting accomplish visually? Is something going to jump us? Well, as it turns out, there are other things to fear; things you won’t see coming.
The Surreal Project has its pros and cons. It gets scary in the second half and it holds our attention from then on. The first half is weaker, especially when it comes to dialogue. Robotic conversations defeat the illusion found footage needs to achieve to submerge us. Nobody talks this way. But, when this thing gets going, it takes no prisoner. This is creepy stuff!