Char Man is a found footage horror movie from writing/directing duo Kurt Ela & Kipp Tribble who also appear as main cast in the film.
Two friends visit fire-ravaged Ojai, California, intent on making a fake documentary about the infamous Ojai Vampire. However, things take a bizarre and frightening turn when they learn about a different local legend: The Char Man.
Char Man is a very low-rent ‘found footage’ movie and probably due to the small cast and crew it does feel like i could be a ‘real’ amateur web-show shot on iPhones. This could be seen as a blessing or a curse as while being realistic and true to its apparent goals it does not make for the most engaging viewing and you miss that ‘cinema’ suspension of disbelief.
It does however do a good job of creating it’s own mythology for the fictional ‘Ojai Vampire’ and scarily real ‘Char Man’. It’s also fun to see the making of the ‘movie within a movie’ and it even plays with some tropes of genre. However, this is all well treaded ground in the ‘found footage’ sub-genre which is already saturated and I don’t feel like this film does much to set itself apart.
The film is available to watch now on Amazon Prime