James Rolfe: Welcome back to the history of horror films. It's Cinemassacre's "Monster Madness". In the late 1990's the horror genre began to grow stale. All the classic monster movies were being remade, the slasher franchise had run its course and has been subject to parody and cliché. We know that horror movies aren't real but then comes along a horror movie in a documentary-format, actually suggesting that it is real.
"The Last Broadcast" details the events of a cable-access show "Fact or Fiction" in which the hosts venture into the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey to find the legendary Jersey Devil.
Locus Wheeler: We are here in the Pine Barrens, southern New Jersey. Live and direct, coming right at you in your living room.
James: They all end up being murdered except for one member of the group and as a result he's convicted of the murders. But throughout the movie we examine their video and one after another we uncover evidence that he may not be the killer.
Jim Suerd: Dude, it's Steven's-- It's Steven's light. Yo, Steve!
James: What makes it effective is the buildup. It's just a big puzzle slowly coming together and we eagerly await what the outcome will be.
Anthony Rosi: There were no knife fragments or any evidence of the actual weapon used, other than the cuts themselves.
James: It has a really unsettling mood and that monotone voice of the narrator just enhances that.
David Leigh: …how in spite of the remote location of the murders and the rural nature of the people prosecuting Jim, that these were murders of a high-tech age.
James: "The Last Broadcast" started a new wave of 'reality horror', most notably "The Blair Witch Project" which brought independent horror back into the mainstream with the same successful gimmick in pretending that it was real. "The Last Broadcast" was also shot all in digital video, paving the way for independent filmmakers. And it was the first movie to be broadcast in theaters by satellite, making it an important part of our history of horror films and cinema in general.