I saw Baghead at the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, AL a few years ago. It’s not a bad movie by any means but I was somewhat let down by it (it was mainly being billed as horror/suspense and was somewhat lacking in those areas).
Very independent and another entry into the handheld camera “documentary” style genre, Baghead consists of four actors…..playing actors…..who decide to go up to the woods one weekend to write a movie they can all star in. Being a former actor, I’ve done this sort of thing and the movie is pretty accurate in its portrayal of actors being actors and writing a script. There’s a certain strain amongst the friends even before they reach the cabin in the woods. One guy is in love with the young bouncy new starlet (reminiscent of Brittany Murphy, RIP) but she thinks of him as a brother. And the other two people have dated on and off for about eleven years and where their relationship stands at the moment remains unclear. This leads to jealousy and pettiness and squabbling before they even reach their wooded destination. And once they arrive and start drinking non-stop (seriously, every scene they’re drinking. I have no idea how a person could possibly drink that constantly and still be coherent) the tears begin to flow. To further exacerbate the situation, the story they’ve started writing (involving a group of actors in the woods who are being terrorized by a guy with a bag over his head) starts coming true. Yep, the oh so terrifying baghead man shows up. With a knife.
While the ending is a bit predictable, it’s still pretty good. Props for this one for trying something fairly original and for being a true indie.