Tontine Massacre movie preview live today, but it’s disappointing

The promised seven-minute preview of the Tontine mockumentary Tontine Massacre is live until midnight tonight on the film’s web site (watch it below), and while it has “mature content and graphic violence,” it really only delivers disappointment.

As much as I really love the idea of turning the failed reality series into a mockumentary, I think it worked better as a teaser trailer and web site then actual footage, so I hope there isn’t a real movie. The acting is Kill Reality-level atrotious, and the writing isn’t much better, either (“I heard something, and it’s no fuckin’ coconut”).

Also, the concept suffers; it’s not clear why contestants are filming themselves other than to give us a Blair Witch/Paranorma Activity-style footage. It’s also kind of boring, even with someone getting stabbed to death. The scariest part is that there actually might be a feature-length movie made up of content like this.

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Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.