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In 2010 I was lucky enough to watch David Paul Baker’s Mission X. Two years later I sat down to a preview showing of his latest offering Screen. Unfortunately, due to book and film deadlines I wasn’t able to view the whole chiller. Nevertheless, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again David P Baker captivates the viewer from the outset- compelling viewing.
70 people died in front of the screen in the 70’s, with the 40th anniversary of the deaths nothing can stop Lola and Carrie from attending and watching the Screen. Watch-Scream-Die.
What I did see (certainly from a Brit perspective) is an everyday underbelly vision of the USA that you wont see in a Hollywood blockbuster but may get a glimpse of in a Quentin Jerome Tarantino film. Trailers, drive-ins, diners and American suburbia. Baker directs a rounded cast including actress Nicole Alonso and injects style, great depth, colour, visual effects and sharp editing.

I admire Bakers tenacity to get things done but even more so his ingenuity as a filmmaker. What I saw of Screen was creepy and intriguing, bodies with gauged out eyes, crime scenes, static TV’s and mysterious silhouettes and shadows.
When Screen is available to the masses make sure you watch it, but don’t let life imitate art by screaming and meeting death.

On a weekend in 2010 I was lucky enough to watch David Paul Baker’s Mission X, being a fan of camera point of view films (POV) when they are done right in cases like Rec, Cloverfield, Dairy of the Dead and low budgeter The Zombie Diaries it was a surprise treat. It’s easy to see why Usual Suspects Kevin Pollak is quoted as saying “…this film will not disappoint.”
With exciting news that Mission X is in development to be re-made I’ve put together my thoughts and comments on filmmaker Bakers indie POV movie.
But it doesn’t  end there, director writer David Paul Baker has just shot his horror  film SCREEN in the Tulsa USA. What’s it about? 70 people died in front of the screen in the 70’s, with the 40th anniversary of the deaths nothing can stop Lola Carrie from attending and watching the Screen. Head over to the official site watch the trailer, share with friends and support 2012s most innovative driven-in horror film.
MISSION X (2010)
Scottish mercenary veteran Ryan goes on a revenge mission with a group of guns for hire and a student camera-man on tow.

Arms dealers, bad language and shoot outs, are just the playing cards Mission X first lays on the table. It’s the hand that slowly dealt by director/writer David Paul Baker that makes this film stand heads and shoulders above a flurry of camera point of view (POV) films.
The editing is sharp, bringing together footage from different cameras POV, flash forwards and flash backs. There’s a minimal soundtrack music, first-rate blood effects, a great script and characters. With fitting camera work, near on perfect acting; played authentically, not just by the leads but the supporting cast too, that puts the likes of Quarantine (2008) and the interview segments of The Fourth Kind (2009) to shame.

Bond with the characters as you follow them with Ryan and camera man Grant, who’s verbal sparring on serious and every day issues are exceptional. Mission X is a joy to watch, from abandoned buildings, to night clubs and the streets of Scotland, it’s edgy, tense, harsh, hard and confrontational. Secret meetings, anonymous phone calls.
The screenplay is absorbing to the last reel. In between the shots ringing out; get to know the unit; get caught in the gun fire; it’s the closest thing to a possible suicide mission on your homeland you can see on film.
Mission X oozes tension, it’s a naturalist piece of filming that drags in and captivates the viewer from the outset, which makes it compelling viewing.
A smart cleverly crafted must see.
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MISSION X TRAILER from david baker on Vimeo.