So, what are demons anyway? Are they, as most of the world’s major philosophies and religions have taught since the dawn of time, malevolent spirits actively working against mankind’s best interests? Or are they, as recent skeptics would have us believe, nothing more than fairy tales conjured up through a misunderstanding of mental illness? Or maybe they’re something else entirely, something we haven’t thought of yet. Well, the new found footage anthology, The Dark Tapes, may not offer a definitive answer as to what demons are, but it’s an enjoyably demented descent into demonology nonetheless.
Like most anthology films, The Dark Tapes begins and ends with a wraparound story. To Catch a Demon opens with a couple stumbling upon the bloody scene of what appears to have been a failed scientific experiment. Playing back footage from the onsite cameras reveal that a team of paranormal researchers had set up shop in the space to test their theory regarding demons. Believing such entities to be trans-dimensional beings perceptible only to humans in a state of sleep paralysis, the group prepares a number of devices specially designed to capture one of the creatures on film.