I'm already far into it, in season 3 after Jay gets punched by Tim and then finds his medical records and makes a video where he reads them.
> amateur acting and low production value (even by FF standards)
Most of it doesn't call for good production values, there have only been a couple times where I thought it mattered. The worst one was early in the series where there's that shot of Alex covered in "blood."
> those guys had a knack for creepy clues and locations, good camera placement and a sense that the antagonist could be anywhere.
Yeah, I definitely agree that alot of the still shots are very impressive, but what really sucked me into the series is the fact that it's full of the kinds of locations that have always captured and haunted my imagination. I look forward to looking into whatever information is out there about the production after I'm done watching it. Did they just go into random abandoned buildings like the characters do in the show and hope they were less haunted in real life then they are in the story? That maintenance tunnel in the abandoned building where he finds the medical records (which is just before where I am now)? Holy crap. I would have been creeped the #### out making this movie.
> drama that clearly went beyond their limited acting abilities
The acting doesn't really bother me. It's amateurish but "good" acting isn't really realistic alot of the time, it's just aesthetically appealing. Real people freaking out or having arguments usually just sounds cringy if you listen to it in a detached way, rather than "dramatic." I think the grimy production sell the acting well enough, it could certainly be better and make the show better but it's not much of a determent.
> sense of repeating the same threats and hints and ending up going in circles
Yeah I think the series should be shorter, not because it's not able to sustain interest in a general way and keep me watching, but because repeating the same scenarios, even when it's not boring, makes me start thinking "couldn't he try something, anything else rather than blundering into the same situations over and over, only to be toyed with by the malevolent forces in the exact say way once again?
>and a sense that the whole thing was taking place in a Charlie Brown neverland where there aren't any cops or adults around
Yeah this is a problem in places, and the fact that I keep wondering what money Jay is living off of. I also think that while it might have served a narrative function it was a bad move to have Alex and Tim talk about having seen the videos online. That makes me start thinking about questions like "Why hasn't this triggered a police investigation? Do these people have families or other acquaintances who have seen these videos? How popular are they 'in universe?'" So Tim kicks you ass and calls you out for your behavior and then you turn around and put his medical records on the internet?