Directed By: Jeffery Scott Lando
Written By: Anthony C. Ferrante and Jay Frasco
Staring: Corin Nemec, Charisma Carpenter, Rick Robinson Jr., Edrick Browne, Marcus Lyle Brown, Gregory Campo, and Kyle Russell Clements
I don’t know how it’s possible, but this was actually scarier than “The Hills Have Eyes” for me. Laugh out loud. Scoff even. I don’t blame you. I just watched the remake for the first time this week, and even though it was pretty well received I didn’t dig it at all. So here I am prepared for something even worse than that, considering it’s a SyFy original essential horror movie, but it was campy, fun, and even at moments eerie. This is why I watch the SyFy originals, because every once in awhile you find a gem, or even just a fun two hours to spend watching something maybe meaningless but entertaining.
The story starts with a spoof Ghost hunters. Some ghost hunting group with a TV show are busy investigating supposed haunting’s and have acquired a medium on their reality show. The newest investigation brings them to a house that for hundreds of years has developed a prestige for evil bad things. No one has lived in it for years, but then again people are terrified of its reputation.
This is what watching SyFy is all about. A movie that doesn’t take itself so seriously that you are forced to take it seriously as well. From the first scene it’s clear there is a tongue in cheek element happening but it still remains true to a creepy mood that is actually pretty intense immediately. I would say the first 30-40 minutes of the film actually has an interesting development of a typical plot, charismatic characters, and a slow and deliberate play on the mystery that definitely incites an eerie discomfort. From there on it does tend to go off into the deep end a little and lose the essence of suggestion and begin to use more effects and grotesque death scenes, but it actually does it well. Since the actors do a pretty good job and the script isn’t a tragedy, it all works in it’s own comical and cheesy way.
Yeah, overall I liked this silly movie. It was fun and entertaining. It wasn’t the smartest movie ever and not the best executed but it was a lot of fun. I liked the cast, and they were all well suited for their roles. The end isn’t entirely predictable which adds an element of fun, and makes for something else to distract from how exactly silly the movie is. Fans of Ghost hunters may get some chuckles and the occasional heebee jeebee and you know, anyone could find some pleasure in the fun. I’m glad I watched this one.
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