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"After reading a magazine article about a case of multiple murders 50 years ago, an excited paranormal group sets out to investigate the site where the serial killers lived and where the horrifying crimes occurred. As day turn into night and evidence mounts, they encounter a situation far beyond their control and expectations."

Upon reading the synopsis of this film I was intrigued, being a paranormal investigator myself and there already being a plethora of movies already out there dealing with paranormal teams and found footage investigations I was wondering what made this movie different.

Turns out not a lot. Now in no way is this a bad movie, these thoughts are just my opinions and by no means gospel. I just think it goes back down the much trodden path of the "ghost hunters get more than they bargained for" genre of horror that's so prevalent nowadays. Without breathing new ideas into the genre, it seems like the film makers simply made this to say they could and to get their name on something.

The initial story of why the location is being investigated would make a good movie in its own right, so maybe budget restraints held back this avenue from being explored further. 

The opening scenes which have the ghost hunters being shown round the location and being clued in to the horrific crimes that took place at the property does a very good job of getting the story across as to why the house and grounds are said to be haunted. Although with less than five minutes screen time at this point I was already getting tired of the character Wade (Louie Babcock). I'm not sure if this was how the character was written or just the actors horrible performance in the role.

As the film trudges on with cement boots, we see the team visit each room calling out questions with no real responses for at least ten to fifteen minutes...a little too long in an eighty minute feature. I feel this could have been used better fleshing out the characters so the audience actually cared when the inevitable possession happened.

Another effect that was beaten to death by this movie was the use of subliminal cut scenes during the night vigils. I have only seen this effect used competently once, for The Exorcist, when the demons face is momentarily flicked up on screen. It's not so effective when used every other transition and for no real reason.

In the final "climax" scenes I can only describe it as torturous to watch, and I don't mean that in a good way, considering the subject matter. It seemed as if they had this scene in mind before the actual story was written. Ghosts appear, ghosts murder a few people, the end. No explanations, no reveal. Nothing of substance.

A bit like the movie on whole. Which is terrible thing to say about someone's work, but at least the poster is cool.

-TF Ryan