Patti Tindall, Mike Marsh, Davina Joy, Lindsay Page
Carter: My name is Carter Simms…um…I don’t really know what happened, but I don’t think I’m alive any more.
A ghost hunter, a reporter, a video specialist, and a religious nut-job investigate a haunting.
Sporting what has to be the most spoiler-filled title in history, this movie succeeds at times at being creepy and interesting but suffers ultimately from having a low budget, poor acting, way too many dramatic interactions between the characters, and a case of over-plotting in the end. They try to create a realistic tone to everything early on, with hand-held cameras and a lot of technical talk. I didn’t mind that because I was hoping for a simple, somewhat believable story, especially since they also start the movie by claiming it’s all based on a real person and a real haunting. Clearly it was not because the amount of evidence gathered, along with the way their investigation turns out, would have been extremely newsworthy.
I mentioned the terrible acting. I’ll mention it again. It was hard to watch. Patti Tindall is passable as Carter Simms, the lead ghost hunter, but the other 3 leads just don’t cut it. Especially Mike Marsh as Colin. He’s supposed to be the laid back funny guy, but every joke falls horribly flat, despite the other characters forcing out laughter. Probably their only good acting in the movie.
I enjoyed the scenes that involved simpler phenomenon, like sudden temperature drops, EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena), and strange images on night vision footage. What I didn’t like is the whole plot with Mary Young (Page), the looney toons religious girl who keeps trying to throw up roadblocks in the way of Carter’s investigation. Then there’s the over-explanatory ending, with a flashback to previous events in the house, that’s just plain sick. I guess that’s why it’s called “horror”, but it’s done so poorly that it just ends up being hard to watch.
With a good start, tone-wise, and a few creepy moments, it got my hopes up a little, but the last half of it was overlong and stupid. Though, they do manage to throw in one last little twist that was actually kind of entertaining. I just wish they’d skipped the complicated back story and gone with a basic, realistic ghost investigation gone wrong.
Don’t be a frickin’ ghost hunter.
10 – 2 for an overcomplicated plot – 2.4 for the bad acting and bad dialogue – .7 for just looking too cheap = 4.9