Abandoned psychiatric hospitals are the best setting for these type of supernatural creepy found footage movies. Labyrinthic basement hallways, uncountable rooms with dark histories,..., it's all present.
I also liked the starting point: the crew of a TV show visit strange places to try to tape evidence of ghostly existence, and are locked in the hospital overnight, plans are that the caretaker will re-open the doors the next morning, but it seems that the hospital has his own timeline...
Pretty damn entertaining found footage film. Not original at all, but has its scary moments for sure. Not thrilling throughout, but the last 40 minutes are intense.
Film 21/30 of the "Scavenger Hunt #7" Challenge!
My Scavenger Hunt #7 List.
Task #24: A horror movie made in this decade.
it easily goes from being deft to horrendously obnoxious. while the filmmakers tried hard to make it an unforgettable journey, the supposed claustrophobia turned into an interesting array of faulty character development devoid of any found footage aesthetics. i suppose it could've been given a proper light if the editing and new attacks in the genre…
Some genuinely creepy moments, this film managed to touch on familiar tropes that I enjoy (endless corridors, expanding buildings) and managed to build some decent tension. Unfortunately, as is so often the case in this genre, the third act completely fell apart and failed to deliver on the tension. Improved pacing and an ambitious ending would've served this film well. It coasted on the fact I began my night with a better claustrophobic film (As Above, So Below).
The review in which I spend way too much time talking about Ghost Adventures.
Hoop-Tober Film #?
Film #? of the 2015 Scavenger Hunt of the Dead Challenge!
Task #28: A found footage film.
My wife and I love to watch stupid paranormal reality shows, her a bit more than me, but we both agree that Ghost Adventures is by far the creme de le creme of the genre. We marathoned through probably the first…
A found footage movie of people roaming the halls of an old mental institution, looking for ghosts, and yelling each others names for an hour and thirty minutes. Its painful.
Watched after a friend highly recommended it as one of the better "found footage" movies out there.
Don't know what movie HE was watching. This flick was every bit as boring and non-scary as the Paranormal Activity movies.
'Grave Encounters' got me thinking. Like, The Kids In A Van and their Meddling Dog work because they all serve important narrative/mystery-solving functions, which are very real albeit rigid and perfunctory. The Blonde Kid with the Ascot is there to provide forward momentum in spite of opposition or fear. The Orange-Haired Girl with the Long Eyelashes is there to draw us further into the workings of the scheme/environment/plotters - she shows us the other side of the mirror by getting…
First half hour: ZOOM IN ZOOM OUT ZOOM IN ZOOM OUT ZOOM IN ZOOM OUT ZOOM IN ZOOM OUT ZOOM IN ZOOM OUT
After that: really good scares, very creepy, characters that are unlikable, but a place/situation that is terrifying.
Solid, if not hugely derivative. While found footage is nobody's friend, when done correctly, like it is here, it doesn't come across like a total mess; here it feels pretty organic, spoofing "reality" TV shows like Ghost Hunters and largely avoiding most of the major annoyances like over-abundances of shaky-cam. It helps that this is scary in the exact way that gets to me (I was terrified of the Blair Witch Project when I saw it in theaters). Why this languishes in obscurity, but Paranormal Activity still packs 'em in is beyond me.
A ghost hunter reality show encounters actual ghosts.
I like FF movies, and this went places I didn't expect it to go. The ending felt like it really dragged, though.