Movie Review-Paranormal Incident

Plot-The infamous Odenbrook Sanitarium closed after a mass suicide occurred within its walls sixty years ago. Now, six college students armed with cameras and recording equipment venture into the asylum to prove the existence of the paranormal. On the first night, one of the members have to leave and then one by one members of the group go missing without a sound and they are trapped inside, cell phones mysteriously vanish, corridors turn into mazes, walls appear where doors once stood, flashlights fail and something or someone begins toying with the group. Days later, when five of the six friends turn up missing, the lone survivor must go through the recovered footage in order to clear his name and find out what happened to his friends.

Review-I will start this review with, I like this film but..ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!! If I tell you guys it is a found footage film, almost 80 percent of you who are avid horror fans can almost picture in your mind how this will play, and you would be right. It starts off with the innocent people, that want to investigate a haunted sanitarium. Now, there is a sort of different spin almost, instead of all the people dying, one person who had left early was the so called sole survivor, as the film starts we meet John who was the sole survivor. He gains consciousness inside a hospital and he has no idea about how he got there or what is going on. He is told by a female officer/agent that they think he killed all his friends. And, they have the tape of the last 4 days before they all died. He is out to prove his innocence and at the same time, watch as to what happened when he left. See, John locked the place up as a prank to scare them. Well, this has the things we see in all the found footage films, the different camera angles, the bumps in the night, night vision, people who no matter how fucked things are getting still want to stay around to figure it all out. Just the same old, same old. What made this watchable for me, was that the actors at least put some effort into their roles and sold some of the scenes very well. And this film has a twist, that as confusing as it seemed, definitely did it’s job and had me talking and rethinking the film when it ended. But, me personally I am just getting so tired of all these films. Even though this film had a few touches different, in the end it was the same film. I think if you have a film like this and you are operating on such a small budget, maybe try to think more creatively and less copy cat ish.

I think in the end, we have one Blair Witch,one Exorcist.. as we have one Paranormal Activity. Do we really need more and more? Why can’t horror try to re define itself instead of creating so many copies of so many done to death formulas that fans can almost close their eyes and re enact the film without even watching it? Again, I liked the film..Not loved it, and to tell you the truth, this film makes me regret the next found footage film. We all are scared of the dark in some form or fashion, and I can bet if we saw ghosts we would freak out, that is half the battle…why does the other half have to be worn out ideas and just bland scares? You are trying to play off our fears not make us bored by them. All in all, the film could have been, should have been, but was not…now if the other 900 films that were shot, scripted and done the same exact way of this film did not exist..this may have been a little bit better. As a whole, not a waste…it was a hell of a lot better than most. I would say it may be worth a rental. Now, if you have not seen any of the last 6 thousand other found footage ghost stories, this may be a great film for you.

6 out of 10

  • Jessie and Heather

    WFT MAN!? That was totally trippy! Who were the people at the end?! We think that they were part of a government conspiracy and John and all of his friends got kidnapped and were abducted by extraterrestrials and were brainwashed and put in Odenbrook and went crazy. The end. Sleep well 😉

  • JamesD


    The whole film was told thru John who is supposedly the sole survivor. As you know this film was being shown on the tv with what we are to know as being police. But, in the end it is found out that there is some kind of experiment that these guys have been some kind of part of. Keep in mind this is only my opinion.

  • Jabel

    So, can you elaborate on the twist/ending? Honestly, it had baffled. I really don’t get what the ending is supposed to mean, let a line know how it did its job. What was that all about?