aka: Paranormal Entity 4: The Awakening
Director: Martin Andersen
Starring: Jennifer Robyn Jacobs, Jim Shipley, Tony Besson, Jackie Moore, Hayley Derryberry
45 years after the massacre, paranormal investigators search for America’s most notorious mass murderer
Richard Speck was a mass murderer who killed several young female student nurses at a dormitory on East 100th Street in Chicago on July 13, 1966. He didn’t just kill them, but used several hours to torture them before stabbing or strangling them to death.
In 2010, a group of young paranormal investigators and a TV crew entered the now abandoned building to investigate the paranormal activities that have been reported to happen in the place. They try to get in contact with the spirit of Richard Speck, but have no idea what evil they are about to unleash upon themselves.
This is another found footage film by the z-grade mockbuster company The Asylum. They did a found footage version of the Amityville story with the awful The Amityville Haunting, an exorcism version with Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes, an alien version with Alien Origin, a Paranormal Activity ripoff with the surprisingly entertaining Paranormal Entity and another with a group of paranormal investigators checking out a place with a terrible history with 8213: Gacy House. It’s understandable why Asylum seem to like the found footage subgenre, since they are very cheap films to make. It’s also funny to see that they do not list these under horror on their website, but have rather created a reality genre for these.
With this one they took “inspiration” from Grave Encounters. It is actually surprising that they didn’t go for a similar title to it like Deadly Encounters or Grave Investigations. I’m not sure why they felt the need to put the Richard Speck name in this, since his morbid story isn’t really used here. It would have been more tasteful if they had skipped it and rather made up a fake story to base the hauntings on.
What hurts this film is that there’s been a bunch of these type of ghost hunter movies done by now and everything they do in this film seems like something you have seen several times already at this point. They do up the ante a little by making this a little more gory than the average and also include some nudity and even rape scenes. The gore and rape scenes feel just like an easy cop-out way to try to bring some horror to the screen since they are not able to take advantage of the premise and make it scary or creepy.
Surprisingly enough, the acting isn’t all that bad and they did not make them annoying by having them walk around and argue with each other. Instead they all try to work together to get out of this place and that felt a little bit refreshing to me. If I want to see a bunch of people argue, then I could always see the newest Jerry Springer Show or something like that. None of the characters are developed very well though and I can’t even remember the names of any of them even though it has only been two days since I watched this.
This is the debut film of director Martin Andersen and it seems to me that he was aware of what he was making and tried to avoid delivering a painful movie. He is able to avoid making it boring by having a good pace and does try to entertain by adding some sleaziness to the film.
100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck is nothing special. At this point, I’ve seen this story done several times already and the hook for this one is that it adds some more sleaze to it. It doesn’t deliver any scares, but also avoids getting annoying. If you love found footage ghost films then you might enjoy some parts of this, but for the rest I would say that this is a movie that can be skipped.