Tag Archive: ghost

Mar 09

Paranormal Entity

ParanormalEntityGenre: Horror
Year: 2009
Country: USA

aka: Paranormal Investigations 3

Director: Shane Van Dyke
Starring: Shane Van Dyke, Erin Marie Hogan, Fia Perera, Normal Saleet

 

The Finley “Murder” Tapes

 

Thomas Finley has been convicted of murdering a psychic named Dr. Edgar Lauren. And even worse than that, he is also convicted of raping and murdering his big sister Samantha. Not long after the conviction, Thomas decides to give up on life and commits suicide in prison.

Some tapes are found at their house where Thomas has been filming strange happenings around in his house, especially something tormenting his sister. Their mother Ellen believes at first that all of these happenings can be blamed on the ghost of her late husband David, but after a while these attacks start to get very violent…

When Paranormal Activity became a huge success in cinemas all around the world, it was only a matter of a few weeks before a bunch of independent filmmakers decides to copy the formula and create their own found footage ghost movie. The concept of filming a haunted house movie with a handheld camera makes it look easy and it is a very cheap way to create a film.

Nov 11

The Changeling

thechangelingGenre: Horror
Year: 1980
Country: Canada

Director: Peter Medak
Starring: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh, John Colicos

 

… an experience beyond total fear

 

John Russell is a successful composer who recently lost his wife and child in a traffic accident. He moves from New York to Seattle where he has been allowed to rent an old mansion where he can recover from his loss and work on his music.

Shortly after moving in he starts to hear strange noises and gets convinced that there is an entity living in his home. He gets some mediums to his house where they hold a séance to find out who is haunting the place and John gets obsessed with finding out the backstory of the apparently young child that is possession his house.

The Changeling is an award winning Canadian horror movie by the hungarian director Peter Medak. It is a traditional ghost story played very subtle with the focus on slowly building the tension and creating a creepy and eerie atmosphere. It has perhaps the best séance scene in a haunted house movie by trying to keep things realistic instead of going over the top, a line that is very easy to cross when it comes to this type of subject matter. He is able to hold on to the creepy feeling for most part of the movie, what fails it a little is that it never goes from creepy to really scary and some of the scenes between John and the Senator towards the end kills the tension a little for me.

Oct 28

Insidious: Chapter 2

insidiouschapter2Genre: Horror
Year: 2013
Country: USA

aka: Insidious 2

Director: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey

 

It will take what you love most.

 

The Lambert family has been through hell after having to fight against a ghost entity that had taken an interest in one of the sons of the family, wanting to possess his body so the entity can cross back over into life again.

During this fight, it becomes clear that the ghost and Josh, the father of the family, has had some history together and when ghostly events start to yet again happen with the family, the key to survival lies in the childhood of Josh Lambert.

I consider the first Insidious to be one of the best horror films from the last ten years and would also add James Wan’s other recent horror film The Conjuring to the same list. So needless to say I was anticipating the sequel to Insidious and made sure to see it on the big screen and I can happily say that I was not disappointed.

Sep 23

Boo

booGenre: Horror
Year: 2005
Country: USA

aka: Scream and Run, Terror Hospital

Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Starring: Trish Coren, Rachel Harland, Jilon VanOver, Happy Mahaney, Shirlene Quigley

 

You don’t have a ghost of a chance

 

It’s Halloween night and a group of young adults are gathering to spend the scary night at a supposedly haunted and abandoned psychiatric hospital. The place also has a history of people ending up missing after trying to explore it.

One of the girls, Jessie, lost her mother at a young age and has developed sensitivity towards the paranormal and can sense that something is wrong at this place. Her bad premonitions about the hospital turns out to become true and the night turns out to become deadly dangerous for them all.

Before the Japanese ghost films like Ringu and Ju-On brought that subgenre of horror back to what it was supposed to be, American ghost films seemed to go for big special effects to provide jump scares. Boo is a good example of that, a film that has no tension building up and instead tries to bring out some emotions by the audience with its special effects. And that just don’t do much for me. Watching this film now in 2013, I can’t help but be happy to see where these type of films have gone with effective movies such as Insidious, Sinister and partly Paranormal Activity.

Sep 08

Insidious

insidiousGenre: Horror
Year: 2010
Country: USA

Director: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Leigh Wannell

 

What’s in that picture?

 

Josh and Renai Lambert are moving in to a new house with their three children. One day, their son Dalton is exploring the attic and falls down from a ladder after being frightened by something. The next day he does not wake up from his sleep and falls into a coma.

Renai starts to experience disturbing stuff in their house and believes that it is haunted by an evil spirit. She is able to convince Josh that they need to get out of their house and shortly after they move to a new place to get a fresh start. However, shortly after they find out that it was not their old house that the spirits were hanging on to, it is their son Dalton!

Aug 31

Episode 50

episode50Genre: Horror
Year: 2011
Country: USA

Director: Joe Smalley, Tess Smalley
Starring: Josh Folan, Chris Perry, Natalie Wetta, Keithen Hergott, Eleanor Wilson

 

This is their final footage

 

The crew of Paranormal Inspectors take pride in setting themselves apart from the rest of the bunch by focusing on debunking the paranormal activities that occur in supposedly haunted places. When they get a chance to investigate the ghostly happenings in one of the most famous haunted asylums of America, they can not wait to begin working on debunking the myth.

However, when they arrive they notice that they are not alone. A rival TV crew from another show called The Academia Spirit Searcher’s Club has also been hired to check out the place. This crew is filled with true believers of the paranormal and it doesn’t take long before the two crews start to fight, but what they are not aware of is that there really is a third entity in the asylum and they are all in danger of not surviving the night.

Aug 29

100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck

100ghoststreetGenre: Horror
Year: 2012
Country: USA

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.

Aug 28

Paranormal Activity IV

paranormalactivity4Genre: Horror
Year: 2012
Country: USA

Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Starring: Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston, Matt Shively, Alexondra Lee, Stephen Dunham

 

It’s closer than you think

 

It’s been five years since the murder of Kristie Rey and her husband. It’s assumed that Kristie’s sister Katie was responsible since her boyfriend was found murdered the night before. She and Kristie’s son Hunter has gone missing ever since.

A teenage girl named Alex and her family lives on the same street and finds a young abandoned boy named Robbie wandering around alone. The family let’s him stay with them since his mother is supposed to be ill and shortly after he has entered their house, paranormal stuff starts to occur.

Some might be tired of these films by now, but I still think they can be fun and even scary if done right. The point of view filming has a lot of potential and it is very effective on me. I do think that none of the films have used its full potential yet and didn’t care much for the second film, but did enjoy some of the tricks in the third even though the story went a way I didn’t care for.

Aug 26

Grave Encounters II

graveencounters2Genre: Horror
Year: 2012
Country: USA

Director: John Poliquin
Starring: Richard Harmon, Leanne Lapp, Sean Rogerson, Dylan Playfair, Stephanie Bennet

 

Fear is just a word. Reality is much worse.

 

Alex Wright is a film student with high hopes for his own future. He looks at himself as the next big horror director and is sure that he has what it takes to change the face of horror films. He has become obsessed with the found footage horror film Grave Encounters and he starts to investigate to find out if the events that happened on that film were in fact real.

He and his friends stops filming a horror film they have been working on and instead heads out to the mental hospital where the Grave Encounters film was made to investigate and find out if it really was all real or just a hoax.

The first Grave Encounters was a fun and at times scary film that used the found footage angle in a very nice way, so I was hopeful that this sequel would give us more of the same after being disappointed with other newer found footage films over the last year.

Aug 19

The Conjuring

theconjuringGenre: Horror
Year: 2013
Country: USA

Director: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Shanley Caswell

 

Based on the true case files of the Warrens

 

It’s 1971 and the Perron family is starting a new life out on Harrisville, Rhode Island. They have gotten a great deal on a big house and their family of seven can’t wait to move in and make the place into their new family home.

It doesn’t take long before they find out that something is very wrong with this house. There is an evil entity within it and it is set on terrorizing the family, even wanting to hurt them badly. The only hope the family has is to get help from the well-known paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.

I will be honest, even if I consider myself to be a lover of cinema, I rarely go to the local cinema. The reason is split in that it is first of all expensive to go to the cinema in Norway. 20 US dollars to see a film is a bit too steep for me considering I can buy the film on DVD for the same amount a few months later and also the fact that our local cinema usually only show the biggest Hollywood movies, which I have little interest in, especially at that price.

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