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[while in a bathroom, the door slams shut]
What the fuck was that? Guys, cut the shit! I'm not fucking playing!
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A blend of Blair Witch and PActivity that stands its own ground
Did you ever sit up at night and enjoy telling ghost stories with your friends, relishing the opportunity to scare and to be scared? For me this film was one of our spooky tales come to glorious cinematic life.
I deliberately avoided looking at it on IMDb or elsewhere so that I had little idea of what to expect. Im so glad I did that! Often whilst watching it, my body shivered with spooky nervousness - Basic currency in a film of this style.
There's obviously a few very tried and tested elements which you might expect to lend an unoriginal vibe. For example, the shaky camcorder thing! In this case, for me it worked as the film took its time at the beginning to set up its own distinctive character; in the history of the Collingwood hospital and the premise of it being based on a ghost - hunting show.
The characters are for the most part versatile and believable, bar a few glaring and distracting exceptions (don't want to spoil anything so I won't elaborate too much), but basically some of the ghostly happenings seemed to evoke inconsistent responses from one part to the next.
Also, somewhere in the second half of the movie, it lost its patience with building up tension effectively. This was a real shame, as there were moments of visceral and aesthetic terror by the plenty that were quite spoiled by this.
This was the other big downer, that the film overplayed the hand of the raw and jerky visual. There were scenes about 3/4 of the way through that would have been much better right at the end. Indeed, in the last ten minutes I had lost interest and was clock watching. I knew the film had lost its fear laden inertia and I had no more moments of cold skin.
What countered this negative throughout was that the film does not just rely on the expectancy and appearance of 'entities' to generate its scares. As is stated in the synopsis, the building itself seems to have life and vengeful attitude. This creates a constant, yet subtler, edge of fear that compliments brilliantly to the more explosive aspects.
This film scared the wits out of me and thats no easy feat. In my humble opinion this film stands a fair bit taller than Paranormal Activity. If you enjoy horror films; do yourself a favour and make a good space and time to watch this film in. Genuine terror provocation seems to be becoming an undervalued art in modern horror, relying more on gore and idiosyncrasy. This film delivers the terror buzz authentically and with energy. Watch it!!
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