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Four college students at Ohio University set out to make a documentary proving that spirits and the paranormal are not real. In order to do this, they plan to film their investigation of an old lunatic asylum in Athens, OH. Their investigation proves more than they could have anticipated. Written by
The lead up to actually watching this, left me giddy in anticipation - a score of 6+ on IMDb surely meant that this movie was going to "do it" for me in my quest to find the best Found Footage genre film.
Reality struck however, less than one minute into it - though the prerequisite for a first person movie are all there - shaky cam, dodgy cut aways, even dodgier fade outs - all check check check. The problem was though, that the actors who clearly improvised their way through the entire shoot, just didn't seem to want to make their minds up whether they were ad libbing, or, reading their script.
Chopping and changing as such, means the movie is very disjointed, and very uncomfortable to watch - it's easy to see the takes where the director (Landers) was actually holding the camera, and which were left to the cast to film.
As the story revolves around the alleged haunting in an insane asylum (The Ridges) - it would have been better to film more at that location, instead of limiting it to the short sequences and then filling the rest of the movie out with shots that appear to have been filmed in a local furniture store.
Again, as is the want with this genre - a movie with lots of potential, is let down badly by the direction and cast - had they spent more time on the story, then the quick fills and rapid story lines would not have been necessary - for a great example of how to make this kind of film work - look at Grave Encounters.
Don't be fooled by the high IMDb score - this movie will leave you disappointed and quite frankly, embarrassed.
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