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Angela is a psychiatry student who doesn't believe in the existence of paranormal world. The harshest and eccentric professor of the faculty, propose to Angela and other students show and refute the existence of the afterlife investigating a miner town with a secret story. Angela and four of her classmates go to 'Susurro' ('Whisper'), with Diana's company, Angela's small sister, who let them her van. Their relationship has been cold since their childhood, when tragic events divide them inevitably. Together cover the town and the old salt mines. Ignoring warnings, they open a door to the afterlife, with unpredictable consequences. "In XP3D we will take the audience to horrific places, we will put them physically there and we won't let them escape. We will follow the main characters into long and sinister basements where 3D will transport them to their worst nightmares" (Sergi Vizcaíno) Written by
PARANORMAL XPERIENCE is a low budget Spanish horror flick with a storyline that'll be familiar from hundreds of similar films: a group of university students travel to a remote mining facility which is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a disturbed doctor. Their job? To prove one way or another the existence of the supernatural. You can guess what happens next.
Sure, the film doesn't have much money behind it, and the overall storyline is rather weak, but there's much to recommend it besides all that. The opening sequence, a psychological experiment carried out by a dodgy professor, is particularly gripping and the best part of the film. The script is more literate than you'd expect, adding a neat psychological angle to the more standard murder plot, and the use of flashbacks is well done and holds the viewer's attention.
Horror fans are treated to some brief but grisly gore sequences and the film was also shot in 3D; I only watched the 2D version but with the amount of stuff popping out of the screen it looks to me like the 3D is pretty effective. The cast initially appear to have been picked for their looks as both male and female actors are equally attractive, but it turns out they have talent too; Amaia Salamanca and Alba Ribas particularly stand out. Watch out for genre icon Manuel de Blas (HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE) who bags a great role late on in his career.
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