After a young couple moves into a new house, they start to experience some strange events, that just might be demonic. So they decide to videotape the whole thing. Sound familiar? At least this time the demon has a sense of humor.
Every so often you find yourself being subjected to something that is so horrible you have to live through it to better explain to future generations how they can avoid such a fate.
30 Nights of Paranormal Activity etc. is not an example of that type of experience. This movie is so bad that you should not only NOT sit through it, you should give a proper Amish-style shaming to anyone who has watched it that mentions it afterward.
I've never been a huge fan of the 'parody film' but I understand why they get made. "People are stupid and they do stupid things, let's make fun of it" is a great idea that makes plenty of room for references and skewing of social norms and the subtle hilarity that resides in every aspect of our modern, unfocused American culture. Scary Movie took a bunch of really cheesy horror movies and poked fun at their terrible casting, writing, and the general lack of relevance to the overall point of life. Scary Movie stuck with one genre, a cast of established comedians, and was at one point or another clever.
30 Nights of Paranormal Activity etc. is not an example of that either. It pokes fun at movies, yes, but it's largely a sad collection of references mostly to Reality TV shows, surrounded by the over-arching theme of 'we film ourselves also it's a haunted house.' It's largely a 'spoof' of Paranormal Activity, and draws most of it's ideas from it. In fact, most scenes are copies of scenes from Paranormal Activity, with pale representations of characters from other movies replacing things like kitchen furniture. Also there is farting. Lots of it, and it's just as funny as farting has always been.
This movie, even for a B-movie, is awful. It's like Sarah Silverman wrote a horror movie and then decided it wasn't good enough to associate herself with. While I have no doubt that any normal person would find at least one moment in this movie laughable, it's not the 'it's so bad we're laughing' kind of movie you might expect. You should stay away from it unless you're stoned out of your mind, between the ages of 10 and 14, male, and your parents explicitly told you not to watch it. Although if you fit in that demographic I would like you to know that roughly 15 minutes in you've seen all of the breasts you're going to see in this movie.
I can only hope that Craig Moss has been expelled from the Liberal Arts College where he picked up the idea that he would make an even passable film-maker.
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