Directed by Eugene McGing.
Starring Robert Daws, Nick Julian, Lisa Kerr, Kitty McGeever and Lachlan Nieboer.
A couple of paranormal researchers travel to Dartmoor to investigate strange goings on in an old house.
There is a disclaimer at the beginning of the unintentionally hilarious paranormal investigation show Most Haunted that basically lets them off the hook with regards to the legitimacy of the ‘hauntings’ and lets the viewer know that entertainment is the name of the game. The Unfolding is presented in a similar fashion to Most Haunted – i.e. people walk around old buildings talking to themselves – but there is nothing entertaining about it, begging the question as to how a 30 minute episode of a nonsense TV show manages to have more convincing ‘events’ happening in it than an 86 minute movie that somebody actually sat down to write.
It is because there is a fine line
Directed by Eugene McGing.
Starring Robert Daws, Nick Julian, Lachlan Nieboer and Lisa Kerr.
A paranormal researcher and his girlfriend spend a few nights at a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor. Things soon start to go bump in the night and the couple, along with some fellow researchers, find themselves in dangerous situation.
The Unfolding follows Tam (Lachlan Nieboer) and Rose (Lisa Kerr) on an excursion to a very misty Dartmoor. Tam is a paranormal researcher and wants to stay in a supposedly haunted house in the area and decides to turn the opportunity into a romantic weekend. Set in October 2016 and in the backdrop of a potential Nuclear War, the film is shown as ‘found footage’. Kitchens get turned upside down by invisible entities, doors open by themselves at night and the sound of screaming babies can be heard just as the couple are settling down to sleep.
Cast:Robert Daws, Nick Julian, Lisa Kerr
Running Time: 90 minutes
Ever since The Blair Witch Project we’ve been inundated with ‘found-footage’ films about students investigating ghostly goings-on. Some have been great, some plain awful, and some like the latest Frightfest Presents offering The Unfolding, just a bit vanilla.
The narrative follows a paranormal researcher and his girlfriend as they spend time in a house buried deep within the wilds of Dartmoor. Once set up the couple realise that they might not be alone and enlist the help of their professor and his medium friend to try and rid the house, and themselves, of a dark and vicious entity.
If it sounds like something you’ve seen before then that’s because it pretty much is. The plot follows the same structure as every film that has come before in the genre which is disappointing. The Unfolding
It is 2016 and a fearful world seems to be on the brink of a nuclear catastrophe. A researcher in psychical events and his girlfriend travel to deepest Dartmoor to investigate a centuries-old building. What they unlock and discover is way more than they could have ever bargained for.
About ten minutes into The Unfolding, you’ll find yourself watching people sleep through a bunch of cameras set up around a house. I mean in the film people, stop looking at me like that. The words ‘Paranormal’ and ‘Activity’ might spring to mind, possibly in that order. I would forgive you for thinking so, because that is exactly where my mind went. Now, I don’t like doing direct comparisons because each film is an entity in its own right, but as there were
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