In 1988, in California, cinematographer Dennis moves to the house of his girlfriend Julie to raise a family with her daughters Katie and Kristi. Little Kristi has an imaginary friend named Toby while weird things happen in the house. Dennis decides to place cameras in the house to capture images during the night and soon he finds that there is an entity in the house. Dennis's friend Randy Rosen (Dustin Ingram) researches the events and learns that his house might be a coven of witches and the children may be in danger.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This is the second time Johanna Braddy plays a role named Lisa in a horror film. The first one was The Grudge 3 (2009). Including it is the 3rd movie in both movie series See more »
A modern Maxell VHS slipcase (the green variant for the 8-hour tape) is right out front on the editing desk. See more »
[documenting behind the camera]
You'll be spending a lot of time in here. This is gonna be your room. There's some kind of animal being de-liced or something. Compression chamber, that's your crib. It's hermetically sealed. And this is your paint color. What color is that, hon?
Jamaica bay blue.
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In the middle of the closing credits, in keeping with the 1988 period of the film, the Paramount logo that was used circa 1988 is shown. See more »
Includes an unrated director's cut and "lost tapes" (Dennis' pranking Julie and a commercial of his video company.) See more »
A welcome prequel... but slightly vacuous. Let's hope they don't milk the franchise any more than it needs.
All the elements remain: constant filming of the house, some unpredictable scares and frights, morbid obsession with finding out what's behind all the activity, but it feels like it opens up and raises just as many questions as it tries to answer. In this prequel we are shown life in the late '80s as the family deals with an unseen force disturbing the family's idyllic peace and wellbeing. We are presented with some insight into how and why these things haunt Katie in her later life, but it still feels like it's missing something. Overall, though, it's an entertaining 1.5 hours, but nothing incredibly new is here. See it, but don't set the bar too high. 6/10.
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