Archives For Paranormal Activity pretenders

The Open House

One of the many films desperate for attention on Netflix, The Open House is a limp house invasion film. Directed by Matt Angel, the film sees Logan Wallace (Dylan Minnette, 13 Reasons Why) and his mother, Naomi (Piercey Dalton) housesitting a large manor in the mountains. It slowly – and I do mean, slowly – becomes evident that there’s someone else lurking in the basement.

With all the fast pace action of an iceberg and stacking up the clichés when it should be stacking up the tension, The Open House tries to have its cake and eat it with an ending that is both nihilistic and too little too late.

Paranormal Entity

The main criticism of films nowadays is, ‘We’ve seen it all before’. Often, this happens when a film’s ideas, themes and execution is so old, cave men gave up writing it on the wall. In the case of Paranormal Entity, we have literally seen this all before. A demon terrorises a family for 80 very un-fun minutes before throwing everything at with two minutes of gore, breasts and wobbly camera work.

Hawked out around the same time as Paranormal Activity, there is very little about this film that doesn’t make the whole genre of found footage bow its head and say, ‘I’m sorry.’ Inane, derivative and most criminally of all, very, very boring.

Insidious

A family is plunged into tragedy when their son falls into a mysterious coma and they become plagued by paranormal events. Directed by James Wan, Insidious starts off promisingly, before transforming into a party bag of shocks and jolts.

And like a party bag, it’s delicious in small bites but becomes overbearing in one go. It’s also hard to shake the idea that the third act is eerily like the dream world of Drop Dead Fred.

The found-footage genre has pretty much saturated the horror genre. Thought quick and affordable to make, you need that little something extra to stand out from the crowd of Paranormal Activity pretenders to the crown. In The Frankenstein Theory, a disgraced professor, believing himself to be related to the infamous Victor Frankenstein, leads an expedition to track down the iconic monster which he believes to be still alive.

Had anybody on board given the concept some thought, then it could have easily presented an interesting update of the gothic classic. A goal it fails to come even close to achieving. It’s not clear if the writers are trying to provide a revisionist attitude to Frankenstein’s monster, or whether they just skipped reading the novel to save themselves some time. Mary Shelly’s sentient creature is reduced to a howling git.

The premise of The Frankenstein Theory is relatively interesting, but it’s all just smoke and mirrors to conceal a Blair Witch Project rip-off. Instead, everyone seems happy to peddle out the usual clichés of night vision, action happening off camera and off the shelf characters shouting ‘what was that?’ and crying for their mums.

The original review can be found at: http://filmink.com.au/reviews/the-frankenstein-theory-dvd/

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