Paranormal Entity – 5
Director – Shane Van Dyke
Cast – Shane Vane Dyke, Erin Marie Hogan, Fia Perera, Norman Saleet
Release Year – 2009
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Film company The Asylum(aka The Global Asylum) have become notorious for producing low-budget knock-offs of big Hollywood films, and this is obviously their knock-off of the wildly successful and spooky Paranormal Activity. While I expected this film to suck major “you know what” I was actually surprised at how non-horrible it was, and the fact that it came with a fair amount of demon action did not hurt as well.
Paranormal Entity claims to consist of the actual supernatural footage that lead to the murder of Samantha Finley(Erin Marie Hogan; who you can find pole-dancing HERE), a crime her brother Thomas(Shane Van Dyke) was accused of and ultimately killed himself over. This footage has been released by the family to prove that her murder did not come at the hand of her brother, but of supernatural forces beyond our world.
Well, if you’ve seen Paranormal Activity then I am sure you know how this one goes down. This really is a blatant ripoff of Oren Peli’s low-budget masterpiece, even going as far as leaving the camera on at night to document the events that ensue during the most demonic hours of the night. A few of the storyline elements are changed, such as the brother being accused of his sister’s murder, and their mother also plays a prominent role in the film. We also get some backstory into what demonic force is harassing them, but nothing that actually means anything. So as far as story goes, you should already have a full idea of what you are getting yourself into if you give this one a watch.
Writer/director/actor Shane Van Dyke did an OK job with this film’s direction, which was the most surprising thing I learned about this film. His direction is much better than I expected, and the scares were actually pretty creepy and well executed. I mentioned earlier that we get much more demon action in comparison to Paranormal Activity, and while these scares were not as “creepy” as those in Paranormal Activity they were more brash and still got the job done. One element involving execution in this film that was downright horrendous was most of the acting during these “scare” scenes. The actors could act well when in a calm mode, but as soon as the demon hit we were shown just how bad these actors had to potential to be.
Overall, this is a mediocre attempt at making some cash of off the very positive Paranormal Activity, and was not as bad as I expected. This is by no means a good film, but one that thankfully did something positive in retrospect to Paranormal Activity, which was provide more scare scenes.