Saturday, August 11, 2012

Paranormal Incident (2011)

After enjoying Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, I decided to continue flipping through Netflix to see what I could find. After some searching, I decided on something paranormal. Yep, another hand-cam flick, 2011s Paranormal Incident.  

Plot/ The infamous Odenbrook Sanitarium closed after a mass suicide occurred within its walls. Sixty years later, six college students armed with cameras and recording equipment venture into the asylum to prove the existence of the paranormal. Thrills turn into nightmares as members of the group go missing without a sound, cell phones mysteriously vanish, corridors turn into mazes, walls appear where doors once stood, flashlights fail and something or someone begins toying with the group. Days later, when five of the six friends turn up missing, the lone survivor must go through the recovered footage in order to clear his name and find out what happened to his friends.

Let me start by saying that I am not the biggest found footage fan, in fact, I believe that they are becoming too common, and wish that directors would leave that genre alone for a while. However, I do watch them, and at times even enjoy them; unfortunately, this was not the case with this one. There was not much new with it, as most of it was full of cliché, the pacing uneven, and the mix of filming techniques did not do it justice. Yes, the story was not all that bad and the acting was tolerable, but it really did not boast any features that would make it stand out in a diluted genre. Even if you are a major fan of this genre, you should stay clear. It really is not worth your time.

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