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June 2010

Paranormal Entity

cast: Shane Van Dyke, Erin Marie Hogan, Fia Perera, and Norman Saleet

director: Shane Van Dyke

88 minutes (15) 2007
widescreen ratio 2.35:1
Icon DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 3/10
review by Adam Hartley

Paranormal Entity

Looking into the Global Asylum production company you can see where they get their ideas. With a simple check on IMDB of their films it is immediately apparent that they are experts in the field of the 'mockbuster'. Such films as Pirates Of Treasure Island, Snakes On A Train, and The Da Vinci Treasure are obvious attempts to piggyback the success are larger films, and as you've no doubt guessed Paranormal Entity is another one of those films.

Ignoring all comparisons and looking at it as an individual film, it is actually pretty good. Shane Van Dyke has gone to great lengths to maintain the authenticity of the film, even opting to give no credits on the website. However, all of this effort is subsequently spoilt by not only a spelling mistake in the last line but on some copies a disclaimer at the end declaring all events to be fictitious.

The film opens with some text reading: "Last fall, Thomas Finley was arrested for the rape and murder of his 19-year-old sister, Samantha Finley. He was also charged with the murder of Edgar Lauren, a paranormal investigator. Thomas claimed the victims were attacked by a demonic entity of unknown origin. Shortly after, he committed suicide while in prison."

This text might seem like a bit of a plot spoiler but in a way it actually makes the ensuing 'action' all the more tense as you anticipate the worst to happen round every corner. The film is then presented as actual footage of the events that happened surrounding the murders and a testimony to clear the name of Thomas Finley.

Ultimately, if you are a horror fan you should enjoy this. If you haven't seen Paranormal Activity you will see what seems to be quite a unique and enjoyable film that does have some scary moments. If you have seen Paranormal Activity you will either feel like this is a complete rip-off or you will enjoy it just as much and appreciate it for the film it is.

For a supposed 'rip-off' film the fact that the budget was four times higher than the original and the outcome wasn't as good speaks for itself. If you are a horror fan chances are you will like this, however, you might as well just see Paranormal Activity as in the end this just pales in comparison.



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