Anyone else seen this one? It opened on Friday, and it’s a haunted house film made by the people behind Saw and Paranormal Activity. I’ll say this much - If you hate horror movies that run on cheap pops of weird noises and stuff jumping out at random times then you’ll definately hate this one, but if you like jumping out of your seat yelling “Oh shit!” and creepy ghost stuff then this one is awesome. It’s a nice blend of the types of scares that you get from Paranormal Activity combined with the pacing of one of the Saw movies. You don’t sit waiting for a half hour for something to happen, it starts out slow and then just goes insane. There’s nothing really bad in it, it managed a PG-13 rating, but there’s plenty in film to fuel a few nightmares at the same time. Like most horror films it establishes an awesome idea and then kind of limps into the finish but there’s more of a plot than it seems at first glance. The special effects are first rate, the only real falter in this area is the demon looks startlingly like Darth Maul, but then again Darth Maul pretty much looked like a demon, so you can’t get too carried away, but you’ll definately say “is that Darth Maul?”
Anyway, it’s cheap thrills and a lot of fun if you can let yourself get spooked. I saw this Saturday night in a theatre full of high school kids and half way through about 10 people had gotten up and left, but not because it sucked, because their dates were crying and asking to leave, which is an accomplishment in and of itself. It might not be worth a full price ticket, but if you can matinee it or catch it at the discount theatres in a few weeks it’s worth seeing on the big screen just thanks to the surround sound and the size of the screen to catch everything.