Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Found footage films are a mixed bag.  Sometimes they can be very effective (i.e. Paranormal Activity or REC) while other times they can be less interesting (i.e. Apollo 18 or The Devil Inside).  The found footage style of film has become common place for indie horror films of which Paranormal Incident (2011) can now be included.  The plot of Paranormal Incident is nothing you’ve not seen before (way too often) in which a group of film makers/students venture into the abandoned place known as Odenbrook Sanitarium to prove to each other and the world that the paranormal exist.

The problem with the film first and foremost is that it takes place in an abandoned sanitarium which has become the biggest clich√© in the found footage genre of horror films (although cleverly done in the Grave Encounters films).  What also throws the film off is the complete lack of originality or concern with the fact that the film has nothing new to offer.  There was a moment when I thought that the film might actually go somewhere but my hopes were slashed away in the third act with the over complicated conspiracy theory of which was needed for an otherwise bland run of the mill haunted house film.

In my opinion, the found footage film can be used to great effect.  This is plan in The Blair Witch Project (1999), Man Bites Dog (1992), and Cannibal Holocaust (1980) but more often than not it’s a lazy excuse for film maker to make a cheap film with no stars and a mediocre or non-existent script.  Paranormal Incident is one of these films that can be completely ignored and forgotten.

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