Found footage horror doesn’t get much worse than Paranormal Asylum: The Revenge of Typhoid Mary (2013). Two film makers on their last effort to do something with their careers decide to do a documentary on the legendary Typhoid Mary. As their investigation delves deeper and they come across more people that seem to be connected to Mary who spent time in an asylum and was subject to psychotropic drugs, their own sanity seems to falter as reality seems to slowly drift away.
Written by Fred Edison there isn’t much in this film that hasn’t been done in other found footage films only this film is more overt by giving glows and halos to people and having the video footage flicker constantly. This all actually takes you out of the “reality” of the film (the opposite affect mind you that these style films should thrive for). The film also suffers from subpar acting that you never believe come from real people but just bad actors. This is actually really common with found footage indie films that believe that inexperienced and young actors can carry a film. What these films actually require are the best actors that can act like “real” people.
The biggest travesty of the film is the uninteresting characters that can’t carry the film which is what a found footage film desperately needs. As directed by Nimrod Zalmanowitz the film suffers from relying too much on the “jump scare” rather than creating a truly creepy atmosphere, so, it plays for the lowest common denominator and will only appeal to that (small) audience.
There are plenty of better films out there that you can spend time with rather than this dud.