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Reviewed by: Serena Whitney

Directed by: David A. Cross

Starring:
Jillian Byrnes
Marianne Hayden
Jennifer Servary

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
After being stalked, abducted and abused, Laura Kove becomes an agoraphobic and doesn't leave her apartment for almost a year. When strange and supernatural events start occurring, Laura discovers that her apartment is haunted. Desperate for help, Laura turns to the Internet and hires Elizabeth Dean, a con artist passing herself as a ghost hunter. They quickly discover that they are both in way over their heads, but they need to stop the entity...before it's too late.
Is it good movie?

Before I put in this movie, I thought I would be watching a GhostBusters meets Fright Night meets CopyCat like horror film. Instead, I got something completely unexpected, which is both a good and bad thing.

This film's ultra low budget helped with the truly frightening and ghostly bits. Its gritty camera work and Blair Witch-esque style intensified the few scary moments and definitely sent chills up my spine. Unfortunately having a budget a quarter of the size of Clerks, hindered the film more than it helped it. The poor VHS image like quality, the laughable special makeup effects, the choppy editing and the god awful soundtrack became annoying distractions throughout the entire movie. The biggest problem with this film though was its cast. Jillian Byrnes (Laura) and Jennifer Servary (Elizabeth) acting skills were so bad, it made me feel guilty for bashing Paris Hilton's performance in House of Wax. (Now that's pretty bad!) Which is a damn shame, because it made me not really care if these characters made it to the end or not.

This movie is not complete crap though. David A. Cross (the writer/director) managed to provide a ghost story with a lot more originality than most supernatural movies I have seen.  Just when you're about to give up on this movie and call your friends to tell them what a pile of crap it is, it immediately surprises you by catching you off guard and scaring the living sh*t out of you! (The flashing light scene in the apartment made me jump so high off my couch!)
Video / Audio
Video: A Widescreen image.

Audio:5.1 Digital Surround English
The Extras
We're offered two somewhat compelling commentaries. One with the Cast and the other with Director David A. Cross
Last Call
This film had plenty of flaws mostly due to its low budget. If the filmmakers had enough money to afford better cameras, special effects, music and talent, this movie would have been a great watch due to its unique storyline. I suggest in a few years from now, that this movie be remade with the budget it deserves. Until then, I would suggest watching this movie with a bunch of friends at a Halloween party, and have fun seeing them jump or scream when the unexpected scary parts occur.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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