Last week I happened to catch the movie Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour on an Encore channel. I very seldom watch a movie during the day, let alone turn on the television, but after reading the title on the menu guide, I thought I would give the movie a try.
The Paranormal Hour begins with a seventeen-year-old Sarah Landon (played by Rissa Walters) returning to Pine Valley, California to visit her grandmother, Thelma Shaw. Before she arrives at her grandma's, she has car problems and stops by a local repair shop where she hears part of a disturbing story. She doesn't get the full story until she asks her grandma about it, who was more than glad to tell the tale.
A young man, David Baker, is cursed! On his 21st birthday, which is only a few days away, he will be killed by his dead uncle, Ben Woods. Years ago, Ben's son, on his 21st birthday, was killed in a car accident that David's mother caused. David was known as a good kid and was getting ready to go to college, but then he learned of the curse and cut himself off from the world. He has become obsessed with the paranormal, and is trying to find away to stop his uncle.
As his 21st birthday nears, his bother, Matt, and his new friend Sarah Landon try to prevent his death.
Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour was released in limited theaters back in 2007 running only at 81 minutes, and was a complete flop at the box-office. I never remembered the movie ever being released in theaters, let alone every seeing it advertised. The ghost curse plot seems to be interesting, but the movie is ruined with bad actors with horrible dialogue, bad camera shots, and not enough action for a paranormal story. Rissa Walters who played Sarah Landon gave the only decent performance, but she is held back by the untalented co-stars. I felt like I was watching a bad TV-Movie rather than a theatrical release. I wonder if they used a first draft script instead of a final one. I sat there for 80 minutes, as I had to find out how it ended, only for the movie to end in somewhat of a cliffhanger, in which the producers were hopping to make Sarah Landon into a film franchise.
I would only recommend the movie to families, as there is no bad language and nudity. There is some mild PG violence in it. It could be a good way to introduce a clean-cut haunting movie to your kids. Overall, I liked the premise, but I will never watch it again.