Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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Far away from home, in the small town of Pine Valley, Sarah Landon (newcomer Rissa Walters) finds hersef all alone, staying in the guesthouse of her late friend's grandmother. When she promised to visit, she didn't realize she wouldn't be staying in the main house, and she didn't realize that the guesthouse was haunted. Or at least it seems that way with all the strange things that are going on in there. But that soon becomes the least of the 17-year-ld's worries. When she learns of the town's dark secret, she finds herself in the middle of a haunting mystery that involves two brothers, the local psychic, and an evil spirit. The big question soon becomes, what will happen between midnight and 1 A.M.?
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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.
The story was actually pretty good for a movie obviously designed for a younger audience. It reminded me of Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark. And when I think about it, the acting was pretty bad in those, too. It's not overly complicated- the spirit of a young man's uncle is supposed to kill him on his 21st birthday and Sarah Landon arrives in town just in time to investigate and help stop it. It was a nice, basic ghost story for children.
There were parts that I thought didn't make a whole lot of sense in the story. Why make a big deal about the real estate agent? Why did the ghost of Sarah's friend Megan warn her to get out of the guest house when nothing happened there? But I found myself enjoying the movie despite these things and the terrible acting. The story moved quickly and I never found myself wondering how long I'd been watching. I might even watch one of the sequels if they are ever made. I'd just never pay to watch it.
For me the romance between the lead and the younger brother should have had more tension or pathos ( something more?)? The spirit villain isn't really scary enough and the sleep walking lady isn't very convincing as a threat?
For me this looks like a lot of first timer errors
in casting and costumes. For instance if the ghost had blood coming out his ears or something, it would have upped the tension level?
The location was pretty good and the old houses were nice:
actually more realistic than a lot of Hollywood products.