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A college student thinks her dorm room is being haunted by the ghost of a little girl. Though her roommates think she is crazy they decide to hold a seance during the Thanksgiving break in an attempt to get rid of the troublesome spirit. What they don't realize is that their seance can't bring back a ghost that is already present. Instead they invite in something much more terrifying.System Requirements:Running Time: 88 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR/PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER Rating: R UPC: 031398228745 Manufacturer No: 22874
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I don't want to overrate the film, but for a straight to DVD release, it is a worthy rental. There are only a few characters, and their development is virtually nonexistent, but that is not what the film is about. The real concern is the story of the haunting and the history of the building, and it is fairly well executed. You'll want to avoid injecting too much logic into it, or you'll ruin the fun. This is nothing more than a little ghost story to go along with the popcorn, and it is satisfying at that level. Don't expect too much blood or special effects, as the budget obviously doesn't allow for it. And the acting is less than stellar, but it never reaches the laughable stage that horror fans sometimes have to endure. But it is good fun, and at least you'll not be in a hurry to finish the film.
Okay, let me stop defending this film long enough to briefly describe it. Cute coed Lauren (Kandis Erickson) believes that her dorm room is haunted by the ghost of a little girl, but the fact that the bathroom sink turns on by itself and tubes of toothpaste tend to arrange themselves in a circle on the bathroom floor three times a week doesn't seem to bother her roommates Alison (Chauntal Lewis) and Melina (Tori White). However, Lauren soon learns that Grant (Joel Geist), the weird and reclusive guy down the hall, has also seen the little girl - he has even identified her as a little girl that fell down the elevator shaft of the building forty years earlier. Just for a lark, Alison's boyfriend Diego (A. J. Lamas) suggests they perform a séance to try and communicate with the alleged ghost. That turns out to be a very bad idea, as the spirit they succeed in calling is not the little girl.
This all takes place over the Thanksgiving holidays, when there are only six people in a 20+ story dorm locked up tighter than Jack Benny's wallet. I think this virtually empty behemoth of a building adds much to the atmosphere, as does the periodic appearance of the ghost child. Unfortunately, the special effects for the other ghost's appearances and disappearances are rather amateurish. Another problem is the fact that the gang basically make up their own spirit-invoking rules as they go along. The ending isn't exactly unpredictable, either, but the path the story took to that ending did pick up some tension and suspense along the way. Séance isn't going to make you jump out of your seat by any means, but it does sustain a level of disquiet in the background and is capable of invoking a few moments of creepiness. The acting is much better than you'll find in most low-budget horror movies, and the few gory scenes are presented quite well indeed. I hope horror fans will ignore the critics and give this film a chance.
I've seen better and a lot worse. I wouldn't watch it again but I'm not sorry I watched it once.