Non-movie related note: the theme barfed on us last night, so we have a place holder up while I go through and try to figure out what we’re going to do.  If the page changes, most likely it’s because me or my friend are trying to fix it, so just bear with us.  Thanks.

So, Paranormal Entity has been suggested to me by Netflix a whole bunch, but it wasn’t until I read the blurb on it that I decided to watch it.  You see, that was when I realized it was a knock off of Paranormal Activity.  You would think the name would give that up, but I had assumed that there was NO way they could POSSIBLY have cut it that close.

I was so very, very wrong.

This movie was about a small family, a guy, his sister (Samantha) and his Mom who have been having ‘weird’ things happen.  They set up cameras all over the house in order to catch the paranormal activity (see what I did there) that was going on at night.

Things start happening very quickly- crosses get thrown, ashes are smeared everywhere, people .  In the end the demon (which the paranormal expert declares is an incubus) wins.

Thought the first: it was clear from the very beginning that they were going to try to show the girl as nude as possible.  And not just because they were playing up the totally grody demon rape angle, but because he kept ‘accidentally’ catching her in her underwear.  I think they were trying to go for the ‘she’s so vulnerable when she’s naked’ thing but it wound up feeling a lot like ‘look at this naked hot chick’.  Which isn’t okay when the film centers around the rape and death of said hot chick.  It’s not that I mind nudity in my films, or nudity in general.  But the general theme of this movie made it just wildly inappropriate.

Also, I’m going to go ahead and belabor the point here- shameless rip offs are not good film making.  The film did have some legitimately scary moments, but almost all of them were borrowed note from note from Paranormal Activity (and I use the word borrowed with a heavy dose of irony).

I understand that it is difficult to make good horror, or make good horror unique.   Paranormal Activity is effective because it doesn’t jump right into the scary crap.  We get a lot of subtle build up to the big stuff.  It helps that the boyfriend/girlfriend in Paranormal Activity have a really great chemistry, and seem like a couple.  You care about them, they react in a realistic way.

Paranormal Entity ruins any of the emotional build up by trying to jump into the ghost thing much faster.  Now, granted, they don’t have the kind of acting to support the emotional end of things- but then they didn’t have to create a story that was supposed to have so much emotion behind it.  They chose to emulate a movie that had made it big and made some changes to it that were better for their group, but not enough, so it comes off like a sad rip off that they tried to out do Paranormal Activity on.

I like the idea of the film- the brother and sister and mom and the like.  The acting was bad and they just stole too many notes from Paranormal Activity- including the rumbly roaring sound that starts when something’s about to occur- to make this a film that can be appreciated on it’s own. It’s the kind of movie you watch and go, “You know what was a much better film?  Paranormal Activity.”

MartianBethany: Okay in 20 minutes I’m going to be watching Paranormal Entity: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1586261/

MartianBethany: Looks like a big damn rip-off of Paranormal Activity, which is a movie I have a lot of fondness for. So we’ll see.

MartianBethany: The COVERS are even similar. The NAME- I’m belaboring the point here. 10 minutes to snarking about rip offs.

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany What are you talking about these movies are TOTALLY DIFFERENT!

MartianBethany: @MartianBethany I’m sure they bear not the slightest resemblance to each other.

MartianBethany: I have no clue how I replied to MYSELF just now. That was directed at @riathepinkie.

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany Hahaha it’s just a coincidence!

MartianBethany: Apparently the idiocy of the last movie has caused my VISION to blur and I clicked the wrong button.

MartianBethany: Blurb: Following Thomas Finley’s apparent slaying of his younger sister and a paranormal investigator, this home video footage-

MartianBethany: surfaced, clearly revealing his family’s frighteningly real struggles with a powerful spiritual entity that haunted their house.

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany IN NO WAY RELATED TO THAT OTHER MUCH BETTER MOVIE!

MartianBethany: Starting with a screaming 911 call. Then straight to Mom and Sister doing dishes after dinner. EXCITING.

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany OMG Mood Whiplash!

MartianBethany: On screen text: Last Fall, Thomas Finley was arrested for the rape and murder of his 19 year old sister, Samantha Finley. He was also-

MartianBethany: charged with the murder of Edgar Lauren, a paranormal investigator. Thomas claimed that the victims were attacked by a demonic entity-

MartianBethany: of unknown origin. Shortly after, he committed suicide while imprisoned.

MartianBethany: If I have to sit through the text infobarf, so do you.

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany Riiiiiight let’s not show these important plot points. Better to just have it explained through text instead.

MartianBethany: “The following footage was found one year later, hidden in the family’s attic. It is being shown to the public for the first time.”

MartianBethany: Didn’t the other one start with a camera in the mirror scene? Also “today is the maid’s day off” hasn’t been funny in ever.

MartianBethany: Oh this is different, there are cameras in ALL the rooms.

MartianBethany: Man, Samantha’s room looks a lot like the couple’s bedroom in PA. I’m going to take a screenshot of both later to be sure.  (Martian Note: Not really, they’re similar but only in the ways that bedrooms are similar.)

MartianBethany: At two in the morning the PHONE IS RINGING OMG. Voice mail: nothing? Maybe demon voice eventually.

MartianBethany: “SO, UM, ANY VISITS FROM DAD LAST NIGHT?” Way to drop the ‘DAD IS DEAD’ bomb, asshole.

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany Ooooh clumsy dialogue!

MartianBethany: Now we have different kind of exposition: Dad died. Mom started talking to him for pretend, and then started doing ‘free writing’.

MartianBethany: And now, weird bad stuff is happening- especially to Samantha. Really, really bad stuff. “David would not… would not do this stuff.”

MartianBethany: A glass jumped off the shelf in the other room. Also, they are using the same weird rumbling sound cue from PA to indicate activity.  (Martian Note: except it is MUCH MUCH louder in PE)

MartianBethany: Samantha’s big metal cross just jumped off the wall and she didn’t wake up at all. It made A LOT of noise.

MartianBethany: They’re having an argument about what happened when the cross came down. THERE WAS VIDEOTAPE. Lets watch it and SETTLE THIS.

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany Samantha sleeps like the dead this is a sign!

MartianBethany: The TV came on in the middle of the night, too, and the coffee table moved around. It’s exciting.

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany Oh why would we want to settle things when we could pointlessly argue for half an hour instead!

MartianBethany: Room was empty and when he turned around a drawer opened, and it looks like it’s his sisters DIARY in the drawer. So he reads it.

MartianBethany: He does apologize to his sister for being an ass. Which makes him better than my brother. JUST KIDDING NICK.  (Martian Note: No, really, my brother is awesome.  Love you Nick.)

MartianBethany: NIGHT 3: Lamp flashing on and off. Mom wakes up stone out of bed, calling her husband’s name. She gets up VERRRY SLOOOWLY.

MartianBethany: Mom has a pen and paper, I think she’s gonna do free writing again- staring at the camera all the while. I guess she’s possessed?

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany ooooh clearly she is one of the possessed!

MartianBethany: “Did you do the writing on the table?” “No, did you?” CHECK THE VIDEO TAPE YOU IDIOTS.

cmdrsue: @MartianBethany does it have any creep factor yet? PA brought the creep factor.

MartianBethany: @cmdrsue Meh, not really. The brother and sister are interesting, but the acting isn’t good enough for what they’re doing.

MartianBethany: THE PARANORMAL SPECIALIST THEY ARE USING IS OUT OF TOWN LIKE IN PA WHAT A FREAKING SHOCK.

cmdrsue: @MartianBethany that’s alright, this time we get to kill him later

MartianBethany: They did check the video, apparently.

MartianBethany: I wonder if they’re going with the ‘demonic entity is molesting Samantha’ thing, because… ew.

MartianBethany: SLEEP PARALYSIS. This drives me crazy. I have had sleep paralysis. It’s creepy. You wake up and you can’t move, and you can’t breathe.

MartianBethany: It’s a documented ‘weird thing your body does’ and is NOT PARANORMAL. AUGH.

(Martian Note: I really have had sleep paralysis.  It’s fucked up.  You wake up and you can’t move, and it feels like you can’t breathe.  It’s pretty scary.  However it’s an artifact of the way your body reacts when you fall into a deep sleep and come out of it suddenly, and it’s normally a symptom of a sleep disorder.)

MartianBethany: Night Six: Samantha’s bedroom door opens. Footsteps squeak across floor. Something knocks camera over. Samantha starts freaking out.

MartianBethany: They’re getting into the freaky stuff a lot faster in this movie. Also, the doors all need WD-40.

MartianBethany: Someone just knocked on the bedroom door and screamed THOMAS, even though everyone just left. WHOOOOO.

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany Edge of seat suspense!

MartianBethany: Well, by ‘scream’ I really mean, I dunno, holler? Not a freak out shout but a ‘hey!’ kind of noise. Found piece of paper with word-

MartianBethany: -MARON on it. Guess that’s the name of our Demon? Oh and PHANTOM PHONE CALL PPC

MartianBethany: This time the PPC message features weird moaning. Something just pounded on Mom’s door in the middle of night.

MartianBethany: AND NOW THERE ARE NOISES IN THE ATTIC oh Jesus you’re just not even gonna pretend are you? Just going for it.

MartianBethany: There are footsteps on the ceiling leading to the bathroom, and then when they walked to the bathroom the door slammed shut.

MartianBethany: Water switched on, phone is ringing. Everyone’s freaking out. Girl is crying but THERE ARE NO TEARS.  (Martian Note: and it’s the fakest sounding crying I’ve ever heard.)

MartianBethany: I was wrong, the footsteps led to Samantha’s bedroom. The footsteps are done in ash, btw.

MartianBethany: The footprints are like bare footprints, but as he’s looking around I can clearly see a SHOE OUTLINE on the bed.

cmdrsue: @MartianBethany that’s part of the demon etiquette. Bare feet on floor, shoes on furniture.

MartianBethany: Oh this is rich. The ashes that the foot prints were done in were the dead father’s ashes, his urn is all spilled.

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany OMG symbolic!

Adamthemann: @MartianBethany THE DEMON IT WANTS THE FIRST BORN MALE CHILD OF THE LINE……I just spoiled the ending

MartianBethany: The kid is like “Hey lets go” and Mom is like “Why? We gonna let them push us out of the house?” See, this is why PA did it better.

MartianBethany: They COULDN’T leave the demon behind. That was the point, that leaving doesn’t make a difference.

Adamthemann: @MartianBethany Yeah the mom is too badass for this PA ripoff.

MartianBethany: I will admit that this movie does have a bit of some spooky going for it, but it’s mostly dulled by the fact that it’s borrowed

Adamthemann: @MartianBethany Hey Paranormal Entity, Paranormal Activity called and said it wants it’s story back. Oh your not done, k, gotcha

MartianBethany: So the ‘urn’ trick simulated the flour from PA. Now he’s simulating the ‘trapping’ bit by stringing bells across the walkways.

MartianBethany: I hope someone went downstairs and scooped dad back into his urn.

Adamthemann: no if you touch the ashes, you will piss of the demon and make you a target

MartianBethany: BTW he did convince his sister and his mom to get a hotel for the night, so he’s alone in the house. #thiswontendwell

MartianBethany: The real problem is that none of these people are particularly good actors. This might could be pulled off with better.

MartianBethany: So the demon slid a chair at him, then rang the bell right in front of him. Then ripped another bell off the wall.

MartianBethany: Chased him into a room, and started banging on the door. Now the phone is ringing.

Adamthemann: So the movie switches to the hotel and the demon kills the entire staff in one bloody pass. The son shows up and is all WTF COME ON

MartianBethany: Apparently the demon did show up at the hotel and mom was on the phone, freaking out

Adamthemann: @MartianBethany I KNEW IT!!! #throwupyourarmsifyouarenotsurprised

MartianBethany: @Adamthemann good call.

MartianBethany: They’re making crying noises but they’re SO FAKE. Nothing ruins credibility like fake crying.

MartianBethany: Oh Samantha got dragged off the bed OFF SCREEN. So we didn’t get to see THAT ripped off scene.

Adamthemann: The way I would film this movie, I would stick all the actors in a secluded cabin and make them feel safe, then mess with them

Adamthemann: wait a second that was PA DAMNIT ALL.

MartianBethany: I HATE the noises the doors make when they open or close. No, really. It’s terrible.

MartianBethany: The covers just got dragged off the sister. Apparently she sleeps in the most adorable bra and panties she owns. And not a shirt.

Adamthemann: @MartianBethany I am now interested in this movie

MartianBethany: You know, the shirt she was sleeping in two nights ago. The more demon activity and camera work her brother does, the less she wears?

MartianBethany: Samantha just called her brother’s name and is nowhere in sight. Bet she’s outside. LIKE IN PA.

MartianBethany: ATTIC SCENE I FUCKING KNEW IT! Is there no depth of mimicry to which you WON’T sink?

Adamthemann: @MartianBethany ATTIC SCENE I FUCKING KNEW IT!……..See what I did there 😛

MartianBethany: @Adamthemann ….I have my eye on you. -.-

Adamthemann: @MartianBethany O_o so you are the one randomly turning on my Webcam……….CREEPY

MartianBethany: Sam is doing the creepy corner staring thing in the attic.

Adamthemann: @MartianBethany 2 weeks later

MartianBethany: Sam is now screaming wildly from the bathroom.

MartianBethany: ….and there were her tits. I thought we’d get here.

MartianBethany: There are burns or bruises all over Sam’s thighs. Maybe combination thereof.

Adamthemann: Rule # 2 of Horror films, it isn’t a good flick until tits are flipped out #horrorfilmprofessortellsall

MartianBethany: I really think that the implication is this demonic entity is raping Sam, and that upsets me on like 8 billion levels.

Adamthemann: @MartianBethany I agree that is wrong

MartianBethany: Mom is in the thrall of the demon. Ayup. TV is about to come on randomly? Mom’s staring at the camera again.

MartianBethany: Amusing: every time there’s that weird tell-tale rumbling noise, the dog growls at the tv. He doesn’t like the noise.

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany Jack is awesome that way.

MartianBethany: @riathepinkie Truth!

Adamthemann: @riathepinkie @MartianBethany Jack is the dog, I am assuming

riathepinkie: @Adamthemann No 😛

MartianBethany: @riathepinkie @Adamthemann (yes)

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany Spoil sport. *giggles*

Adamthemann: @riathepinkie then who is Jack

MartianBethany: @Adamthemann THE DEMON WHO LIVES IN MY HOUSE.

MartianBethany: Mom was just enthralled to cut her wrists I think. Maybe to get her out of the house?

MartianBethany: Okay, he’s talking directly to the camera, but his face is almost entirely in darkness. It’s like they KNOW he’s too bad of an actor-

MartianBethany: -to do this on camera.

Adamthemann: @MartianBethany what you can’t see is that behind the camera is his script 😀

MartianBethany: @Adamthemann This guy wrote and directed the film. #iamjustsaying #noreally

MartianBethany: Sam is the reason that this demon wants to come over into this world, apparently.

Adamthemann: Come play with us Sam. Forever and ever. #shiningtwinswillfuckyourstayup

riathepinkie: @MartianBethany WHAT A SHOCK!

Adamthemann: @riathepinkie @MartianBethany WHAT A TWIST!

MartianBethany: Oh yeah, they went there: the doctor just said that it was an incubus. The look on Sam’s face is pretty hilarious.

MartianBethany: The doctor just finished the word ‘Incubus’ #bmlt http://twitpic.com/3o0mzo

Adamthemann: @MartianBethany hey how did the writer of this film get access to my Half-Fiend’s character sheet #stealmydndcharactersheetandyoudie

riathepinkie: @Adamthemann Hahaha Truth

MartianBethany: Oh yeah, this is a familiar ending, a lot of off camera screaming. Let me guess, one last RARGH at the camera, and we’re out.

MartianBethany: More on screen infobarf! “On October 25th, the bodies were removed from the Finley residence.”

MartianBethany: “Samantha Finley’s body was found dead in her brother’s arms.”

cmdrsue: @MartianBethany seems like they were pretty straight up in stealing from PA and the classic “The Entity” (1982)

MartianBethany: “Upon the news of the death of her children, Ellen Finley took her own life inside the hospital.”

MartianBethany: “It is the opinion of those closely related to the Finley family that this footage be shown to the public as a final testament to-

MartianBethany: the unexplainable and horrifying events that took place in the Finley home.”

Adamthemann: @MartianBethany and cue the PA demon coming on screen all pissed off and killing the rest of the Finley family….wait that is extras

MartianBethany: So they totally went with the demon raping her to death as the plot. I knew they would, because they SAID IT IN THE BEGINNING but-

MartianBethany: even so, that is just revolting. The whole thing was a blatant rip off of Paranormal Activity, to the point where I’m fairly sure-

MartianBethany: I can find close to identical screen shots if I run them side to side

cmdrsue: @MartianBethany it was Paranormal Activity wrapped around The Entity (demonic rape issues). Eww.

MartianBethany: @cmdrsue Really? So they just did a title mash up and called it good? SERIOUSLY? Because that is just… obscenely intellectually lazy

cmdrsue: @MartianBethany we can be generous and say they thought it was an homage? But, yeah, just sounds like a mash up.

MartianBethany: @cmdrsue I’m just… wow. That’s unbelievable. I’m just- that’s so- ugh.

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