The first half, like most found footage movies, is a looooooong slow burn. The camera crew wait around investigating every bump and thump but slowly (very slowly) this begins to change. The call-in line is inundated with callers experiencing paranormal occurrences of their own. Flashes of bizarre, unexplainable images. And the true nature of the house and neighborhood is revealed as we learn about the figure known as "Pipes". It is a calmer, stiff-upper lip version of Paranormal Activity. It's a much quieter 90 minutes, with less in fighting and bickering.
The performances are stellar all-around, and the real life BBC reporters are utterly convincing. The fact that every occurrence can be almost explained away helps the conceit along all the more. The only problems lie in the ending when everything escalates beyond the point of believability. Though very creepy, the ending shits the proverbial bed a bit for me.
Like many found footage horror pieces, it starts off with a great slow burn but then feels the need to pay-off in some over the top way (or in a "no way" a la The Devil Inside). ThoughI don't know what I would have done differently. Ghostwatch still scared the bejesus out of me. (this may have been since at the time my apartment was having heating issues and immediately after the Ghostwatch ended, the pipes started making horrible noises) I simply wish the filmmakers had stuck to their guns a bit more and left on a note of uncertainty, rather than one of blowing things up.
|If anyone's looking to get me a present, I'll happily take the framed picture of the bedsheet ghost|