The St. Francisville Experiment
Directed by Ted Nicolau
A producer assembles a team of young specialists—a film student, a historian, a psychic and the team leader—to spend the night in the haunted St. Francisville estate and record their experiences in this fake documentary a la The Blair Witch Project. The terror in the house dates back to an old demented madam who tortured and conducted experiments on her illegal slaves and through the use of three video cameras, thermal scanners and carefully kept log books, the team's objective is to find proof of the hauntings.
It goes without saying that they find that proof and a whole lot more. In between bickering sessions, that is. And I didn't think that Ryan girl was ever going to stop whining.
Despite the sometimes mediocre acting and early clichés (falling chandeliers, characters jumping out and shouting “Boo”, psyche-out scares from cats and rats), this film does manage to capture a few seriously spooky moments, especially toward the end. It perhaps would have been more effective if it weren't quite as polished with the interstitial title cards and such, but I guess the filmmakers wanted to differentiate themselves from The Blair Witch on some level.
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