Monday, October 11, 2010

Paranormal Entity (2009)

Paranormal Entity

Written & Directed by Shane Van Dyke

Thomas Finley...Shane Van Dyke
Samantha Finley...Erin Marie Hogan
Ellen Finley...Fia Perera
"Last Fall, Thomas Finley was arrested for the rape and murder of his 19 year old sister, Samantha Finley. He was also charged with the murder of Edgar Lauren, a paranormal investigator. Thomas claimed that the victims were attacked by a demonic entity of unknown origin. Shortly after, he commited suicide while imprisoned."
The Finley family unexpectedly finds themselves haunted by a malevolent entity after the mother, Ellen, attempts to contact her deceased husband and inadvertently lets something else through. As instructed by "that psychic guy", Thomas documents everything on video as it unfolds. It starts mellow enough--a few rumblings, a few mumblings, maybe a crucifix flying off of daughter Samantha's bedroom wall--but quickly evolves into things of a more devious nature.

As you can tell by the synopsis above, more than just the title bears a passing resemblance to that Little Movie That Could called Paranormal Activity. And herein lies the problem. Despite the fact that this film is well acted, well-made, and full of creepy moments and dread, there's no way to get through it without comparing it to its kin. And it's not even an unfavorable comparison. It's just that Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Entity are essentially the exact same movie, both in substance and in style. Only the names of the characters are different.

I suppose it's something that most knock-offs are cheaply made, hard to watch cash-grabbers. Here, though, imagining someone having watched both of these back-to-back without any prior knowledge, they may be hard-pressed to guess which one was the original, and which was the knock-off. Because Entity isn't simply derivative of or inspired by Activity, it in fact seems like a very faithful remake, released only months after the original.

The shock-finale from Paranormal Activity may be missing here (and I'll leave that up to you if that's a good thing or not, as I know the theatrical ending was a point of contention among genre fans), but I'll tell you one thing that Paranormal Entity has that Paranormal Activity did not:


View the trailer below!

Not Rated
88 Minutes
United States



  1. Because I was assuming this would be terrible, I was pleasantly surprised. Thought the film had some oddly disturbing moments and I liked the central idea, that the mother had essentially awakened some form of demon (which naturally fixated on the boobilicious daughter) by over-grieving for her husband.

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