A TV crew from a ghost hunting show arrive at a supposedly haunted house, hoping to capture some supernatural activity on film. But as odd things happen, it begins to look like the house has a sinister past, and an evil personality of its own.
I'll admit it - a TV movie, a low budget, and a cast of actors I've never heard of - I didn't go in with high expectations.
But once you get your head around the fact that this is a b-movie - made for something like the SyFy channel - it isn't actually too bad. The story won't shock you with its originality, but it's interesting enough. It's well paced, and does a good job of building tension in the right places. The camera work and the music are both very effective. The acting is generally ok, though it's a shame Charisma Carpenter isn't given more to get her teeth into, I get the feeling she would be pretty good. Some of the set details are well created (the gore in the wall cavity, the eerie windchimes, the attic) and really help add to the atmosphere. And there are some surprisingly gory sequences - how many made-for-TV movies feature eyeball drilling in close up detail, for example?
There do appear to be some references to other horror films. The radio-controlled, motorized camera is called Chucky (as in Child's Play), a character is called Bub (Day Of The Dead?), the creepy shed looks a lot like the cabin in Evil Dead, and a hidden well has a definite resemblance to the one in Ringu (The Ring).
Despite its limitations, the movie succeeded in keeping my interest and it was certainly entertaining. I doubt it will end up in any Top Ten film lists, and you probably won't even remember it after a few days. But I still enjoyed it far more than I expected to. 3/5