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Published November 25th 2012
How did the demon tracks get on the ceiling?
Paranormal Entity is like a poor man's answer to Paranormal Activity, and has become so popular in recent years, that it was even followed by a few sequels of a similar nature.
Written, directed and starring Shane Van Dyke, Paranormal Entity follows the last few documented weeks of the Finley family, who all suffered terribly before their deaths.
The film opens with a notice that reveals that the footage you are about to watch was found in the families attic, but only after a young man, by the name of Thomas Finley, was convicted of raping and murdering his sister, Samantha, and killing a psychic known as Dr. Edgar Lauren.
Even though he kept to his story that they died at the hands of a sinister and bloodthirsty demon, Thomas Finley was sent to prison, where he committed suicide.
Then the "found" footage begins. Thomas, Samantha and their mother, Ellen, all believe that Ellen has made contact with her deceased husband, but soon after they begin to suspect that an evil demon is haunting them. After a series of terrifying attacks, directed at Samantha, the family seeks help from a local psychic, who asks the family to set up cameras to record every thing that is happening, in order to shed some light of the strange happenings, which, amongst other things, result in doors opening by themselves, sheets pulling themselves off people, foot prints on the ceiling, possession, murder and poor Samantha, completely naked and being raped by the invisible demon himself!
The acting and script was actually quite good for what it was, with only four characters ever being seen during the entire duration of the film and even though this isn't as scary as other films of its genre, Paranormal Entity still has a lot going for it, even if a lot of the effects were clearly made on a shoe string budget, which just enhances the fun of it all.
Paranormal Entity is rated MA 15 for supernatural violence and is available everywhere in DVD.