Tuesday, October 28, 2008

13 Nights of Hallowe'en: Night #10 The St. Francisville Experiment

The selection of these thirteen movies has been
The St. Francisville Experimentintentional and deliberate. This is not because they are all out there choices, or outré, or favourites, or even due to being special. They are films worth recommendation, and maybe to a degree a few of them are here because they get a bad rep. “The St. Francisville Experiment” requires some defending. It was saddled right away as a rip-off of “The Blair Witch Project” because of the ill-conceived title. “The St. Francisville Experiment” is about paranormal investigators like on “Ghost Hunters” or “Most Haunted”, which pay their dues back to “Sightings” in the early, early 90s. Even “Sightings” could owe back to “Poltergeist” with its engaging paranormal researchers for example. This is a movie about such researchers.

“The St. Francisville Experiment” is a non-comedic mockumentary, plain and simple. The documentary is an exploration of an infamously haunted mansion in St. Francisville, Louisiana. St. Francisville is, in all actuality, home of The Myrtles Plantation, one of America’s most haunted homes. Google it and see. There is some MST3K-worthy atrociously bad dialogue in this movie, but given some online conversations not necessarily unrealistically bad. The pace is a little slow for a movie, but it seems good for a documentary. Similar can be said about the minimal special effects and the plot. After all is said and done, when “The St. Francisville Experiment” gets rolling it is a pretty good horror pseudo-documentary. A little review reading even digs up people creeped out by it.

Mood: impressionable.
Music: Halloween by Aqua off of Aquarius.

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