- Elf 2017
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Carl (Medland), a rather inexperienced paranormal investigator, has
been called to the farmhouse of Darren (Earl Williams) and Lucy (French)
to document and investigate the ghostly goings-on on their property - and
thus he's to spend a night alone in the house. Soon, too, creepy things
start to happen, first and foremost that the light flickers every time
Carl mentions the couple's deceased daughter Jessica's name - which is too
frequend an occurence to be coincidence, and which freaks Carl out a bit.
Freakier still is that when he investigates an eerie night in a clearing
not far from the house, he thinks he sees some clowns. Back in the house,
he tries to communicate with Jessica, and while he gets in touch with
someone who's probably her, the message is less than clear, and he comes
to the conclusion the place is haunted not only by Jessica but also
another entity - and this entity seems to be evil. And it soon goes after
The beginning of this movie is admittedly not all that
promising, as it starts out like an actual paranormal investigation video,
wasting too much time to set up things that in actual paranormal videos
usually amount to very little. But there's the difference as Paranormal
Farm builds up tension throughout the movie and really delivers the
pay-off promised - even if the pay-off isn't what might have been
expected, but (arguably) what we get is even better as it results in a
rounded-out story with a very macabre yet totally quitting twist at the
end. Plus one can't help but feel with the film's inexperienced and
somewhat flawed hero, who freely admits who is in it over his head but
pushes on nevertheless - even if things might not look well for him in the
end. And as for the by 2017 over-used found footage approach - it does
make sense here, and helps with some genuine scares rather than replacing
tried and true scare tactics with a plethora of shaky camera sequences.
all, once you get through the first few minutes, this is rather brilliant