2010 / Director. Anthony Fankhauser.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
One of the many mockbusters that The Asylum has produced is called PARANORMAL ENTITY (permission to lol). Obviously it was a cash-in on the success of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY films and it was a clever profiteering considering the el-cheapo found-footage aspect of its production. A few years later they made a “prequel” called 8213: GACY HOUSE, which is branded as PARANORMAL ENTITY 2 in some countries. Why this was even promoted as a sequel or a prequel is beyond me, especially given the fact that the official title separates itself from a potential franchise. Oh and there's also the fact that it has no connection by way of storyline. I actually liked PARANORMAL ENTITY more than I should have. I loathe the trend of found-footage films and never took to the ACTIVITY films at all... and so a mockbuster appealed to me a lot more. As it was, the movie wasn't too bad. It played on all of the cliches and stuck to a tried and true formula and seemed to be creepy enough. The same cannot be said for this stupid second film. Despite being an Asylum production I was intrigued by its title and its concept. The premise is that a group of paranormal investigators walk into the former home of serial killer John Wayne Gacy and are never seen again (their footage is all that survived). So clearly that's a cool premise... unfortunately it loses all credibility within the first 2 minutes. Firstly the photo of the house on the poster art is NOT what Gacy's actual house looked like. Secondly his house was demolished. The movie establishes that a new house was built in its place and that Gacy still haunts the site... and so thirdly the house they use in the film is clearly MUCH older than the true crime. It cannot have possibly been constructed after his crimes. Fourthly, Gacy was executed in a federal prison and so there is no way that his spectre could possibly haunt his old home. The idiocies are astounding. And then there's the fact that the footage has been neatly edited into a fluent narrative for the viewer's sake. It's all so stupid. The acting is as terrible as you would expect it to be and the actual “Scares” are lame. Picture frames fall off the walls, voices mumble and the humans scream (and repeat). Where the first movie was quite good “for an Asylum flick”, this attempt to recreate the formula is a monumental turd. But hey don't take my word for it... the whole film is available for free. All you need to do is CLICK HERE if you dare.
I should also note that 2 additional “sequels” were also release... ANNALIESE: THE EXORCIST TAPES and 100 GHOST STREET: THE RETURN OF RICHARD SPECK. -- All available for FREE at Viewlorium.