A gang of friends and friends of friends are researching into an old church where Ghosts have been sighted and black masses were said to have occured. They go to the church on numerous occasions and witness strange events.
See, it's weird.
I love the show Ghost Hunters, but I just couldn't fully get into this film.
The acting is very weak by the majority of actors, which really put me off the film, then for the first hour of the film, it basically introduces the characters, has short interviews with people, and shows short 'footage' of ghosts.
In little segments these characters do contact the ghosts through different means and these are easily the best parts.
I'm all up for listening to different characters being interviewed and a good ghost story, but not a single one seemed really to be likable, despite the attempts to make you like them, by introducing children etc.
The one thing I do like about the film is that it's probably the most realistic of all Ghost hunting shows/films.
Obviously most of these films rely on cheap scares, and/or strange creatures, whereas in this one, there are just people dressed in cloaks, shadows, and a creepy kid.
The trailer for the film makes it look a lot different and that it might possibly follow the same routes of other films such as 'Grave Encounters', and I think that's another reason why I was disappointed in the film.
I was expecting something entirely different to what it actually was.
I can't really say much more than that to be honest.
If I had enjoyed it, I would have said a lot more.
Alas, I didn't, but I know some people would. I think it was just the wrong film for me.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
Writer and Director Commentary. - Obvious straightforward commentary with Kevin Gates.
Cast and Crew Commentary. - Another straightforward commentary with Craig Stovin, Criselda Cabitac, and Kevin Gates.
Tales From The Graveyard (The Clophill Archives). - Deleted Scenes
I haven't actually listened to either of the commentaries but when a filmmaker puts the effort in to talk about the film afterwards it's always worth it and usually I find more interesting than the films themselves.
I'll watch them at a later date.
I have however watched the Deleted Scenes, and the funny thing is, I actually liked the characters a lot more from watching them. I have no idea why but they seem more human and normal, but then at the same time I can understand why they deleted the scenes. Most likely due to time constraints. Oh and the ending makes more sense after watching the deleted scenes too.
So in all I have to give the film a 4/10.
But remember that is only my opinion and I'm sure if you are looking for a more realistic approach to the subject matter and also enjoy watching your ghost hunting programs, I think you will enjoy the film much more than I did. I recommend watching the deleted scenes as soon as you have finished the film for more back story and to understand a bit more. And to be perfectly honest, after seeing what the man (Kevin Gates) can do, I'm looking forward to his next film 'Paranormal Diaries: Mothman'.
You can pre-order 'Paranormal Diaries: Clophill' here: