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Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour
Rissa Walters, Brian Comrie
Directed by Lisa Comrie
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2008
80 minutes

The tag to Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour is “sometimes your past comes back to haunt you”. This movie will certainly haunt the actors in it. The first twenty plus minutes of this DVD are exposition. In an eighty-minute low budget wannabe scary movie that is a hell of a lot of nothing happening while the main character is told stuff. Sarah Landon (Rissa Walters) has to sit through all of it, but there is no reason whatsoever you should.

You basically know a movie is going to bite the big one when the writer, the director, and one of the stars are all related. John Comrie wrote this thing, Lisa Comrie directed it, and Brian Comrie –who is not that bad an actor—is one of the leads. This makes Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour nothing but a fancy home movie.

It is obvious this is a Nancy Drew wannabe movie. Sarah Landon, a young woman in her very early twenties goes to a small town, discovers there is a mystery, and investigates it. Here, the mystery is a curse a man placed on the brother of a friend of Sarah’s dead best friend. Who knows why the best friend is dead.

The curse is the guy is going to die on his twenty-first birthday. Who cares if he will but his acting career dies on the screen.

Sarah Landon’s investigative powers are limited to asking people questions so they can divulge some back-story. This means this movie has more flashbacks that one of the people the CIA tested LSD on back in the sixties.

The scary parts here are limited to the old scary cat, an eleven year old boy, and a yoyo. The scariest thing about Sarah Landon is the movie was made, released in theatres, and then released on DVD.

I have to admit the ending is pretty decent but that is only the last three minutes of this thing.

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