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Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour

Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour
Starring:
Rissa Walters, Wendy Perkins, Brian Comrie, Dan Comrie, Rick Cormrie and Jane Harris


Rated: PG for thematic elements, mild peril and language
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: October 19, 2007 Released by: Freestyle

Director Lisa Comrie begins in a cemetery where we learn that young Megan died at seventeen according to her tombstone. But in the Paranormal Hour she will return later in the story to help resolve lingering tension and questions.

In a film that will please eight to twelve year olds Sarah Landon (Rissa Walters) visits her dead friends grandmother Thelma Shaw (Jane Harris) and learns of a prediction of death for a young man who is targeted for an other son's death in an automobile accident. The threat comes from a father who has been dead for a number of years. Johnny Woods (Rick Cormrie) killed in the car crash had great potential as a pitcher and his father Ben (Rusty Hanes) even in death can't forgive, so David (Brian Comrie) believes the threat is real and expects to die on his twenty first birthday.

Images of Sarah and Megan as happy young friends bouncing on beds and sharing time in the aunt's guest house where Sarah finds old graffiti under a tile floor allow us to share in the joy the two girls experienced as kids.

In a rambling story filled with too many clues we learn of X's on walls one with a cross above and the other with a skull followed by a I, becomes XXI (twenty one) part of the warning of death at twenty one for David. Images of the threatening Ben appear on stairs, in rooms and in basements.

Sarah looks for a solution with Frida (Sylvia Enrique) a psychic who hints that Ben will be back in another human form, and when a new kid moves into town he is a suspect. A chalk board has all the clues but without clarity and of course Sarah investigates the mysterious 1436 pink and green house after dark. Who are Drew and Rachel, not who we think or what we think as the writers work at confusing the audience. But candles and turnips form a circle of life to provide protection. Only when Thelma Shaw walks in her sleep does the mystery begin to unravel.

With a feeling of amateur work and an inbreed cast it's difficult to enjoy the twists and turns particularly when the actors are just not ready for prime time. At the same time this is just scary enough and not too violent to appeal to young kids who can overlook the lack of quality.

  Frank Chris Tony Jim Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour C+             C+

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