15 October 2014

A HAUNTING AT PRESTON CASTLE

A HAUNTING AT PRESTON CASTLE

Alternate Title:
Preston Castle

USA, 2012
Director: Martin Rosenberg

2/10








Martin Rosenberg is a visual effects artist and cinematographer who worked on an amazing amount of alltime movie classics. Looking at his Imdb profile is quite mindblowing: "Saving Private Ryan", "Avatar", "Star Wars Episode 1-3", "Mission: Impossible", "Ghostbusters II", "Willow", "The Hunt for Red October", "Back To The Future II", "Men In Black" etc. etc. - holy shit!

Now, after working in Hollywood for more than 30 years, he finally delivers his very first directorial work - and fails so goddamn hard, it's ridiculous. Very loosely based on several mysteries that surround the slightly infamous, supposedly haunted Preston School of Industry, "A Haunting at Preston Castle" follows three teenagers who enter an abandoned reform school, wander around the building for hours and hours until they all get killed by oh-so-evil ghosts. The end.


Nearly nothing about this unbelievably dull borefest is any good: there's hardly any story, the script is a lazy, lame-ass slapdash piece of rubbish, all three main character are bland, boring and forgettable, there's no atmosphere and no suspense, no thrills, no scares, no nothing. The few supposed-to-be-scary scenes are either clichéd, highly predictable or unintentionally hilarious, due to some horridly cheap-looking CGI effects.

Speaking of clichés... *sigh* we've seen it all before millions of times. Weird noises, closing doors, dark corridors, ghosts walking by in the background, people getting dragged into the darkness, yada, yada, yada. It would have been better if they'd have released it as "The Haunting in Connecticut 3: Ghosts of Preston Castle", or something similarly original.


1 point for the rather neat acting, 1 point for the effective camera work (film camera, camcorder and smartphone camera). As for the rest... ugh!
What a ghost wreck.

Imdb

Thanks a bunch to Kelly Williams (Greenleaf + Associates) for the screener!

5 comments:

  1. Hmm, maybe one more point for the impressive building?

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    1. No, we only get to see it a couple of times. Even a 2,5 would be too much ;)

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  2. This sounds just like "Grave Encounters." That (those, actually, because there was a sequel) were just awful. I'm so not a fan of found footage movies. Just an excuse for the filmmakers to be lazy with cinematography, sound, and editing. :P

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    1. Loved the first GE, and I'd say I'm quite a fan of Found Footage. When it's done properly, it can be effective as hell.

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  3. You would think the effects would be better in an effects guy's movie...?

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