Throw enough feces at a wall, and some will eventually stick

After the last parody flick I caught, the long winded 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I was afraid it would be more of the same. I was wrong. It’s more of something else entirely but doesn’t change the fact that most gags missed their mark by more than a large margin. The ones that worked were very good and had me laughing hard, but they were throwaway visual gags that only work once. The rest were by far the majority and were simply too numerous to even hope to balance it out. Virtually all the actors were obviously inexperienced and most appeared to have been hired based on breast size. Impressive in some cases but I prefer real myself. Real actors too wouldn’t have hurt (can’t anyone take a joke?). The acting was decent enough by the main cast members, but the support were a tad shaky.

Paranormal Whacktivity
Directed by
Roger Roth
Cast
William Patrick Riley, Sasha Formoso, Mighty Mike Murga
Release Date
September 2013
Ed’s Grade: C-

Penned by actor Chris Pentzell (It Casting) and Geoffrey Plitt with direction from none other than Roger Roth (nothing to do with Eli, but you have to wonder…), we have a shi* load of silly skits thrown out fast and furious, with the hope that some will be funny enough to please the parody zombies that watch this stuff. I happen to watch flicks like this and have been known to even enjoy them. Here, we have a problem. This was lacking in too many areas and looked and felt rushed, but it had a huge cast of colorful characters for our amusement. What I have noticed with parodies (or any comedy really) when an inexperienced director helms, they are afraid to take real risks with the humour. Or even sex scenes. Rarely is a sex scene with a rookie director edgy or realistic. You can almost feel their embarrassment from behind the lense. Well, it’s the same here. Fart and poop jokes were as risque as it got, because, lets face it, masterbation in film is very passe. Seen it all before dude — sorry.


Some of the good gags were (and I’ll only name a few or there wont be anything left to find funny) when the priests show up at the beginning, as Michael was filming Kasey while he was wearing a mankini doing his Borat impersonation, and the holy men were snapping pictures of his “bump.” Or when Michael decides to up his production values by hiring a Hollywood director (absolutly no points for guessing who played the director, and it wasn’t Eli) — masterbating to a photo of Mother Teresa — Tiger Woods — Avatar — the excellent Ouija Board iPad App. What was extremely annoying was this dumb musical number they do on their lawn. I was like, seriously? I know you are dying to ask, so I’ll tell you. My favourite color is blue. Actually, the real answer is, I wouldn’t watch it again, but it is worth seeing once. Anymore than that is at you own risk. You have been warned.

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