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The St. Francisville Experiment (2000)

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Plot Summary:
"Four young people spend a night in a haunted mansion."

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Phil Davies Brown
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Review Date: 13 February 2005 My Rating: out of 5


No doubt inspired by 'The Blair Witch Project', this shot on video film sees four people spend the night in an old plantation house on the outskirts of Louisiana, and obviously strange things start to happen.

The film at the time of release was actually really creepy and remains so, despite it's more cheesy and obvious moments.

The cast, or sorry 'participants' (the film's premise was allegedly explained to everyone involved to be an actual experiment) are all actors with IMDB profiles, and the director makes horror movies for a living, so I'm a little sceptical.

The film is easier to watch than BWP as it takes place indoors, so there are lights and steady surfaces to help with the proceedings for a start.

The legend, which is allegedly true, the location and some creepy moments make this worth a watch, but you'll probabaly find it quite funny in places too.

You'll either love it or you'll hate it but it's definitely worth a watch.

Reviewer: Nathan Roscoe @horrorasylum
Review Date: 07 May 2002 My Rating: out of 5

I was really nervous about this one. Here we have a blatant rip-off of the hugely successful though surprisingly un-scary Blair Witch Project. Right down to the title, there seems to be no shame in riding the coattails of a bigger name. Besides, Blair Witch was one of the most disappointing horror movies Iíd seen in quite a long time, so how could a brand version be any better?

Much to my surprise - and happiness - The St. Francisville Project is a keeper. The premise is pretty much the same: a group of hip, young folk are sent into a supposedly 'haunted' mansion for the night with video cameras and ghost-hunting equipment. Itís not long before the crazy stuff starts, and our faithful Ghostbusters are lucky enough to get it on tape (cue some creative camerawork.) The resulting footage is then edited together into a documentary-style feature, in which we are led to believe that what we see is real (no comment.)

Basically, Francisville gets right everything Blair Witch got wrong. The history is more clearly defined, with so-called experts giving accounts of the wicked Lady LaLaurie, a Louisianan woman with a penchant for torture. According to legend, LaLaurie had fled capture and, although never heard from again, was rumoured to have moved into the very house we see in the experiment.

Enter our stars. Weíve got a self-proclaimed psychic, a film student, a history student, and a regular Joe. Sure, better planning and preparation would have given us older, more qualified applicants, but I get the feeling the filmmakers were going for a Real World vibe. Hence, there are two women with big boobs and two guys who belong in a Gap ad. Not exactly the kind youíd find doing this sort of thing, but, hey, the idea is to send four unprepared people into the depths of the unknown. After their individual introductions, the producers then train - albeit somewhat briefly - our heroes on handling the ghost-finding gadgets, and then itís off to the house.

I believe itís the long intro to the story that allows the movie to work. Unlike Blair Witch, which made mention of a backstory but never really developed it, viewers of this film are properly set for the events - if any - to come. It also sets the slow pace, which is good, because thereís not much going on in the first half. We get the psychic, Madison (named, apparently, after the mermaid in Splash) offering general advice on being in a haunted house, but more importantly, being very annoying. Itís this quality in her that made me debate the filmís authenticity; after all, if youíve ever met anyone claiming to be psychic, theyíre usually as annoying and pretentious as Madison. (She even uses a Parker Brothers Oujia board. Just like the pros, eh?)

As the story progresses, more things start to happen around the house: first off-camera, such as spooky sounds, then right in front of our eyes. We get a fuzzy image of a chair flying across the room. Was this a prank by the producers, or a real ghost event? Who knows. Even without the ghost-caused creepiness, the filmís got stuff to make you squirm: rats, roaches, a dead bird, etc. This movie has such a dark feel to it I couldnít help but be creeped out. The house, in particular, is a great location (or, set piece = depending on your point of view.)

By the filmís end, youíll be fairly sure whatís been going on, but first youíll have to sit through some rather nasty stuff. I always get happy whenever a horror film can actually deliver scares, and this oneís got Ďem in spades. The final ten minutes are pure gold, if the heebie-jeebies are your bag. I jumped, I winced, I walked around to cool off. Like a lot of horror flicks, you might have some questions after the end credits roll, but here that doesnít matter. Youíll have been spooked enough in the meantime.

Fact or fiction, The St. Francisville Experiment is still a very frightening film which, despite the lack of likeable characters, manages to conjure up a sense of dread and overriding evil. Comparisons to Blair Witch are inevitable, but thereís a chilling authenticity to St Francisville that sets it apart from its better-known predecessor. I ainít afraid of no ghost!

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