Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour (2007)
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Critic Reviews for Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour
Beset by bad lighting, limited visual imagination and acting so wooden it might have termites.
The ear-numbing dialogue explains (and explains) rather than dramatizes, though, and the performances are earnest and flat
The film is sunk by a pervasive stasis, the byproduct not of mood but of the filmmakers' amateurish abilities. If there's one thing Nick and Disney know, it's that youthful entertainment needs to keep moving.
Do-nothing Sarah may be the dullest, most featureless and inactive protagonist in recent movies -- great news for those Scooby-Doo die-hards who never got enough Freddy.
Clocking in at just over eighty minutes, Sarah Landon is a filmmaker's clinic in consistency: how to be consistently awful.
Audience Reviews for Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour
How in the unholy hell did this not premiere on ABC Family and then vanish?
I'm not sure where "Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour" came from because there were no trailers, no advance notice and no screenings. It just showed up in a couple of theaters for a week, and then it disappeared as quickly as it came. Apparently, pre-teen girls know who Sarah is because she's the star of a popular series of mystery novels for young adults, and as her film debut closes she hints at more movies to come. But if the box office receipts for this one are any indication, this is the one and only Landon film we're likely to see and because of that, movie lovers everywhere should rejoice.
It's not so much a bad film as it is a bland and forgettable one with a lackluster cast. Considering how many surnames that appear more than once throughout the credits, nepotism was running rampant here. But it's also a shining example of why hiring your family may not help your film any. Newcomer Rissa Walters stars as Sarah, and she's a pretty enough girl but is seriously lacking in screen presence. The script is real goody-goody despite a few mature details of the story, and that helps to make the film a little more bearable. The unintentional laughs also help, but not enough.
The central mystery that makes up the movie's plot is not totally without interest, but in the same respect, it could have easily been lifted from a decades-old Nancy Drew book or a mediocre "Scooby Doo" episode. "Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour" is a curious film that is no better or worse than the recent big-budget "Nancy Drew" film. Anybody other than pre-teen girls should have something better to do.
I'm willing to forgive a lot when it comes to this low budget family "horror mystery" film. I can let some of the amateur acting and mediocre sets slide because this movie actually does tell a good story, and it is certainly original. While it's nothing meant to scare you, the bad guy in this film is just a scary-looking actor, so he doesn't have to try very hard to prove that he's a jerk. I think that the lead actress - Rissa Walters - did a swell job with this film, and she easily has better acting talent than the rest of the cast. I look forward to future installments in the "Sarah Landon" series. If they can get actors with as much natural talent as Rissa has, the sequels can easily improve.
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