I was referred to this movie by a friend; a very reliable friend who’s horror movie opinion I trust and value. After peeping the trailer, I was convinced that this was going to be the next greatest scare I had experienced after years of disappointing horror movies. To make a long story short, said friend and I are no longer friends. Just kidding, I’m being a bit dramatic. However, I now know I cannot trust his taste in movies, as this film was a rather huge disappointment. The film looked promising. Even though its found footage, which is a bit overplayed these days, the plot was something I’d never heard before: 4 horror enthusiasts embarking on a Halloween cross-country road trip in search of the the scariest and most frightening haunted house. I myself have spent hours in transit to various locations, seeking out the best possible scare. This film though, spent the majority of time in transit and only a small amount of time showing actual scares. To add insult to injury, the movie stopped playing halfway in between and I was too tired to wait for it to load again, so I did what I do with movies I don’t give a shit about: I slept and decided to resume the film the next day. To anybody that knows good horror, you know that you will stay up to ridiculous hours of the night just to finish a good film. The fact that I chose sleep over finishing this movie was a red flag for me. Although the film had maybe about 2 or 3 good scares, it was mostly pretty bland and the action was non-existent. The characters were about as typical as they come when you have a found footage horror with a camera crew as its main characters. You have the 3 camera guys and the 1 hot girl that doesn’t seem to add much to the film and you find yourself asking why her, or any of them for that matter, are even there. I do have to give the film credit, in that it does toy with a truly terrifying idea about what can really make us shake in our boots when entering haunted houses. In the film we meet a variety of weird and crazy characters who make themselves the main attractions of the haunted house. Now if the main characters of this film would have been these people instead of the camera crew, I think the film would have been 100% better. Many creepy and bizarre things happen in the film when they show some of the haunted houses they explore and people they meet, which may have been its only redeeming quality. All the scares that you expect in a found footage are there, which makes this film almost difficult to watch because its just so predictable. This film truly had so much potential. If only the story had been told from the angle of the villains, not the camera crew, if only…….. Anyways that’s a thought for me to entertain another time. I’m going to have to go ahead and NOT recommend this movie. I was sucked in by the trailer and thought that it was an absolute must-see. Turns out, the trailer is actually better than the movie; it took me an hour and a half to figure that one out. However, if you feel that you absolutely must watch this film, I will say that the displays they put on in the haunted houses are pretty badass and bizarre, only 5 minutes of the film worth watching, hands down. Otherwise I would recommend redirecting the hour and half that the film takes and instead spending that time to visit an actual haunted house. Who knows, maybe it will be the scare of your life……… Comment below with your thoughts if you have seen this film. What is the scariest haunted house you’ve ever been to?