Monday, November 21, 2016

American Poltergeist Movie Review 428

American Poltergeist a.k.a. Provoked is a 2016 horror movie directed by Jordan Pacheco and starring
Christopher P O'Reilly and Nicole Lasala.

The movie revolves around a group of ghost hunters led by Paul(Dan Liebman). He has a pal on the team called Matt(O'Reilly) and others. They have been looking for some proof of paranormal activity
for some time and they are beginning to lose heart that it will never happen. They get a job investigating the house of a woman who is being terrified by a ghost. They are delighted to be investigating something that might be real. They all go to the house and set up their equipment. They look around but there doesn't seem to be anything there. Matt gets very angry and he shouts at the ghost and he taunts it. A plate breaks, but he doesn't think that that is anything supernatural. There is something in the house as we can see but they leave before they see it.

Matt goes home to his girlfriend, Jamie(Lasala) and that night, the water in the bathroom sink turns on and floods the place. Then, the next day, it happens in the kitchen and he calls a plumber. Jamie is left alone in the house and everything moves around and she hears the singing of children. This freaks her out. When Matt returns, she tells him what happened, but everything has been moved back.
He thinks that she imagined it. The plumber arrives to look at the pipes and Jamie gets attacked by an unseen force. She ends up in hospital. The doctor thinks that she has had a seizure. Jamie thinks that this is not the case. She tries to tell Matt that a ghost attacked her, but he is unsure.

The plumber is still at the house and he sees something weird in the basement and runs out of the house. Jamie and Matt return and she goes to bed. She feels something in bed with her. It tries to choke her. Matt comes in and sees it but gets knocked out. Paul comes to the house and Jamie tells him what has been happening. Matt wakes up and he is delighted that there is some supernatural activity in his house. Jamie is furious and leaves him. Paul takes her to her mother's and on the way back, he crashes his car into a truck while on the phone with Matt. Matt realises what has happened and he is alone with the ghost who is determined to get him. He tries to fight, but it is useless. The movie ends with the ghost calling Jamie and telling her to come home. Matt is dragged away shouting for her not to come. The woman whose house was haunted calls to thank Matt for clearing away the ghost from her house but Matt is dead.

This is an okay movie. It is not great, by any means. I have seen worse, though. The budget is pretty small here and it shows. The acting is so-so and some of the characters from the beginning of the film never return which is weird. There are limited scares here also. The ghost wouldn't scare anyone and there really isn't much here to terrify anybody. It isn't all bad though. If you enjoy the low budget horror movies which are made on a shoestring budget, and if you don't mind the lack of special effects, then this might be for you. It is worth a look for die hard lovers of horror like me, but you have been warned. I will be kind and give it a 3/10.


Tony Briley said...

Thanks for the review. With that score you gave it and limited time for watching movies this time of year, I'll skip it and try something better. I might enjoy it a little but I'll heed your warning.

Amanda said...

You're welcome.It isn't really worth your time.I found it mildly entertaining but I would watch any horror movie really 😀

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