Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour

Theatrical Release: October 19, 2007
Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour
Not Recommended for Families

Synopsis

Far away from home, in the small town of Pine Valley, Sarah Landon (newcomer Rissa Walters) finds herself all alone, staying in the guesthouse of her late friend’s grandmother. When she promised to come visit, she didn’t realize she wouldn’t be staying in the main house, and she didn’t realize that the guesthouse was haunted. Or at least it seems that way with all the strange things that are going on in there. But that soon becomes the least of the 17-year-old’s worries. When she learns of the town’s dark secret, she finds herself in the middle of a haunting mystery that involves two brothers, the local psychic, and an evil spirit.

Dove Review

Compared to the many horror flicks that seem to be overtaking the theaters lately, this film seems pretty mild. But while there is no blood shed and no sexual situations, the message being sent is almost as harmful. The character of Sarah Landon is supposed to be a “Nancy Drew-type” character who is naturally inquisative and to whom unusual things happen requiring investigation. In this episode (yes, a series of films is planned) she helps two brothers figure out the meaning of a mystery and situation that has haunted them for years. There is much discussion of the paranormal. At one point Sarah asks, “What is the difference between a ghost and a spirit?” One of the brothers has been obsessed with this subject for years and is happy to answer, “A ghost is a spirit that hasn’t crossed over to the afterlife.” He goes on to explain that this type of spirit is seeking revenge and can even inhabit a human body to kill another person.

I can understand the thrill of a good ghost story and I don’t think a story containing ghosts in itself is inappropriate. It is the evil nature of the spirit in this film and the fact that the characters seek out information from psychics, horoscopes, and books containing ritualistic behavior and then act on it. Due to inapporpriate behavior and depictions of paranormal activity, we cannot issue the Dove Family-Approved Seal to this film.

Content Description

Sex: Young man and woman kiss briefly.
Language: H-3; A-1; OMG-4; Crap-3
Violence: Character shoots at people with a shot gun but misses.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Young man wakes in bed shirtless.
Other: Scary music builds to "jump" scenes many times; two different characters visit psychics and act on their advice; a character studies paranormal activity for years becoming obsessed and eventually performing a druid ritual; several characters see ghosts/spirits; a spirit takes over the body of a character and is shown coming out of the body; reincarnation is discussed and it is implied that one character is the reincarnation of another.

Info

Reviewer: Julie Kemme
Source: Theater
Company: Freestyle Releasing
Writer: John Comrie and Lisa Comrie
Director: Lisa Comrie
Producer: Andrew Cohen
Genre: Mystery
Runtime: 81 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Rissa Walters,
Alessandra Daniele,
Brian Comrie