Haunted World Of Katie Featherston, The
This was a real simple edit to do since a lot of scenes faded in and out, and there was no score or music at all. My only disappointment is that since only official releases can be used as source material I was unable to use the scene where Micah shows Katie the video of Diane from the Festival Cut. This scene is in the theatrical cut, but it’s really short and you don’t really see anything. The version shown in the Festival Cut, however, is longer and more explicit, you actually the see the video of the exorcism, and Katie’s reaction is different. She appears way more freaked than in the theatrical cut.
- Micah filming his guitar and Katie while trying to get her to do a striptease for him
- Micah filming Katie in bed after Night #1
- Katie filming Micah in the pool, he keeps playfully giving her the finger
- Micah filming Katie in the bathroom getting ready for bed, then looking into the mirror as he makes fun of the psychic
- Micah trying to trick Katie into having sex with the camera on, then turning it off
- Micah turning the camera back on after sex and talking into it
- Micah taunting the demon by calling it out while he opens and closes the door that the demon open and closed the night before.
- Micah taunting the demon, telling him that he’s nothing, and Katie giving him shit and telling him that it’s time for bed
- Micah’s EVP experiment
- Micah checking the recording of his EVP experiment
- Micah trying to apologize to Katie in the kitchen about the ouija board
- Micah’s speech in front of the camera about Katie’s rules, followed by them going to bed
- Night 16, nothing happens
- Katie and her friend talking on the couch, Micah saying that he has a plan
- Katie making, then drinking, coffee, saying that she needs a new life
- Katie trying to study but interrupted by Micah being a dick again, they fight
- Katie in bed saying that she doesn’t want to leave and that it’ll probably be okay now
- Trimmed the message at the end about Micah and Katie. Now the part about Katie appears pretty much instantly after the part
about Micah, instead of having to wait an extra 5 seconds or so for it to appear
- The copyright screen, followed by about a minute of black screen, followed by the end credits
Overview - The original Paranormal Activity is marred by the godawful “found footage” crutch, unsympathetic, foolish characters, and a decrepit, snail like pace. Frantic Canadian’s edit trims 12 minutes of unnecessary footage, quickening the tempo and boosting scare ratio.
Video - Quite a bit of cuts in this. Edits well chosen, and because of the fade to black structure of the original there is nothing noticeable. I calculate half the film are semi-lit, nighttime shots, and the blacks stay solid throughout.
Audio - Nice 5.1 sound that responds during some of the quietest scenes. Mumbled - garbled dialogue often difficult to understand, probably by design. Subtitles could help - though most of the talk is everyday prattle and unimportant.
Narrative - This is a light edit, so the story holds together. Good result here, and a better experience than the original.
Enjoyment - Tough to call. I do not like “found footage” movies. They strike me as lazy, self indulgent, and bucket level cheap. That said, my bride is a big fan of the Paranormal series, and unexplained themes in general. She has premonitions and sees ghosts. Me? If a chair is spinning in the air in front of me, I chalk it up to a breeze. She rated this highly, and she would be the target audience.
The characters are introduced as likeable goofs and grow dangerously stupid.
- SPOILER - Midway through, I’m telling them to phone the demonologist specialist. Of course they do not. - END SPOILER -
Why do they stay in that house / apartment night after night? Come on, go to a motel! Go to Mom’s! But get out of there! Fools. Very hard to enjoy a film with characters you cannot empathize with because they have less sense than a tennis ball.
Appreciate would be a more appropriate term for this. Frantic Canadian offers an excellent edit, and a better choice, of a film that will not appeal to everyone.
We watched this the other night, as 1/2 of a double feature, along with Haunted From Childhood: The Katie Featherston Story, both on DVD. The same review applies to both edits.
I will preface the review by saying that I have seen the original source material 2 or 3 times. I'm not a fanatic by any stretch, but I was familiar with the pacing and structure of the original.
Having said that, I didn't really miss anything that was removed. Sometimes, in a horror edit, an editor will pull out the slower scenes that were designed to calm the audience down. That isn't the case here, because with "found footage" films, the directors tend to use the quiet moments to insert a suddenly scary event...so when watching films like this, most savvy audiences know enough to keep their guard up. The cuts in this particular edit seemed to improve the flow of the film, and when I discussed the edit with our guests, no on else seemed to miss anything either.
Technically, the editing was superb...I detected nothing that indicated to me that this was a fan-edit. If someone had just thrown this into the DVD player, and I was not familiar with the film, I would never have guessed.
To sum up, worth watching, and an improvement over the original release.
April 22, 2012
I watched this last night and enjoyed it. This was a very simple edit with many small cuts and trims. Overall the pacing is much improved. It’s still pretty much the same movie, nothing too drastic done to change it, but the cuts did help make it flow better. As well, trimming Micah’s douchiness makes him much more likable and I can feel sorry for him at the end now.
Update, Oct 21, 2012.
Watched this a second time tonight. It was much more enjoyable a second time around. The pacing is a lot better than the theatrical version without losing much from the character development (which is admittedly 80% of the film).
Enjoyment rating upped from 8 to 9