It is well-established that low-budget supernatural films do well, and jokey low-budget party movies also do well. So why not combine the two?
This year’s Slamdance festival saw the premiere of Ghost Team One, a film that is being positioned as a sort of “Paranormal Activity meets Project X” combo. We saw a trailer back in January, which was effectively a red-band look that emphasized the film’s weirdness. Now that Paramount is getting ready to release the film, in October, there’s a new look at the movie. This one really emphasizes the “party” aspect, with a bit of supernatural activity thrown in. Read More »
This weekend, A Haunted House made over $18 million. In a few months, Scary Movie 5 will probably make more. Both are “found footage” comedies in the mold of Paranormal Activity. If you watched the trailers back to back, you’d have a difficult time telling them apart. Which is why I think Ghost Team One is a film to keep an eye on.
Directed by Scott Rutheford & Ben Peyser, Ghost Team One is similar to those big budget Hollywood films in that it’s a comedy set in a haunted house. There are important differences, however: it has no major stars, it was done on the cheap, and has personality to spare. The film avoids tropes created by Paramormal Activity and uses realistic characters to create actual comedy, mostly centered on two guys creating a documentary to impress a beautiful girl. Ghost Team One will premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT later this week. Check out the trailer now to put this film on your radar. Read More »