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Episode 50 (2011)

Directed by Joe & Tess Smalley

DVD Review: Episode 50 (2011)Episode 50 is the supposedly never before seen 50th episode of a fictional television show called Paranormal Investigators. The show had been running for three years, but then, after 49 episodes, it was suddenly cancelled. This sounds like it’s going to be a found footage movie, doesn’t it? It’s not. Some of the scenes are footage from security cameras and hand-held cameras, but they are mixed with plenty of traditionally shot scenes.

If you’ve seen the trailer for Episode 50, you may have high hopes for the movie. Sadly the trailer is misleading because it makes Episode 50 seem a lot better than it is.

Episode 50 (2011)

The movie starts off okay, with some eerie music, a black screen and a few lines of text that explain the four different types of haunting. The fourth one ( inhuman) is the most dangerous and don’t you just know—right there and then—that an inhuman will be thrown into the mix somewhere along the line. My hopes soared like a bird. A couple of minutes later I was brought back down to earth with a sudden jolt and the first scene was all that it took to ruffle my feathers.

Episode 50 begins by showing a few minutes of episode 49, which is initially mostly surveillance cam footage of Walter and Mary, who are freaking out because something strange is happening in their home. Enter paranormal investigators Damon and Jack, who successfully explain everything to the troubled homeowners. The house is not haunted at all. There are some electrical problems, mice are living in the walls, and dodgy fumes are getting into the air intake because some paint thinners are stored in the basement. Throw in a little sleep depravation and is there any wonder that Walter and Mary are hallucinating ghosts? Case solved.

I’m not sure that episode 49 adds anything to the movie, but at least it gives the viewer an insight into how Damon, Jack and their team work. They find the scientific answers for any activity that is related to supposed hauntings.

Episode 50 (2011)

The story proper begins in a solicitor’s office where Damon and Jack are introduced to Mr Worthington. He is 38 years old and the eldest son of one of the wealthiest men in America, but he will be dead in six months because he has pancreatic cancer. Worthington is aware that the team have been trying to gain access to the West Virginia State Lunatic Asylum, but have been refused entry. The Asylum is supposedly the most haunted piece of property in the entire United States of America and is more popularly known as The Gateway to Hell.  Too many people have died there though, so now the town council allow nobody inside.

The team has such a good reputation for debunking hauntings though, that Worthington has arranged for them to have access to the Asylum for a full weekend. “But what’s the catch?” Damon asks. “There is none,” Worthington replies. In his short life he claims to have screwed over more women than Tiger Woods, got into more fights than Mike Tyson, drunk enough whiskey and done enough drugs to put John Belushi to shame, and broken every single one of God’s commandments ten times over.  “If you can’t debunk West Virginia,” he explains, “I know that I am going to spend an eternity burning in Hell.” Of course if the team can debunk it Worthington has nothing to worry about, except being dead of course. Does this set-up remind anyone of The Legend of Hell House?

When Damon and Jack arrive at the asylum, along with fellow team members Andi and Jose, they discover that Worthington has arranged a little surprise for them. The guy believes in hedging his bets and has also arranged for a team from a rival network to join them and the ASSC team do things very differently because there prime objective is to prove the existence of an afterlife. Yep! It’s the God squad and the two teams do not get on, but they will have learn to do so because neither team will be allowed inside without the other.

Necessity makes strange bedfellows so the two teams put aside their differences and get on with the job in hand. Unfortunately for all concerned both teams are in over their heads. The spirits of the dead really do walk the corridors of the West Virginia and they not only show up on the cameras, they also manifest in front of the team members and their actions are far from hospitable.

Episode 50 (2011)

Episode 50 has a runtime of about 80 minutes and although it not the worst movie I have ever seen it is somewhere down at the bottom of my list and is not a movie I would want to sit through for a second time. It is more of an idea driven movie than a character driven one and as a result of this the viewer is never really given much chance to get to know the characters well enough to care what happens to them. It’s a pity because the actors are pretty good and they deserved more of a chance to show what they could do.

Episode 50 DVD Review

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The special effects are not fantastic, but they are adequate and some of the ghosts are pretty scary; probably helped by the fact that the viewer initially only sees flashes of them. The choice of backing music is also good, but overall there is more wrong with Episode 50 that there is right with it and the movie is topped off with a finale that is more terrible than terrifying. Terrible for the investigators and terrible for the viewer who has just wasted nearly one and a half hours of their life just to encounter a demon that is less believable than the ghosts were. If you’ve got time to kill and feel like punishing yourself for some past misdemeanour Episode 50 should do the trick. If, however, you are looking for something that will leave a more positive last impression than a lack-lustre demon could ever provide I’d give this one a wide berth and pick something else instead.

CAST

Josh Folan
Chris Perry
Natalie Wetta
Keithen Hergott
Eleanor Wilson
Justin Brutico
Robert Maisonett 
Kieron Elliott

Anna Venizelos
Arahmus Brown
Ossie Gibson
Mike Barbero
Hector Linares

Daniel Ahearn

Jeremy Banks
Bella Cohen
Olie Cohen
Alexandra Dickson
Cherish Duke
Nicole Feagin
Dhyana Forte
Ian Holt
Allison Jackson

Tyson Kaup
Ashley Lewis
Kevin Reilly
Sandra M. Schneider
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 Jack
Damon
Andi
Dylan
Lysette
Richie
Jose
Kieron

Ghost Nurse
Ghost Boy
Blake Daniels
ASSC Cameraman
Ghost Orderly

Museum Administrator

ASSC & PI Crew
Karen Jacobs
Katherine Jacobs
Dr. Annie McCoy
Dr. Susanne Cline
Museum Employee
Museum Employee
Eric Kirkshank
ASSC & PI Crew

Walter
ASSC & PI Crew
ASSC & PI Crew
Dr. Alanis Panfield

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