The objectify women and where did they get all the money for this? There is underlying menace from the start. They have veiled distain for their elderly neighbour. The duo have no conflicting emotion about this. There is a cat wandering around. In the future, the duo end up in court over their antics.
The question of why they hate the old man so much and spread stories about him is not answered till later on and then the reveal changes everything. The duo are rude to one of them’s mother. Nobody notices them sneaking into the neighbour’s house and painting stuff on his windows?
They gender police each other. Someone will end up dead. The duo don’t seem to sleep or have jobs. There is a gun. The neighbour, Harold, has flashbacks to his wife (Laura Innes of ‘er’ and ‘The Event’). The duo stage the haunting. Harold smashes up a door with an axe. The duo have non-existent common interests other than tormenting Harold. This is subtly disturbing. The morbid duo deserve the widespread odium they gain at their trail.
Harold has anguished responses to the flashbacks to his wife. The duo have deluded belief in themselves. What is this ‘project’ for? Youtube? College? Harold has no self care and is not sociable. The duo wonder what he does in the basement for hours. The duo cause Harold’s windows to crack. They did all this harassment and stalking for 6 weeks. One of them’s mother is berated in court for not stopping, objecting to or interfering with the ‘project’.
The questions as to why Harold isn’t afraid and doesn’t react or call the cops is answered later on in tragic fashion. How does Harold get food and supplies if he doesn’t leave the house? One of the duo was planning to go to MIT. What did Harold do about the broken bedroom windows? The duo have laziness, arrogance and appalling short-sightedness. They have no ethical or moral standards.
The duo are wrong, petty and mean-spirited. They don’t care about their destructive course. Hidden motives come out. The duo have no rational perspective and have comparative indifference to sense. The duo have no deep regret when they are in court. One of the duo is a peeping tom and the other is a hypocrite. They are toxic and vindictive jerks with no accountability.
There are devastating consequences to the ‘prank’. Why are the duo still friends? A cat knocks over a camera, there are illogical character choices and the ending is not brilliantly bleak. Things go badly. Guns are waved. There is a twist and profound implications and absolute turmoil. The ending changes everything. This film was also known as ‘The Waiting’. Annie Dudek and Tamlyn Tomita also feature.
“Tormented a lonely old man.”
“Boring nerdy rich circle.”
“Everything includes shopping.”
“Watch us watching the subject.”
“Objective witness cam.”
“You’re going to scare an old man half to death?”
“A man’s beer.”
“The infamous ex Mrs.”
“You win again.”
“Is he looking at us?”
“Maybe he’ll leave.”
“With a professional grade equipment hub that you didn’t purchase.”
“Be careful how far we push this guy.”
“Whiskey drenched slumber.”
“What the hell is a 150 year old man doing in a basement at midnight?!”
“Move the furniture around just like in ‘Poltergeist’.”
“I respect the candle reviewers.”
“Crudely drawn flock of penii.”
“Pornography of the Asian variety. Unshaved.”
“Couldn’t actively make decisions.”
“Like Shelley Duvall was on the other side.”
“Not like we’ve ever broken in before.”
“Does he not seem haunted to you?”
“What have we done?”
Clancy Brown plays an obviously evil priest. A Dr Farrow lurks. There is failed comedy and ‘Repossessed’ was funnier. Why does Lucas dress like it is the 1970s? There is mumbled dialogue. Lucas only talks through a creepy goat hand puppet. How is there TV static in 2017? The stepdad visits a stepdad support group. Lucas causes a clown to go on fire at his birthday party.
The mother is bizarre. A midget demon hunter shows up, he doesn’t last long. This was inept and gets sappy. This was not an impactful horror spoof. This was enormously frustrating. The stepdad’s attempted kid murder isn’t considered consequential. This is not an epochal movie. The stepdads take on the colluding occultists. Can they stop satan’s unstoppable advance? The cultists have shrugged off every decent value and Gary the stepdad thought child murder was morally justifiable. None of the women in this film has anything you could call a personality. Donald Faison and Tyler Labine and Sally Field run around in this dumb boring movie.
“TV sucks anyway.”
“He has risen from the bowels of hell.”
“Freak mulching accident.”
“Spawned from a cult ritual.”
“Lots of herbs.”
“Sounds like your average devil child to me.”
“What good thing has ever happened in a cornfield?”
“Let’s go blow up that nunnery!”
“You can’t drive, you’re 6!”
“Warm red body paint.”
“Women are smart now.”
“He lives in North Korea. We can’t go there.”
“Chubby dude with a goofy hairdo.”
“Poop out these drugs.”
“Do not fight the tiger.”
Body Snatchers (1993)
Stand By Me (1986)
Get Shorty (1995)