21-daysGravitas Ventures
2014
TV-MA

Three filmmakers embark on a paranormal challenge by barricading themselves in a house so haunted, no family has been able to live in more than 21 days, in order to film the supernatural phenomena which presumably occurs. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that lies in wait. There are some places so dark, so evil, where no human–no living thing–should dwell.

Oh, goodie. Another Paranormal Activity-style found footage horror movie. Well, okay, there’s a generous sprinkling of The Blair Witch Project thrown in, with the inclusion of the interviewed locals at the beginning.

One has to think, given the plethora of low-budget found footage horror flicks floating around out there, why another one? Well, as it turns out, according to writer / director / producer Kathleen Behun, 21 Day was born out of a frustrated attempt to produce something commercially viable. Fair enough.

I do have to admit that, although 21 Days manages to hit most, if not almost all of the given tropes and cliches, you would expect from this kind of horror flick (house built on an old Native American burial ground, furniture and other items move around on their own, the characters freak out over every bump, etc.), and the pacing is pretty decent, focusing on a handful of days rather than having us sit through all twenty-one days they were at the house. However, I should point out that there are some stretches in character motivation logic, like near the end, when the paranormal stuff hits the proverbial fan, after calling 911, the surviving bodies call…the lady who initially refused to be interviewed at the beginning of the flick. Mind you, this is merely used as a means of shoehorning in some exposition, but it made no sense.

Overall, though, 21 Days won’t be blowing anyone’s mind, at least the film maker admitted to not having delusions of grandeur when making this movie. At least it’s edited in a way that cuts out a lot of fat. Otherwise, you’re not missing much if you pass this one up.