The Paranormal Activity horror film series has been running rampant since 2009 and will find its fifth installment coming to theaters in early 2014 with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. It's a franchise that thrives on scares through first-person perspectives and various technological cameras used by the characters and it has done considerable business for Paramount Pictures.
So it comes as no surprise that Paramount releases Ghost Team One on December 17, 2013 in Blu-ray/DVD to close out the year. Ghost Team One is a comedy movie that is essentially a spoof of the hit series but not a direct mock-up. The film finds two frat roommates trying to score with a girl who loves ghost activity, by trying to film occurrences in the house (which harbors a dark past) to impress her. But soon, the very real paranormal activity comes after them...with the purpose of having sex instead of tormenting the boys.
The Paranormal Activity series has already been spoofed before in Scary Movie 5 and A Haunted House, but Ghost Team One tries a different approach with a more original story. While the film contains a couple of amusing moments, it falls far short of its comedic potential. The pacing is very slow, it's very light on laughs and the worst aspect of the flick is that it's ultimately not raunchy enough!
The intention is basically to bring an American Pie flavor to the genre, but something about Ghost Team One just doesn't end up working. The cast make the most of it however; giving a lot in their performances to make their characters memorable, but Ghost Team One requires much better structure and execution to make it hilarious.
In high-definition, the movie looks and sounds fairly solid but the edition really falters when it comes to the special features (Deleted Scenes, Bloopers, Behind-The-Scenes and a Video Diary) which turn out to be boring and inevitably ridiculous. With any luck the budding stars of the film (Carlos Santos, J.R. Villarreel and Fernanda Romero) will be able to move past this black-eye on their careers.