Dumb, dumb, dumb. And, not funny. That’s the best thing you can say about “30 Nights of Paranormal Activity With the Devil Inside the Dragon Tattoo.”
This is one of those “throw in everything” horror film spoofs made popular by the Wayan Brothers back in the day. In fact, this direct-to-video comedy arrives as “A Haunted House” hits theaters with some of the same style material. Nothing is better than a good spoof. Look how popular Saturday Night Live has been over the decades. Send-ups are fun, most of the time.
Writer-director Craig Moss tries to apply the tricks of the trade including “keep it moving fast and maybe they won’t notice how dumb this stuff is.” Well, what works in the Catskills falls on its face here. This low-budget attempt at gross-out humor fails miserably.
The story, such as it is, involves a young couple experiencing a host of paranormal events. Nearly all the activity is of a crude sexual nature. So much so, that any shock value is lost after watching more than 10 minutes of the movie.
The films spoofed include “Paranormal Activity,” “The Devil Inside” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer,” and “The Dark Knight Rises” among others. Moss relies heavily on sight gags, while failing to back them up with a decent script. It’s just so much crap, really. If you want to see this genre done right, try “Scary Movie 3.5” There’s some brilliant stuff in there. Don’t bother with this stinkbug. Grade: F
Street Date: January 15, 2013
Runtime: 99 minutes
Formats: Blu-ray, DVD
Released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment