DIRECTOR Derek Lee Nixon WRITER Andrew Pozza STARS Andrew Pozza; Liddy Bisanz; Donny Boaz DVD Now
It’s clear that many, if not all of us are tiring of the influx of found-footage fodder, the vast majority decidedly mediocre at best. Surely high time that somebody poke fun at the formula. Enter Supernatural Activity, sporting the natty tagline of Return of the Spoof.
Damon Dealer, a cynic who believes not in ghosts but in demons — which are ill-educated and sound croaky due to their weak diaphragms — is the host of a faked paranormal TV show of the same title. He and his team head to Hicksville, Texas, to investigate reports of the smallsquatch, a creature that tickles its victims to death. Cue much nonsense via parody of The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity and The Last Exorcism.
Let me make this very clear: Supernatural Activity is dreadful. Of course it is. The humour wears thin due to puerility, but one really ought not to expect something highbrow of a spoof that was clearly made for fun. And, as is the case with much no-budget fare, the editor needed reining in; one scene in particular that parodies Paranormal Activity‘s nighttime bedroom footage is almost unbearable for not being selective in which joke to utilise. But while the overall joke may wear thin, some of the comedy is surprisingly well-timed. Should you find the notion of teasing the spirit of Patrick Swayze by putting a toy baby in the corner amusing (I did) you will get something out of this. If not, it’s probably a waste of your time, much like most of the found-footage genre.