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Here, I'll spoil the story for you. A team of television ghost hunters are called by a man of extreme wealth who was released from prison (charges unmentioned) as he is due for his imminent death from pancreatic cancer. He also happens to be the owner of a closed asylum for the insane which is purported to be haunted by some vicious, murderous spirits. The deal is that they get one weekend with the asylum for their 50th episode (hence the name - see what they did?). Why? The man has lived a pretty horrendous life, as he says "I have broken every one of God's ten commandments". He wants to know if the asylum is haunted because if it is, that somehow means he will spend eternity burning in Hell. Enter our psuedo-anti-hero, a man of broken faith who runs the aforementioned group of television ghost hunters with his childhood friend, an annoying man of ambiguous Latin descent and the token pretty girl. The team is well established as using the powers of reason and observation to debunk spiritual encounters, so it seems the rich man is really hoping to clear his mind when they come back with a rational explanation for the hauntings. The catch to all of this is that they have to work with a team of rival, faith-based investigators... for some reason.Read more ›
Paranormal investigators recognize four classes of hauntings.
1. Residual--unaware of the living; no interaction or physical contact; not dangerous.
2. Intelligent--possible physical contact and interactions with objects and people; generally not dangerous.
3. Poltergeist--trickster spirits with objectives; deceiver; possible physical contact and interactions with objects and people; moderately dangerous.
4. Inhuman--a spirit that was never human; makes physical contact with objects and people for the purposes of possession, mental manipulation or bodily harm; extremely dangerous.
In the style of Grave Encounters (2011), The Devil Inside (2012) and The Last Exorcism (2010), our story within the movie is being filmed for TV show or documentarian purposes. It's presented much like an actual episode of the show. We are introduced to our team of skeptical paranormal investigators who are young, sharp, and are trying to comfort a couple that was hustled by a previous team of people. Hilarious sidebar: in some surveillance footage the husband, when spooked, hits his wife in the face with a hammer.Read more ›
To get an idea of what this movie is... think of it this way; take one of those stupid ghost hunter shows, and it suddenly gets cancelled because something bad happened in filming what has become the last episode they would ever do.
So these guys have a show just like it, and have done 49 episodes where they could explain everything they have investigated as natural occurrences, not paranormal activity. They then get asked to investigate a place that used to be a war hospital, then a lunatic asylum and it's built on a burial ground, yadda-yadda-yadda... so the team goes in and finds that they may not be able to debunk this one as just being faulty wiring and gusts of wind.
For a while it takes you on a bit of a cool ride, but it's interrupted too often by absolute BS and stupid dialog of things the audience couldn't care less about... like these guys childhood secret... oh, how grand the reveal of that was. It also went in a stupid Christian/Catholic direction at the end that really put me off the ending. If I wanted to see BS from bad actors who make crap up for film and then pray, i'd watch "Paranormal State" and see what fairy-tale they are filming up this week. In this movie, it killed the whole tone.
The only good thing about the ending I liked was that it took a different turn than most other films like this, and actually left the Asylum to track down another place where something else is happening. However, how that ended, the very end of it, .... sigh... way to kill a movie guys. I was going to give the movie 3 stars, but no, you just had to spoil it that way didn't you?
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Of course I'd say it's the best movie ever -- especially since I wrote and produced it! :-) Wouldn't you?Published on January 23, 2013 by Ian Zisholtz
Episode 50 (Joe and Tess Smalley, 2011)
After I watched the final scene of Episode 50, team Smalley's execrable found-footage "paranormal reality TV show gone wrong"... Read more
This movie is filmed well, so obviously some effort went into making it. The premise is a good one, although not very original. Those are bout the only good thing about this. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by val b.
Episode 50 is a 2011 horror movie focusing on two teams of rival "Ghost Hunters"; one team looking to de-bunk myths and lore and the other, a team of religious zealots looking to... Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by John Milton
This movie was entertaining, but lacked any real plot or character development. It was low budget and special effects were lame.Published on November 7, 2012 by Jeffrey T Luzier
I saw this on netflix, I try to have an open mind when it comes to low budget horror. I will say this Episode 50 started out promising, but it very quickly got lost. Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by Michael Westen
This film although is far to be a classic, it's preety good and enjoyable, and it has its own amount of scares to make this film a guilty pleasure for paranormal activity... Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by Marco