These Absolutely Shitty Parodies Need to Stop Review

Contrary to the apparent belief of the Craig Moss, Jason Friedberg, and Aaron Seltzer’s of the world, a parody isn’t funny just because you took a scene from a popular blockbuster and made it a dick, sex, or fart joke or mixed it with some other pop culture trend. It requires a bit more tact than that. Quite a bit more. The latest offender in this trend of lazy parodies is Craig Moss’s 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a film that scores zero laughs throughout its 80-minute runtime and which takes the easiest way out with every joke. Imagine watching a movie where a 12-year-old has given a painfully unfunny running commentary, and then turn that commentary into a movie. It’s a test of endurance in stupidity and if you can make it past the first 10 minutes without realizing that just about anything else is funnier, you’re probably its target audience.

A found footage tape by two women on a mock show of Storage Wars reveals the plight of Dana (Kathryn Fiore) and Aaron Galen (Flip Schultz), a young couple who move into Dana’s old childhood home with their rebellious daughter Liz (Olivia Alexander) and newborn. From there, a number of strange events unfold, all of which may or may not have something to do with Dana’s father (French Stewart). The references aren’t hard to spot (their daughter resembles Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and the film is essentially just Paranormal Activity redone poorly and with gaping holes where the comedy should be. Worthless bits about Black Swan, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer, and Donald Trump instead are par for the course. Oh, Donald Trump is a blowhard? Oh, Bane was hard to understand (sometimes) in The Dark Knight Rises? The world moved on from those jokes ages ago. Stale jokes like those are the reason the parody genre has spent the last decade dying a public, embarrassing death.

Do yourself a favor and stay far, far away from this, and maybe in the future Hollywood will learn to invest money in comedies with actual comedy.

DVD Bonus Features

A behind-the-scenes featurette is the only extra.

"30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is on sale January 15, 2013 and is rated R. Comedy. Written and directed by Craig Moss. Starring Kathryn Fiore, Flip Schultz, Olivia Alexander.

Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.


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