Rental Review: Episode 50 Simon Fitzjohn August 28, 2011 DVDs & Rentals 1618 Trying hard to be something different but in the end proving to be nothing we haven’t seen before, Episode 50 is yet another in the long line of ‘found footage’ movies. Following a bunch of spook hunters, the film hopes to cash in with a series of creepy locations and tales of demonic spirits, serial killers and the like. But, while it starts out promisingly to begin with, the flick swiftly loses its pace ahead of a pretty silly climax. The movie follows the crew of hit show ‘Paranormal Inspectors’, who through their 49 episodes have debunked a host of haunted houses across theUSwith a host of expensive equipment and scientific theories. Mysteriously though, the show is cut down in its prime ahead of the scheduled 50th episode, never to be aired again. But thanks to the trusty old technique of ‘found footage’, we are able to unearth what happened on their fateful half-century. Turns out the crew were offered the keys to an old mental asylum, widely classed as the holy grail when it comes to hauntings. To further complicate matters, the Inspectors are teamed up with a bunch of religious zealots who are equally eager to prove the existence of evil in the place. As I am sure you can imagine, things do not go well and the crews realise they may have more on their hands than they can handle. Episode 50 works best when it concentrates on suggestion and possibility, with moments that do have a genuine creepiness to them. But there is far too much scientific and religious mumbo-jumbo spouted by the cast to truly hold your attention for the running time. And when things go a bit crazy at the climax, the effects are sadly more laughable than scary. A hit and miss affair that turns out to be a pale imitation of the likes of Paranormal Activity or Session 9, Episode 50 turns out an honourable failure. Episode 50 is released on September 16.