Tuesday, 30 September 2014

DVD Review - The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill

The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill
Director: Kevin Gates, Michael Bartlett
Starring: Mark Andrews, Michael Bartlett
Studio: Image Entertainment
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Retail: $27.97
Running Time: 88 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


Fifteen-years ago, The Blair Witch Project jumped started the "found footage genre," and many other filmmakers had followed in its footsteps, including today's DVD release of The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill. The film is co-directed by Kevin Gates and Michael Bartlett and stars Craig Stovin, Criselda Cabitac, Kevin Gates, Michael Bartlett, Mark Jeavons and Rob Whitaker. Special features include: audio commentary with co-directors and cast and "Tales from the Graveyard" deleted scenes.

When you see the words "based on true events" on a horror DVD case, most likely the film is fictionalized or it is very loosely connected to the real events. In the case with this movie, it is a faux "ghost hunting" documentary, but if you don't know that before hand, you might be fooled into believing that the movie is actually real.

The film follows six paranormal investigators who travel to Clophill to investigate the strange occurrences that have occurred at the ruined St. Mary's Church. Over the years the area has attracted grave robbers, body snatchers, Satanists and cultists. The team is determined to unravel the mysteries of the "holy ground," but what they discover may just cost them their lives.

From time to time, I will watch an episode of Ghost Hunter or one of those other ghost hosting reality shows. Yes, most of them are staged, but they are fun watch. That being said, I went into watching The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill with an open mind. The movie is well-made and it did make believe it is a real documentary. While there are a few creepy moments towards the end, I felt the movie was lacking real scares. Overall, The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill is a slightly dull in a few places, but it is one of the better crafted films from the genre.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


  1. Most of the film is real, dude! Only the ending and a few other little bits were fake :)

    1. lol! The film is a fake documentary that was written by Kevin Gates, (Zombie Diaries 1 & 2), who also co-directs it. Besides the Clophill background, the film is fictional.


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