Any horror movie worth its salt gets parodied; it's part of how we come to grips with how successfully it scared us. Consider the comedy Ghost Team One, the latest left-handed compliment to Paranormal Activity, lifting the gags and aping the style of the earlier movie's handheld and security footage. In this iteration, two horndog roommates--outgoing Brad (J.R. Villarreal) and shy Sergio (Carlos Santos)-- encounter a ghost at a party; they later learn it's Madam Azalea, the murdered keeper of a historic Vietnamese brothel. A transcendently hot party guest, Fernanda (Fernanda Romero), evinces some interest in the paranormal, so they pursue the ghost as a way of pursuing her. This triangle is the film's most successful vein of humor, but it's a low, juvenile bar to clear. ("What do you know about the homicides?" a historian is asked during a consultation. "Homo-what?" he answers. Nice one, Beavis.) The ghost, naturally, manifests in times of sexual excitement, which leads to sticky hijinks. As the guys' third roommate, rage-addicted Chuck, Tony Cavalero commits to a role that only gets broader and more offensive as time goes on. Thanks to the shakiest of shaky-cams, you don't know whether to wince or lose your lunch.
Scott Rutherford, Ben PeyserCarlos Santos, J.R. Villarreal, Tony Cavalero, Fernanda Romero, Maghan FalconeAndrew Knauer, Arthur PielliThe Film Arcade