ⓘ The St. Francisville Experiment

                                     

ⓘ The St. Francisville Experiment

The St. Francisville Experiment is a 2000 low-budget found footage horror film directed by Ted Nicolaou. The film was released direct to VHS, and DVD on April 15, 2000, and centers upon a small group of paranormal investigators who spend a night in an old haunted mansion located in St. Francisville, Louisiana. The haunted mansions back story was loosely based upon the true story of Delphine LaLaurie, a New Orleans socialite believed to have tortured and perhaps killed slaves in the early 1800s.

                                     

1. Synopsis

A group of paranormal investigators are given video cameras and the opportunity to spend the night in an abandoned house rumored to be haunted. The group finds several strange things, but initially their discoveries are easily explained away. However, as the night progresses they become more and more unsettled and wonder if there is truly a supernatural force in the house.

                                     

2. Cast

  • P.J. Palmer as Paul Cason
  • Sarah Clifford as Psychic
  • Tim Baldini as Tim Thompson as Videographer Tim Thompson
  • Paul Salamoff as Paul I. Salamoff as Producer
  • Ava Jones as Ava Kay Jones as Voodoo Priestess
  • Ryan Larson as History Student
  • Troy Taylor as Ghost Historian
  • Madison Charap as Psychic
  • Katherine Smith as St. Francis Paranormal Expert
                                     

3. Production

Filming for The St. Francisville Experiment took place in Louisiana and California, and the filming was actually done in three houses. Author Troy Taylor helped put together the films concept, which was initially supposed to be a documentary rather than a fictional film, a move that he stated was done mid-production. Taylor also stated that one of the houses wasnt abandoned and that a family was currently living in it. Upon its release the movie was promoted as a real encounter with the supernatural and the names of the films actors were not disclosed.

                                     

4. Reception

Critical reception for The St. Francisville Experiment was extremely negative. A reviewer for JoBlo.com criticized the film, noting that "there are many scenes where its impossible that the "actor" filmed himself from that angle", which made it "obvious that theres a cameraman there with his own equipment". Variety gave a mixed review, remarking that it "is ultimately undone by its inability to reconcile its two contradictory impulses - to be the next "Blair Witch" while mocking the hand that feeds it." Sabadino Parker for Pop Matters panned the film saying "Lets cut to the chase: The St. Francisville Experiment is bad" and ultimately advising "This is a warning: Stay away. Do not, I repeat, do not see this movie. Please, save your money and your sanity and do not ever, ever see this film."

                                     
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