Ive gone through enough low budget horror type films as these to not be creeped out in the slightest. But I don't seek to be scared or creeped out; I love the thrills and irony and subtlety and mystery. This film has absolutely none of that, on top of being incredibly poorly acted, shot, and CG'd.
literally the only thing that drew me to this was the name William Forsythe, who was unreasonably amazing in "The Devil's Rejects", and here puts on a performance as the caretaker of a mansion that is fascinating and curious. His accent is a bit unrealistic, but he otherwise comes across as a genuine southerner and decent enough guy.
he does much of his monologuing in the first 10 minutes, introducing the cast of a ghost hunting show to the mansion before leaving. Then we're left with the kids. If it's at all possible, their acting gets progressively worse as the movie unfolds.
The film is also very slow to unfold, while being somewhat gratuitous with its ghostly events, mostly in the form of noises, temperature shifts, and then about half-way through by having two ghosts just show up and mug it up in front of the entire group for several full seconds while the group yells at them that they're not scared because they're "professionals"
Which also reminds me that, from the start going in, the way these people call out and insult the ghosts, then after being confronted by the ghosts, start behaving as if they hadn't just been confronted by very obvious ghosts, wondering whether they should give up and leave or stay longer, two of them repeatedly saying they still don't believe in ghosts.
From here, it essentially gives up with being in any way creepy or subtle, and just goes for random. Someone gets randomly "possessed", then someone else gets "possessed", savagely punches one of the other group, then has sex with the other possessed person. Later the guy who was savagely beaten is recovered by a friend and is not only completely fine, but not even bleeding despite being hit in the face repeatedly by either a balled fist or a metal rod of some sort.
This incoherent "sex" scene goes on way too long and it shot as though it's some kind of demonoid phenomenon, and not just a pointless sex scene with less nudity than a PG-13 romantic comedy. The group starts getting split up for no real reason, and climaxes with their leader, the supposed "skeptic" being picked up by a ghost, hovering through the air while he repeatedly squeals "I don't believe in you!" then thrown out the window.
The remaining two members run out and are confronted suddenly by dozens of ghosts standing around outside the house, and the CG work done on them makes you say out loud "That's a shame".
Every single jump scare moment provokes bursts of laughter at how painfully awful they are in virtually every way. The absolute worst one happens in the back of the car at the very end as two of the kids are getting away. A ghostly image of their leader the so-called skeptic flickers in and out in the back seat. Then suddenly he appears again and lunges at the camera like a kid imitating a dinosaur, accompanied by an ancient sound effect that is best known to me as "that metallic scrapey/lasery sound at the very beginning of Command & Conquer: Red Alert's intro sequence, and has been used as a mechanical sound effect in half of all sci-fi movies and tv shows from the 80s, 90s, and 00s".
How and why a ghost would make a mechanical noise, who cares the movie is over and it was terrible.