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The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill on DVD in October

7 August 2013

Since Paranormal Activity went global, there have been a whole string of rather crappy horror knock-offs with tywo-word titles where the word 'Paranormal' is followed by a suggestive noun, including Paranormal Investigations, Paranormal Entity, Paranormal Movie and Paranormal Incident. So the arrival of a new film with the Paranormal moniker doesn't exactly fire us with excitement. But advance word on The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill is not just good, it's really good. Intrigued? We certainly are.

In March 1963 a black mass was held within the ruins of a church in the small English village of Clophill. Tombs were desecrated and animals sacrificed during the macabre ritual.

Fifty years on, following numerous reports of strange apparitions since that infamous ceremony, an investigative film crew was assembled to interview eyewitnesses and set up camp within the church ruins. During the long night ahead they hoped to capture some kind of paranormal presence. Nothing however could prepare them for the terrifying scenes they were about to witness and the events that followed.

Filmed in the real village of Clophill in Bedfordshire, The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill combined genuine documentary footage with dramatic elements to create a found footage film not quite like any other, the creation of co-directors Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates, whose 2011 World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries didn't exactly set the horror world alight.

Described as "Slick, clever and very frightening" by Scream Magazine, "Truly spine-tingling" by Dread Central and "a new kind of horror aesthetic" by Quiet Earth, The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill makes its debut at Fightfest 2013 and comes to UK DVD on 14th October 2013 from Second Sight at the RRP of £12.99.

The teaser trailer gives nothing away.