I am not keen on all the blood and gore type horror films that leave nothing to the imagination, so I quite liked this film. I thought that it was well done, especially since it was a low budget film that seemed really to be a two man production, their name.
At first I was wondering why he never turned the lights on, but after thinking about it, he never would have seen anything with the lights on and he would have accomplished nothing by doing that. I didn't have any problem with him only using a tape recorder and no other devices because he wasn't out to prove anything, except to himself possibly. His object was to write a book. It wasn't as though he was a paranormal investigator who had all the gear. This was the only house he was interested in, and he didn't move into this house because it was all he could afford, it was because he had reason to believe it might be haunted.
Some people have complained about ghosts under sheets, but there was a reason for that that was built upon from the beginning, and they were used effectively.
The acting was pretty good over all, except that I didn't think the girlfriend was very believable in the kitchen scene and just after.
I would much rather watch a low budget film that was well done like this one, making the most of their limited resources and using imagination and ingenuity, than one of those big, expensive so-called blockbusters with all of that fake CGI and the same type of forgettable blasting orchestral music from one film to another that just falls flat with me and bores me silly, but then I'd rather watch Ray Harryhausen's dinosaurs fighting any day. What a lot of work must have gone into that.
I have raised my rating from my original 4 to 5 stars because I realised since watching it that there was no swearing or anything off-colour. It is so refreshing to see a modern film where people can talk to each other without the continuous use of the f word adjective over and over. I hate the use of unnecessary and gratuitous f words, which shows a lack of basic knowledge of vocabulary. I grew up in a household where there wasn't any swearing, and it really offends me to hear it constantly, as well as being distracting and bringing down the tone of any film to a lower level than it otherwise would have been.
I liked the ending. It was subtle compared to what had gone on before, and, I thought, perfect. There had already been a big confrontation scene. There didn't need to be another one, and it left something to the imagination about what would happen next. What you imagine can be far more frightening than what somebody can film and put onto a screen. All of the horror greats used to say so, and it's really sad if you need to be shown every little thing.
I really liked the music and thought it was perfect for this film, especially for the part near the end.