Box art for Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour

Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour

horror, thrillers

Far away from home, in the small town of Pine Valley, Sarah Landon (newcomer Rissa Walters) finds hersef all alone, staying in the guesthouse of her late friend's grandmother.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 10
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
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3 out of 5

Clumsy, tween-focused thriller wastes potential.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that though this tween-targeted, PG-rated "horror" movie is pretty tame -- there's no serious swearing, just a little kissing, and no real gore -- some parts may still be too scary for little kids. The ghostly special effects aren't sophisticated, but sensitive young viewers may be convinced enough to be frightened. Talk of evil spirits and supernatural rituals may also disturb, as may a scene in which an old woman parades around with a shotgun.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the supernatural. Do you believe in haunted houses, spirits, or paranormal events? If so, why? If not, why? Why is Hollywood so interested in ghost stories? What makes them so compelling? Is it fun to get scared at the movies? Why or why not? Why do you think some people like horror movies and others don't?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The film is sunk by a pervasive stasis, the byproduct not of mood but of the filmmakers' amateurish abilities. If there's one thing Nick and Disney know, it's that youthful entertainment needs to keep moving.

- Andy Webster, New York Times, Saturday, October 20, 2007

Rotten: ...awkward in a high-school-drama-club way...

- Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review, Thursday, August 7, 2008

Rotten: Do-nothing Sarah may be the dullest, most featureless and inactive protagonist in recent movies -- great news for those Scooby-Doo die-hards who never got enough Freddy.

- Jim Ridley, L.A. Weekly, Saturday, October 20, 2007

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Good and creepy

- dukeakasmudge, Wednesday, October 21, 2009

1 star

How in the unholy hell did this not premiere on ABC Family and then vanish?

- wbgoose13, Thursday, November 15, 2007

3 stars

This was not as bad as I thought that this would have been. You have to kind of remember the target audience for this one as well as it seemed to be more of a young female pre teen audience. With that being said, this was better than I thought. Thje acting was on the kind of poor side and the climactic ending wasn't all that climactic, but it did have some decent moments of tension and a decent story line to go with this.

- kcddck, Tuesday, June 9, 2009