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6 reasons the found footage genre needs to die

8 July 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

You know when you read the premise of a new horror movie and think, "Oh, that sounds pretty good"? And then you find out it's a found footage movie and think, "Oh, that sounded pretty good, before"? This weekend's "The Gallows" (the latest offering from Jason Blum's mega-successful Blumhouse Productions) is one of those films for me. I'm a sucker for slashers centered around the tragic anniversary of some deadly murder/accident (in "The Gallows," a prop malfunction in a high school play is the catalyst for the present-day mayhem), but once I was made aware of the shaky cam aesthetic I was immediately turned off (let's just say the trailer didn't do much to change my mind). Do I hate all found footage movies? No! The first "Paranormal Activity" was properly terrifying, and I was frankly wowed by Josh Trank's 2012 found footage/superhero mashup "Chronicle." Other solid »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Telefonica Studios Boards Kike Maillo’s ‘Toro’

25 March 2015 7:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Adding another awaited title to a powerful 2015 production slate, Telefonica Studios has boarded action thriller “Toro,” the second feature from Kike Maillo whose 2011 debut, “Eva” starring Daniel Bruhl, was sold by Wild Bunch and is seeing a belated U.S. release from the Weinstein Co.

Aligning once more with some of the movers and shakers in Spain’s motion picture business, Telefonica Studios will co-produce “Toro” with “The Impossible” producers Apaches Entertaintment and Atresmedia Cine, the film arm of TV network group Atresmedia whose production credits include “I Want You” and “Red Lights.”

Already teaming with Telefonica Studios, Argentina’s K & S and Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo to finance, produce and sell Damian Szifron’s Oscar-nominated Cannes competition player “Wild Tales” and Pablo Trapero’s upcoming “The Clan.” Film Factory, a preeminent Spanish sales company, is handling world sales on “Toro.”

Written by up-and-coming scribes Fernando Navarro »

- John Hopewell

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How horror franchises redefine themselves over time

28 February 2015 7:44 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

What sets one horror franchise apart from another, and how do they evolve over time? As Rec 4 lands on disc, we take a look...

The first instalment in any long running horror franchise is, generally, the one people reckon is the best. And in a lot of cases, they might be right. But as franchises get longer and start clocking up four or more movies in the same universe, things tend to change.

It might be that producers have taken note of popular actors or elements in previous films and want to expand on them; it might be that years have passed and tastes have changed; or it might be that new directors want to put their stamp on a story, but either way, the fifth or sixth movie in a series is usually pretty different from the first one. And the thing that a franchise becomes known for might »

- simonbrew

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2 Clips from [Rec] 4: Apocalypse

9 January 2015 2:15 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The zombie virus of the influential [Rec] franchise worked its way through the residents of an apartment building and the celebratory guests at a massive wedding reception, and in [Rec] 4: Apocalypse, it looks to ravage the crew of a ship at sea. We now have two new clips from the recently released movie, which show how handy an outboard motor can be in fighting off infected humans (and monkeys?).

“Several hours have passed since the terrible events that ravaged the old building in Barcelona. After the chaos of the first few moments, the army decided to intervene and an elite group of soldiers infiltrated the building in order to plant detonators and put an end to this nightmare once and for all. The mission is a success; quick and precise. Angela Vidal, the young television reporter who entered the building with the fireman just hours before, manages to make it out alive. »

- Jonathan James

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[Rec] 4: Apocalypse Returns the Franchise to Form [Review]

5 January 2015 11:39 AM, PST | | See recent QuietEarth news »

It's hard to explain the excitement surrounding Jaume Balaguero's and Paco Plaza's original 2007 film, [Rec], to anyone who wasn't tapped into horror movies at the time. The anticipation among fans for a foreign export or zombie movie was something rarely seen. Zombie films were slowly rising from the dead at that time to be sure, but there wasn't the glut of film, TV and comics devoted to the sub-genre that there is now. At the time, the film felt immediately fresh and when it was finally released it completely delivered on the frenetic and terrifying first bit of footage we'd seen.

That film was quickly followed up by [Rec] 2, which was equally as good and built a whole new layer onto the mythology which also amping up the action aspects of the story.

But beyond a gr [Continued ...] »

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