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The "Paranormal Activity" movies are credited with taking the terror out of art-directed dungeons and dilapidated bathrooms and putting it right smack dab in the middle of our bedrooms. The "Saw" series raised a white flag of surrender after "Paranormal Activity" took most of the Halloween box office dollars in 2009, bringing an end to Jigsaw's legacy and returning us to the land of lo-fi horror.
Since then, the "Paranormal" series has become something of its own "Saw"-sized franchise, with the fourth installment set to hit theaters this Friday. Somewhat unfortunately (though probably inevitably), the more this decades-spanning haunted house tale expands and explains its increasingly silly mythology, the less scary and interesting it becomes — though we have to give props to the producers for maintaining the low-budget, "found footage" aesthetic that the first film incorporated so brilliantly.
Here's a refresher on all the bumps in the night (and, sometimes, »
- Bryan Enk
It seems like Christmas Halloween comes earlier and earlier every year. We're still neck-deep in the summer blockbuster season, but Paramount Pictures wants you to start thinking about the fall fright season, releasing two new trailers for Paranormal Activity 4, the latest installment in the wildly popular found-footage franchise that might just be the last installment if the tagline "All the activity has led to this..." is any indication.
Paranormal Activity 3 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman return to helm the fourth chapter, which has fast-forwarded in time to 2011, five years after the events in Paranormal Activity 2 (PA3 was a prequel that took place in 1988). The "activity" that led Katie (Katie Featherston) to kill her boyfriend (Micah Sloat), her sister (Sprague Grayden), and her brother-in-law (Brian Boland), and kidnap her sister's infant son, Hunter, has now appeared to have taken possession (whether literally or figuratively, we can't say) of the young boy, »
- BrentJS Sprecher
The third time is the charm? It certainly charmed the box office (so look out for a fourth) and returned much on the investment. There are some good jump scares, but maybe the formula is a bit too noticeable as well. Again, those box office numbers will negate any criticism since Paramount is laughing all the way to the bank. 2005 . Katie (Katie Featherston) delivers a box of videotapes to her sister Kristi.s (Sprauge Grayden) house. Kristi and her husband Daniel (Brian Boland) dump them in their basement. A year later their house is ransacked and the tapes are missing. Flashback to 1988 . Young Katie (Chloe Csengery) and Kristi (Jessica Tyler Brown) are living »
- Paranormal Activity
Friday the 13th is a day that always has a special meaning for fans of the horror genre. Last week on that fateful day, I was invited to a tea party in Hollywood to celebrate the successful horror sequel Paranormal Activity 3, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD January 24. We were joined by producer Oren Peli, cast members Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Chloe Csengery, and Jessica Brown to discuss the past, present, and future of this successful horror franchise. There was even a seat reserved at the table for the evil spirit Toby, although he didn't say much...
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The highest grossing horror film of 2011 is set to unleash its wicked ways on Blu-ray and DVD, as Paranormal Activity 3 comes home next Tuesday, January 24th. A prequel that finds young Katie and her sister Kristi coming in contact with the supernatural for the first time, this crowd-pleasing thriller proved to be a huge hit amongst fans and critics alike when it took theaters by storm back in October.
To celebrate the upcoming home video release, we chatted with the talented and very beautiful Lauren Bittner, who plays mom to two young daughters terrorized by an unseen demon. For her thoughts on making a sex tape, the impact something like this might have on a real mother's life, and her expectations for the recently announced Paranormal Activity 4, read our conversation below. »
5 items from 2012
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