20 items from 2015
Area 51 – where the hell do I begin? You have to respect Oren Peli for single-handedly redefining the horror landscape with a 10K budget and a haunted video tape (Paranormal Activity), an act that led everyone to assume the director would be treated as a golden God on whatever project he decided to tackle next. Unsurprisingly, Area 51 was announced – an obvious thematic followup. Found footage scares, alien conspiracies and a handful of unknowns who run around the Neveda desert? Hell, Peli was able to accomplish unspeakable bouts of terror by using an invisible monster, now he’d actually have evil creatures to play with! Blumhouse fanatics immediately started salivating based on Peli’s concept alone.
- Matt Donato
Directed and written by Christopher Denham.
When a woman, her husband and his ex-army brother go on a hunting and camping trip, they quickly become the hunted.
Oh boy, that State Park has seen better days. Probably why it’s been closed down. And jeez, that’s a creepy looking playground, all rusted and covered in graffiti. Is that a tunnel full of children’s shoes? Yuck. Don’t worry, I’m sure your recently-discharged-from-the-army brother with a drinking problem will keep us safe. After all, he’s snuck up on us out of nowhere several times already. Shows he’s got skills. Good to have him and his vicious looking dog on our side.
Preservation is a horror movie that opens with more red flags than an overly cautious game of Minesweeper – some similarly coloured herrings, the others impending traps, »
- Oli Davis
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Written by: Christopher Denham
Directed by: Christopher Denham
Read the simple synopsis on “Preservation”, and it would be easy to jump to the conclusion that teenagers fall by the blade of a masked killer or maybe even a crazed family of mountain dwelling inbreeds. Nope, way off. It does involve masked killers though. Instead of the wilderness excursions that are really excuses to indulge in the debauchery of alcohol, drugs, and unbridled and unprotected sex, this is more the camping trip that you would take in your late twenties after you have settled into marriage or couplehood. No sick house on the lake that doubles as party central. These are actual adults, intending to sleep in tents and actually kill animals. Mostly due to nostalgia, and what makes this even »
Paramount Insurge has unveiled the first trailer for the long-delayed found-footage horror film Area 51, which is set to get a limited release this May.
The latest film from Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Area 51 was filmed 2009 but has been delayed in the years since, butit is now set for a limited release through Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas for the weekend Friday May 15th to Sunday May 17th, as well as being released on VOD and digital platforms on May 15th. Check out the trailer here…
Area 51 is written by Peli and Christopher Denham and produced by Jason Blum (The Purge, Sinister) and Steven Schneider. The film “follows Reid, who has always been obsessed with UFOs. While on a weekend trip to Vegas, he convinces two friends to join him on a mission to break into Area 51, where they find terrifying proof of alien presence.”
The movie stars Reid Warner, »
- Scott J. Davis
Oren Peli’s follow-up to his impressive debut Paranormal Activity, Area 51, will debut in Us cinemas, and on-demand next month. The film, which revolves around a group of silly kids who decide to break into the United States’ infamous ‘Area 51′ following a boozy weekend in Las Vegas.
Area 51 is directed by Oren Peli, written by Oren Peli and Christopher Denham and produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider. The film follows Reid, who has always been obsessed with UFOs. While on a weekend trip to Vegas, he convinces two friends to join him on a mission to break into Area 51, where they find terrifying proof of alien presence. Starring Reid Warner, Jamel King, Ben Rovner and Jelena Nik.
The trailer for the film has just debuted, which you can see below.
Area 51 will get its limited run from Friday, May 15th in selected Us cinemas. »
- Paul Heath
Paramount Insurge today announced that Area 51 and Drunk Wedding will receive one-weekend-only limited engagements exclusively at 16 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations in May. Additionally, the films will be available day-and-date on VOD and all digital platforms.
Area 51 will debut Friday, May 15th and run through Sunday, May 17th with one showtime daily. Tickets are on sale online and at participating Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas box offices beginning Monday, May 11th. The found footage horror film will also be available May 15th on VOD and all digital platforms.
Area 51 is directed by Oren Peli, written by Oren Peli and Christopher Denham and produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider. The film follows Reid, who has always been obsessed with UFOs. While on a weekend trip to Vegas, he convinces two friends to join him on a mission to break into Area 51, where they find terrifying proof of alien presence. »
- Michelle McCue
The studio label said “Area 51″ will receive a one-weekend-only limited engagement May 15-17 exclusively at 16 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations along with a day-and-date release on VOD and all digital platforms. Paramount bought the “Area 51″ rights in 2009, three weeks after shooting wrapped on the $5 million production. It was Peli’s follow-up to the sleeper hit “Paranormal Activity.”
Peli directed “Area 51″ from a script he co-wrote with Christopher Denham, with Jason Blum and Steven Schneider producing. The film follows a man who has been obsessed with UFOs and convinces two friends to join him on a mission to break into Area 51, where they find terrifying proof of alien presence. Reid Warner, Jamel King, Ben Rovner and Jelena Nik star.
Paramount Insurge will also utilize a similar strategy the next weekend with comedy “Drunk Wedding, »
- Dave McNary
The found footage horror film will play theatrically over the weekend of May 15-17 in 16 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema sites and roll out day-and-date on VOD and digital.
The film follows a man obsessed with UFOs who diverts from a trip to Las Vegas and takes his friends to the notoriously secretive government site where they find proof of alien life.
Insurge will also release the comedy Drunk Wedding in the same pattern one week later. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Guess what just got beamed up out of picture purgatory? Filmed years ago, long-awaited by fans of Oren (Paranormal Activity) Peli's work, and almost as mysterious as the location its named after, the found footage thriller Area 51 will finally see the light of the silver screen, as Blumhouse has confirmed that Peli's sophomore effort behind the camera will play the weekend of May 15th at participating Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, with a VOD and digital release scheduled for that same day, as well. And teasing the alien-induced scares to come is the just-released first trailer for Area 51.
Blumhouse confirmed the Area 51 news via Twitter, with ComingSoon.net reinforcing the announcement by revealing that 16 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations will screen Area 51 the weekend of May 15th. Not only is this an Alamo Drafthouse exclusive in terms of theatrical showtimes, but the participating Drafthouse locations will only screen one »
- Derek Anderson
"It would be easier to rob a bank than to break into Area 51." After striking it big in 2009 with Paranormal Activity, the next project that director Oren Peli embarked upon was another found footage thriller, this one venturing into one of the most legendary places on Earth: Area 51. The film has been waiting around for years, and now Paramount Insurge and Alamo Drafthouse are finally releasing it day and date with several digital platforms next month, but it'll only be in theaters for one weekend only. It's exactly what you would expect from a found footage horror thriller focused on Area 51, but it's R-rated, so maybe it'll be fun? Here's the first trailer for Oren Peli's Area 51, originally from Apple: Area 51 is directed by Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) who co-write the script with Christopher Denham. Three young conspiracy theorists attempt to uncover the mysteries of Area 51, »
- Ethan Anderton
Remember when the tiny budgeted Paranormal Activity hit theaters in 2007 and was a box office smash? And remember when writer/director Oren Peli made his follow-up film, Area 51? You’d be forgiven for forgetting about the second part, because while Area 51 was shot in 2008, it’s been sitting on the shelf ever since…until now. Yes, Paramount Insurge announced today that Area 51 is finally being released next month, but its theatrical engagement will be severely limited. The sci-fi horror pic will debut exclusively in Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas on Friday, May 15th and will only run through Sunday, May 17th, with one showtime daily. Additionally, the pic will be available on VOD and all digital platforms on May 15th. [caption id="attachment_448781" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Paramount Pictures[/caption] Anticipation was incredibly high for the found footage pic given Paranormal Activity’s success, but it sat on the shelf for years and years, »
- Adam Chitwood
Wgn America just dropped a pretty big casting bomb: Mamie Gummer (“The Good Wife”) has been cast in a recurring role on the second season of drama “Manhattan.” Meryl Streep‘s daughter will play Nora, a street-smart spy sent to the Hill as a liaison to Jim Meeks (Christopher Denham). She’ll use “her charm and sexuality to pass atomic secrets to the Soviets,” the cable channel said on Wednesday. Created by Sam Shaw and directed by Thomas Schlamme, “Manhattan” begins production on its second season in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 14. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television, »
- Tony Maglio
Mamie Gummer is heading for the Hill.
“The Good Wife” alum has joined Wgn America’s Los Alamos-set period drama “Manhattan” for season two, playing a street-smart spy who uses her charm and sexuality to pass atomic secrets to the Soviets. Her character will act as a liaison to Jim Meeks (played by Christopher Denham), whom audiences have now learned to be a Soviet informer.
Gummer joins a cast that also includes new member William Petersen, who plays the new ranking military officer Col. Emmett Darrow. John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukerman and Rachel Brosnahan also star.
“Manhattan” is executive produced by Sam Shaw, Thomas Schlamme, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios. Season two begins production April 14 in Santa Fe.
- Whitney Friedlander
The Atx Television Festival has announced the currently running shows that will be attending the event in Austin, Texas from June 4th to the 7th. The main highlight of the new entries is the presence of the FX series Justified. The appearance of the creators and castmembers at the Atx Festival will mark their first public interaction since the series finale airs in a few weeks, and will also give the show’s crew one more chance to go around the victory lap. Attendees have not been announced yet, but it has been confirmed that creator Graham Yost will be present.
Yost will also be on hand to discuss the show Boomtown, which he also created, and which will be part of a panel titled “Cancelled Too Soon”. Yost will be joined by numerous individuals involved in the show, including producer Jon Avnet and castmembers Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and Jason Gedrick. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City is a stunning collection of original, terrifying fiction from a unique cast of master storytellers including Ethan Hawke, Eli Roth, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill, Christopher Denham and James DeMonaco. [Click To Enlarge] Jason Blum invited an impressive group of authors, filmmakers, and screenwriters to envision a city of their choosing . . . and to let their demons run wild. Disturbing, suspenseful, devious, and entertaining, each tale showcases an innovative voice in a definitive collection every bit as devilish and demonic as Blumhouse’s films. Taken together, the twenty provocative stories in The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City create the unforgettable cityscape of a new world of horror. The Blumhouse Book of »
- Pietro Filipponi
Jodie Foster has started production on her new film as director, the hostage thriller Money Monster. According to Deadline, it’s about what happens when a TV financial pundit and stock tip advisor is held at gunpoint, and the captor threatens to kill him if the broadcast is stopped. This means the whole world gets to watch as the stand-off plays out.
Clooney is playing the victim; Roberts is the producer of his show – also called Money Monster – and apparently a love interest; now Giancarlo Esposito is joining in as the NYPD lead office in charge of defusing the situation.
Without wanting to give too much away, there’s a lot in Money Monster that hits a nerve. It’s a topical story, and would probably pass for satirical too if it were less about tension and suspense. »
- Brendon Connelly
In 2008, actor and filmmaker Christopher Denham wrote and directed what’s still one of the more underrated films in the contemporary phenomenon of Pov horror. That film, Home Movie, was an eerie, intimate and ghastly account of two children terrorizing their parents. Since, Denham has been seen in the likes of Sound of My Voice,…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Although the logline may suggest yet another variation on the “Most Dangerous Game” playbook — hunters become prey during an out-of-season visit to a nature preserve — “Preservation” ultimately impresses as an arrestingly suspenseful thriller that takes clever narrative twists and turns while moving through familiar territory. It’s difficult to give writer-director Christopher Denham full credit for his ingenuity without spoiling at least two genre-tweaking surprises. But respectful reviews and favorable word of mouth could help this small-budget indie not just survive but thrive in various platforms.
Even during the leisurely paced expository scenes, Denham suggests undercurrents of trepidation while constructing his setup and introducing his three main characters: Sean (Pablo Schreiber), a tightly coiled Afghanistan War vet who seems intent on drinking away bad memories; Mike (Aaron Staton), his workaholic businessman brother, who remains inextricably attached to his smartphone even during a weekend getaway; and Wit (Wrenn Schmidt), Mike’s wife, »
- Joe Leydon
Nickelodeon star Jack Griffo has joined the cast of “Those Left Behind,” an indie movie starring Daphne Zuniga (“Melrose Place”), Michael Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”), Debra Mooney (“Everwood”) and Coby McLaughlin (“Parenthood”), TheWrap has learned.
Upon returning to her childhood home with her son to see her ailing mother, Shelly (Zuniga) must confront the demons of her past in order »
- Jeff Sneider
Christopher Denham's Preservation is a violent yet agreeably goofy throwback to the survival-in-the-woods genre, with shades of Southern Comfort, Deliverance, and even The Blair Witch Project (though it's not found-footage, thank goodness). Heading into a closed nature preserve for a weekend of shooting at four-legged animals are recent war veteran Sean (Pablo Schreiber), his brother Mike (Mad Men's Aaron Staton, continuing to have awful luck on camping trips), and Mike's wife, Wit (Wrenn Schmidt), a vegan anesthesiologist who doesn't care for killing, nor how Pablo brings out Mike's latent nozzlehood. They wake to find their stuff is gone, X's marked on their foreheads, and that they're being hunted by an indeterminate number of bad »
20 items from 2015
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