12 items from 2013
Sequels are awesome, plain and simple. Returning to familiar characters and worlds we love is like covering yourself with a warm blanket, although when a sequel is bad it can be like a blanket covered in potato bugs and lice. Studios love sequels because seven times out of ten they open huge, no matter how good they are.
With that in mind, here's 50 of your favorite titles all preparing to get new installments. Some of them are deep into pre-production while others have barely gotten out of the pitch stages, but you'll be salivating at the thought of some of these sweet babies finally making their way to the screen.
Status: The law of diminishing returns seems to have caught up to Paramount's annual license to print money, and even though the last "Paranormal" grossed half its predecessor, producer Jason Blum is gonna »
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Executive-produced by Guillermo Del Toro, supernatural thriller Mama opens in UK cinemas this Friday 22nd February. Mama stars Jessica Chastain, tipped by many for Oscar glory this weekend, and to celebrate the release, we take a look at some of mainstream cinema’s most memorable performances from leading ladies in frightening films.
Jessica Chastain – Mama (2013)
Oscar-nominated twice over a career spanning a mere 3 years, Jessica Chastain turns her eyes to becoming a horror leading lady. Produced by maestro Guillermo Del Toro, Mama focuses on the resurgence of two young girls who move in with their uncle after a 5-year disappearance. Chastain stars as their uncle’s girlfriend Annabel, left alone with the young girls as it becomes clearer that they may not have been alone during their absence. Chastain successfully delivers a memorable performance in a chilling horror that’ll leave you sleepless. Tippi Hedren – The Birds (1963)
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I loved the first Paranormal Activity film. I remember watching it with terrified friends in a shrieking cinema and then later subjecting flatmates to it. My girlfriend to this day is guaranteed a sleepless night if you so much as mention Paranormal Activity during an evening. In preparation for Paranormal Activity 4, I caught up with the sequels. I found them far from as exciting as the original though there was stuff to enjoy in both of them – PA2 perhaps has more pointed scares than the first and I enjoyed the period setting of PA3; surely all horror films should be set in their eighties heyday? What was lacking was the enjoyment of watching them as part of an audience.
So it was with great anticipation I attended »
- Jack Kirby
Chicago – The “Paranormal Activity” franchise has been in steady decline since its relatively ingenious first film but I never expected quite the drop off to absolute garbage as comes in the fourth installment, recently released on Blu-ray and DVD and worth no one’s time. Stunningly boring and arguably the worst offender of the common “they wouldn’t still be filming” aspect of the found footage genre, this is lazy filmmaking on every level.
“Paranormal Activity 4” picks up in 2011, five years after Katie (Katie Featherston) disappeared with her nephew Hunter after killing her sister, brother-in-law, and husband. No one has seen them since. Until they move in next door to the hapless victims of this piece, led by a teenage girl named Alex (Kathryn Newton) and her younger brother. Alex spends much of the film on Skype (or some other webchat), which allows for a whole lot of »
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Katie Featherston burst onto the scene in 2007 when the groundbreaking Paranormal Activity debuted and took audiences by storm around the world. Famously made for around $15,000, the original Paranormal Activity ultimately earned a phenomenal $193 million worldwide. Since then, Katie Featherston has starred in each of the three sequels, delighting and terrifying audiences across the globe. Her portrayal of "Katie," earned her the Best Actress Award at Screamfest and an MTV Movie Award nomination.
Now, Katie returns in the latest installment of this global horror sensation, Paranormal Activity 4, which debuts on Blu-ray and DVD this week. We caught up with Katie Featherston to chat about the movie, Toby's playful nature on set, the Mexican spin-off, and where she hopes this franchise goes next. Watch our exclusive interview, which will answer some of your most burning questions regarding this popular horror series.
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The Paranormal Activity franchise has become a perennial horror favorite with each new chapter in theaters around Halloween time, and then the subsequent Blu-ray and DVD release arriving in the winter. Paranormal Activity 4 was a box office smash when it hit screens last year, and now you can watch it in the comforts of your home starting this weekend, where it was meant to be seen.
With each new film comes more background and mythology on the demon known as Toby, an evil soul that has attached itself to a young woman named Katie, and is literally in the midst of dragging her, and everyone around her, straight to Hell. In our latest installment, The possessed Katie (Katie Featherston) has moved across the street from a young family in a suburban neighborhood. The daughter of the household, »
Paranormal Activity 4 is out on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack this week for edge-of-your-seat at-home consumption, and the film features the menacing return of Katie Featherston to the groundbreaking horror franchise, who talks to ETonline about the secret recipe to the long-running series, what truly scares her – and how she really wants to do comedy!
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ETonline: Four films and counting... What's the secret to the success of the Paranormal Activity franchise? Why do people subject themselves to such entertaining torture again and again and again?
Katie Featherston: "I think people enjoy being scared, and I think that one thing that this franchise does, and that started with [series creator] Oren Peli, is that it's about the audience's imagination. It's about building up to a scare and not about shock value. Not that there aren't really shocking, wonderful scares, but there's a great build-up and there's a lot of imagination that is required of an audience »
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Hotel Transylvania (a 10-minute free preview of this animated film is available) Seven Psychopaths (comedy; Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) Paranormal Activity 4 (horror; Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton) Knife Fight (also currently in theaters; Rob Lowe, Julia Bowen) The Awakening (horror; Rebecca Hall and Dominic West) The Cold Light of Day (action; Sam Worthington and Bruce Willis)  ...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
This week: Colin Farrell plays a screenwriter who gets an unexpected violent cure for his writer's block in "Seven Psychopaths," a pitch-black British comedy co-starring Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson.
Box Office: $15 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 82% Fresh
Storyline: Colin Farrell plays Marty Faranan, a struggling screenwriter whose best friend (Sam Rockwell) and his friend's partner in crime (Christopher Walken) make a living by stealing dogs and returning them to their owners to collect cash rewards. Marty inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld when his kooky pals kidnap a gangster's (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a featurette with director Martin McDonagh, interviews with Harrelson and Farrell, "Crazy Locations," and "Seven Psychocats." a »
- Robert DeSalvo
Welcome to another weekly preview of upcoming Blu-Ray releases! You may notice that we’ve implemented some design changes; sometimes a new look can go a long way.
Ready for this week’s Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
A computer-animated comedy film directed by the creator of the totally-underrated Samurai Jack. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
- C.P. Howells
On Tuesday, January 29th, Paranormal Activity 4 will arrive everywhere on DVD and Blu-ray to bring all the spooky right into your very own living rooms; and to mark the occasion, Dread Central recently caught up with one of the stars who has been with the franchise since the very beginning.
During a recent phone interview, we spoke to Katie Featherston about the latest Paranormal Activity installment, which brings the actress' character as an adult back into the fold. We also heard more from Featherston on what fans can possibly expect in future Pa sequels, more on the status of Paranormal Activity 5 and what's been the biggest surprise for her throughout the Pa years.
Check out our exclusive interview with Featherston below, and look for Paranormal Activity 4 on DVD and Blu-ray (review here) next Tuesday.
Dread Central: Because you were so involved in creating the character of Katie originally »
“Paranormal Activity 4″ is coming out on digital release January 15, two weeks before the DVD release, and to coincide with the release, a special “Paranormal Activity 4″ viewing party is happening online! On January 15, after buying the digital download, join fans on Twitter at 10 pm Est/7 pm Pst to talk with cast members Kathryn Newton and Matt Shively and producer Oren Peli using the hashtag #PA4Party. Then, visit PA4Party.com to see your tweets along with the other participants to see what the cast and producer have to say in response. Along with Newton and Shively, “Paranormal Activity 4″ stars Katie Featherston and directed by Ariel Schulman and [ Read More ]
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12 items from 2013
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