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Olivia Taylor Dudley is genuinely creepy as a woman possessed in this otherwise routine chiller
The devil may have all the best tunes, but he’s none too fussy about his scripts. The Vatican Tapes is a murky stew of satanic shenanigans that starts with the revelation that the Holy See has a secret archive documenting diabolic visitations. Its prime case history involves a young Los Angeles woman named Angela, who shows worrying symptoms of housing an evil presence – foul temper, a tendency to behave erratically in taxis and an ability to make hapless policemen do horrible things with lightbulbs. Before long, a specialist cardinal arrives from Vatican City, armed with holy water and the now-mandatory camcorders: he’s played by the glumly intoning Peter Andersson, a sort of pseudo Max von Sydow.
Not “found-footage horror” as such, the film nevertheless uses surveillance-style imagery whenever expedient and suggests that the »
- Jonathan Romney
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- Movie Geeks
The demonic-possession subgenre isn’t exactly one crammed with quality cinematic experiences, but it hits a dull, unscary new low with this inept flick. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If you’re looking for a good horror movie this Halloween weekend, keep looking. The demonic-possession subgenre isn’t exactly one crammed with quality cinematic experiences, but with The Vatican Tapes, it hits a dull, unscary new low.
This is a movie so inept that it doesn’t even have a protagonist, so there is no focus for what little story there is. Is this the tale of Angela (Olivia Dudley [Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Transcendence], who looks so much like Patricia Arquette here that I thought she must be a daughter or a cousin or something, but apparently not), who on her 25th birthday is suddenly taken over by Satan? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Ever since The Exorcist induced worldwide panic and hysteria there have been many films trying to replicate it’s eerie, scary formula. Unfortunately many fail, which isn’t surprising, as it’s quite hard to induce mass fainting and vomiting in an audience. The latest in the line of unsuccessful attempts is this week’s new release from Signature Entertainment, The Vatican Tapes.
The story of The Vatican Tapes is pretty much the same story as every other film that falls within the demonic possession sub-genre. Vibrant young woman Angela (Olivia Taylor Dudley) slips into a coma, when she awakens she’s noticeably strange. After a series of spiralling events Angela finds herself in a psychiatric unit where once more spooky events once more unfold. Her case comes to the attention of Vatican sanctioned priest Imani (Hounsou) who turns up »
- Kat Hughes
Satan makes a play for a bodacious blogger in Mark Neveldine’s zeitgeisty, diabolically thin Halloween offering
Halloweeners should emerge tickled if hardly spooked by this daft, zeitgeisty artefact, in which the devil expands into new media by possessing a bodacious blonde blogger (Olivia Taylor Dudley), whose symptoms – instigating bird attacks, apostrophising the possessive “its” – have the pope’s men jetting into Los Angeles. Director Mark Neveldine (Crank) puts the camera in unusual, diverting places – his found-footage scraps display a freshness that the recent The Visit lacked – but everyone is working from diabolically thin material: concerned dad Dougray Scott utters a dozen variants of “I don’t understand this!”. Priest Michael Peña, meanwhile, has only to lay out the Eucharistic knick-knacks before the inevitable Exorcist-rehashing finale. There, Taylor Dudley levitates, briefly vanishes and produces a series of eggs from her mouth. She resembles the antichrist far less than she does Debbie McGee. »
- Mike McCahill
Stars: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Dougray Scott, John Patrick Amedori, Michael Peña, Djimon Hounsou, Peter Andersson, Michael Paré, Alex Corrado, Kathleen Robertson, Alison Lohman | Written by Chris Morgan, Christopher Borrelli, Michael C. Martin | Directed by Mark Neveldine
After a young woman, Angela (Dudley), begins to express increasingly erratic and strange behaviors, her father (Scott) and boyfriend (Amedori), along with priest Father Lozano (Peña) and two Vatican exorcists (Djimon Hounsou and Peter Andersson as Cardinal Bruun), come to realise that she’s been taken over by an ancient satanic force. It’s all up to Father Lozano to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it…
Sometimes it pays to stick with a film. Case in point. The Vatican Tapes.
- Phil Wheat
Paramount Pictures released their new horror/thriller movie, "Paranormal Activity 6: The Ghost Dimension," into theaters this weekend, and all the major, top movie critics have turned in their reviews. It looks like hardly any of them liked it with an overall 32 score out of a possible 100 across 7 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, Dan Gill, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Chloe Csengary, Jessica Tyler Brown and Don McManon. We've posted comments from a couple of the critics,below. Drew McWeeny from Hitfix, gave it a 58 grade,saying: "To the bitter end, the series manages to wring some fun, solid scares out of something other invading something utterly familiar." Andrew Barker from Variety, gave it a terrible 30 score. He stated: "There may well be new and novel ways to spark audience shivers from not-so-bright homeowners inexplicably using their cameraphones to check out bumps in the night, »
- Andre Braddox
Directed by Gregory Plotkin
Using a special camera that can see spirits, a family must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is unquestionably one of the worst films of the year. It’s a movie so bad that physically writing about it is somehow just as tedious as watching the 85 minute flick. This review sounds incredibly harsh right off the bat, but I literally don’t have a shred of positivity to call attention to, so you may as well only continue reading if you’re curious just as to how and why this supposed finale to the cultural phenomenon is so atrocious.
For starters, even calling it a cultural phenomenon anymore feels wrong, »
- Robert Kojder
So this is the way a franchise ends. The sixth and allegedly final installment of the massively money-minting found-footage horror series, “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” offers little more than a distant, whimpering echo of a film property that once made such a bang. Distinguished mostly by the addition of 3D and an unusual distribution window, the film is scheduled to hit VOD less than three weeks after leaving cinemas, to the chagrin of a few theater chains. It will be interesting to see if the experimental release strategy pays off in the long run, and it’s not hard to imagine the “Paranormal” series living on thanks to the multiplicity of new digital content platforms. For all the memorable scares it manages to cook up, “The Ghost Dimension” might have actually worked better as a series of GIFs.
Though it hardly invented the found-footage conceit, the original “Paranormal Activity »
- Andrew Barker
Early in 2016, Syfy is bringing The Magicians to a TV near you. Based on Lev Grossman's fantasy trilogy of the same name, the show tells the story of students at Brakebills University (in earlier versions: College for Magical Pedagogy) -- a secret, exclusive upstate New York university of magic. Since these are grad students and at least one of the trailers mentions drinking and "screwing," think Hogwarts, but without the saltpeter.
The Magicians stars Jason Ralph (Quentin Goldwater), Stella Maeve (Julia), Olivia Taylor Dudley (Alice), Hale Appleton (Eliot), Arjun Gupta (Penny), and Summer Bishil (Margo). Set to recur are Rick Worthy (Dean Fogg), Anne Dudek (Professor Sunderland), Jade Tailor (Kady), and Esme Bianco (Eliza). Scroll down for more details from Syfy, and two videos: a "Welcome to Brakebills" sneak peek and the "Magic is a Drug" trailer, which debuted at New York Comic »
Catch the new trailer for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.
Visit the official site: www.paranormalmovie.com
The post Watch The New Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Trailer Before You See It This Weekend appeared first on We Are Movie Geeks.
- Michelle McCue
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 75 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated franchise conclusion “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension”!
“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” which opens on Oct. 23, 2015 and is rated “R,” stars Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Dan Gill, Ivy George, Jessica Brown, Chloe Csengery, Don McManus, Hallie Foote and Cara Pifko from director Gregory Plotkin and writers Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman from producers Jason Blum and Oren Peli. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free passes to “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Always remember that the truth is out there and you should trust no one. The two-night season premiere of The X-Files event series begins on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 on Fox. Also in this round-up: details on Contracted: Phase II on Blu-ray / DVD and a special DVD contest for The Vatican Tapes and Z For Zachariah.
The X-Files Event: "David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their iconic roles as Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scully in the upcoming event series which will encompass a mixture of stand-alone investigative episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology. In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee. The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars, including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords »
- Tamika Jones
Like found footage, zombie films and a half a dozen other horror subgenres, the demonic possession film has seen quite the resurgence in recent years, with at least twelve films being released just this year alone, all involving an unfortunate soul being taken over by a demonic entity or the big guy downstairs himself. While some of them offer new and interestingly fresh approaches to the possession subgenre (see Exeter or The Possession Of Michael King for two of those great films), more times than not, horror fans are given the same ol’ thing, just packaged in a neat and new little bow. When it comes down to Mark Neveldine’s first feature as a solo director (Neveldine and directing partner Brian Taylor were responsible for the wildly entertaining Crank films), The Vatican Tapes, the coin falls on the unfortunate side of being more of the same kind of exorcism »
- Jerry Smith
Ahead of its release this Wednesday (on Back to the Future Day!), we’ve been sent this exclusive ‘vinfographic’ (like an infographic, but in video form) for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, which looks at the history of the franchise and where it can go from here.
Check it out below:
The Ghost Dimension, directed by Gregory Plotkin, follows a new family, the Fleeges — father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George) — who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage. When they look through the camera’s lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them — including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie.
- Luke Owen
The film is directed by Gregory Plotkin, and stars Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Olivia Taylor Dudley and Dan Gill. This time, the action revolves around a special camera that can see ‘paranormal activity’, and one family must do all that they can to protect their daughter from an evil spirit.
Check out the Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension exclusive clip below. The film hits cinemas across the UK from Wednesday 21st October.
The post Watch an exclusive clip from Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
Hey Creeps! Hard to believe that it has been 6 years since Paranormal Activity hit theaters to scare audiences in October and take away the thunder from the Saw franchise. Now, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is supposedly the final entry in the series. We’ll see if it is truly the end this time next year. However, with this “last” entry, they are adding 3D to the mix which gives off kind of a William Castle gimmick – if they use it the way I think they will use it. Whether you are on the fence on this one or stoked to see it, Destroy the Brain has tickets for you to see it before it comes out next Friday. Follow the instructions below to enter your name in our Ticket Giveaway. Winners will be picked at random and no purchase is necessary.
The discovery of a video camera leads to »
- Andy Triefenbach
The film is produced by Jason Blum and Oren Peli, based on the film Paranormal Activity by Oren Peli. Story by Brantley Aufill and Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman, with a screenplay by Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman and Adam Robitel & Gavin Heffernan.
Find out what happens when these unsuspecting people are invited to an open house, and end up experiencing The Ghost Dimension.
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- Movie Geeks
When Paranormal Activity entered the psyche of audiences in 2009, it made people scared of being at home – especially during the middle of the night.
In his The Chicago Sun-Times review, Roger Ebert called it “an ingenious horror film. It’s so well made it’s truly scary.” Paramount Pictures’ hit thriller screened to sold out theaters in its initial opening in cities across the country.
With Halloween quickly approaching, Blum says Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will answer fans questions about the ghost when the final chapter of the popular horror franchise hits theaters on October 23rd.
- Michelle McCue
“The Magicians,” the hotly-anticipated adaptation of the first novel in Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy trilogy, is coming to Syfy in January, and Variety has an exclusive first look at the full trailer that just debuted at New York Comic-Con.
“The Magicians” stars Jason Ralph (“A Most Violent Year,” “Aquarius”) as Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real – and poses grave danger to humanity. Stella Maeve (“Chicago P.D.”), Hale Appleman (“Teeth”), Olivia Taylor Dudley (“Transcendence”), Arjun Gupta (“Nurse Jackie”) and Summer Bishil (“Towelhead,” “Lucky 7”) also star.
The series is executive produced by Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams (“Milk”) along with showrunners John McNamara (“Aquarius”) and Sera Gamble (“Supernatural”), who also wrote the pilot. »
- Laura Prudom
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