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Paramount Pictures’ Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, the sixth film in the blockbuster horror franchise, will premiere in RealD 3D closing night of the Screamfest Horror Film Festival on Thursday, October 22nd at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
The screening marks the series’ return to the largest and longest running horror film festival in the U.S., where the first “Paranormal Activity” film made its debut in 2007.
“We are thrilled to have the ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’ premiere close this year’s festival,” said Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Founder and Festival Director. “We are so proud of Oren Peli and his success with the franchise. It’s great to have him back in the festival where it all began.”
“It’s incredibly exciting, and somewhat surreal, to premiere the final installment of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ series at Screamfest where the first film premiered eight years ago,” said producer Oren Peli, »
- Michelle McCue
The world needs another exorcism movie like it needs another land war in Asia, but I still had some hope for The Vatican Tapes. Its director, Mark Neveldine, is one half of the team of Neveldine/Taylor, who gave us the amazing Crank movies, and it wouldn’t have been too foolish to hope that he might have infused this most tired of horror sub-genres with some gonzo flair. Unfortunately, The Vatican Tapes is a tired, un-scary, incoherent mess.Let me summarize the plot: A young woman is possessed by the Devil. The end. Okay, fine, there’s a bit more to it than that, but not too much more. Her name is Angela (Olivia Dudley), and she’s preparing to move in with her boyfriend (John Patrick Amedori), a situation with which her God-fearing father (Dougray Scott) isn’t entirely happy. One of the film’s few bright spots »
- Bilge Ebiri
You know the one about the young girl who gets possessed, nobody believes it, and someone of power has to perform an exorcism in the 3rd act? Sure you do. We get this movie or some variation therein, a few times a year. Sometimes it’s a demon, sometimes it’s a ghost, but it always ends up being roughly the same film outline. Popping bones and inhuman movement or contortion is a given, speaking in lounges, and there’s a fake out where you think the entity has left…But Not Yet! Before going any further I should say that yes, The Vatican Tapes is precisely one of these movies. The last time I caught one before this was last year’s Deliver Us from Evil, which came from Scott Derrickson. I didn’t care for that, but coincidentally Derrickson’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose was the last theatrical one I really enjoyed. »
- Mike Hassler
Mark Neveldine, best known for his wild collaborations with Brian Taylor (Crank/Gamer), is one of the most lovably renegade filmmakers in the game today. His daredevil dedication to achieving the perfect shot has been detailed by curious paparazzi members on numerous occasions, because when you see a director holding onto a motorcycle while wearing rollerblades, you tend to get a little curious. But his latest film, The Vatican Tapes, is a solo departure from those typically outrageous action stylings. There’s no need for high-speed filming techniques in this barely-found-footage exorcism thriller, as this religious shocker calls for a much more restrained lens. Possession plotlines require a low-and-slow handling – something Neveldine isn’t exactly used to doing.
In this 2009 Black List script penned by Christopher Borrelli and Michael C. Martin, a young girl named Angela (Olivia Taylor Dudley) finds herself becoming possessed by a demonic force. What starts as »
- Matt Donato
It’s no ordinary case of demonic possession that rouses the attention of the Catholic Church in “The Vatican Tapes” — more like the sort of full-on egg-vomiting, eyeball-gouging spiritual meltdown that suggests the Antichrist herself now walks among us. And director Mark Neveldine, who is no master of dread but a dab hand at dispensing regular shocks, brings an undeniable lunatic conviction to this cheaply derivative religio-horror freakout, while running up the sort of abnormally high body count you’d expect from a “Die Hard” sequel rather than an occult thriller. Silly, screechy and eminently watchable, this thrifty horror exorcise (er, exercise) could yield decent theatrical profit for Pantelion Films, and might turn even more heads in VOD play.
While the original 2009 Black List-selected screenplay (written by Chris Morgan and Michael C. Martin) took the form of a found-footage movie, the filmmakers wisely opted to buck that overdone genre trend. »
- Justin Chang
Michael Peña's played a wide range of roles in his career, always providing viewers with fully believable characters who enhance the stories they inhabit. His latest onscreen roles—Father Lozano in The Vatican Tapes and Luis in Ant-Man—are no exceptions, and Daily Dead recently had the chance to talk with Michael Peña about playing an exorcism-tasked priest, working with Paul Rudd in the new Marvel movie, and more.
The Vatican Tapes is your first foray into the horror genre. What attracted you to this story?
Michael Peña: For me, it always starts with the script. I remember reading the script—whenever you're feeling scared when you're reading something, when there's a big emotional response, that's always a pretty good thing. And that's what happened on this one. It stuck with me even when I went to bed. I'm friends with Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi—the guys who produced this movie. »
- Derek Anderson
It’s hard to figure out who these religious themed horror films are made for. Director Mark Neveldine, stepping out on his own for the first time following four co-directed efforts with Brian Taylor (the team behind the Crank films and that Nicolas Cage sequel Ghost Rider), can’t seem to provide an answer with this derivative hunk of spiritually solicited scares, yanking plot points from ye classic films of yonder, like The Omen and The Exorcist, but whittled down to a palatable PG-13 rating for the kiddies. Those who are actually religious find these forays into devilish mayhem blasphemous or exploitational, while an increasing number of staunch non-believers need a bit more than the run-of-the-mill possession flick to be goaded into the thrill of a fantasy they don’t believe in anyway.
- Nicholas Bell
Change in a person’s ambitions and identity is an often necessary and natural part of life, as it allows them to mature and achieve their goals. However, those adjustments in their personality can sometimes not only frighteningly and negatively impact their future, but also the lives of the people they care about. That daunting question of whether you’re intentionally harming those you have bonded with as your life’s changing is enthralling explored in the new independent horror thriller, ‘The Vatican Tapes.’ The film, which will be released in theaters on Friday, and was directed by Mark Neveldine, features actress Olivia Taylor Dudley as the caring and generous protagonist before her [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Djimon Hounsou co-stars with Michael Pena and Dougray Scott in Lakeshore Entertainment’s horror/thriller "The Vatican Tapes," which will be released this Friday, July 24. The film centers on a leaked video tape that reveals a Vatican exorcism gone very, very awry. Hounsou plays a Vatican official called in to exorcise the demon. Mark Neveldine ("Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance") directed the film, from a script penned by Christopher Borrelli, with revisions by Michael C. Martin and director Neveldine. Kathleen Robertson, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, John Patrick Amedori, Alex »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Today, 5 Second Films’ feature movie debut, Dude Bro Party Massacre III, will be released on both iTunes and via the film’s official site. The throwback slasher comedy recently premiered during the 2015 Los Angeles Film Fest and Daily Dead had the opportunity to catch up with the three of the cast members from Dude Bro Party Massacre III: Alec Owen, Paul Prado and Olivia Taylor Dudley.
During our interview, we spoke to the trio about their experiences working together on Dude Bro Party Massacre III, including the shorthand the entire cast and crew shared while collaborating on the film due to their work at 5 Second Films over the years. They also discussed the importance of fans and giving back to them as well as keeping their characters grounded, regardless of how ridiculously over-the-top things got in their zany horror comedy.
For more information on Dude Bro Party Massacre III and its release this week, »
- Heather Wixson
Warning: the power of Christ may compel you while watching the new featurette from the Neveldine-directed film The Vatican Tapes. Also showcased in this round-up: "The Battle of Endor" episode of the Real Fake History series and a teaser for Fear the Walking Dead.
"The Vatican Tapes follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father »
- Tamika Jones
Pantelion Films has debuted a new featurette for their upcoming horror film The Vatican Tapes, arriving in theaters July 24. Stars Michael Peña, Olivia Dudley, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott and director Mark Neveldine offer their thoughts on actual demonic possession, while we get a glimpse at some terrifying footage. Mark Neveldine even admits that some of the scenes he put in the film horrify him to this day, and that he wanted to push the envelope with this new thriller.
The Vatican Tapes follows the ultimate battle between good and evil - God versus Satan. Angela Holmes (Olivia Taylor Dudley) is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. »
Gramercy Pictures has released a special Sinister 2 video message for all of the dads in the world. Also in this round-up: new stills from The Vatican Tapes, a second clip from The Gallows, and release details on the Psycho Beach Party Blu-ray.
"The sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie. In the aftermath of the shocking events in “Sinister,” a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity."
- Tamika Jones
With a name like Dude Bro Party Massacre III, you can pretty much guess what kind of cinematic experience you’re in for right from the start. And while the filmmaking team behind the comedic slasher do an admirable job with their execution for the darkly satirical horror parody, they also end up creating a story that’s uniquely charming with its own off-kilter sensibilities, featuring tons of ambitious and over-the-top gore gags along the way, as well as numerous wickedly fun callbacks to all the great (and terrible) slasher movies of yesteryear. Essentially, Dude Bro Party Massacre III feels like a movie you’d expect from the lovable loonies over at Troma and certainly lives up to the wildly outrageous expectations you’d have going into a film about dudes and bros getting massacred.
Dude Bro Party Massacre III opens with a text crawl explaining how the film was »
- Heather Wixson
Horror has never been shy with their obsession of slaughtering young girls (usually of the sorority or cheerleader variety), and there are very few instances where a horror villain targets their more masculine counterparts. Thankfully, the directing team of Michael Rousselet, Tomm Jacobsen, and Jon Salmon have delivered us the 80s slasher film we’ve been waiting for since, well, the 1980s.
Considering Dude Bro Party Massacre and Dude Bro Party Massacre II are films that do not exist, do not let the “III” in the title scare you. Not to fear, the film has a nice set-up to fill you in on the previous two that we “missed.” Set in an alternate reality where President Reagan banned Dude Bro Party Massacre III in the 80s, we are fortunate that it was given a one time showing on a cable access channel in Minneapolis, and one kid recorded it off »
- BJ Colangelo
After making quite an impression at the Stanley Film Festival, Todd Strauss-Schulson's meta horror hit, The Final Girls, will screen at the L.A. Film Fest next month, along with an advance look at MTV's Scream TV series and many more onscreen scares.
The 21st L.A. Film Fest takes place June 10th-18th in downtown Los Angeles. The festival will feature screenings of 74 feature films, 60 short films, and more, including the following genre offerings:
The Final Girls – USA (Director Todd Strauss-Schulson Writer Producer Cast Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev) – An unconventional comedy about Max, a high school senior, who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Los Angeles Premiere
- Derek Anderson
Having made his mark as one part of the Neveldine/Taylor filmmaking duo (co-directors of Crank, Gamer and Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance), Mark Neveldine’s first solo effort, the Michael Peña-led good vs. evil film The Vatican Tapes, is set to possess horror audiences when it hits theaters this July 24th, via Pantelion Films. The official one sheet and trailer for the demonic horror film has made its way online, and judging from the trailer, it looks like Neveldine is applying the same breakneck speed, frantic pacing that he and Taylor have become quite well known for executing in their films. I’m curious to see how he does as a solo director, and this could very well be quite the entertaining possession flick.
- Jerry Smith
Title: The Barber Arc Entertainment Director: Basel Owies Writer: Max Enscoe Cast: Scott Glenn, Chris Coy, Stephen Tobolowsky, Kristen Hager, Max Arciniega, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lydia Hearst Running Time: 95 minutes, Rated R (language, violence, sensuality) Special Features: Alternate Ending; 4 Deleted Scenes; 2 Extended Scenes; Trailer In the early 90s, a serial killer targeted 17 women, some whom were fount buried alive. Thomas McCormack, the detective working on the case felt he failed when the suspect Francis Visser (Scott Glenn) got off due to lack of evidence, and killed himself, leaving behind a son. Twenty years later, his son John (Chris Coy) goes looking for Visser whom is now [ Read More ]
The post The Barber Blu-Ray Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Mark Neveldine, half of the Neveldine/Taylor combo that brought us Crank and Gamer, helms this new horror film about exorcisms and the secret role of the Vatican. Here's another kicker, it was co-written by writer Chris Morgan who is responsible for the best and most profitable films from the Fast and Furious franchise.
The Vatican Tapes follows the ultimate battle between good and evil - God versus Satan. Angela Holmes (Olivia Taylor Dudley) is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death.
Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagin [Continued ...] »
The Vatican Tapes follows the ultimate battle between good and evil – God versus Satan. Angela Holmes (Olivia Taylor Dudley) is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (Michael PEÑA) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.
The Vatican Tapes will be released in theaters on July 24, 2015. Social:
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- Andy Triefenbach
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