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There is a case to be made for home movies as the purest form of cinema. It’s folly, of course, to pit films against one another based on the circumstances under which they were made; to argue what is realer, and thus more valid, than the other. In a camera’s lens, especially, the lines of truth and lies blur and overlap. It’s just that in what we believe to be reality the stakes are always higher, the emotions elevated. One of the first films ever made, the Lumière brothers’ L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat, was a succinct 56 seconds that depicted the arrival of a train at its station in Lyon, France. When it was first shown to the public it was the audience’s virgin film-viewing experience, and it was reported that many were frightened by the illusion that the train was coming straight for them. »
- Oliver Skinner
Every so often, a new sub-category of fright film comes along that takes the horror community by surprise, generated by a one film with a simple idea, capturing it onto celluloid, and delivering it to a mass audience. When that one film that starts a revolution and re-vitalizes interest in the genre his it big, it then becomes a blueprint for other films to carbon copy it in hopes of duplicating the same interest and revenue of its successful template. When The Last Broadcast and The Blair Witch Project were made and released, a substantial amount of copy-cat films were made that intended to replicate the same, exact low budget, shaky-cam, cinema verite-style of filmmaking that are still being produced ad nauseam as this review is being written. As with the release of Paranormal Activity, there was a sudden boom in films being made that followed the same formula almost »
- Leonel Benavides
Stars: Ray Wise, Adam Green, Will Barratt, Josh Ethier, Rileah Vanderbilt, Kane Hodder, Sarah Elbert, Tom Holland, Mick Garris, Alex Pardee, Jimmy McCarthy, Nic Henley, Caitlyn Brisbin, Robert Pendergraft | Written and Directed by Adam Green
The problem with found footage movies is sometimes, instead of pulling the audience closer into the action, we end up thinking that the person behind the camera is just an idiot who should have dropped it and run for his life when things got dangerous. However their are rare occassions where you can just enjoy being taken along for the ride… As is the case with Digging Up the Marrow.
Playing himself Adam Green films a documentary about a man, William Dekker (Ray Wise) who contacts him promising proof of the existence of monsters in the world. Taking Will Barratt along with him as camera man he interviews Dekker about the claims, agreeing to investigate the claims. »
- Paul Metcalf
We’re just a few weeks away from the release of The Gallows, kicking off the summer haunting season on Friday, July 10th. It’s the latest in a long line of horror films that fall under the found footage umbrella, which… Continue Reading →
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- John Squires
The Gallows Movie Clip. Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing‘s The Gallows (2015) movie clip has been released (1min and 11sec).
The Gallows is a found-footage horror film coming out this summer. According to my latest research, it is not yet rated, but that likely won’t affect the quality of the film at this point. From what I’ve seen of the trailer and the following clip, there’s nothing particularly exciting or even scary, at all, about any of this.
As an aging horror fan, its hard to keep optimistic. The industry reveals itself as a business never more than when horror films are involved. This is why there is about to be an 11th Halloween film, when maybe three of those were good. This is why the current trend of found-footage is being trod to death by imitation of The Blair Witch Project by imitation of Paranormal Activity. »
- Marco Margaritoff
The first official clip for The Gallows has been revealed courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures UK. Also in this round-up: The Town That Dreaded Sundown Blu-ray and DVD details and news on the release of Supernatural Mystery Minis.
The Gallows: A Blumhouse film from Warner Bros. Pictures, The Gallows hits theaters in the U.S. on July 10th. Written and directed by Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff, The Gallows stars Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler, and Pfeifer Brown.
"Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy—but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone."
Trailer from MTV:
- Tamika Jones
I have a confession to make: there is something about the urban legend of the snuff film that piques my interest and has for many years. I usually don’t share that with anyone as I don’t want to be seen as someone who could possibly need psychiatric help or be perceived as a sadistic, closeted Ed Gein in the making. Since I first read about the myth of their existence back when I was a budding teen-aged horror fan, I extensively researched films such as Last House on Dead End Street, Cannibal Holocaust and the notorious Snuff – all of which prompted a great deal controversy when they were released. There was a certain fascination about them that stayed with me and that I have never been able to shake off. In the 80’s, partly thanks to Charlie Sheen, they were again brought into mainstream focus when he attended »
- Leonel Benavides
Despite all the praise heaped on it on release, I was never really a fan of Josh Tranks found-footage superhero movie Chronicle. So when Project Almanac was initially announced as a “found-footage time travel movie” I was less than enthusiastic. Imagine my surprise then when the film turned out to not only be a fantastic time travel movie but also one of the best found-footage films Ever made. For me it’s even better than the grand-daddy of them all, The Blair Witch Project.
Project Almanac tells the story of David (Johnny Weston), a brilliant high school student whose skills get him a place at MIT; however a lack of funds means that he can’t attend the only school that will push him academically. »
- Phil Wheat
Proud mama all around! Kris Jenner boasted about Kathie Lee Gifford's daughter, Cassidy Gifford, in a new Instagram post on Thursday, June 11, calling attention to the young actress' role in the upcoming horror movie The Gallows. "Hey beauties!!!" Jenner, 59, wrote. "Follow my niece @cassidygiff she is amazing and her new movie comes out July 10th!!!! Annndddd you're welcome!!!!! #family #love #beautiful #proudmama xoxoxoxoxo." A clip from the horror movie's chill-inducing trailer, which is styled similarly to The Blair Witch Project accompanied Jenner's Instagram post. The teaser [...] »
Filmmaker Ben Rock (Alien Raiders, The Blair Witch Project) recently released a brand new webseries entitled 20 Seconds to Live which, as you may have guessed from the title, will feature someone meeting their untimely demise but in some truly unique ways. The first episode is already available here and the next installment of 20 Seconds to Live arrives this Friday.
Daily Dead chatted briefly with Rock about the series, teaming up with Adam Green and ArieScope for their release, and what fans can expect from future episodes.
Let’s start at the beginning—how did the series come about?
Ben Rock: Bob DeRosa is an outrageously accomplished writer for film and television, and he and I also do a lot of fun small theater projects together, mostly at Sacred Fools (where you came to see Baal five years ago and Taste last year). And when we put up one of »
- Heather Wixson
In June of 1975, a film was released in theaters that quickly became an international blockbuster, one that would ignite the fear of going to the beach in the American movie-going public and one which would make cinematic history. That film was Jaws. Ultimately grossing over 124 million dollars within only a few months, filmmakers around the world were witness to the amount of money the film made and quickly went into production making their own low-budget interpretations in hopes of raking in the cash. Bears, ants, amphibians, alligators and even octopi were suddenly attacking campers, invading sewers and causing chaos in quiet lakeside homes with producers and directors sacrificing quality for quantity for the sake of a quick dollar, even going as far as to hire big Hollywood stars to appear in starring roles to attract an audience and making a huge profit on the lowest budget possible. After a long »
- Leonel Benavides
There is and always will be something special about terrific unique found footage films. They tap a serious nerve. Apollo 18 broke the mold. So did The Blair Witch Project Rec Alien Abduction and Lucky Bastard. Those were standout subgenre features and if this trailer is any indicator of what genre freaks are in store for Creep may be the next handycam pic to leave viewers truly unnerved. »
Get ready for hot tennis action! HBO has released the first teaser for their upcoming tennis-rivalry mockumentary, 7 Days in Hell, which looks back at the tournament that pitted Andy Samberg's Aaron Williams against Kit Harington's Charles Poole. The quick glances we get at the film suggests that director Jake Szymanski, a veteran director of Saturday Night Live and numerous Funny or Die sketches, will be making fun of founding works of the mockumentary genre, including The Blair Witch Project. The film will also utilize tennis stars the likes of John McEnroe and Serena Williams to give the film just the slightest hint of legitimacy amongst the seemingly plentiful guffaws. On top of that, the film will co-star Lena Dunham, Will Forte, Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, Karen Gillan, Fred Armisen, Howie Mandel, and June Squibb. [caption id="attachment_468671" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via HBO[/caption] Otherwise, 7 Days in Hell looks about par for the course, »
- Chris Cabin
Congrats to Alison Pill and Joshua Leonard! The 29-year-old actress, best known for playing Maggie Jordan on the HBO show The Newsroom, and her 39-year-old beau, who played himself in the 1999 The Blair Witch Project and now plays James Finnigan on Bates Motel, wed over Memorial Day Weekend. The two got engaged more than four months ago. The wedding took place on Sunday at the Grace E. Simons Lodge in Los Angeles. And the bride wore yellow! "We're married!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #pillnard," Pill wrote on Instagram, alongside a pic of herself and her new husband, standing in their wedding attire inside a bedroom. The bride wore what appeared to be a vintage, chiffon pastel yellow »
As Mad Max: Fury Road spews out thrills and soaks up acclaim in cinemas around the globe, now is a fitting time to revisit cinema's first encounter with the angst-ridden Antipodean way back in 1979. Set "a few years from now", it's an unsettling and unpredictable experience, full of creeping psychological tension and striking vehicular devastation. Both the dystopian world and the central character we initially see are different in many ways to what is currently wowing audiences, while being essentially the same in tone and spirit.
While Fury Road achieves that remarkable feat of being a faithful continuation of the character and original trilogy while working as a standalone entity too, knowing Max's background adds valuable insight. Is it any wonder why he is so resistant to forming any emotional bonds with characters like Charlize Theron's Furiosa given that he once had to scrape what was left of his »
The premise is simple but intriguing: six siblings are locked away from society at large in Manhattan’s Lower East Side for most of their lives by their paranoid father. With next to no outside stimulus, they reach into their imagination and recreate scenes from some of their favorite movies, including “Clerks,” “The Usual Suspects,” “The Blair Witch Project” and “El Mariachi.” That’s the gist of Magnolia Pictures doc “The Wolfpack,” which won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year. Directed by Crystal Mosell, it’s a fascinating doc, though one valid criticism is that the full story of their upbringing is not as explained as it should be. Here’s the official synopsis: Read More: Watch: The Kids From The Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winning Film ‘The Wolfpack’ Recreate Their Favorite Movie Scenes Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, »
- Edward Davis
Reviewed by Shannon Hilson
I’ve been a sucker for a good tomb raiding adventure film ever since I first fell in love with the Indiana Jones movies as a kid. The same goes for absolutely anything to do with ancient Egypt or the pyramids, so naturally I was excited about a chance to check out The Pyramid.
Written by Daniel Meersand and Nick Simon, The Pyramid is directed by Gregory Levasseur (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D). It makes use of the found footage storytelling device to depict the adventures of father and daughter archaeologists Miles Holden (Denis O’Hare) and Nora Holden (Ashley Hinshaw) as they explore a mysterious three-sided Giza pyramid (most of the pyramids of Giza have four sides) with their team during the Egyptian protests of 2013. At first, they rely on camera-equipped, remote-controlled robot “Shorty” to show them what’s what inside the pyramid. »
The month of May features a ton of great genre titles coming to VOD and digital platforms, including the highly anticipated zombie drama Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. The Orchard is releasing the Kiwi horror comedy mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows later this month and we also have both Oren Peli’s Area 51 and the sure-to-be-insane The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) from Tom Six to look forward to as well. The indie spookfest Evangeline is also getting a VOD release from Uncork’d Entertainment and look for the latest from Dark Sky Films, Let Us Prey, which arrives the last week of May.
Private Number (Arc Entertainment) - 5/1
A series of sinister phone calls haunt an ex-alcoholic writer as he struggles to finish a novel. Efforts to trace the calls result in dead ends, leaving the author with no choice but to solve the mystery himself. »
- Heather Wixson
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Director: Levan Gabriadze; Screenwriter: Nelson Greaves; Starring: Shelley Hennig, Will Peltz, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Heather Sossaman, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson; Running time: 83 mins; Certificate: 15
Unfriended is a horror film set entirely on someone's social media feeds that unfolds solely on one laptop screen. Whatever next? Attack of the Killer Emojis? Nightmare on Elm Street: Meme Warriors?
Such presumptuous cynicism about a film best described as 'streaming footage' is understandable given the abundance of abysmal 'found footage' horror flicks in recent times. Yet these fears are quashed by the skillful execution of a surprisingly fresh storytelling form. For Unfriended is innovative, scary and smart, capturing the neuroses and pressures on today's youth within the claustrophobic confines of the digital age. It does for Skype what The Blair Witch Project did for forests.
Through a screencast of high school student Blaire's (Shelley Hennig) laptop, we witness her online interactions with her »
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