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Author: Stefan Pape
The last time we indulged in a horror movie focusing in on a widowed mother and her son, fighting away demons from their idyllic abode – it was Jennifer Kent’s striking debut The Babadook. But where that picture thrived was in its subtlety and to take tropes from the genre at hand to enforce intrinsic human emotion. Farren Blackburn’s Shut In certainly vies to achieve much of the same thing, but struggles to have quite the same impact.
Naomi Watts plays the aforementioned single mother Mary Portman, a child psychologist who is suffering from grief, having lost her husband in a car accident, which also consigned her teenage son Stephen (Charlie Heaton) to a wheelchair and in need of constant assistance. But it’s another young boy who demands her attention, as her patient Tom (Jacob Tremblay) turns up at her house one evening in the middle of a snowstorm. »
- Stefan Pape
Universal-Blumhouse’s thriller about a young African-American man’s visit to his white girlfriend’s estate is coming into the market amid strong critical support with a rare 100% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. “Get Out” expands to 2,773 North American theaters on Friday, where it’s expected to gross $18 million on its opening weekend and challenge the third weekend of “The Lego Batman Movie” for box office leadership.
The film, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford, is the feature directorial for Peele, best known for his Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” The Fandango online ticket service reported that “Get Out” was accounting for a leading 32% of its sales Friday.
“Get Out” should be highly profitable, given its modest $4.5 million price tag. Low-budget horror specialist »
- Dave McNary
By Mark Cerulli
This so could have been a by-the-numbers genre movie: “Sensitive boyfriend goes to meet hot girlfriend’s parents in secluded country home and mayhem ensues…” and that’s exactly what happens in Get Out, the new thriller from writer/director Jordan Peele, but in a totally unexpected way.
The film turns every horror trope on its head while tackling racist stereotypes along the way. Daniel Kaluuya is excellent as Chris, an aspiring young photographer who happens to be black. His beautiful, Ivy League-ish girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams from HBO’s Girls) is bringing him home to meet her parents for the first time – a momentous occasion in any new relationship but even more so when it’s interracial, a fact the movie meets head on. Once at the family estate, Chris feels that something is truly off – from the mind-gaming father (Bradley Whitford) and his spooky psychiatrist »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
There are few producers who have had the overwhelming success of Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions from their early days turning Oren Peli’s low-budget Paranormal Activity into a hugely profitable franchise, followed by the equally successful Insidious and The Purge movies. Jason Blum also has an Oscar nomination notched onto his career belt for his involvement in getting Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-nominated Whiplash made, and Blumhouse were involved with bringing Jem and the Holograms to movie theaters. (Sorry, but I actually kind of liked it, even though it bombed… big time.)
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out will be the third time Blumhouse has worked with an actor making their transition into directing, as Jason Blum handled the same duties on Joel Edgerton’s The Gift and Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3 a few years back.
- Edward Douglas
“Get Out” is getting some of the best reviews of this or any year. The thriller about a young African-American man’s visit to his white girlfriend’s estate has scored raves for mixing scares and social commentary, enjoying a rare 100% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. Not to be outdone in the plaudits, Variety‘s Peter Debruge hailed the bloody riff on “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” as both “a must-see event” and “a no-holds-barred critique of black-white relations.”
The raves are ensuring that “Get Out” will get a warm reception at the multiplexes when it opens in 2,773 North American theaters on Friday, where it’s expected to pull in $18 million and challenge “The Lego Batman Movie” for box office supremacy. Universal is distributing the movie, which marks a departure of sorts for Jordan Peele, a writer and director best known for his Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” It was produced by Blumhouse, »
- Brent Lang
Jordan Peele’s latest career incarnation could have been fodder for “Key & Peele,” the hit Comedy Central sketch show in which he and Keegan-Michael Key skewered modern racial issues. But Peele wrote had written a horror movie about race, and it needed a director. That created a challenge: After William Crain (“Blacula”), Bill Gunn (“Ganja & Hesse”), and Ernest Dickerson (“Bones,” “The Walking Dead”), how many black horror directors can you name? (The savviest genre fans out there might also remember James Bond III, very much a real person, who directed “Def By Temptation” 27 years ago.)
Needless to say, it was slim pickings. “I first pitched this as a movie no one would make,” Peele said. “About halfway through writing the script, I realized I was the only person who could direct it.”
- Eric Kohn
El Rey Network is celebrating this Presidents' Day with a horror marathon featuring Freddy Krueger, the Poltergeist trilogy, and the Final Destination films. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on what gamers can expect to see from Bethesda at this year's Pax East, as well as In Memorium DVD release details.
El Rey Network's "Deadly Day Off" Marathon: Press Release: "They’re heeeeerrre! Celebrate President’s Day with El Rey Network’s “Deadly Day Off’, a 24-hour marathon of classic horror franchises, “Poltergeist,” “A Nightmare on Elm street,” and “Final Destination”; episodes of “Paranormal State” and the El Rey Network original special “The People’s Network Showcase Horror Edition”.
Monday, February 20th
6:00 Am Et/Pt “Poltergeist”
8:30 Am Et/Pt “Poltergeist 2”
10:30 Am Et/Pt “Poltergeist 3”
12:30 Pm Et/Pt “A Nightmare On Elm Street”
2:30 Pm Et/Pt “A Nightmare On Elm Street 2”
4:30 Pm »
- Derek Anderson
Found footage is nearly dead and with is goes the Paranormal Activity franchise. However, virtual reality is on the rise and the one thing that found footage translates to is such, which is what I saw in the new Blair Witch movie. Vr is coming at us like a hurricane and companies are scrambling to create new content. Paranormal Activity make […] »
- Brad Miska
Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.
For spanning half a century and six films to date, George A. Romero’s Dead series could reasonably be labeled the most ambitious single-auteur franchise in horror. Beginning with Night of the Living Dead’s release in »
- The Film Stage
The horror maestro announced the project via Facebook.
“David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team,” he wrote. “David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. I will continue in my executive producer role to consult and offer my advice and feedback as needed.” He added: “David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and…Wow. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away. I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool.”
Halloween will be released on October 19th, 2018.
David Gordon Green is the »
- Luke Owen
John Carpenter just gave Michael Myers fans a huge reason to mark their calendars by announcing an October 19th, 2018 release date for Blumhouse and Miramax's new Halloween movie, which will be directed by David Gordon Green (Joe, Pineapple Express) from a screenplay he's writing with Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant, Eastbound & Down).
In addition to executive producing the new Halloween film, Carpenter might also help guide the franchise he began back in 1978 by providing the music for the film. Green and McBride will also be executive producing the anticipated project, along with Malek Akkad and Jason Blum. We have the official press release below with full details, including Carpenter's initial announcement of Green and McBride's involvement:
Press Release (via HalloweenMovies.com): Los Angeles, February 9, 2017 – John Carpenter announced today via his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JohnCarpenterTheMasterofHorror/) that David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand Is Crisis, Joe, Pineapple Express »
- Derek Anderson
In May 2016, we learned that Blumhouse, producer of The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister and The Visit, would be teaming with Miramax to co-finance a new Halloween movie. Not long after, we heard that Oculus director Mike Flanagan was in talks to direct. Well, it looks like that isn’t happening after all. Instead, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride will be writing and […]
- Peter Sciretta
This past Monday afternoon, word came down from Paramount Pictures that the latest installment of “Friday the 13th,” which had been part of the studio’s development slate for nearly four years, had been pulled from its schedule. Only a couple of hours later, speculation engendered by that announcement was confirmed: The new “Friday the 13th” was dead, at least for the time being, and certainly at Paramount.
No official explanation was forthcoming, though the obvious one seemed to be the disappointing box-office returns for the just-concluded first weekend of “Rings,” another Paramount franchise reboot that had bounced around its slate a few times; it finished below the third weekend of Universal’s “Split.” The news was met with disappointment by die-hard “Friday” fans, who were looking forward to Jason Voorhees’ return to the studio that had nurtured him through eight movies between 1980-89. The feeling was especially acute for »
- Michael Gingold
It was a squeaker, but Universal’s “Split” has edged past Paramount’s “Rings” to narrowly claim victory at the domestic box office. The low-budget thriller retained its first place position for the third consecutive weekend, earning $14.6 million. So far, “Split,” the story of a man with multiple personalities, has made $98.7 million stateside, while costing just $9 million, making it very profitable indeed. The film stars James McAvoy, was directed by “The Sixth Sense’s” M. Night Shyamalan, and produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, the maker of “Sinister” and “Paranormal Activity.”
“It’s a darn good movie,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s domestic distribution chief. “It’s very satisfying for audiences. People seek out quality.”
It was a quiet weekend for Hollywood. After all, most of America’s attention has shifted away from the multiplexes to the coming battle between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. The »
- Brent Lang
Was there a clamoring we all somehow missed for a movie that would bring back the killer videotape that turns a viewer’s life into a seven-day rental? One would have thought that 2005’s “The Ring Two” had drained that well dry (pun intended); that follow-up even got us all to feel sorry for its director, Hideo Nakata, who made the original Japanese films (“Ringu” and “Ringu 2”) that got Hollywood interested in gore-less creeps and sinister girls with long black hair in the first place. It seemed there just wasn’t that franchise zip in “The Ring” the way “Saw” and “Paranormal Activity” could. »
- Robert Abele
Arriving in September 2009, Paranormal Activity was a surprise horror hit that almost got dumped into a wasteland of nothingness. Paramount executives caught wind of the movie and realized they had another Blair Witch phenomena on their hands. The rest, as they say, is horror movie history. Now, with six movies released under the franchise name, original director Oren Peli is feeling a bit nostalgic about it all. And he has uncovered some great audition tapes from that very first outing.
The filmmaker released the full extended version of the Paranormal Audition tapes on Youtube, which run a total of 10 minutes. He also released a shorter version that runs just 5 minutes in length. Both videos beautifully capture what he saw in his two leading actors. He says this about the tapes.
While the movie didn't »
Although the first Paranormal Activity film didn’t open in wide release until 2009, it held its first festival screenings in 2007. The means one of the more divisive modern horror franchises is about to celebrate its tenth birthday. Aw. Happy birthday, Paranormal Activity. Perhaps that’s why Oren Peli, the director of the first film and […]
The post Watch the Original Improvised Auditions For ‘Paranormal Activity’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
There’s no denying the effect Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity had on the horror genre and indie filmmaking as a whole. One of the reasons the movie was so believable was its stars, Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat. Their chemistry is… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
The Covenant, 2017.
Directed by Robert Conway.
After the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, Sarah Doyle moves back to her childhood home with her estranged brother, Richard. It’s not long before Sarah begins to experience supernatural phenomena of a violent and hostile nature. Bewildered and desperate, Richard enlists the aid of a paranormal investigator who confirms that Sarah has become possessed by a powerful demon. Together, the three men will go to battle to save Sarah’s soul.
I love a good horror film. Only today I discovered the local haunted caves near myself will be playing home to a pop-up cinema playing a selection of films including The Exorcist and The Shining. That sort of ingenious idea fills me with excitement. Now granted these great horrors don’t have to necessarily be screened in bat infested, »
- Amie Cranswick
The original Blair Witch Project arguably created the found footage genre when it was released back in 1999. Telling the tale of a bunch of students striding out into the Maryland woodlands, the film offered audiences a new way of experiencing terror from the point of view of those being subjected to it, and they lapped it up. Now, the franchise is back with a bang in, well, Blair Witch, a Force Awakens to the original’s still terrifying A New Hope. With Blair Witch arriving on Blu-ray and DVD from January 23rd, what better opportunity to look at some of the terrors of the found footage genre:
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Okay, I know we just said The Blair Witch Project created the genre, but only inasmuch as Halloween created the stalk’n’slash (when actually, Black Christmas pipped it to the post but didn’t take off in quite the same »
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