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by Tom Wood
I’ve always been a fan of Horror and one of the most famous Horror films, well to me anyway, is the Scream franchise. (A little known fact was Wes Craven originally had the intention of calling the film ‘Scary Movie’ due to the serial killer copying other horror films; Hence ‘The Wayans Brothers’ with their parody Scary Movie).
I also remember watching the first of the series a while back, and thinking that one of the reasons I liked Scream so much, was the characters knew they were in a horror film, which added a bit of humour to the film. Something most Horror films lack (a bit of a shame really, as to me, that could add a bit of depth to the film). My favourite character had always been Randy, played by Jaime Kennedy. Mostly as he’s a nerd like me, »
The closing chapter of the Lethal Weapon movie saga was a film that, tonally, was a long way away from the movie that started the series.
In the original Lethal Weapon back in 1987, the character of Martin Riggs - as played by Mel Gibson - was on the verge of suicide, working uneasily alongside Danny Glover's Roger Murtaugh. By the end of Lethal Weapon 4, as the song Why Can't We Be Friends played out, it was all happy families. With babies. Riggs had a wife and child, any hints of suicide were long gone, and the film feels a lot more like a comedy than an action thriller.
To celebrate the release of The Gallows in cinemas July 17th, Warner Bros. Pictures and Nerdly offer you the chance to win a fantastic Gallows prize pack including a VHS Cassette Journal, Stand & Wrap Universal Phone Stand, Spiral Notebook, Locker Mirror, and Stage Crew T-shirt.
Twenty years after an accident during a small town high school play results in death, students at the school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honour the anniversary of the tragedy – but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone.
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- Phil Wheat
The Gallows is a terrible film. That is all you need to know. To revisit it for the purposes of writing a review is the only horrifying effect it yields, being a lazy, uninspired, painfully contrived concoction of everything bad about the found footage subgenre.
Not for one single frame of its mercifully short 81-minute running time does it present any impact or originality, with the movie following a bunch of stupid, borderline sociopathic students as they run around darkened school corridors waiting for the next clearly signposted jolt to arrive. They've been hurled together through a poorly conceived and staggeringly underdeveloped premise involving the staging of a play that was the setting for an accidental death that happened during a performance 20 years earlier at the school.
The story, »
"It's just a game, it's just a game..." Hosted by filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Blumhouse's horror-themed Hellevator will premiere on the Game Show Network this October, and a new promo video teases the scares to come.
"The terrifying new show from Blumhouse, the team that brought the world the “Paranormal Activity”, “Insidious”, “Sinister”, and “The Purge” franchises, dares contestants to survive a series of challenges from the depths of an abandoned warehouse. The new series is expected to premiere later this year, and continues Gsn’s growth into “gamifying” cultural trends, including the successful Skin Wars and soon-to-debut Steampunk’D.
In Hellevator, a team of three friends rides a haunted elevator into various levels of an abandoned warehouse. One player must get out on each floor and conquer a frightening challenge in order to earn money for the team. But if they don’t make it back in time, »
- Derek Anderson
Every day, more and more films are added to the various streaming services out there, ranging from Netflix to YouTube, and are hitting the airwaves via movie-centric networks like TCM. Therefore, sifting through all of these pictures can be a tedious and often times confounding or difficult ordeal. But, that’s why we’re here. Every week, Joshua brings you five films to put at the top of your queue, add to your playlist, or grab off of VOD to make your weekend a little more eventful. Here is this week’s top five, in this week’s Armchair Vacation.
5. Do I Sound Gay? (VOD)
The first of two documentaries included on this week’s list, this film comes from filmmaker David Thorpe, and covers a rather interesting subject. Coming out of a breakup with his boyfriend, Thorpe decides to go on a journey of self-discovery, through an outlet we »
- Joshua Brunsting
Two years ago, writer-director Scott Derrickson introduced us to the serial-killing demon Bughuul (Aka Mr. Boogie) in the dread-inducing Sinister. Now, prepare for round two, with this new, red band, stronger-than-last-time Sinister II trailer arriving to scare the peel from your banana. Watch below, but keep your eyes closed.There's a lot of overlap there with the previous promo, but it's certainly more intense. There's a little bit more in the way of expositional Bughuul mythology; more from the entity's unfortunate previous child victims; and a few more glimpses of this instalment's kill films. And this trailer dispenses with that Henry Hall Bogeyman song from Jeepers Creepers that the last clip used to some effect.Sinister II, of course, comes from the Blumhouse stable: home of Insidious, The Purge, Paranormal Activity and so on. Derrickson remains on board as producer and co-writer (with C. Robert Cargill) for the sequel, but »
Okay, so the name is dumb, but the concept is pretty interesting. In Hellevator, a new horror-themed game show hitting Gsn, a team of three friends must ride a haunted elevator into various levels of an abandoned warehouse. One player must get out on each floor and conquer a frightening challenge in order to earn money (up to $50,000) for the team. But if they don’t make it back in time, the elevator moves on without them.
M. Night Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip called The Visit, and in true M. Night form, things don’t necessarily go as planned. Last week, I got the chance to sit down with Shymalan in a small round table discussion about working outside of the film system. Check it out below.
A single mother sends her two young children to visit their grandparents on a remote Pennsylvania farm for a week-long trip, but the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in deeply disturbing activity, and the youngsters’ chances of getting back home look less and less likely with every minute that passes.
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. »
- Melissa Howland
You know the old saying less is more? Yeah, well, sometimes less is just…less. Such is the way with The Gallows, the new film from lo-fi horror producers Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, The Purge), which managed the astounding feat of both dragging throughout most of its length and yet having barely anything to show for itself by the time the credits mercifully rolled.
The film takes the tried-and-tired trope of found footage and plays it old school, meaning that it makes no attempts to improve or subvert the formula that’s worked (dubiously) for almost two decades now. High schooler and douchebag jock Ryan is our cameraman for most of the proceedings, as he decides that the only way to make his mandatory drama lessons more interesting is to film everything »
- Mark Allen
Chicago – We all know dramatic films win most of the awards, comedies are hit or miss and horrors often don’t deliver the scares they promise. The problem with the horror genre lately is Hollywood is afraid to go against a “proven” formula (for financial reasons) and really think outside the box.
After 2009’s “Paranormal Activity” took the world by storm (grossing $193 million worldwide on a tiny $15,000 production budget), producing it paved the way for Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions to produce and put his stamp on “Insidious,” “Sinister,” “The Purge,” “Ouija,” “The Lazarus Effect,” “The Boy Next Door,” “Jessabelle,” “Unfriended,” “Oculus” and all of their follow-ups. There pretty much isn’t a horror film released by Hollywood these days without Jason Blum attached to it. That’s a double-edged, monopolistic sword that has been producing new films without continuing to innovate.
So when I first heard about »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Gallows, 2015
Directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing.
20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone.
The Gallows, helmed by first time writing/directing partners Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing, is hailed in the film’s production notes as being the first truly homegrown horror movie that Blumhouse has had since Paranormal Activity, a film with “the same DNA, and that ‘I could do that myself’ look”. While there’s undoubtedly a vein of truth to this (it does look like you could do it yourself), The Gallows is really anything but Paranormal Activity: like so many others, it just doesn’t understand that, »
- Edward Gardiner
Nightlight didnt earn a major theatrical release but it could very well have. Its a superior effort to films like As Above So Below and a few of the Paranormal Activity features. Its certainly more engaging than an assortment of other VOD pics as well like VHS Viral Hollow Grave Encounters Mr. Jones and Greystone Park. In short it deserved a much stronger marketing campaign and while I personally wouldnt have been likely to rush to the local Cinemark to check it out it would have proven worth my hard earned cash had I indeed opted to do so. This one is clearly a step above the average subgenre effort. »
Is "The Visit" M. Night Shyamalan's comeback film? He certainly thinks so. "It's a contained movie and I love contained movies," he said Thursday in San Diego, where Comic-Con is now underway. "The posters on my wall are 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' 'Diabolique,' '12 Angry Men.' It's part of a deep aesthetic philosophy that I have that the film needs to be incomplete. 'Is she good? Is she evil?' There's passive entertainment and it's all over the place. But we contribute just a little bit to every great [movie]." Of course, it helps that "The Visit" (opening September 11 from Universal) is a return to what Shyamalan does best: small, personal, scary fables that get under our skin. And he has indie producer Jason Blum ("Whiplash," "Paranormal Activity") protecting his vision, and his back, with the studio, after making the movie on his own. "When »
- Bill Desowitz
Every year the movies seem to be dying. The writing is on the wall with attendance numbers and box office receipts and the Golden Age of TV. Will people still go to the movies if they can now watch high quality, HD programming from their own home?
Theater chains themselves have been reluctant to give in to Netflix and VOD, but at the risk of being made obsolete entirely, two chains are doing an experiment suggesting they may be willing to play ball. THR reported this week that Paramount, AMC Theaters, and Cineplex have struck a deal regarding two of their upcoming films, the new Paranormal Activity movie, and Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, both October releases. Traditionally, movies are not available on VOD or digital release until three to four months after their initial run in theaters is over, which can be anywhere from a month to six weeks for genre movies. »
- Brian Welk
Anytime you make statements about an entire style of filmmaking, you are going to be proven wrong. I could say, "I don't like found-footage horror films anymore," and in general, that may be true, but then something comes along that works and you have to retract the big broad statement. I think the simple test is this: would the story you are telling be scary if you shot it a different way? The "Paranormal Activity" series is an interesting example of this. I like the overall story that series has been telling, and I think there's an interesting mythology that they've built. The actual storytelling is tied directly in to the use of the "found footage," though, and I'm not sure you could make those movies a different way and still tell that story. I liked "Afflicted" a lot recently, which could easily have worked as a conventional horror film. »
- Drew McWeeny
Blumhouse has always been a studio that I have been wary on. I’m not the hugest fan of the Paranormal Activity franchise, with the exception of Paranormal Activity 3. The Purge films are ok for what they are but I guess the highest ranking films from the company would be Insidious and Sinister. Unless, you want to count Whiplash – which could be conceived as a psychological horror film. Regardless, I’m glad there is a studio doing what Blumhouse does.
The Gallows documents a group of teenagers who sneak into the school at night to sabotage a stage play of the same name that has a tragic past. As you could probably guess, the stage play has a noose in it and the tragedy would be a kid was accidentally killed during the production back in 1993. For some stupid reason, the school and the drama teacher allow a new »
- Andy Triefenbach
Just when you think the found footage horror film has gasped its last breath, the sub-genre finds a way to revive itself – like how Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers somehow always find a way to return. The Paranormal Activity series tapped into the public’s desire for handheld “real” scares back in 2009 when the first film became a huge success. Five sequels followed since then with a long-delayed sixth one planned for release this Halloween. Many of the other found footage horror films during this period consisted of the same two elements that Oren Peli included in the hit film: human possession and otherworldly spirits. The Last Exorcism, The Devil Inside, and As Above/So Below are just some of the films that I’m referring to.
It’s interesting to see the found footage horror genre come back like one of these 1980’s screen killers considering The Gallows seems »
- Michael Haffner
Paramount has unleashed five clips from “Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse,” the Tye Sheridan horror adventure that sees a group of aging scouts face a plague of the undead. In five new clips we see Sheridan earn survival badges and face the creatures in multiple gross scenarios, with the assistance of Joey Morgan and “The Stanford Prison Experiment’s” Logan Miller. Directed by Chris Landon, writer and director on the “Paranormal Activity” franchise and scribe of the twisted 2010 “Burning Palms,” “Scouts” promises action, gore and plenty of low-brow jokes that millennials will adore. Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sarah Dumont, Halston Sage, »
- Matt Donnelly
My inner teenager had high hopes for New Line’s “The Gallows,” the latest found-footage horror flick apt to make a hefty payday for superfrugal producer Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity”). You can’t not cheer for the writer-directors, Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff, who got discovered after putting a scary trailer for the movie on YouTube. They have some panache, and who doesn’t want to watch four gorgeous friends break into their high school one dark night with a video camera while being hunted by a killer? Sounds like “Carrie” meets “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” meets “The Blair Witch Project. »
- Tim Appelo
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