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Sarah looks back at the Amityville films, and finds a lot of scary things, not all of which were intentional…
112 Ocean Avenue, Long Island is probably the most famous haunted house in the world. Not that you’ll necessarily recognise the address – it’s far better known as the Amityville Horror house. Back in 1975, George and Kathy Lutz moved their family into the house… and then 28 days later, they moved back out, claiming to have been driven out by supernatural forces. Their story made the news, was turned into a book, and then made into a movie, in 1979.
It’s hard to imagine now that a family claiming to have encountered the devil in their basement could cause such a massive fuss, but I’m not here to interrogate the truth of their statement. What I am here to do, though, is to watch all of the Amityville Horror movies made to date, »
Delivery: The Beast Within attempts psychological horror on a realistic scale – well, as realistic as fake reality television can be – but in attempting to blur the lines between a Hellish pregnancy and deeply-rooted mental insanity, writer/director Brian Netto creates a found footage horror film without much intrigue or flavor. Mokumentary horror films are no longer a dime a dozen, and while a film like The Possession Of Michael King finds fresh, frantic new ways to introduce horrific scares, Delivery: The Beast Within feels lifeless, repetitive, and frustratingly underwhelming. It’s possible to find ways to inject genre craziness into films favoring a human vibe, but Netto would rather make demonic possession just a suggested afterthought, going the route of an even further watered-down Paranormal Activity copycat – minus a creeping sense of unnerving terror.
The Massy family are the latest subjects of America’s reality TV obsession, inviting viewers into »
- Matt Donato
The last few weeks in the horror world have been dominated by Fantastic Fest, Beyond Fest, and arguing about whether or not Kevin Smith’s Tusk deserves attention. After being released in a little over 600 screens, Tusk made $846,838 in a week; which many Box Office sites are calling a flop. These low numbers have been sparking a lot of conversations about what this means for fans’ desire for original horror, and plenty about the merits of Kevin Smith as an individual. I’ve seen more than one article talk about how we as horror fans (whether we liked the film or not) should be taking to social media or going to the theater and supporting Tusk because we as horror fans should be supporting original horror, and I just can’t get behind that mentality. I can understand the thought behind supporting original horror films, because if we back our »
- BJ Colangelo
Olivia Cooke (The Quiet Ones, Bates Motel) stars as Elaine Morris, who convinces her friends to use a Ouija board, in order to communicate with their deceased friend. They unleash a terrifying paranormal force that may destroy them all in director Stiles White's thriller, which is produced by Jason Blum and Michael Bay.
In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th alongside Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. »
“You damn fool kids will never learn,” said the tubby fisherman in The Blair Witch Project. While that plaid-clad chap was referring to the meddlesome antics of three young filmmakers in the woods, his brief mutter still stands true in regards to the activities in most teen horrors today. Which ties in nicely, as a new trailer proves that’s still very much the case in the upcoming horror film, Ouija.
If you haven’t already guessed, the movie involves a gaggle of youngsters who happen upon a Ouija board and attempt to rouse a spirit from the afterlife. Co-written by Stiles White and Juliet Snowden, and directed by the former, it’s guaranteed to hit the spot for audiences venturing to the theatre this Halloween. Today’s trailer, brought to you by Universal, delivers sufficient teases for the late show crowds.
Does the tale of a bunch of kids »
- Gem Seddon
Just when you thought November was safe. Forget the pumpkin pie and turkey; it’s still time for a fresh new helping of horror. “Jessabelle,” a new horror film from the producer of “Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious” will make audiences feel like the witching hour of October never left. “Jessabelle,” directed by Kevin Greutert, stars Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, David Andrews, Joelle Carter, Ana de la Reguera, Larisa Oleynik, Chris Ellis, Fran Bennett and Amber Stevens. The film follows a young woman who has survived a harrowing car accident, only to find that her horrors are just beginning. “From the mastermind producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes the ghostly tale [ Read More ]
The post New Poster, Stills from Jessabelle Make Bathing Scary appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Depressing, isnt it, that a TV show about an immortal wizard in a knackered phone box is doing a better job at digesting our fears than most newspapers
If I had to hazard a guess about why there are 74 Paranormal Activity movies, Id say its because we have an obsession with fear. Fear sells; just ask the Daily Telegraph. If there really is such a thing as Team Australia*, it is standing on the pitch with terror-piss trickling down its leg in fear of an opponent that might not even be there.
Televisually tapping into this vague sense of dread is a nuanced affair. You can either go full Jack Bauer, screaming into a variety of smartphones (theres a man who needs his own range of emoticons) while waterboarding anything on dry land. Or you can weave new and terrifying folk tales in the vein of the increasingly impressive Doctor Who. »
- Jazz Twemlow
Hong Kong – Syfy’s upcoming six-hour mini-series “Childhood’s End,” is to shoot from November in Melbourne, Australia.
The epic U.S. science fiction series is based on the classic 1953 Arthur C. Clarke novel, follows a peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious ‘Overlords’. Their arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.
Backed by Universal Cable Productions, a division of NBCUniversal, the series was secured through Film Victoria with financial support from the Victoria state government. Pre-production begins this month, with shooting at Docklands Studios Melbourne extending for 13 weeks into 2015. It will be produced by HayPop’s Jeff Hayes and Brett Popplewell.
Adaptation is by Matthew Graham (creator of BBC’s “Life on Mars,”), with Mike DeLuca (“Captain Philips,” “Moneyball,” “The Social Network”) and Akiva Goldsman (“Paranormal Activity,” “I Am Legend”) attached as executive producers.
“Around 380 talented local practitioners, »
- Patrick Frater
I love horror movies. Hell, I edit a monster magazine; it’s kind of a prerequisite. But I’ve been leaning more towards Sci-Fi films lately, and I think it’s because mainstream horror movies have kind of sucked.
I’m not saying that to be an indignant old curmudgeon. I just think that the best of utter creepiness is not going to waltz into your local multiplex. All the horror films with media fanfare are mostly predictable sequels. The Paranormal Activity train won’t stop running; there seem to be more copycats of Insidious these days than there are Nightmare on Elm Street films—which is fine; whatever, except that Insidious, while creepy, flubbed its ending and fell far from the masterpiece tree. Copycats have ranged from decent (The Conjuring) to downright terrible (Sinister), and they’re all full of jump-shocks, hysterical wives, and last-minute twist (read: predictably bad) endings. »
- Holly Interlandi
The latest installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise is getting a spookier name, but a less spooky release date. The movie, now titled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, is moving from Oct. 25, 2014 to March 13, 2015, EW has confirmed. So, while it won’t be in theaters to frighten audiences this Halloween, it could prove a frightening alternative to, say, Disney’s live-action Cinderella. The shift means that Paramount is bumping its Scouts vs. Zombies from that March date to Feb. 20, 2015. Scouts vs. Zombies is about—what else?—boy scouts fighting zombies.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was originally titled »
- Esther Zuckerman
Paramount Pictures has delayed the release of the fifth "Paranormal Activity" film yet again. At last report it was slated for release on October 24th, now it has been pushed back an extra five months and will hit cinemas on March 13th 2015.
The film has also scored a new title - "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension". In its new date it will go up against Disney's "Cinderella" and Warners' "Heart of the Sea".
The story follows a new family comprised of a video game designer, his wife, his younger brother and his 6-year-old daughter whose new house is the subject of supernatural evil.
Due to the move, Paramount has also had to shift its action comedy "Scouts Vs. Zombies" up. It was to open on March 13th next year, but will now open »
- Garth Franklin
The Paranormal Activity 5 release date has been pushed yet again, but Paramount has also given a title to the found footage sequel, which likely signals this release date will (hopefully) stick. The follow-up will be titled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and will now open in theaters on March 13, 2015 instead of October 25th of this year (which didn’t seem likely to happen anyway). The pic will square off at the box office against Disney’s live-action Cinderella and Ron Howard’s sea-set drama In the Heart of the Sea with Chris Hemsworth. This latest chapter in the supernatural franchise marks the directorial debut of Gregory Plotkin, who produced the last three installments in the series. This is the next proper sequel after Paramount went the spinoff route earlier this year with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. As always, plot details are non-existent, but given the Blumhouse Productions model, »
- Adam Chitwood
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension won't be dressing up for Halloween after all. Paramount announced Wednesday that it is pushing back the release of the film from Oct. 24 to March 23, 2015. At the same time, the studio revealed the movie's official name (it was previously titled Paranormal Activity 5). As a result of the date switch, the studio is moving up the release of Christopher Landon's Scouts vs. Zombies from March 13 to Feb. 20. Moviegoers looking forward to a good fright over Halloween won't be entirely bereft: Universal opens the supernatural horror film Ouija on Oct. 24. As
- Pamela McClintock
Paramount Pictures is shaking up the order of its parade of horribles.
“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” is being moved from Oct. 25, 2014 to a March 13, 2015 opening. The film was previously entitled “Paranormal Activity 5,” but it sounds like this haunted house tale is being treated like a spin-off instead of a direct sequel.
The studio is also moving “Scouts vs. Zombies” from the March 13 slot now taken up by “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” and transplanting that to February 20, 2015.
The “Paranormal Activity” movie will have some formidable competition in its new release date. Ron Howard’s whaling drama “Heart of the Sea” and Disney’s live action “Cinderella” are both scheduled to premiere on that date. In its former perch it would have gone head-to-head with “Ouija” and the Keanu Reeves, “they killed my puppy” thriller “John Wick.”
“Scout v. Zombies” is a horror comedy about troop members who »
- Brent Lang
Paramount has moved up next year’s release of horror comedy Scouts Vs. Zombies from March 13 to February 20 and moved Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (formerly Paranormal Activity 5) into that March 13 slot. It initially was slated for October 25, 2014. The shift pits Scouts Vs. Zombies up against Open Road’s The Gunman, Relativity’s Jane Got A Gun, and Buena Vista’s McFarland USA. The Paranormal Activity sequel will face off against Buena Vista’s Cinderella, and Warner Bros Heart Of The Sea.
- The Deadline Team
Paramount has announced a new title and release date for “Paranormal Activity 5” as well as a new release date for “Scouts vs. Zombies.” “Paranormal Activity 5” will be released on March 13, 2015 as “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.” The film was previously scheduled to open on Oct. 25, 2014. Also read: Paramount May Delay ‘Paranormal Activity 5' Until Next Year (Exclusive) Gregory Plotkin directed the latest chapter in the supernatural franchise, which is produced by Jason Blum and original “Paranormal” director Oren Peli. Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark wrote the script. The fright flick will now open against Disney's “Cinderella” and Ron. »
- Jeff Sneider
“Los Angeles (August 15, 2014) – Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, has acquired the North American rights to the haunted house thriller The Houses October Built. Produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and Zack Andrews. The film is directed by Bobby Roe and stars Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson. The deal was announced today by Image Entertainment’s Svp of Acquisitions, Mark Ward.
“The Houses October Built is an instant Halloween classic,” said Ward. “This is a film that audiences will seek out year after year – and will be just as terrified each time they watch it.”
The Houses October Built takes you where no other Halloween film has gone before. Beneath »
- Jonathan James
Let’s face it. Exorcism movies have been a bit played out in the last few years. When Paranormal Activity made demons scary again almost half a decade ago, a slew of films came along that immediately plugged into the vein of that and mixed The Exorcist with found footage. What we got was a plethora of bargain bin scares like The Rite and some decent titles like The Last Exorcism and Atrocious.
With Asmodexia, writer-director Mark Carreté has crafted an original and unique entry into the exorcism genre without having to turn it into a traditional shaky cam affair.
The post Review: Asmodexia a Fresh Twist on the Exorcism Genre appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Like the Saw and Paranormal Activity franchises before it, the V/H/S horror anthology series is becoming an annual tradition, with this year's installment, V/H/S Viral, arriving on VOD platforms October 23 before hitting theaters on November 21. The first poster and official plot synopsis have been released for this upcoming sequel, which includes segments directed by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Gregg Bishop (Dance of the Dead), Todd Lincoln (The Apparition) and the team of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution).
Check out this one-sheet below, then read on for the first official plot details.
A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame-obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell-bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L. »
The Houses October Built appears to be a found footage type film the follows a group of friends looking for most extreme haunted attraction they can find. As a horror fan I love going to haunted attractions and this film concept could turn out to be a great mix up on found footage horror. Check out the trailer below. From the producer of Insidious and Paranormal Activity The Houses October Built stars Brandy Schaefer Zack Andrews Bobby Roe Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson. »
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