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After the success of 2012’s The Woman in Black, Britain’s iconic Hammer studios continue their recent return to horror production with another supernatural thriller, John Pogue’s The Quiet Ones. Like its predecessor, The Quiet Ones boasts both an atmospheric, distinctly British period-setting, and a pale, earnest young man who becomes entangled in dark forces beyond his control.
Despite its strong sense of location and more than capable cast, Hammer’s latest venture feels a little unsure of its own identity, relying far too heavily on intrusive, Paranormal Activity style forays into found footage. This is a shame, as underneath all the unnecessary camera-dropping and ten-a-minute scares, there’s actually quite an intriguing film here.
Loosely based on a real life Canadian experiment, Pogue’s film centers around the question of whether or not physical paranormal phenomena can be created by the human mind. Here, the experiment is relocated to 1970′s Oxford, »
- Becki Hawkes
It's no surprise that the one-two punch atop this weekend's box office chart was the second weekend of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (with an estimated $41.4 million) and the debut of family cartoon "Rio 2" (estimated at $39.0 million), but the real drama lay in the fate of the No. 3 movie. That was horror film "Oculus," which rode a wave of positive buzz and even critical kudos to a third-place debut estimated at $12.0 million, enough to beat this weekend's other new wide release, Kevin Costner's sports-management dramedy "Draft Day" (No. 4 with an estimated $9.8 million).
Much of the credit for success of "Oculus" will go to producer Jason Blum (whether he deserves it or not), since Blum is by default the leading auteur in horror movies today, even though he doesn't write or direct them. As a producer, he's hit on a formula that turns micro-budgeted horror movies into profitable franchises, »
- Gary Susman
Chicago – Films in general are knocked for being knockoffs of something else. Horror films in particular have it especially hard in the “new” department because we’re so quickly annoyed when we’ve “seen it all before”.
There are only so many ways to alter how you draw a circle. At the end of the day, you’ve still drawn a circle and the only difference is how you got there.
“Oculus” starts with promise because Jason Blum is attached to it. Blum’s production company, Blumhouse Productions, is responsible for so many Hollywood horror films as of late that it’s impossible for your concept of horror in the past decade not to be impacted by him.
Just to name a few, we’re talking about “Paranormal Activity” (2007), “Paranormal Activity 2” (2010),” “Paranormal Activity 3” (2011), “Sinister” (2012), “Paranormal Activity 4” (2012), “The Purge” (2013)”, “Insidious: Chapter 2” (2013), “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Found footage films get a bad rap - and worse reviews. But the genre combines the vitality of punk rock with the reach of a video viral, and it has earned, if not respectability, then at least a respectful reappraisal. Some found footage (hereafter Ff) films are, admittedly, unwatchable (see The Devil Inside or, better, don't). But others, such as recent West Country-set religious chiller The Borderlands, or Bobcat Goldthwait's creepy Bigfoot hunt Willow Creek (out on May 2), are closer to unmissable.
Beyond an ominous title card, Ff films require little backstory, and the genre has only a brief history of its own. An uncompromising, hand-over-the-camera-lens look at totalitarianism in Vietnam-era America, Peter Watkins' 1971 mock-doc Punishment Park is considered Ff's chief forebear. Ruggiero Deodato's still-troubling Cannibal Holocaust (1979), however, is the most striking early archetype. Following a gonzo film crew into tribal Amazonia, it puts video-nasty atrocities through a film-school filter, »
Studio estimates showed “Winter Soldier” leading on Friday with $13.2 million — enough to edge “Rio 2″ in the $11 million to $12.5 million range.
The early numbers represent positive news for both titles with many moviegoers starting on Easter week holidays.
“Winter Soldier,” which grossed $117.6 million domestically in its first week, is holding impressively with a projected weekend-to-weekend decline of 53% — a much better hold than 2011′s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which slid 61% in its second frame to $25 million.
As for “Rio 2,” the weekend looks likely to easily exceed the U.S. opening of its predecessor, which launched $39.3 million in 2011 on its way to a $143 million domestic cume. “Rio 2″ has already grossed $60 million in a dozen overseas markets and »
- Dave McNary
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
After a weekend where competitors ran for cover under the onslaught of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” three movies launch this weekend aiming to draw attention from beyond the young male audience. “Rio 2″ arrives three years after the original which opened to $39.2 million and social data suggests this sequel is set for a strong performance.
“Rio 2″ will be looking to appeal specifically to family audiences, and that dictates using marketing platforms in a different way. While a large TV presence is intended to garner interest »
- Tobias Bauckhage
A few weeks back we told you about a site that was set up to see if you were "marked" for demonic possession in honor of the home video release of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (review). Today we have one hell of a reaction video for ya!
By clicking on the image below, you'll be transported to a site which possesses the unique ability to measure if you or someone you know is ripe for possession as well as other things, and... well... you'll see.
Pray all you want. It won't save you. But you can follow Paranormal Activity on Twitter (@TweetYourScream) for more upcoming announcements, as always keep an eye on the official Paranormal Activity Facebook page, and check out official Paranormal Activity on Instragram!
From the Press Release
“The activity is back with a wicked and evil vengeance” in “the scariest Paranormal yet” (Steve Barton, Dread Central »
- Steve Barton
Horror fans are in for a real treat this weekend with the opening of "Oculus," the latest offering from the people behind "Paranormal Activity," "Insidious" and "The Purge."Starring Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff and Brenton Thwaites, the film revolves around a mirror that brings serious harm to anyone who houses it. Tasked with destroying the looking glass, a brother and sister duo revisit some horrific moments from their past ... and experience a few new ones!Still on the fence about seeing it? Check out our reasons why you shouldn't skip the flick below.1.) It's Not a Remake, Reboot or SequelOriginal ideas are rare in Hollywood right now, with sequels, remakes and reboots opening every other weekend. While the "evil mirror" plot may seem like something you've seen before, this movie takes it to a refreshing new level.Don't let this movie be another "Cabin In the Woods" or "You're Next, »
- tooFab Staff
With horror movies hitting theaters left and right, it’s often hard to tell new releases apart. After all, it’s easy to stick with a tried and true formula if it’s guaranteed to get the maximum amount of scares and screams. Take some nice, normal people, for example, and have them get plagued by a demon or a malevolent poltergeist. It’s been working for the last 30 or so years, hasn’t it? Have their plight be viewed through the grainy green haze of found footage and there’s an even bigger chance that it’s going to be a hit. Or stick that nice family in an even worse situation — maybe it’s some facet of the house itself that’s turning on them, like a cursed mirror or family heirloom. It’s the “call is coming from inside the house” of ghosts. While these methods of spookiness are effective and often masterful, they »
- Samantha Wilson
Scaring people has become a lucrative business over the years and decades since Hollywood first embraced the concept of fear for fun. Some of the most profitable contemporary films in terms of investment-to-return ratio have been horror films. In theory, this sounds like a good thing. Unfortunately, profitability does not always equate to a film being a creative success. For those looking for casual scares that appeal to little more than our base reflexes, similar to riding a roller coaster, there is no shortage of options on the market. However, for those of us looking for something more in our horror films, the selection is more limited.
I am happy to report that Oculus satisfies that craving rather well. No. It’s not a perfect film, but few are these days. That really should go without saying anymore. The film’s marketing proudly announces “from the producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidous. »
- Travis Keune
It’s easy enough to jolt an audience into submission, but that’s not the same thing as getting under its skin. Recent horror movies ranging from the "Paranormal Activity" series to "The Conjuring" excel at the art of the jump scare, though no matter how expertly delivered, it’s a cheap gimmick at best. "Oculus" is an exception. Appropriately being co-released by microbudget fear factory Blumhouse Production — its founder, Jason Blum, helped turn the scrappy productions "Paranormal Activity" and "The Purge" into profitable franchises — much of the new movie’s chilly atmosphere involves the experiences of two characters in a room with one very ominous mirror. As the haunted object plays tricks on its two would-be victims' minds, the audience falls prey to the ruse as well. Director Mike Flanagan turns the fragile nature of consciousness into a better fear tactic than any visceral shocks could possibly achieve. "Oculus »
- Eric Kohn
Paramount released Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this week, giving fans a chance to experience this hit horror spin-off in the comfort of their own home. To celebrate this franchise spin-off, we have a contest lined-up where one lucky Grand Prize Winner will take home an Easter Basket filled with every movie from this popular horror series on Blu-ray (Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2, Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity 4 and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones), along with holy water, "deviled" eggs and even some Easter candy. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win big below.
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Besides making lots and lots of money, "The Conjuring" solidified the fact that, even in whatever you're supposed to call this decade, you can still make a scary movie that doesn't rely exclusively on buckets of blood and extreme sexual violence. Instead, you could tell a classy, subtle, emotionally engaging tale of everyday people faced with an otherworldly presence... And that people would actually show up.
The same line of thinking is involved with this weekend's "Oculus," which we first saw back at SXSW --it's the tale of a pair of adult siblings (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) who confront the haunted mirror that was responsible for a seismic family tragedy many years earlier. Yes, that sounds like a very silly horror movie. But sometimes, in the words of George Michael, you've got to have faith.
But does "Oculus" actually bring it? Or does it leave you screaming... for more? »
- Drew Taylor
There aren’t many outright scares here, and when they do come, they are curiously circumspect, but the old-fashioned Hammer Horror atmosphere is appealingly spooky. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Welcome to the experiment,” says seedy-tweedy Professor Coupland to his new documentarian, Av geek Brian, not quite adding “Bwahahahaha!” to the greeting, but you can almost hear it anyway. For we’re already starting to suspect that the academic is a little bit mad and a little bit sadistic; also, he’s Jared Harris (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), who brings his usual offhand creepiness to the screen. Brian (Sam Claflin: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) is not one of Coupland’s students at Oxford University — “I’d never get in here,” he laments — which makes him the perfect outside observer and resident skeptic as Coupland, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Marvel Studios, reportedly, has a map of films planned out all the way through 2028. So far the nine films they've released have amassed $5.9 billion in worldwide ticket sales, the latest of which, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, recently broke the April box office opening weekend record and managed to make over $300 million worldwide in just ten days. Suffice to say, the Marvel machine looks strong... for now. Next they are introducing the Guardians of the Galaxy later this year, followed by The Avengers: Age of Ultron and then Ant-Man, which means two of their next three films will introduce new superheroes into their ever-growing cinematic universe. Fans will likely swarm the box office and Marvel is clearly showing no signs of slowing down. What I am beginning to wonder is whether or not a possible superhero saturation of the cinematic market will hurt Marvel's films, even if they continue to »
- Brad Brevet
R, 1 Hr., 48 Mins.
The true story of Eric Lomax, a British WWII soldier who survived a Japanese Pow camp and confronted his torturer 50 years later, is astonishing. The movie version isn’t. Colin Firth smolders as the Ptsd-riddled veteran (played in flashbacks by War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine), and Nicole Kidman cries dutifully as his wife — but they’re both derailed by the movie’s tidy emotional resolutions. B- —Adam Markovitz
R, 1 Hr., 38 Mins.
- EW staff
In the 69th episode of The Bloodcast, it’s the latest installment of the Franchise Series! After dissecting the popular Paranormal Activity movies back in January, hosts Ryan Turek and Clarke Wolfe decided to take a look at Don Coscarelli’s cult favorite Phantasm. Join Ryan and Clarke as they explore all four films in the series, what makes this franchise special and what they’re excited for in the recently announced Phantasm V: Ravager. This, plus the Game of Thrones premiere, Tentacles, Stuart Gordon’s Taste live on stage and much more.
The post The Bloodcast Episode 69 Reflects on the Phantasm Series appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Sam Claflin, fresh off the success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is starring as the lead in a brand new flick from Hammer Horror, The Quiet Ones. He spoke to HeyUGuys about his career so far, how it was to be behind the camera for a change, and how much it takes to scare him…
Is there something that drew you to play Brian in The Quiet Ones?
Yeah, I mean the character himself is very similar to my understanding, and a part of me wanted to experience and play someone quite close to home, if you know what I mean. The fact that he’s a non-believer at the beginning of the film and the supernatural, but as he kind of goes along this hellish journey, he gets more involved, more curious, to the point where there’s something about him that’s drawn to it more and »
- Gary Green
RADiUS-twc have purchased the rights to thriller Creep, written by Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed, Your Sister’S Sister) and directed by newbie Patrick Brice. The company behind fellow horrors Insidious and Paranormal Activity, Blumhouse Productions, have produced the project.
“We jumped at the opportunity to work with Mark again…Creep is wry and unnerving with a shock ending that one has come to expect from Blumhouse. The film played through the roof at SXSW and it was abundantly clear that audiences have a huge appetite for these characters.”
‘A huge appetite for these characters’ sounds about right, especially considering the goosebump-rasising synopsis:
Looking for work, Aaron (Brice) comes across a cryptic online ad: $1,000 a day. Filming service. Discretion is appreciated.
Low on cash and full of naivete he drives to a cabin in a remote »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Thanks to the likes of James Wan, paranormal horror is all the rage. From Paranormal Activity to Insidious and The Conjuring, audiences are irretrievably hooked to tales of nuclear families being bloodlessly menaced by only-fleetingly-visible entities of malicious intent. What’s remarkable about Mike Flanagan’s Oculus, which follows his no-budget wonder Absentia, is how it manages to wring genuine dread from a beyond-worn subgenre simply by paying close attention to the realities of its deeply troubled characters. Oculus functions equally well as a tragic psychodrama as it does a horror film.
Flanagan appears to have taken inspiration from Stephen King’s seminal It, in which a group of childhood friends reunite to vanquish an evil force that has long plagued their town. Where King’s novel (and the TV-movie adaptation) adopted a neatly bifurcated structure, Flanagan flits between past and present, »
- Simon Howell
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