Paramount Pictures’ Paranormal Activity 4 hits theaters today, October 19. It’s directed by Catfish duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, whom also helmed Paranormal Activity 3. Unfortunately, this fourth entry has none of that film’s mojo. I unexpectedly loved the third entry, so my hopes were high for this new installment, so imagine my surprise when I sat in the theater aghast at how boring the overall film is (not to mention how flimsy the ending is).
But don’t take my word for it! Brad (Mr. Disgusting) weighs in with his review, “Paranormal Activity 4 is such drivel. It’s trite and cliche to its own fault, a lazy and cheap replica of a Paranormal Activity movie. If it weren’t for the performances by all three of the children, I may have found myself either sleeping or walking out of the theater – and this is saying a lot from the guy who gave Paranormal Activity 2 a pass.”
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Update: Variety is reporting that Mark Webber (pictured below) of Scott Pilgrim and Broken Flowers is in talks to star.
Dimension Films announced today that they have acquired U.S. distribution rights to the psychological thriller Angry Little God from director Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism). IM Global will finance and produce the film, an English-language remake of the Thai thriller 13: Game Of Death (pictured above) alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik and Kiki Miyake. Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Sinister, Paranormal Activity, Insidious) will executive produce with Somsak Techaratanaprasert.
The film – cowritten by Stamm and David Birke “follows a bright but meek social services coordinator who’s drowning in debt and desperate as he’s about to marry the love of his life. He receives a mysterious phone call informing him that he’s on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks to receive a cash prize of over $6,000,000. He accepts the challenge, but even with thousands of dollars suddenly appearing in his bank account, he realizes he’s in over his head. Trapped into the horrors manipulated by unseen spectators, his need to complete the game escalates as the tasks grow more extreme, to a devastating point of no return.”
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Earlier this year, a press release went out stating that Chris Landon would once again join forces with Michael Perry to write Paranormal Activity 3, though we learned that was not the case shortly thereafter. Now, after rumors of Roger Avary writing and Paul Feig directing were quickly debunked, it looks like Landon is once again attached to the film. The tidbit was casually mentioned in an article about the writer signing to a new agency, so it has not been “officially” confirmed thus far. Someone has got to be writing it at this point though, since it has to be in the can and on the big screen by October 21, 2011.
In an age where the common train of thought for sequels is bigger equals better, it’s surprising that Paranormal Activity 2‘s problems don’t stem from inflated egos and bloated budgets. It’s not that I expected Robot Heaven or a flood of new villains in Tod Williams’ follow-up to Oren Peli’s minimalist blockbuster, but I’m shocked that Tinseltown’s proclivity towards it’s tried-and-true methods are almost completely absent. Looking at it from a strictly genre standpoint, it does indeed match or double the body count of the original (depending on which version you saw), and the scares are a bit more elaborate, but in the end, its rules and confines aren’t changed much, save for one notable (and spoilerific) exception. Like REC 2, it furthers the mythology of the franchise with a few surprises, and will possibly change your perception of previously seen events, putting it on the same level as its predecessor; nothing more, nothing less.
Update: Apparently the press release for ‘Burning Palms’ and IMDB were wrong in listing Landon as a writer. Official update forthcoming. Christopher B. Landon (Disturbia, Blood and Chocolate – and director of the forthcoming Burning Palms) and Michael R. Perry are both responsible for penning Paranormal Activity 3 for Room 101, Paramount Pictures and producer Oren Peli, writes IMDB and the Burning Palms press release. Doing a little research, while Perry is listed on IMDB as the writer of Paranormal Activity 2, Landon is now also listed as a participant. I guess you can say they’re reteaming for the trilogy? Story details for the next film is being held under lock and key, but Paramount has officially announced an October 21, 2011 release date.
Paranormal Activity 2 materializes in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and standard DVD February 8, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics and audiences alike as “one of the scariest films of all time” (ARTISTDirect), PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 solidifies the franchise as the hottest new horror series that has viewers clamoring for more. The chillingly realistic prequel to 2009′s horror phenomenon chronicles the frightening days leading up to the events of the original film, marking the return of Katie, Micah and the terrifying and malevolent presence that’s torturing them. When Katie’s sister Kristi and her husband find their house vandalized after bringing home their new baby, they set up 24-hour surveillance cameras. What unfolds on the footage is far more sinister and shocking than anything they could have imagined. The full specs, art and first deleted scene can be found inside.
Arriving on DVD and Blu-ray February 8th from Paramount Home Entertainment is the UNRATED cut of Tod Williams’ Paranormal Activity 2. This evening Paramount unveiled a deleted sequence from the film that will only appear on the unrated version of the film. Check it out inside. It’s nothing all that exciting. After experiencing what they think are a series of “break-ins”, a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem. Don’t forget to write your own reviews of the sequel/prequel.
Update: As I stated the previous numbers seemed a bit high. I have $10.8m on Friday for ‘Saw 3D’ and $23.7m weekend; $5.8m for ‘PA2′ and $16.7m for the weekend. Early boxoffice reports put Saw 3D at the top of the pack with an estimated $11m in 2,808 theaters on Friday giving a weekend total of $28m. This is slightly higher than the projections, although taking into account the high cost of 3D it balances out. $28m is an astounding opening weekend take for a seventh film in the franchise, while also going head-to-head with Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 2 in its second week of a release. PA 2 dropped a hefty 68% with $6.4m on Friday in 3,239 theaters. It looks to make $18.5m over the holiday weekend. Who says horror can’t kick ass in October? The two films accounted for $46m and took the top two slots. Too bad Lionsgate dubbed this the final Saw — but we all know the truth…Jigsaw’s game is just beginning. Click either title above for our review, or to write your own!
After experiencing what they think are a series of “break-ins”, a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.