Before Fox’s Devil’s Due opens in theaters January 17, Paramount Pictures kicks off the New Year with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones on January 3, 2014.
Written and directed by Christopher Landon, and starring Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, and Eddie J. Fernandez, Paramount international has released a new trailer for the Latino-themed haunter.
“After being “marked,” Jesse begins to be pursued by mysterious forces while his family and friends try to save him.”
Keep up with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones at Official website, Official Facebook, Official Twitter, and Official Instagram. READ MORE
2014 is going to start off with a bang with not one, but two horror movies blasting into theaters everywhere.
Just yesterday we showed you the art and trailer for Fox’s Devil’s Due (in theaters January 17), but before they give birth to terror Paramount Pictures kicks off the New Year with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones on January 3, 2014.
Written and directed by Christopher Landon, and starring Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, and Eddie J. Fernandez, Paramount has released the official trailer for the Latino-themed haunter Thursday morning. Unlike the previous entries, there’s quite a bit of footage that really digs into the mythology, while also sharing an assault of scary footage. It looks like this one has an exorcism in it, maybe? READ MORE
This weekend Machete Kills tanked at the box office with only $3.8 million dollars despite boasting a cadre of stars that would have made any business affairs exec blush in their heyday. While Machete isn’t really a horror film – I often see the “no star” angle bandied about whenever a horror movie fails to live up to commercial expectations (however insane those expectations might be). And it’s not uncommon to see horror films filled with A-list talent die on the vine.
The fact is that’s a usually a misinformed argument. Horror, more than any other genre, has the highest immunity against “negative starpower.” For better or worse, horror films usually live or die based on word of mouth and marketing (sadly, these days it’s mostly dependent on marketing for the first weekend – with word of mouth picking up the slack to fill future playdates).
Finding examples for this list was like shooting fish in a barrel, and there’s a silver lining in that. In horror, you don’t necessarily need a star – you just need the best actor for the part (of course, that doesn’t stop lazy hacks from exploiting gene goodwill by filling their films with talentless nobodies – but one step at a time). This is only the tip of the iceberg. READ MORE
After serving as the editor and co-producer of the last three Paranormal Activity films and the spinoff The Marked Ones that is being released in January, Gregory Plotkin is officially going to make his directorial debut on Paranormal Activity 5, Deadline reports confirming TheWrap’s news from way back in July.
He has a long list of credits as an editor or assistant editor on films that include Pleasantville, The Insider and The Break-Up. He has become more and more involved in the Paranormal Activity found-footage franchises. Now he gets his shot behind the camera.
Paranormal 5 has a story being written by Jason Pagan & Andrew Deutschman. Jason Blum and Oren Peli are the producers. READ MORE
Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark – who penned Almanac, the Michael Bay–produced found footage sci-fi thriller – will write Paranormal Activity 5, the latest installment of Paramount Pictures’ scary movie franchise, which has so far made more than $718 million worldwide, THR reports.
A Latin-themed spinoff titled Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is due to be released January 3, 2014.
Paranormal Activity 5 is set for an October 24, 2014 release.
No plot details have emerged but as the process for these movies go, Pagan and Stark will write scriptments that will serve as the basis for the found-footage movie.
Jason Blum and Oren Peli are producing.
I put the question mark because the jury is out on whether or not the following is actually funny.
Funny or Die shared “recently recovered audition footage, from actress Katie Featherston,” in which the Paranormal Activity star is asked moronic questions by the casting director. Because Paranormal is supposed to be found-footage, the casting director acts as if she believes that the footage was 100% medically accurate. I personally think it plays kind of stupid, but it’s a bit clever overall. Maybe you’ll get more of a kick out of it than I did. It’s Friday, start your weekend out with a laugh, you deserve it… READ MORE
Paramount Pictures and producer Blumhouse are finally seeing eye to eye in regards to the future of their Paranormal Activity franchise. Fans will get not one, but two films in 2014.
The Latino spin-off, previously titled OT: Oxnard Tapes, has been renamed to Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and will premiere January 3, 2014. Christopher Landon directs with Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, and Eddie J. Fernandez all starring.
October 24, 2014 will see the release of the “official” sequel, Paranormal Activity 5, a year later than originally slated. No word on who will write or direct as this time, although Greg Plotkin was once the frontrunner to take the helm.
The below clip came post-credits of Paranormal 4 and sets up The Marked Ones… READ MORE
Okay, let’s try and get this entire Paranormal Activity debacle up to speed…
Building upon our exclusive reports from earlier Wednesday evening, TheWrap has learned that Paramount Pictures is aiming to get Paranormal Activity 5 in theaters by next October – and that the newly minted January 3, 2013 release date is for the Latino spin-off, tentatively titled OT: Oxnard Tapes (pictured above, video teaser below).
The site explain that the as-of-yet untitled spin-off — a found-footage flick targeted at Latino audiences that’s directed by Paranormal 2 writer Christopher Landon — is finished and has been testing well.
Paranormal will still be featured prominently in the marketing, another individual said. Because the film remains somewhat separate from the Paranormal Activity films, it will open in January — where Paramount had success with The Devil Inside. READ MORE
BREAKING: Paranormal Activity 5 has officially moved out of its October 25, 2013 slot and into January 3, 2014.
After yesterday’s speculation that Paramount Pictures may shift the next Paranormal to January, it officially happened Wednesday afternoon. It hopes to perform on the same level as last year’s The Devil Inside, which cracked $100M worldwide (that opened on Jan. 6).
There are a lot of questions that remain, and extreme lack of clarity behind the scenes; it has all of us scrambling to get something solid.
Here’s what we know… READ MORE
Paramount Pictures is looking to push the release of Paranormal Activity 5, the latest installment in its lucrative horror franchise, until next year, multiple individuals close to the studio told TheWrap. Bloody Disgusting can confirm.
The film is currently scheduled to open October 25. READ MORE
A lawsuit has been filed against Paramount and the producers of Paranormal Activity 4 alleging they stole ideas and story elements from a pitch meeting. Per THR, “Writer-director Michael Costanza has sued Paramount and producers of Paranormal Activity 4 claiming that the film used specific concepts from his work without permission and without credit or compensation.” Costanza also wrote and directed The Collingswood Story.
This meeting seems to have taken place around the development period of Paranormal Activity 2, since he submitted his take back in 2010. “Costanza says he was told at the time that producers Steven Schneider and Spencer Medof were not interested in his concepts… He now says that the story he wanted to tell is almost identical to what was later used in ‘Paranormal Activity 4′… Costanza is suing for unspecified damages and an order forcing the defendants to destroy all materials based on his concepts.”
Costanza also alleges that PA4 uses his “material [which] included details of webcam chats by characters in their late teens.”
Needless to say this is a complicated manner and these kind of lawsuits happen with a fair degree of regularity. We’ll keep you informed in regard to any developments.
Reviewed by Mike Ferraro
Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) play a couple about to open a new chapter in their relationship when they decide to move in together. Malcolm, of course, decides to turn a camera on and record his new lifestyle with his significant other. However, it is Kisha who seems to feel the presence of something supernatural as soon as she steps foot in the new house.
A Haunted House, written by Rick Alvarez and Marlon Wayans, directed by newcomer Michael Tiddes, makes no attempts to be an original entry in an otherwise dead spoof genre. It’s full of jokes only a failed stand-up comedian could deliver while performing at a lower-end buffet in Vegas. READ MORE
After a recap of the events of the second film, Paranormal Activity 4 starts on Halloween 2011. This gives us an opportune and legitimate reason for something to be recorded. However we are already getting into that far fetched territory. While a holiday may be reason for a home video, when we push beyond that and delve into teenagers recording themselves – be it at a party or during a simple video chat- we’re already going too far. The point is that the Paranormal Activity movies have gotten to a severe level of abuse. There is simply no legitimate reason for any of these characters to be recording their every move. READ MORE
Hot off the success of Paranormal Activity, director Oren Peli embarked on his second outing behind the camera, Area 51. That was four years ago.
Isn’t it strange that the above paragraph could easily be the opening crawl for its own found footage movie? Of course, Oren Peli didn’t disappear. Paranormal Activity 2, 3 and 4 have since been released (he was involved with all of them to varying degrees). He’s had a big network TV show, “The River.” He wrote and produced The Chernobyl Diaries and he’s also a producer on Rob Zombie’s upcoming Lords Of Salem.
His producing partner on Area 51 (and the PA films), Jason Blum, recently had some massive success with Insidious and Sinister and is currently shooting Insidious: Chapter 2. Back in 2011 Blum went on record about the project and the duo’s very busy dance card seemed to be interfering a bit with its release, “Area 51′ is like ‘Paranormal Activity’. The additional photography for ‘PA’, we went back 50 times. The great thing about doing extra shooting for inexpensive movies is that the cost is low, so we screen and shoot and screen and shoot. Oren and I were pulled away from ‘Area 51′ a lot for the second ‘PA’. Once that came out, we ramped up on ‘Area 51′ again. I anticipate the movie will be mostly done in about three or four months.”
Those three or four months have come and gone. So… what do we know about the film? READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you “Last Look”, the new music video from Terrible Things! The video is nearly all done in one take and has a very strong Paranormal Activity theme going on. It definitely gets a touch creepy at points and is well worth checking out!
The song comes from Terrible Thing’s latest EP Pre-Transmission, which you can snag off of iTunes. READ MORE
By The Wolfman (@TheWolfmanCometh – on the boards).
You’re sitting there in the movie theater with your Junior Mints, or in the case of psychopaths, sitting there with Dots, waiting for the movie to start. You have a terrifying debate with yourself for ten seconds while you try to determine whether the lights in the theater are actually dimming or maybe you’re having a stroke. Once that bright green screen pops up, proving that your brain does indeed have enough oxygen, you catch a glimpse of some of Hollywood’s newest garbage. Between romantic comedies and animated adventures starring pop singers, it all looks like the same old stuff. Unexpectedly, a trailer pops up that seems to be pretty creepy, have some decent actors in it, and the credits tell you it’s from people who helped make other horror movies that you absolutely love. When the title is revealed, the entire audience groans, followed by nudging the person next to you and saying, “Can you believe they’re even making that movie?” Or maybe you went to this movie alone and angrily took out your phone to post your disdain on Twitter for everyone (read: not really anyone) to see. No folks, the title didn’t reveal that the trailer you just enjoyed was an M. Night Shyamalan joint, but instead, the movie is a remake, adaptation of, or sequel to something else. No matter what the source material is, nothing seems to cause fanboys to angrily roll their eyes more then finding out their favorite movie/book is getting a remake/adaptation/sequel. My advice to all of you is to quit your complaining about something you had absolutely no involvement in making and should focus your energy on revisiting the source material.
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Back in October Bloody was the first to tell you that Paramount Pictures had planning something special for their October 19th release of Paranormal Activity 4. Fans who stayed post-credits were treated to a short clip teasing the 2013 release of the studio’s unnamed Latino Paranormal Activity spin-off. While working on this morning’s 2013 studio preview, we came across said teaser and have shared it below alongside a supposed translation!
The film was first reported on in April. Christopher Landon (Disturbia) will write and direct the project, described by sources as a “cousin” to the Paranormal movies but actually not a sequel or reboot. The movie will be Latino-themed, will star a Latino cast and will tackle Catholic-based paranormal mythology. It will not, however, be in Spanish. Landon also penned both Paranormal Activity 2 and 3.
PA4, from creator/producer Oren Peli, utilized modern technology as it follows a family that lives across the street from a group of witches. Catfish duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who helmed the third film, directed once again. It made many of our “worst of 2013″ lists. READ MORE
Your job as a filmmaker is to create the illusion of reality, a place where a filmgoer can lose themselves in and forgot about their real life troubles. As easy as that sounds, creating a believable and immersive experience isn’t that simple.
Each and every year I dream for that impactful horror film, the one that makes me “feel” something. While I don’t necessarily believe in the notion of being “scared”, I do very much think that some films can be physically effective.
So, with the above title, I’m not asking if you remember a time when people lost their shit in theaters, but more-so if you recall the last time you had that experience. There’s literally nothing better than watching hundreds of people around you stand up, and scream and yell in terror right before your eyes.
We’ve all grown up to stories about how effective William Friedkin’s The Exorcist was back in 1973, but what has rocked the boat since then? Personally, one of the best experience I had was in viewing a “sneak peak” of DreamWorks’ The Ring back in 2002. I will never forget the audience reaction to Samara coming out of the television screen – you’d have thought she was literally in the theater. And while there was quite the reaction to Paranormal Activity in 2007, it wasn’t even close to what I witnessed back in 2002.
So I ask for you guys to tell me about your crazy theater experience. What movies had such an impact on patrons that they lost their shit? READ MORE
Paramount Pictures’ Paranormal Activity 4 hit theaters last month and underperformed somewhat financially (it raked in about half of what PA3 made domestically). The lesson? Paranormal Activity 5 better be good!! It’s been said that this series has the chance to follow the Star Trek pattern of every other film actually being worthwhile.
Paramount announced the new sequel just days after PA4 opened (the film was still quote profitable despite the dip in grosses). And now they’ve announced the date. October 25th, 2013. That’s it. We know nothing else about the film and will probably continue to know almost nothing about the film until about a month before it comes out (of course we’ll break scoops though).
How would you rank the entries in the Paranormal Activity franchise?
Jessabelle, the new film from Saw VI and Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert and writer Robert Ben Garant (“Reno 911!”, A Night At The Museum) made an appearance at the American Film Market in Santa Monica today. Blumhouse (The Lords of Salem, Insidious, Paranormal Activity) is teaming up with Lionsgate for the project.
Sarah Snook, Joelle Carter (“Justified”), Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) Ana de la Reguera and Amber Stevens star in the film. Snook will play the terrified protag, while Webber will play her childhood friend who helps her uncover the truth about her family. The film is “about a girl who is forced to return to her father’s home in Louisiana when a car accident leaves her without the use of both her legs. What she finds there is a mystery surrounding her own birth and an angry ghost (named Jessabelle) that seems determined to destroy her.”
Head inside for the first image from the film! READ MORE
The Telegraph just published a report detailing the results of a study done by the University of Westminster on the calorie-burning efficacy of horror films. Per the report, watching some of these horror films burns can burn up nearly 200 calories a time. Or in more tangible terms, a horror movie can burn off a bar of chocolate.
According to the study, “viewers who put themselves through 90 minutes of adrenaline-pumping terror can use up as much as 113 calories, close to the amount burned during a half-hour walk and the equivalent to a chocolate bar.” The University of Westminster study measured the total energy expenditure of ten different people as they watched a selection of frightening movies.
Want to know what the results were? Head inside for the Top 10 Calorie-Burning Horror Movies and then click here for more info! READ MORE
It was recently announced that Open Road Films had acquired Michael Tiddes’ A Haunted House, co-written by and starring Marlon Wayans. We’re finally allowed to share the previously removed image gallery that depicts Wayans doing a whole lotta screamin’.
In the Wayans family tradition of successful movies like Scary Movie 1 & 2, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, and, most recently, Dance Flick, Marlon Wayans co-wrote the script for A Haunted House, along with Rick Alvarez, who has produced several Wayans family movies.
“In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other “found footage” movies, A Haunted House features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s Malcolm’s girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship… or, more importantly, his sex life.”
Open Road Films will release A Haunted House – which stars Marlon Wayans, Cedric The Entertainer, David Koechner, Nick Swardson and Essence Atkins – nationwide on January 11, 2013. READ MORE
I love Paranormal Activity, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get some cheap laughs out of Screen Junkie’s latest “Honest Trailer” that digs at Paramount’s Found Footage franchise and it’s astounding marketing work. “Experience the cheaper, less-interesting version of The Blair Witch Project,” jokes the faux trailer.
Paranormal Activity 4 is now in theaters. It’s not good. READ MORE
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.”
Read the whole review here and be sure to tell everyone what YOU think by writing your own review.