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Three Creepy Stories the ‘Paranormal Activity’ Franchise Should Explore Next

Paranormal_Activity_The_Marked_Ones_PosterSince Paranormal Activity arrived in 2009, the plan seemed to be for the franchise to take Saw’s place and churn out a new installment each Halloween. Trouble is, even though Paranormal Activity 5 was announced and given an October 25, 2013 due date almost immediately after film four hit theaters, that didn’t end up happening.

In July of 2013, news broke that Paranormal Activity 5 was uprooted from that original release and plopped back down in January 2014. A move like that was alarming considering Paranormal Activity seemed to have been making the push to turn the films into a Halloween staple, but at the same time The Devil InsideTexas Chainsaw 3D and Mama all recently proved that January was prime time for horror. Well, it turns out, the Paranormal Activity series wants to reap the benefits of both debut dates.

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Perri’s Top 10 Movies of 2011

I suffer through an annual end of the year meltdown. As we get closer and closer to the close of the year, I get more and more concerned that I won’t have enough films to fill out my top ten. Now how sad would that be? Fortunately, this is merely a bad habit I’ve gotten myself into and not only did I come up with a nice selection after running through everything I’ve seen in 2011, but I had a pretty tough time narrowing the list down to just ten.

Per usual, my goal as a critic is to find the happy medium between my growing film studies background and simply being able to sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Over the past year, being enrolled in Columbia University’s Film MFA program has undoubtedly affected my reviews, but focusing on a film’s entertainment value is still a top priority with filmmaking quality a close second and that’s as evident as ever in my list of the top ten films of 2011.

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Review: Paranormal Activity 3

With the Saw franchise over and done with, Paranormal Activity finally has the holiday all to itself. If you’re like me, you were rather used to Saw’s Halloween splash, spending the holiday watching helpless victims get ripped limb from limb, blood splattering everywhere and a puppet ride around on a tricycle. No, it wasn’t quality filmmaking, but it was tradition and holiday appropriate. Well, no more settling necessary. The Paranormal Activity franchise has not only continued to deliver quality material, but now, with three films under its belt, shows it has the potential at being a viable and worthy long standing tradition.

Round three picks up just before the events of the first two films, in 2005. Sisters Katie and Kristi (Katie Featherston and Sprague Grayden) are in incoming baby Hunter’s freshly painted room. While there, Katie also takes the opportunity to unload some unwanted keepsakes, an old box of VHS tapes. Next year, Kristi’s house is burglarized and the only item missing is that very box of tapes.

Jump back to 1988. Young Katie and Kristi (Chloe Csengery and Jessica Tyler Brown) are doing the usual for girls their age – having tea parties, celebrating birthdays and getting dressed up for picture day at school. However, little Kristi also has another hobby, talking to her invisible friend Toby. While her mother, Julie (Lauren Bittner) writes the behavior off as mere child’s play, Julie’s live-in boyfriend, Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith), becomes obsessed with Toby and the strange and inexplicable bumps in the night. In true Paranormal Activity form, he arms up with video cameras and sets them up around the house, determined to find out what’s going on while they sleep.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Ring In The Holiday With ‘Paranormal Activity 3’

Halloween is right around the corner, and now we can feel it more than ever courtesy of the latest batch of movie promotional material. Of course, a nice chunk of the more recent goods came out of Spike TV’s Scream Awards, which premiered material from The Woman in BlackParanormal Activity 3 and er – Red Tails?

The Scream Awards Stuff

Okay, so Red Tails doesn’t exactly fit into the genre realm, but the new minute-long trailer definitely keeps attention on the high-flying action and explosions more than its predecessors, letting it fit in quite nicely. As for The Woman in Black, we’ve got more decent bumps-in-the-night ghostly scares, but there’s still a little something off about Harry Potter posing as a family man. Oh, and Paranormal Activity 3? You’ll have to wait a bit for that (I guess that deserved a spoiler alert).

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Don’t Shoot! 8 Subjects Never to Record

Demons, sex, and other things the movies taught us never to commit to camcorder.

After seven years of Saw ringing in the holiday, it’s about time something truly scary gets to do the honor –something like Paranormal Activity. For the past two years, the Paranormal movies have shared the Halloween spotlight alongside Saw VI and Saw 3D, but this time around Paranormal Activity 3 gets the spotlight all to itself.

As someone who used to work as a cameraperson for a local news station, I can assure you that whether you’re merely looking for a man-on-the-street interview or perhaps catching someone red-handed in the middle of a crime, the large majority gets pretty testy when recording devices are involved. Lucky for us, the film industry highlights a few touchy subjects that are bound to raise some serious problems should they be forced in front of the lens.

Considering dusting off the old video camera? Don’t even think about recording any of these …

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘Shame’ And ‘Breaking Dawn’ Keep Things Sexy, One Unassumingly And The Other By Breaking Bed Frames

What better way to kick off this week’s Promos of the Week piece than with one of the most highly anticipated trailers, The Avengers? Gasp! Yes, that means the first trailer for the superhero mash up did not make the promotions section, but that’s not to say it’s not an exciting advertisement. It should come as no surprise that this film is leaning on the fact that it’s the ultimate superhero conglomeration. After years of seeing our favorite heroes fly solo, they finally unite and Marvel delivers a trailer that simply brings the gang together.

In other trailer news, we got the first full one for the apocalyptic survival film, The Divide. The piece presents the feature as something that could be a little all over the place, but this is an end of the world film we’re talking about here; as sick as it sounds, it’s inherently intriguing. On a lighter note, we’ve got the first domestic trailer for Carnage and while the international one simply uses the dialogue and well-timed cuts to bring out the comedy, this one throws in some title cards and appropriate music to bring us something with even more laughs and an impressive build. The first trailer for The Raven also arrived and while that one boasts an interesting story and all-star cast, the trailer comes across as too much of a Sherlock Holmes and Saw combo for my liking.

The Adventures of Tintin spices things up with a new set of clips – for the sake of this introduction at least. While the animation is notable, the material comes across as a bit too juvenile. On the other hand, The Muppets is as juvenile as they come, but, oddly enough, have an intense appeal to adults. People seem to be eating up all this viral marketing for the film, so I figure Disney is thinking, “Why stop here?” Sure enough, we’ve got two new videos to add to the collection, one a continuation of the Facebook “like” effort via Gonzo and another, in conjunction with AMC, in which the Muppets run through a list of theatergoing no nos.

Not the best of the best, but still, all worthy of your time. However, we do have six promotional items you absolutely must check out – some for the good and some for the bad.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Religious Fanatics, LARPers and Paranormal Entities

San Diego Comic Con is officially behind us and this edition of Best/Worst Movie Promos proves it — as just one film featured on the list had a presence at the event. It’s not necessarily because the material that came out of SDCC was lackluster, but more so because much of the footage debuted during the panels has yet to hit the web – in non-bootleg form at least.

Regardless, we still have a slew of material to sort through and while some received positions in the promotion and demotion departments, others find themselves floating in the abyss. Of the pieces in that middle ground, there are quite a few to note. In true Valentine’s Day fashion, New Year’s Eve follows that star-studded production up with a trailer packed with famous faces. As someone who didn’t appreciate the first film, this trailer doesn’t really do it for me, but clearly there’s a ton of moviegoers out there who enjoy some namedropping.

On the other hand, both Happy Feet 2 and Dirty Girl are quite appealing, albeit in completely different ways. The Happy Feet 2 trailer features dancing penguins with baby voices. Enough said. As for Dirty Girl, Juno Temple gets crude in the best possible way. The trailer presents it as Easy A on the road, but with a more unique texture. As usual, Temple is mesmerizing and has no trouble upping the intrigue for this one.

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