found footage

"Now, from the producers of those films you mostly enjoy because they're short and there's nothing else to watch on Halloween, comes the thing no one asked for... all three films in the series, edited together in chronological order!" Even as a "Paranormal Activity" fan, I can't imagine who would want to see all three films cut together, "never before seen footage" or not. You'll see me at a three day long "Lord of the Rings" marathon before you see me watching this. It's being used as a promotional tool for the series release on "Bluray" and Digital Download.

Devil Inside

"Paranormal Activity," a series that has now reached three films with a fourth on the way later this year, put found footage horror in the mainstream. When done well (see here, here or here) the style can produce a transcendent horror experience.

The new year brings the next in a long line of found footage films that are coming our way. Director William Brent Bell of "Stay Alive" fame brings us "The Devil Inside," a movie about demonic possession, religion, science and mental illness. The good news: This one actually looks like it might be pretty promising. The movie is about a woman named Isabella who is trying to find out the truth behind an exorcism performed on her mother years ago that resulted in the murder of three people.

The found footage horror film is in no way, shape or form a new concept for horror audiences. However, The Vicious Brothers' tackle the found footage concept in a new way with their debut film, "Grave Encounters," by taking inspirations from all of the 'Ghost Hunters' style reality shows that feature a bunch of paranormal investigators who track ghosts in supposedly haunted settings. When I started reading about this film a few months ago, my interest was definitely peaked by all the buzz it was creating.

Here's the official synopsis:

Grab your shaky-cam and all the MRE's you can carry...

Despite what my track record on the site would indicate, I actually really dig Japanese horror films. At least the original ones that don’t have cursed video tapes, Youtube channels, cell phones or text message based novels (yes, I’ve reviewed all of those) or that annoying wet girl ghost from like 80 other movies. “Noroi: The Curse” came heavily suggested to me by a friend, so I went into it open-minded, hoping for the best. While it’s certainly not an amazing film, it has some legitimately creepy things in it and is one of the most inventive uses of the first person style I’ve seen.

Word association time! Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words ‘psycho’ and ‘shark’? Is it a psychotic, possibly rabid shark terrorizing tourists on a beach? Maybe a psychic shark that can somehow communicate via telepathy and lure victims to the beach and to their demise? Or maybe some kind of crazy half-man, half-shark hybrid that’s killing a bunch of coeds? Personally, I was expecting some sort of giant shark movie, but maybe that’s because I saw the DVD cover with a giant shark about to swallow a woman on a raft whole.

There's new Canadian trailer for "Scream 4" out on the tubes that's chock full of new clips and magic. How you can tell it's Canadian is because they dubbed in a bunch of "aboots" and instead of a knife the ghost faced guy is running around with a bottle of maple syrup. Subtle, I know.

"Atrocious" is a new Spanish found footage flick which doesn't look to far off from your "Paranormal Activity" and "Blair Witch Project". Of course it is a lot more caliente, but that goes without saying. That's the only ignorant thing I'm going to say about the new trailer though, I already filled my daily quota with the maple syrup thing.

Jennifer Love Hewitt is going to direct a new movie called "Wait Till Helen Comes" which focuses on a family that move into a house that use to be a church and discover a ghost. They then whisper creepy things to the ghost like "hey ghost, you sure are spooky, want to go into our new hot tub?". Ya know, because Hewitt has another show called "The Ghost Whisperer". Get it? Comic gold!

There's been enough one sheets for "Hobo With a Shotgun" to choke a camel but I'm a sucker for the old school grindhouse looking type posters so here's this new one. I'm not sure if the film is ever actually going to be coming out but posters are cool, so we'll just keep going with that.

Generally speaking, I am not a fan of children. And, as far as I can tell, they don't care much for me, either. If these overprotected, misguided miscreants aren't pre-packaged from birth with some sort of mental or physical abnormality, you can rest assured that their parents are complete and total nutters who are a few signatures short of an extended psychiatric vacation. As harsh and detached as these words may initially appear, there's a part of you that knows I'm right.