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Horror Headlines: Tuesday February 9th, 2010

Director Stephen Soderberg has fast tracked his next project, the outbreak action-thriller "Contagion". Joining him will be Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard. So far, the origin of the outbreak is unknown but investigation shows it is narrowed down to either a viral situation or runaway actor egos.

Normally I don't like to fuel crazy rumors, but this one is too good to pass up. The story that Universal is a planning a possible "Jaws" remake has been around for awhile. Think a reboot is bad enough? How about a reboot starring Tracy Morgan in the place of Matt Hooper?

In other star packed ego news, Rachel Weisz will star along side Daniel Craig and Naomi Watts in the haunted house thriller "Dream House". Reportedly, Weisz will be filling the lead role originally given to Watts.

"Paranormal Activity" continues to make waves as it scares the vino out of Italy. The country's emergency response service has been flooded with calls from teenagers and youth suffering from panic attacks after viewing the commercials. So far, the government has yet to ban the film.

Draco Malfoy has joined the cast of "The Apparition", a story about a couple haunted after a college experiment. So far, it would appear that Tom Feldon is going to be cast as the film's 'star power'.

In Real People News: 

A man was found to have attempted a free trip to Tokyo by stowing away in a planes landing gear. Unfortunately for him, he didn't think his plan through. His body was found frozen in the plane's landing gear bay, dressed only in blue jeans and a long sleeve shirt.

After a recent tally, cows now officially outnumber people in New Zealand. We're safe for the moment... at least until they team up with the sheep.

On this day in history: 

1989 - Officials for the World Wrestling Federation testify before the New Jersey Senate that their matches are actually rigged.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday December 16th, 2009

"The Crazies" director Breck Eisner has the bug for remakes. The director has signed on for his next project, a remake of David Cronenbergs "The Brood".

A new clip arrives online of the upcoming "Solomon Kane", giving us the first glimpse of James Purefoy in the title role.

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations have been announced. Amongst the rubble are a few genre related nods including "Coraline" for Best Animated Feature as well as "District 9" for Best Screenplay.

With the success of "Paranormal Activity", it was only a matter of time before The Asylum sunk their claws into the subject matter. For your viewing pleasure, here is their low budget plot borrowing, "Paranormal Entity"

Speaking of "Paranormal Activity", do you need even more of the story? How about the first five pages of the upcoming IDW Comic Adaption entitled "Paranormal Activity: The Search for Katie"?

In Real People News: 

A Kentucky man is sentenced to twelve years in prison for breaking into a co-worker's home and stabbing her cats. The victim let it be known that the culprit managed to send her text messages describing what he was doing to the cats as well.

Australia's Koala population is under serious duress as a result of a plague of STD's amongst the furry marsupials. The leading maladies are reported to be Chlamydia and AIDS.

On this day in history: 

1920 - In Kansu, China, an 8.6 earthquake kills 180,000 people, from building collapses. 20,000 freeze to death later after refusing to reoccupy housing during winter.

Horror Headlines: Thursday December 10th, 2009

Generally speaking, a poster for an upcoming big-budget Hollywood remake isn't much of a news item. However, the latest "Clash of the Titans" poster is seriously badass, and worthy of your attention. Medusa would be proud.

British zombie fans, rejoice! Apparently, George A. Romero's upcoming "Survival of the Dead" will infect Region 2 DVD players on March 15th, 2010. Stateside fanatics, I'm afraid, may have a while to wait.

If, for some strange reason, Oren Peli's "Paranormal Activity" left you wanting more, be sure to check out the new digital comic book available exclusively on iTunes. Remember: That's boredom you're experiencing, not demonic possession.

Those jonesing for another installment of the new "Friday the 13th" franchise aren't going to be happy, as the sequel to Marcus Nispel's dodgy remake has been moved to an undetermined date. Given the film's lukewarm reception, I'm honestly not surprised.

In Real People News: 

Norwegian stargazers were shocked and a little horrified to find a series of incredibly mysterious blue lights hovering overhead. Blame the Russians, I say.

As much as your smelly redneck neighbors may annoy you, at least they're not using their free time to feed and nourish the local vulture population. I'm creeped out just thinking about it.

On this day in history: 

1993 - At a ceremony performed inside a London temple, Adolf Hitler is baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday November 24th, 2009

For you "30 Days of Night" fans, producer JR Young sits down with Dread Central to talk details of the sequel, "30 Days of Night: Dark Days". Principle photography for the film officially wraps today.

Rushing to capitalize off of the already phenomenal box office sales, the "Paranormal Activity" DVD and Blu-ray have been announced for December 29th. Details on the extras are slim aside from both the theatrical edit of the film and an unrated version with alternate ending.

Gamestudio Undead Labs has announced a zombie MMO. So far, only a console version has been announced.

New murmurings come to light about the proposed "Crow" franchise reboot. There is little available on new reboots except to remind you that this isn't going to be a direct remake of the first film. Look for new makeup and a possible known actor in the title role as well.

In Real People News: 

A Queens man suffering from split personality disorder slit the throats of his wife and 14 year old son. When approached by police, he tries to blame everything on his alter ego.

Taking the term 'social networking' to new extremes, a Ventura County man is arrested for paying male teens to spit on him, defecate on him, slap him in the face and shout obsceneties at him. All of the involved teens were from a local high school, and found through Myspace.

An Iraqi war veteran is suing McDonalds for $10 Million. The claims include being refused by employees at a Brooklyn area restaurant when he tried to enter with his service dog.

On this day in history: 

1326 - Hugh le Despenser the Younger, gay lover of King Edward II, is hanged after having his penis and testicles burned in front of him for being a heretic and a sodomite

Box Office Special - "2012" Splits the Uprights

If the moderate temperatures (in the Northeast, anyway) and blockbuster fare at the box office have anyone feeling a little confused, well, join the club. It turns out though, that Sony's idea of rolling out their late season tentpole "2012," on this the 46th weekend of the year, has some precedent. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 2002 before you hit a group of new releases that doesn't feature a $150+ million film. So we probably should be thinking of the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving as a mini-blockbuster season.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday November 11th, 2009

LatinoReview.com has uncovered the script for Oren Peli's follow up to "Paranormal Activity", titled "Area 51". Still basking in the glow of his recent success, the studio has been trying to keep close tabs on the details for this one. So, if you don't mind spoilers... be sure to read on.

It was rumored some months past that J J Abrams would be taking on the adaptation of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series. As of today, Abrams has officially announced that he is dropping the project.

If James Gunn was the only reason you were holding out for "Scream Queens Season 2", I have bad news for you. Gunn has had to bow out of Season 2 due to scheduling conflicts. On the bright side, that means he's making another movie!

ABC has announced that it will not be renewing "Eastwick", the small screen adaptation of "Witches of Eastwick" after its 13 episode run. Don't worry, I'm sure we'll see Rebecca Romijin-Stamos-O'Connel again soon!

In Real People News: 

The recent discovery of hundreds of human bones, bronze shields, and bracelets in the wilds of the Sahara Desert are believed to be the remains of the Lost Persian Army of Cambyses II. The army of 50,000 men was believed to have been buried by a sandstorm in the year 525 B.C. Not so much weird news, but 'awesome' news for history nerds!

Two teachers have been suspended after letting their students watch a Live Sex show during a cultural exchange trip to Thailand. My only question is, do they even have any other kind of shows in Thailand?

Psychics lead officials to a human skeleton hidden in the walls of a West Virginia mansion. The remains were chopped into bits with saw marks upon the bones. Who the bones belonged to has yet to be discovered.

On this day in history: 

1988 - Seven bodies are discovered under the ground of a Sacramento California boardinghouse owned by Dorothea Puente. The batty landlord had killed nine elderlies and was receiving their social security money.

Box Office Special - Abductions Trump "Box"

If you're wondering why Milla is so startled, it might have have something to do with the fact that her snoozy alien abduction pic posted a surprisingly nice opening. Coming in at $12.5 million, "The Fourth Kind" was strong enough for a fourth place finish in a crowded weekend that included four new films. "Fourth Kind" managed to outperform the other new horror flick of the week, Richard Kelly's "The Box," which slunk home just shy of $8 million.

The Original "Paranormal Activity" ending

Be advised. I talk about the ending of Paranormal Activity in this blog, soooooo SPOILERS!!!!!!!

If you haven't seen the movie, watching the original ending clip probably won't ruin it for you... but it's most likely best not to watch that either unless you have seen the film already.

Now, it was said that Steven Spielberg, upon seeing "Paranormal Activity," thought that the ending needed a bit more umph, and while, the current "Paranormal Activity" ending leaves us on an abrupt "oh no she didn't" moment, I found it satisfying after such a slow build.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday October 28th, 2009

Good news UK fans, on Halloween night you can finally get the chance to see "Paranormal Activity". It will only be Midnight screenings that night, with a wide release planned for November. Then the film will roll out in other parts of Europe and Latin America following that.

Al Snow stars in slasher film. If you don't know who that is, you probably won't care. Move along.

Eminem to make horror anthology called "Shady Talez". You might as well fill out your Razzie cards now.

"Hellraiser" remake to be shot in 3D. All hope I had for this project pretty much just went out the window.

In Real People News: 

The Govenator tells you and your puny senate to fuck off. He also mumbled something about the "lamentations of the women" on the way out.

Coyote survives 75 MPH hit and run, and being dragged for 600 miles. The couple found it embedded in their front fender, "very much alive".

Public defendants have a tough enough job, without getting poo rubbed all over their faces.

On this day in history: 

1922: Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini seizes power in Italy, with the assistance of the Catholic Church.

Horror Headlines: Monday October 26th, 2009

"Paranormal Activity" continues to flex its muscles as it soundly beats "Saw VI" in it's fifth week. Whether that speaks to the amazingness of "PA" or the mediocrity of "Saw"...well you'll have to listen to this week's podcast to find out!

If Milla Jovovich's new thriller "The Fourth Kind" has caught your eye, the studio has relased a new featurette called "Abduction" that helps ramp up the chills.

There's a new Nic Cage thriller on the market and here's the trailer for "Season of the Witch". I don't know if the plot is scary or not, but Cage's hair is positively frightening.

Kevin Smith gives an update on his pending foray into horror with "Red State. Currently, they're stuck for investors and still need a cast.

In Real People News: 

Iowa City: A man sits innocently ordering breakfast. Another man approaches him, punches him twice and accuses him of being a zombie. The current whereabouts of Woody Harrelson are unknown.

On this day in history: 

1825 – The Erie Canal opens – passage from Albany, New York to Lake Erie.

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