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Film Review: ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 2nd, 2014

Hi, Bryan Here….

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One of the first releases of 2014 is the next installment in the ‘Paranormal Activity‘ franchise, with ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones‘. Don’t confuse this one as the fifth film in the franchise as this is more of an off-shoot of the film series, but exists in the same world as the previous films. This fright fest or lack there of has gone a different route and will cater to the latino audience more than the other films did, due to a dominant latino cast. Director Christopher Landon, who wrote the last three ‘Paranormal’ films takes this chapter in a different direction with tone and style. I have no doubt this small budget film will make its money back times ten.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

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Well, we’re not getting a ‘Paranormal Activity‘ movie this Halloween, but this coming up January, we are. We’ve reported before that Paramount is making more ‘Paranormal Activity‘ films plus some spinoff movies. If you saw the last one and stayed through the end credits, you saw a strange and haunting scene that seemed to take place in a Spanish market.

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Expect Two More ‘Paranormal Activity’ Movies!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 21st, 2012

Hi, Bryan Here….

Paramount has greenlit a 5th ‘Paranormal Activity’ movie, which will be a direct sequel to the 4th one, which opened to decent numbers this weekend.  Read my review HERE.  That’s not it though.  There will be a spin-off ‘Paranormal Activity’ film, which most likely come out next spring, geard towards a Latino audience.  And if you have have seen the 4th film already and stayed to the very end of the credits, you’ll understand why.

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Film Review: ‘Paranormal Activity 4’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 18th, 2012

Hi, Bryan Here…

I’ve been a fan of the previous three ‘Paranormal Activity’ films since they have been released.  Hell, I even own all of them on blu-ray, and yes, they do tend to scare me from time to time.  So you might say, I was excited for yet another chapter in the series.  ‘Paranormal Activity 4’ has some great ideas, a couple of very likable characters, and one hell of a truly terrifying ending.  Other than that, this is my least favorite chapter in the film franchise.

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Check Out the Trailer for ‘Paranormal Activity 4’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 27th, 2012

Hi, Bryan Here….

Another year, another ‘Paranormal Activity’.  This is the 4th installment of the horror franchise, and by the looks of the trailer, Katie and Hunter make appearances.  It looks like this time, the film centers on early teenage kids, and it still looks like the film pacs a bunch of scares.  I like this movies a lot.  I always have.  And diretors Jenry Joost and Ariel Schulman seem to have some fun new ideas to get our heart rate up.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

Jason Blum and his Blumhouse production company have jumped into the Haunted House business.  Blumhouse Productions was the company that got behind the ‘Paranormal Activity’ films.  “Visitors will tour the twisting corridors of an eerily haunted theater whose stage was home to one of the world’s most deranged, dark art magicians during the heyday of 1920s vaudeville. That is, until one tragic performance when his assistant climbed into a magical box and vanished forever. The theater was shut down instantly and permanently closed to the public … until now.”  Sounds cool, but not as cool as Eli Roth’s Goretorium.  Press release below.

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Another Year, Another Paranormal Activity Movie!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 4th, 2012

Hi Bryan Here….

This is turning out like a ‘Saw’ franchise or a Nightmare on Elm St. franchise.  I see why.  I get it.  These films are made for almost nothing and every one of them make tons and tons of money.  Just like the ‘Saw’ films.  Well now, Paranormal Activity 4 will open this year on October 19th.  The last two Paranormal Activity films opened up around the Halloween time.  Paranormal Activity 3 was made for 5 million dollars and is almost at the $200 million dollar mark.  So you can see, why they are pumping these out every 12 months.  Makes sense business wise.

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FedMex Here….

 

As it turns out, post halloween is the best time to watch this movie and not have a crowded theater.  In case anyone was still wondering whether or not this is worth watching….here goes.

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Paranormal Weekend for Paranormal Activity 3!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 28th, 2011

The Bishop Charlotte reporting…

It was a big weekend for the Paranormal Activity franchise! Records were broken as the third installment made $54 million at the box office. It’s the most earned in three months for any movie, and the most ever for a horror franchise. As PA3 was made for only $5 million, there’s quite a profit there already.

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Check Out The ‘Paranormal Activity 3’ Trailer!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 22nd, 2011

Hi Bryan Here….

Of course there was going to be a third film.  The first two made hundreds of millions of dollars.  This third one is yet another prequel to the first film and even the second film.  Remember in the first ‘Paranormal Activity‘ film, where the female character told us that this demon haunted her from a very early age?  It’s set in that time period.

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Hi folks, Bryan here with my review of Paranormal Activity 2.

I really expected to come out of the theatre with somewhat dissatisfaction after seeing PA2.  Going into the film, I was excited but, also nervous in that the first PA film was so tense and creepy and was only made for like $15,000 dollars and that it would go on to be the most profitable film of all time.  You know with that statistic there was by no doubt going to be a sequel.  But like so many sequels, most of them fail because they get a bigger budget and it does not become about the story or characters anymore, but rather throwing tons of money into it and having high tech special effects, and zero plot line.

But after seeing PA2, you could say that I loved it and I was more than a little scared coming home last night.  I’m going to try and write a spoiler free review, but sometimes some people’s view on what is a spoiler and what is not is different.  So if you do NOT want to know ANYTHING about this film, then do not read on.  That is your WARNING.

Much like its predecessor, PA2 employs that famous camera shot that is placed in a corner and looks out into the house with the titles “NIGHT 1”.  I found myself once again scanning these shots all over the place to see if something moves or if a light turns on, or if I see a shadow.  Very creepy.

In the first PA film we are introduced to two people, Katie and Micah who have strange things going on in their house that are unexplainable.  Now if you are like me , you really thought these characters were annoying and let’s face it, not to sad when they bit the dust.

But in PA2 we are introduced to a family: a father, step mother, a teenage daughter, a baby, and a protective dog.  They are a fun loving family and you actually like them.  They are funny and sweet and they do not seem to be mad at each other in any way.  Also, like the camera shots that I explained before where the camera is posted up in a corner for a long period of time, well there are about 7 or 8 different cameras set up in this house due to a break in early on in the film.  They are security cameras.  This heightens the terror on multiple levels, because not only do we see something creepy from only one angle, but we see it from several, and how it continues on through out the house.

So soon after we establish the family and the home layout, the original star of the first PA movie shows up which is Katie and we quickly know what remember how she looked the last time we saw her.  You find out that she is the sister of the stepmother of the house we are in.  Katie mentioned her in the first PA movie when she was talking about how this entity or demon was haunting them as children.  The couple asks where Micah is, and she brushes it off with an answer like, “Oh, he is, well, not feeling social today.”  Oh Shit!

But when Katie comes over again, Micah is with her and a title comes up on the screen that says, “60 days before Micah Sloat is Killed”.  WOW.  It is a prequel.  I thought this was a very clever and AWESOME idea.  It works so well.  So this whole film is before anything has happened in the first PA film, but it is around the same time that creepy shit starts to happen with Micah and Katie.

so much like the first PA movie, the first few nights, “Night 1 – Night 2 – Night 3” are spent looking around at what the various security cameras are recording to notice small occurrences, but it seemed much more terrifying and menacing.  Maybe it is the fact that it s a family with kids and a baby.

The acting is superior in this film which helps sell this movie even more as being real.  And the fear seems to be genuine.

Another very cool moment in the film is that we see how these two paranormal events from the first film and this one are linked.  A very good job on how it was executed.

This movie did scare me, much like the first film did.  I could even say it is scarier than the first film.  The pacing is right on, and the scares are plenty and creepy.  You will most likely scream out loud a few times during this film.  The tension made me sweat throughout the entire movie which is very difficult for any movie to do.  It is great story telling when you can build tension throughout an entire movie and never let it fizzle out.

So definitely bring a date to this movie and expect your arm and shoulder to be clawed up by someone you love who is freaked out by watching Paranormal Activity 2.

I highly recommend it.

-Bryan

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Want to see the sequel to Paranormal Activity before it is released for FREE?

Well you are in luck.  In conjunction with Eventful, acout 20 cities across the country will be showing a free screening of Paranormal Activity 2.  It will be Wednesday night October 20th at midnight.

You will need to click HERE and RSVP to attend the film.  Each RSVP is good for one person and you might need your ID to get in.

It is always great to see free screening of films that have not been released yet.  This is a first come first served event so arrive early.

Click HERE to RSVP.

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Hellboy (2019) – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 11th, 2019

 

“Hellboy (2019) is a waste of time, money, and talent on every level.”

Hellboy has long been a favorite of mine since I first read his comics many years ago. The whole fascination with his character, where he came from, and the mysterious organization that tracks and investigates paranormal activity called the B.P.R.D. was truly captivating. Several years ago, filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Blade II, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) got to make two Hellboy films, which he had stated was his favorite comic book. He brought Hellboy and the world he lived into to life that displayed all of the charm, magic, wonder, story, and development of each character perfectly. Literally none of those aspects are in this 2019 reboot of the iconic character. Hellboy (2019) is a waste of time, money, and talent on every level.

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Film Review: ‘Searching’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 30th, 2018

I have to admit that I had no interest in Searching going in. I saw the trailer and thought nothing of it. I saw some positive buzz about the movie the past few weeks and still thought it was going to be a bad movie. Well, I was completely wrong. Searching is a great thriller that really uses its online concept in brilliant ways to keep the suspense and twists coming in ways that feel earned.

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The ‘Unnamed Footage Festival’ Is Coming Soon!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 19th, 2017

On March 24-25 of 2018, The Unnamed Footage Festival will be making its way to the excellent Balboa Theater in San Francisco. What does that mean? That means a ton of horror films with the found footage theme, first person, or mockumentary will be shown at this festival. There will be new movies show from around the world, making their debut at this festival, as well as some vintage and revival screenings. There will be celebrities and filmmakers in attendance too. You can also submit your own films now to be selected to be shown at the festival. Read all the info below, but make no doubt about it, this film festival looks like so much fun.

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