Saturday, August 31, 2013


Gary is a painter recently out of a day job, and his wife Lisa is a graduate student in nanobiology whose funding is contingent on her participation in an experimental trial to replace her blood cells with microscopic robots: nanobots.

But when they decide to rent Gary’s painting studio out to Toby, a mysterious visiting scholar also participating in Lisa’s clinical trial, their bodies begin to change in unexpected ways, and sexual desire begins to emerge in unexpected places.

The bots, it seems, have a mind of their own...

And here’s a little more about the project…

Just in case you missed it, here are just a few of the great people who hope to bring you Nanoblood…

Lindsey Haun (director): Best known as a gold-record-awarded singer, former Disney Movie Surfer, and for her starring roles in films like Village of the Damned, Shrooms, and as Sookie’s cousin Hadley on HBO’s True Blood, Lindsey has a track record of progressive filmmaking. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her lead role in the Emmy-winning television movie, The Color of Friendship, which also won Humanitas and NAACP Image Awards.

Nick Roth (writer/producer) Nick has written, acted in, and produced several films that have premiered at major festivals, including Sundance, and he has recently co-written a big-budget Chinese adventure feature currently in production in Beijing.

Bill Bryan (production designer): When it comes to monster creation and practical creature effects, it literally does not get better than Bill. His credits include special effects work, creature fabrication, and puppeteering work on Army of Darkness, Men in Black, Dune, Child's Play, Bicentennial Man, Dreamcatcher, The Village, Species, and a host of others. Perhaps most famously, Bill built and inhabited the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man costume in Ghostbusters.

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-A DVD of the film with special behind-the-scenes features
-A copy of the screenplay signed by the cast and crew
-Appear as an extra in the film
-A producer credit, and invitation to their wrap party

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"Resident Evil" Comes to HHN 23


Nation’s Best Halloween Event to Feature Eight All-New Haunted Houses, 
Outrageous Shows and Horrifying, New Street Experience

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 29, 2013) – This fall, Universal Orlando Resort will transform reality into a surreal fight for survival as the critically-acclaimed survival horror video game series Resident Evil becomes a haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights 23.

This completes this year’s lineup for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 23, which will feature some of the most outrageously terrifying, highly-recognizable names in entertainment and pop culture. In addition to Resident Evil, the event will also include haunted houses based on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Mexican urban legend La Llorona and critically acclaimed horror films “Evil Dead,” “An American Werewolf in London” and “The Cabin in the Woods.” Universal Orlando is also dedicating its entire Halloween Horror Nights street experience to “The Walking Dead” – making this the first time ever that all of the scare zones throughout the park will be themed after a hit television series.

For Resident Evil, Universal’s Entertainment team collaborated with the video game creators at Capcom to create a horrifyingly authentic haunted house based on some of the popular video games from the Resident Evil series. Guests will become desperate survivors inside the viral catastrophe, Raccoon City. As they journey through the city, they’ll encounter vicious characters from the games such as Lickers, bloodthirsty zombies, packs of Cerberuses and even Nemesis himself. Fans will be completely transported inside the video game realm – to the extent that one room in the haunted house will appear as if an action-packed fight scene is paused, as if the gamer has taken a quick break before returning to the horror of Raccoon City.

The Resident Evil franchise is now firmly established as a mainstay of contemporary culture with blockbuster live action movies, CG anime, manga, novels and numerous merchandising lines being produced alongside the videogame series. To date, the Resident Evil series of videogames has achieved global sales of more than 57 million units.

“It’s such a great delight to work with Universal on a haunted house based on the Resident Evil games,” said Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, Producer of Resident Evil 6. “The games have become synonymous with survival horror and we look forward to delivering a new way for consumers to experience the Resident Evil world we have created in the haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights."

“Resident Evil is a perfect final addition to Halloween Horror Nights 23,” said Michael Aiello, Creative Director for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. “We were able to create incredibly elaborate sets that plant you right in the midst of Raccoon City’s apocalyptic nightmare, along with terrifying adversaries that will send them running.”

For a detailed listing of each experience featured at this year’s event, see below.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 23 will take place select nights from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2. Tickets and vacation packages are on sale now and can be purchased at For details on special Florida resident offers, please see below. Due to the event’s popularity, tickets for weekend nights are expected to sell out and should be purchased well in advance.

BAD MILO! Now on demand - Check out this alternative poster!

Check out the alternate poster for BAD MILO, exclusively on The Dissolve:

BAD MILO is available on iTunes/On Demand today and in theaters October 4, 2013.

Directed by Jacob Vaughan
Starring Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Mary Kay Place, Stephen Root and Peter Stormare

Duncan's (Ken Marino) life is a real pain in the ass. Tormented by a manipulative, crooked boss (Patrick Warburton), a nagging mother (Mary Kay Place), a deadbeat new age dad (Stephen Root), and a sweet, yet pressuring, wife (Gillian Jacobs), his mounting stress starts to trigger an insufferable gastrointestinal reaction.

Out of ideas and at the end of his rope, Duncan seeks the help of a hypnotherapist (Peter Stormare), who helps him discover the root of his unusual stomach pain: a pintsized demon living in his intestine that, triggered by excessive anxiety, forces its way out and slaughters the people who have angered him. Out of fear that his intestinal gremlin may target its wrath on the wrong person, Duncan attempts to befriend it, naming it Milo and indulging it to keep its seemingly insatiable appetite at bay.

Rated: R

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Friday, August 30, 2013

One More For The Road

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD is a short film starring Lindsay Smith (IN THE HOUSE OF FLIES) and Jeff Sinasac (CLUTCH - the series) as a married couple going on a road trip to rekindle their marriage leading to disastrous results.

Directed/Edited by: Navin Ramaswaran 

Written/Produced by: Kelly Michael Stewart

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The Undead

If you're a fan of Classic Horror from the 70's, 80's and 90's, this project is for you! The Undead is an in depth look at the world after a Nuclear Holocaust.

Two yuppies venture out to the country to explore an opportunity away from their stressful city life. After driving several hours with no communication to the civilized world they find themselves isolated in a small and abandoned rural town. After being attacked by a disfigured man the two seek refuge in a house occupied by a young women with a questionable past. It is there that they learn what has happened to the townspeople and workers of the Russeltown Nuclear Plant. They are left with no alternative but to defend themselves and fight off "THE UNDEAD."

Tagline: "You’ll wish you were dead after encountering the undead”

Pitch: Night of the Living Dead meets Hell of the Living Dead

Log line: "Every Small town has its secrets, Russeltown has one too many." 

Starring: Suzi Lorraine, Victoria Broom, Playboy model Tawny Amber Young, Ashleigh Lawrence, Kaylee Williams, Jessica Mazo, Eric Schulman, and Anthony Del Negro. Plus a cameo from one of horrors greatest legends!

Created by: Mark Anthony Del Negro

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American Horror Story: Coven to Premiere Oct. 9 at 10PM E/P on FX


13-Part Miniseries to Air Wednesdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT Through January

Award-Winning Cast Stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga,
Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, Denis O’Hare, Emma Roberts, and Patti LuPone

LOS ANGELES – August 27, 2013 –  American Horror Story: Coven, the newest miniseries in the American Horror Story franchise, will debut on Wednesday, October 9 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on FX.  Currently in production in New Orleans, the 13-part miniseries will air Wednesdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT though January of 2014.

American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.

Coven features an extraordinary cast including Oscar®, Emmy® and Golden Globe® award winners Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates; Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award® nominated Angela Bassett; Emmy Award nominated Sarah Paulson; Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy nominated Frances Conroy; Oscar and Golden Globe award nominated Gabourey Sidibe; Emmy Award nominated Denis O’Hare; Emmy Award nominated Patti LuPone; Evan Peters; Taissa Farmiga; Lily Rabe; and Emma Roberts.

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto, Tim Minear, James Wong, and Jennifer Salt are Executive Producers of American Horror Story: Coven.  It is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

The first two AHS miniseries, American Horror Story andAmerican Horror Story: Asylum, combined for a total of 34 Emmy Award nominations.  American Horror Storyscored 17 Emmy nominations, which tied for the highest total of any program in 2012, and Jessica Lange won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.  Asylum earned 17 nominations in 2013, which was the most of any program this year.

Only Love Survives

“I loved this book...I have fallen in love with the' zombie apocalypse with romance thrown in and this one fit the bill. I snatched it and I could not put it me the story was solid, the characters were engaging...I felt like I was right there with them along for the ride...I hope I can find another great "find" like this one...hope to read more from the author”

“I love zombie apocalypse stories, and this book did not disappoint me.”

“definitely keeps you wanting more! You will not be disappointed”

“YUM! Loved this book…I loved the characters…a MUST read!

“Definitely not for the light hearted reader as some of the descriptions put images into the imagination that really could cause sleepless nights.”

Seems like everyone loves this book, so what’s it about…

Amidst an epidemic ravaging the world, all Megan Fletcher's hopes for the future lie in getting to Las Vegas where newscasts reported scientists were gathering to search for a cure for the modern plague. After rescuing her from a rooftop surrounded by Zombies, Sam Woods appoints himself her escort. While he knows she is determined to get to Vegas no matter the cost, he doesn't know her secret. And with his hatred of all things Zombie, she doesn't dare tell him the truth. The more he kisses her, the harder it is for Megan to hide her growing feelings...and the bite-shaped scar. But Vegas is not the haven it was promised to be, and when Megan's immunity to the disease is discovered, she realizes her future and her heart belong to Sam, if he will trust her. An idealistic school teacher and ex-corporate mogul manage to find love despite a looming worldwide catastrophe. Can their love survive while everything around them is dying? Will they learn that when facing the end of the world, Only Love Survives?

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New Stills from "EPiSODE"

EPiSODE follows the strange adventure of FBI Special Agent King and his bizarre companion Ramona as he tries to solve the murder of world famous singer Lisa Angel

Originally designed as a short film, EPiSODE successfully premiered at the 20th Raindance Film Festival prompting writer and director Gareth Morgan to create more content bringing the film up to feature length.

EPiSODE takes heavy influences from Asian Horror, David Lynch's Twin Peaks and famous horror survival games like Silent Hill, Resident Evil and the cult hit Deadly Premonition.

Using a unique art style in a similar vain to Rodriguez's Sin City, a haunting score and a metaphysical script that challenges the audiences ideas on what is actually going on, EPiSODE is a film experience you don't want to miss!

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Acort International Acquires Quite A Conundrum for Worldwide Distribution

Acort International Acquires “Quite A Conundrum” For Worldwide Distribution

Sex, drums, tequila, social networking, a pirate, morning after pills, Jesus and a gun... It's one hot mess!

Acort International, one of the top distributors of independent films in the global marketplace, has recently acquired the dark horror/comedy “Quite A Conundrum” for world-wide distribution. Distribution plans are currently in consideration which will include a North American DVD on the indie-horror label Midnight Releasing and cable/satellite/internet VOD run as well as being showcased at this year’s 2013 American Film Market.

About The Film:
Fed up with having “money people” have too much to say about his hart, writer/director Thomas L. Phillips set out to make a film completely for himself. “This is the movie I felt I needed to make, because I knew that in the fall of 2011, I was set to direct another drama, and I just needed to step back and do something crazy for myself.” So the director of the cult classic SPECIAL dEaD thought about his favorite guilty pleasure films (American Pie, The Hangover, American Psycho and Very Bad Things) and drew upon influence from all of those films to come up with something new that is unique, funny, dark, twisted, sadistic and just downright wrong. The vicious blend gave birth to Quite A Conundrum. After 12 years in Hollywood working as an editor, director and screenwriter, Thomas L. Phillips took himself back to his Southern roots to rejuvenate his passion for storytelling. The end result will make audiences laugh, cringe, scream, cry and think to themselves “Why am I even watching this movie?” but guess what? You will not be able to turn away from it no matter how hard you try!

Quite a Conundrum is currently enjoying a successful festival run so far receiving 21 official selections, 15 nominations and 7 awards. More festival information and the official trailer are available at the official website.

More information on the official release date in the United States is yet to be announced. Official artwork and more news coming soon!

Full Synopsis:
It should have been just a normal day of sex, fun, alcohol, hormones and debauchery for Tabitha and Mimi, two twenty somethings who care about nothing but themselves and what chaos they can cause. But that so-called normalcy gets tossed out the window when an unexpected and devastating event occurs at a nighttime pool party. As the alcohol begins to wear off and the body count rises, all hell breaks loose and there is no going back. As if the foul mouths, perverted attitudes and devious natures of Tabitha and Mimi were not enough, then just throw in Tabitha's walking porno of a boyfriend Sean and his new best friend, the sweet Dutch. Then mix in Mimi's eighteen year old virginal, confused and prudish sister Kylene and her sexually challenged boyfriend Harris, and the events gets even saucier. Then shoot in a splash of the old pervert Marc and his crazy unhinged wife Lola, and then toss in the Bible-thumping Jesus-freak Thelma, and it gets a little more crazy, dangerous, insane and scary.

About Acort International:
As a full service independent distributor, Las Vegas, Nevada and Scottsdale, Arizona-based Acort International distributes feature films to the international marketplace. Acort International and their associates release 50-60 films a year into a variety of domestic and international outlets including theatrical, DVD, VOD, broadcast, internet and mobile. For more information please visit and

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Grimmfest 2013 Full Line-Up Announced!


We are pleased to announce to you our full festival lineup of fantastic movie premieres at the Dancehouse Theatre, Stockport Plaza and at our new Grimm Fringe hub, the Lass O' Gowrie.

The terrific list of movies to be shown include: “Hansel and Gretel get Baked,” “To Jennifer,” Home Sweet Home,” “The Borderlands,” “My Amityville Horror,” and “Smiley.”

We will be hosting extra screenings and events on the Thursday and Friday daytime and Sat/Sun morning at our new fringe venue, offering full festival pass holders lots of extra stuff for free, just minutes away from the Dancehouse!

We've crammed an awful lot of content into the four days this year so full pass holders will really be getting their money's worth!

Wed 2nd Oct. From 5pm. Special preview night, Stockport Plaza super cinema.

Thur 3rd Oct.
11.00am - 5.30pm. Grimm Fringe, Lass O'Gowrie, Manchester.
7.00pm - 11.20pm. Gala Opening night, Dancehouse theatre, Manchester.
11.20pm - Afterparty.

Frid 4th Oct.
11am - 5.30pm. Grimm Fringe, Lass O'Gowrie, Manchester.
7.00pm - 12.30am. Dancehouse theatre, Manchester.

Sat 5th Oct.
11am - 1.40pm. Grimm Fringe, Lass O'Gowrie, Manchester.
2.00pm - 1.45am. Dancehouse theatre, Manchester.

Sun 6th Oct.
11.00am - 12.40pm. Grimm Fringe, Lass O'Gowrie, Manchester.
1.00pm - 9.00pm. Dancehouse theatre, Manchester.
9.30pm - Closing night party.

Get your passes here!

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New Poster for "Young, High and Dead"

A camping trip descends into chaos when a group of five friends pitch up next to the grave of a local missing child.

UK release on Friday 13th September 2013!

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The Pleasure of Fiends: Five Tales of the Vampire

"Enjoyed all the stories in this book”

“would recommend it as a good book for short reads... Give it a go."

"This is an amazing collection of vampire tales and love the lust and no glitter vampires.”

“Amazing work everyone!"

So what’s this amazing book about…

Five tales of vampires without a hint of sparkle or glitter. From the Old West to today, explore all the aspects of the vampire: Seduction; Stalking; Scavenge; Survival and Strategy. Some stories are told from the vampire's perspective and some from their victim's. A return to the classic vampire with a few new twists and turns to keep them fresh. Keep your crosses and holy water handy as these creatures of the night hunt their prey. You might be next.

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Los Angeles, August 28, 2013 – In anticipation of James Wan’s (THE CONJURING) new horror thriller INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, FilmDistrict announced today that participating theatres nationwide will host THE ULTIMATE INSIDIOUS EXPERIENCE – a  one-night-only theatrical  event giving fans the opportunity to catch the original INSIDIOUS playing back-to-back with early access to INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2.

“INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 picks up exactly where the original left off – making a double feature all the more gratifying,” said Jim Orr, President of Distribution for FilmDistrict.  “As we open the next chapter, this gives INSIDIOUS fans the chance to take the edge-of-their-seat thrill ride to the next level.”  

THE ULTIMATE INSIDIOUS EXPERIENCE STARTS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 IN SELECT THEATRES NATIONWIDE.  Fans will have the option to buy a ticket for the double feature and see both back-to-back or buy a single ticket to the sequel granting them early access to Insidious: Chapter 2 on Thursday, September 12. Check your local theatre listings for participating theatres near you.  Tickets can be purchased online or at your local theatre.  For a list of participating theatres, please visit

A haunted family struggles to uncover a terrifying secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world in Insidious: Chapter 2,the latest nerve-twisting horror thriller from director James Wan (The Conjuring, Saw, Dead Silence and Insidious) and screenwriter Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious). Produced by Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious) and Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), the sequel reteams the cast of the first film, including Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy, Watchmen, Little Children), Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class, Bridesmaids, 28 Weeks Later), Barbara Hershey (Black Swan, The Portrait of a Lady), Lin Shaye (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber) and Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3).

FilmDistrict and Blumhouse Productions’ Insidious: Chapter 2 stars Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy, Watchmen, Little Children), Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class, Bridesmaids, 28 Weeks Later), Barbara Hershey (Black Swan, The Portrait of a Lady), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), Andrew Astor (The Hangover), Lin Shaye (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber), Leigh Whannell (Saw) and Angus Sampson (Mad Max: Fury Road).

About FilmDistrict
FilmDistrict is a leading independent distribution, acquisition, co-production and feature film financing entity designed to bring commercially viable films to targeted audiences across the U.S.  The company’s notable releases including EVIL DEAD, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, INSIDIOUS, LOOPER, SOUL SURFER, DRIVE and SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED.  Upcoming FilmDistrict releases include INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2, the sequel to the hit film INSIDIOUS which captivated horror movie fans worldwide, on September 13, 2013; OLDBOY, the Spike Lee directed remake of the highly-acclaimed South Korean suspense film, on October 25, 2013; ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING? starring Zac Efron on January 31, 2014; Paul W.S. Anderson’s POMPEII on February 21, 2014; WALK OF SHAME starring Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden and Gillian Jacobs on March 14, 2014; and SELFLESS starring Ryan Reynolds on September 26, 2014.

Goat Man's Hill to Launch Crowd Funding Campaign for Creature Feature PRETERNATURAL

Goat Man’s Hill just launched an IndieGoGo crowd funding campaign for an ambitious horror feature entitled PRETERNATURAL. The team behind the 2012 indie thriller SICK BOY describes the new project as an unreliable documentary about fairies. “It’s not a found footage film,” says writer / director Tim T. Cunningham. “Nothing against them, but this will be something more in the ballpark of TROLL HUNTER, but without any of the comedic trappings. It’s going to be a straight up horror film.”

The film is designed to start like a true crime documentary investigating the mysterious disappearance of an accused murderer, but quickly turns into a tale of monsters when questions are raised as to whether the person the accused allegedly murdered is actually dead. Promising to take full advantage of their visual effects backgrounds and boasting the creature design talents of Chris Grun whose credits include LAND OF THE LOST, CABIN IN THE WOODS, and R.I.P.D., the Cunningham brothers aim to create an experience that feels as real as possible. “It’s not like we’re going to be marketing this as a true story or anything,” explains cinematographer / visual effects supervisor Sean C. Cunningham. “But if we can make the documentary sections feel absolutely authentic it should really add an extra layer of threat to the horror elements.”

With several features in development, Goat Man’s Hill is turning to crowd funding for this particular project because it is the most outside the box. “We’re actively developing five features right now and of the five, PRETERNATURAL is the most difficult to pitch to traditional financing outlets,” says Tim. “It really needs to feel low budget to actually work. Well done low-budget, but low-budget. Except for the VFX, but that’s where our sweat equity comes into play.”

If the crowd funding campaign is successful in raising the tiny $35K production budget, Goat Man’s Hill intends to roll cameras late 2013. Based on the strength of their pre- production and production efforts, the filmmakers will raise the larger post-production funds through more traditional methods.

The 30 day campaign runs through September 24, 2013.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Trailer Time: "Graveyard Dogs"

In the depths of the pre-Civil War South, the blossoming romance between a slave and the son of her owner is threatened by the mystery of the mangled corpses of runaway slaves that are collecting in the woods.

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The Wake

Séan O'Grady is dead. His immense wealth however, survives. On the night of his wake, the last remaining O'Grady's meet with his solicitor to discuss his last will and testament. But when an unexpected guest appears, money becomes the least of their worries...

Join the O'Grady family for a night of horror. A night where family secrets, murder and lies all combine with a terrifying new take on an old Irish legend to visit retribution on this truly dysfunctional family.

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"Polypore"- Watch it today!

In this quirky Sci-Fi adventure, a young man must cope with involuntary telepathy, a potion-induced transformation, teleporting agents and a clone reincarnation, all while dodging an evil corporation that wants to harvest his brain for knowledge.

Starring: Jeffrey Bielat, Chen Tang, and Lloyd Kaufman

Directed by: Jesse Barack

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Paranormal Activity 5: What They Should Do Next

Paranormal Activity 5: What They Should Do Next
By Tom Fisher (

I love the Paranormal Activity franchise. Well, I loved it. Now I'm not as 'in love' with it as I used to be. The first film was fantastic: it was a fresh, original idea that genuinely scared me. And I'm only semi-ashamed to admit that it took me a little while longer to fall asleep that night. Then there was the second film. It was at this point the creators thought 'Crap, we better add some kind of over-arching story to this' and so we got the whole 'demon-pact' backstory. (Oh, that was a spoiler to those who haven't seen it, oops.) The third film was better: I enjoyed the scares and we found out a teeny-tiny bit more about the girls' past and their connection to the demon, 'Toby'. By the time the fourth film came out, the creators had found their gimmick: make a movie every Halloween with some semi-decent scares and try and shoehorn in some 'demon' nonsense. And now we are expecting the fifth film - thoughtfully entitled 'Paranormal Activity 5' - in October 2014 and I believe that this is going to be the make-or-break point: if it continues in the same vein as the others then it'll fast turn into a new 'Saw' franchise; if not, then it'll 'rekindle' the love that many people, including myself, had for the original film.

So here are some of my ideas on how they should continue/end the franchise. Enjoy!

1. Tie everything together in one neat little bow.
One of the most infuriating things about this franchise is that, by the time you come to the end of a film, you have learnt next to nothing about what's going on. I mean, take Paranormal Activity 4: at the end of the film there was the 'alright-ish' twist about the son (although, many people could see that coming) and there was some more witches/creepy women. Well, in terms of the over-arching story, we knew all that witch stuff from Paranormal Activity 3. The stuff about the son was just a little twist to keep that particular film from dragging.

Remember this?

So, after 4 films, the audience are left with so many questions: 'What was the ritual the girls were going to at the end of 3?"; "Did Julie die at the end of 3?'; 'What happened to Katie and Kristi between 3 and 1?'; 'What about all those scenes that were cut from trailers (like the house fire)?'; 'What is the demon going to do now that it apparently has a boy?' I appreciate that not all these questions are going to be answered (otherwise they'd need 20 more films to do so), but in order to leave fans of the franchise satisfied, they're going to need to answer most of them.

At the moment, the franchise is starting to feel a little like 'Saw': at about film number 5 it felt as though the creators were just adding more and more 'flashbacks' to try and milk as much out of the storyline as possible. Don't get me wrong, I loved every Saw film, but I really don't want to see the Paranormal Activity franchise go down that same 'gimmick-y' route. So yeah, Mr Oren Peli, please answer some of these questions. Thanks.

2. Enough with the 'found-footage', already.
I really enjoy found footage films. They give the film a 'real' edge to them, which works so well in horror films. That's why the first Paranormal Activity was such a success: people thought it was real. But now, as we approach number 5, the novelty has worn off. In number 4, for instance, the whole Kinect idea was very well played, but when it comes to things like the Skype conversation it's just predictable stuff that we've all seen before. The most innovative camera trick in any of the PA films is the 'rotating camera' used in PA3: where the camera is strapped onto a desk fan. Everytime that it cut to one of those scenes, I could feel the tension rising. It was very well done and the franchise needs more moments like that.

Found footage presents many problems, in terms of storylines and film-making itself. The most commonly asked question from an audience is probably: 'Why would you be carrying a camera while a demon is destroying your house? Why wouldn't you just drop everything and get out of there?!' In terms of film-making, you're very limited as to what you can and can't get away with: I mean, there's only so many times we can watch a film about someone installing home security cameras before we get bored.

So, for this next film, perhaps they should move to more conventional styles of film-making. Scary films don't have to be found footage films.

3. Do something completely different.
Picture this: a film about a coven of witches 'initiating' a new member. The film (that could be done as found footage) shows the trials and tribulations of a young, innocent girl who is thrown into a life of witch-iness. She takes part in rituals and even ends up sacrificing animals as she tries to come to terms with what she's doing. We see the inner turmoil she is going through. Then, at the film's climax, it's her turn to take part in the 'most important ritual of the century': a human sacrifice to a demon. She agrees to go ahead with it, knowing that if she does, she will be a witch forever. The time comes for the ritual, then BLAM! We see Katie standing with her son, Hunter. It's them that she has to sacrifice.

Now, wouldn't that just blow your freaking mind?! To have that mahoosive twist at the end, and not knowing anything about it? I think that would be a fantastic way to end the franchise.

The thing is, when people go to see a Paranormal Activity film, they have assumptions on what they are going to see. We expect demons and things that jump out at us; we expect some form of 'big scare' at the end; we expect to be left with a cliffhanger at the end. But when people go and see a film they have little information about: they are completely open. I would love to see a film that looks as though it is no way connected to a Paranormal Activity film only to find at the end that it's actually a sequel/spinoff/whatever you want to call it.

A fantastic example of this are the films Cloverfield and Super 8. Both films feature a 'monster' of some sort. Plus, both films were the brainchild of the brilliant JJ Abrams. Now, there was much speculation on the Internet as to whether Super 8 was in fact a sequel/prequel to Cloverfield. Abrams denied this.

What I would have loved, and I mean loved is at the end of Super 8, after the father-son reconciliation and it cuts to black, just when the audience are about to stand up and leave, the following words appear:

Loads of news reports are heard. 'New York in chaos', 'Hundreds die', 'worst attack ever seen', etc. The scene cuts to a helicopter news footage of a headless Statue of Liberty (by this point the audience can guess what's coming, everyone's stomachs start tingling), it then cuts to a ground reporter in a ruined street. She tells the camera how this unexplained attack has left thousands homeless. She motions to the street behind her - 'what once were people’s homes are now just empty shells, their memories scattered across the street' - she bends down to pick something up. She holds something to the camera, explaining that this may have belonged to a little boy, Heaven only knows where he is now. The camera adjusts focus, and zooms into it. It's a locket. Joe's locket. The one that the Super 8 alien took. *beat* The monster from Cloverfield WAS the Super 8 alien!

Now that would have left me shaking. I would have been speechless. Sadly, this was not the case. Don't get me wrong, both Cloverfield and Super 8 are fantastic stand-alone films, but what would have made them truly great is for a little tie-in between the two. Ah well, one can hope.

But, to get back on point, this is what the Paranormal Activity creators should do: a completely different horror film that is a decent film in its own right, but through some extremely clever writing, it manages to conclude the Paranormal Activity franchise.


So that concludes my little list. I hope that it not only made sense but that you agree with some of the points I made. If you have any other ideas on how they might continue with this franchise, then why not leave a comment.

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