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RLJ/Image Entertainment’s The Houses October Built is getting a limited theatrical run on October 10th, and right now we have a new trailer.Houses October Built

From the Press Release:
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, has acquired the North American rights to the haunted house thriller THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT, produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and Zack Andrews.

The film is directed by Bobby Roe and stars Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe, and Jeff Larson. The deal was announced by Image Entertainment’s SVP of Acquisitions, Mark Ward.

“THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT is an instant Halloween classic,” said Ward. “This is a film that audiences will seek out year after year – and will be just as terrified each time they watch it.”

THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT takes you where no other Halloween film has gone before. Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening, and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them…

“We found out that over 35 million people go to Halloween Haunts each year,” said writer/director Bobby Roe, “but out of all the horror films out there, no one has touched on these places. It’s untapped. So we decided to tell a story centered around the holiday and set it in the world of Halloween Haunted Houses.”

The Houses October Built will premiere in October in ten markets, including New York and Los Angeles.

When you hear the title THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, chances are you immediately think of the iconic design of the haunted house from the first film. With twelve movies in the franchise you can be forgiven if you don’t remember much else about them. The only consistent thing about the movies has been the house and at least one character being possessed.

The last theatrical released film in the franchise was 2005’s THE AMITYVILLE HORROR starring Ryan Reynolds. Since then, two direct to video films have been made. Now, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY producer Blumhouse Productions wants to try and bring it back. Starring Disney Channel actress Bella Thorne and Jennifer Jason Leigh, AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING keeps the house and the infamous real life DeFeo murders that have been at the center of each film in the series.

‘A single mother moves her three children into the haunted house not knowing of the house’s bloody history.’

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING is directed by Franck Khalfoun who remade the cult classic MANIAC with Elijah Wood. The movie certainly looks creepy and could be a nice diversion in the usually garbage month for movies that is January. I would never venture to say this looks like a good movie, but it could be better than almost every other film in the AMITYVILLE franchise.

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING opens on January 2, 2015.

 

Devil’s Due, the latest found footage horror movie to hit the big screen, comes creeping on the heels of the successful Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (which opened big, then faltered). Are audiences ready for another spooky, shaky-cam freak-out?

If likability of the leads has anything to do with it, then it should be #1. Check out our exclusive interview with the actors who frolic in the devil’s playground, Allison Miller and Zack Gilford. They play a newlywed, newly knocked-up couple who find out they picked up more than just a few trinkets on their honeymoon.

DC: I saw a preview of the film at FOX a couple of months ago; it looks pretty scary! You both go through a lot in this film, and it seems to have been pretty grueling from both a physical and an emotional standpoint. Now, when you heard about this found footage horror film, what was your first thought? Did you think it would be so intensive?

Allison Miller: I read the script and thought this is really intriguing and I couldn’t stop thinking about it after I read it. And I know just the fact that, I mean I worked on sitcoms where the schedule was grueling and you’re exhausted at the end of every week, so I always know work is going to be hard. And then when you throw Matt Bettinelli into it, what happens in this movie, you know exactly how long this is going to take and how things are not going to work out like they are supposed to. And you are going to be wiped out.

DC: I’m not usually a fan of found-footage, but it seems like they found some inventive ways of presenting it.

Zach Gilford: Yeah, that was definitely something that we were conscious of the whole time. The first day, we all talked about trying to find ways to put the camera down, or to make interesting shots. Since we’re making a horror movie… it felt kind of logical and believable, in a way, especially when the theme of the movie is obviously not real [to]… portray it in the most real way possible and just make a movie in a much higher level of quality. Towards the end, people are running around and craziness is going on, it’s like “why is this being filmed?” We worked in earlier where there was an adventure camera that can be clipped onto his shirt. Even though obviously it’s not capturing the quality of video that we’re portraying, I think the audience will be like, “Okay, they covered that.”

DC: I don’t know if you’ve done a found-footage film before, have you?

ZG: No, I’ve never done one before.

DC: Did you have any concerns about how that would work out when you first signed on… found footage may be popular and trendy now, but it’s still not entirely embraced. As an actor, did you have any concerns about it?

ZG: No, I liked it. I thought it was really fun. I got to shoot half the movie. I’m really interested in someday directing. I’m really critical of shots, so it’s fun to me to get to have a hand in that. It definitely affected the acting because not only are you doing dialogue with another actor, but you’re also filming as well. It was kind of fun. I definitely am not an actor who cares about being on camera looking good.

DC: Well, you look very comfortable in the film. I have to say it has a very naturalistic feel to it, and the directors did say that you did shoot a lot of the movie, so I’m wondering was that also a consideration when you were brought on to this project, not only could you act, but could you film?

ZG: We tried a technique the first day. We tried to do this thing where we rehearse the scene and I’d shoot it, so they could see what the character would shoot and how the scene would go, and then Tyler, the DP director, would step in and film and I’d stand right behind him, do the scene, and then after a day and a half, they said, “You’re shooting was great. Let’s cut out the middle man.” Literally. I think it helped the movie, because it was more natural and real. A lot of movies are supposed to be someone interacting with someone filming them.

DC: Do you have a DP credit now? (laughs)

ZG: I don’t. I think I’ll have to join a union or something.

Let us know if you’ve seen it this week guys and what are your thoughts on the movie?

With the most recent “Paranormal Activity” film having the softest opening weekend of the series, it might seem as if the franchise is on it’s last legs.  However, if the series should finally bring it’s long reign to an end, would the creators have an endgame in mind?

In an interview with Slash Film, director and writer Christopher Landon revealed that the series does indeed have a destination.

We’ve always been looking ahead. I’ll say this much. There is a very specific end goal and I’m hoping we have enough time in the franchise to get there. We have a really big idea that’s at the finish line but we need time to get there. So we’re hoping the fans keep coming back and allow us to get them there

Based on that wording, it doesn’t sound like the end will come this October when Paramount releases “Paranormal Activity 5″.  However, depending on how that film performs, they might be encouraged to wrap the story up sooner rather than later.

In the most  recent “Paranormal Activity” film, we got a taste of the extended universe and saw a bit more of what this franchise has to offer.  Did we, perhaps, get an idea of how the series will end? According to Landon, the seeds for the ending could have been planted as early as the first movie.

The beginning of that started in [the first film]. I don’t think Oren realized it then, because when he made the first movie it felt like a standalone movie, but then when we started making 2 and we started to see the potential and possibility there for a franchise, that’s when the real think tank element came in to play and we really started to throw out crazy ideas. Then, over the course of the last couple movies, we came to a really good, interesting place.

It’s anyones guess as to when this franchise will come to an end, but for fans of the series it’s a comforting thought to know that there’s some grand plan in work.  Whether or not it’ll be a satisfying conclusion remains to be seen, but if the most recent film is any indication, they’re willing to take some big risks with the franchise. And if anything, that’ll at least keep things fresh for now.

There is an Ending to the Paranormal Activity Series

This January 3, 2014, will see the return of the Paranormal Activity franchise. Granted it’s a spin-foo, but still, it’s Paranormal Activity. So, if you guys are stoked foe some more supernatural mayhem then we have something for you below. The powers that be have unleashed a new TV spot for the film in which it asks, “Will you be the first?

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones star Andrew Jacobs, Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts and Molly Ephraim.

The film takes place in a Hispanic community in Southern California, where a group of teenagers must deal with a demonic spirit that is becoming increasingly violent.

Will you be watching this one?

Mike Darnell has sold his first big network project since settling into his new role at Warner Bros. TV this summer.

Explains The Hollywood Reporter, though the studio and the network, ABC, are keeping mum on details surrounding the pilot order, the unscripted entry will deal with haunted houses. Fittingly, Warner Horizon is in business with horror master Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions on the untitled project, with Blum attached as the potential series’ executive producer.

For Blum, the haunted house effort marks a reunion with ABC, where Blumhouse produced the found-footage horror series “The River” with Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli in early 2012. Though that project ultimately was short-lived, the company has continued to beef up its horror portfolio, with franchises including The Purge and Insidious.

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Lionsgate Revving Up For New Saw Film

We knew that “final” Saw movie wasn’t going to be the last by any stretch of the imagination. Let’s face it; with Carrie being the only attraction in theatres this past Halloween, there was a pretty big void at the box office. One that only a horror heavyweight can fill.

Lionsgate is incredibly active in developing an eighth Saw based on the franchise created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell. After a three-year break, Lionsgate is back to their torturous ways and seeking a new direction for the franchise that took over Halloween for nearly a decade. Since its exit, Paranormal Activity has become the reigning champion of the month of October (sans this year).

There appears to be no rush on Lionsgate’s part as they’re seeking the perfect take to move forward. There were rumblings of a remake, while many insiders tell Bloody that they want to continue with Saw 8.

So what do you guys want? A remake/reboot? Another sequel? Or should well enough just be left alone? Sound off below!

YES!!! R.L. Stine is getting even more love!!!! A Famed young adult horror author R.L. Stine is getting some more love on the small screen courtesy of MTV and Jason Blum.

According to Deadline the network has ordered an hour-long pilot for “Eye Candy” from top horror producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity) and Twilight helmer Catherine Hardwicke.

“Eye Candy,” based on RL Stine’s novel, has been heating up at MTV for some time. The high-profile package lists Blum as an executive producer through his Blumhouse Prods. and Hardwicke as exec producer and director. Written/co-executive produced by Emmy Grinwis, “Eye Candy” centers on tech genius Lindy who, convinced by her roommate to begin online dating, begins to suspect that one of her mysterious suitors may be a deadly cyber stalker. When her friends at the elusive cyber-police uncover a potential serial killer in Manhattan, all signs point to one of Lindy’s dates. Teaming up with this band of hackers, Lindy works to solve the murders while unleashing her own style of justice on the streets of New York City.

Well, this is a blast from the past. The last time we heard anything in regards to Oren Peli’s project Area 51, was back in or around 2011. Now, fast forward a couple of years and we have a new update to share with you and well, it isn’t very much again, but its something.

Recently Jason Blum, who serves as a producer on the project, spoke with We Got This Covered about the progress of the film and this is what he said;

It exists! We made it! We’re futzing with the movie in post production. Paranormal Activity, remember, it was made about four years before it came out, so Oren likes to tinker, and he’s still tinkering, but hopefully one day we’ll both see the finished version!

As I said, it still isn’t much, but at least we know that this sucker is actually made. So, when do we think we will finally see this one? I’m guessing 2014, but who knows, perhaps with this announcement we may be hearing more in the coming months.

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Over the past several days there have been stories coming out in regards to Paranormal Activity 5. There has been a lot of talk and that just seems to be the case, a lot of talk and not a whole lot of action. My question is, does anyone even care about Paranormal Activity 5? If so, get ready for the latest news that has hit the web.

According to The Wrap, the previously announced release date of January 3, 2014 forParanormal Activity 5, isn’t PA 5 after all, instead that release date is for the Latino spin-off, formerly known as “The Oxnard Tapes.”

The untitled spin-off is directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity 2), and apparently it is finished and it has tested well.

As for Paranormal Activity 5, well, according to the site, the film doesn’t even have a script yet and there is still no word on a director. However, the site seems to believe that Greg Plotkin, who edited the last three films is likely to direct the fifth installment.

Thoughts?