Since the first movie, Paranormal Activity made success on the aesthetic proposal of cameras filming what was happening in “real time”, as if what the character sees himself. Time passed, new movies were released, more advanced technologies have enabled brief changes could be inserted, such as the use of cameras on a laptop (Paranormal Activity 4) and the small GoPro, portable camera that is one of the stars of the new movie. Anyway, the basic structure of the series was never changed. Anyone who watched any of his movies, can get a good idea of what’s to come in the other.
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The sequel to ‘The Purge‘ gets its second trailer.
In an America ravaged by crime, the government passed a period of 12 hours per year in which any criminal activity, including murder, is legal. The police can not be called and hospitals suspend aid. It is a night where citizenship is regulated without thought of punishment. The story brings new protagonists, and this time does not pass within a home.
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In 1981, Evil Dead placed on the map the aspiring filmmaker Sam Raim. The inventive film mixing scares and gore (blood and filths) with a ragtime good humor, headed by prominent chin of Bruce Campbell, the protagonist.
Three decades later, the genre of movie-of-cabin that Evil Dead helped define reached the point of exhaustion. Simplistic terror “five victims awaiting their fate” underwent changes, twists and attempted reinvention, culminating in exaggerated – and that somehow represent this theme decontrol – The Cabin in the Woods.
It’s only fair, then, that Raimi himself, now a superstar direction, return to the abandoned cabin in the woods to take control of this subgenre of fear again.
However, Raimi, wisely, the film delivers a rookie, emulating his own past. Fede Alvarez, the Uruguayan who made a short film Panic Attack! in 2009, directed and co-wrote Evil Dead (2013). The story follows five friends (Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore) staying in an isolated cabin in the woods for detoxification treatment of younger patients (whose symptoms possession mingle with the reflections abstinence). As in the original, but there discover the “Book of the Dead”, which releases a demonic spirit that possesses one by one, the unwary.
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After the outright campy mess, Seed of Chucky which derailed the franchise a decade ago, Curse of Chucky is a return to the franchise’s horror roots. In this latest installment of the twenty-five year old series, the tone is more inline with the original even if this low-budget sequel isn’t anywhere in its class. There has been a conscious decision on the part of creator/writer/director Dan Mancini to step away from the humor and go back to the original concept. The constant quips and self referential in-jokes have been replaced by a semi-serious vibe that quickly exposes this sixth chapter as a less than mediocre horror story with nothing original or compelling to add to the mix.
Curse of Chucky is reminiscent of the Darkman direct-to-video sequels that Universal Pictures released in the late 1990′s. Each are well produced and crafted by supporting creative forces on previous installments, now given their time to helm. The inherent problem is that Chucky is a uniquely 1980′s concept. Most accurately seen as a metaphor for times when parents would storm toy store shelves during the holidays for a Cabbage Patch Kid, a Beanie Baby or even Tickle Me Elmo. I’m not sure the idea is relatable in this era. Dolls are typically creepy and a talking, killer toy is a unique villain, but in a time of found footage franchises and torture porn series, Chucky just may well be…child’s play.
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How many movies can produce a franchise without losing the grace and fall into limbo? The answer to this question varies depending on the talent of writers, directors and cast. However, a few times a number greater than three results in something usable.
Paranormal Activity 4 is no exception. After an exciting third film, considered by some the best of the series, the fourth title is a disappointment. Only it’s not a total failure because there are a few moments that save mediocrity.
What about when a thriller makes you laugh more often than cringe? This is the scenario we have here. There are several good jokes that help create a false climax to a shock awaits you with anxiety, but never comes.
The hope for a dignified end for a scene or fatigues terrifying, yet where there is more likely to trust the plot. Incidentally, here’s the major flaw: the naive script, which insists doubt the intelligence of the audience, creates silly explanations for unlikely situations.
The whole story revolves around the small Roobie presented as the son of Katie, responsible for linking the plot with the previous long. Now the society of witches, demons and ghosts decides to change to a luxurious neighborhood in order to get closer to a new child.
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