Cripes! It looks like the Australian government is trying to cover up a bonzer story! Grab your camera and your torch and let’s head down into some dank tunnels to investigate…and die… That is the premise behind this latest offering to the found footage genre by Australian filmmaker Carlos Ledesma. Found footage? Straight to DVD? Now I know what you are all thinking but stop it right now, as this is actually quite a good film. The acting is strong and the locations are brilliant. Is it groundbreaking cinema? No. But hey, two out of three ain’t bad.
In 1986, one of the reactors at the Soviet nuclear power station near Chernobyl failed, resulting in the worst nuclear disaster of all time. In 2012, a director so phenomenally irrelevant he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page made a film which not only trivialised the Chernobyl catastrophe but also had the gall to be trite, poorly made and awe-inspiringly boring. By the end of Chernobyl Diaries you will be begging for the sweet, scabby embrace of a radioactive mutant Ukrainian. And it’s not often we say that.
Paramount is going ahead with a Paranormal Activity sequel. Seemingly deaf to the film world’s exclamations that the only reason why the first one worked was because it had a 50 quid budget and wasn’t at all commercialised, the studio now has a definite director attached to the sequel, and plans to release it just before Halloween 2011.
You know us, at BestForfilm, right? Well, we’re hard, we are. Proper nails, us lot. Steely determination, nerves like copper wire, and a mind like a steel trap. Takes a lot for us to sit up and take note of a horror film, let alone have us squealing like jessies and jumping out of our seats. Will Paranormal Activity, the much hyped-shocker in the “found footage” genre, really be something new, or is it all bumf in the night?
Just in time for the weeked, Paranormal Activity was released in th UK last week. Whether it’ll replicate its startling performance at the US box office is a matter for audiences (and if they’re brave enough to go and watch it) – but one thing’s for certain: we’ll certainly be seeing more of its now hot-property director Oren Peli.
It’s rather nice to know that in an era of ‘torture porn’ (the Saw series, Hostel and others of its ilk) there is still celebration of films that are genuinely..