Look, Paranormal Activity, you’re a smart, scary franchise, I know you could do better than this if you applied yourself. 1988 is not a scary year, and creepy children are seriously overdone. Supernatural horror in the heart of suburbia? Sounds brilliant. Witches? Not so much.
Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary.
Hobo with a Shotgun (UK cinema release July 15) is a grindhouse tour de force starring Rutger Hauer as a hobo cleaning up the streets of Grimetown with a shotgun. Director Jason Eisener talks to us about bears, sharks, Rutger Hauer, exploitation movies and remarkably fresh socks.
One-to-watch Gareth Edwards makes his directorial début with Monsters, a micro-budget alien invasion movie that has been garnering (largely) positive reviews and misleading comparisons to last year’s District 9. While Monsters might not live up to the hype, that’s hardly its fault – this is a sweet but uncompromising look at humanity that doesn’t necessarily pander to the popcorn crowd.
With a few exceptions, taglines are used to sell movies that nobody wants to buy. Noticing that Hollywood have assigned some classic taglines to the wrong movies, we crack out the red pen and make with the corrections.
The original Paranormal Activity was a great revisionist horror. Adapting Val Lewton’s classic less is more philosophy, the film dealt in suspense rather than cheap pay-offs, in drama rather than violence and in fear rather than gore. In short, it worked because the audience cared about the characters and didn’t know what was coming next. Wanna take a guess at why the sequel fails?