In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the ongoing Roman Polanski saga, praise Community and Cougar Town, reflect on the similarities between Lost and FlashForward, remind you of the greatness of LA Confidential, get freaked out by Paranormal Activity, and continue to chronicle Hollywood’s downfall through the proliferation of remakes and film adaptations based on popular brands. Special guest Eric D. Snider joins us this evening.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Monday at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we do a double review of The Invention of Lying and Zombieland.

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Fantastic Fest Video Review: Paranormal Activity


At Telluride I got my first glimpse at Paranormal Activity, the $11,000 microbudget Blair Witch-style POV haunted house indie which scared audiences at Slamdance. I screened the film outside, in a park, in the darkness of night. Girls screamed, guys laughed nervously, and many people shielded their eyes with their hands. I didn’t write a review at the time because I wanted to see the film again. I wanted to see how it would play in a movie theater, and I wanted to watch the audience’s reactions. I knew that a midnight screening at during Fantastic Fest was planned, and decided to wait as the Alamo Drafthouse would surely be the perfect crowd.

This movie is well crafted, and makes a lot of a little. The film basically focuses on a couple in a house. Two other minor characters make short appearances, but for the most part this film is minimalist – two people, one house, one video camera, and a ghost/demon. Both of the characters are natural and likable, which makes this film all the more believable. And while you might not be scared out of your mind (I’ll admit I only jumped once or twice), you’ll have a lot of fun — especially if you see this with your girlfriend and a lot of friends.

After the screening, I recorded a very quick three and a half minute video blog reaction with Kent from and Rusty from Watch that now after the jump.

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The Los Angeles Times has published a great article on Paranormal Activity, which features a bunch of interesting tidbits:

  • Steven Spielberg had taken a Paranormal Activity DVD screener to his Pacific Palisades estate, and not long after he watched it, “the door to his empty bedroom inexplicably locked from the inside.” The famous director was forced to call a locksmith, and returned the screener back to Dreamworks in a garbage bag, certain that his copy of the movie was haunted.

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Paramount is currently gearing up to release the low-budget horror film Paranormal Activity on Sept. 25th in a few select cities. In addition to the typical marketing campaign, they’re also doing something quite innovative to figure out where to open the film next: They’re asking fans. They’ve started an Eventful page for the film, and are asking fans to demand screenings in their area. The areas with the most demands will be the first to get future screenings.

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The ultra-low-budget horror film Paranormal Activity has been building acclaim over the past year since it screened at the Screamfast and Slamdance film festivals. I was able to see this film, in the dark, in an outdoor park, at the Telluride Film Festival, and I think Paramount has the next Blair Witch Project on their hands, if they market it right. Even if you aren’t creeped out, you’re sure to have a lot of fun if you see this in a packed auditorium. Teenage girls at my screening were screaming throughout. A door opens by itself, scream. Nothing happens, scream. The way this film builds tension, will have you on the edge of your seat, and your date squiring and gripping for your arm in the seat next to you.

Right now they’re doing a very small release, in a few select cities on September 25th, to get people talking. They have released a brand new movie trailer, which consists mostly of reactions to a test screening. Smart move.  I must warn you, one of the shots in the trailer is from very late in the film, and could be considered a spoiler. Watch the new trailer embedded after the jump.
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A few new movie posters have popped up on the interwebs today, including a teaser poster for Pixar’s Toy Story 3, a one-sheet for the $11,000 supernatural thriller Paranormal Activity, and the Thomas Jane‘s mystery thriller Dark Country. Check out previews of all three posters after the jump.

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Paranormal Activity Finally Gets a Release Date


The ultra-low-budget horror film Paranormal Activity has been building praise for the past few years—after successful showings at the Screamfast and Slamdance film festivals, and most recently at Telluride. Anne Thompson is now reporting that the film is set for a September 25 release by Paramount. Given that the film was shot for $11,000 over a week, I don’t think the studio is worried too much about pushing it out there without a huge marketing campaign.

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It’s a couple of weeks over ten years now since The Blair Witch Project proved to be a strange freak of box office nature. Back at it’s release on July 30th 1999 the film was given a crazy leg-up by its accidentally wonderful online marketing and a public desperate to buy into something spiritual-mystical, however crazy. We also shouldn’t underestimate the voracious appetite of the dedicated horror audience, of which I would suppose I am a member, and our never-ending desire for something new, fresh or exciting.

The sequel, Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows, was an entirely different beast to the original, eschewing the Last Broadcast-style handicam aesthetic for something in the vein of classical narrative film stylings. Personally, I thought it was conceptually a far more exciting film than the first though somewhat hampered by its lackluster realization. I do still relish the irony, though, that this second film was directed by Joe Berlinger, typically a maker of documentaries.

So, which way would a third Blair Witch film go? Back to the faux-doc approach of part one? Or further into the potential of ‘traditional’ film language?

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What Will Be On The Amityville Tapes?

Neil Marshall Stevens has spoken to Fangoria about his upcoming projects, two of which are the comic book series Demon Squad and Havoc Brigade (if you’re reading, Neil, I suggest Crazy Club for the hat trick) but one of which is a film, and therefore comes under my jurisdiction. Light on the roof and siren wailing, here I go…

Oh. A bit of a false alarm. All the interview tells us is that the film will be “the latest Amityville sequel, The Amityville Tapes” and nothing more.

Digging about, though, I’ve found in old news found a piece from last September that neither named the writer or the film, yet was clearly about the same project and it didn’t take much to put two and two together.

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