Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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VOTD: Paranormal Saw

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With both Saw and Paranormal Activity out in theaters, FunnyOrDie has decided to create a funny mash-up parody called Paranormal Saw.

Want the paranormal spookiness of Paranormal Activity, but without giving up the gore and mindgames of Saw? Then Paranormal Saw is just for you! When a young couple suspect a ghost in their house, they uncover a puppet with plans of his own.

Watch Paranormal Saw after the jump.

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As it stands, this is a rumor at best and, more accurately, an informed online endorsement that could easily pick up steam amongst horror fans and online. Either way, it’s the weekend and the thought of Tobe Hooper, creator of Leatherface and director of 1974′s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and its huggable ’86 sequel, once again revving up the genre’s best ‘saw hadn’t crossed my mind. It should have. According to Shock’s Ryan Rotten, while attending a party for Saw IV, he saw Hooper hanging with TCM2‘s Bill Moseley and, more importantly, the team at Twisted Pictures. Dots connected, and Rotten has fully thrown his support behind Hooper’s possible involvement.

I know, oohlala. But as we reported (and as Russ understandably bemoaned), Twisted Pictures purchased the franchise’s rights from the metallic douches at Platinum Dunes. Twisted’s first installment, vaguely said to be a contemporary take and possibly a true third sequel ignoring Dunesentriesis already in development, with a screenplay by Stephen Susco (The Grudge). Moreover, it seems that Hooper’s new management, Evolution, shares L.A. offices with Twisted, and also reps Susco. So, why would Hooper directing be a good idea for the franchise, and business-wise, is it a smart one, since Hooper hasn’t directed a hit flick in a long time? We chime in after the jump. Let us know what you think…
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Yes, you’ve probably seen me wearing Marc Ecko’s Star Wars Boba Fett hoody, which I like because its geek wear, which can totally blend in and not look like geek wear. It doesn’t scream out “look, I’m a Star Wars hoody!” Ecko has a bunch of other Star Wars designs that don’t fit that classification. I assume they’re popular, because he’s making more and more of thee things. Ecko’s latest batch includes The Dark Knight, Kiss, Saw and Friday the 13th themed hoodies. I’m not exactly sure if these are cool or not. Personally, they come off a bit too flashy for my tastes. But I thought some of you might be impressed. But at a price tag of nearly $100, will any of you pull out your credit card? More photos and details after the jump.

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You want the rights to some of the classic horror franchises to escape the clutches of Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes? Be careful what you wish for.

A lot of people really don’t like the Platinum Dunes horror remakes. Easy enough to understand; hell, as far as I’m concerned there are only two real Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, and they both have Tobe Hooper‘s name on the director’s card. But people who will see and complain about the Dunes films won’t even touch the Saw franchise. (Which leads me to wonder just who is seeing the Saw movies to make them successful. Damn kids!) Where does that leave fans of a series like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which is now passing from Platinum Dunes into the hands of Saw‘s Twisted Pictures? More to the point, will we ever have to suffer through the marketing for a Texas ChainSAW Massacre? Read More »

VOTD: The SAW Mentos Commercial

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If the horror film Saw was a Mentos commercial… it would look something like this. Warning: the mash-up includes spoilers from the original Saw film. Video after the jump.
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I’m not a fan of the Saw series at all, not so far, so I would like to solicit your comments on what makes it worthwhile. It’s a mystery to me how it attracts so many viewers. And, while you’re here, Saw fans, please also share your feelings on the upcoming videogame spin-off.

The game was in development for a good while before original publisher Brash went bankrupt. Konami have now picked up the pieces (ahem) and revealed what they can to Variety – including a few screenshots. The key details, and a look at a couple of those shots, below the break.

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VOTDWeekend: SAW School Musical

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The Pitch: “What if the world of Saw and High School Musical came together and made a baby? It might resemble this, Saw School Musical.”

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