Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
(Welcome to Cinematic Inspirations, a series where filmmakers talk about the movies that inspired their latest release. In this edition: Christopher Landon talks about the movies that influenced Happy Death Day.)
In the new horror movie Happy Death Day, a young woman is murdered. And then she wakes up the morning of the day she was killed. And then she is murdered again. And then she wakes up. Will solving her murder and catching her killer end the time loop?
If that premise sounds like a few other movies…well, you’re right. And director Christopher Landon is happy to admit it. In fact, he sat down with us to talk about the movies that influenced Happy Death Day, which range from an obvious Bill Murray comedy to a few horror classics to John Hughes.
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Paramount Pictures has released a red band (i.e. uncensored or R-rated) trailer for their upcoming Halloween release Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse. Directed by Christopher Landon, the writer of the Paranormal Activity sequels and director of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, comes a modern Amblin-esque story of a bunch of Boy Scouts who go on an overnight adventure on the same night of the zombie apocalypse. Watch the Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse red band trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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For some, the best parts of the Paranormal Activity franchise are the tension and scares. For others, it’s the mythology and mystery that deepens with every film. The latest entry, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, has all those elements. It marks the first film in the franchise to go strictly handheld and really play with spaces outside of the house. Then it ends on an event so shocking, fans will be discussing it for a long time.
The architect behind it all is Christopher Landon. He wrote the second, third and fourth films before writing and directing The Marked Ones, which tells the spin-off story of a recent high school graduate who is possessed by a demon. In our interview, we talked about the decision to change the aesthetic of the franchise, how the editor plays into an overall consistency, potential comparisons to the film Chronicle, and more.
But most importantly, Landon broke down every story strand potentially changed by the shocking ending and told us whether they would be important, or not, in the upcoming movies. Read the full interview below. Read More »
When Oren Peli released the first Paranormal Activity in 2007, no one would’ve guessed seven years later, we’d still be talking about it. But here we are in 2014, and the fifth film in the franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, is now in theaters. Though the main storyline for this film is separate from the thread of the first four, the series’ overall mythology is expanded and changed significantly near the end, which is likely to leave audiences guessing as to what’s coming next.
What’s coming next is Paranormal Activity 5, in October. While the writer and director of The Marked Ones, Christopher Landon, wouldn’t quite comment on what’ll happen in that film, he did reveal that he, Peli, and producer Jason Blum (among others) have come up with an ultimate ending to the franchise. However, it’s more than one movie away and they might not get there. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
In truth, there wasn’t really anywhere for the Paranormal Activity franchise to go but up after 2012’s abysmal fourth installment. Even so, it’s a relief to report that Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is a springy step up on every level. The spinoff functions exactly as a spinoff should, offering enough of the same-old to satisfy longtime fans while introducing enough new elements to keep the concepts feeling fresh and original.
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Here’s the Swedish trailer for the Latino-themed Paranormal Activity spinoff, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. The film looks a bit like the Paranormal franchise crossed with Chronicle, as a kid looking through the belongings of a recently murdered woman finds himself “marked” and subsequently possessed of inexplicable powers. But that’s only the beginning of his predicament, and things don’t go so well for the guy. Read More »
There’s no sequel to Paranormal Activity this year, but just as the new year turns there will be The Marked Ones. Directed by Christopher Landon (who co-wrote Paranormal Activity 2-4) this is the “Latino-themed” spin-off we’ve heard about. It has some black magic, some super powers via possession, and some good old fashioned street intimidation. Check out a trailer below. Read More »
Lots of news on the Paranormal Activity front over the past few days, just in time to remind fans there won’t be a new movie this year. First up was the news Almanac writers Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman will write the fifth installment of the franchise, set for release October 14, 2014. Next up, they got a boss. Greg Plotkin, editor and co-producer of the last three installments as well as the upcoming spin-off, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, will helm Paranormal Activity 5.
Speaking of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which will be out January 3, that film’s director Christopher Landon (who wrote Paranormal Activity 2-4) will leave the franchise for a new Paramount horror film simply called Scouts vs. Zombies. Read More »
Briefly: Paramount and Blumhouse Productions have been very happily cranking out a new Paranormal Activity film each year since the first became a smash hit in 2009. But the fifth film won’t hit this October. It was pushed back not long ago, and we know now that Paranormal Activity 5 will open (as expected, more or less) on October 14, 2014. There are no announced writers or directors for the film at this point.
But there’s another dose of supernatural found-footage horror coming before that October ’14 date. STYD reports that the first spin-off from the series, aimed at the Latino audience and called Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, will be one of the first films out of the gate next year. Release is planned for January 3 2014. Paranormal Activity 2-4 writer Christopher Landon directed the film, and this confirms the expected January release date.
We don’t know what the story of The Marked Ones will be at this point. We understand that it is set in the same general world as the other films, but don’t know if it relates directly to the story established in the first four core films in the series.
Here’s a quick update on Tuesday’s Paranormal Activity news. Yes, there was a Paranormal Activity film scheduled for release this year and yes, it has now been moved to January 4, 2014. That film was not Paranormal Activity 5, however. It’s the still-untitled Latino centric Paranormal Activity spin-off, which exists in the same world but is mostly unrelated. That film was directed by Paranormal Activity 2-4 writer Christopher Landon.
As for a fifth film in the main franchise, producers have yet to come up with a satisfactory idea yet, so there’s no script or director. All signs point to Paranormal Activity 2-4 editor Greg Plotkin as the man for the job, though. There’s no release date set, but October 2014 seems likely. [The Wrap]