It is well-established that low-budget supernatural films do well, and jokey low-budget party movies also do well. So why not combine the two?

This year’s Slamdance festival saw the premiere of Ghost Team One, a film that is being positioned as a sort of “Paranormal Activity meets Project X” combo. We saw a trailer back in January, which was effectively a red-band look that emphasized the film’s weirdness. Now that Paramount is getting ready to release the film, in October, there’s a new look at the movie. This one really emphasizes the “party” aspect, with a bit of supernatural activity thrown in. Read More »

Two Mothers

It’s not an exaggeration to say that movie ticket prices cost more than ever nowadays. The average cost of admission hit an all-time high of $8.38 in 2013, up from $7.96 a year ago. And that’s just the national average, mind you. In New York, where I live, a ticket to an IMAX 3D film costs over $20 a person.

Meanwhile, our at-home options have been getting better and better. Not only is the technology itself improving, the selection is getting wider and more varied as well. Where it was once unthinkable for a DVD to hit just a few weeks after the film’s theatrical opening, it’s not uncommon in 2013 to see smaller films released on VOD before they make their way to the cinema.

Studios have taken note of this shift in movie viewing patterns, and are increasingly trying to run with it. Paramount Pictures, for one, is stocking up on indies that can hit theaters and VOD simultaneously. Their first day-and-date release will be Adore, the romantic drama previously titled Two Mothers. More after the jump.

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This weekend, A Haunted House made over $18 million. In a few months, Scary Movie 5 will probably make more. Both are “found footage” comedies in the mold of Paranormal Activity. If you watched the trailers back to back, you’d have a difficult time telling them apart. Which is why I think Ghost Team One is a film to keep an eye on.

Directed by Scott Rutheford & Ben PeyserGhost Team One is similar to those big budget Hollywood films in that it’s a comedy set in a haunted house. There are important differences, however: it has no major stars, it was done on the cheap, and has personality to spare. The film avoids tropes created by Paramormal Activity and uses realistic characters to create actual comedy, mostly centered on two guys creating a documentary to impress a beautiful girl. Ghost Team One will premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT later this week. Check out the trailer now to put this film on your radar. Read More »