If Monday’s 13-second teaser for the Paranormal Activity 4 trailer whetted your appetite for more found-footage scares, you’ll be happy to see that the first full-length trailer has now hit the web. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who directed Paranormal Activity 3, are once again at the helm. Watch the video after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
My favorite thing this week, without question, is this short documentary about the artist John Baldessari, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the guys who made Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3.
A Brief History of John Baldessari is a wonderfully lively little doc that successfully straddles the line between providing info on the subject and establishing itself as a distinct work. The choice of music doesn’t hurt, but really it is the narration from Tom Waits — his presence demanded by Baldessari, says the film — that gives life to this short. Waits pronounces words in the same way that small animals burrow into the earth, and listening to him read this script is just a joy. Read More »
Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who made the Sundance 2010 hit/talking point Catfish, and went on to direct Paranormal Activity 3, are now set to write and direct The Monkey Wrench Gang. The film is an adaptation of a 1975 novel by Edward Abbey that has been in development for over a decade. It’s a weird book, following a quartet of misfits who attempt to stymie industrial development in the southwest US by employing some unusual sabotage. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Once Paranormal Activity 3 had a gangbuster opening this past October, a fourth film was inevitable. Soon after the release, directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman reportedly agreed to make Paranormal Activity 4 and an October 19, 2012 release date was set. That’s almost exactly seven months to the day from right now.
Which means the film is going to be plenty rushed as Paramount has just signed up Zack Estrin to write the script. Estrin is a producer on the current ABC show The River, which is produced by Paranormal Activity creator and current executive producer Oren Peli. He’s also written on Prison Break, No Ordinary Family but Paranormal Activity 4 marks his feature film debut. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
When Paramount announced they’d hired Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman to direct Paranormal Activity 3, the world of film collectively rolled their eyes. Then the film came out and the duo gouged those eyes out. Joost and Schulman knocked the film out of the park (read my review here), turned a major profit and left a ton of places for the fourth film to go. Now they’ll be the ones to take it there.
After the recent news that Paranormal Activity 4 will be released on October 19, it has now been revealed Joost and Schulman will return as directors, this time with several more months to prepare. Where will the movie go? We speculate and more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2011 by Germain Lussier
NOTE: This review was originally published on September 29th 2011 from a secret screening that took place at Fantastic Fest, and is being republished for the wide release.
The second half of Paranormal Activity 3 is the most consistently intense and frightening segment so far in the popular found footage series. Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (the guys behind Catfish) take their sweet time getting to it but once the scares begin, they don’t let up. That’s the good news. The bad news is for a third film in a series, it adds almost nothing to the overall Paranormal Activity mythology. (Not to mention well over half the footage in the new trailer is NOT in the movie.) Fans might also be disappointed that Katie Featherstone, the star of the first two films, only makes a brief cameo to give a bit of context to the rest of the film which is primarily about her character and her sister as little girls. And they did not have a pleasant childhood.
The world premiere of Paranormal Activity 3 was the second Secret Screening at Fantastic Fest 2011 and you can read more about it after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
Paramount Pictures has released a new movie trailer for Paranormal Activity 3 from Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. We’ve heard unconfirmed rumors that the film might premiere as a secret screening at Fantastic Fest in Austin tonight, and if that is true that shows the studio has confidence in the film (the last movie wasn’t screened for most press).Paramount has also announced a “Tweet To See It First” campaign which will allow twitter users to determine which 20 cities will get to see Paranormal three days before the film’s global release. The third film in the series is a prequel which takes us back to 1988, where we get to “Discover How The Activity Began.” The trailers for past films have been more secretive, where this new spot seems to reveal quite a few scares (so you might want to avoid it if you want to experience the film minus spoilers). Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
We don’t know much about Paranormal Activity 3, but how much do we really need to know? This new poster for the film pretty much gives you everything on a platter: it’s another sequel to the two ‘found footage’ films you either like or have dismissed, and this threequel features kids in danger. What horror fan doesn’t enjoy seeing terrified kids? Click through for the full poster. Read More »
When the first Paranormal Activity was released in 2009, no one could have imagined what a second film, let alone a third film, would hold. It seemed like such a focused scary story. But embedded in Oren Peli’s taught, terrifying film was the back story of a girl named Katie who had been terrorized for years by an unspeakable evil. That evil was given a bit more context in Paranormal Activity 2 which, cleverly, set itself up as both a prequel and sequel to the first film. Now, with Paranormal Activity 3, it seems like the story is going back to its origin: to when Katie and her sister Kristi were kids. And there are few things scarier than little kids being terrorized. Check out the first teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the directors behind last year’s controversial documentary Catfish, have reportedly been hired by Paramount to direct Paranormal Activity 3, according to Dread Central and Bloody-Disgusting. With an eye on an October 21, 2011 release date, Christopher B. Landon, who wrote the second film in the faux-documentary horror franchise, is writing the script while original director Oren Peli will produce along with Jason Blum. Read More »