Screen Junkies » oren peli http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:41:43 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The 8 Found Footage Projects That Got It Right http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-8-found-footage-projects-that-got-it-right/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-8-found-footage-projects-that-got-it-right/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 20:22:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=244754 How does 'The River' compare?

The post The 8 Found Footage Projects That Got It Right appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
Oren Peli‘s The River premieres tonight on ABC, and advance buzz is that it’s fantastic. The series is presented entirely as found footage as family members search a mysterious jungle for their lost father. The scares are said to be ample courtesy of the jungle creatures that terrorize the cast.

It’s television’s first major attempt to create a found footage series and should be interesting to see how they manage to maintain the conceit. Comparisons to Lost are already being drawn due to the location and general creepiness, though this seems as it will be purely popcorn entertainment, which I welcome. At least it won’t leave us obsessing over mysteries that leave us wanting answers beyond “because we said so.”

So in honor of The River, here’s a list of found footage films that nail it. How will The River stack up?

Chronicle

Now in theaters, Chronicle is enjoying some really strong word of mouth. In fact, the reaction so far has been “OMG!!!1!!!!!!!!BESTFILMEVAR!1.” Which is pretty high praise, I’d say. I haven’t had the opportunity to see the dark superhero film yet myself, but maybe I’ll cancel my weekend plans and check it out. Those needy orphans I feed on Saturdays will be so disappointed.

Paranormal Activity Series

Though it has collected its share of detractors, Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity films clean up at the box office for good reason. They’re really, really creepy. The camera techniques introduced in each of the films crank up the scares of The Blair Witch Project by layering the suspense with inventive devices. In other words, it takes the house Blair Witch built and makes its walls bleed.

The Troll Hunter

The Troll Hunter‘s contribution to the world of found footage films is its subject matter. Filmed in a documentary style, three Norwegian film students stumble upon the government’s secret eradication of giant trolls and the man hired to exterminate them. Previously, found footage films depended on tight quarters and spooky occurrences. The Troll Hunter takes a quieter approach to build the world of the trolls and their Hunter while interspersing the story with thrilling battles with the giant creatures.

The post The 8 Found Footage Projects That Got It Right appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-8-found-footage-projects-that-got-it-right/feed/ 0 Chronicle-Movie-2012 ParanormalActivity02 The-Troll-Hunter
Our 5 Guesses As To The Plot Of ‘Paranormal Activity 4′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/our-5-guesses-as-to-the-plot-of-paranormal-activity-4/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/our-5-guesses-as-to-the-plot-of-paranormal-activity-4/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2012 16:43:16 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241281 A few potential pitches.

The post Our 5 Guesses As To The Plot Of ‘Paranormal Activity 4′ appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
Paramount has announced that (as suspected) Paranormal Activity 4 will be filming soon for release later this year. This news doesn’t really come as a shock since the films have proven to be the most profitable films ever. Shot on shoestring budgets, they all managed to earn no less than $100 million worldwide. Paranormal Activity 3 broke October records by opening with $52.6 million this past Halloween season. It only makes sense that there would be another film or two creatively as well. The series has set up a few situations that they’ve held back from explaining, leaving us with more questions than when we first sat down to watch.

So, it was inevitable that we’d see another go around of suburban hauntings. What remains unseen is what will this film be about? Many are crying (dumbly) for the series to eschew its found footage approach and shoot it as a traditional film. Others are suggesting (dumbly) that the action center around a new family. We figured we’d help out and pitch these potential storylines for future films. Note to Oren Peli: If you’re interested, we’ll work cheap.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON

Go Totally 90′s

If you take into account the clues already hinted at throughout the series, it’s likely the next film will follow Katie and Kristi into the 1990′s. It’s been referenced that the hauntings have happened throughout the sisters’ lives, most notably in 1988, 1992, and 2006. We’ve seen what happens in 1988 and 2006 which leaves the 1992 tapes as a missing piece to the puzzle. Here’s how they should approach it.

Eager to win the $100,000 prize on America’s Funniest Home Videos, Katie and Kristi have decided to tape every moment of their lives in the hopes that someone will fall in a hilarious fashion. But their efforts to meet Bob Saget prove misguided when strange paranormal occurrences begin to happen again.

The demon offers to help the girls win the prize money by hitting their mom’s boyfriend in the nuts with a softball while they film. But Kristi now knows better than to make any arrangements with a demon and refuses. To show how serious she is, she stops speaking to Toby and everyone else for months. This causes the demon to escalate his tormenting of the family and leads to many more creepy scares. The family bands together and flees the house, but the demon has planted several rakes which they all hilariously step on and hit themselves in the face. However, this tape is lost in the mail when it is sent to AFHV.

Show What Katie’s Up To Now

The biggest mystery of the series revolves around adult Katie. When we last saw her, she was possessed and had just kidnapped her daughter’s infant son. Fast forward to the present day. Katie is still in hiding with her nephew, Hunter. They pose as mother and son and live in a crappy Florida apartment complex when Toby the Demon finally tracks them down. Police (who are being followed by a reality television crew) respond to a neighbor’s call about a loud disturbance, finding and arresting Katie.

The news makes national headlines and Katie is subjected to cameras 24 hours a day between her cell and her televised trial. However it turns into a circus when the judge’s gavel and a bailiff are thrown across the room by an invisible force.

Kristi: The College Years

College is a time for experimentation and testing your boundaries, which means heavy drinking and sex. However, a lot of young people feel conflicted because they have boyfriends or girlfriends waiting for them back home. These relationships are typically forced to end as the newly found freedom and temptation prove too strong.

Now imagine that some girl’s ex is an invisible demon. Whichever film and video major that Kristi ends up with in college has a whole lot more to worry about than loud noises when Toby arrives to try to work things out with his child bride.

Focus On Grandma

There’s no doubt that Grandma Lois can answer all of the questions that surround the Paranormal Activity franchise. It’s time that a film give her some real screen time and help tie up the loose ends.

Just because she’s a rich witch doesn’t mean all her needs are met. A woman gets lonely sometimes and needs someone to help her feel young again. Enter Domingo, her live-in gigolo. In addition to the homemade porn tapes they make together, her boy-toy is also an aspiring actor. Therefore, he often spends his time videotaping monologues and audition tapes. One day, he stumbles across Lois’s secret and begins to explore the house along with his camera. What he finds puts him and the rest of his acting class in danger.

Give Hunter His Own Movie

To the best of anyone’s knowledge so far, the demon is after a first-born male for his soul. Would that mean that the demon feasts on the soul, or possesses the child? Either way, that could make for a terrifying creepy child twist on the series. Hunter is now a toddler and living with adoptive parents. Paranoid about the safety of their child, they send him to a daycare center that provides parents with piece of mind by setting a webcam in the room with all of the little students.

The demon sees the veritable buffet of young souls around him and begins throwing tables and slamming doors. He feeds off the fear that generates so that he can grow powerful enough to dine on them all.

However, one thing the demon didn’t anticipate is that the daycare provider is actually Detective John Kimble, an undercover cop trying to get a bead on the child of a ruthless drug dealer. Though people assume he has a tumor and has gone crazy, Kimble is certain that the strange activities are paranormal in nature, and he’ll will do whatever it takes to protect his class. In the final scenes, Kimble steals an enchanted sword that the coven has used to keep Toby under control. In a climatic battle on the edge of the daycare’s Hell Mouth (long story), Kimble plunges the sword through Toby’s chest. The demon loses his power of invisibility as it manifests just before dying. Kimble comments, “God, you’re ugly,” before kicking him into the Hell Mouth. Appeased with this sacrifice, the Hell Mouth seals itself shut.

Freed of the demon’s control, Hunter is reunited with his sister, Ali. And the police are all like, “Here. You raise him.”

The post Our 5 Guesses As To The Plot Of ‘Paranormal Activity 4′ appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/our-5-guesses-as-to-the-plot-of-paranormal-activity-4/feed/ 0 Katie 1992 pa2katehunter Paranormal-Activity-Katie-and-Micah AAHart Paranormal-Activity-2
‘Paranormal Activity 3′ Trailer Goes Back To The 80′s http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/paranormal-activity-3-trailer-goes-back-to-the-80s/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/paranormal-activity-3-trailer-goes-back-to-the-80s/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:35:45 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=221308 Why does this family videotape their every action? Are they the Kardashians?

The post ‘Paranormal Activity 3′ Trailer Goes Back To The 80′s appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
Taking a page out of JJ Abrams‘s Super 8 playbook, Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli has decided to go retro for the third installment of the found footage franchise. This time, rather than filming in the vain of Steven Spielberg, they chose to pay homage to Full House. Or something.

At first I was certain that this was a well-produced fan-made video but it seems to be the genuine article. It also looks like it solves the mystery of why these girls have been haunted their entire lives. Hopefully, it will also explain why this family loves to videotape their every move. They’re like the Kardashians.

Paranormal Activity 3 is directed by the Catfish team of Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and will be in theaters October 21st, 2011.


 

 

The post ‘Paranormal Activity 3′ Trailer Goes Back To The 80′s appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/paranormal-activity-3-trailer-goes-back-to-the-80s/feed/ 0
‘Area 51′ Will Eventually Be Ready To Screen http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/area-51-will-eventually-be-ready-to-screen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/area-51-will-eventually-be-ready-to-screen/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 22:40:02 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214981 What is the GD hold-up?

The post ‘Area 51′ Will Eventually Be Ready To Screen appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
When it was announced that Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli and producer Jason Blum would make the cheap-o horror flick, Area 51, back in October of 2009 we all assumed it would be a quick production. So, what’s the GD hold-up? Talk, Blum:

Area 51 is like Paranormal Activity. The additional photography for Paranormal Activity, we went back 50 times. The great thing about doing extra shooting for inexpensive movies is that the cost is low, so we screen and shoot and screen and shoot. Oren and I were pulled away from Area 51 a lot for the second Paranormal. Once that came out, we ramped up on Area 51 again. I anticipate the movie will be mostly done in about three or four months. They can’t set a release date yet until we do all of that.

Take all the time you need, fellas. Release dates for found footage alien films are a bit of a tough score these days. I just called my guy. The entire town is dry. (Shock Til You Drop)

The post ‘Area 51′ Will Eventually Be Ready To Screen appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/area-51-will-eventually-be-ready-to-screen/feed/ 0
‘Paranormal Activity’ Director and ABC Taking Dip In ‘The River’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/paranormal-activity-director-and-abc-taking-dip-in-the-river/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/paranormal-activity-director-and-abc-taking-dip-in-the-river/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Oren Peli, the writer-director of the indie hit Paranormal Activity is looking to get his feet wet in the world of television. Peli is close to landing a deal with ABC to bring his original drama idea "The River" to primetime. According to Deadline, "The River follows the story of a famed adventurer/TV personality who goes missing and is presumed dead deep in the Amazon. His friends and crew go to look for him on their state-of-the-art research vessel." The show would be shot shakey-cam-style (cinema verite to all you elitists) like Paranormal Activity, a trend that's quickly becoming tiresome. I'm not sure how you make an entire series out of that premise, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. I'm more concerned about this "state-of-the-art" research vessel. Such words make James Cameron's ears ring. If he gets word that people are doing "research" near "water" he could take the whole thing over and turn it into an Omnimax documentary about indigenous jungle wildlife.

The post ‘Paranormal Activity’ Director and ABC Taking Dip In ‘The River’ appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>

Oren Peli, the writer-director of the indie hit Paranormal Activity is looking to get his feet wet in the world of television. Peli is close to landing a deal with ABC to bring his original drama idea "The River" to primetime. According to Deadline, "The River follows the story of a famed adventurer/TV personality who goes missing and is presumed dead deep in the Amazon. His friends and crew go to look for him on their state-of-the-art research vessel." The show would be shot shakey-cam-style (cinema verite to all you elitists) like Paranormal Activity, a trend that’s quickly becoming tiresome.

I’m not sure how you make an entire series out of that premise, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. I’m more concerned about this "state-of-the-art" research vessel. Such words make James Cameron‘s ears ring. If he gets word that people are doing "research" near "water" he could take the whole thing over and turn it into an Omnimax documentary about indigenous jungle wildlife.

 

The post ‘Paranormal Activity’ Director and ABC Taking Dip In ‘The River’ appeared first on Screen Junkies.

]]>
http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/paranormal-activity-director-and-abc-taking-dip-in-the-river/feed/ 0