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October 2009

raymac Written by raymac
Oct. 9, 2009 | 3:55 PM

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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY expands to a theatre near you

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After a young, middle class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban “starter” tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night.

Especially when they sleep. Or try to.

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I saw this film in 2007 at Screamfest (the 2009 edition of Screamfest starts next Friday) and it blew me away. It is a truly scary film. It works by building tension and anticipation and by playing on the fact that what is not shown can be more frightening because your imasgination fills it in for you.

I am glad that they are finally releasing it as the originally planned big budget remake would have fallen flat. The lack of special effects and recognizable stars helps fuel the illusion that you are watching real footage and not a piece of fiction.

Now is your chance to see what everyone is talking about. See it on the big screen with an audience for the best effect.!

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raymac Written by raymac
Oct. 8, 2009 | 8:00 PM

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The film marked Sam Raimi’s triumphant return to the horror genre. Now you have a chance to win one of four Drag Me To Hell DVDs courtesy of Universal Home Entertainment.

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Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is on her way to having it all: a devoted boyfriend (Justin Long), a hard-earned job position, and a bright future. But when she’s forced to make a tough decision that evicts an elderly woman from her house, Christine becomes the victim of an evil curse. Now she has only three days to dissuade a dark spirit from stealing her soul before she is dragged to hell for an eternity of unthinkable torment. Director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man and the Evil Dead trilogy) returns to the horror genre with a vengeance in the film that critics rave is “the most crazy, fun and terrifying horror movie in years!” (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly)

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Own it October 13th on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download.

Includes two versions of the movie -
Unrated Director’s Cut and Theatrical

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Gordon S. Miller Written by Gordon S. Miller
Oct. 4, 2009 | 4:58 PM

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Written by Senora Bicho

The Stepfather
is a thriller loosely based on the real case of John List. I was a 14-year-old when it was released and remember it being pretty creepy. I haven’t seen it in many years and was curious if it would still be as spine-chilling as I remembered. 

It opens with a blood-covered man who has apparently just murdered his family. He cleans himself up, takes his bloody clothes, and leaves town. One year later, he appears as Jerry Blake (Terry O’Quinn) and is recently married to widow Susan Main (Shelley Hack). Susan’s 16-year-old daughter Stephanie (Jill Schoelen) dislikes Jerry and blames him for creating distance in the relationship with her mom. When Stephanie gets expelled from school, she suggests going to boarding school in an attempt to get away from Jerry, but he won’t allow it. Jerry continues to try and win Stephanie over, but she continues to keep his at a distance.

The brother of Jerry’s last wife, Jim Ogilvie (Stephen Shellen), convinces a reporter to run an article on the slaying of his sister, which surfaces at a neighborhood BBQ. Jerry becomes enraged, and Stephanie witnesses a tantrum in the basement. She becomes suspicious and writes to the newspaper asking for a picture of the suspected murderer. Jerry intercepts the photo when it arrives and reacts with another violent outburst.

Ogilvie continues to investigate his sister’s killer and Stephanie confesses to her psychiatrist that she is frightened of Jerry, who continues to unravel as the film moves towards its climatic conclusion.

A couple of special features are included on the DVD. There is an audio commentary with director Joseph Ruben who later went on to direct Sleeping with the Enemy, The Good Son and The Forgotten, three intense thrillers worth seeing. “The Stepfather Chronicles” is a new featurette with interviews and behind-the-scenes information on the film.

O’Quinn is absolutely frightening as a man teetering on the edge. The film gets its first-ever DVD release on October 13th. There is also a remake being released in theaters October 16th with Dylan Walsh in the lead role. Walsh has large shoes to fill as O’Quinn’s performance is the reason the original works so well.

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