Paranormal Activity 4

Paranormal Activity 4

To celebrate the Halloween season I went to see Paranormal Activity 4. Unfortunately I think that the creators of this particular franchise might have been better off stopping at the end of the trilogy. I personally really like films that are creepy and psychologically scary, much more than ones that are gory. I’m not a slash and gash horror fan at all. With that said, I understand that this type of horror film need to build up the tension from normal everyday life to creepy over the course of the film. Although Paranormal Activity 4 did a reasonable job during the middle of the film where you find yourself straining to see what is happening in the living room through the parade of tracking lights that are raining down on the room. The characters that behave completely contrary to what any real people would do, pull you away from the story in the latter part of the film, and the third act rush made the film feel incredibly out of balance. When you add an ending that looks like something out of a bad zombie flick, instead of one with a coven of witches on the loose, and you have a recipe for a poorly handled Paranormal Activity 4 film. The original film in the Paranormal Activity series was part of the ultracheap DIY films that was picked up by a major studio, which remade the final scene of the film to add the wow factor. Following its success, the franchise did passably well with their second film and surprised many people with the third film garnering a 68%...
Splice

Splice

If you are looking for an intriguing alien/horror film to watch, Splice is a good choice. Splice stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as two scientists who cross the line between research and obsession. Both scientists will do almost anything to keep their research alive, including using their own DNA to move things along. Dren played rather brilliantly in Splice by both Abigail Chu, as the young Dren, and Delphine Chanéac, as the adult Dren, is the result of playing God. The next dilemmas come over whether or not they should disclose the fact that they now have a “child” from the research; and then what do you do when you discover that the cute little alien “child” is actually quite deadly, if provoked. Can they train Dren to use her abilities only to protect herself from a true threat? The scientific questions are actually very interesting and not beyond the realm of what could come about in these days of scientific and technological breakthroughs. Splice has a small cast, which suits the mood, and tension of the film. They are put to good use by the director, Vincenzo Natali. Known best so far for Cube by sci-fi/horror fans, he brings the same detailed thought and attention to the character development in this film. Some fun twists and turns keeps you on your toes, and Dren’s humanity keeps you off-balance and vulnerable. This is not a movie for kids. It deals with adult issues, and the story gets very intense. There is a fair amount of profanity, and sexual material, but more than that there are sections in the...
The House of the Devil

The House of the Devil

The horror genre may appear to be going through dry spell; however, there is always room for great films in any genre. The majority of horror films use dark shadows, blood, guts, and torture to scare their audiences. These aspects are present in The House of The Devil; however, they are not the filmmakers’ primary devices.

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