2014 Year in Review: Christopher B. Landon’s Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

The Confusing Politics of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones by Sean Bottai THIS MONTH WE’LL BE THINKING THROUGH SOME OF 2014’S BEST AND/OR MOST SUCCESSFUL HORROR FILMS. WE’LL TRY TO SPOT CONNECTIONS, TENSIONS AND LARGER THEMES, AS WELL AS FIGURE OUT WHY SOME FILMS SUCCEED AND SOME FAIL AT ACHIEVING THEIR GOALS. MOVIES WILL BE DISCUSSED […]

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Movie Discussion: Adrian Lyne’s Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Monthly Theme: Best of the 1990s The Film: Jacob’s Ladder Country of origin: U.S.A. Date of U.S. release: November 2, 1990 Studio: Carolco Pictures Distributer: TriStar Pictures Domestic Gross: $26 million Budget: $25 million (estimated) Director: Adrian Lyne Producers: Mario Kassar, et al. Screenwriter: Bruce Joel Rubin Adaptation? No. Cinematographer: Jeffrey L. Kimball Make-Up/FX: Conrad […]

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Movie Discussion: Michael Winner’s The Sentinel (1977)

Monthly Theme: Religious Cults The Film: The Sentinel Country of origin: U.S.A Date of U.S. release: January 7, 1977 Studio: Universal Pictures & Jeffrey Konvitz Productions Distributer: Universal Pictures Domestic Gross: $4 million Budget: $3.7 million (estimated) Director: Michael Winner Producers: Jeffrey Konvitz & Michael Winner Screenwriters: Jeffrey Konvitz & Michael Winner Adaptation? Yes, of the […]

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Movie Discussion: Don Coscarelli’s John Dies at the End (2012)

Monthly Theme: Indie Horror The Film: John Dies at the End Country of origin: U.S.A. Date of U.S. release: January 25, 2013 Studio: M3 Alliance, et al. Distributer: Magnet Releasing Domestic Gross: $141,000 Budget: ? Director: Don Coscarelli Producer: Brad Baruh, et al. Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli Adaptation? Yes, from the 2007 novel John Dies at […]

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Movie Discussion: Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity (2007)

Monthly Theme: Blockbusters The Film: Paranormal Activity Date of U.S. release: September 25, 2009 Studio: Solana Films & Blumhouse Productions Distributer: Paramount Pictures & DreamWorks SKG Domestic Gross: $107.9 million Budget: $15,000 (estimated) Director: Oren Peli Producer: Jason Blum, et al. Screenwriter: Oren Peli Adaptation? No. Cinematographer: Oren Peli Make-Up/FX: Crystal Cartwright, et al. Music: […]

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