Entries 1 through 5
5. Paranormal Activity 2
Paramount know a good thing when they see it. Since Paranormal Activity was a huge hit in 2009, the sequel was a given. Oren Peli steps aside; Tod Williams takes over the director’s chair. The story and style of filming, however, is extremely similar, and this is more prequel than sequel, although a few scenes do include Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat. Made lots of money (yes, there will be a third). Reviewed here.
A remake of the 1978 film about killer piranha fish, this entry was originally released in 3D to strong critical reviews. Directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes remake, Mirrors), it doesn’t skimp on the blood and boobs. With Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd. Reviewed here.
Better than anticipated effort that was written by M. Night Shyamalan, who gives up the director’s chair this time around. The result is an interesting and claustrophobic, if quaint, tale about people trapped in a building elevator who realize the devil is among them. Reviewed here.
2. The Crazies
This remake of the George Romero film from 1973 – about small town inhabitants turned into mad zombies by a strange toxin – generated some buzz and was said to be a big improvement from the original film. Stars Timothy Olyphant.
1. Let Me In
The remake of the Swedish horror/drama Let The Right One In generates surprisingly positive reviews by not straying too far from the style of the original. Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), it’s the story of a bullied boy who meets a girl who is a vampire. Twilight, it’s not.
The Last Exorcism (Camera crew films “documentary” on an exorcism. Response is mixed)
Black Death (Gritty period piece concerning the bubonic plague. Has been compared with The Wicker Man)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (Remake of Wes Craven’s original classic is a bit of a letdown)
My Soul To Take (Speaking of Wes Craven – this latest serial killer flick by him got mixed reviews at best)
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