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Much like the spotlighted villain at the center of its movies, the Friday the 13th franchise is once again coming back from the dead. Paramount Pictures has announced that they will be releasing a brand new title from the long-running horror series on March 13, 2015.
But what exactly is this movie? Is it a sequel to the Marcus Nispel-directed reboot from back in 2009? Is it the continuation of the franchise that seemingly ended in 2003 with Freddy vs. Jason? The answer is none of the above. According to the reliable Exhibitor Relations Twitter account, the new film will be yet another reboot. What makes it interesting, however, is that the movie will be the thirteenth theatrically released movie in the series.
One of the scarier haunted house/demon possession movies in recent years, it brings to mind ’70s supernatural horror films such as The Exorcist with its stillness, steady build of suspense and handsome cinematography.
Director James Wan successfully imbues the film with a sense of foreboding. Along the way the sound effects, unsettling music and eerie mood keep viewers on edge.
While The Conjuring is said to be based on a true story, familiar supernatural thriller tropes abound. But the way Wan keeps the audience in a constant state of dread makes it effective.
A couple of ghost busters anchor the spooky saga. Married couple Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) lecture to rapt audiences about their experiences. Paranormal investigator Ed specializes in demonology and is the only non-priest to assist at exorcisms. Lorraine is clairvoyant. Sometimes the diabolical events she sees are simply too much — she’ll take to her bed for days at a time after a demon purging.
Meanwhile, in rural Harrisville, R.I., Roger and Carolyn Perron (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) have put nearly all of their money into a secluded centuries-old farmhouse. To most viewers it would spell haunted mansion, but to the Perrons it’s a healthy, spacious place to raise their five daughters.
Soon after moving in, the family experiences decidedly un-healthy goings-on. Things literally go bump in the night. Doors blow open or slam shut. Patches of rooms are icy cold. Pictures fling themselves off walls. The family dog barks worriedly and won’t enter the house. The style and degree of torment escalates.
Every nook is shot intriguingly. Long continuous takes, slow-moving zooms and odd camera angels intensify the fear factor. The camera alternately jostles during an unnerving confrontation or glides as if it were itself a spirit.
When the Warrens come to the Perrons to oust the evil spirits, they tote equipment only a bit more sophisticated than the claptrap in Ghostbusters. But the eerie mood counts for more than ghost-tracking instruments.
One of the film’s few flaws is that it doesn’t fully develop the Perrons’ back story. However, both Livingston and Taylor convey a believable parental presence, and Farmiga is topnotch, appearing both calmly in charge and mildly haunted.
Monstrous figures are shown sparingly, rendering them that much scarier.
The net result is an entertainingly frightening film that keeps the audience in a state of alarmed, but eager, anticipation.
Paranormal Activity 5 pushed to January 2014
Paramount Pictures made a surprising change to its release slate today, pushing Paranormal Activity 5 from its October 25, 2013 release date to January 3, 2014.
The sequel will now face off with Fox’s horror-thriller Devil’s Due in the first weekend of January. No reason was given for the release date switch, but it’s possible that the studio wants to exploit the early January success of last year’s thriller The Devil Inside. This will be the first October since the Paranormal Activity franchise launched in 2009 that a sequel won’t be in theaters.
Our first and only story on this sequel was back in November, when Paramount confirmed the October 25, 2013 release date it was just bumped out of. The studio has not revealed a writer, director or cast members as of yet, and, of course, no story details were given.
That report from November also revealed that Paramount was planning a Latino-themed spin-off, set for release sometime in 2013, but it seems likely that isn’t happening until next year as well.
Paranormal Activity 5 comes to theaters October 25th, 2013
Many Friday The 13th fans have been wondering what the long delay is with the Friday The 13th sequel that so many people want to see happen. Delays and rights issues seemed to be at the forefront of the problems, but some huge news just broke today that lends a little insight into why! Check out the bomb that the Hollywood Reporter just dropped on everyone.
When Paramount and Warner Bros. teamed up on Christopher Nolan’s latest movie project,Interstellar, in January, some wondered how Warners made its way on board a project set up at a rival studio.
Now, months later,The Hollywood Reporter has learned more about the price that Warners had to pay in exchange for half the Nolan project. The cast of characters includes Friday the 13th villain Jason Voorhees as well as the foul-mouthed kids from South Park.
Warners, which released Nolan’s megagrossing Batman movies and maintains an overall deal with his Syncopy label, wanted in on Interstellar so badly it gave Paramount its rights to co-finance the next Friday the 13th horror film as well as its portion of a future South Park movie. Also part of the deal was an agreement to let Paramount co-finance a to-be-determined A-list Warners property.
Warner Bros. and Paramount declined to comment on the arrangement.
However, there is a catch: Sources say Paramount only enjoys the rights for both titles for the next five years and has that amount of time to make follow-up movies.
UPDATED: This is huge! I bet we see a new Friday The 13th film coming very, very soon with Paramount having a 5 year window to fully finance their own Friday The 13th film! More details coming soon.
While the nations of the world may differ in regards to political leanings, religious views, and cultural ideologies, there is one thing that every country on Earth can agree on: zombies are the worst. World War Z entrenches everywhere from New York to Paris to Berlin to Sydney. Breaking language barriers and trumping the blockades of xenophobia, the undead infestation makes its way into all of the world’s major cities in these new banners from the forthcoming Brad Pitt apocalypse film. Doesn’t matter where you are, your hometown will hop aboard the spreading trend soon enough. Check out the banners, and catch the film in theaters on June 21.
Marvel’s Phase Two is already underway with Iron Man 3 in theaters, and Thor: The Dark World coming this Thanksgiving. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is shooting right now, with Guardians of the Galaxy deep into pre-production and The Avengers 2 screenplay completed. So that means Marvel is of course thinking about their Phase Three plans with only Ant-Man confirmed at this point. What else might be included in this third leg of the Marvel movie legacy?
Kevin Feige recently caught up with Entertainment Weekly, and offered a list of potential titles, with the fact that Doctor Strange is likely to be confirmed next. While we’ve heard most of these titles batted about the Internet before, one title sticks out like a sore thumb, and that’s Marvel Zombies. We haven’t really heard this mentioned before in terms of being included as a Marvel Phase Three project.
Here are the possible Marvel Phase Three titles
Iron Man 4
About the inclusion of Marvel Zombies, which seems like the least likely of these projects to get made, Kevin Feige had this to say.
“Marvel Zombies is such a funny thing because its such a cool comic and it’s such a cool idea, but the bigger profile becomes what starts to happen [with fans]? Are you going to draw figures in chalk with your 3-year-old with Hulk eating someone? Or Captain America with his brains coming out of the top of his head? Probably not…?”
Marvel Zombies is a five book comic series that features most of its superheroes turning into flesh hungry zombies searching for food during the apocalypse. While Kevin Feige doubts this will get made during Marvel Phase Three, he is much more optimistic about Doctor Strange.
“I would love Doctor Strange to be a part of that only because he’s a great character. He’s a great standalone character. He’s got a great origin story, for the most part. And that world of pure magic, we haven’t done yet. There’s a whole supernatural/magic alternate dimension going on in the Marvel comics that we haven’t ever touched on. So I think that’s exciting.”
One Marvel mainstay that won’t likely be a part of Marvel Phase Three is Iron Man 4, especially with Robert Downey Jr. not completely on board. But Kevin Feige is optimistic that we will see a rebooted version of the movie during Marvel Phase Four or Phase Five.
“I believe there will be a fourth Iron Man film and a fifth and a sixth and a 10th and a 20th. I see no reason why Tony Stark can’t be as evergreen as James Bond. Or Batman for that matter. Or Spider-Man. I think Iron Man is a character just like that.”
Kevin Feige also doesn’t feel optimistic about the recent titles that just came back to the studio, including Daredevil, The Punisher, Blade, and Ghost Rider. We’ll see reboots eventually, but probably not in Phase Three.
“All those characters are back. They all have potential, but I think we need to find the right time. We’re not going to say, we got it back – make it!”
Hulk is as close to a sure thing as Doctor Strange is in terms of being in Phase Three. Though Kevin Feige was the first to tease Planet Hulk as a Phase Three movie, the title may not move in that direction.
“People were like, ‘You’ve already had two movies. How is that going to happen?’. One of the goals that we talked about with Joss Whedon was we want Hulk to be cool again. What we’re excited about exploring and expanding is Mark Ruffalo – and Banner’s not in Planet Hulk at all. The fun of the Planet Hulk is his interaction with humans. Mark could stand in his own movie. We’re talking about it. We’re excited to sit down and go, ‘What is a stand-alone Hulk movie? If anyone could be a great 55-year-old Hulk, it’s Mark Ruffalo so I’m not worried about that.”
The next installment of Friday The 13th is still in the writing stages, but rumors are abundant of the plot, with some of them being confirmed. Rumor has it, the next Friday The 13th movie in 2014 will be set in the winter, it will not be in 3D and they will improve on the kills. Could we see Jason venting his anger on snowboarders, and snowmobilers? Perhaps he unleashes his machete on hockey players and engages in deadly snowball fights?
We have also been told that the film may take another twist, and go the way of ‘found footage’. The studio may not only switch the setting from a snowy background, but also turn it into a “foundfootage” film like “Paranormal Activity” and “The Blair Witch Project.”…. I hate this angle and hope they don’t do it, since this has been done to death. TO DEATH! Please don’t make the new Friday The 13th into a found footage film.. please!
One other version that is being rumoured .. .and we like the most.. suggests the movie could be a prequel. We don’t really know much about Jason, his mom and the background at Crystal Lake, and here is the time to tell the story. Ok, so here’s the rumour …
A prequel that showed Jason’s mother being raped and beaten by her satanic husband. Jason’s mother was pregnant when the possessed fetus starts communicating with her, commanding her to kill her husband. He beat her badly which caused Jason to be malformed, which makes sense. Jason looks really fucked up when he leaps from the lake in the first film, his beatings in the womb may explain this angle. Mrs. Pamela Voorhees ends up giving birth to Jason near Crystal Lake. Voorhees is working at a nearby diner when a camp counselor hires her as a camp cook and convinces her and Jason to move onto the camp grounds.
Jason gets picked on by the other children, he’s an outcast and a deformed one, making him an easy target. It all ends (or should I say begins) when one day the evil little bastards send him into the lake, telling him a girl wants to kiss him and he drowns. How he drowns is still a mystery, we believe he is pushed in the lake by the shitty kids, and they all watch him drown… thinking he’ll be ok.
Cool right? This plot makes way more sense than a found footage angle…
Friday the 13th: Part 2
While you wait for the next Friday The 13th movie, you can scare the shit out of your friends with this cute little ‘Crystal Lake Webcam‘ … also, check out the behind the scenes footage from our Friday The 13th movie page we created for the 2009 film.
Friday the 13th: Part 2 Release Date
Filming was supposed to begin in early 2011.. but it could be a late 2013 but probably a 2014 release date. There are a lot of rumours swirling about what is happening with the new Friday The 13th movie, but it looks like it is still a go.
Who’s In It?
Derek Mears has been confirmed as Jason, if it is a continuation of the series with an ‘older’ Vorhees running around with a hockey mask. Contrary to all the other rumours we heard, nobody else is confirmed yet.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest Friday The 13th News.
The rumour of a back-story here is positive. We really have no idea of Jason’s real background, why his mother was the way she was…. where her evil came from. That being said, people want to see Jason, not sure if there is enough here to warrant a movie about the Vorhees past. The thought of a new take on the series is exciting.
They can’t get this right. They are trying to take the ’13th’ series in a new direction but are failing at every turn. The 2009 FT13 was just so so, they blew a ton of opportunities…I haven’t lost faith in them turning the series around but they need to be on their A game.