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Film Review: Paranormal Activity (2007) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: Oren Peli

Starring: Katie Featherstone and Micah Sloat

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

The Blair Witch Project paved the way for found footage horror back in 1999, with it’s slick ad campaign and it’s unseen level of tension brought on by unknown actors. Fast forward to 2007, Oren Peli creates his own terrifying vision. Two years later, Paramount Pictures sees the potential and starts a campaign to get people interested. It worked, and what followed became one of the most successful horror franchises of all time. With the release of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension today (Which isn’t playing in my town, so I can’t review it), I thought we’d look back and see what made this first film so special.

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Film Review: The Gallows (2015) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: Travis Cluff

Starring: Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown and Ryan Shoos

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

Do you have school spirit? Neither do I, but some folks do, but in this case, this High School has a real one. His name is Charlie, and one day, 20 years ago, he died during a stage production of “The Gallows” after a prop noose goes haywire and literally hangs him on stage. Now, the school plans on doing the show once more to honor him, but the high school jocks Reese and Ryan (Played by Reese Mishler and Ryan Shoos) are not having any of that. Does the ghost let the show go on? Or do the jocks get their way and cancel the show? I kinda wish they got it cancelled…

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Movie Review: Oculus (2013)

Oculus-poster-with-Karen-GillanReviewed by: Phantomhour (Brendan Graham)

I always have incredibly high hopes for horror films, and most of them lately have seemed to disappoint me. I want to be frightened. I want to care about the characters and their safety, and I want to sink into my seat with dread. Is that too much to ask? Not anymore, with the release of the magnificent, Oculus.

In the film, A young woman (Dr. Who’s Karen Gillan) tries to destroy an antique mirror with her brother (played by Brenton Thwaites), that has caused countless deaths to all of it’s previous owners, including their own parents.

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What Works:

I’ll start out with how phenomenal the cast is. A movie of this kind could have easily been taken as a silly story and acted as such, but the cast is so professional and likable, that the movie just flows beautifully. Major props to the younger versions of Kaylie and Tim, who are put through quite a bit of hell, and emote it amazingly, kudos to them.

The way the movie jumps between two time periods is also genius, and it keeps the audience on their toes around every twist and turn. This isn’t one of those movies you can text your way through, if you don’t pay attention, you’re not getting the full benefits. The script is tightly put together and the scenes are edited well, the movie doesn’t drag at all, it’s a solid ride.

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The sound design is phenomenal and creates some of the finest tension along side with the amazing cinematography. I can’t recall the last time I actually felt this legitimately frightened for the characters, as the movie went on, I gripped my chair tighter and tighter. Scary? Absolutely.

What Doesn’t Work:

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There are a few bits that proved problematic for the experience, and it mostly involves the previews for this movie. Avoid them if possible, because a lot of the greatest bits get slightly spoiled. Which is a shame for sure. The film is also full of moments where if you blink, you’ll miss some of the better bits.

Final Score:

LegendarySmart, Vicious and genuinely scary, Oculus is a horror fans dream come true, and if you haven’t already bought your ticket for this paranormal fright fest, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. 9 out of 10.