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Jason Blum Admits Defeat, Says ‘It’ ‘Eviscerated’ His ‘Paranormal Activity’ Box Office Record

Now that New Line Cinema’s “It” has quickly floated to the status of highest-grossing R-rated horror movie opening ever, Blumhouse founder and CEO Jason Blum is dealing with some mixed feelings. You see, “It” defeated his record. “First of all, ‘It’ didn’t break our record,” ‘It’ trounced it, ‘It’ destroyed it, ‘It’ eviscerated our record,” he told TheWrap with a laugh. Bringing in $123.4 million, the horror hit about Pennywise the Clown grossed more than double in its opening weekend than the previous record holder, “Paranormal Activity 3,” a Blumhouse film that made $52.6 million when it opened in 2011. As …

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The Nun Writer Says It’s Different than Conjuring Films

The Nun writer Gary Dauberman is explaining what separates the upcoming horror thriller from The Conjuring Universe movies that originally featured the character. Filmmaker James Wan all but accidentally created a shared film universe in 2013 with The Conjuring, a horror-thriller that chronicled a case of demonic possession by real-life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). Not only was The Conjuring a huge hit, it spawned a smash spinoff, Annabelle, based on the ghoulish doll that was featured in prologue; and thanks to the massive success of The Conjuring 2, two more characters got spinoff movies: The Crooked Man, and …

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“Annabelle: Creation”

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Horror films these days have so little imagination. “Annabelle: Creation” is the typical mix of demonic possession and creaking doors slamming shut that scares no one except the actors, paid to be petrified on cue. “Annabelle’s” the devil doll who along with the evil spirit of a dead child brings havoc to a haunted house, converted into a girl’s school. They immediately know something’s not quite right. As the disabled child getting in the way of all the tasteless, demonic foolishness, Talitha Bateman is on screen most of the time. Her dialogue comprised of screaming, ranging …

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Exclusive: Spooky ‘Temple’ Clip Teases a Paranormal Predicament

Today, we’re happy to debut an exclusive clip for the upcoming horror thriller, Temple. From You’re Next and The Guest writer Simon Barrett and Mike Macari, executive producer of The Ring trilogy, Temple follows three American tourists searching for an ancient temple, who stumble into a paranormal nightmare on their journey. When Kate (Natalia Warner) recruits her boyfriend (Brandon Sklenar) and her oldest friend (Logan Huffman) for a trip to explore Japan, tensions begin to rise between the trio as they follow a mysterious map through the jungles of Japan on the hunt for the titular temple and discover a …

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‘Annabelle: Creation’ fails to produce scares

I’m not a fan of seeing horror films in theaters. I fear that I’ll embarrass myself by squealing at every jump scare or shouting at the screen, “Don’t go in there!” In fact, I was a thought away from seeing “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature,” so I didn’t have to endure the terror of “Annabelle: Creation.” And this is coming from a guy who hasn’t even seen the first “Nut Job.” To review a sequel without having seen the first film is cardinal sin No. 1 of movie reviewers. For that reason, I endured what I thought would …

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Haunting photos show ‘possessed’ girl

IT’S not often that true events are more unsettling than the horror films they inspire… but that can’t be said for the case of Anneliese Michel. The 23-year-old German girl died shortly after being exorcised, with her upsetting life story being retold in 2005 movie The Exorcism of Emily Rose.   Anneliese and her mum shortly before she died But it turns out that her actual life was far more disturbing than what cinema goers saw. Anneliese was born in 1952 in to a strict Catholic family. Her mum had already lost a child, Martha, who died aged just 8. …

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Rose McGowan Studies the Paranormal in The Sound – Dread Central

A trailer for the upcoming supernatural horror film The Sound has been released and can be seen below along with several stills. The film follows Rose McGowan, who is a paranormal researcher that specializes in using audio as her means of investigation. When she begins studying an abandoned subway station, her skepticism begins to waver as all manners of strange phenomenon begin occurring. Written and directed by Jenna Mattison, the film stars Rose McGowan, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Eklund, Richard Gunn, Jane Moffat, Alex Braunstein, and Michael Giel. The Sound comes to theaters September 29th from Samuel Goldwyn Films. [embedded content] …

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How to make the new old-school horror films

Have you noticed? Sitting there in the darkness? Something has changed in horror movies. Gore is out. Fear is in. When they say, “Be afraid. Be very afraid”, they’re not joking any more. A cinematic century that began with gross-out torture porn (the Saw franchise) and a giddy zombie obsession (28 Days Later, Rec, Quarantine) has evolved into an era of terrifying, old-school, bump-in-the-night horror. Demonic possession is a dominant theme, while visceral thrills are wrung from shadowy corridors, midnight footsteps and the sudden appearance (ideally in a bedroom mirror) of a terrifying ghoul-eyed child or a sodden screaming crone. …

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Annabelle: Creation

Since the early noughties, James Wan has revitalized the horror genre by creating some of the highest-grossing franchises such as Saw and Insidious. His recent horror franchise, The Conjuring, has earned over $970 million worldwide. For those who are unfamiliar with The Conjuring, the series is loosely based on the lives of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, who claimed to have investigated infamous paranormal cases such as the Amityville Horror, the Enfield Poltergeist and the demonic possession of a doll named Annabelle. Although Annabelle appeared as a minor character in the two Conjuring films, the lifeless yet creepy antagonist has …

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‘Annabelle: Creation’ review – NME

Things children are meant to love have always been great horror fodder, but never more so than in recent years and coming months. We’ve got clowns (the terrifying-looking latest adaptation of It hits cinemas next month), pop-up books (quirky 2014 film The Babadook), toys (a new addition to the Childs Play series, Cult Of Chucky, is out in October) and – of course – dolls. Chucky’s spiritual sister Annabelle returns this week in Annabelle: Creation, a prequel to 2014’s Annabelle, itself a prequel to 2013’s The Conjuring. Annabelle is a different breed of haunted toy to Chucky: no wisecracks, no sass, no walking …

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