Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones/Paranormal Activity 5
We all know about the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise, it started off so well with ‘Paranormal Activity’ in 2007, although not much really happened; the suspense and your own imagination created your worst nightmare in the form of the antagonist. The low-budget, Oren Peli directed flick, mirrored ‘The Blair Witch Project’ in so many ways, and added some originality to horror and launched the found-footage genre back in to the mainstream. So it was a real shame when the creators jumped on the money band wagon and instead of thinking out how they would create sequels to the films, they rushed in to them. Resulting in another two films which more or less just used the same aspects of the first but put them in a different order – although to be fair they do both have their moments, there just weren’t enough of them. The fourth film in series was just terrible, I can safely say the most horror fans would agree that sitting through it was a mission, and the story never amounted to anything. After the fourth you would assume that the franchise would be put to rest, nope here comes a fifth film, this one is called ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’. Rather than using the story line which carried the first four films, this is a sort of spin-off and instead of an American family, the demon is this time centred around a Latino cast. The creators are staying tight-lipped about the plot at the moment, apart from the main character being marked by the demon cult. However from the trailer it does looks as though they have finally attempted to do something different with the story line.
Estimated Release: 1st January 2014
It doesn’t stop there though, along with this spin-off, Gregory Plotkin – the editor of all the other instalments – is directing another, so the sixth film in the franchise. It is being called ‘Paranormal Activity 5’, and is going to feature ‘Katie’ – played by Katie Featherson – who has featured in all the previous films. That is all that is known about the sixth film at the moment.
Estimated Release: 24th October 2014
Jeepers Creepers: Cathedral
‘Jeepers Creepers’ has become a favourite for cult horror fans since its release in 2001; its original plot, unnerving violent scenes and the horrifying yet oddly comedic antagonist created an incredibly enjoyable horror film. ‘Jeepers Creepers 2’ was released in 2003, although it did not create the same creepiness which the first offered, it was still a great little horror flick which related back to the first film well, and definitely set up for a third film. Well now after 10 years it seems the wait is over, as it has been announced that ‘ Jeepers Creepers: Cathedral’ is in production. I’m sure many horror fans will be happy to see the ‘Creeper’ back on the screen, slaughtering for his food for 23 days once again. Victor Slava is back in the directing chair for his third helping, at the moment the story line seems to be based 23 years after the first film. ‘Trish’ – from the first film – is living with her son ‘Darry’ who she has named after her brother who was killed by the creeper 23 years ago. She has a recurring dream where her son suffers the same fate as her brother. So she sets out to kill the ‘Creeper’ once and for all with ‘Jack Taggart Sr.’ from the second film.
Estimated Release: Not Yet Known
From Dusk Till’ Dawn: TV Series
Another cult classic film here. In 1996 the ‘Robert Rodriguez’ directed and ‘Quentin Tarantino’ written film ‘From Dusk Till’ Dawn’ was released – and it was spectacular. As these are two of my favourite directors this film gives me everything I want. The first half is full of dialogue-driven scenes and ‘Tarantino’ style settings, along with his classic acting choices, including: Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and Michael Parks. Then the second half is a no-holds-barred ‘Rodriguez’ style film, with over-the-top gore, incredible make-up effects on the murderous vampires and ‘Rodriguez’s’ own classic actor choice – Danny Trejo. There have since been two sequels which were both produced by ‘Tarantino’ and ‘Rodriguez’.
Now a Television show is being created called ‘From Dusk Till’ Dawn: The Series’ which includes all of the same characters – but not the same actors – and appears to follow the same plot line as the first film, but it will be spread out through the episodes and will go in to more detail as the ‘Gecko Brothers’ and the ‘Fuller’ family drive down to the ‘Titty Twister’ bar. Let’s hope that it delivers the same thrills as the first film did.
Estimated Release: 2014 –