Tuesday, August 13, 2013

No Paranormal Activity this Halloween

The Halloween box office has been dominated by Paranormal Activity for the last four years. That run crossed over with the end of the Saw franchise. (Remember those ads? "If it's Halloween, it must be Saw.") The gang behind PA had some troubles, according to this brief on Bloody Disgusting.

The article also states that in January, we'll get the Latin-flavored Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Paranormal Activity 5 for Halloween in 2014. In other words, no PA this Halloween.

I'm sure many of you won't be disappointed. There are plenty of haters out there. I've enjoyed every entry of the series (some more than others). The question now is: what movie will step up and take advantage of the Halloween weekend box office void? Let's have a quick look at slated releases for October 2013.

According to IMDb, there is only one horror movie set for wide release in October. That's the remake of Carrie starring Chloe Grace Moretz. It looks goods but it was supposed to be out this past March but was bumped back. You might count the George Clooney-Sandra Bullock astronaut movie Gravity because the trailer is rather frightening, but it looks more like a sci-fi drama than a horror picture.

Thankfully, there are some smaller budget and limited releases that could squeak in and be the next big Halloween franchise. Or at least a one-off for the year to keep us satisfied.

Anne Heche and Rufus Sewell star in The Devil's Rapture which used to be called Where the Devil Hides, is scheduled for an Oct. 11 release.  I couldn't find a trailer, but it seems to be a religion-based horror flick and those are hit or miss.

Also getting a wider release that same day (but hitting Video On Demand in early September) is the long-awaited All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. When I say "long-awaited" I mean lllloooooonnngggg. This flick has been running the festival circuit since wrapping in ... wait for it... 2006! The trailer below is from 2008, for Pete's sake!

Seriously, slim pickings. You know what? I best hope for October is getting to see Metallica: Through the Never. I'll probably have to go out of town to see it in IMAX or a really good 3-D theater, but that's cool. Looks like it'll be worth the trip.

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