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January 31, 2008 | John Horn
When Oren Peli made his supernatural thriller "Paranormal Activity," the first-time filmmaker had no money, no time and a crew of three. Next time around, the video game designer will have a lot more resources at his disposal: DreamWorks intends to remake the movie, with Peli back in the director's chair. The studio made the deal following "Paranormal Activity's" screenings at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah.
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January 6, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The first week of January has been an auspicious time for horror movies. Industry types would say it's the lack of fresh box-office competition, though it's also always seemed just as likely that the aftermath of the holidays are ripe for a good slasher picture. Two years ago on the same weekend “The Devil Inside” scored an eye-popping $33 million, blowing away expectations. Last year “Texas Chainsaw 3D” - a sequel to a lesser horror property than some of its '80s counterparts - managed a $22-million opening despite being just the third movie in the series over the last 15 years.
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October 22, 2010
"Paranormal Activity 2," an R-rated horror movie, also opens in general release Friday, but did not screen for critics in advance of press time. The review will appear in Calendar and online at latimes.com/moviereviews as soon as it is available.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Disney's neo-holiday classic, "Frozen," packed snowbound theaters to narrowly beat out the weekend's only wide-release contender, "Paranormal Activity: Marked Ones," for the inaugural No. 1 ranking of 2014. The latter, the latest entry in the popular "Paranormal Activity" horror franchise, turned in a lukewarm debut for a film that came with hot hopes. People who saw prerelease audience surveys initially bet that the low-budget movie would gross nearly $30 million in ticket sales.
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January 4, 2014 | By Chris Barton
Coming out of a holiday season led by the festive "Frozen" and a "Hobbit" sequel, the low-budget "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" is staking a claim for big-screen chills as the new year gets underway. A spinoff from the found-footage franchise that has generated more than $350 million domestically so far, "The Marked Ones" earned an estimated $8.7 million on Friday to top the box office charts heading into the weekend. The thriller is expected to earn between $25 million and $30 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys, and it could continue a string of inexpensive horror films that performed well at the box office last year, including "Mama" and "Insidious: Chapter 2. " "Paranormal Activity 5," a film not tied to the story of "The Marked Ones," is also due in October.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A low-budget, Latino-targeted horror offshoot could steal enough souls to possess the box office over the weekend. But to do so, it will have to out-draw a "Hobbit" sequel and "Frozen," which are both enjoying a strong holiday season. Paramount Pictures' "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" could gross $25 million to $30 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to those who have seen pre -release audience surveys. The movie cost about $5 million to make, similar to the last two "Paranormal Activity" films.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman and Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
The third "Paranormal Activity" movie will spook its competitors at the box office this weekend. But it remains to be seen whether it can scare up more dollars than the franchise's second installment. "Paranormal Activity 3" is expected to collect $40 million to $45 million domestically, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Paramount Pictures, the studio releasing the movie, is predicting a softer debut of around $35 million. The second "Paranormal" film opened to $40.7 million on the same weekend last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The first week of January has been an auspicious time for horror movies. Industry types would say it's the lack of fresh box-office competition, though it's also always seemed just as likely that the aftermath of the holidays are ripe for a good slasher picture. Two years ago on the same weekend “The Devil Inside” scored an eye-popping $33 million, blowing away expectations. Last year “Texas Chainsaw 3D” - a sequel to a lesser horror property than some of its '80s counterparts - managed a $22-million opening despite being just the third movie in the series over the last 15 years.
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October 3, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
Just for the record, the time to tell your significant other that an evil force has been stalking you since you were 8 is long before you're engaged and have moved in together. I'm not suggesting the whole demon/ghost/unidentified whatever is a deal breaker, but it should at least get a mention. Consider the case of Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat), the young couple at the terrifying center of "Paranormal Activity." By the time Katie tells Micah about her "problem" and by the time Micah takes it seriously, that "thing that goes bump in the night" has really built up a head of steam.
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August 25, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
There is something haunting "The Apparition," stalking its dark corners and lying in wait to make itself seen. That something would be the wildly successful "Paranormal Activity" franchise, liberally and frequently borrowed from here as something of a default centering position. After a brief opening explaining a 1970s parapsychology experiment that seems to set it up as yet another fake-found-footage endeavor, the film switches to present day and a more conventional movie style.
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January 4, 2014 | By Chris Barton
Coming out of a holiday season led by the festive "Frozen" and a "Hobbit" sequel, the low-budget "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" is staking a claim for big-screen chills as the new year gets underway. A spinoff from the found-footage franchise that has generated more than $350 million domestically so far, "The Marked Ones" earned an estimated $8.7 million on Friday to top the box office charts heading into the weekend. The thriller is expected to earn between $25 million and $30 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys, and it could continue a string of inexpensive horror films that performed well at the box office last year, including "Mama" and "Insidious: Chapter 2. " "Paranormal Activity 5," a film not tied to the story of "The Marked Ones," is also due in October.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A low-budget, Latino-targeted horror offshoot could steal enough souls to possess the box office over the weekend. But to do so, it will have to out-draw a "Hobbit" sequel and "Frozen," which are both enjoying a strong holiday season. Paramount Pictures' "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" could gross $25 million to $30 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to those who have seen pre -release audience surveys. The movie cost about $5 million to make, similar to the last two "Paranormal Activity" films.
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January 2, 2014 | By John Horn
Few who worked on - and the few who bought tickets for - "Paranormal Activity 4" were pleased with the outcome. Although the film performed fair enough in overseas markets, 2012's installment in the horror franchise was by far the worst-reviewed in the series and grossed the least in domestic theaters, just half of what "Paranormal Activity 3" took in. So the creators of the supernatural thrillers decided to sit out 2013 entirely and shake things...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
Inspired by the Death Cab for Cutie song of the same name, "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" in fact hews pretty closely to not only the lyrics' incredibly romantic sentiment but its views on the afterlife. Unfortunately, those ideas get muddled by a setup with a religious bent that's never fully explored and an instance of euthanasia that's only tenuously related to the central plot. For Mark Edwin Robinson's movie is ultimately a horror flick: Reeling from the recent deaths of her parents, Sophia (Mischa Barton)
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May 10, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The supernatural side of Sin City will be on display as the Las Vegas Paranormal Conference casts its spell May 19-21 at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino . Local ghost hunters Robert George Allen and Janice Oberding are hoping for plenty of paranormal activity over the course of three days. A planned seance will try to put participants in touch with Liberace. The legendary entertainer, who died in 1987, was known as Mr. Showmanship, and the seance is to be held in his old dressing room.
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October 21, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
"Paranormal Activity 4" may have claimed No. 1 at the box office this weekend, but its opening may be frightening Paramount Pictures about the future of its horror franchise. The fourth entry in the low-budget series -- which began playing at 9 p.m. Thursday in theaters nationwide -- debuted with $30.2 million, according to an estimate from the studio. While that's certainly a good start for a movie that cost only about $6 million to produce, the film came in well below industry projections, which had the movie starting off with roughly $50 million.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2012 | By Lauren Beale
People are fairly evenly split into three camps on whether they would purchase a haunted house, according to a Realtor.com survey. Respondents who would not consider buying a spirit-occupied place (35%) just slightly edged out those who would (32%) or might (33%) consider it. Nearly one-third said they would need a price discount of up to 20% to take the leap, however, while 2% said they'd actually pay extra for the privilege. As for what paranormal activity they'd be willing to live with, nearly two-thirds said they would not be deterred by warm or cold spots, and almost half said they'd tolerate ghostly footsteps and slamming doors.
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