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Exclusive: Oren Peli Talks Paranormal Activity 3 and the Franchise's Past, Present, and FutureA couple of years ago a little movie burst upon the scene that changed every one of Hollywood’s rules. There were folks who knew it would be successful, but no one could have guessed that it would become a horror juggernaut and a sterling example that a filmmaker with heart and imagination can trump bloated special effects and enormous budgets. Today we sat down with the man behind the Paranormal Activity madness, Oren Peli, who talks the franchise now and beyond.

“We are very proud of it”, says Peli in regard to Paranormal Activity 3, which opens worldwide on October 21st (be sure to Tweet to See It First!). “We think it is extremely scary. If you liked the first two movies, we’re pretty sure you’re going to like the third one. We’re expanding upon the style of filmmaking that kept the first two successful, and we’re going even further back in time to explore the origins of the hauntings that have been plaguing Katie and Kristi. The story takes place in the late Eighties when our characters were just little kids so we get to see just how all of the crazy stuff started.”

“It’s very tricky to keep things feeling fresh,” Peli continues. “It takes a lot of people sitting in a conference room for many, many hours, for many days over a period of months to try and come up with new ideas. It’s a hard balance to come to because you don’t want to break the established formula and polarize the fans, but you also want to provide them with something fresh to see. We have to come up with different plot devices and different scares. While not getting into specifics, the new type of camera technique we use in this latest movie is something that people have responded to in an incredibly positive way. It’s very organic if used effectively to build up the scares.”

“As we were doing the second movie, we thought to ourselves, ‘If in fact there will be one after this, let’s plant something here that we can further use in the next film to expand on the overall mythology’,” explains Peli of the film’s now rich universe. “We sprinkled just a couple of things into the second movie that we fully explore in the third. You want to give the audience more information on the mythology. That’s what they’re there for. But we don’t want to give it all away. With Paranormal Activity 3 (review here) our goal was to answer some old questions while asking some new ones.

One thing fans will notice about this latest flick is the absence of longtime star Micah Sloat. “With this latest installment we’re focusing more on the girls and their childhood. We wanted to put Micah into the movie but didn’t want it to feel forced and obligatory. We have too much respect for him and the fanbase to just shoehorn in an appearance.”

Exclusive: Oren Peli Talks Paranormal Activity 3 and the Franchise's Past, Present, and Future

“We’re all big fans of Ariel and Henry,” says Peli of PA3‘s directing duo. “We loved Catfish as it was done in a very authentic way. The movie felt incredibly real, and even though it wasn’t a horror movie, they did a great job of building the tension. They brought the exact kind of moviemaking sensibilities that we were looking for with our third film. After we finally met them, we definitely got a sense that they totally got what we are doing with these films. They get the genre and know what to do to bring an air of realism to the movie. They’ve done a phenomenal job, and we couldn’t be happier with the way things have turned out.”

“In terms of a fourth film, I have no idea”, Peli says with a laugh. “I never thought there would be a Paranormal Activity 2, much less a Part 3. I was just happy to see the first film get released! Right now we’re not thinking past the release of Paranormal Activity 3. However, if this movie becomes successful, there will probably be a call for a fourth film, and we’ll do one ‘IF’ we can come up with an idea that makes sense. We’ll never just do a movie just to do a movie. Again, we have too much respect for the fanbase.

Paramount Pictures will debut Paranormal Activity 3 exclusively in cities where the most fans “Tweet To See It First”. This first ever of its kind campaign is open to fans worldwide. Paranormal Activity 3 will premiere on October 18th in the top 20 cities with the most tweets, three days before the film’s global release.

To vote, fans can go to ParanormalMovie.com and select their city from a global map, which will also serve as the point of entry to create a tweet with a special set of hash tags that link directly to Twitter. Once a tweet posts, it counts as a vote. A leader board will show the top 20 global markets in real-time.

The top 20 cities will be announced on Friday, October 14th. Follow Paranormal Activity 3 on Twitter for audience reactions and important announcements.



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Inoperable starring Danielle Harris Gets New Poster and Limited December Release Date

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Last year we here at Dread Central premiered the trailer for the upcoming Danielle Harris hospital horror flick Inoperable from director Christopher Lawrence Chapman.

Today we have the film’s all-new poster and news that the film will finally be hitting select theaters on December 1st.

I just watched the trailer again myself and I have to say I am really looking forward to the film. I dig the location, the hurricane aspect, the psychological horror of the situation and the whole she-bang.

Count me to check out the film as soon as it hits Blu-ray and/or VOD (hopefully) within the new year. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

What do you think of the trailer and new poster for Inoperable? Let us know below!

The film is directed by Christopher Lawrence Chapman from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeff Miller. The film stars Danielle Harris, Katie Keene, and Isabella Sofia Menna.

Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps handled the film’s makeup effects, with David Henson Greathouse (Syfy’s “FaceOff”) supervising, and he, Barry Aslinger, and Beki Ingram handling the bulk of the effects. Philip Jessen is unit production manager, Ashley Eberbach is first assistant director, and Bobby Marinelli is production designer.

Inoperable hits select theaters December 1st.

Synopsis:

A young woman wakes up in a seemingly evacuated hospital with a hurricane approaching. She realizes the storm has awakened malevolent forces, trapping her in a time loop. She must escape the hospital before the storm passes or she will be trapped in its halls forever.

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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