More Low Budget Horror Flicks Coming from Warner Bros. and Primal Pictures

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More Low Budget Horror Flicks Coming from Warner Bros. and Primal PicturesGiven the success of movies like Paranormal Activity and Insidious, Hollywood is finally catching on to the fact that you don’t need a huge budget to make a good movie. Yeah, and the box office dollars don’t hurt either!

According to Deadline producers Roy Lee, John Middleton, and Lawrence Grey have partnered in Primal Pictures, a new genre arm of Vertigo Entertainment. The company will share the first look deal that Vertigo has with Warner Bros, and a big part of Primal’s mission is to put the studio into the ultra-low-budget genre game. Primal will also produce a slate of micro-budget films with independent equity financing.

Among the projects you can expect to see from Primal are:

  • Hidden from writer-directors Matt and Ross Duffer. The flick focuses on a family who escape a mysterious outbreak by taking refuge in a bomb shelter.
  • The Cure, a film about a husband who uses a radical treatment to heal his ailing wife, but it leads to bad things. Beau Michael Thorne penned the script.
  • The previously announced The Vatican, which will have The Devil Inside‘s William Brent Bell in the director’s chair.
  • Viral, a Stephen Susco (The Grudge) produced story of a vengeful spirit who wreaks havoc on a high school student’s life when she leaves mean messages on the Facebook profile of a dead classmate. Tim and Matt Shechmeister will direct.
  • Rise, which was written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan and is to be directed by David Karlak. This one will offer a “fresh” take on the story of a war between robots and mankind.
  • Tape 4, a modern-day Lovecraftian tale by writer Jeremy Slater. Laurent Briet directs.

    Stay tuned for more on all of these flicks as they come.

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    • hegemon13

      Sounds interesting, but I have my doubts. Paranormal Activity didn’t succeed because it was low budget. It succeeded because it was original, effective, and marketed very well.

      If the idea is to produce a score of low-budget features for less than the cost of one average studio film, and then release the best of the best of those, fine. But I am afraid that what will see, as with many trends, is a glut of me-too garbage barely fit for a direct-to-DVD release, which will sour the eagerness of movie-goers to check out “something different.”