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“All the activity has led to this…” So reads the one-sheet for Paranormal Activity 4, which hits theatres on October 19th, 2012. It’s amazing how much of a rich mythos has developed around Oren Peli’s original Paranormal Activity film, and on tap for you right now is a look back!

Below you’ll find our exclusive Paranormal Activity Timeline, which we here at Dread Central have put together for your perusal. With it, it’s easy to follow along with the events of the last three films in chronological order as it documents key plot points, explains some mysteries, and even points out some things that you may not have noticed. We intend to further break things down in the future for you guys, but for now click on the image below for a larger look at the Timeline, and click here to download it onto your computer or device.

Major props to Jon Condit for all the hard work he put into this.

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WHAT DOES MEUS MEAN?
The word Meus is scratched into the basement door. It means “mine” in Latin. In this case “mine” refers to Hunter, whom the demon seeks to claim as its payment for whatever deal was entered into.

Thaumaturgic Triangle:
The Thaumaturgic Triangle, or Magical Triangle, is a symbol commonly thought to be used to bind or control a summoned demon. MCL is modified from “Mi Cha El,” which calls upon the Archangel Michael for protection from the summoned demon. Given the fact that Lois visited the girls just a few days prior to Dennis finding the markings in the closet, some people theorize that she drew them herself.

DID YOU NOTICE?
On the day Hunter is brought home and Dan takes the camera around the house, two interesting things happen. The first is if you look closely in his office, you can see paintings from Lois’ house in PA3 hanging up which appear again later in the film. The second is when he walks downstairs and remarks that someone left the front door open — we know the door was closed when they all came in the house.

Key Plot Points:

1. Sept 3rd – Katie’s birthday.
2. Sept 4th – First reference to the demon as Toby.
3. Sept 5th – Picture Day; the photo of Katie is taken.
4. Sept 7th – First documented evidence of Toby.
5. Sept 10th – Toby is discovered to be tall and much older than Kristi.
6. Sept 15th – Grandma Lois drops subtle mention of Julie always wanting a son.
7. Sept 22nd – Kristi is partially possessed; Kristi refuses to do something Toby asks her.
8. Sept 23rd – Dennis discovers the Magical Triangle in the closet. Kristi is sick. Julie and Dennis take her to the doctor. Bloody Mary incident. Randy is attacked.
9. Sept 23rd – Dennis discovers witches who used the symbol he found to make deals with demons in exchange for their first-born sons. They wear the same necklace.
10. Sept 24th – Kristi agrees to help the demon Toby.
11. Sept 24th – Julie refuses to let the girls go to their Grandma’s house.
12. Sept 24th – Toby shows himself to Julie to scare her into leaving.
13. Sept 24th – The family makes a 7-hour drive to Moorpark to stay with Julie’s mom after the kitchen incident.
14. Sept 24th – Grandma is dressing Kristi up as a bride; Kristi says she is being married to Toby.
15. Sept 24th – Dennis encounters the coven and discovers another Magical Triangle and a Sigil of Baphomet hidden behind Lois’ paintings.
16. Sept 24th – Julie is thrown at Dennis by Toby, and they both fall down the stairs. Julie is presumably only knocked out; her death is not yet confirmed.
17. Sept 24th – Katie is possessed.
18. Sept 24th – Dennis is killed by Toby.
19. Mar 2005 – Kristi and Dan are getting Hunter’s nursery ready.
20. Mar 2005 – Katie comes by to drop off some old VHS tapes. Grandma Lois’
death is confirmed.
21. Jul 2005 – Hunter is born (date is approximate).
22. Jul 2006 – Hunter’s first birthday (date is approximate). “I’m not really evil, but I can be evil. That’s my point.” -Katie
23. Aug 1st – The house appears to be vandalized. Necklace Katie made for Kristi is a reference to the witches necklace, and the boxes of tapes are missing.
24. Aug 7th – Martine knows there is something bad in the house.
25. Aug 8th – Kristi says she gets a feeling like when they were little.
26. Aug 12th – Martine is fired for blessing the house.
27. Aug 15th – Micah finds out about the past events that happened during Kristi and Katie’s childhood.
28. Aug 17th – Ali’s mother’s death is confirmed.
29. Aug 18th – When asked what it wants, the Ouija board begins to spell out Hunter’s name.
30. Aug 19th – Ali and Brad discover references to people who make deals with demons for wealth.
31. Aug 23rd – Kristi tells Ali she can’t remember what happened when she was a kid, only that she was scared.
32. Aug 23rd – Katie tells Kristi to ignore the demon; she also makes reference to the Coven and says, “Do you want to end up like Mom?” Their mother is never confirmed dead.
33. Aug 23rd – Ali discovers Hunter is the first male born since the 1930s.
34. Aug 26th – Abby is attacked; Dan and Ali take her to the vet, leaving Kristi home with Hunter.
35. Aug 26th – Kristi is attacked and dragged into the basement. Kristi is possessed by Toby.
36. Aug 26th – Ali finds scratches on the door: “Meus” (Latin for “mine”).
37. Aug 26th – Ali sees what happened to Kristi and shows her dad.
38. Aug 26th – Kristi attacks Dan and takes Hunter into the basement.
39. Aug 26th – Dan performs the ritual to pass the demon to Katie.
40. Sept 18th – Katie returns home from visiting Kristi. Micah has bought a camera of his own.
41. Sept 20th – Katie and Micah turn to a psychic for advice. The psychic tells them that they are dealing with a demon and that it wants Katie.
42. Oct 1st – Micah attempts to make contact with the demon by conducting an EVP session.
43. Oct 2nd – Katie is partially possessed.
44. Oct 3rd – Ouija board incident.
45. Oct 4th – Micah finds the burnt photo of Katie above their bed in the attic.
46. Oct 5th – Katie calls the demonologist, but he is out of town.
47. Oct 7th – Micah and Katie find out Diane Mercer is haunted by a demon beginning in June 1966, ending in her death during exorcism.
48. Oct 8th – Katie is attacked and bitten by the demon.
49. Oct 8th – Katie is possessed.
50. Oct 9th – Morning: Katie kills Micah.
51. Oct 9th – Evening: Katie kills Dan and Kristi and takes Hunter.
52. Oct 11th – Micah’s body is discovered.
53. Oct 12th – Kristi and Dan’s bodies are discovered by Ali.
54. Five years later Hunter is alive and living next door to Alex and her mom, presumably with Katie, though so far her presence has not been confirmed.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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American Psycho Meets Creep – Strawberry Flavored Plastic Review

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Starring Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo

Directed by Colin Bemis


Recently I wrote up an article here on Dread Central which was basically an open letter to anyone who was listening called “I Miss Found Footage.” Well, it seems like someone WAS listening, as I was then sent the link to an all-new found footage film called Strawberry Flavored Plastic from first-time writer-director Colin Bemis.

The film follows the “still-at-large crimes of Noel, a repentant, classy and charming serial killer loose in the suburbs of New York.” Basically, you could think of the flick as American Psycho meets Mark Duplass and Partick Brice’s Creep. That, or you could think of it as “Man Bites Dog in color!” However you choose to label Colin Bemis’ psychological thriller, just make sure you check out the film once it hits in the future.

As I alluded to above, the film is basically a found footage version of American Psycho. But that said, the film sports a twist on the charming serial killer subgenre that I have yet to see play out in any of the above-mentioned classics. I’m not going to go into spoiler territory here, but I will say that the film introduces an element to the tale that spins it into much more of a character drama than a straight horror film. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

Truth be told, the film’s turn from serial killer flick into a layered character study might have been its kiss of death, but this slight genre switch is rendered a minor issue as the film’s central narcissistic antagonist is played by Aidan Bristow. Bristow is an actor you may not have heard of before this review, but you will hear his name more and more over the years to come, I promise. The guy gives (no pun intended) a killer performance as the film’s resident serial killer Noel Rose, and time after time surprised me with how chilling, charming, or downright vulnerable he chose to play any given scene.

Bristow’s performance is, in the end, the major element the film has going for it. But that said, as a fan of found footage, I was smiling ear to ear at first-time director Colin Bemis’ understanding of what makes a found footage suspense sequence work.

In Strawberry Flavored Plastic director Colin Bemis is confident and content to allow full emotional scenes to play out with the camera directed at nothing more than a character’s knees. Why is this so important? Because it keeps the reality of the film going. Too many found footage directors would focus on the actors’ faces during such emotional scenes – no matter how contrived the camera angle was. In this film, however, Bemis favors the reality that says, “If you were really in this emotional state and holding a camera, you would let it drop to your side.” I agree, and it is small touches like that which make the film feel authentic and thus – once the shite hits the fan – all the scarier.

On the dull side of the kitchen knife, the film does feel a bit long even given it’s short running time, and there doesn’t seem too much in the way of visceral horror to be found within. Again, graphic blood and gore aren’t a must in a fright flick, but a tad more of the old ultra-violence would have gone a long way in selling our main psychopath’s insanity and unpredictability. But all the same, the film does feature a rather shocking sequence where our main baddie performs a brutal home invasion/murder that puts this film firmly in the realm of horror. In fact, the particular POV home invasion scene I’m talking about holds about as much horror as you’ll ever wish to witness.

In the end, Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies such as American Pyscho, Creep, and Man Bites Dog. I recommend giving it a watch once it premieres. If only to be able to point to Aidan Bristow in the near future and tell all your friends that you watched (one of) his first movies.

Until then, check out the film’s trailer HERE, and follow the movie on Facebook.

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Lead actor Aidan Bristow turns in a star-making performance in Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic, a found footage film that plays out like Man Bites Dog in Color before introducing a new element to the charming-serial-killer subgenre and becoming more character study than a straight horror. Think American Psycho meets Creep.

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