Now that Paranormal Activity 3 has broken box office records for October, Hollywood is green-lighting any thriller you can shake a handheld camera at. The "found footage" horror movie is set to have a new lease on life, with a pipeline full of jump scares. Here are the next crop of "found footage" flicks you should get excited about.
In the latest Entertainment Weekly Paranormal Activity 3 producer Jason Blum lists off a gaggle of his upcoming shaky-cam features (The Bay, Area 51), which started us looking for the complete set of upcoming movies about recovered footage. Here's what we found!
Synopsis: It's being described as an eco-terror flick, and we're excited to see what becomes of the movie formerly known as Isopods. "The quaint seaside town of Chesapeake Bay thrives on water it is the lifeblood of the community. When two biological researchers from France find a staggering level of toxicity in the water, they attempt to alert the mayor, but he refuses to create a panic in the docile town. As a result, a deadly plague is unleashed, turning the people of Chesapeake Bay into hosts for a mutant breed of parasites that take control of their minds, and eventually their bodies. A brutal and harrowing creature feature for the 21st century, THE BAY chronicles the descent of a small town into absolute terror."
Who: Director Barry Levinson, of Sphere and The Natural fame, is making this thriller with PA3 producer Blum who said in the EW article that this was, "Definitely the most graphic horror movie I've ever been involved with." Excellent!
When: Currently being test screened — no release date yet. Until then, check out this set video.
Synopsis: "Terror strikes when a group of reporters visit the secret base, Area 51."
Who: This is Blum's next producing project with original Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli, and it's already been postponed several times. Due to obsessive secrecy, there's hardly anything about this project other than the news that actor/writer Chris Denham was sent in for rewrites earlier this year, and rumors that Peli went back and did some more reshoots in 2011 as well. Blum told EW that they were, "still tinkering with it," which in producer speak is near disaster. However we're eager for Peli to get back behind the camera again.