Paramount Pictures is thanking Paranormal Activity fans for their devoted support by including their names in the credits of the film’s upcoming DVD and Blu-ray editions. The supernatural thriller first opened in limited release with a series of midnight screenings across the nation’s college towns. A savvy marketing campaign urged moviegoers to go online and demand that the film be shown in their respective cities. In addition, promotional spots depicted the micro-budgeted ghost story as the most frightening picture ever made by showcasing movie audiences as they recoiled in fear during videotaped screenings. Paranormal Activity is now on its way to conjuring up a $100 million boxoffice.
The success of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY would not have been possible without the million-plus fans who went to the ParanormalMovie.com official website and demanded the movie in their home town. They demanded the movie and they got it. So now we are giving them credit where credit is due.
Fans looking for a little bit of gratitude can register their names at ParanormalActivityProject.com by noon on Monday, Nov. 9. Release dates for the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Paranormal Activity have not yet been announced.
Encouraged by the success of its online slasher flick My Super Psycho Sweet 16, MTV Films announced this week that it will spill more blood with the eight episode web-series Savage County. Directed by newcomer David Harris, Savage County centers on a group of teens who have run out of booze and out of luck while partying in hillbilly country.
MTV Films describes the web-series this way:
On the last weekend before prom, a mismatched group of high school kids heads to a remote pond to drink beer and hang out. When the beer runs dry, the conversation turns to daring Patrick, the runt of the group, into knocking on the door of the Hardells – the reclusive family that owns the land the pond is on. Patrick takes up the dare, knocks on the Hardells’ door and finds himself staring down the barrel of a shotgun. When Patrick’s friends come to his defense, the oldest Hardell is killed in the shuffle. Scared and guilty – the teens flee the crime. When the rest of the Hardell clan finds the old man murdered, they seek out vengeance. One-by-one, the teens are hunted down by Orry, the sexually oppressed mute, Willard, the long-haired wildman, and Kasper, the cold-blooded family leader.
Savage County stars Mimi Michaels (Boogeyman 3) and is produced by David Gale (Aeon Flux) and Craig Brewer (Black Snake Moan). The film was shot in Memphis for a reported $250,000. It’s set to air in February 2010.
Nathan Fillion stars on ABC’s rom-com detective series “Castle” as a mystery novelist who aids a NYPD homicide investigator in solving odd murders. I watched a couple of episodes from season one and found the show to be a little too cutesy for my taste. The show is now on season two and it has reclaimed my interest (it’s on my Netflix queue now) with a recent Halloween inspired outing featuring Fillion in Serenity captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds’ old brown-coat duds. If you’re a “Firefly” fan, the following clip is gonna put a big smile on your mug and inspire you to send bags of smelly turds to the Fox executives who made the decision to cancel the space western after airing only 11 episodes.
“Firefly” met its doom in 2002. Series creator Joss Whedon provided closure for fans three years later with the insanely awesome feature film Serenity. Whedon, of course, is the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” and the new Fox sci-fi drama “Dollhouse,” starring Eliza Dushku.
Fillion’s sci-fi/horror cache includes “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” Slither, and the truly horrific “2 Guys, a Girl, and Pizza Place.”
A genuine eight-legged freak was discovered in the jungles of Central America. It’s name is Bagheera kiplingi and it is a vegetarian jumping spider. As big as a pinkie nail, the Bagheera feeds on the leaf tips of acacia shrubs. It must, however, maneuver around and defend against the ants that patrol the acacias.
Researcher Christopher Meehan of Villanova University in Pennsylvania says:
This is really the first spider known to specifically ‘hunt’ plants; it is also the first known to go after plants as a primary food source. Most of the big spider text books almost outright claimed there are no herbivorous spiders. It’s on par with the flying pig in terms of novelty.