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Ambush Bug slept with the lights on after last night's AICN PARANORMAL ACTIVITY event in Chicago!

Published at: Sept. 25, 2009, 5:42 a.m. CST by ambush bug

Hey, hi, howdy. It’s Ambush Bug, fresh from the Chicago premiere of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. As promised, I wanted to post the info I stammered out to the audience yesterday night at Music box Theater in Capone’s stead (Capone was at Fantastic Fest in Austin for the show and asked me to stand in for him). It was a capacity crowd and everyone seemed to have a good time before and especially after the show.
Before I get into my thoughts on the film itself, I just wanted to reiterate that this that if you want to see this movie or saw it last night and want your friends to see it, go to the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY website and DEMAND IT to be seen in your area. That’s the only way folks are going to see this movie in the theater as it should be. This movie is going to live or die by your participation. Honestly, I wouldn’t post this link if I didn’t think this movie should be seen by every person who has complained about the state of horror today. If you want to see less watered down remakes, less lame @$$ sequels, less unscary crap Hollywood tries to label as horror, help get a damn fine (and damn scary!) movie like this in more theaters.
So is the movie all hype? In a word…Hellz no.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is a smart film that knows when to tingle your spine and when to go for the jugular. It’s one of those movies that slowly progresses down a bone-chilling path. With each meticulous step, more terrors are revealed and the sense of dread becomes thick in the air. I sat in a jam packed theater and as this movie continued its spiral into horror, you could hear a pin drop. The crowd was that into this film.
And that’s the thing. This is definitely a movie to be experienced in a theater. Sure seeing it in the comforts of your own home when this eventually comes out on DVD is an experience that will be most likely memorable and effective given the fact that the setting of the movie is in a home itself, but living through this movie with a crowd of people gasping and screaming in tandem…damn it’s just an experience too fun to miss.
Although I don’t want to give away too much of the movie, I will give a quick rundown of what most of you probably know about the film. The story follows a young couple who have been experiencing things that are…just not right. We soon find out that the young female has been plagued by mysterious paranormal activity since she was a small child. The husband decides to play amateur Ghost Hunter, buys a camera, and sets it up at night to catch any weirdness going on. The rest of the movie follows this couple through their horrifying encounters with unknown forces.
Again, I don’t want to reveal much, but what is caught on tape is increasingly spooky as every second of this film progresses on the screen. Each night builds on the next as the interactions between the couple intensify during the day. It gets to the point where you are dreading the repeated night set up scene with the camera pointing at the couple sleeping in bed, timer running on the bottom right corner, door open showing the dark hallway outside of the room.
And that’s where the audience comes in. As every night scene began, the audience groaned. This wasn’t a “ho hum, this scene again?”groan, this was an “oh shit, what kind of scary shit am I going to experience now!” groan. Experiencing this in the theater with all of the folks sharing the same thought was fantastic. The camera fades in to the night scene. The audience whispers, groans, and maybe giggles a bit. The temperature of the theater rises. And then some scary @$$ shit happens.
I have to commend on the patience of the director of this movie. Never did things feel rushed. Never was there too much revealed or two little. This is a terrifying march right up until the end of the movie. And I’m sure there are those who will be frustrated with the end of the film, but I wasn’t. Given the fact that not many folks have seen it, there’s no way I’m revealing it here (maybe I’ll write up a follow up review of this once more people have seen it). But to me, the film ended in a logical way; a successful climax that honors the rules set out throughout the film and pays off with a wicked creepiness that will leave you shuddering long after the film is over.
Do you know that feeling? The one where you’re alone at night and all of a sudden you get the sense that you’re not alone? Maybe there’s a noise or just a general sense of paranoia. You know the feeling. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY harnesses that feeling by making you care about the characters and then putting them through such an emotional and physical ringer that you can’t help but feel for them. You’ve got to like the couple for the movie to work and the young unknowns in the lead role make it surprisingly easy to root for them to survive. They are cocky, fun pair of folks. Definitely not deserving of the shit that goes down in the film. And that makes it all the more scary, in my book.
Like I said, I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t love the movie. I have no personal investment in this film other than a genuine love for all things horror and the burning desire to see more good horror films in theaters. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is definitely one I want to see again and I hope this movie is successful because that means we’ll get more like it and less sequel/remake/reimaginings. If you like horror, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is the one to see this Halloween season. Nothing out there so far compares to it this year. Thanks to Paramount for putting together the event last night. Thanks to the awesome Music Box Theater in Chicago to host this cool event. There’s honestly no other theater like it in Chicago and it was the perfect spooky venue for this particular film. Thanks to Capone for the allowing me the opportunity to flex my hosting muscles. And especially thanks to the crowd that showed up to this event. Don't forget to DEMAND this movie on the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY website. It was a blast and a half and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one last night who was a little leery about turning out the lights to go to sleep after seeing the movie.

Ambush Bug is Mark L. Miller, reviewer and co-editor of AICN Comics for over eight years. Check out his short comic book fiction from Cream City Comics’ MUSCLES & FIGHTS VOL.3 and MUSCLES & FRIGHTS VOL.1 on his ComicSpace page. Bug was interviewed here and here at Cream City Comics. Look for more comics from Bug in 2009 from Bluewater Comics, including the sequel to THE TINGLER for their VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS ongoing series in stores September30th 2009 (THIS WEDNESDAY!) and VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS WITCHFINDER GENERAL and ROGER CORMAN PRESENTS DEATHSPORT to be released in early 2010.

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  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:10 a.m. CST

    First?!

    by manuehl81

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:11 a.m. CST

    :-)

    by manuehl81

    I really want to see this movie, but i guess it will be difficult to get it to switzerland...

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Royally fucked up screening in NY

    by harosa

    Really, people on line since 8pm for a midnight screening couldn't get in? U assholes couldn't let people know earlier than 11:30 that u knew the screening was already filled, do a damn head count! God bless AICN for their D9 screening, the only way to do these things properly.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:14 a.m. CST

    This "Demand it" thing is spammimg my inbox now..

    by wadi77

    They just wanna get your email address into their mailing list. I'm getting junks from them everyday now.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:22 a.m. CST

    When in the UK?

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    Please? Anyone?<p>Fry? Fry?

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:30 a.m. CST

    UK release date

    by CHRISTIANBALES_BILEDUCT

    is 27th November and I cannot wait!!!

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Call me a cynic

    by Ruddy Heck

    but if this does become huge hit doesn't that mean we'll just get a bunch of sequels or other movies 'in the style of'? The machine generally follows originality with imitation, not more originality.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    PS - Oz release?

    by Ruddy Heck

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST

    The UK screening is so far away!!

    by Marxeffect

    It fucking sucks. What difference will it make to open the same time?? By the time it opens I probably wont be able to help myself and already know half the shit that happens.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST

    FUCK THIS MOVIE..I WENT LAST NIGHT TO THE NY SCREENING

    by JBouganim1

    Honestly, i swear that they are taking all of us as fools. I signed up for the NY screening about a week ago. I knew there would be a huge line despite there really not being such a hype outside the horror fan base but still tonight we were about 150in the line. Apparently there were 280 seats. So even with the homeless pieces of *beep* cutting the line (who def didnt have a name on the list) we should still have been good but no... They sent some dude who could barely speak to hand us out flyers to tell us "to demand it" because there were no more seats. One of my friends and me went to the front to see if this was the case and it turns out that they only let in about 50 ppl from the line because there were critics and "special paramount" guests. They didn't let anyone know about this all night so you had at least 500 ppl (total about) waiting like a bunch of douchebags so that they can take pictures and start spreading around how the hype is huge for this one. Practically using us as an advertising scheme. They are trying to budget this mad cheap with basically no advertising and just word of mouth. The only thing im going "to demand" is that i t-bag the whole executive team of this film. Best part of the night was A) the bum who slept while all of us were in line and passing by him. Looked like a prop for the movie in his sleeping bag. we were waiting for him to jump up and say "PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. DEMAND IT" and then go back to sleep B) This kid with the biggest head letting in mad random ppl in the line just because they say hes cool. C) The lady in the front who was partially in charge of this telling the group of ppl that the only way to solve this situation is to sign their emails on this "demand" sheet. "Is this going to get us in tonight?" and her replying "No". And then the lady screaming at her. D) The buffalo chicken wrap dump im about to take *beep* this movie and the people that made it. You just lost all my friends watching it which is half your budget right there. And not to mention when this film comes to my theater that i work at, its going straight into the *beep* theater that smells like urine.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST

    So are they not doing the remake...

    by Kevin Holsinger

    ...that was probably never going to be as good as this supposedly is?

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    "those who will be frustrated with the end of the film"

    by Graphix67

    TRANSLATION: Another "non-ending" similar to Blair Witch or Cloverfield which is inherent to the now old hat and stale "hand-held-camera-point-of-view" style of film. Thanks but no thanks, I'll wait for the DVD on this one.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 8:57 a.m. CST

    JBouganim1... Hahahahaha...

    by JackLucas

    A) You know you will still see it. And so will all of your "friends". B) You are most likely a popcorn concession stand flunky, box office dipshit or broom pushing usher at the theatre you work for so you won't have any pull as to what house it plays at your theatre. C) If you or any of the other people in that line that got shafted had half a brain cell between the lot of you, you would have gone up and gotten info from someone in a position to KNOW on what your chances of getting in were before hanging out with the line bumb and devolving into an angry mob of torch bearing morons. I always laugh at the dipshits who go to these kinds of screenings and then cry when they don't get in. If you didn't get in, chances are the fault is on you. Not the venue or Paramount. Having been a General Manager for a major theatre chaing, I know how many seats are set aside for these kinds of things for studio folk, guests and critics. Your numbers are WAY off. And most DEFINITELY it has FUCK ALL to do with the film makers themselves. Oh... and before you start in with the, "what... do you work for the theatre or some shit?" moronic "plant" talk, I live in the asshole of America, Omaha, Nebraska, and will be seeing this thing tomorrow night at midnight with a ticket that I paid for. No lines. No whining. No bullshit entitlement. I can understand a whiner and have been in some fucked up screening situations myself a time or two. But to cast blame on the film makers was where you really showed what a true dumbass you are. Carry on. Live your life. And to keep from fainting, repeat over and over... It's Only A Movie. It's Only A Movie. It's Only A Movie.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST

    JUST FUCKING RELEASE IT IN THE UK

    by shaneo632

    Two month wait? Pfft.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 9:21 a.m. CST

    JackLucas, have you ever seen an angry NYC mob?

    by YackBacker

    JBouganim1 is going to murder someone now, you just wait and see. I am SO fucking pleased I didn't bother going to this last night. What a shit fucking show.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Umm JackLucas....

    by castor778

    Perhaps you should do a little more research on the situation - a lot of people complained about what happened at the NY screening last night. People got completely screwed and no information was even given to them, even when they were sitting in line for 4 hours. It was a shit situation and complete bullshit for anyone trying to get in. So don't try and act all cool, pointing your finger and laughing at a dude who got screwed over and say it's his fault. You're the dumbass living in fucking Omaha, Nebraska and comparing your situation to a New Yorkers. That right there is fucking hysterical and makes you look completely idiotic.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Geeze JackLucas...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Hostile much? Are you in the habit of verbally assaulting perfect strangers for no reason? I don't get it. You really do sound like a plant with that post you know. <p> What the hell are you so pissed off about? It's just a fanboy message board for cripes sake. The kid had a lousy evening, what's that to you? <p> Have a nice day grinding your teeth and punching walls and stuff. Sheesh.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Oh wait, you live in Omaha...

    by Skyway Moaters

    My bad Jack, carry on...

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Saw it in Durham last night, loved it

    by kafox

    I saw it at a sneak in Durham, NC last night and I loved it. I have heard of alternate endings that I think sound better than the one in the movie, but honestly, see this movie. It is scary and when Sorority Row gets so much attention and this gets none, that's really sad. I had trouble getting to sleep last night and was genuinely scared by this movie. It is similar to the "found movie" style of Blair Witch and Cloverfield, but I feel this movie doesn't use that as a cheap trick. It feels fresh and real and that's that makes it so good. You can loose yourself in this and start to think that it's really found footage, that's a great aspect that regular horror movies can't make you feel. You always know they are just movies, but with this, the kid in you is fooled. I'm sorry so many people had hard times with their advanced screenings, but this movie is really scary and worth the trouble in my opinion.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Oh, noes! He made a typo!

    by JackLucas

    Oh noes! He lives in a shithole town! Oh noes! He doesn't understand the pains of being a peice of shit New York fuckwad! Get him! Get him! You motherfuckers really are a sad, sad lot. "Many sat in line for four hours!" Well that just shows how fucking dim they are to sit there just hoping that someone MAY give them some information instead of growing a pair and getting said info for themselves. May many filled to capacity free screenings be in your futures. And to the cockstain saying that I am upset and punching walls... quite the contrary. Notice the "hahahahaha" if you will. This shit makes me and those who read these posts over my shoulder laugh to no end. It's free entertainment while at work. But look at all of your steaming. Such fun. Go get a fucking job and then maybe you will be able to actually BUY tickets to movies instead of hoping you get in to a free screening of something, standing around with 500 people with your thumb up your ass.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Demand it?? Whatever

    by thatswhatshesaid

    Let me get this straight, I should demand a movie studio release a movie in my city so I can give them money. The word sucker comes to mind.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST

    KNOBules...

    by JackLucas

    You get everything out there? Did... did you have any more to say? No? You sure... m'kay. Don't worry. It's AICN. I'm sure you'll have plenty more single character typos to pounce upon before the day's out. Go play with your cat.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Ambush Bug - AICN Graduate

    by Squashua

    Yay AB. Well-written, easy-to-read review.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Nah, you're not hostile Jack...

    by Skyway Moaters

    You're a fucking sociopath. I boggles my mind that there are human beings who're as "un-self-aware" as you come across in this TB.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    The Chicago crowd

    by doubleh55

    I don't know what Bug was talking about the "pin drop" would never be a world I would describe the crowd at any point. They were obnoxious throughout the whole movie. It was funny, though, because even though there was much talking there was also MUCH screaming so it was effective. BTW, this doesn't have a non-ending and if anybody says that they haven't seen the movie.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Chicago Screening

    by TheScarletSpeedster

    I too was unimpressed with the way the screening was handled in Chicago. Not blaming AICN, but it's obvious the promoters behind this flick signed up everybody that wanted to come regardless of how many seats there were in the theater. I got to the screening about 45 minutes early, and the line was down the block and around the corner. Of course, they will use footage of everyone waiting in line to show that there is a demand for this movie. What a load. I hope the movie does well and will gladly pay to see it, but I think they are shooting themselves in the foot with this type of BS.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    While I do sometimes boggle my own...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... mind, I of course "IT" boggles my mind. Kindly forebear oh spelling nazis...

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    San Francisco event last night

    by Scorpio

    Yep, same here with the long line that still wasn't moving at 11:45pm. I hope they enjoyed playing us like that. Oh, and SF Indiefest? F-you. the passes for your group were no better than mine, so walking up and down the line of 800 people to grab your precious 50 and let them jump was just bad form. Still, I think all of us eventually made it in and by 12:50, we were all happy and ready to be scared.... by Harry's giant face lighting up the screen!!!! (there were screams, oh yes!). Still, I hope everyone got what they needed because this was a fantastic theater experience (thank god for the Catro Theater in SF). All is forgiven because it really was a fun, scary movie that's still under my skin the next day. Don't wait for DVD on this one, believe the hype: see it in a crowded theater, you'll have a blast. Thanks to all that made this happen, it was worth the nearly 2 year wait!

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    "Meant"

    by Skyway Moaters

    Bother. Fingers on the blink this AM... best wishes Jack...

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    i dont get the "see it in crowded theaters"

    by Bouncy X

    i understand and agree some movies should be seen in theaters because of the large screen and great sound and all. but i could care less if people are around or not. if this is as creepy as is said, i'd rather see it home because then i'll be all alone in the dark and freak out as opposed to feeling safe surrounded by 100s of people. lol

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Squashua?

    by Skyway Moaters

    While bug's review is readable, (unlike some contributions to this site). It's hardly "well written". Were you being serious?

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Anybody wanna see hostile?

    by JackLucas

    Check out JBouganim1 blasting people under the name xxxoverridexxx on the IMDB boards. He is verbally ass raping anyone who actually got into the screening in NY last night. And I'm the asshole. Or... "sociopath". Heheh. And now I hear that there were people on the roof of the theatre pouring water onto those waiting in line who wouldn't leave. If that is the case and people still stood there taking it, waiting for some phantom theatre angel to come and usher them into an empty house just for the standers by whose moxie proved them true and worthy, christly handgrenades you dipshits deserved whatever treatment you got. If this theatre is like any of the others that showed the free showing last night, they are also selling tickets to midnight screenings this weekend and next. Just buy a fucking ticket and go home for fuck's sake, children! Is it really worth it to bitch and moan to be let in when your ultimate reward is to sit watching this thing in an auditorium full of "Free Screening" moviegoers? ReallY? LMAO!

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    new york screening

    by conspirateur79

    yea the way they handled it last night was bullshit. Just release the goddamned film already

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    You ARE hostile Jack...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... and easy to rattle as well.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST

    You are a funny sort, Skyway...

    by JackLucas

    I've come upon your kind many times. You hope to get someone worked up by trolling at them. Yet, when they laugh you off and carry on about their business you continue to state that you have struck their nerves or "rattled" them. And... hostile I would say is indeed accurate. I'll give you that one. I can't abide stupid and useless people like yourself or the NY cry baby above. This is an exercise in good natured, time passing toss-offery for me. For you it seems to be something much, much more than that. I mean, for you to have taken such an interest in my personal behavior patterns and all. And even there you have me at a loss. You brand me a sociopath and yet you seem to think you have "rattled" me? By my very nature as a sociopath, would I give two shits what your reaction to my opinions might be? Or even one shit? Tee hee, sir. I give you that one shit from my emotions. Rattled me you have. Well played.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    "Hostile" & "Sociopath" don't do it for you Jack?

    by Skyway Moaters

    Ok, how does "misanthropic trolling twat" grab ya'?

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST

    yah, it was ok

    by goingsomewhere8

    Saw the screening last night in Seattle. It did succeed in scaring me a few times. I'm hoping the popularity this is getting spurs more of this type of horror film. Anyone remember the BBC's Ghostwatch? This reminded me of that, only Ghostwatch gave me more chills and had a more complete story. Blair Witch was scarier as well, with more interesting characters and plot... I almost want to say Paranormal Activity sucked... but it did cause me to jump, never scream, and I had slight paranoia on my way home. I just think the characters are kinda flat, annoying and I wouldn't watch it again.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    "You're a funny sort"...

    by Skyway Moaters

    First thing you've said that shows any insight what-so-ever. And I don't me "ha ha" funny, just to clarify for your demonstrated, extremely limited powers of perception...

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST

    And if I didn't get to Jack...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... why do you keep responding? One [good] troll deserves another, as the saying goes...

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    And if I didn't get to Jack...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... why do you keep responding? One [good] troll deserves another, as the saying goes...

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Hahahaha...

    by JackLucas

    Now who's "rattled"? Poor kid.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Rattled me, yeeesss Jack...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Poor poor Moaters. I take it all back Jack, YOU RULE! lol.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Saw this in Boston last night...

    by fleemerbenson

    And I'm not sure what ending is playing in other cities, but the one I saw was AMAZING. Throughout the whole movie you could feel the collective tension running through the audience as the story progressed. The guy who introduced it said the ending we saw was one he hadn't even seen yet, so I guess it's pretty new. But, damn, is it effective. If you get a chance...see this immediately.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    JBouganim1, Nice Cut and Past from IMDB Boards

    by lalalandlovechild

    Your post is a verbatim pull from the PA Imdb page. TROLL.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Lalalandlovechild

    by DerLanghaarige

    Don't you think it might be possible that he is the same guy from imdb? Just saying.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Hopefully your theater let more than 50 people in

    by reflecto

    Ours didn't.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    JBouganim1, ever heard of "Fillers"?

    by Novaman5000

    Thats what you and your friends are. People to fill in the empty seats between the journalists and staff. <p>The studio doesn't care about you guys, they know you'll go see the damn movie anyway. The people they needed to see the screening, saw the screening, while you'll be standing in line twice for the same movie. <p>Such is the lamentable existance of the seat-filler, especially one who forgot the filler's golden rule: "It's first come, first served!"<p>

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by alifeincomplete

    I'm seeing this in Ann Arbor tomorrow night. The reviews are very promising!

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    It was free, get over it

    by doubleh55

    The screenings were free. Whatever inconveniences occurred were worth it to see a free movie with a large audience. Quit whining because you didn't get in or whatever.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    The Seattle crowd sucked

    by goingsomewhere8

    People were constantly laughing... lots of college kids straight from the bar. Kinda made my experience less exciting. I was still bored with the characters instantly.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    NY screening

    by bayridgeindahouse

    I knew some shit was up with that... I rolled by at 11:15 only to find that people claimed they had been in line since 8pm and were told they couldn't get in... What I didn't realize was that people with passes issued by Paramount were already filling those seats... So, I said f*ck it .... just walked through the door of the Sunshine, and luckily, at the exact moment I entered the theatre, no one was guarding the stairs to the lower level (where the screening was to take place) ... I just walked my ass down there ... and sat in some "press" row that had been blocked off to mere mortals (who couldn't have used them anyway, since they were STUCK OUTSIDE)... if it's true that people were being set up to wait without a realistic shot of getting in, that SUCKS!

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:37 p.m. CST

    that being said

    by bayridgeindahouse

    the movie was some kind of awesome... I can't say it actually scared the shit out of me, but I was gripped by the movie from start to finish. Hollywood Reporter had some review claiming it was boring/slow, but I didn't find that to be the case.. It built tension at just the perfect pace, and, unlike BWP, it actually has a payoff at the end. The only thing I would have changed is the kind of annoying disclaimer Paramount puts up in the beginning "thanking" the San Diego PD and the families of the couple. It already tips off that some bad shit is going to happen to them (which would have been better not to have been made clear in the beginning) and it's also corny b/c unlike Blair Witch, I don't think anyone in today's internet savvy age is actually stupid enough to entertain the possibility of this being "real" footage

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    by mikaelthoon

    That's really awesome that you snuck into that movie theater Bayridge, I attended the same showing in NY that you did! I have to say that your review of this movie was really cerebral and engaging, all the way to the part where you think that people confusing this movie for real found footage is actually going to be an issue. While I have to agree with you that the movie delivered the scares aplenty, I have to say it's pretty frustrating being in that same line you were talking about earlier in your post, waiting for 3+ hours on the side of Houston street, doing a head count ahead of me an hour before the showing and finding that I made the right decision coming early. I was in 110th place, happy as a little girl, when all the sudden all of the sudden, at least a hundred of people cut in line around the corner, you being one of them, and like the scum you are, totally disregarded all of the people who were "internet savvy" enough to actually show up in line early enough for a movie, fucking over a bunch of people who deserved a hell of a lot more than you to see this film. I hope you sit on a tetanus infected nail in next your next movie-going experience, Final Destination style. See you in Hell!

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Fucking awesome!

    by Barrock

    Caught the screening in Baton Rouge. Quite scary. Quite realistic. The ending is NOT a non-ending like someone suggested. You do get closure. It's... just different. The original ending sounds 100 times better though. Look it up if you've seen the film.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    to mikaelthoon

    by bayridgeindahouse

    hey fucktard, I actually didn't "cut" in line... I would have walked home unfazed and unbothered if I didn't make it in ... but I entered the theatre through its normal door, because despite the people queued up behind the velvet rope on the side, no one was manning the actual entrance to the theatre ... if the corporate powers that be were smart enough to manipulate the masses into being a horde of clamoring fans stuck outside for publicity purposes but also were not smart enough to figure out you actually need to "plug" the entrance to the theatre, I have no qualms about exploiting that failure in the system. Lo and behold, once inside the theatre (which anyone, e.g., someone who had paid to be in another movie, had a right to be), I further found that the entrance to the lower level was also unmanned (maybe just lucky timing). Before acting so fucking high and mighty, ask yourself, if you were in your multiplex, and you saw a practically open pathway to get into a screening (AND KEEPING IN MIND THAT I ALREADY RSVP'D FOR THE EVENT AND DID "RESERVE" A PLACE, and ALSO KEEPING IN MIND THAT THE COMMON CONSENSUS ON THE BOARD IS THAT SOMETHING SHADY WAS GOING ON IN THE FIRST PLACE IN TERMS OF THE MOTIVES OF THE ORGANIZERS AND THEIR TREATMENT OF THOSE WHO DID RSVP), don't even fucking try to pretend you wouldn't have walked into that room if you yourself found yourself right in front of the screening room with no one to say no to you, you fucking pussy! And obviously your reading comprehension skills are third grade, because the point of my comment about the movie (which wasn't an actual review in the first place, dickhead) was simply that people WOULDN'T be stupid enough to mistake this for real footage, so why even try to play that little game with the disclaimer in the front.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Yeah, screening was fucked, but movie rocked

    by ChicagoHopeless

    I was at the Chicago screening along with 2,500 of my closest friends. The theater seats 750. Also, they didn't tell anyone that TWO THIRDS fo the theater were reserved for VIPs. The line stretched around the block and not once did anyone come out and tell us what was going on. I got there at 9, so I got in. I applaud AICN for getting us a screening and I had a great time. But next time please communicate with the people in line! How was the flick? Pretty sweet. Not earth shattering or eyeball raping, but a solid horror film with some very intense moments. Don't let the hype fool you into thinking that this is anything other than a scary,(very) independent horror film. I am a HUGE horror fan and I felt exhilarated by this movie. I was genuinely frightened by it. I can only say that about a few other films. Please seek this one out if you have lost faith in horror movies.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Saw it last night; my experience

    by alifeincomplete

    We took a gamble by driving for two hours plus to catch this film in Ann Arbor (I live in Central Michigan) and we arrived to find a ginormous line that wrapped around the effing block--a ton of people waiting for this film. A theater dude came out and said "Who here is for RepoMan?" and like four people left the line out of four hundred plus. Everyone at our end was panicking that we wouldn't get in. They finally start selling tickets a half hour before the show stars and my girlfriend and I picked up literally the last two tickets. The film itself? Unnerving as fuck. I'm a big fan of horror films and this movie genuinely scared me. I'm a little miffed (after having read about the endings) that Paramount decided to screw around with the original flick and give us a somewhat typical ending, but I did like it regardless. The audience was into it as well; people screaming and shouting. A good time, really. The usher came out in the beginning and was like "We learned a couple things from last night when we screened this: 1) you're going to get sick. This has shakey camera and we had people running up to the stage and puking. 2) With this many people, it's going to get hot in here." He was wrong on both accounts. No one threw up (though, one girl behind us was lying on the ground crying when we left; not sure what happened there) and it (thankfully) didn't get too warm. One of the best audiences I've had for a flick, too. No one was too annoying, except for a girl behind us whose phone went off and she didn't even silence it. Altogether, I don't know if it's the "scariest movie ever made," but it's arguably the creepiest movie I've ever seen. There are parts you just want to be over with because it unnerves you so much. I love that sense of dread and I demand that this movie gets seen by as many as possible!