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Ay Dios Mio!! Paramount Looks To Scare Up A Latino PARANORMAL ACTIVITY!!

The Kidd here...

I get it. There are some people that just don't find Paramount's PARANORMAL ACTIVITY series frightening. As far as I'm concerned, if you don't believe in the presence of supernatural entities residing in our world, then of course there's nothing of any horror value for you to hold onto. But, for those of us who do, that explains why all three films have been remarkably successful. It also explains why a fourth one is on the way this October and why now Paramount is looking to make something along those PARANORMAL ACTIVITY lines for the Hispanic audience. 

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Jason Blum and Oren Peli are looking to reteam with Christopher Landon, who wrote PA 2 and 3, for an English language horror film with a Latino cast centered around "Catholic-based paranormal mythology." Landon would write and direct this as-yet-untitled film that is being seen as a cousin of sorts to the PA series, and not necessarily a sequel, spin-off or reboot. As far as I can tell, there'd be no connection whatsoever to the PA series other than the creative team involved, although it's a pretty safe assumption that we're talking "found footage" here (not always a bad thing depending upon how it's used).

The last time Paramount and Catholic horror came together, we got THE DEVIL INSIDE, so I'm optimistic we're going to get something better than that... it'd be hard to get anything worse. However, what most intrigues me about this idea is that we haven't really seen studios aiming for the growing Hispanic audience. 

Let's face it... the population is changing in the United States, and this is the first time we're really seeing a movie studio really trying to tap into its potential at the box office. We've seen them go after other minority groups, primarily African-Americans, with certain types of films, but Hispanics have never been a Hollywood target as far as money is concerned. I don't think this will be the last time we see something like this, but there will be plenty of eyes watching how this project fares, viewing it as an experiment of sorts to see if Hispanics will come out in full force and support films geared towards what they like. If they do, expect a run on films made for Hispanics... if they don't, it's back to romantic comedies for white folks (that's a joke).

 

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

BillyTheKidd@aintitcool.com

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  • April 8, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    HAY, not "Ay"

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    Uno, pendejos.

  • April 8, 2012, 11:28 p.m. CST

    I think PA comes down to being a racial divide.

    by Retlaw Kciuq

    Vanilla white kids tend to take to it more than African American or urban market kids. That's what I normally see whenever I'm at the theater every October.

  • April 8, 2012, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Hispanics have never been a Hollywood target?...

    by Ed Cetera

    Remember BOULEVARD NIGHTS? AMERICAN ME? SELENA? DESPERADO? MACHETE?...

  • April 8, 2012, 11:32 p.m. CST

    do a paranormal activity in space.

    by DarthBlart

    a space mission. without the rocks.

  • April 9, 2012, midnight CST

    You suck, TheKidd

    by john

    .

  • April 9, 2012, 12:04 a.m. CST

    So a movie where nothing happens most of the time...

    by billcom6

    ...but it doesn't happen to latinos!

  • April 9, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    There will never be a black Paranormal Activity though.

    by the Green Gargantua

    shit would be over in minutes.

  • April 9, 2012, 12:13 a.m. CST

    lol at renetabard

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    i expected some followup as to why you dislike the childd, but u felt that was all that needed to be said. gshit ps: the childd is the 2012 scriptgirl... minus the lazy?

  • April 9, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Hispanics eat that superstitious crap up

    by Mugato5150

    But I don't agree that you have to believe in ghosts to enjoy movies about them. I'm just sick of the found footage craze.

  • April 9, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Hispanic doesn't equal Catholic.

    by eveelcapitalist

    If they want to do another cheap exorcism movie why not just simply announce they're gonna do another cheap exorcism movie and not stereotype in the process? Fuck it, why not just call it Paranormal Activity - Chupacabra's Revenge? Actually, that could work. Fund it! Speaking of ethnic PA they did Paranormal Activity - Tokyo Nights, but I don't think it has an American release.

  • April 9, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    If you believe in ghosts, you are a child or a retard

    by Rupee88

    well maybe not totally fair, but your IQ is almost certainly south of 100.

  • April 9, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    ACTIVIDAD DE CUCUY!

    by MCVamp

  • April 9, 2012, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Wasn't there a Hispanic nanny in pa2 who tried to exorcise the house?

    by cockdiesel

    Maybe they'll try to loosely link it to her or something.

  • April 9, 2012, 12:40 a.m. CST

    mcvamp...dude

    by Holodigm

    that made me and my roommate laugh pretty fuckin hard

  • April 9, 2012, 12:42 a.m. CST

    To be directed by....

    by notcher

    Senor Spielbergo!!!! I didn't think these movies were at all scary or good. I preferred "Insidious."

  • April 9, 2012, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Filipino PA next please!

    by ThulsaBoom

    Catholic imagery rocks. Plus I always imagine ghosts having a Filipino accent. "I'm hop wey to hebin, hop wey to hell!" Scary stuff.

  • April 9, 2012, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Catholic School Girl Rule...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...just sayin'

  • Just my opinion. Why throw in an underlaying storyline to the cause of the hauntings with the main characters and tie in all the movies together? Why not just have the cause of the hauntings unknown and have different people/characters in each movie? Seriously, the last movie sucked major balls.

  • April 9, 2012, 3:51 a.m. CST

    frankenollie

    by CuervoJones

    It´s "Ay". "Hay" es del verbo "Haber".

  • April 9, 2012, 6 a.m. CST

    I don't believe in the paranormal...

    by schreck

    ...but I still get freaked out by these movies. So forget that theory. Same thing with JAWS; I don't believe in sharks but that movie gets me everytime.

  • April 9, 2012, 6:09 a.m. CST

    They've already made a Japanese Paranomal Activity

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • April 9, 2012, 6:34 a.m. CST

    What the hell ever happened to Peli's Area 51 P.A. followup?

    by lochkray

    They made the movie, didn't they? There was talk about Paramount or Universal buying it, and then...pffft, nothing.

  • April 9, 2012, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Okay, ignore my question.

    by lochkray

    Just checked IMDb. As of December 2011, the movie is UNDERGOING REWRITES AND ADDITIONAL SHOOTING. Hmmm, for the past three years. However, it does have a 2012 release date in Brazil. I don't think these are good omens for it.

  • ... My family would eat this garbage up.

  • yeah, like that bullshit isn't fucking played out enough.

  • April 9, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Catholic/Christian based horror does scare me though...

    by Righteous Brother

    The Omen, The Exorcist, Carrie.........blame it on my Catholic upbringing. When were you last scared by a buddhist or hindu based horror film?

  • April 9, 2012, 7:44 a.m. CST

    I can see it now...

    by groorgman

    The movie stars a cowboy, a super model, a drag queen, and an old man dressed up as a lion. At least that's all I've ever seen on telemundo.

  • April 9, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    schreck

    by phifty2

    Dude sharks exist. My cousin said he saw one behind the 7-11. So you know, you might want to check your facts.

  • April 9, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Only scared if you believe?

    by rockhpi

    I had a girlfriend once that asked me the retarded question, "If you don't believe in ghosts then why did that movie scare you?" I asked her if she'd ever been scared by a vampire or werewolf movie and if she believed in those too. I don't believe there's an alien that can lay eggs in my throat and burst from my chest but that certainly scared me because I have an IMAGINATION. Which is where ghosts live.

  • April 9, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST

    There's some validity to Kidd's theory around belief.

    by lochkray

    I think movies like P.A., and exorcism flicks have a longer lingering affect if you have a belief in those aspects of the supernatural. I like the P.A. movies, and love the exorcist, but my wife who is less skeptical about such supernatural shenanigans is deeply affected by them - especially exorcism movies, the good catholic that she is. I watch, and may cringe at the long takes waiting for something to happen, then jump when it does, but afterwards I don't have any problem falling asleep. However, I believe sharks can be swimming below me and still, to this day, hate swimming in open water. Thank you very much Peter Benchley. I am still on the fence about aliens laying babies in my chest. I'm not afraid of it happening, but still....

  • April 9, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    There is NO shortage of hispanics seeing those movies...

    by dr_john_zoidberg

    Take it from me. I'm a theater manager, and having seen all 3 Paranormal Activity movies in theaters, I can assure you that hispanics are already a part of the target audience. In the showing of Paranormal 1 that I went to on a Sunday afternoon, I had to "shush" a family of 5 several times from across the theater for explaining the movie to their childern(or vice versa?), I saw a Management Only screening of part 2, but in the 3rd, we were the minorities of the group, as the theater was mostly full of people of hispanic origin, including a family that came and sat down next to us during the last 15 minutes of the movie and decided to talk about what they may or may not have missed. Doing Paranormal for a hispanic audience is a waste. They're already giving you their money, Paramount. Move on.

  • April 9, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Ay! is correct

    by MrRomanPorno

    Ay! equals hey! Hay means "there is". I think they are aiming this new movie to the latinos worldwide... "Devil Inside" and "The Rite" both sucky religious exorcist movies have been serious hits at the south american box offices.

  • April 9, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Mexican Paranormal Activity

    by Blue_Demon

    Actividad Paranormal! Con Memo Garcia y Chato Gutierrez! Oye Memo, que es eso? Es un fantasma Holmes! Vamonos a la chingada! Que chingados? Si apenas me compre esta casa! Un pinche fantasma no me va mover! Cabron, 'stoy capas de MATARLO a la verga! Donde esta mi machete?! Memo! La migra! Vamonos a la chingada!! I'm going to sell this to Telemundo.

  • April 9, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    It's funny...

    by Blue_Demon

    I actually knew a kid named Chato when I was in school. We called him that because he had a fat face. Heh! Good times, good times.

  • April 9, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    It also explains that you have a BLEEDING MANGINA!

    by Jaster Mareel

    OOOOOH! The door moved 4 inches! I JUST PISSED MY FUCKING PANTS!

  • April 9, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    it's true, hispanics are already eating this stuff up

    by Aquanaut

    many of them are like the gypsies at the beginning of dracula...i live in a predominantly hispanic area and a friend of mine would get mad when i would whistle at night, because she literally believed a lechusa- a witch in the form of an owl would return the whistle and then swoop down and kill us... so yes, anything with ghosts, exorcisms, or the devil...they're all over that...and every other person down here has some anecdote of a paranormal encounter...i have a bottle of holy water...because my roommate insisted on it.

  • April 9, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Paranormal Activity reboot starring La Parka.

    by adeceasedfan

    Oops...wrong talkback.

  • April 9, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Latinos are all into the paranormal, it's part of their culture

    by Jaster Mareel

    Thus The Day of the Dead. Sorta like with the Chinese. What, don't the Paranormal Activity movies have a fucking Spanish track?

  • April 9, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Is this going to be in Spanish?

    by Blue_Demon

    Or just a horror story borrowing elements from Mexican culture starring a bunch of Mexican-Americans? (It's what they called us in school back in the 70s) Seems like a waste of money to me, but hey... I'd like a Mexican version of ALIEN. They only had 7 people in the Nostromo...shit, we'd pack that fucker with a couple of hundred vatos. And the landing would be smoother because we'd have some smokin' shocks on the landing struts.

  • April 9, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    blue demon

    by eloy

    your proposed treatment excerpt was a textbook example of politically incorrect stereotyping but it had me crapping my pants with laughter. good times, indeed. In a related matter, I notice by your grip on the language that you do speak real spanish. Where are you writing from?

  • April 9, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    eloy

    by Blue_Demon

    I'm writing from Texas! My dad was born in Mexico and most of my extended family is still down there. I'm a first generation American, as they say. Funky upbringing...traditional Mexican food, Catholic faith with a huge helping of American pop culture thanks to the TV, movies, sci-fi paperbacks and comic books. I grew up speaking Spanish at home with my parents (and when uncles and aunts came over to visit) and I spoke English with my school buddies. I'm bi. BI-LINGUAL! BI-LINGUAL! And now home to watch La Momia Azteca!

  • April 9, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Menudo.................that was scary enough for me

    by millermeusa

  • April 10, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    This is what Babelfish makes of blue demon's post:

    by Psychonaut

    Activity Paranormal! With Memo Garci'a and Chato Gutierrez! He hears Memo, that is that? It is a Holmes ghost! Vamonos to the chingada one! That chingados? If as soon as it buys this house to me! A damned little ghost does not go to me to move! Cabron, ' stoy layers TO KILL IT to the yard! Where this my machete! Memo! It migrates it! Vamonos to the chingada one! Online translators. Converting foreign languages into mystifying gibberish since 1990...

  • April 10, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    So no hispanic kid went to see Avatar?

    by Ditko

    Wow, I didn´t know there was an especific "market" for them. Will they eat burritos all the time onscreen? This is pathetic.

  • April 10, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST

    psychonaut that cracked me up!

    by Blue_Demon

    A young lady at our company used an online translator to translate some of our insurance forms for Spanish-speaking clients. Those of us who speak the language could not stop laughing at the translations. At best, they make the message sound like Yoda wrote it. At worst...brain damaged. Finally, they just tossed the stuff on my desk and asked me to translate it.

  • April 10, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    AVATAR! Con Diego Alvarez!

    by Blue_Demon

    Damas y caballeros...ya no estan en Tamaulipas...estan en PANDORA!

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