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10.22.2009

The low-cost spooker PARANORMAL ACTIVITY has proven to be quite a phenomenon. And while I haven't had a chance to see it yet myself, I couldn't help but notice it seems to bear some resemblance to a movie I did see several years ago -- another little household horror indie called IN MEMORIUM.

Made in 2005 by filmmaker Amanda Gusack (who went on to MGM's recent DVD thriller THE BETRAYED, starring Melissa George and Oded Fehr), IN MEMORIUM also took the DIY approach to the premise of capturing the domestic supernatural on camera.

Although its similarities to IN MEMORIUM are probably just a casualty of the collective unconscious, PARANOMAL ACTIVITY had the fortune of finding a considerable audience, while Gusack's film made the festival rounds but remains without distribution. Perhaps that will change in the wake of PA's success, since there's clearly a market for it.

I reviewed the movie for another online outlet a few years back, and I've reposted it below. You can also check out the IN MEMORIUM trailer down there, see some clips over at B-D, and learn more about the film at the official site.

When aspiring filmmaker Dennis (Erik McDowell) is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he decides to leave his legacy in filmed format. Along with girlfriend Lily (Johanna Watts), he rents a small house and wires it with microphones and motion-activated cameras to keep a grim record of his final weeks as he withers away. But the footage isn't exactly what Dennis had hoped for as an unwanted tenant from the afterlife has decided to make a guest appearance in his documentary, causing his illness to accelerate and making his remaining days a literal nightmare.

The faux-documentary approach has become a customary method of circumventing budgetary issues for independent, low-tech filmmakers, but it's not often nearly as effective as writer-director Amanda Gusack's morbid and creepy horror film IN MEMORIUM. Gusack's actors do a convincing job of being utterly terrified by the proceedings, and perhaps more importantly, they feel like an organic couple who would subject themselves to such a morose notion as filming one's eventual demise (Watts' fondness for wearing baby-Ts around the home certainly doesn't hinder the film's watchability).

There's no musical score, only the ambient sounds of creaks and chilling groans, while the unwelcome spirit is only glimpsed through shadows and freaky static-filled video, all with rather unnerving success -- I started watching the movie at 10pm one night and truly regretted it after the lights were turned off. For many horror fans, that's as sincere an endorsement as you'll find.

Source: JoBlo

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5:07PM on 10/24/2009
One of the makers of blair witch was an usher in the theater where last broadcast was shown.
One of the makers of blair witch was an usher in the theater where last broadcast was shown.
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3:00PM on 10/24/2009

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11:56AM on 10/23/2009
Sorry about that double post, remember kids don't refresh your page once you post....and now you know.
Sorry about that double post, remember kids don't refresh your page once you post....and now you know.
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11:55AM on 10/23/2009
Unfortunately if it does get released now it will only be compared to Paranormal even though it was obviously done first.
Unfortunately if it does get released now it will only be compared to Paranormal even though it was obviously done first.
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11:35AM on 10/23/2009
Unfortunately if it does get released now it will only be compared to Paranormal even though it was obviously done first.
Unfortunately if it does get released now it will only be compared to Paranormal even though it was obviously done first.
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11:25AM on 10/23/2009

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Blairwitch got in a bit of trouble back in the day for being a little too similar in premise. I actually like it better than BW. Except the ending.
Blairwitch got in a bit of trouble back in the day for being a little too similar in premise. I actually like it better than BW. Except the ending.
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10:38AM on 10/23/2009

similarity?

this movie looks EXACTLY the same as PA.
this movie looks EXACTLY the same as PA.
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9:32AM on 10/23/2009
Just because something is marketed as a "phenomenon" by viral marketing douchebags, doesn't actually make it a phenomenon.

Personally I don't know anyone who would pay to see some shitty movie that the trailers are either A) too embarassed to actually show any fucking footage from the film or B) apparently advertising a movie about a guy who flys for .8 seconds and idiot kids in a theater jump up and down and make noise all to a bad night vision filter.

Stop telling me about how much I
Just because something is marketed as a "phenomenon" by viral marketing douchebags, doesn't actually make it a phenomenon.

Personally I don't know anyone who would pay to see some shitty movie that the trailers are either A) too embarassed to actually show any fucking footage from the film or B) apparently advertising a movie about a guy who flys for .8 seconds and idiot kids in a theater jump up and down and make noise all to a bad night vision filter.

Stop telling me about how much I somehow "demanded it" and actually show me a real trailer about the movie so that I can decide whether I want to spend money on it or not. Don't just try to guilt me with some shit ass viral marketing campaign into feeling like "omg i have to see this cuz everyone else iz!"
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11:31AM on 10/23/2009
The fact that PA started on just a handful of screens and has since made around $35 million is what makes it a phenomenon. Whether the movie or the marketing personally interests you is irrelevant to that status.
The fact that PA started on just a handful of screens and has since made around $35 million is what makes it a phenomenon. Whether the movie or the marketing personally interests you is irrelevant to that status.
11:44AM on 10/23/2009
It only started out on a handful of screens because that was the marketing plan. This movie always had the backing to be in every theater from the beginning and it was always planned to be in every theater whether "you demanded it" or not. No matter what happened they would have ran those "you demanded it" ads to make people think there really was a huge drive for this piece of crap.

It's not a phenomenon, period. In fact, barely anyone has actually bothered seeing it - mostly due to issues
It only started out on a handful of screens because that was the marketing plan. This movie always had the backing to be in every theater from the beginning and it was always planned to be in every theater whether "you demanded it" or not. No matter what happened they would have ran those "you demanded it" ads to make people think there really was a huge drive for this piece of crap.

It's not a phenomenon, period. In fact, barely anyone has actually bothered seeing it - mostly due to issues I've already mentioned (insultingly obvious crowd manipulation, no real trailers, etc). You can put any piece of garbage in the theater and as long as enough people know it's there you're probably going to make around 30 mil - this is nothing special.

It's just hype-turds who want to feel like they're part of something trying to jump up and down about a garbage fest that the trailers are too scared to show us some actual god damned film footage of the fucking movie they're advertising for.

The only "phenomenon" that can be used to describe PA is a common one - herd mentality.
12:27PM on 10/23/2009
Then I'd say you're going to believe what you want regardless of whether it aligns with reality.
Then I'd say you're going to believe what you want regardless of whether it aligns with reality.
12:48PM on 10/23/2009
It's actually kind of hilarious that you would claim that my "beliefs" don't "align with reality", when it can all be proven by a simple fact check.

Or do they just not believe in fact checking anymore on Joblo? Is hype-mongering and rumor-milling the new big thing for you guys?
It's actually kind of hilarious that you would claim that my "beliefs" don't "align with reality", when it can all be proven by a simple fact check.

Or do they just not believe in fact checking anymore on Joblo? Is hype-mongering and rumor-milling the new big thing for you guys?
1:38PM on 10/23/2009
Haha - what would even be the point of arguing? It's abundantly clear that A) the movie, its marketing and its success have personally offended you somehow, and B) you know more about everything than myself or anyone else.
Haha - what would even be the point of arguing? It's abundantly clear that A) the movie, its marketing and its success have personally offended you somehow, and B) you know more about everything than myself or anyone else.
1:55PM on 10/23/2009
You're alright Davis... you're alright...

lol
You're alright Davis... you're alright...

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1:55AM on 10/27/2009
Don't feed the troll...
Don't feed the troll...
2:54AM on 10/23/2009
I didn't have a problem with the look of PA, you can get an HD camera for 400 or so now, they are becoming commonplace. It worked well for what the director was trying to do.

The footage in Mem is supposed to be of the lower end surveillance camera variety, which is fine for this idea, it should chill on a different level than PA.

I'm looking forward to it, the small number of people that had the chance to see it seem to all agree it's scary.

I'm expecting someone to pick it up for
I didn't have a problem with the look of PA, you can get an HD camera for 400 or so now, they are becoming commonplace. It worked well for what the director was trying to do.

The footage in Mem is supposed to be of the lower end surveillance camera variety, which is fine for this idea, it should chill on a different level than PA.

I'm looking forward to it, the small number of people that had the chance to see it seem to all agree it's scary.

I'm expecting someone to pick it up for distribution very soon.
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1:56AM on 10/23/2009
Donnie Darko has a point... if the character spent as much as he claims he spent on the camera he used in PA then it better look clear.
Donnie Darko has a point... if the character spent as much as he claims he spent on the camera he used in PA then it better look clear.
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1:30AM on 10/23/2009

Similarity?

Yea, I'll give you that. But unlike some of the complaining about PA being HD (which is should be, it's not 20 year old footage... even I have and HD camera), this looks WAY too edited, if it's supposed to be a "found footage" kind of thing... is it? I could read the synopsis, but I dunwanna. I'd still watch it tho.

Oh, and PA was awesome... especially for free. :)
Yea, I'll give you that. But unlike some of the complaining about PA being HD (which is should be, it's not 20 year old footage... even I have and HD camera), this looks WAY too edited, if it's supposed to be a "found footage" kind of thing... is it? I could read the synopsis, but I dunwanna. I'd still watch it tho.

Oh, and PA was awesome... especially for free. :)
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12:16AM on 10/23/2009

Looks pretty good.

I find the gritty look much more realistic than the Hi-Def in PA.
I find the gritty look much more realistic than the Hi-Def in PA.
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11:31PM on 10/22/2009

Much Better!

From just a few clips of footage from this trailer, it looks 10x better than whatever the hell was (or wasn't) in PA. The fact that this actually looks like cheap, real footage is what sells the film. The polished, Hi-Def look of PA takes whatever "reality" the film is trying to portray right out of it. Everything looks too "hollywood" for something that's supposed to look all amature. I wanna see this!
From just a few clips of footage from this trailer, it looks 10x better than whatever the hell was (or wasn't) in PA. The fact that this actually looks like cheap, real footage is what sells the film. The polished, Hi-Def look of PA takes whatever "reality" the film is trying to portray right out of it. Everything looks too "hollywood" for something that's supposed to look all amature. I wanna see this!
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9:52PM on 10/22/2009

I like the concept

however, it does look extremely amateur where as paranormal activity was a little more polished. Wouldn't mind seeing this one, though.
however, it does look extremely amateur where as paranormal activity was a little more polished. Wouldn't mind seeing this one, though.
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7:44PM on 10/22/2009

i already

saw PA twice and it still gets to me. in memorium looks fake but creepy too.
saw PA twice and it still gets to me. in memorium looks fake but creepy too.
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7:30PM on 10/22/2009

AS FOR PARANORMAL ACTIVITY ...

...it's only good when you watch it first time. Second viewing shows serious lack of decent plot and bad characterisation. But first time, it's a hell of a scare.
...it's only good when you watch it first time. Second viewing shows serious lack of decent plot and bad characterisation. But first time, it's a hell of a scare.
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