Look, we here at The New York Observer are no scaredy-cats when it comes to haunted houses. After all, we’ve overcome waterboarding for the sake of journalism to make last year’s Halloween something special.
But even we are getting a little bit tired of the “real” horrors that producers have started coming up with in order to test our boundaries. For instance, this new haunted house by the creators of Paranormal Activity (1-4) and Insidious sounds terrible, and you couldn’t pay us enough money to go to Los Angeles and try it out. (Actually, you probably could … that number is around the dollar amount of a round-trip plane flight.)
Robert De Niro, whose acting career has been on hiatus for years, appears once more in mufti in the incomprehensible sci-fi bore Red Lights, playing the kind of role he could exchange with Al Pacino without the audience ever knowing the difference. With the same kind of sullen, bug-eyed somnambulism both actors have become famous for, he appears as a leaden psychic named Simon Silver, who retired from the hugga-mugga business in 1975.
Christmas came early at the box office this weekend as A Christmas Carol bah humbugged its way to $31 million in ticket sales and a first place finish, ahead of newcomers The Men Who Stare at Goats ($13.3 million in second) and The Fourth Kind ($12.5 million in fourth). The big story, though, Read More
The most popular costume this Halloween? Nope, not the Slutty Finding Nemo we saw waiting for the subway (though definitely points for trying), but Michael Jackson! The King of Pop posthumously reigned supreme at the box office over the holiday weekend as This Is It grossed $21.3 million to pace a Read More
When Zack and Miri Make A Porno and The Haunting of Molly Hartley could only combine for just over $15 million in box office grosses on this weekend last year, Hollywood learned a harsh lesson: don’t open movies on Halloween! In an effort to rectify that error in judgment, this Halloween we’re being treated to Read More
Everyone expected a horror film to be at the top of the charts on the weekend before Halloween… just not this horror movie. Paranormal Activity landed in first place over the weekend, scaring up $22 million and upsetting Saw VI in the process—the latest edition in the torture porn franchise opened in second Read More
It’s rather comforting to know that Oren Peli, writer and director of the improbable cultural marvel Paranormal Activity (currently terrifying audiences across the country), gets scared from time to time.
“The movie that really got to me was The Exorcist,” said Mr. Peli on Thursday evening, sitting low in his chair in the Paramount Read More
Let the wild rumpus start! Where The Wild Things Are was crowned king at the box office this weekend with a burly $32.4 million. Between Spike Jonze’s film, the better-than-anticipated opening for Law Abiding Citizen ($21.2 million) and the continued growth of Paranormal Activity, this was the highest grossing October weekend Read More
Is it still a staycation if you go out? Audiences flocked to see the island paradise getaway Couples Retreat, presumably because no one can afford their own trip; the comedy was the top choice for moviegoers over Columbus Day weekend, grossing an estimated $35.3 million. Further down the chart, the bigger Read More