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Film Review: ‘Paranormal Activity 4’ Insults Your Horror Intelligence Amid Waning Franchise

CHICAGO – Following the first “Paranormal Activity” in 2007, which is most profitable film of all time based on return on investment, filmmakers Jason Blum, Oren Peli and Henry Joost have made a killing for Paramount Pictures.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 Pairs of Passes to ‘Paranormal Activity 4’ Plus First Three DVDs

CHICAGO – In our latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 pairs of advance-screening movie passes plus DVDs to the first three films up for grabs for the highly anticipated new horror film “Paranormal Activity 4”!

Film News: Paramount Releases First-Look Image For ‘Paranormal Activity 4’

CHICAGO – While the plot for the highly anticipated “Paranormal Activity 4” still remains undisclosed, Paramount Pictures gives us a new clue today with the release of the film’s first-look production still!

Blu-ray Review: Surprisingly Effective ‘Paranormal Activity 3’ Finds Scares Again

Paranormal Activity 3

CHICAGO – It is incredibly rare for a third installment in a franchise to find what was lost in the second one. That usually takes much longer, if it ever comes. “Saw III,” “Friday the 13th, Part III,” “Halloween III” — none of these movies come close to the original. Which is why it’s so remarkable to report that “Paranormal Activity 3” comes surprisingly close to the quality of the first film, arguably surpassing it.

Film Review: ‘Paranormal Activity 3’ Earns Every Fright in Precise Chiller

CHICAGO – Horror films that delicately balance the psychological nature of fear with the actual chills are as rare as Lady Gaga without attention. “Paranormal Activity 3” is one of those scary “delights,” essentially walking the tightrope between screaming “boo” in a crowded theater and tensely sending electricity down the spine.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 100 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘Paranormal Activity 3’ Plus DVDs

Oct. 18, 2011 update at 1:11 p.m.: Increased from 40 to 100 admit-twos!
Oct. 18, 2011 update at 1:11 p.m.: Screening date changed from Oct. 20 to Oct. 19, 2011
CHICAGO – In our latest highly anticipated horror/mystery edition of the HollywoodChicago.com Hookup, we have 100 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of “Paranormal Activity 3” plus a free “Paranormal Activity” and “Paranormal Activity 2” DVD for one grand-prize winner!

Blu-Ray Review: Controversial ‘Catfish’ Examines Identity in the Internet Age

Catfish

CHICAGO – It almost felt like Universal tried to piggyback “Catfish,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, on to so many other movies that it somewhat tanked at the box office (not breaking even $4 million) because it lost its own identity; ironic, given the film’s purported examination of the shifting ground of truth known as the internet.

Film Review: Whole Truth Becomes a Modern-Era Reality in ‘Catfish’

Catfish Nev on the Road

CHICAGO – “Catfish” is a real oddball of a film, set in the Twilight Zone of our own virtual cyberspace. Three twentysomething men navigate through the mysterious rigors of a journey they never expected to take. Nev Schulman is the main subject and directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost provide the video exposition in this true story.

Interviews: Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost of ‘Catfish’

Catfish

CHICAGO – One of the most provocative new films of 2010 is the strange and beautiful “Catfish.” As a testament to the current age of on-camera exploration, the true story focuses on New York photographer Nev Schulman, as he receives a package in the mail, which begins a journey that takes him to a relationship he thought he’d never have. Brother Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost are the “directors.”

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