Paramount Pictures has announced home entertainment release dates for two films set to test an experimental release strategy that significantly shortens the window between when theatrical movies arrive on digital and VOD. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse arrives Dec. 8, less than six weeks after it opened in theaters, and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will be available on Dec. 15, approximately seven weeks after its theatrical premiere.
In a weekend filled with five new wide releases, it was the holdovers that came out on top, with The Martian retaking first place in its fourth weekend.
There is a scene around midway through this tale of yet another suburban family beset by supernatural forces when the audience sees found footage of characters watching video material they shot earlier in which they themselves watch found footage filmed two decades before. Is this demonstrative of how complex the Paranormal Activity franchise’s mythology has become? Or a sly acknowledgment by the film’s makers that the found footage genre, which the original 2007 Paranormal Activity did so much to popularize, really has now choked on its own tail, creatively speaking?
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With prophecies, ghosts, and a terrifying demon named Toby, get ready for a few nightmares. The final installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise is taking audiences beyond the known world in The Ghost Dimension.
Movies found at a theater near you are likely to be coming to your home a whole lot sooner. In an unprecedented move that has the potential to change the theatrical movie-watching business, Paramount Pictures, the studio behind the Star Trek and Mission Impossible franchises, has signed a deal with AMC Theatres, the second largest U.S. theater chain, and Canadian exhibitor Cineplex to make two of their upcoming theatrical releases available digitally just 17 days after they hit fewer than 300 theaters.
Sometimes, childhood is full of wonderful adventures and general innocence. Other times, you’re a part of an evil prophecy and there’s a demon named Toby who wants to steal your soul. It’s a toss up, really.
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