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Venice Review: Ti West's 'The Sacrament,' Starring AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg & Amy Seimetz

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2013 3:51 PM
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Thirty-three years on from "Cannibal Holocaust" and fourteen from "The Blair Witch Project," found-footage horror is still going strong. It's no surprise really: they're cheap to make, consistently popular and almost always hugely profitable. But even with the "Paranormal Activity" and "V/H/S" franchises riding high, we do sometimes wonder how much more juice the genre has in it — it feels like a long time since we saw anything genuinely fresh in the form and this is particularly dispiriting given the amount of cheap knock-offs that are appearing over time.

Review: Home Invasion Horror 'You're Next' Featuring Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, AJ Bowen & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 20, 2013 7:00 PM
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When low budget horror movie "You're Next" premiered back at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival it received a rapturous response and set off a small scale buying war (Lionsgate, home to the "Hostel" and "Saw" franchises, and savior to Joss Whedon's marooned masterpiece "Cabin in the Woods," eventually won out). It played Austin's Fantastic Fest later that same month to equally enthusiastic crowds and then…nothing. The movie is finally going to be released this week and while it isn't quite the genre breakthrough many at the time were claiming it was (a prominent blogger provocatively asked if it was the next "Scream" — it's not), it's still a fun, bloody, occasionally scary home invasion romp.

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