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Blu-ray Review: ‘Chernobyl Diaries’ Fails to Transcend Offensive Premise

Chernobyl Diaries Blu-ray

CHICAGO – There’s something very wrong with Bradley Parker’s “Chernobyl Dairies,” and the problem is right there in its title. The very notion of setting a knee-jerk horror film at the site of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster is so offensive that it’s bound to halt many moviegoers from judging the picture on its own terms. It’s the cinematic equivalent of an obscenely tasteless haunted house.

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!

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Movie Vouchers to ‘Chernobyl Diaries’ Plus Grand-Prize Packs

Chernobyl Diaries from Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli

CHICAGO – In our latest found-footage horror edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 admit-two movie vouchers plus 3 grand-prize packs up for grabs to the new horror film “Chernobyl Diaries” from “Paranormal Activity” creator Oren Peli!

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!

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 35 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘Insidious’ From Makers of ‘Paranormal Activity,’ ‘Saw’

Insidious with Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne

CHICAGO – In our latest horror/thriller edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 35 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of the new film “Insidious” with Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne from the “Paranormal Activity” and “Saw” makers!

Interview: Leigh Whannell, James Wan Hunt Ghosts With ‘Insidious’

CHICAGO – Patrick Wilson (“Little Children”) and Rose Byrne (“Damages”) play a truly terrified couple in James Wan’s “Insidious,” opening this Friday, April 1st, 2011. Produced by the team behind “Paranormal Activity” and written and co-starring Leigh Whannell, the man who did the same double duty on “Saw,” “Insidious” hopes to be the haunted house movie of 2011 with a twist.

Film Review: Prequel ‘Paranormal Activity 2’ Deftly Exploits a Baby as Emotional Scare Tactic

CHICAGO – From its first “The Blair Witch Project”-like film in Sept. 2009, “Paranormal Activity” now reigns as one of the most profitable films ever made based on return on investment. But just a short 13 months later, “Paranormal Activity 2” returns to theaters with content and panic tactics that are much of the same.

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