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The Barrens (2012) Review: Jersey Devil Strong

If you live in New Jersey, then you grow up your entire life with the stink of the Jersey Devil on your skin. It’s “our” urban legend. It’s our hockey team. It fascinates children and has always kept me just a little curious as to what really sparked the whole myth to inferno levels. I’ve heard the mythology and have enjoyed telling my own children about the Leed’s Devil. Every time we drive the New Gretna I pull out the, “so this is where it all happened” bait. Bells immediately asks what happened and I get to try to scare her just a little. The Barrens from horror veteran Darren Lynn Bousman attempts to take the tale of the Jersey Devil to a new audience, flesh out the story and maybe, just maybe… find what we Jersey natives have been looking for as we travel southward through our state.
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Open House and Answering Difficult Questions: A Movie Review

*here be some minor spoilers.

Director/writer: Andrew Paquin.

A lot can be said for the psychological thriller. This genre uses mind games to keep the viewer off balance, while often asking more questions than it answers. One of several questions that first time director Andrew Paquin's film Open House asks is: why are two serial killers laying waste to a quiet neighbourhood? As well, why are a brother and sister killing team sleeping together? Finally, how come so many victims in horror and thrillers ask the question: "why are you doing this?" This reviewer will answer the first question, while tip-toeing around the second and then delve into the third.

As a little more background, Andrew Paquin is the brother of Anna Paquin ("True Blood") and Andrew used his house as the primary set, for this film. All of the action within Open House occurs at this location.
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DVD Review: Open House

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Open House

Guest review by Dog Ate My Wookie

Stars: Anna Paquin, Brian Geraghty, Rachel Blanchard, Stephen Moyer, Tricia Helfer | Written and Directed by Andrew Paquin

Welcome to the Neighbourhood! A couple going through a nasty divorce attempt to sell their marital love nest and move on with their separate lives. After a successful open house they are horrified to discover, days later, that a potential buyer didn’t leave their home. While Alice is being held captive in the basement, the unannounced house guest moves in upstairs. She senses her capture is being kept a rebellious secret and the carnage is only just beginning…

Written and directed by Andrew Paquin, the older brother of Anna Paquin, Open House doesn’t miss a beat in using it’s two True Blood stars to push this title out there, even the press release pushed Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer as the
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The Big Daddies presents Outstanding Achievement in Direction and Film

So that time of year is upon us where we over at Big Daddy Horror Reviews get under way with the first annual Big Daddies. We figure mainstream commercial cinema gets the Oscars and The Golden Globes, so I figured it only fitting that the horror genre gets its own set of awards thus was born the "Big Daddies". The aim of the Big Daddies is to honor outstanding achievement in the horror genre including films that virtually no one saw to the independents to the very popular. To kick start this round of the nominations (in random order) we are announcing the nominees in the categories of outstanding achievement in Film & Direction. And the nominees are....... 

Direction:

Adam Green - Frozen

Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska - Dead Hooker In A Trunk

Matt Reeves - Let Me In

Andrew Paquin - Open HouseJoshua Grannell - All About Evil 

Film: 

President's
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Exclusive video: “Open House,” Part Four

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Exclusive video: “Open House,” Part Four
Did the mortgage and housing crisis inspire this one? In the Psycho/The Strangers-style thriller Open House, now available on demand and DVD from Lionsgate, a demented couple (The Hurt Locker’s Brian Geraghty and Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer) squat in comfortable homes for sale and murder all those who get in the way. Rachel Blanchard plays a survivor hiding in the basement trying to outwit the maniacs living upstairs. At last spring’s Tribeca Film Festival, Fango’s Tony Timpone’s interviewed stars Geraghty and Blanchard (see here and here). Today our editor emeritus concludes his chat with Open House’s writer/director Andrew Paquin (see part one of Paquin interview here), brother/brother-in-law of True Blood hotties Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, respectively. The two actors have cameos in the gory home invasion thriller, which marks Paquin’s directorial debut. Happy house hunting!
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Exclusive video: "Open House", Part Three

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Exclusive video:
In the Psycho/The Strangers-style thriller Open House, now available on demand and DVD from Lionsgate, a demented couple (The Hurt Locker’s Brian Geraghty and Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer) squat in comfortable homes for sale and murder all those who get in the way. Rachel Blanchard plays a survivor hiding in the basement trying to outwit the maniacs living upstairs. At last spring’s Tribeca Film Festival, Fango’s Tony Timpone’s interviewed stars Geraghty and Blanchard (see here and here). Today our editor emeritus continues his chat with Open House’s writer/director Andrew Paquin, brother/brother-in-law of True Blood hotties Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, respectively. The two actors have cameos in the gory home invasion thriller, which marks Paquin’s directorial debut. Stop by tomorrow for the final piece.
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Exclusive video: "Open House" stars, Part Two

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Exclusive video:
In the Psycho/The Strangers-style thriller Open House, now available on demand and DVD from Lionsgate, a demented couple (The Hurt Locker’s Brian Geraghty and Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer) squat in comfortable houses for sale and murder all interlopers, including True Blood lovebirds Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. Rachel Blanchard plays a survivor hiding in the basement trying to outwit the maniacs living upstairs. At last spring’s Tribeca Film Festival, Fango’s Tony Timpone’s interviewed stars Geraghty and Blanchard, as well as writer and director Andrew Paquin. In part two of our interviews (see below the jump; part one is here), the two leads talk about the challenges on making the violent home invasion shocker.
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Exclusive video: "Open House" stars, Part One

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Exclusive video:
In the Psycho/The Strangers-style thriller Open House, now available on demand and DVD from Lionsgate, a demented couple (The Hurt Locker’s Brian Geraghty and Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer) squat in comfortable houses for sale and murder all interlopers, including True Blood lovebirds Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. Rachel Blanchard plays a survivor hiding in the basement trying to outwit the maniacs living upstairs. At last spring’s Tribeca Film Festival, Fango’s Tony Timpone’s interviewed stars Geraghty and Blanchard, as well as writer and director Andrew Paquin. In part one of our interviews (see below the jump), the two leads talk about working on Paquin’s violent directorial debut.
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Tricia Helfer trades in Cylon red for 'Dark Blue'

During her years on the space saga "Battlestar Galactica," as Cylon Number Six (a line of androids with many copies), Tricia Helfer played, among other things, a seductive "angel," a fierce warrior and a mother-to-be.

Her taste for strong roles continued when she returned to Earth (and to Los Angeles from Vancouver, Canada), to take up her first job as a series regular since "Battlestar."

On TNT's sophomore undercover-police drama "Dark Blue," airing Wednesdays, Helfer plays FBI Agent Alex Rice, who thought she was just working one case in a joint task force with the Lapd -- and also thought she was just having a one-night stand with team leader Carter Shaw (Dylan McDermott) -- but instead the task force is continuing, and she's stayed on to run it.

"She's smart enough to know that she can't just come in and take over," Helfer tells Zap2it. "But her say is the final say.
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[DVD Review] Open House

The theatrical trailer for Open House appeared on the Blu-ray disc before the feature actually began, and at first glance, Open House epitomized everything I hate about modern day “horror” films. I am sickened by filmmakers who sexualize violence, those who want audiences to drool and get off to beautiful people begging for their lives like the victims in the Hostel series or other torture porns. I thought that I would be suffering through a knock-off of Hostel/Hostel 2/Human Centipede when I reached into my refrigerator for another beer, but I was wrong. Open House is not torture porn. If it was torture porn, then it would at least be somewhat interesting, if sickeningly so. Instead, Open House is a shell of a movie with nothing to offer in story, performances, or special effects. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Open House has nothing
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DVD Review: Open House

A strange but not entirely unsatisfying mixture of sly social commentary and straight slasher flick, Andrew Paquin's Open House is hardly the scariest or most original horror flick you'll come across, but this indie feature (which premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival) boasts a polished veneer, a tone that wavers between ferocious and slightly askew, and more than enough gory stuff to keep the splat fans happy. Toss in a few very strong performances, a few familiar faces you may enjoy (including the director's sister, Anna Paquin), and a nice tightening of the tension once Act III kicks in, and you have a "straight to video" horror flick that actually has a little artistry to it. Hardly a...
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Tricia Helfer Seduces and Murders in Open House Red Band Trailer

Open House” is a slasher movie from Andrew Paquin, the big brother of “True Blood’s” Anna Paquin, who co-stars in the film alongside her real-life beau (and fellow “True Blood” actor) Stephen Moyer. The couple are actually supporting characters — the stars are Tricia Helfer and Brian Geraghty as a psycho couple who uses Rachel Blanchard’s open house as an excuse to kill lots of people with big knives. It beats paying rent, that’s for sure. Check out a red band trailer for the movie below. A couple on the verge of a nasty divorce attempt to sell their empty love nest and move on with their lives, separately. After a successful open house they are horrified to discover, days later, that a potential buyer didn’t leave their home. While Alice is being held captive in the basement, the unannounced house guest moves in upstairs. She senses
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The Stars Sparkle in this New Poster Art for Open House

Open House is a Lionsgate Home Entertainment acquisition, which now has some poster art showing the principal actors, Brian Geraghty, Rachel Blanchard, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, above a mysterious, dilapidated house. This film had a world premiere a the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival (Uhm) and this film, involving incestous, home-invading syblings, will go straight to DVD in January, 2011. A re-post of the film's trailer is also inside along with cast and crew details.

The tagline for the film:

"Welcome to the Neighborhood" (Open).

The synopsis for Open House here:

"A couple on the verge of a nasty divorce attempt to sell their empty love nest and move on with their lives, separately. After a successful open house they are horrified to discover, days later, that a potential buyer didn't leave their home. While Alice is being held captive in the basement, the unannounced house guest moves in upstairs. She senses
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Exclusive: Sit Down with Composer of HBO's 'True Blood' & 'The Last Exorcism's' Nathan Barr

HBO’s highly-acclaimed and ratings record-breaking drama series, "True Blood" will premiere its third season on June 13th, featuring the score of composer Nathan Barr. HorrorBid got a chance to catch up with the busy composer to chat about "True Blood" and his score for the highly anticipated Eli Roth produced "The Last Exorcism"...

The award-winning composer arranges all the music, and performs the majority of the instrumental parts from his own private home studio in Topanga Canyon. “I've dusted off my dulcimer and a couple of other strange and obscure instruments that I never thought I'd have the chance to use and incorporated them into the score, giving the show some fresh musical notes while maintaining that True Blood sound,” he said.

Above: Nathan Barr, director Andrew Paquin (Anna Paquin’s brother) and the cast of Open House.

For the upcoming season, Barr collaborated with singer-songwriter, Elvis Costello on an original Lucinda Williams track,
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Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer appear in horror flick 'Open House.' Think I'll stick to 'True Blood.'

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer appear in horror flick 'Open House.' Think I'll stick to 'True Blood.'
Looks like Open House, a horror movie that features Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer and is about a real estate venture gone terribly wrong, will be coming soon to a theater near you. (Variety reported earlier today that LionsGate division Grindstone Entertainment has picked up all domestic distribution rights.) Despite their presence in the trailer (and every news release regarding Open House), the True Blood costars (and real-life couple) don’t seem to have very big parts in the flick, which was directed by Anna’s brother Andrew Paquin. (See trailer embedded after the jump.)

Subtle, right? I’m pretty
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Grindstone Picks Up Psychological Thriller Open House

Grindstone Entertainment Group, a division of Lionsgate, has acquired all North American distribution rights to writer/director Andrew Paquin's debut feature, Open House . Brian Geraghty, Rachel Blanchard, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Tricia Helfer star in the story of a woman whose open house draws a pair of sociopaths who hide her away in her own home. The psychological thriller is scheduled for release in August.
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Tff 2010 Pickup: Open House

Great news! Tff 2010 thriller Open House, from writer/director Andrew Paquin, has been acquired for North American distribution by Grindstone Entertainment Group. According to indieWIRE, the Lionsgate partner will put the film in theaters in August. Open House, a taut psychological thriller that marks Paquin's feature debut, features Rachel Blanchard as a young woman held captive in the crawlspace of her own home by a pair of psychopaths, Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) and Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica). The film also features cameos by real-life couple Anna Paquin (the director is her brother) and Stephen Moyer, both currently of True Blood fame. Tff 2010 coverage: Faces of the Festival: Andrew Paquin Q and A: Open House
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Open House gets a distributor

Andrew Paquin’s debut feature film Open House has been bought by distributor Grindstone Entertainment Group. The psychological thriller stars True Blood (and real-life) lovers Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer alongside Brian Geraghty and Rachel Blanchard. The story centres on a woman whose open house attracts the attention of two sociopaths who seize control of her home. Andrew Paquin is the older brother of the award-winning Anna, and has previously worked as producer on My Feral Lady (awesome title, awful film) and Blue...

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Grindstone Picks Up the Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer Horror Open House

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer in Open House In a story from Variety, Grindstone Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate, has grabbed all the domestic distribution rights to Open House.

The film stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Rachel Blanchard. Andrew Paquin, Anna's brother, wrote the screenplay and directed the film which debuted at the Tribeca film festival.

The story follows a women (Rachel Blanchard) who gets kidnapped and then held captive in her own home by two sociopaths while an open house event is happening.

Open House was released December 2009 and stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Brian Geraghty, Tricia Helfer, Rachel Blanchard, Jessica Collins, Larry Sullivan, Gabriel Olds. The film is directed by Andrew Paquin.
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Tricia Helfer turns sexy killer in Andrew Paquin's House trailer

My girl crush is about to come tumbling out. I kid you not. But can you blame me? We are talking about Tricia Helfer here. That face, that voice… enough to melt even girly knees. Cast Tricia as a killer and Bonus!

The movie in question is House, a film that recently premiered at Tribeca and was, even more recently, picked up by Lionsgate. Directed by Andrew Paquin, this may well be a case of siblings pulling favours but if it brings us Tricia Helfer, I’m ok with that. The film stars Helfer and Brian Geraghty as killers that terrorise a neighbourhood, killing everyone that comes knocking, including (from the looks of things) Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Rachel Blanchard.

Honestly, this trailer isn’t particularly awesome but my Tricia love is a little blinding and though the film doesn't look like it'll offer anything new, I’ll see it.
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