Mamo #307: Paranoia

We start with surprise box-office success The Purge, and then catch a wild ride through the many Mamo mental matchups that lead one from the sublime to the ridiculous when considering the state of literally everything.

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Dave Nandes



I’m really over the whole freaking out about spoilers thing. If not having a movie (TV Show, book, video game) spoiled is THAT important to you, see it right when it comes out. Failing that, maybe try avoiding related all media for a bit?

I’m not even sure someone can be reasonably mad at Matt Price for making a prediction about a movie. I assume that’s what the hubbub was about?

Snape kills Dumbledore.

Kurt Halfyard

But does he fix the cable?

Sean Kelly

I had a bit of a chuckle when you used Platinum Dunes productions as an example of horror films that flop, since The Purge is a Platinum Dunes production. 😛


I was unaware that they had a hand in this, since I only heard it described as coming from the people behind Paranormal Activity, and PA films aren’t Platinum Dunes. PD isn’t really part of the story in marketing for whatever reason either. Here’s a partial list of their films, I think for most people they are the “horror remake” team, so The Purge doesn’t really fit into that.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) … Production Company
Friday the 13th (2009) … Production Company
Horsemen (2009) … Production Company
The Unborn (2009) … Production Company
The Hitcher (2007) … Production Company
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) … Production Company
The Amityville Horror (2005) … Production Company
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) … Production Company

These are what I was talking about – they generally opened smaller than 35 by my (admittedly unresearched) recollection. Blumhouse is the Production Company that has direct creative control of the project – I’m pretty sure Bay’s guys just threw some money at it.

So glad you had a bit of a chuckle though.

Matt Gamble

Platinum Dunes contracted out Blumhouse/Jason Blum to make original films for them, with The Purge being the first of them.

Supposedly PD is now more interested in making cheap, original horror titles than remaking popular franchises from here on out. At least for horror anyways.

Sean Kelly

I’m well familiar with the Platinum Dunes film line-up and I’ve seen a number of them.

On a slightly related note, it seems they are finally getting a new PD-produced FRIDAY THE 13TH film off the ground. Since it was my favourite of the Platinum Dunes remakes, I’m looking forward to it.


Matthew Fabb

Lucas & Spielberg talk about the future of film, in what sounds like could have been a MAMO podcast, replacing Matthew Brown and Matthew Price for George Lucas and Steven Spielberg:

Sean Kelly

That came to mind for me as well.

While I’m sure these are some real concerns. I also believe that these are opinions from a dying generation of filmmakers, who still remember when going to the movies was an event. I also strongly believe that a new pricing model for films is going to do more harm than good (the casual movie-goer will stop going and the hardcore like myself will heavy limit the amount of films they see).

Matthew Fabb

Well as Lucas is quoted at the end of the article:

“It’s a mess. It’s total chaos,” Lucas said. “But out of that chaos will come some really amazing things. And right now there are amazing opportunities for young people coming into the industry to say, ‘Hey, I think I’m going to do this and there’s nobody to stop me.'”

“It’s because all the gatekeepers have been killed!”


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