Friday, December 21, 2012

Preview 12 Terror-ific Film Hopefuls for 2013

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2013 will be a new beginning for a resurrecting a few old films. Four movies: Carrie, Evil Dead, Suspiria and Hellraiser are getting a massive remake. But what other movies are there for fans to salivate over? Here is a list of hopefuls and the reasons why they should be seen. The dates provided are based on the details provided by the Internet Movie Database.

Texas Chainsaw 3D (Jan 4th, 2013)

Director: John Luessenhop.

Writers: Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan, Kirsten Elms, Stephen Susco, Adam Marcus, Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper.

Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Trey Songz, Scott Eastwood and Tania Raymonde.

Honestly, will the 3D schlock never end? Unless the filmmakers decide to push the envelope and stick the blade up the proverbial nose and splash visceral carnage upon audiences, this film will have to do a spectacular-spectacular Moulin Rogue style. The immersion into this world will have to be complete for this 3D to stand out.

With a plot about a woman seeking to collect her inheritance, maybe what she will get instead is her just award.

Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (Jan 25th, 2013)

Director: Tommy Wirkola.

Writers: Tommy Wirkola and Dante Harper.

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Zoe Bell, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Thomas Mann, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Robin Atkin Downes, and Derek Mears.

The siblings from the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale defeated the witch and they decided to become bounty hunters! This Van Helsing rip-off will no doubt have some viewers already making comparisons. Now the real answer will come from trying to figure out who is hotter on screen, Gemma Arterton or Jeremy Renner? Together they are smokin'! The sex appeal of both stars is the only aspect that is driving this film.

John Dies at the End (Jan 25th, 2013)

Director/writer: Don Coscarelli.

Writer: David Wong.

Cast: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman, Doug Jones, Daniel Roebuck, Fabianne Therese, Jonny Weston, Jimmy Wong, Tai Bennett and Allison Weissman.

Director Don Coscarelli can do no wrong. He gave the world Bubba Ho-tep. Now, if he will only get around to making the prequel Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires, he will be the true master. This movie is rumoured to be next on the list, but fans can only hope. In the meantime, Coscarelli is providing an interesting product based on David Wong’s book, John Dies at the End.

With two notables, Doug Jones and Clancy Brown, involved, this movie is a must-see.

Stoker (Feb 28, 2013)

Director: Chan-wook Park.

Writers: Wentworth Miller and Erin Cressida Wilson.

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Dermot Mulroney, Matthew Goode, Jacki Weaver, and Lucas Till.

Very little information has been released so far about this movie. It may be telling a tale about a later generation of a family who descended from the Irish author who penned Dracula. Billed as a horror drama and starring Nicole Kidman, the visuals are heavy with the colour of blood red. The movie may well contain some Oscar worthy performances. Mia Wasikowska played Sophie in HBO's highly acclaimed drama, In Treatment, and in this film, she plays a troubled teen.

R.I.P.D. (July 19, 2013)

This horror comedy has all the makings of being the next M.I.B (Men in Black). When the plot revolves around a slain cop working with undead police officers, the premise sounds familiar. Are these officers above the law, or just simply working the graveyard shift? The Rest in Peace Department is going to help find the murderer for the dead cop.

In the past, Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges have demonstrated that they have comedic talent. Now as for whether they can pull it off together in a buddy film, that remains to be seen.


I, Frankenstein (Sept 13th, 2013)

Director: Stuart Beattie.

Writers: Kevin Grevioux and Stuart Beattie.

Cast: Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Aaron Eckhart, Jai Courtney, Miranda Otto, Caitlin Stasey, Kevin Grevioux and Aden Young.

In a movie that stars Bill Nighy, Aaron Eckhart, Miranda Otto and Yvonne Strahovski, the potential for a good film is not without some trepidation. Kevin Grevioux is better known for penning the Underworld series, a product that had started off well but has fallen off the radar with the lamented fourth film. Hopefully with this movie adaptation of a great graphic novel, Grevioux will have a better product.

Here, this movie features a more humanistic version of Frankenstein’s monster encountering what may be a who’s who of the world of Universal Studio’s monsters from the golden age. Very little information has been revealed about this film that was originally set for Feb.

The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence, 2013?)

Director/writer: Tom Six.

Cast: Laurence R. Harvey, Tom Six, and Dieter Laser.

The big question here is why bother? While this film is not for the squeamish uncomfortable with seeing humans attached into a chilopod form, just where this last movie goes is to have 500 people strung together. That alone makes this film worth mentioning. Who knows, maybe it will make Ripley's list of "Believe it or Not" too.


Darkchylde (2013?)

Director/writer: John Carpenter.

Director John Carpenter will be bringing the comic book heroine, Ariel Chylde, to the silver screen, and the IMDB lists this film to be released sometime in 2013. As for whether or not that is true, only a timely release of a theatrical trailer can tell. The only item available is a teaser test trailer of a young lady in the throes of a transformation. Her arm mutates.... In the comic books, Chylde is a lady who suffers from nightmares. She has an ability to become the monsters from them. And her "curse" may well be her hometown's godsend; in the comics, she becomes an unwilling hero and must save her town from other supernatural terrors.

Area 52 (2013?)201

No, "Stargate SG-1" or stories about its base of operations is not being moved to the big screen. Instead, this independent comic book "Area 52" is getting the treatment by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, the producers who made Red a success.

This movie follows a group of misfit soldiers stationed in Antarctica, to guard a cache of top-secret technologies. Some of that may have been 'appropriated' from damaged UFO wrecks; in one artifact, an alien hatches and goes on a rampage. All these soldiers have at their disposal is a Mad Max of what's available to defeat the monster.

If this movie is sounding like Alien or The Thing, perhaps it is. The concept is all too familiar, and didn't SyFy commission a similar story to be made a few years ago? Fans of isolationist horror may well flock to this film to get their chills ala Carpenter's The Thing.


Lords of Salem (2013?)

Director/writer: Rob Zombie.

Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Herman Jackson, Dee Wallace, Meg Foster and Maria Conchita Alons.

No movie list is ever complete without mention of Rob Zombie somewhere. This movie looks like everything that The Vampire Lestat movie should have been. When radio DJ Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie) receives a strange box containing a vinyl record, the music that is played becomes an immediate sensation. But for this woman, she experiences only dark memories resurfacing.

With this musician auteur given free reign to develop this movie, Lords of Salem sounds like one movie not to be missed!

Jesus Hates Zombies (2013?)

Director: Eric Balfour.

Writers: Stephen Lindsay, Michael Mongillo, and Jason Alan Smith.

Cast: Eric Balfour and Jason Alan Smith.

Publisher Ira Hunter of Absolute Underground Magazine may well have reason to cry foul. Although Jesus Hates Zombies is entirely different from his own "Zombie Jesus" comic book, he may be wondering why his product can not be made instead? Both products can survive in the swarm of zombie related films that involve the savior of humanity. But the only shame is that filmmaker Michael Mongol has managed to make comic book writer Stephen Lindsay's product first.


The Last Voyage of Demeter (2013?)

Director: Neil Marshall.

Writers: Mitch Brian, Lowell Cauffiel, Bragi F. Schut, Robert Schwentke, and Bram Stoker.

Cast: Viggo Mortensen.

Readers of Bram Stoker’s "Dracula" will know everything about the boat this film is going to focus on. The story about how the merchant ship Demeter is a tale in itself. To hear about how Dracula has destroyed this crew can make for a chilling ride if done right.

Rumours suggest that Viggo Mortensen is attached to this project. Other notables include Ben Kingsley and Noomi Repace.

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