Most Anticipated Horrors of 2012
With all the excitement of Christmas and New Year’s Eve over and the dark days of January already beginning to take their toll, it’s easy to be depressed. But hey! Don’t fret, 2012 promises a whole smorgasbord of new horror films and 80s remakes (boo hiss) to keep you on your toes and hiding behind your sofas. So without further ado – and in no real particular order – I give you, The Most Anticipated Horrors of 2012…
Since seeing The Woman In Black on stage in the West End during my college years, the plot has regularly haunted my dreams, particularly that damned rocking chair. My taste buds were instantly tantalised when I heard news of them doing a new movie (lest us forget the 1989 original). Starring Harry Potter aka Daniel Radcliffe as the young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who goes to an old (and obviously haunted) manor in a remote village to sort out a deceased women’s financial affairs, the film has a lot to live up to with the horrific memory of the original movie still vivid in many horror fans’ heads. Though many may be sceptical, I for one am looking forward to what I hope will be a terrifying new adaption. Oh, and a little trivia- Adrian Rawlins who played Arthur in the original, played Daniel Radcliffe’s father in the Harry Potter series.
Now this is one film I am looking particularly forward to this year. Perhaps it’s because the fabulous Noomi Rapace stars in it (I am literally in love with the Millennium series and Lisbeth Salander, somewhat clichéd I realise), or maybe it’s because it’s an action, horror and sci-fi flick all in one! Either way, I just cannot get enough of films about the fight for survival of the human race. Due for release at the beginning of June 2012, Elizabeth (Rapace), David (Michael Fassbender) and Meredith, (Charlize Theron) – plus a few others including Guy Pearce – play a team of explorers who discover a clue to the beginning the human race on Earth and they are led on a terrifying expedition to the darkest corners of the universe.
January is a strong month for the Silent Hill franchise, with not only several games coming out, but also a movie- the sequel to 2006’s Silent Hill. This year’s offering is said to be loosely based on the game Silent Hill 3 and sees Sean Bean and Radha Mitchell reprise their roles from the first film. Due to hit cinemas early this year, the plot this time focuses on Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) who on the eve of her 18th birthday discovers she is not who she thinks she is. Naturally, all hell breaks loose and the demonic world threatens to take her prisoner – forever. A must-see for all Silent Hill fans.
Due for release in the US in just three days, Beneath The Darkness focuses on a group of teenagers who, after they watch their best friend get murdered, they attempt to expose the local town mortician (Dennis Quaid) as a psychotic murderer – needless to say, they don’t all live to tell the tale. Whilst it may not be the most exciting or original-sounding plot – and probably a little cringe at points – it will be a fun and frivolous way to begin the year.
We’ve all seen the previous [REC] films, and if you haven’t then shame on you! The infection has now left the building and moved to a place far away from the original setting. The film also takes part in broad daylight as well as in the depth of night, which is sure to add a fresh dimension to this well-loved soon-to-be trilogy. Viva la [REC]! Due for release in March (Spain).
Due for release in the US in December 2012 (January 2013 for us Brits) this is set to be the zombie film of the year. Starring Brad Pitt as United Nations employee Gerry Lane, the story unravels as a race against time to stop the zombie epidemic from taking over the world and decimating the human race. Based on the 2006 novel by Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (follow up to 2003’s The Zombie Survival Guide), I suggest those who cannot wait to see it check out both books. They are definitely worth the time it takes reading them. On another note, The Killing’s Mireille Enos plays Gerry’s wife, Karen.
The Devil Inside (March)
Exorcism movies never fail to give me the heebie-jeebies, but I’m a twisted girl, so as much as I cannot stand them, I love them. One movie sure to terrify me this year – even if it is shockingly bad- is The Devil Inside. Set in Italy, the plot is as follows: A woman becomes ‘involved’ in several unauthorised exorcisms as she attempts to find out the truth about what happened to her mother, who apparently murdered three people during her own exorcism. I’m already beginning to feel edgy…
Tim Burton. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter (…Naturally). Christopher Lee. Eva Green. Michelle Pfeiffer. Gothic-Horror. I’m already in love. Whilst maybe not a traditional horror film, I have the feeling it will still be ‘one to watch out for’ for many horror fans. Based on the cult television series, we are drawn into the life of vampire Barnabas Collins (Depp) and his ‘relationships’ with various mythological creatures, including witches, werewolves and ghosts. Bring on May 11th!
I’m really not sure what to think of this one, but I’ve no doubt it will be a somewhat interesting watch. The very late, great American president, Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker), is witness to the murder of his mother by the hands of some supernatural creature, thus he takes it upon himselves to slay as many vampires as he can. All in a day’s work, eh Abe?!
Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie) plays a rock DJ who receives a mysterious wooden box containing an old vinyl record. She presumes it to be a record from a rock band who are trying to get their voice heard. The station play the record and it starts to play backwards, causing Heidi to experience a flashback to some past tragic disaster. Upon playing it a second time, the record plays ‘normally’, and it becomes a huge hit. Another package arrives containing all the station need to put on a gig in Salem. Heidi soon discovers that they are far from the hard rock band she had been expecting. I’ve heard people say it sounds like a remake of the kid’s Halloween favourite, Hocus Pocus. I could agree with that, but then I like Hocus Pocus… Written and directed by the infamous Rob Zombie, it will appeal to his fans.
A group of friends take a break in a cabin in the woods and sh*t hits the fan. Sounds like a bit of mindless horror fun.
Starring Sara Paxton and Pat Healy The Innkeepers takes place at a rather old and eerie inn. Two staff members at the Yankee Pedlar Inn are convinced the inn is haunted and are determined to reveal it’s haunted past to the public. Shortly into their endeavour, disturbing abnormalities star to occur at the inn and some past residents decide to check-in. Eek.
Now, I couldn’t very well leave out ‘The Big Three’. I could of course only be referring to the remakes of some of my best-loved horror classics: Halloween, A Nightmare On Elm Street and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This year we are set to see the release of Leatherface 3D aka The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, Halloween 3D and A Nightmare On Elm Street 2. It really grates me that these movies were even touched in the first place and whilst some fans may look forward to seeing these remakes/sequels, I will be sitting at home, watching the originals. That’s just the kind of girl I am.