Happy New Year folks! I’ve been cruising the internet for the new batch of horror films coming out this year. I must say I’m a little perplexed as to what signifies horror these days. I guess the cross over categories are a good thing as the genre is constantly evolving, but I don’t want to get sucked in by clever marketing only to be disappointed by the lack of horror elements in a film. As I’ve mentioned before, adding a random torture scene and blood sprays does not a horror make. I’m old-fashioned with my horror needs. A monster, serial killer, demon, ghost, slasher from the dead, mutation or some supernatural element in any combination does it for me. Psychological horrors are good too, but they need to be better described for the fans so we don’t get disappointed just because it is misrepresented with the marketing.
Aside from that, I’ve found some intriguing films for 2014 that I may actually venture out to a theatre to see, and even though I am usually not a fan of sequels, I’ve found a few that look good:
The latest Paranormal Activity instalment, The Marked Ones is creating a lot of buzz. I will probably see it, but I admit I will most likely wait until it comes out On Demand/DVD. It’s been such a successful franchise that I think people will go see this film out of curiosity, although there are a lot of Paranormal Activity fans out there.
Devil’s Due sounds pretty good. There is nothing I like better than a suspicious (demonic) pregnancy for a happy couple. Bring it on! Seems like these devil spawn movies never get tired. And I will always see them. Always. You can thank my strict Catholic upbringing for that.
I, Frankenstein I will definitely got to the theatres to see. I love Kevin Grevioux (of the Underworld series), who created the graphic novel which the film is based on. I love Aaron Eckhart because he is delicious. And I love monsters, which this film is chock full of. Yay!!!
Ok, so this is not horror, but it gets an honourable mention. 300: Rise of an Empire is so on my list. Yes, because of the hard bodies, especially that of Sullivan Stapleton, one of my many movie boyfriends, and star of Strike Back, one of the best action T.V. shows ever. Who cares about the storyline. Just bring on the greased up men!
I’m really curious about Maleficent, the story of the evil character from Sleeping Beauty before she curses the Princess Aurora. It has a great gothic feel, and I love the makeup and look of Angelina Jolie. I also dig a good back story, so I will probably put something other than pyjamas on and go see this one in theatres.
Dead Snow 2: Read vs. Dead is going to be ridiculous. Zombie Nazis and lots of snow. Who knew you could make a movie and it’s sequel out of what sounds like random words picked out of a hat. I loved the first one, so can I have some more please?
Deliver Us From Evil is a possession movie that involves cops, bad guys and, of course, the devil. Scott Derrickson is a great director (he did The Exorcism of Emily Rose which is the one movie I will never watch alone), and the cast looks great. Joel McHale will play Eric Bana’s partner in this supernatural cop flick, so I’m hoping for some dry humour as well as devilish thrills.
Oculus, which premiered at the TIFF this past year, has me intrigued as well. A creepy mirror, bad things happening to a family and battling evil sounds like a great old-fashioned horror film that I won’t miss! Oh yeah, and actress Karen Gillan ( who played Amy Pond of Dr. Who fame) is in it, so I have to see it.
After seeing The Dead, a zombie apocalypse movie set in Africa, I’m excited to see the second installment The Dead 2: India, where an American engineer travels through a zombie outbreak to rescue his Indian wife. Diversity, zombies and adventure are always welcome!
Another flick that I’m really interested in is Grim Night. I had seen the trailer some time last summer, and I hope it comes out soon. The premise where Grims (your good old-fashioned hooded spectres of death) come out once a year to claim new victims is chilling, so I hope the film does it justice.
The Theatre Bizarre 2: Grand Guignol will be the second addition to this anthology franchise. This sequel brings us a crop of French directors and their horrific contributions, and we all know how much I love my French horror and Xavier Gens (The Divide, Frontière(s)), so here’s hoping there will be lots of “soif du sang” and that this flick will “nous donne le frisson”!
Of course, The Human Centipede’s final chapter is due this year. As ridiculous as it is, I feel compelled to finish off this gross-out franchise just so I know what the final outcome of the mouth-to-bum insanity will be.
Another ridiculous but must-see film: Squirrels. As a crazed animal lover and vegetarian, I’ve just got to see squirrels gone bad. I’m the one who is always trying to commune with these furry rodents, so this just might make me think twice about “making friends”…
Along with the above picks will be many independent gems like angry ghost film Pernicious by indie fave James Cullen Bressack, obscure B-movies that I stumble across, as well as anything from the new Hammer Films studios like The Quiet Ones.
I hope 2014 brings us horror fans lots and lots of good, scary stories on the big screen!