So as 2011 winds down and we all wake up from our New Year’s Eve drunken stupors trying to figure out if we hooked up with a really attractive lady (you didn’t) or if instead we spent the night huffing bleach and kicking the wooden panel walls at our uncles’ home (you did). After that whole mess gets sorted out, prepare to fill your brains and eyeballs with a whole lot of horror coming out in the calendar year 2012.
To help you make some decisions and to also provide an outlet for my own respectful, but still smartass comments, I’ve given you a list of a whole lot of horror movies for you to look forward to in 2012. Given the nature of the movie business, this list is very subject to change at anyone’s whim, so try to use it as more of a guideline instead of sending me hate mail since a movie you wanted to see got pushed back. I couldn’t include every single horror movie coming out next year and I don’t mean that as a sign of disrespect, but I had to cut this off somewhere.
The cut off of course happened entirely at my discretion for no discernible reason. And they say I’m not professional… whatever. Enjoy the list! Special Thanks to imdb.com and upcominghorrormovies.com for all of the synopsis’ and providing me with a great base of research.
Kill List (Dir: Ben Wheatley – January 4th, 2012)
Synopsis: Eight months after a disastrous job in Kiev left him physically and mentally scarred, ex-soldier turned contract killer Jay, is pressured by his partner Gal, into taking a new assignment. As they descend into the dark, disturbing world of the contract, Jay begins to unravel once again – his fear and paranoia sending him deep into the heart of darkness.
My Thoughts: I’m always a sucker for assassin films, so expect this to be high on my “must see” list. Throw in the fact that the film explores psychological hitman trauma, paranoia, and contracts signed in blood and you already have my ticket money. This film has been setting fire to the festival circuit over the past few months and on January 4th you can see it on VOD. I’ll be there.
Beneath The Darkness (Dir: Martin Guigui – January 6th, 2012)
Synopsis: After watching their best friend get murdered, a group of teens struggle to expose a local hero as the vicious killer and keep from becoming his next victims.
My Thoughts: Starring Dennis Quaid, this film looks like it could be another great entry into the 80s staple horror genre known as “teens vs. evil adults”. It has some Lynchian overtones as well, whereas the monster is living next door to you in the suburbs behind a glorious and safe façade. I can’t really say anything good or bad about director Marin Guigui since I haven’t seen a single frame of his work, so for all I know this film might have a dedicated and loyal genre hound behind the helm, or it could be completely mishandled into a family friendly PG-13 piece of garbage. We’ll have to wait and see.
The Devil Inside (Dir: William Brent Bell – January 6th, 2012)
Synopsis: In 1989, emergency responders received a 9-1-1 call from Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) confessing that she had brutally killed three people. 20 years later, her daughter Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) seeks to understand the truth about what happened that night.
My Thoughts: The synopsis doesn’t add in the fact that exorcisms are in play here. Honestly, I feel like the exorcism genre is completely on its last leg and should just be put to sleep for the next 20 or so years. There was the Exorcist, then a group of maybe 5 good exorcism movies, then thousands of pieces of garbage. I hope however that this film is in the former, since I am really digging the investigative angle the film could be coming from. I’ll still give it a shot because maybe I’m completely wrong about this exorcism fad.
Underworld Awakening (Dirs: Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein – January 20th, 2012)
Synopsis: Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.
My Thoughts: Kate Beckinsale wears sexy fetishistic leather while being a badass and killing werewolves. Honestly you aren’t getting more out of me since this is the fourth entry into the series of big budget horror films which statistically, you have probably already seen. You already know if you are going to see this one or not.