It’s summer, so at this point in the year movie studios assume that not only do you have infinite free time to get to the theater, but you want to spend that time watching big budget popcorn flicks while you turn your brain off and enjoy the pretty images on the screen. Sure those movies are fun sometimes, but what about the horror audience who always seems to get left out in the cold during the warmest months of the year? Don’t you worry your pretty head about it, Poppascotch has you covered.
You see, early in the year I did a preview of all the horror movies coming out in 2012 and in 6 months we have seen the list change drastically. Since then, we’ve got a bunch of trailers and all in all, a much better look at what’s in store this summer. So get your friends together and go support the genre that you love so much by checking out all of these summer horror flicks!
Mother’s Day – Dir: Darren Lynn Bousman
(May 8th DVD)
Synopsis: The sadistic members of a villainous family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new owners and their guests.
My Thoughts: Rebecca De Mornay stars as the sadistic mother of a group of criminals who find themselves hold up in a stranger’s home. Darren Lynn Bousman directs this movie which has gotten rave reviews on the festival circuit for being genuinely creepy, sick, and twisted. I for one can’t wait to see it.
Dark Shadows – Dir: Tim Burton
(May 11th, 2012)
Synopsis: The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Brouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972.
My Thoughts: I had pretty much settled on the fact that the Tim Burton Johnny Depp collaborations are something I was no longer interested in, but after watching the trailer I may have changed my mind. The movie brings forth an Adams Family vibe that is in my opinion is completely lacking nowadays. In a lot of ways, this one looks like fun for the whole family and there is nothing wrong with a horror movie catering to a larger audience as long as it’s a good film. Early reviews don’t seem to favor it very much, but what do those guys know? Right?
The Road – Dir: Yam Laranas (May 11th)
Synopsis: A 12 year old cold case is reopened when three teens are missing in an old abandoned road where a gruesome murder is left undiscovered for three decades
My Thoughts: The trailer doesn’t really show us too much about the plot itself other than a bunch of quick cuts that set up a spooky environment. It could be that it’s just a bit early and they don’t want to give away too much, or maybe we just saw the best parts of the movie. It’s a bit too early to tell, but going back to the experts, well… they aren’t too positive right now. But hey if we shied away from every movie that appears to be “bad” then we would have missed out on some pretty great films. I’ll give this one a shot.
Lovely Molly – Dir: Eduardo Sanchez (May 18th)
Synopsis: A horror thriller in which Gretchen Lodge plays a woman who becomes possessed by an evil spirit when she visits her childhood home
My Thoughts: The trailer boasts that the film is directed by one of the creators of the Blair Witch Project that will completely redefine horror all over again with this film. Now, I doubt that will happen and usually when something like that is boasted in a trailer it would be an automatic turn off for me, however lest we forget Eduardo Sanchez directed the fantastically underrated movie “Altered” about a group of hicks that capture an alien by semi-accident (which you need to see). Just based on that alone, I’ll be first in line for this one.
Chernobyl Diaries – Dir: Bradley Parker (May 25th)
Synopsis: Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.
My Thoughts: This movie takes place in the town of Pripyat, which was completely abandoned when the Chernobyl disaster stuck and is legitimately one of the creepiest places on earth. Honestly I don’t know what took someone so long to make a horror film in this terrifying place. What kind of concerns me though, is the fact that Bradley Parker is credited as the director, but you wouldn’t know that considering the creator of Paranormal Activity is credited all over the damn place (Oren Peli). Sure it’s a marketing thing and it irks me a little, but honestly the film looks pretty creepy and I’m all in for one of those kinds of movies.
The Loved Ones – Dir: Sean Byrne (June 1st)
Synopsis: When Brent turns down his classmate Lola’s invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge.
My Thoughts: This movie was made about three years ago and is just now seeing its due State Side despite many great reviews (From TIFF, back in 09). No idea why it took so long to come to us, but it looks like we’ll be glad it did. Is it just me or are they not enough High School set horror films anymore? I mean, those are the types of movies that I grew up with and I expected to see forever. So now when a horror film comes along that looks like it combines Rob Zombie with Carrie and The Hitcher, I’m all in.
Piranha 3DD – Dir: John Gulager (June 1st)
Synopsis: After the events at Lake Victoria, the pre-historic school of blood-thirsty piranhas make their way into a newly opened waterpark
My Thoughts: John Gulager brought us the fantastic Feast, and then the terrible sequels Feast 2 and 3. That being said, this movie looks like it’s very self-aware and knows exactly how ridiculous it is. If the casting of David Hasselhoff as himself and David Koechner as the waterpark owner aren’t enough to show how seriously this movie takes itself, then just look at Ving Rhames reprising his role from the last Piranha film (somehow? I thought he was dead) with prosthetic legs made of guns. Boobs, Gore, and Christopher Lloyd being crazy are enough to drag me right back in to the water.
Promethus (Dir: Ridley Scott- June 8th, 2012)
Synopsis: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
My Thoughts: For those of you that for some reason hate awesome things, you have missed the fact that Ridley Scott is back behind the camera directing another Alien movie. It’s not a direct sequel, but I guess it’s a prequel that takes place in the same universe as the other films? I don’t know about you but I’ll be here opening day assuming this will be the best movie of the entire summer. Anything else and you will see a grown ass man crying.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Dir: Timur Bekmambetov – June 22nd, 2012)
Synopsis: Tells the story of our 16th president’s secret battle and vendetta against vampires that began after they murdered his mother when he was still a child.
My Thoughts: I’m a sucker for period piece horror films as well as pretty much anything involving Abraham Lincoln. Timur Bekmambetov’s last film was Wanted, which was an enjoyable film with some pretty good action sequences, but it didn’t reach the epic and beautiful nature of his Nightwatch/Daywatch films. I’m looking forward to this one since Rufus Sewell (Dark City) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) are both on board I think that it’s safe for me to say that I need to see this one. Also, having Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the film as Mary Todd (Lincoln’s Wife) doesn’t hurt at all.
Red Lights – Dir: Rodrigo Cortes (July 13th)
Synopsis: Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic.
My Thoughts: From the director of Buried (that either made you really happy or really sad) comes a big budget horror film that includes Robert DeNiro, Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, and Elizabeth Olsen. I have seen a whole of movies that starred DeNiro and even though he’s been in some of the biggest classic of movie history, his last 10 or so years consist of him just phoning it in for a paycheck. Hopefully Cillian Murphy and Ripley will snap him out of it because the premise to this one is actually interesting. Judging from the trailer, the movie doesn’t look too bad, then again that’s just a trailer which is designed to make the movie look good.
[REC] 3 Genesis – Dir: Paco Plaza (August 3rd VOD)
SynopsisThe infection has left the building. In a clever twist that draws together the plots of the first two movies, this third part of the saga also works as a decoder to uncover information hidden in the first two films and leaves the door open for the final installment, the future ‘[REC] 4 Apocalypse
My Thoughts: I thought REC was one of the most original horror films to come out of absolutely nowhere, while REC 2 added more to the insane saga. Now we’ve got the third installment which takes place outside of the original building and looks just as insanely awesome in a more wide open area. I can’t wait for this one. Oh yeah and the trailer is totally in Spanish with no subtitles, which I probably should have mentioned earlier. Meh, you get the point that it’s going to be awesome.
Juan of the Dead – Dir: Alejandro Brugués (August 14th DVD)
Synopsis: 50 years after the Cuban Revolution, a new Revolution is about to begin.
My Thoughts: A low budget Cuban zombie film? Well shit, that’s all you had to say. I was already sold and then I watched the trailer and now I officially can’t wait to see this ridiculously fantastic looking film.
ParaNorman (Dir: Sam Fell, Chris Butler – August 17th, 2012)
Synopsis: A small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
My Thoughts: A cartoon, which I’m sure you die hard horror hounds have no interest in seeing, but for you fans that are also people how about you consider your younger siblings and relatives first for a change. I mean, there is going to be a time this summer where you have to take them to the movies anyway, so why not see something that will get them started on the right path to horror fandom because I mean c’mon, this looks fun. Unless they are old enough to see Ghostbusters, in which case just stay at home and watch that.
The Apparition (Dir: Todd Lincoln – August 24th, 2012)
Synopsis: When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment.
My Thoughts: I still don’t have a trailer, so my thoughts from the beginning of the year synopsis still apply: I find Ashley Greene completely adorable and likeable, but as far as everyone else involved in the project goes, I’m not familiar with any of their work. Now, I’m not saying that this is necessarily a bad thing at all, but this seems to have all the makings of a neutered PG-13 horror film that will disappear quickly. We won’t have a real idea till a trailer comes along, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this one didn’t turn out to be a blockbuster. I’ve been wrong before and I kind of hope I am right now because judging by the two production stills that have already come out, Ashley Greene looks absolutely stunning.
The Possession – Dir: Ole Bornedal (August 31st, 2012)
Synopsis: A recently divorced father’s youngest daughter becomes strangely connected to an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. As his daughter’s behavior becomes more erratic, the father senses a dark presence building until he discovers that the box was built to contain a dibbuk — a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.
My Thoughts: this one apparently doesn’t have a trailer despite the fact that it is supposed to be out in a little over three months. That is pretty odd, so don’t be surprised if this one gets pushed back yet again. That wouldn’t be too unrealistic considering that it’s been in development since 2005. Knowing nothing about the film since all I have is a synopsis and a poster, I like possession movies just fine so why not give it a go.
V/H/S – Dirs: There are a bunch of them (August 31st VOD)
Synopsis: When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.
My Thoughts: I don’t know If this is an anthology film or if the directors all just did a different segment of the VHS tapes that are screened, but it involves some very interesting names in horror including Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House of the Devil), David Bruckner (The Signal), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), and Adam Wingard (Home Sick) amongst others. This premiered at SXSW Film Festival earlier this year to pretty rave reviews with many agreeing that this is a pretty great horror anthology. I wasn’t too interested in this one before, but now I am.
Resident Evil: Retribution – Dir: Paul W.S. Anderson (September 14th, 2012)
Synopsis: Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.
My Thoughts: The Resident Evil films are the most recent thing you will find that resemble throwaway exploitation cinema and honestly that isn’t a bad thing. Since we are now on the fifth installment, they’ve pretty much abandoned the videogame cannon and created their own universe where even after some kind of apocalyptic scenario, there are still a whole lot of people from Umbrella left that need killing, and Milla Jovovich is going to look smoking hot doing it.
Well, that was about 1,000 words more than I expected, but I had a lot of fun writing it. If just one person reads this and it influences their normal summer movie habits at all, then I’ve done my job. Stay scared out there people.