10 Upcoming Horror Movies That Are Not Remakes

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Pretty common theme is groaning over the number of upcoming remakes being planned and when you consider at last count there were over 70 Planned Horror Remakes who blames horror fans for feeling frustrated. Hollywood is doing these remakes for a variety of reasons but I have decided to breathe in some fresh air by listing 10 Upcoming Horror Movies that are not remakes! Their is a ton of upcoming horror movies but the ones below are ones that have caught my eye for a variety of reasons and may bring some cool new highlights to our genre. They are in no particular order.

PontyPool: PontyPool is a Canadian film that is getting a VERY small release through IFC films but it is one that I am looking forward to seeing. IFC. Helmed by renowned Director Bruce McDonald PONTYPOOL marks the filmmaker’s first venture into the horror genre. The film is adapted from the novel “Pontypool Changes Everything” by Tony Burgess which tells the story of a morning radio show broadcasting out of a church basement in the small town of Pontypool. What starts out as an otherwise ordinary day suddenly turns deadly when reports start coming in of a strange virus spreading through the town. You can read a PontyPool review right here

Carriers: Carriers is a new twist on the zombie genre that stars Chris Pine who is about to get his big debut in Star Trek which hits theatres next week. The film which reminds me of Mad Max and 28 Days Later could really deliver an intense experience for horror fans who are looking for something more then a remake.  In Carriers A deadly virus has spread across the globe. Contagion is everywhere, no one is safe and no one can be trusted. Four young attractive people race through the back roads of the American West to the pounding beat of a vacation soundtrack. Their aim is to retreat to secluded utopian beach in the Gulf of Mexico, where they could peacefully wait out the pandemic and survive the apocalyptic disease.

CARRIERS follow their getaway through a surreal and dangerous world where laws and rules no longer apply. Their plans takes a grim turn when their car breaks down on an isolated road starting a chain of events that will seal the fate of each of them in an inexorable and horrifying voyage of hell through a western landscape populated by only the hideous dead or the twisted living.

Surveillance: The studio behind Jennifer Lynch's Surveillance has made covering the film very hard. Every time you turn around trailers are being pulled down just as they start to really generate some buzz. The media for the film has been limited but from what I have seen this film could really deliver an experience along the lines of the original The Hitcher. When Federal Officers Elizabeth Anderson and Sam Hallaway arrive at Captain Billing’s office, they have three sets of stories to figure out and a string of vicious murders to consider.

One zealot cop, a strung out junkie and an eight year old girl all sit in testimony to the roadside rampage, but as the Feds begin to expose the fragile little details each witness conceals so carefully with a well practiced lie, they soon discover that uncovering ‘the truth’ can come at a very big cost…

Zombieland: Admittedly I am a big sucker for zombie comedies and have watched as many as I can. The film is set in a world overrun by zombies, where two men (Harrelson, Eisenberg) join forces and cross paths with a pair of con-artist sisters (Stone, Breslin). Paul Wernick (Big Brother and more TV Series) and Rhett Reese (Monsters Inc.) penned the script, and Ruben Fleisher (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Borat) will take the helm. I do not actually have a lot of details on ZombieLand but so far the premise sounds fantastic and it has a fantastic cast of actors including some nice eye candy in the form of Amanda Heard and Mila Kunis.

The Road: This one stars Viggo Mortensen and is a take on the whole Mad Max world with an apocalyptic world that is more focused on story then mindless killing. Very dark in how it looks the film should be an interesting character piece based in a post apocalyptic world. Based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy the film will follow a father that transports his son to safety following a nuclear explosion. However he must first battle starving stragglers and marauding packs of cannibals in their way.

DayBreakers: What do you do when the world is over run by Vampires and you are the food? You lock yourself in a closet and cry. DayBreakers is going to bring a brand new angle to the vampire genre and stars Ethan Hawke who I think is a very talented actor.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke plays Ed, a researcher in the year 2017, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world's population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out.  However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.

The Factory: The big draw for me with The Factory is it stars John Cusack. He has done a lot of great films and admittedly quite a bit of crap to. But I am hoping this new film The Factory can bring back some of the magic he has shown in past films including IDENTITY which is a fantastic horror thriller.

In the Factory John Cusack is tracking a serial killer and when his daughter ends up being taken by the serial killer he goes from a cop tracking a killer to a deranged cop out to get his daughter back no matter what.

Case 39: This film had a lot of things going against it. It is a thriller about a creepy kid which has been overdone to death and it stars Renee Zellweger who I am not a fan of . So imagine my surprise when I watched the trailer and found out the movie actually looked great!

"Case 39" is a horror film starring Renee Zellweger as family services social worker Emily Jenkins. Emily thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case, troubled 10-year old Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland). Emily's worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to kill Lilith, their only daughter. Emily saves her and decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along.

Cirque Du Freak: This movie is probably one of the few that is more fantasy then horror but the premise sounds to good for me to ignore.  Cirque Du Freak tells the frightening tale of a boy who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires.  Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares. 14-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia) was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood.  He hung out with his best friend, got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble.  But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren.  That’s the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly) turns him into something, well, bloodthirsty.

Newly undead, he joins the Cirque Du Freak, a touring sideshow filled with monstrous creatures from a snake boy and a wolf man to a bearded lady (Salma Hayek) and a gigantic barker (Ken Watanabe).  As Darren flexes his new found powers in this dark world, he becomes a treasured pawn between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts.  And while trying to survive, one boy will struggle to keep their brewing war from devouring what’s left of his humanity.

Drag Me To Hell: This movie almost didn't make the list but at the last minute I decided to include it since its a Sam Raimi film and I am giving him the benefit of the doubt. His new gypsy tale might bring a new twist to the supernatural genre but I fear its going to be a plain jane story with borrowed elements from other past films. Here is hoping its not! Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a charming boyfriend, professor Clay Dalton (Justin Long). Life is good until the mysterious Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) arrives at the bank to beg for an extension on her home loan. Should Christine follow her instincts and give the old woman a break? Or should she deny the extension to impress her boss, Mr. Jacks (David Paymer), and get a leg-up on a promotion? Christine fatefully chooses the latter, shaming Mrs. Ganush and dispossessing her of her home.

In retaliation, the old woman places the powerful curse of the Lamia on Christine, transforming her life into a living hell. Haunted by an evil spirit and misunderstood by a skeptical boyfriend, she seeks the aid of seer Rham Jas (Dileep Rao) to save her soul from eternal damnation. To help the shattered Christine return her life to normal, the psychic sets her on a frantic course to reverse the spell. As evil forces close in, Christine must face the unthinkable: how far will she go to break free of the curse?

That's my list of10 I think have a lot of promise. Of course there are many more then 10 coming to theaters and you can checkout the whole list on our Upcoming Horror Movies. On that list you will find lots of remakes and sequels but I also want to point out that isn't all bad. I for one am looking forward to a few of the upcoming sequels and remakes including Halloween 2, Terminator Salvation and The Crazies.

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