Upcoming English Horror movies 2012 – part 3

REC 3: GENESIS

Synopsis: “The original REC crew are back, ready to submit their ensemble cast to another fight for survival against the zombie infection. This time to the backdrop of an original soundtrack. The new chapter will see the film “open up” by using a more traditional cinematographic style.However, the film’s roots have not been forgotten, and viewers will still be immersed in the action watching certain events unfold through the eye of the video camera.The action in REC 3 GENESIS encompasses the events of the first two films and after the sense of claustrophobia previously experienced.

SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D

Synopsis: Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand,Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever.

WORLD WAR Z

Synopsis: A UN representative, writing a report on the great zombie war, interviews survivors in the wake of World War Z. Based on the Max Brooks novel World War Z which I haven’t yet read but definitely will soon.The novel is essentially a collection of interviews with survivors in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse.The movie’s success will probably depend on how faithful it is to the book, after all I don’t think anybody wants to see another generic zombie film.

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING

Synopsis: When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind. The fourth Underworld movie sees the return of Kate Beckinsale as Selene, which is great because she is basically the only reason I would even consider watching this. Also starring Charles Dance, Michale Ealy & Kris Holden-Ried. Hits theatres January 2012.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

Synopsis: President Lincoln’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers. I don’t care if this movie ends up being shit, I still want to watch it just to see Honest Abe slaughtering a bunch of vampires. Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the screenplay. Hits theatres June 21 2012.

NURSE 3D

Synopsis: By day Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to trust your life with. But by night, her real work begins…using her smoldering sexuality she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are. When a younger nurse starts to suspect Abby’s actions and compromises her master plan, Abby must find a way to outsmart her long enough to bring the cheater you’d least expect to justice.Paz de la Huerta plays a nurse who cares for patients by day, but spends her nights ‘targeting and punishing’ evil men.

THE BRIAR LAKE MURDERS

Synopsis: A group of rude and insensitive city kids take a weekend vacation to Briar Lake, a picturesque town overlooking a beautiful lake, which to most outsiders would appear to be a peaceful small town. Having zero respect for anyone outside of their group, they are confronted by the hostile and eccentric residents. Following a bizarre experience in the town’s diner, they quickly retreat to the protection of their borrowed vacation lake house, where they plan to let loose and celebrate their weekend out of the city. After an unexpected visit from the local police, the long weekend is cut short.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

One of the most anticipated movies of 2012. The previous film The Dark Knight grossed over $1 billion worldwide so expect this next one to be mega popular as well. Villains will include Bane and Catwoman.Release is set for July 19th 2012.Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

A remake of the 1989 movie of the same name, The Woman In Black stars Daniel Radcliffe. Although this is not his first non-Harry Potter role, it will be interesting to see how he does, because for a lot of people this will be the first time they will see him not playing the boy wizard. The movie hits theatres February 3rd 2012. Synopsis: A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

THE DEVIL INSIDE

Exorcism movies in recent years (Exorcismus, The Rite, The Last Exorcism) have really sucked. Seeing the trailer for this new one though, has me actually looking forward to it. Release date is set for February 16th 2012. Synopsis: In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: RESURRECTION

Synopsis: In 2012,the deceased have risen from their graves with only one instinct-to feed on the living. As academics speculate on the scientific cause of the phenomena, theologians point to the Armageddon foretold in the Book of Revelation. As the cities are over run and civilisation crumbles, a family take refuge from the undead army in an isolated farmhouse in West Wales. But the greatest threat is already among them.

BLOOD

From the official website BLOOD has been written for the screen and will be directed by award-winning filmmaker Marc Rosenbush, and is being produced by Omar Kaczmarczyk and Yakov Bentsvi. The motion picture adaptation promises to turn this provocative DC/Vertigo graphic novel into a hugely entertaining movie.BLOOD explores fascinating themes of identity, loss and redemption, while delivering an action-packed movie experience full of terrifying vampire battles, hallucinatory imagery, and more.

THE CORRIDOR

Tyler Crawley needs his friends, now more than ever. Recovering from mental stress in the wake of his mom’s death, Tyler has been counting on a weekend with the guys to bring him back to normal. For Tyler’s sake his old buddies rally themselves, though the “glue” which keeps them together has weakened with the passing of recent years — a natural enough occurrence.

EPISODE 50

Focuses on two television crews of paranormal experts: one team of skeptics looking to de-bunk myths about ghosts and another consisting of believers looking to prove their existence. Teaming up for the first time for a special episode, the crews get more then they bargained for when they actually make contact with a spirit of tremendous power and must band together to stop it before it destroys them all.

6 MIRANDA DRIVE

Based on true events, the movie is about a family that unwittingly brings a supernatural force home with them from vacation. Feeding off their own fears, the evil presence threatens to destroy them from within as it takes over their lives and home, with terrifying results. Whenever I read a synopsis for a supernatural horror film and it includes the words ‘based on true events’ it puts me off straight away.

GINGER CLOWN 3D

It is 1983. A group of high school students are having a great time near Hollywood Hills one weekend when they bump into the Loser from their school, Sam, who’s just on his way home.Sam would do anything in order to get Jenny’s attention, one of prettiest girls in school. Unfortunately she’s also the girlfriend of the school’s bully, Biff, the quarterback of the football team.

THE APPARITION

“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. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force…”

7500

Passengers aboard a flight across the Pacific Ocean encounter a supernatural force.The movie should be out around August 31st 2012.

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THE RAVEN

I love Edgar Allan Poe and I love John Cusack, so this one is definitely on my must-see list. Coming out January 5th 2012. A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3D

A direct sequel to the original 1974 film. I’m not getting my hopes up for this one, but will probably check it out anyway. Comes out October 5th 2012. Synopsis: A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-yielding killer is part of the reward.

The Possession

Originally titled Dibbuk Box. Another of those ‘based on true events’ horror films. Even though it’s all bullshit, it is actually a pretty interesting story and if you want to read about it you can do so right here. Release date is August 31st 2012.A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl’s father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

Excision

Synopsis: A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother.

SMILEY

A slasher featuring a killer with one of the most fucked up masks I’ve seen. Looks like this one could be good fun. Expect to see it some time this year. Synopsis: After learning of an urban legend in which a demented serial killer named SMILEY can be summoned through the Internet, mentally fragile Ashley must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley’s next victim.

APARTMENT 1303

A 3D remake of the Japanese horror from 2007. Mishca Barton and Rebecca De Mornay star. Coming out later this year. Synopsis: A modern ghost story which turns a love/hate relationship between mother and daughter into a tale of horror. Some rentals are too good to be true.

THE DEAD

Synopsis: An American mercenary, the sole survivor of a plane crash, has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling with the living dead. Joining forces with a local military man, desperately searching for his son amongst the chaos, they fight together to survive.

SILENT HOUSE

Synopsis: Sarah returns with her father and uncle to fix up the family’s longtime summerhouse after it was violated by squatters in the off-season. As they work in the dark, Sarah begins to hear sounds from within the walls of the boarded-up building. Although she barely remembers the place, Sarah senses the past may still haunt the home. This is a remake of the original Uruguayan film of the same name from 2010.

DARK SHADOW

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. 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 Bouchard (Eva Green).

THE ZOMBIE KING

Samuel Peters once an ordinary man, dabbles within the laws of voodoo to bring his wife back from the grave, he soon encounters the God of malevolence ‘Kalfu’, where he makes a pact with him to destroy the underworld and bring chaos to earth; in return he will become ‘The Zombie King’ and walk the earth for eternity with his departed wife. Seven days before the rise of the Dark Moon, Samuel Peters (The Zombie King) calls upon Kalfu to raise seven of the recently departed, where their souls must be held on earth for seven days.

HATCHET III

Hatchet III will continue where Hatchet II left off, as a young woman sought revenge on the malevolent monster that killed her family while they were fishing in Louisiana swamp country. Adam Green will not be directing this sequel though. BJ McDonnell, the cameraman who worked on the first two films will be making his directorial debut with Hatchet III. Expect to see Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder back. I actually liked the first Hatchet, but the second one was a little disappointing to say the least.

ZOMBIE MASSACRE

Whenever I see the words ‘Uwe Boll’ preceding the title of a movie, it doesn’t exactly get me excited. In fact it does pretty much the exact opposite, it makes me never want to see the movie. Ever. Zombie Massacre doesn’t have any sort of detailed plot however I did a little research and found that the directors (Luca Boni & Marco Ristori) have already worked together on another of Boll’s films Eaters. Zombie Massacre is the title of an unreleased Wii game, which is now being pushed for a release on the Wii U around the same time the movie comes out

THE BARRENS

Despite their reluctance, Richard Marlow takes his wife, Cynthia; their young son, Danny; and his teenage daughter, Sadie to the Pine Barrens for a long weekend of camping and family bonding. As they arrive at the Wharton State Forest, a mutilated deer runs out into the road, nearly colliding with the Marlows’ car. Later that evening, another bloodied animal falls from a tree. Bad turns to worse when, in the middle of the night, a college boy camping nearby disappears into the woods.


Upcoming English Horror Movies 2012 -Part 3

Upcoming English Horror movies 2012 – part 1

Ghostbusters 3 (2012)

Sony has recruited Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg The Office writer-producers to work on a new installment of the 1980s franchise that starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis as bumbling ghost-hunting scientists. The original filmmakers, including director Ivan Reitman, and cast are aware of the project and involved in its development. The 1984 film grossed $292 million worldwide, and its 1989 sequel brought in another $215 million globally.

PROMETHEUS

Synopsis: Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With ‘Prometheus’ he creates a groundbreaking mythology in which 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.One of the most anticipated movies will finally hit theatres on June 8th 2012. Apparently not an Alien sequel as a lot of people suspected but still clearly linked to Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise.

PIRANHA 3DD

Synopsis: After the events at Lake Victoria, the prehistoric school of bloodthirsty piranhas make their way into a newly opened waterpark. Get ready for more blood, breasts and bite than ever before when this 3D sequel hits theatres next year. The release date only says 2012 currently, but keep checking for a more specific date in the near future.This sequel stars Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Danielle Panabaker, Gary Busey and of course David Hasselhoff.

THE LORDS OF SALEM

Synopsis: Heidi, a blond rock chick, DJs at a local radio station, and together with the two Hermans (Whitey and Munster) forms part of the “Big H Radio Team.” A mysterious wooden box containing a vinyl record arrives for Heidi, a gift of the Lords. She assumes it’s a rock band on a mission to spread to spread their word. As Heidi and Whitey play the Lords’ record, it starts to play backwards, and Heidi experiences a flashback to a past trauma. Later, Whitey plays the Lords’ record, dubbing them the Lords of Salem, and to his surprise, the record plays normally and is a massive hit with his listeners.

THE GREY

Synopsis: In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders. Liam Neeson stars in this isolation/survival film which pits man against beast. I don’t know about you, but I like Liam Neeson and I like these type of survival movies so suffice to say I’m looking forward to this one.

THE GATE 3D

Synopsis: Three kids release a horde of demons from a hole in their backyard. What follows is a battle between good and evil as the kids struggle to overcome a hell that is literally taking over the Earth. A 3D remake of the 1987 film which was one of my favorites when I was a kid along with Monster Squad and The Goonies. Alex Winter is directing from a script by Kerric MacDonald and H.R Geiger will be designing creatures for the remake.

DUNDERLAND

Synopsis: The year 1695. A young maiden by the name Johanne Nilsdotter is accused of witchcraft. Her persecutors end her life in the bottomless pits of the remote Djupkista waters in the Dunderland valley. In the years to follow, numerous horrendous events and tragedies strike the valley. More than three century’s later, the young, aspiring theater director Laura arrives in the Dunderland valley.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

Synopsis: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. The premise is one that’s been told over and over, but this movie promises to be a ‘game changer’ so let’s just hope it can stay true to its word. The trailer has me convinced that maybe it can. Release date is April 13 2012.

MEN IN BLACK 3D

Synopsis: The MIB duo of Agent Jay (Will Smith) and Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) are back in action.When the world is threatened by an evil alien, Agent Jay travels back in time to 1969, where he teams up with the younger Agent Kay to stop an evil villain named Boris (Jemaine Clement) from destroying the world in the future. Emma Thompson will play take-charge MIB operative Agent Oh, who is monitoring a prison breakout.

THE WICKER TREE

Synopsis: Young Christians Beth and Steve, a gospel singer and her cowboy boyfriend, leave Texas to preach door-to-door in Scotland . When, after initial abuse, they are welcomed with joy and elation to Tressock, the border fiefdom of Sir Lachlan Morrison, they assume their hosts simply want to hear more about Jesus. How innocent and wrong they are. It is set for a January 27th 2012 release from Anchor Bay.

SIX DEGREES OF HELL

Synopsis: Six individuals are caught up in a supernatural perfect storm as an evil lays claim to one of them while threatening to tear apart the soul of a small Pennsylvania town. SIX DEGREES OF HELL is directed by Joe Raffa, written by Harrison Smith and stars Corey Feldman, Jill Whelan, Brian Anthony Wilson, Joe Raffa, David J. Bonner, Brian Gallagher, Nicole Cinaglia, Ashley Sumner and more.

MONSTER BRAWL

Synopsis: Eight classic monsters fight to the death in an explosive wrestling tournament set inside an abandoned and cursed graveyard. Monster Brawl will be out on DVD & Blu-ray March 27th 2012.

SHADOW PEOPLE

Small town radio personality Charlie Crowe is thrust into the mystery when a strange caller relates a terrifying experience during Crowe’s late night call-in show. At the same time, CDC Public Health Agent, SOPHIE LANCOMBE (Alison Eastwood), is hot on the trail of the cause of the rare medical condition known as SUNDS. Her investigations entwine her with Charlie’s own discoveries and take them both into a dark world and a decades old cover-up about the phenomenon we now call, The Shadow People. Once you open the door to the mystery…you’ll never sleep soundly again.


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THE APPARITION

“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. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force…”

I gotta say I’m a little sick of all of these paranormal, haunting movies. That sentence “When frightening events start to occur in their home” could apply to so many films, all of which end the same. Perhaps this will have an awesome twist to set it apart from every other evil spirit movie, but I doubt it.
The release date was already pushed back from 2011, but we should be seeing it released August 24th 2012.

GINGER CLOWN 3D


It is 1983. A group of high school students are having a great time near Hollywood Hills one weekend when they bump into the Loser from their school, Sam, who’s just on his way home.
Sam would do anything in order to get Jenny’s attention, one of prettiest girls in school. Unfortunately she’s also the girlfriend of the school’s bully, Biff, the quarterback of the football team.
Biff and his buddies are keen to take Sam to the old abandoned amusement park to make him prove his courage as part of their initiation ceremony. They involve Jenny in their cruel game as the grand prize of the competition. Sam accepts the challenge but the girl wouldn’t let him go in by himself, she follows him into the amusement park and a night they’ll never forget.
Because in the old park, hidden in the darkness are frightening and somewhat eccentric monsters that love to torture innocent human beings while intensively annoying each other.

You may have noticed earlier that I said I hate horror comedies. Well that’s just a general rule, every now and then I will find one that I enjoy. So far this seems like it will be one of them. It has an amazing voice cast too with Tim Curry, Brad Dourif, Lance Henriksen, Michael Winslow and Sean Young.

6 MIRANDA DRIVE

Based on true events, the movie is about a family that unwittingly brings a supernatural force home with them from vacation. Feeding off their own fears, the evil presence threatens to destroy them from within as it takes over their lives and home, with terrifying results.

Whenever I read a synopsis for a supernatural horror film and it includes the words ‘based on true events’ it puts me off straight away. However this is being directed by Greg McLean, and since I liked his work on Wolf Creek and Rogue I will probably check this out anyway. It’s currently in development so no release date as of yet.

EPISODE 50

Focuses on two television crews of paranormal experts: one team of skeptics looking to de-bunk myths about ghosts and another consisting of believers looking to prove their existence. Teaming up for the first time for a special episode, the crews get more then they bargained for when they actually make contact with a spirit of tremendous power and must band together to stop it before it destroys them all.

The first movie which came to mind when I read this synopsis was Grave Encounters, which I didn’t think was a very good movie at all. Unfortunately the trailer just makes it look even more like Grave Encounters.

THE CORRIDOR

Tyler Crawley needs his friends, now more than ever. Recovering from mental stress in the wake of his mom’s death, Tyler has been counting on a weekend with the guys to bring him back to normal. For Tyler’s sake his old buddies rally themselves, though the “glue” which keeps them together has weakened with the passing of recent years — a natural enough occurrence.
But with the introduction of a single unnatural occurence — the corridor itself — the knots in these male bonds will come loose with a terrifying speed. Both a fantastical passageway to somewhere and a passageway into the mind of the male animal, the corridor will lead Tyler and his friends to the very edge of sanity and beyond…

The Corridor has been described as ‘The Big Chill slammed into The Evil Dead’ but actually reminds me more of Dreamcatcher, what with the friends meeting in a cabin in the woods for some male bonding. Fortunately the trailer makes this look a lot better than Dreamcatcher though.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: RESURRECTION

In 2012,the deceased have risen from their graves with only one instinct-to feed on the living. As academics speculate on the scientific cause of the phenomena, theologians point to the Armageddon foretold in the Book of Revelation. As the cities are over run and civilisation crumbles, a family take refuge from the undead army in an isolated farmhouse in West Wales. But the greatest threat is already among them.

Do we really need another NOTLD? Of course not. This is apparently not a remake or sequel but a ‘companion piece’ which I don’t think will fool anybody. Read the synopsis and you will see the same basic premise as the original NOTLD. It’s like saying The Thing was a prequel, when we all knew perfectly well that it may as well have been a remake. One difference here though is that this movie has a modern setting (2012) and is also set in the UK. Will that be enough to set it apart though? We’ll just have to wait and see.