A man can do plenty in 12 months. He can propose to his girlfriend; he can marry his fiancée; he can impregnate the slut down the street. He can start a new business, finish a screenplay and publish a novel.
He can watch a ton of horror films.
Last year I clocked an estimated 50. The good thing about that number was I didn’t get to watch much of anything else – when I did Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011 sucked. The bad thing about that number was around 40.
It’s a new year so let’s do it all over again.
The following 10 films cannot be ignored. They are the biggest in budget, hype and critical appraisal. These are the big ones of 2012.
All releases are wide unless otherwise stated.
Kill List January 4th VOD US
This film was released last September in the UK to universal acclaim. IMDb rates it 6.5, Metacritic 68.2%, MRQE 79% Rotten Tomatoes 82%.
I’m not sold on the trailer and I particularly don’t like camcorder cinema.
IMDb rates it 6.5…
The Devil Inside January 6th US March 2nd UK
What began with Paranormal Activity 2009 continues into 2012. Paramount Studios created Insurge Pictures to develop micro-budget movies. The Devil Inside is a found-footage POV demonic-possession film with a lot of advertising behind it.
All you need to make one of these is a girl on her period and a dog collar.
Underworld: Awakening January 20th US & UK
Is this reboot or sequel as usual? Is this vampire versus werewolf franchise made to order for the Buffy fans while they raise their children on Twilight?
In 2006 Elizabeth Hurley did the decent thing and retired from acting – but we’ve still got Kate Beckinsale.
The Woman in Black February 3rd US Feb 10th UK
Rabies February 28th US DVD Premiere
This is being promoted as Israel’s first slasher film. What’s not mentioned is how much the American taxpayer subsidised it. Reports that the movie’s disclaimer reads ‘no more Palestinians than usual were killed in the making of this film’ have not yet been verified.
However blogs that criticise this movie will be put on a watchlist.
The House at the End of the Street April 20th US & UK
One of the films I’m looking most forward to. Hush 2009 was set on the motorway approach to my hometown of Manchester and starred people who spoke like me. It was also a cracking good film. It was directed by Mark Tonderai. This is his second feature.
Lead actor Jennifer Lawrence will be E! hot after The Hunger Games 2012 opens in March. The House at the End of the Street could find itself a hit.
Prometheus June 1st UK June 8th US
When I first started writing this blog I regarded Alien 1979 as scifi and no more. After two years plus of internet journalism my view has changed. My visceral responses may remain the same but I hereby acknowledge Alien to be a horror film (as well as scifi thriller)
The Dark Knight Rises 2012 is PG-13 fodder for kids. Prometheus is the fanboy event of the year. The Alien legacy is for Ridley Scott to grasp or lose.
Actually it’s Sir Ridley and as a knight of the realm he’s trying to placate the natives. This is why we get the movie a full week ahead of the yanks.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter June 22nd US August 2nd UK
According to the History Channel Abraham Lincoln was an American President who got shot on a night out at the theatre. Not having read the eponymous novel on which this movie is based I have no idea how this film ends. It could be with Lincoln’s death (as seen on TV) or he could live on for a sequel.
Resident Evil: Retribution September 14th US & UK
Unlike Underworld the Resident Evil franchise started well. It’s because of this Milla Jovovich has credibility amongst fanboys. Make no mistake that credibility ran thin two movies ago. This is a franchise that will not go away but has no reason to stay.
World War Z December 21st US January 4th 2013 UK
The circus has come to town. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie along with their handpicked children are in third world Britain (aka Scotland). Hubbie Brad is making a movie.
It could be film of the year. How long the Battle of Yonkers?
I Am Legend 2007 managed to muck up a perfectly told story. Methinks producer Brad Pitt will have learnt from his peer’s mistake.
At this time last year The 10 Best Films of 2011 were so far under the radar I didn’t know half of them existed. The great thing about this genre is the influx from the indies, the foreign and the festivals. Hope springs eternal.
It’ll be another year of discovery. 365 days left. Follow Thrill Fiction.
This will be a good year.
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