Well 2010 came and went, and let’s admit it – it kinda stunk as far as our precious genre was concerned. We had a few good ones here and there, but in general… it was a lackluster year. Ever the hopeful person that I am, I decided to check out 2011 and see what’s on tap for horror releases. The remakes seem to be less in number and some of the remakes are from unexpected places (a British TV movie remake? Neat!).
So here you go, ghouls and boils – the theatrical horror release schedule for 2011 (as of this writing). I’ve tried to find all of the major ones but may have missed a few – so if you’re aware of something I’m not, spill it!
7 – Season of the Witch: Nicholas Cage chews scenery and wears bad wigs, in what appears to be another awful, CGI-heavy mess. Reviews are not good. At all.
7 – Vanishing on 7th Street (limited): Hayden “Anakin the Most-Hated” Christensen stars (alongside Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo) in this post-apocalyptic thriller. Nearly everyone on Earth disappears, leaving only their empty clothes behind and huddled survivors use light to keep terrifying shadows away.
21 – Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: Guillermo del Toro-produced remake of a well-liked 1973 TV movie. Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce star in this update about a family who move into an old Victorian home and find more than your average house pest.
28 – The Rite: Sir Anthony Hopkins stars in this creepy number about the Vatican and exorcisms. Judging by the trailers all over the airwaves right now, this has potential as it seems Hopkins himself may be one of the ones possessed.
4 – The Roommate: Whoever Leighton Meester is… she stars in this film about a girl in college who gets a Single-White-Female style roommate.
25 – Drive Angry: Nicholas Cage stars as a man out revenging the death of his daughter. Not a horror film per se, but supposedly high on the violence and gore quotient. They’re even advertising it as a grindhouse-type film. Maybe genre vet Amber Heard can keep Cage from sucking.
25 – Shelter: Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers star in this thriller about a forensic psychiatrist who learns that all of her patient’s multiple personalities are murder victims. Hijinks ensue.
11 – Red Riding Hood: Early previews led you to believe this is going to be a medieval Twilight of a film with the talented Amanda Seyfried in the title role. But it has a werewolf in it that’s killing villagers. So maybe there’s hope.
TBD – Red State: Kevin Smith made a horror movie. Yes, THAT Kevin Smith. The film finds a group of misfits crossing paths with some scary fundamentalists. Should be interesting to see what funnyman Smith will do with horror. Judging by the title and synopsis on IMDB, I’m guessing he’s also making a bit of a political statement too.
1 – Mother’s Day [remake]: Darren Lynn Bousman directs several horror veterans (Rebecca de Mornay, Shawn Ashmore, Deborah Ann Woll, Jaime King) in this remake of the infamously nasty and silly 1980 exploitation film. Supposedly going serious where its predecessor went goofy… this may be one to get under the skin this year.
1 – Insidious: Saw‘s Leigh Whannell and James Wan wrote and directed this Poltergeist-like film about a couple trying to save their son’s soul as his comatose body is used by evil spirits as some sort of conduit. Rose Byrne may be one reason to keep this on your radar, she’s quite the actress (28 Weeks Later, Sunshine, TV’s Damages).
15 – Scream 4: Wes Craven’s 4th film in the Scream franchise starring most of the major players once again. This film takes place 10 years after the last with Sydney now a successful writer. I’m not expecting much, but dammit I want to hope.
22 – Apollo 18: “There’s a Reason We’ve Never Gone Back to the Moon”. That’s the tagline for this “found footage” film which supposedly explains why a Moon Mission was cancelled in the 1970’s. Their creepy movie poster alone is enough to put my ass in a seat.
13 – Priest [3D]: Priest (Paul Bettany) tracks down the vampires who kidnapped his niece and pisses of the Church by doing it. The cast on this one is pretty squee-worthy, if you’re any kind of geek. But it’s yet another post-apocalyptic film and could be Legion 2. *shudder*
10 – Super 8: Very little is known about this next hush-hush movie, written and directed by J.J. Abrams. It’s listed as Sci-Fi, but the teaser trailer shown leans pretty heavy on the scare factor too. Abrams swears it isn’t Cloverfield 2 (or a prequel), but dammit I’m still going to hope.
(Nothing so far – How can this be!?!?)
5 – The Darkest Hour: Night Watch/Wanted wunderkind Timur Bekmambetov produced this film about young people surviving an alien invasion in Russia. While the film stars a few Americans (including “Speed Racer” Emile Hirsch), it could be interesting to see an alien apocalypse happening outside of the US of A.
19 – Fright Night [remake]: A star-studded remake of the lovably goofy 1985 horror-comedy. This time around reformed Irish playboy Colin Farrell plays vampire-next-door Jerry Dandrige. Also look for Christopher “McLovin” Mintz-Plasse, David “Doctor Who” Tennant, Anton “Chekov” Yelchin, Dave “James’ little Bro” Franco, and more.
26 – 5nal Destination [3D]: The latest in the Final Destination series, this time involving a suspension bridge collapse as its starter/cheat sequence. Positive: Emma Bell (excellent in Frozen) stars. Negative: The last 2 films were a bore, so I’m not hopeful they’ll hit a creative home run with #5.
14 – Untitled 3D Shark Thriller (aka Shark Night 3D): I’d expect to see this as an upcoming release for SyFy instead of the big screen, but no! We’re getting a huge 3D shark frenzy in Louisiana freshwater on our screens in 2011! Sara Paxton (Mari from recent Last House on the Left remake) stars as one of the chums vacationing (Get it? Get it?).
16 – Piranha 3DD: Feast creator, John Gulager, directs this sequel to 2010’s perfect retro-exploitation-T&A-3D-gorefest Piranha 3D. Look for more boobs, more blood, and hopefully more excellent cameos and laughs. This is one I’m excited about and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
16 – Straw Dogs [remake]: Kate Bosworth and James Marsden star in roles made infamous by Susan George and Dustin Hoffman – a couple who relocate and find themselves in dire trouble with the locals. I find the casting choices interesting, but not terrible – Marsden in particular is underrated and underused. But I’m worried about Bosworth. I’ve never found her particularly talented and this is a pretty heavy role even for the best of actresses. Joining them is James Woods and Alexander Skarsgård. If anything like the original… this film is sure to cause a lot of controversy.
30 – Dream House: Family relocates to rural New England after leaving the trappings of New York City and finds that new home may have been site of murders… and that they may be next! Or something like that. It all sounded very familiar and “What Lies Beneath”-y to me. Then I saw that it stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, and is directed by Jim Sheridan. SOLD!!!
14 – The Thing [prequel]: A prequel to the 1982 ick-fest starring Scott Pilgrim’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a graduate student who helps a Norwegian science team when they discover an alien ship near their Antarctic base.
21 – Paranormal Activity 3: Very little is known about this right now, but Katie (from the original) may be returning.
21 – The Apparition: Tom “Draco Malfoy” Felton and some girl from Twilight star in this film about a young couple who deal with a supernatural being released during a college experiment. *shrug*
28 – Dibbuk Box: Sam Raimi is producing this little number, based on a Jewish folk tale about a haunted box that contains an evil curse. Dybukks are supernatural beings in Jewish folklore so this could be something different to look forward to.
6 – A Horrible Way to Die: Indy circuit film that got enough attention to land a distribution deal. An escaped murderer pursues the ex-girlfriend who turned him in. Plenty of genre cred here and it’s rare that an indie feature doesn’t go straight to DVD/BR. Might be one to look out for.
11 – 11-11-11: Very little is known about this Darren Lynn Bousman-directed film that may involve a creature from another world or dimension, taking place on – you guessed it – 11/11/2011.
(Nothing so far)
No Date Yet
The Cabin in the Woods: Long-awaited, tongue-in-cheek horror film from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. Repeatedly delayed due to money issues at MGM Studios. Damn you MGM! I demand Amy Acker on the big screen NOW!! *shakes fist*
The Haunting In Georgia: Evidently someone liked The Haunting in Connecticut enough to make a series out of it. First will be this film followed by The Haunting in New York in 2012. Color me PG-13 bored already.
Isopod (or “The Bay“): Barry Levinson gets in on the found-footage fun, directing this film about an itty bitty ocean critter from the deep that infects humans and fish alike with some sort of mutant virus. Could be fun like Korea’s The Host or our own Cloverfield. Or… it could be Waterworld.
John Carpenter’s The Ward: The latest from Master of Horror John Carpenter.
The Woman in Black: “Harry Potter” Daniel Radcliffe stars as a young lawyer who travels to an isolated village to handle the final paperwork of a deceased client – and finds a mysterious ghost woman. A remake of a popular 1989 British TV movie.
A Thousand Cuts: A father seeks vengeance against a Hollywood director for making what he believes is a film that inspired her murder. Could be an interesting topical film. Could be melodramatic crap.
My Amityville Horror (likely 2012 release): A documentary film about the real Amityville horror as told by Daniel Lutz, the eldest son to George and Kathy Lutz (the original haunted couple). Covering the events, the fame and notoriety that followed, and the fallout of all of it – this could be a very interesting documentary for horror buffs.
Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence: Tom Six wrote and directed the foll0w-up to his 2010 original, one of the most talked-about movies of 2010. This time there are 12 “sections” and Six plans on pulling out all of the stops. Unlike the first movie which tried to maintain some realism in it’s insanity, this one’s tagline is: 100% medically INaccurate. Rut Roh Raggy.
An American Werewolf in London: No details about this other than it’s probably a remake. I predict CGI transformations. Meh.
After Dark Films releases for 2011: Transit, Seconds Apart, Scream of the Banshee, Re-Kill, and 51 are the titles this year.
[REC]: Genesis (Spanish, Autumn 2011 release – with [REC]: Apocalypse coming in 2012): Both films follow the aftermath of [REC] and [REC] 2, presumably with the virus spreading (judging from the already-released posters).