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Release Date: July 19, 2013
James Wan's best film to date? That's what I'm hearing. In the wake of Insidious, I was a bit skeptical when The Conjuring came along as it saw Wan treading familiar ground. It was perhaps "too soon" for him to delve into the realm of the supernatural again, especially with the same leading man (in this case, Patrick Wilson). But this tale - set in the '70s and about paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren - is garnering great buzz after the test screening process. What do I hope for? For starters, something that's not Insidious. I'm also interested in seeing Wilson and Vera Farmiga as the Warrens. Both are strong actors and, if the film is a franchise-maker, it'd be somewhat cool to find them carry other films tackling other supernatural cases. It's almost why I wish they kept the alternative title: The Warren Files.
Again, another one without a trailer, so, synopsis time, and, photos.
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Release Date: February 22, 2013
Aliens are not scary. And by "aliens" I'm referring to black-eyed, probe-wielding little green/gray/pale men. It was always my belief that when it came to extraterrestrials, they never made for good, horrifying entertainment. (Fire In the Sky might be the one exception - the sequences in that film were particularly creepy.) And whenever I visited a haunted attraction each year during Halloween, I'd scoff at the mazes that loaded up on aliens. That's just me. Now comes along Dark Skies which is no relation to the late-'90s television series of the same name. Judging from the trailer, it appears to be adapting the trops of a possession or haunted house-type film, but at its core, it's about visitors from another world. Maybe that's the way to make these lil' bastards scary. The preview works for me, however, the one concern is the director's track record. This comes to us from Scott Stewart who previously helmed Legion and Priest. He is working with team Blumhouse, the company that gave us Insidious, Sinister and the Paranormal Activity series, so perhaps he will fare better under their guidance.
You're a sissy, Turek! Okay, maybe I am for wanting to see this zombie love story and I was right there waiting to hate on this one. Alas, like Evil Dead, I was sold on the trailer. On some, weird level it just clicked with me. I'm not thrilled about the CGI, but it looks quirky and entertaining enough to put a big grin on my face. Plus, c'mon, it's from Jonathan Levine, the director of All the Boys Love Mandy Lane ('sup, Obama, you got re-elected, I'm putting this film's U.S. release on you now - make it happen), The Wackness and 50/50. You know he's going to do something interesting with the material. As far as off-kilter zombie films go, I've got my fingers crossed this is more in line with Zombieland than My Boyfriend's Back.
As for the rest. Ti West and Eli Roth are collaborating on something called The Sacrament, with the former directing, the latter producing - I'm curious to see what these two cook up. Roth, meanwhile, is currently shooting his cannibal film, The Green Inferno. It's about goddamn time he's back on a feature. Count me in. Jared Harris is starring in The Quiet Ones, a new Hammer production that doesn't have a release date yet. And, of course, there's The Lords of Salem, Rob Zombie's new film which will definitely hit sometime in early 2013. Last, but not least, Curse of Chucky, coming to DVD sometime next fall.