News’s 2013 Horror Movie Guide

It’s time now to look at the upcoming year in horror.  2013 has already seen is fair share of releases (Texas Chainsaw 3D, Mama – both of which hit number one at the box office), so, before we let this month escape us, it’s time to bring you a comprehensive guide of confirmed 2013 releases.

After the jump, you will find a blow-by-blow of what’s to come in the world of horror.

From big studio releases to VOD/DVD releases, has got you covered.  Head inside for a look!

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Release Date: January 25st

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The story: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters takes place 15 years after the siblings’ incident at the gingerbread house. The two are now specialized bounty hunters looking to put down the cackling black-hat set.

Thoughts: Judging by the previews, it looks a little too heavy on CGI and a little on the cheeky side. However, I feel inclined to give R-rated theatrical horror a chance, so as not to let it become extinct.

The ABCs of Death

Release Date: January 31st

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The Story: Twenty-six directors… 26 ways to die! The ABCs of Death is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived; featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. With each director assigned a letter of the alphabet, they were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving a tale of mortality. It’s an alphabetical arsenal of destruction orchestrated by some of the most exciting names in global horror.

Thoughts: I’m a fan of anthology horror and I have a short attention span. My curiosity was piqued when I learned that Angela Bettis is directing one of the segments. I will also watch anything that Ti West is involved with, at least once. Color me interested.

Also in January: Resolution, Cherry Tree Lane, A Thousand Cuts

Warm Bodies

Release Date: February 1st

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The story: When a highly unusual zombie rescues a girl from imminent death, at the hands of his cohorts, their unlikely romance sets a chain of events in motion that will transform him his fellow dead, and maybe even the whole lifeless world.

Thoughts: I’m torn on this one. The concept is original. However, the PG-13 rating makes me nervous that it will be too light on gore and too heavy on the romance element for a zombie film. I will say, however, that I’m cautiously optimistic.

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

Release Date: February 1st

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The Story: Shortly after moving into their ideal new home, a couple grows concerned when their young daughter begins encountering mysterious strangers that no one else can see. The couple’s greatest fear is realized when they themselves begin to witness terrifying phenomena in and around the house, providing clues that could unlock a chilling mystery that has remained a closely guarded secret for generations.

Thoughts: The original made over $50 Million domestically. I’m left wondering why the sequel is getting a VOD/Limited theatrical launch. That isn’t a good sign. But, I was a fan of the original, so I’m keeping an open mind. 

Dark Skies

Release Date: February 22nd

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The Story: A suburban couple’s lives become a nightmare when a terrifying alien presence enters their home each night to prey upon their children. Increasingly isolated from skeptical friends and neighbors, the couple is forced to take matters into their own hands to save their family.

Thoughts: The trailer looks sufficiently creepy and it’s being made through Blumhouse Productions, the company responsible for Insidious and Sinister, so my hopes are high. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a good scare. I’m hoping Dark Skies will deliver.

Also in February: Girls Against Boys, Spiders, Would You Rather?, Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead, Bad Meat, The Factory, The Mooring, Nobody Gets Out Alive