Selecting the top 10 horror movies of 2013, in my opinion, came easy. In previous years, I struggled, limiting myself to eight selections or five or finding other ways to spin movies I just “liked” but didn’t really “love.” I had a hard timing commiting, you might say. This year, when I put pen to paper, the titles I considered the best just rolled out in no time (as did the “worst” of the year).
There was a lot to offer genre fans this year. While there were a handful of wide releases, horror exploded on the limited theatrical/VOD scene.
The “little” film that could, World War Z, faced an uphill battle getting the screen, spending millions, experiencing rewrites and multiple endings. But guess what? It made a ton of money and now Paramount wants a sequel.
We’ve known one was in the works and, today, Paramount Pictures has hired The Impossible and The Orphanage helmer Juan Antonio Bayona to direct the sequel, says The Hollywood Reporter.
He missed the Sundance deadline and is still in post-production, but, Kevin Smith has found a distributor for his upcoming horror film. The Wrap reports A24 and Demarest Films are releasing the film in Fall 2014. The former handled the distribution for this year’s Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring.
Smith wrapped shooting on Tusk recently. He plans to show off a trailer at the Sundance Film Festival next month.
Tusk finds Just Long playing a podcaster who interviews an old, reclusive seafarer (Michael Parks) who has sinister plans for his interviewer. Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment.
Bigfoot is kind of becoming a “big deal” again, especially on the found footage scene. I won’t list off films that merge the two, but there are a few either actively in development or finished and on the way.
One that is presently in the works is No Man’s Ridge from Bad Moon director/The Hitcher and Near Dark scribe Eric Red. We’ve been alerted that Robert Kurtzman has come aboard to provide the FX for this found footage Bigfoot hunt experience which will – would you look at that – star our pal at Arrow in the Head, John Fallon.
A new adaptation of Ira Levin’s “Rosemary’s Baby” is on the way in the form of a 4-hour NBC mini-series. The project will be produced by Lionsgate Television, with Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin and David Stern serving as executive producers.
Scott Abbott and James Wong will write the screenplay. Wong, as you might know, is one of the key creative players on American Horror Story. His credits also include Final Destination and episodes of The X-Files. I’m not justifying that’s a good reason they should redo Rosemary’s Baby, but his company is welcome on the project.
You’ve been following the production all year. You read our Comic-Con coverage where the first footage was shown. Now, set your eyes on the official Godzilla trailer. The 2014 film is a reimagining of the King of the Monsters directed by Gareth Edwards. The film pits the big buy against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston star.
Tim Daley, Mario Van Peebles, Jonathan Bennett, Rosa Salazar and more are featured in the first images to come from Submerged, directed by Steven C. Miller. Shock Till You Drop has your first look via the gallery here.
Scripted by Scott Milam, the film concerns a limo ride home that takes a terrifying turn for a group of college kids when they are targeted for a kidnapping. They must do everything they can to survive after their limo is forced off the road and plunged into a canal.
Tom Six is completing work on The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence. There’s no telling right now when we’ll see it, likely sometime in 2014, but we have a clean look at the some sales art that was being tossed around the American Film Market last month.
Dieter Laser and Laurence Harvey return for a “plot” that is reportedly going to contain a 500-person centipede. A prison plays a part in it all, too. Eric Roberts, as does Tommy “Tiny” Lister and Robert LaSardo and Bree Olson.