Ah, I love hearing about NEW horror movies, and by new, I mean completely original and not a remake. Whenever I read about upcoming horror films, I get that giddy feeling inside that usually comes on Christmas morning. There are a few new horror movies being released that I’m super excited to see!
One horror movie that I’ve been hearing about a lot lately is Todd Strauss’s (A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas) campfest, Final Girls. The film follows a young woman who is grieving the loss of her mother, who just happened to have been a former “scream queen” of the eighties. For whatever reason, the woman and her friends get sucked into one of the mom’s most famous horror movies and are forced to face off against the film’s larger-than-life villain.
Now, I haven’t seen the third installment of the Harold and Kumar franchise, so, I’m not quite certain what to expect from Strauss’s directing. All I know is–the movie sounds AWESOME! The film has been described as a cross between, Back to the Future and Friday the 13th, which just sounds like a mouthwatering combination. The movie is currently in the early stages of development so we most likely won’t be seeing it until sometime in 2013.
The next horror movie is one that seems to follow in the footsteps of the Stanley Kubrick classic, The Shining. I’m referring to Ti West’s (The House of the Devil) The Innkeepers. The movie follows two hotel employees who believe that the place is haunted. The 100 year-old hotel is finally closing its doors and its last employees decide to investigate, in order to determine if the place is indeed haunted. Weird guests and strange occurrences happen along the way, forcing the employees to decide what to believe.
The movie’s trailer does look creepy; anything with a naked old person in it just FREAKS me the hell out. And there seems to be a lot more action in this than was seen in The House of the Devil, which is always a plus. I can’t wait to see this film because after seeing House of the Devil, I immediately fell in love with West. The film took a very slow approach, casually building up to the last fifteen minutes of the movie and West’s directing style is a favorite of mine because his film’s tend to have an “old” eighties look to it.
However, West can either be hit-or-miss and The House of the Devil has been the only film of his that I’ve liked so far. I saw 2005’s, The Roost, a movie about killer bats, and I wasn’t very impressed. The movie did have a decent idea and look to it, however, I just felt like it was too boring and the acting was awful. And don’t even get me started on the Cabin Fever sequel. BUT since I love West, I am willing to give his next movie a chance when it hits shelves on December 30. I have faith!
Another movie coming out soon is the horror, Smiley. The story follows a young, mentally unstable woman named Ashley, who summons a serial killer named Smiley through the internet.
The film is co-written by Glasgow Phillips of South Park fame, and after watching the trailer, I’m not sure if the movie is supposed to be funny or if it’s supposed to be serious. I hope that it is intentionally meant to be campy because it does look like it’s going to be a ridiculously fun movie to watch. And the killer Smiley looks pretty creepy. There’s just something about a blank smile looking back at you that’s just so unsettling!
There are several more new horror movies set to release within the next two years, these are just a few that stood out to me for various reasons. I’ll admit that I’m most excited for Final Girls because the movie’s plot sounds like something we haven’t seen before and it seems like it’s going to be a really fun watch. The Innkeepers is not a campy-horror, rather, it is serious and intent on scaring audiences everywhere. I’ll be seeing the movie because I am slightly biased toward director Ti West. And Smiley is on the list because I don’t really know what to think about it; the movie’s killer looks different from all the other masked killers horror audience’s are used to seeing.
What horror films are you looking forward to seeing?