[Written by SC]
That time of the year is finally here. The time when all horror movie enthusiasts sit up straight while their not-so-enthusiastic counterparts moan and groan and try to slink deeper into their seats. It is the month of Halloween, and the movie-making industry can always be relied upon to produce more and more horrific – and some horrible – horror movies!
2014 can be said to be one of the bigger years for the horror genre, with countless movies premiering since early in the year. It started straight off with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which officially came out in January, followed by Repentance in March, Oculus in April, Hong Kong-flick Rigor Mortis in June, As Above, So Below in August, and Tusk in September.
Here are some horror movies to look out for this month, starting with the most anticipated one since James Wan’s The Conjuring.
The trailers were hair-raising enough for me to block 2 October on my calendar to watch this movie. What director John Leonetti (Piranha 3D) does with this porcelain doll should be quite interesting to see, notwithstanding the inaccuracies in timelines and costumes from the trailers.
Made to be the prequel of The Conjuring, Annabelle tells of the possession of a rare and novel doll belonging to an expecting couple, until one night uninvited visitors from a local satanic cult make their once peaceful lives a living nightmare.
Featuring the talents of Annabelle Wallis (X-Men: First Class) and Ward Horton (The Wolf of Wall Street), this show is definitely a must-catch for all horror enthusiasts!
The first directing project from Stiles White (writer, The Possession), the trailer tells as much as it can within the 90 seconds it has. Set in a modern, suburban American town, a group of friends come together with the intention reconnecting with Debbie, their friend who apparently hung herself, through the powers of an Ouija board.
What can be looked forward to in this movie is how differently the spirits are presented compared to all the adaptations that have covered this theme already. It would be great to have a fresh look at witchcraft with White at the helm.
Olivia Cooke, who is no stranger to the horror genre with The Quiet Ones, stars alongside Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) and newcomers Ana Coto, Darren Kagasoff and Bianca A. Santos.
The title, in my opinion, is a misnomer. The story of Dracula is not an untold one, but rather, a retelling which brings together dark and light perfectly, if the trailer is anything to go by. To save his family, Vlad Tepes must deal with a dark and monstrous counterpart without falling to the sweet temptation that is evil. Gary Shore, also a newcomer to the directing scene, seemingly tries to pair dark Transylvanian lore with modern values, and luckily, we only have to wait till 2 October for it.
With the oh-so-smexy Luke Evans (The Hobbit) and genius Dominic Cooper (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) who, like a good wine, only gets better with age, at the helm of this movie, it is clearly going to be a winner at the box office.
Innocence of a child and ignorance of a parent might not usually be a dangerous pair, but with The Babadook, a bogeyman out of a storybook, it is without a doubt the worst combination anyone could conjure. Not a ghost or spirit movie per se, this Australian outing riles up the imagination like no other.
Amelia (Essie Davis, The Matrix), a single mother, tries to protect her son, Robbie (Daniel Henshall, Around the Block), from monsters under the bed. But a parent can only do so much.
With more originality in the trailer than all the movies on this list, The Babadook has yet to have a release date in Malaysia. But rest assured, once it does, cinemas will be full!
Good news, the only comedy on this horror movies list gives horror enthusiasts an excuse to take non-enthusiast friends to the cinemas! The trailer is unbecomingly secretive of the storyline, although it is clear that an old sailor, Howard Howe, played by the brilliant Michael Parks (Django Unchained), wants to keep his interviewer, Wallace Bryton, played by the equally talented Justin Long (He’s Just Not That Into You), hostage by surgically removing one or more of his bones – hence the title “Tusk”.
Quite gory as well as comedic, the movie also stars the now all-grown up Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), and Genesis Rodriguez (What to Expect When You’re Expecting).
Although released in September in other parts of the world, the Malaysian release date is yet to be disclosed.
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