At the beginning of every year, I like to browse the genre listings at the Internet Movie Database to see what's coming up for us horror hipsters. As we all know, the IMDB, in terms of reliability, falls somewhere between Wikipedia and Fox News, so I try not to get my hopes up too much until more information becomes available. Regardless, here are my gut-reactions to a small handful of the titles that are supposedly upcoming.
World War Z: Based on the hit book by Max Brooks and starring Brad Pitt, this should prove to be pretty badass. Like a mockumentary version of 12 Monkeys. You know...with zombies.
Manson Rising: "A biopic depicting the life of Charles Manson. Told over five decades, this project seeks to provide an objective look into the life of the American outlaw and convicted murderer." Could be interesting, but I doubt that it could surpass the manic intensity of Jim Van Bebber's The Manson Family.
Halloween III: The third film in the rebooted franchise will be Rob Zombie-less. As fans of the original franchise, we'll bitch; we'll moan; we'll pay good money to see it anyway.
Paranormal Activity 4: Damn the naysayers! Love these films and can't wait for the fourth.
Leatherface 3D: The third installment in the rebooted Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been something I've been looking forward to since before it was even a rumor. Is it pointless that it's being filmed in 3D? Yes. Am I still going to see it? Hell yes, especially if Bill Moseley really is returning.
Frankenweenie: Tim Burton's classic short film gets the full-length treatment. Although the original is undeniably something special, an expanded version should offer a lot more depth and story opportunities. Looking forward to it.
Resident Evil - Retribution: I can't be the only genre fan who thinks they should have stopped before the first one, can I?
ParaNorman: "A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse." Animated by the same studio that brought us Coraline, so it should be pretty to look at if nothing else. And what a great title!
The Living Corpse: "A somewhat self-aware zombie takes it upon himself to keep the rest of the walking dead at bay." The self-aware zombie angle is a fresh take on an overused sub-genre, but it won't take long before it becomes a cliche itself. This could be interesting, as I was a fan of the similarly-themed novel Zombie, Ohio by Scott Kenemore.
Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter: I've recently realized that I'm a fan of historical horror, especially when dealing with famous figures (Drood, Anno Dracula, From Hell, etc.), and although I haven't yet read the source novel, I'm hoping to give it a read soon. Seth Grahame Smith wrote the novel and worked on the screenplay as well, which gives a bit more respectability to the project.
Dark Shadows: Another Tim Burton project, this time a theatrical resurrection of the Dark Shadows TV program from Dan Curtis. Never a fan of the original series, and knowing how unsuccessful subsequent revivals were, I'm dubious at best about this one. But with Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, Christopher Lee and Alice Cooper (!) supposedly attached to the film, It's still one to watch out for.
Black Forest - Hansel and Gretel and the 420 Witch: Yes, it's a marijuana-themed horror take on the classic children's tale. The Kottonmouth Kings of horror subgenres. Namely, one-note and tiring.
Hatchet III: I loved the first one, was disappointed with the second one, but am still holding high hopes for the third one. I'm sure we will be hearing plenty about this in the months to come.
The Lords of Salem: Rob Zombie is finished with the Halloween franchise and is now back on projects of his own creation, and I couldn't be happier. I know a lot of people didn't care for House of 1000 Corpses or Devil's Rejects, but I still enjoy them both and am willing to give this witchy tale a fair shake.
Criminal Macabre: An adaptation of the creepy comic book detective series could be a great thing. Let's just hope it doesn't go the way of Constantine and Jonah Hex.
Also on tap in the remakes and sequels department: Suspiria; The Gate 3D; A Nightmare on Elm Street 2; Don't Look In The Basement; Silent Hill: Revelation 3D; Piranha 3DD.
A few new TV series have me interested, as well, including Zombieland and Deadman (based on the DC comic book).
Sometimes a title tells you everything you need to know. I'll probably see a few of these, but will immediately regret it: Chubby Killer; Crack Whore; 2 Headed Shark Attack; Dr. Limptooth; Dances With Werewolves.
What are you all looking forward to the most? The least? Let me know in the comments section!