October 14, 2009
Fall Movies: Horror
Fall is a good time for horror movies because Halloween is right in the middle of it. I can’t tell you how many years when I was really young and curious about The Exorcist and tried to rent it around Halloween. It’s a nightmare… Anyway, horror movies seem to be getting more popular, yes, but they also seem to be getting better in terms of quality. Of course, there are the stupid ones like Saw that will keep going on forever no matter how stupid. But there are new, original ones on their way, too. I’m a little bit behind but this fall seems full of them:
Jennifer’s Body (September 18)
Megan Fox is starting to branch out from her [only] role in Transformers, and the character she plays in Jennifer’s Body couldn’t be more different. She plays a possessed cheerleader who kills her male classmates (and maybe consumes them?). Her best friend has to try to help her through this…phase…that she is going through. The film is written by Diablo Cody, who wrote the uber-popular 2007 flick, Juno.
Paranormal Activity (September 25)
This movie is the surprise hit of the fall so far. With a budget of $11,000, no one thought this movie would see the light of day (or the dark of a theater). However, trailers for the movie surfaced on the internet, showing audience reactions after screenings of the films. People were so intrigued by how afraid the audiences were that they couldn’t wait to see the movie for themselves. In fact, I’m not really sure what the premise is myself. I’ve seen the trailers. It seems like the characters in the movie are afraid that something supernatural is in their home. That’s cool. What gets you, seriously, is the look on each of the audience member’s face. I really want to see this movie– who cares if the plot is stupid if it gives you the thrill of an adrenaline rush??
Saw 6 (October 23)
I don’t think this movie needs much explanation. It is the sixth film of the Saw series and will probably be more gruesome than the previous five. If you can handle the gore, then by all means, this movie is for you. The promotional poster is as strange as ever, showing a hand and wrist, but the skin looks as if it’s been slashed and then tied back together like shoelaces. It’s bizarre. (I’ve spared you the actual image. You’re welcome.) The plot will be thin and full of blood, I’m sure. Check it out…?
The Wolfman (November 6)
With all of the vampire stuff out there right now (True Blood, Twilight, V, etc.), I’m surprised werewolf-themed movies and TV shows didn’t show up sooner! Well know the wait is over with The Wolfman. The cast in this film is gigantic: Anthony Hopkins, Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, and Hugo Weaving (“Mr. Andersonnnn…”).
In the movie, a man (Del Toro) gets bitten by a werewolf while trying to discover his ancestral history. He doesn’t know what is happening to him, however, and the people around him and around the small village have to figure it out. Seems interesting, and looks like it has some potential. Will you be watching??
UPDATE: Looks like The Wolfman has been pushed back to February 10, 2010. Bummer!!
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