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Empire's Giant 2013 Movie Preview
185 films of next year profiled and explained


Horror
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Evil Dead

DATE  April 19
DIRECTOR  Fede Alvarez
CAST  Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore

BASED ON  The Sam Raimi original film of 1981 (with some nods to its 1987 sequel). This script has been doctored by Diablo Cody.

SYNOPSIS  Five young friends head for a remote cabin in the woods for a weekend away. Ill-advisedly, they explore the creepy basement, recover the sinister tome stashed there, and read from it in open defiance of clear written warnings. Horrible grisly death follows - but they can't say they weren't warned.

WHAT TO EXPECT  "The most terrifying film you will ever experience"? The poster's claim remains to be tested, but with Raimi and Bruce Campbell among the producers here we have hopes that they will adhere to the spirit of the original and that we'll soon be giving this the thumbs up - and not just because our hand is possessed by a demonic force.
• Watch the trailer on YouTube

Texas Chainsaw 3D

Texas Chainsaw 3D

DATE  January 4
DIRECTOR  John Luessenhop
CAST  Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Dan Yeagar, Trey Songz

FUN FACT  This is a sequel to the original film rather than a sequel to the remakes. Clear?

SYNOPSIS  It's a classic good news/bad news scenario. On one hand, you've inherited a potentially valuable - albeit remote - property in Texas from the birth parents you don't remember. On the other, it's something of a fixer-upper. Oh, and your huge, terrifying, murderous cousin with a taste for power tools is still lurking around the premises. They didn't cover this on Location, Location, Location.

WHAT TO EXPECT  Creepy build-up, grievous bodily harm and gruesome death, at a guess. It could be puppies and kittens, but we doubt it.
• Watch the trailer on YouTube

American Mary

American Mary

DATE  January 11
DIRECTOR  Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
CAST  Katharine Isabelle Julia Maxwell, Paula Lindberg

FUN FACT  The film is directed by twin sisters who previously made Dead Hooker In A Trunk.

SYNOPSIS  Mary (Ginger Snaps' Katherine Isabelle) is a medical student who gets involved in underground body modification in an effort to control her spiralling debt. But after she is attacked at a party, she uses her newfound interests to take revenge.

WHAT TO EXPECT  While the Soskas don't show quite as much as they imply, this is still going to offer some body-horror scares and is probably dis-recommended for those with a fear of the medical profession.
• Watch the trailer below

May I Kill U?

May I Kill U?

DATE  January 11
DIRECTOR  Stuart Urban
CAST  Kevin Bishop, Jack Doolan, Frances Barber

FUN FACT  Helmer Stuart Urban has previous cop form as he's directed some episodes of The Bill in his time.

SYNOPSIS  A cycle cop, Baz (Bishop), takes the law into his own hands and decides to clean up London with a succession of grizzly murders, becoming an internet sensation in the process. That's probably the explanation for that misspelt title.

WHAT TO EXPECT  It's billed as a comedy/horror, so we'll be hoping for scares and laughs to match. We haven't seen anything more than the trailer, however, so we're not placing any bets just yet.
• Watch the trailer on YouTube

Carrie

Carrie

DATE  April 5
DIRECTOR  Kimberly Pierce
CAST (VOICES)  Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judi Greer, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell

FUN FACT  For the jump-scare ending of the 1976 adaptation, Sissy Spacek insisted that she play Carrie's hand and had to be buried to do it.

SYNOPSIS  Carrie (Moretz) is an unpopular teen, bullied by her peers and by her hyper-religious mother (Moore). When she's invited to prom, things seem to be on the up - but a prank played that night pushes her over the edge, and her blossoming telekinetic powers burst loose. And when we say "loose", that's in the same way that atoms get loose in a nuclear explosion.

WHAT TO EXPECT  Usually we're wary of horror remakes, but then again the team here are interesting. Moretz has proved able to handle just about anything at this point; Moore should give good God botherer, and it's good to see Pierce back in the director's chair, four years after Stop-Loss.
• Watch the trailer on YouTube

Scary Movie 5

Scary Movie 5

DATE  April 12
DIRECTOR  Malcolm D. Lee
CAST  Charlie Sheen, Lindsey Lohan, Ashley Tinsdale, Molly Shannon, Jerry O'Connell, Terry Crews

FUN FACT  The four Scary Movies to date have collectively grossed over $818m worldwide.

SYNOPSIS  An endless succession of non-related scenes lifted almost verbatim from better films and played out with bad actors in a horrendous misunderstanding of the terms "parody" and "spoof".

WHAT TO EXPECT  "And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power."

Mama

Mama

DATE  February 22
DIRECTOR  Andres Muschietti
CAST  Jessica Chastain, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Daniel Kash, Isabelle Nélisse

BASED ON  A short film of the same name from 2008, also by Andres Muschietti.

SYNOPSIS  Two young girls, Victoria (Charpentier) and Lily (Nélisse), are discovered in a remote cabin in the woods, where they've apparently been living alone for five years since their mother died. They're sent to live with their uncle Lucas (Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Chastain) - but as the latter spends more time with the pair, she realises that something they call "Mama" and claim has been looking after them may still be around. Cue scares.

WHAT TO EXPECT  We'd tell you but we're still over here hiding in the corner with a blanket over our head.
• Watch the trailer on YouTube

The Bay

The Bay

DATE  March 1
DIRECTOR  Barry Levinson
CAST  Kristen Connolly, Anthony Reynolds, Michael Beasley, Kether Donohue, Stephen Kunken

FUN FACT  The film opened on only 19 screens in the US.

SYNOPSIS  The small town of Claridge on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland is the scene of a disaster when toxins in the water cause a parasite to mutate and people start dying horribly over the July 4 weekend - which really puts a dampener on everyone else's barbecue plans.

WHAT TO EXPECT  It's another found footage effort, with the evidence of the affair supposedly confiscated by the government and now leaked to us. It was probably inevitable that a found footage/Outbreak crossover would happen like this. Judging by the US box office, however, this won't trouble us much.
• Watch the trailer on YouTube

Stoker

Stoker

DATE  March 1
DIRECTOR  Park Chan-Wook
CAST (VOICES)  Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Jacki Weaver, Lucas Till, Alden Ehrenreich, Dermot Mulroney

BASED ON  An original script by Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller. And you thought he was just a pretty boy from that Mariah Carey video! For shame.

SYNOPSIS  India (Wasikowska) is coping with the recent death of her father (Mulroney) and her mother Evie (Kidman) is a mess. The arrival of the mysterious Uncle Charlie (Goode) further unsettles her, and soon life is all creeping spiders, ill-advised eavesdropping, murder, pencil-stabbings and awkward family dinners - and no one wants awkward family dinners.

WHAT TO EXPECT  Park's first English-language film looks creepy, twisted and fascinating. If it doesn't involve any obvious vengeance, it otherwise looks as though he's brought his talent for disturbing audiences wholesale over to this latest effort.
• Watch the trailer below

Byzantium

DATE  May 3
DIRECTOR  Neil Jordan
CAST  Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Johnny Lee Miller, Sam Riley, Caleb Landry-Jones, Tom Hollander, Daniel Mays

BASED ON  Moira Buffini wrote the screenplay based on her own play.

SYNOPSIS  Clara (Arterton) and Eleanor (Ronan), a mother and daughter pair of vampires, move into a small town where Clara works as a prostitute to support them and Eleanor befriends fellow teen Frank (Landry-Jones), who's suffering from leukaemia.

WHAT TO EXPECT  Some mixed reviews came out of Toronto, but everyone agrees that it looks gorgeous and that Ronan is on form.
• Watch a clip from the film below

Maniac

Maniac

DATE  March 15
DIRECTOR  Franck Khalfoun
CAST  Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, Jan Broberg

BASED ON  This is a remake of the 1980 film of the same name.

SYNOPSIS  Frank (Wood) is a serial killer with a nasty habit of scalping young women. But when he meets Anna (Arnezeder) and can't quite decide whether he wants to have a relationship or her scalp. We've all been there, eh?

WHAT TO EXPECT  The synopsis makes this sound like the worst rom-com ever, but the film itself is stylish and not at all what you'd expect of a horror remake.
• Watch the trailer on YouTube

The Last Exorcism 2: Beginning Of The End

The Last Exorcism 2: Beginning Of The End

DATE  March 22
DIRECTOR  Ed Gass-Donnelly
CAST  Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum, Muse Watson, Spencer Treat Clark

BASED ON  This is a sequel to 2011's found-footage horror The Last Exorcism

SYNOPSIS  Nell (Bell) survived the events of the previous film and is found wandering in the woods, with little memory of the last few months and her family dead. She is sent to a girls' halfway house in New Orleans - but the demon isn't done with her yet.

WHAT TO EXPECT  More demonic scares, creepy contortions and violence against people and small animals, we expect.

V/H/S

V/H/S

DATE  January 18
DIRECTOR  David Bruckner, Ti West, Radio Silence, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard
CAST  Calvin Reeder, Mike Donlan, Sophia Takal, Norma C. Quinones

FUN FACT  "Radio Silence" is a directing group made up of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez and Chad Villella.

SYNOPSIS  A group of criminals sent into an old house to bring out a particular video tape inside. There, they find quite a few tapes and watch them to try to figure out which they're meant to retrieve. The tapes' contents are uniformly weird and horrific - as are events in the house itself.

WHAT TO EXPECT  If gore and scares are your sick, twisted bag, write V/H/S down in your copybooks now. Think about it: this could be the next smash-hit low-budget horror franchise - there may be life in the old VHS format yet...
• Watch the trailer on YouTube

The Conjuring

DATE  July 19
DIRECTOR  James Wan
CAST  Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mackenzie Foy, Ron Livingston, Joey King, Lili Taylor, Sterling Jerins

BASED ON  A true story, or at the very least a "true" story.

SYNOPSIS  Ed (Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Farmiga) are a couple of ghost-hunting supernatural investigators. They are called in by the Perron family, who seem to be having an issue with the ghost of a witch that's sticking around their old home. Cue scares. Where are the Winchester brothers when you need them, eh?

WHAT TO EXPECT  We're promised an old-school, CG-light horror that is, according to viewers of the footage Wann brought to New York Comic-Con "freakin' scary". Apparently the test screening scores have been pretty bitchin' too, so this could be a horror that delivers.

Midnight Son

Midnight Son

DATE  January 11
DIRECTOR  Scott Leberecht
CAST  Zak Kilberg, Maya Parish, Juanita Jennings, Jo D. Jonz

SEE ALSO  Twilight, for another twist on vampirism - JUST KIDDING.

SYNOPSIS  Jacob (Kilberg) suffers from a rare disease that makes him allergic to sunlight. His condition worsens, and he finds he can only take nutrients from human blood. Even as he falls in love with Mary (Parish), he becomes a suspect in a series of murders.

WHAT TO EXPECT  The trailer's lo-fi and creepy, and while the unpolished edge might take some getting used to, this could offer a fresh take on the undead.
• Watch the trailer on YouTube

You're Next

You're Next

DATE  August 23
DIRECTOR  Adam Wingard
CAST  Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Barbara Crampton, Ti West, Nicholas Tucci

FUN FACT  This was first screened way back in 2011, but is only now reaching us.

SYNOPSIS  Crispian Davidson (Bowen) brings his new girlfriend (Vinson) to his parents' anniversary celebrations to meet the family. Wouldn't you know it, that's the night killers strikes and start to pick off family members one by one.

WHAT TO EXPECT  It's had mainly positive reviews from its screening at the Toronto Film Festival a couple of years back, so let's hope this is a home invasion thriller that doesn't just play out the same old clichés.

Paranormal Activity 5

Paranormal Activity 5

DATE  October 25
DIRECTOR  TBC
CAST  TBC

FUN FACT  This film has literally nothing set at the time of writing except a release date.

SYNOPSIS  There will be scary goings on that somehow related to a previous instalment in the franchise. It will mostly likely have a found footage feel.

WHAT TO EXPECT  There's a release date but no director attached, which doesn't hugely inspire confidence. Still, it is the very definition of early days and the franchise has surprised us with quality sequels before.

Last Days On Mars

Last Days On Mars

DATE  2013 TBC
DIRECTOR  Ruairi Robinson
CAST  Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen

FUN FACT  Not to be confused with Ghosts Of Mars, Red Planet or Last Days Of Disco.

SYNOPSIS  A group of astronauts (Martonauts?) visiting the red planet (Schreiber, Garai, Koteas, Williams) find themselves succumbing to something horrible and very scary.

WHAT TO EXPECT  There's nothing officially out there for this one yet, but the tiny snippets our sources have seen suggest that this is going to be seriously scary space stuff.

Dark Skies

Dark Skies

DATE  February 22 (US)
DIRECTOR  Scott Stewart
CAST  Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Annie Thurman, JK Simmons

FUN FACT  37% of Americans contacted for a CNN poll believed in alien abductions.

SYNOPSIS  A series of weird events affecting Lacy Barrett (Russell) and her family (Hamilton, Goyo, Thurman) slowly convince her that something is out to get them. Something along the lines of ALIENS!

WHAT TO EXPECT  The trailer's pretty unsettling, but then the trailers for both Legion and Priest from the same director looks promising too, so we're holding judgment on this for now.
• Watch the trailer on YouTube
• Watch the trailer below

A Field In England

DATE  2013 TBC
DIRECTOR  Ben Wheatley
CAST  Michael Smiley, Julian Barratt, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope

FUN FACT  This was shot in two weeks before Wheatley's last film, Sightseers, had even come out.

SYNOPSIS  During the English Civil War, a small group of deserters are captured by an alchemist (Smiley) and ordered to search a field for hidden treasure - but first they find a vast mushroom circle and make a meal of it. Maybe not such a great idea, as the search soon degenerates into chaos.

WHAT TO EXPECT  Wheatley hasn't put a foot wrong so far, with Kill List and Sightseers slowly winning him a devoted fanbase. This black-and-white period drama should offer the same twisted view of the world, and promises to be just as shocking and violent as those were.


Quick Poll   Which of these films are you looking forward to most?

Texas Chainsaw 3D
American Mary
May I Kill U?
Midnight Son
V/H/S
Mama
The Bay
Stoker
Maniac
The Last Exorcism 2: Beginning Of The End
Carrie
Scary Movie 5
Evil Dead
Byzantium
The Conjuring
You're Next
Paranormal Activity 5
Dark Skies
A Field In England
Last Days On Mars


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