September 11, 2014

THC's Fall Movie Preview!

The first day of Fall is only two weeks away, which means The Halloween Season is nearly upon us!

We truly love the Fall Season; The days get shorter and colder, the smell of pumpkin bread fills the air, Halloween decorations are going up all around the neighborhood, and we wonder if this is the year that the Boogeyman is finally going to get us... it's truly the most wonderful time of the year! (Sorry, Christmas.)

Of course this time of year is also when Studios release many of their creepiest efforts on both the big and small screen, and I'll be damned if we don't eat it up like candy. For Horror fans, it really is like our Christmas.

Below you'll find the movies that that we're most eager to see between now and December. Some look creepy as hell, some look like a crazy bunch of fun, but they all look like they're worth our time. So take a look, watch the trailers, and prepare to enjoy this Halloween Season the right way!

*All of the following movies are slated to be Theatrical Releases, unless otherwise noted.
Horns (October 31st)
In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.

We're looking forward to seeing Horns the most, above all other movies this Fall. Based on the novel by Joe Hill (Stephen King's son, for those of you who didn't know), Horns is the story of Ig Perrish and his quest to find out who murdered his girlfriend... and we'll say no more. This is a love story of sorts, and it's also a pretty wicked little tale of Supernatural revenge. That much we'll say.

We loved the hell out of the book, and we're hoping that Alexandre Aja's film version has done it the justice it deserves.
Annabelle (October 3rd)
John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia - a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia's delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now... Annabelle.

So, the creepy doll from The Conjuring is getting her own movie? Great, because we didn't crap ourselves enough over her the first time...

There's just something about dolls that gives us the willies, and the Annabelle scenes were the best part of The Conjuring for us, so we have to imagine that we'll get plenty of goosebumps during this one. Annabelle may end up being the biggest Horror movie of The Halloween Season, and we're hoping that it will also end up being the most terrifying.
Demonic (December 12th)
A police officer and a psychologist investigate the deaths of five people who were killed while trying to summon ghosts.

Sounds like a pretty average synopsis for a Horror flick, but when James Wan is involved, nothing is really average, is it? Love his work or hate it, James Wan knows how to craft a solid Horror flick, especially those of the "Haunted House" variety. Add to that fact that Frank Grillo is starring, and Demonic has got us all kinds of hyped.

There's no trailer for this one yet, so all we really have to go off of here is faith. We believe!
Gone Girl (October 3rd)
With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

We really loved Gillian Flynn's book, which told its story from the alternating viewpoints of Nick (the husband) in the present, and Amy (the missing wife), by way of her journal entries, in the past. It was a really good read that kept us turning the pages at a good pace... and then it threw a twist at us about halfway through that totally kicked us in the balls. In a good way.

We REALLY didn't like the ending, though.

If any director can do this book any sort of filmic justice, its definitely David Fincher, we just hope that he gives us a better ending than we got in the book. If you can't wait for this movie, then by all means go and read the book, but avoid any book reviews or discussion online, because this is one story you don't want spoiled for you. Trust us.
Honeymoon (September 12th, VOD)
Young newlyweds Paul and Bea travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.

After her stint as Ygritte on Game of Thrones, we're all about checking out anything that Rose Leslie is in. Given that the trailer for this one looks sufficiently creepy, we're doubly excited to see it. We just really wanna know what's going on in this one; is it aliens, demons, or rapey hillbillies that have messed with poor Rose Leslie's head? What happened to her in the woods!?! We know nothing (John Snow.)
The Guest (September 17th)
A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

So the guy from Downton Abbey is playing some sort of creepy sociopath in an Adam Wingard movie? Alright, we're intrigued.

Even though we didn't think that You're Next was as good as some people made it out to be, we really like Adam Wingard's work; we truly believe that A Horrible Way to Die is an underrated gem. The trailer for The Guest looks slick and twisty, and it seems like Dan Stevens made the right career choice by leaving Downton Abbey behind.

The Town that Dreaded Sundown (October 16th, VOD)
65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called 'moonlight murders' begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.

We have to admit that when we heard about this remake, we weren't expecting much; most remakes tend to suck, after all, so how good could this one really end up being? Well it looks like Blumhouse has worked their magic again, because the trailer for this remake looks pretty damn great. We remember the 1976 original movie being alright; it had a few good scenes, but was overall kind of a cheaper, slow-moving affair. Not this one. This one looks pretty mean and creepy. 

And did anyone catch the Orion Pictures logo at the beginning of the trailer? What a blast from the past from our childhood! This is the first movie that Orion has produced since 1999, and we're glad to see them back.
Zombeavers (TBA)
ZOMBEAVERS is an action-packed horror/comedy in which a group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers.

I'm sorry, but as stupid as this movie's title and premise sound, that trailer looks like all kinds of fun. The "Eat a bag of dicks!" line actually made us laugh out loud.

One of the film's stars, Cortney Palm, told us that we will be seeing Zombeavers released in the U.S. sometime before the end of 2014, and given the subject matter, we have to assume that it will most likely hit VOD sometime in October. If not, blame her for lying to us! *Don't really blame her, she was just trying to be helpful. But blame her.
Predestination (TBA)
The life of a time-traveling Temporal Agent. On his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

The Spierig Brothers, who brought us the awesome Undead (2003) and Daybreakers (2009), are back with a time-jumping movie that looks pretty kick-ass. Ethan Hawke is a roll lately too, and seeing as how this is the second time he's worked with the directing duo, we have to believe that this is going to be a special flick. That's the kind of power Ethan Hawke wields around here, folks.
Tusk (September 19th)
When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him.

Kevin Smith's newest foray into the world of Horror got some rave reviews at TIFF this past week, which is good news to us since his first foray (Red State) was a mostly mediocre effort. Tusk looks as though it's got a Human Centipede vibe to it, only utilizing walrus parts... I don't know, but the trailer looks awesome, and how could we not want to see any movie that showcases the acting talents of Michael Parks? Also, Justin Long is pretty funny.

"I don't wanna die in Canada!" Nobody does, my friend. Nobody does.

The Babadook (November 28th)
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Anyone who's already seen The Babadook has given it rave reviews, and so we're more hyped than usual to see how it plays. We're always suckers for a good "Haunted House" flick, and the trailer for this one looks pretty intense.

As of today, this movie is sitting at 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, which doesn't necessarily mean much, but it's a good indicator of just how great this movie might end up being; most mainstream critics are notoriously hard on Horror flicks, even the good ones. I suppose we'll see soon enough, but either way, we can't wait.

So there you have it; the movies of the Fall Halloween Season that have our blood pumping, and our minds racing. Hopefully, they've got you feeling the same way too. If they have, then support them when they're finally released. If not, then go and see something else. Or maybe read a book. Books are always good.

As an added bonus, here are a few more flicks that we're eager to see before year's end. Yes, even the Michael Bay produced, Ouija. Don't question us.

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