Friday, March 11, 2011

Five Horror Films Not To Be Missed In 2011!

Rubber is the latest horror sensation from France. If any one's been paying attention to the French horror scene you'll know they've been adding a lot to the genre with films like "Martyrs" and "Inside." But where those films were dealing with serious material, Rubber is a bit more lighthearted with its subject matter. It's about a tire named Robert who discovers his psychic ability which turns him into a destructive force. As silly as the premise is, the trailer shows that the director, Quentin Dupieux, approaches the material in a serious manner. The film is available right now via VideoOnDemand but I'm waiting for it to hit local theatres. 
SYNOPSIS: When Robert, an inanimate tire, discovers his destructive telepathic powers, he soon sets his sights on a desert town; in particular, a mysterious woman becomes his obsession.
RELEASE DATE: April 1st (Limited)
James Wan returns to the director's chair with his latest original horror film, "Insidious." The film is garnering great buzz out of the festival circuit and is touted for being very reminiscent of the horror classic "Poltergeist." James Wan, director of the original Saw, which is still one of the best horror films of recent memory despite its lackluster sequels, is one of the few mainstream directors actually doing "original" horror and for that reason alone it deserves your attention. All the good buzz is just icing on the cake. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Little Children) and Rose Byrne (Wicker Park, Sunshine) star in the horror film written by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Saw II, Dead Silence).
SYNOPSIS: A family that moves into an old house and begins to suspect they are under siege from otherworldly forces when their young son inexplicably falls into a deep coma.

Another film getting good buzz is a remake of a 1973 made-for-tv movie which starred Kim Darby called "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." The remake was supposed to be released back in January but was unfortunately delayed due to Walt Disney Studios' sale of Miramax. Guillermo Del Toro wrote and produced the film which stars Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison, whom I adore, and Alan Dale, of Lost fame. I actually revisited the original film this past October, as part of my annual Horrorfest. It was clearly a made-for-tv film but it had its moments. The creatures were particularly creepy. Hopefully, the remake takes the material, which has a lot of potential, and runs away with it.
SYNOPSIS: A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.

Piranha returns with what is promised to be a bigger and gorier sequel. Not too much is known about the film but what is expected is tons of nudity, campyness, and blood. Who isn't returning, unfortunately, is French horror director, Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Hills Have Eyes remake). In his place is John Gulager, who's claim to fame came from the reality series  "Project Greenlight." His filmography includes the Feast franchise. Tara Reid and Lil' Wayne are set to star, so count me cautiously optimistic.
SYNOPSIS: After the events of Piranha 3D Julie Foster has moved to a small town, with a large beachfront and views to die for, as Spring Break draws close Julie begins to experience anxiety thanks to the events at Lake Victoria. As Spring Break finally arrives, and with it a new batch of adult filmstars, the piranha return, this time evolved, more vicious, bigger and more creative.

The Thing prequel, at first glance, appears to be just another cash-in on a known franchise. But I get the feeling that this isn't going to be the case. First off, they took the time to cast the thing well with the likes of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko from "Lost"), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Grindhouse). Secondly, I believe there's a very intriguing story to be told here and because of that, I hope this prequel works as a great companion piece to Carpenter's film.
SYNOPSIS: At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson. While Dr. Halvorson keeps to his research, Kate partners with Sam Carter, a helicopter pilot, to pursue the alien life form.


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