With 2009 coming to a close, another year in horror movies has gone by. Some were good, some were bad, and most were entertaining. We saw the return of Sam Raimi to horror with Drag Me to Hell, had the little horror movie that could in Paranormal Activity, and watched as SAW VI pushed the franchise to becoming the bestselling horror franchise in history.
Now it's time to look forward to 2010, and some of the films horror fans are anticipating the most from the genre.
Daybreakers - In 2017 a plague transforms most of the world into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the vampires farm the remaining humans and look for a new system to continue their existence. Meanwhile a secret team of vampires, including Ethan Hawke, uncovers a way to rescue the human race.
Legion - In the midst of a terrifying biblical apocalypse, a group of strangers unwittingly become humanity’s last line of defence when they discover the diner’s young waitress is pregnant with the messiah.
The Wolfman - The reboot of the classic Universal tale sees Benicio del Toro as Lawrence Talbot, Rick Baker doing the make-up, and Anthony Hopkins kicking ass. What more do you need?
The Crazies - In this remake of George Romero’s 1973 chiller, a plane crash spills a biological weapon into the water supply of a small Kansas town, causing the inhabitants to turn murderously insane. Imagine a small town version of 28 Days Later.
Season of the Witch - This one stars Nicholas Cage and has an old school Hammer Horror vibe to it. Cage plays medieval knight Behmen, who is tasked with bringing a witch to abbey where her powers can be destroyed.
Piranha 3D - Every year the population of sleepy Lake Victoria explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 for a single, wild weekend - the 4th of July, a riot of sun, drunken fun and sex-crazed mayhem. This year however, a tremor has caused the lake’s floor to open, setting free scores of prehistoric piranhas.
A Nightmare on Elm Street - Probably the most anticipated horror flick of the year. Platinum Dunes, responsible for remakes like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th, bring us a new Freddy, some new scares, and more terrifying dreams that will promise to make you never want to sleep again.
Mother's Day - Remake of the 1980 Troma ‘cult classic’, Mother’s Day sees a sadist family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new home owners and their guests. Jamie King and Rebecca De Mornay play the mothers of each family.
Predators - Produced by Robert Rodriguez, based off his old spec script, Predators will star Adrien Brody as a lean mercenary. The R-rated movie is a direct sequel to the first film, as Aliens followed Alien. The Predator will look as it did in the original film, but is joined by new creatures, such as Predator dogs and Predator falcons.
Friday the 13th Part 2 3D - This one is touch and go, but it's being included anyway under the guise of wishful thinking. The producers at Platinum Dunes have set a release date, even though the film hasn't been officially greenlit yet. We'll see.
Priest - Not to be confused with Legion, which also stars Paul Bettany as an ass-kicking man of God, Priest is an action-horror which sees the titular character disobeying church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece. Based on the manga comic book from Tokyo! Pop, and produced by Sam Raimi, it’s been described as a “vampire western”.
SAW VII - As with te previous entries in the franchise, no plot details are being released for this one. IT's supposed to be in 3D, which could make it interesting, but it follows SAW VI, which was the best reviewed in the series since the first one. That one will be hard to top.
MORE FOR 2010
Splice - Two geneticists combine human and animal DNA to create an entirely new being, which grows from deformity into a beautiful female. It bonds with its scientist-parents, Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, but then things turn deadly. From the director of Cube, this is produced by Guillermo del Toro.
After.Life - A woman (Christina Ricci) wakes up to find she’s being prepared for burial, and has to fight to avoid being buried alive. But is she really dead after all? Liam Neeson is the sinister funeral director. Good cast. Justin Long’s second horror movie in consecutive years after Drag Me To Hell.
My Soul to Take - The new one from writer-director Wes Craven. A murderer returns to his hometown to slash teens with the same birthday as the day he was supposedly put to rest.
Scream 4 - Wes Craven’s second movie of the year. Kevin Williamson has written the script, and this is said to introduce a new younger cast to take us through a fresh trilogy. Key cast members are returning though, including Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette. Don’t be surprised if at least one of them gets killed off as they make way for the next gen.
There's a look at some of the best that 2010 is going to offer us. As it goes with Hollywood, release dates are always subject to change at any moment.
What are some of the horror films you're looking forward to most in 2010? Have your say below in the comments.
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