Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ had been number one at the box office for three weeks in a row. When it was finally overtaken at the number one position, it wasn’t a blockbuster release like ‘Les Misérables’ that did the job. It was ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D.’ This week, the creepy thriller ‘Mama,’ starring Jessica Chastain, came in at number one.
A genre once confined to October, horror movies have become feasible releases year-round. A polarizing genre, most of them are still relegated to off-peak release times such as January – May and September and October. In 2013, they have taken in respectable numbers for the genre, earning $72 million combined between the three movies that have already been released. In the past few decades, horror movies have evolved from campy, cheese fests with villains in zippers to well thought out, creepy fare.
In the next few weeks, horror movies such as ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,’ ‘John Dies at the End’ and ‘The Last Exorcism II’ will be released. Later this year, horror fans can expect ‘Horns,’ ‘Evil Dead’ and the ‘Carrie’ remake. With so many movies to choose from, it seems that horror is finally finding its place in the film industry as a legitimate genre. Stars such as Jessica Chastain, Jeremy Renner and up and comer Shiloh Fernandez are making appearances in these movies. They are no longer stepping stones on the way to the top, nor camp fit for B-list actors only. Horror fans of all types have a lot to look forward to in 2013. With so many releases, it seems that this may be a great year for the ghoulish box office.