Happy New Year (of Horror Movies) iHorror readers!
As the calendar turns over, the horror fan is once again graced by a few more titles finding cinematic release this month, including a terrifying look at the isolation of post-modern man as seen through some sort of voodoo cursed doll in Paddington…
Or, you know, these three actual horror films are also coming to cinemas this month:
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
Right out of the gate in January is the release of The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, which we first told you about here. Seeing that the original The Woman in Black (loosely based on the superbly creepy novel by Susan Hill, and incredibly successful stage play by Stephen Mallatrat) was the most financially successful British Horror film in 20 years, it is little surprise that Hammer Film Productions decided to make a sequel.
Angel of Death returns to the creepy Eel Marsh House during the Blitz in World War II (for those you of wondering, that is roughly 40 years after the events of the original film) as a young schoolteacher named Eve, played by Phoebe Fox (Switch) escorts a group of children out of London to Crythin Gifford and the long abandoned estate. Once they are settled into Eel Marsh House, the children begin acting strangely and, with the help of the young, locally stationed pilot (played by Jeremy Irvine– War Horse), Eve sets out to protect the children in her charge, and find out the truth behind the eponymous woman in black.
Check out the official U.K. trailer below:
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With a new director at the helm in Tom Harper (The Scouting Book for Boys), and a new screenwriter in Jon Croker (Desert Dancer), with story assistance from Susan Hill, it is hard to know what to expect in The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death. What we can hope for, however, is another tense and well told ghost story which is not overly reliant on jump scares, but builds its’ tension and power through an exceptionally creepy atmosphere, which if the trailer above is any indication, could make Angel of Death another surprisingly good horror film to start off our year.
Abandoning it’s ‘found footage’/P.O.V. roots, Apocalypse runs a more regular horror movie route as you can see in this trailer:
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Manuela Velasco returns as reporter Ángela Vidal for what is Jaume Balagueró’s direct sequel to [REC]2 (after the divergence of [REC]3: Genesis). Vidal has finally been removed from the apartment block of the original two films, and taken to what should be a highly efficient quarantine facility aboard a re-purposed oil tanker. Rather than make a dull movie about the effectiveness of disease control measures, perhaps adding some light romance to it, the virus escapes and wreaks havoc on the crew of the ship.
Basically the way to look at [REC]4 is: do you like [REC]? Then here you go, more [REC] for you. If you were not a fan of the franchise, they are not going to be re-inventing the wheel with the fourth installment (aside from the move away from the P.O.V. style), so you may as well move along…
An indie horror film from director Christopher Denham (best known as an actor in Argo & Shutter Island), Preservation is coming to cinemas in a limited release on January 9.
The film follows three people: married couple Wit (Wrenn Schmidt – Boardwalk Empire) and Mike (Aaron Staton – Mad Men), and Mike’s brother Sean (Pablo Schreiber – Vicky Cristina Barcelona) on a hunting trip in a closed nature preserve. The next morning the group wakes up to find all of their stuff is gone, and they have big, black X’s marked on each of their foreheads, causing suspicions to run rampant between the three of them, before they are faced with the prospect of being hunted themselves.
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Originally finding something of an audience in the festival circuit (including a showing at Tribeca), Preservation has received mixed reviews, but it could be worth heading out to see if it avoids the more common ‘people being hunted in the woods’ horror movie cliches we have already seen a million times.
There you have it; hopefully there is a film there that interests you as there is a nice balance in horror types coming out this month. Between the more classic, Gothic ghost story stylings of The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, the hard R rated zombie stylings of [REC]4: Apocalypse and the more naturalistic survival horror of Preservation, there is a little something for everyone this month.
Or you could brave the terror of Paddington…
Aubrey Plaza Wants to be the Next Tim Burton With ‘Hocus Pocus’ Like Film
Aubrey Plaza has long been a self-affirmed “sea hag”. Her dark personality and sense of humor has long been a favorite of ours. Now, with her production company, Evil Hag Productions, she intends to make a family-friendly film that is something like Tim Burton meets Hocus Pocus.
While talking to GQ, Plaza said that she would like to “…fill the Tim Burton slot” by putting together her first directorial effort. The family-friendly affair is said to be a mix of Beetlejuice and Hocus Pocus.
Plaza can currently be seen in Evil Hag Production’s Emily the Criminal and on HBO’s White Lotus season 2.
We can’t wait to see what Plaza has to offer in her directorial efforts. It would be great to see her built a brand and aesthetic as awesome as Burton’s.
M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Finds Danger Right Outside
M. Night Shyamalan’s next film is already on its way. The ominous Knock at the Cabin is incredibly intriguing, especially since the first trailer gave away so little. The first poster for Knock at the Cabin is just as ominous as the teaser.
Shyamalan’s last film Old, played up the Twilight Zone like mystery and took it to Sci-Fi levels. Knock at the Cabin looks to trump that and move far into the horror/thriller genre.
The synopsis for Knock at the Cabin goes like this:
“While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.”
Knock at the Cabin arrives in theaters beginning February 3.
‘Cocaine Bear’ Gives Us One of the Wildest Posters of the Year
Elizabeth Banks has decided to grace our eyeballs with one of the wildest titles, posters and film synopsis’ of the past decade. I’m of course talking about Cocaine Bear. This true story is one of those that you have to see to believe. But, the title is exactly what you think it is.
Kentucky 1985 was the time and place. A really unlucky bear ingested a lot of cocaine that was dropped in the woods by a smuggler. Unfortunately, the bear died from an overdose but not before going on a real rager beforehand.
Deadline’s synopsis for Cocaine Bear is as follows:
“The movie finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.”
The film stars Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Cocaine Bear comes raging into theaters February 24.