Horror Movies 2011 – Guide17.11.10 # Horror Movies # 244 Comments
Release Date: TBC 2012
Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, George Riddle
Director: Ti West
The Innkeepers is about the last two employees of a supposedly haunted hotel which is about to go bankrupt after a hundred years in business. As the final days tick down, mysterious guests check in, including a former TV actress turned psychic (Kelly McGillis) and an old man insistent on staying in room 353. As several strange occurrences begin to add up, the two employees must decided whether or not to believe. Director Ti West’s previous horror The House of the Devil became something of a cult hit. He says this will be “scarier”, with more jokes, and more mainstream. Hopefully he’ll continue to put atmosphere before quick edits and jump scares.
The Woman In Black
Release Date: Pushed to 3 February 2012
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer
Director: James Watkins (Eden Lake)
So my favourite play, and TV movie, is being turned into a theatrical movie. And from the pictures so far, they’ve nailed the look of it. Daniel ‘Potter’ Radcliffe plays a lawyer who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, he begins to uncover tragic secrets, and glimpse a freaky mysterious woman dressed only in black. Radcliffe’s well suited to this role, if a few years too young. Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Stardust) adapted the ’83 novel. Can’t wait.
Release Date: Pushed to 9 March 2012
Starring: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve
Director: James McTeigue
A fictionalised account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet (Cusack) teams up with a detective (Evans – Clash Of The Titans) to pursue a serial killer who’s kidnapped Poe’s fiance and gone on a killing spree which mimics the writer’s stories. This is from the director of V For Vendetta and Ninja Assassin. It’s all slightly ridiculous but sounds most entertaining. Oddly, it’s a near identical plot to Cusack’s other horror-thriller this year, except he’s Poe.
Knights Of Badassdom
Release Date: Pushed to Spring 2012
Starring: Summer Glau, Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn, Danny Pudi, Ryan Kwanten
Director: Joe Lynch
This is my favourite synopsis of any movie this year – ‘Live-action role players conjure up a demon from hell by mistake and must deal with the consequences.’ This comedy-horror has a fun cast; Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Peter Dinklage (excellent actor who happens to be a dwarf), Steve Zahn (A Perfect Getaway) and Danny Pudi (Community). Great title too. Shame it’s directed by Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2).
BEST OF 2011: (combining critics’ and public’s opinions)
1st: Tucker and Dale vs Evil 2nd: TrollHunter 3rd: Fright Night 4th: Insidious 5th: The Woman
6th: Black Death 7th: Paranormal Activity 3 8th: We Are The Night 9th: Final Destination 5
10th: Scream 4 11th: Red State 12th: Mother’s Day 13th: The Thing
14th: Rubber 15th: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark 16th: Vanishing On 7th Street
17th: The Resident 18th: The Ward 19th: The Rite 20th: Quarantine 2: Terminal
WORST OF 2011:
1st: The Roommate 2nd: Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night 3rd: 11-11-11
4th: Shark Night 3D 5th: Season Of The Witch 6th: The Human Centipede II
7th: The Darkest Hour 8th: Red Riding Hood 9th: Priest 10th: Apollo 18
Do you agree with the order? What were your favourite horrors this year?