Horror Movies 2009 – Guide13.03.09 # News # 31 Comments
With the big one out of the way (the Friday The 13th remake), it’s time to look forward to the other potentially great horror movies of 2009.
The line-up features the usual mix of sequels (Final Destination 4), remakes (Sorority Row), sequels to remakes (Halloween 2), and original fare (Drag Me To Hell). Japanese horror and torture porn are on the way out, and old school slashers are drifting back in. But the horror genre is basically waiting for the next break-out hit (aka Blair Witch or The Ring) to copycat.
So here’s Movie-Moron’s definite Horror Movies 2009 Guide:
The Last House On The Left
Release Date: March 13, 2009
Starring: Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter, Tony Goldwyn
Director: Dennis Iliadis
Alternative title could be ‘The Last Remake Left’. The 1972 original is much loved and analysed by genre enthusiasts, but let’s face it, it’s pretty rough when it comes to production values. The story tells of two dumbass girls who get kidnapped and left for dead by a gang. The same gang are then forced to hole up at the home of one of the victim’s parents. The parents figure out what’s happened and dispatch the gang members in gruesome fashion. Imagine elements of Saw, but the torturers are the good guys. Actually, think Guantanamo. The director is totally untested, but the trailer looked solid enough.
The Haunting In Connecticut
Release Date: March 27, 2009
Starring: Virginia Madsen, Tim Metcalfe, Elias Koteas
Director: Peter Cornwell
Based on the “true” story (there’s even a Discovery Channel documentary) of a family with an ill son who move into a new home hoping to help him, only to find out it’s haunted. It’s the Amityville Horror again.
The Descent: Part 2
Release Date: May 15, 2009 (UK Only – U.S. Release Date TBC)
Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Krysten Cummings
Director: Jon Harris
Turns out the leading lady survived the carnivorous cave dwellers, but the trauma caused memory loss, so now she’s accompanying a team of rescuers as they go back in. The Descent: Part 2 isn’t written or helmed by original creator Neil Marshall, it has a first time director. The first made $57m around the world (theatrically) from a $2m budget, that’s the only reason this is happening.
Drag Me to Hell
Release Date: May 29, 2009
Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Jessica Lucas, Dileep Rao
Director: Sam Raimi
Writers: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Jeff Lynch
When a loan officer turns down a mysterious old woman she is cursed and has three days to figure out how to prevent herself being… dragged to hell. After the shame of Spiderman 3, writer/director Sam Raimi is going back to his roots with this rather Evil Dead looking madcap horror. It’s only PG-13, but early reviews are strong. Juno’s Ellen Page dropped out of the lead role just before they started shooting.
Release Date: May 29, 2009
Starring: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly
Director: Bruce McDonald
Based on this novel, Pontypool is a horror comedy about a violence-inducing virus spread through the human language. The only option is to ‘shut up or die’, which is a problem for the mouthy local DJ and his staff holed up in the radio station. Fantastic concept. Advance word is very good.