by Helen Earnshaw |
If you are a horror film fan then you are in for a treat this weekend as both Maniac and The Last Exorcism Part II hit the big screen.
We have already seen likes of Mama released and do well and it looks like 2013 is set to be a good year for the horror genre.
So we take a look at some of the horror movies that you should not miss as we go through the year.
It was 1976 when horror classic Carrie hit the big screen but this year we see Stephen King story remade for a new audience.
Kimberly Peirce is in the director's chair this time as she tackles horror for the very first time - she has brought us movies like Boys Don't Cry and Stop-Loss over the years.
Chloë Grace Moretz has already tackled horror after starring in Let Me In and now she takes on the central role of Carrie White. Judy Greer and Julianne Moore are also on the cast list.
Carrie White is a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Carrie is one of the most highly anticipated movies in this genre of 2013 and it is going to be interesting to see what Peirce does with this much loved movie.
But we do have quite a wait as Carrie is not released until 29th November.
- Evil Dead
Another much loved horror movie is getting a remake this year and that is The Evil Dead.
The film was released back in 1981 and was directed by Sam Raimi but this time around Fede Alvarez is in the director's chair.
Raimi is serving as producer on this movie and he chose Alvarez to direct this remake.
The movie will mark the feature length directorial debut of Alvarez and star Shiloh Fernandez, Jane Levy and Jessica Lusa.
Evil Dead follows five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin.
When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
Evil Dead is released 19th April
- The Conjuring
The Conjuring is another film to watch out for as it sees James Wan return to the director's chair.
Wan has been behind movies such as Insidious and Saw in recent years and now he reunites with actor Patrick Wilson for this latest project.
We have seen quite a lot of paranormal activity type movies in recent years but I am excited to see Wan back with this genre.
He has brought together a terrific cast as Wilson is joined by Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor in what promises to be a nerve shredding and very atmospheric film.
The Conjuring" tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Wilson & Farmiga), world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.
Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.
The Conjuring is released 19th July.
- The Lords Of Salem
Whether Rob Zombie is making movies of music his projects absolutely cannot be missed and he is back in the director's chair for The Lords of Salem.
Zombie has been behind a whole host of horror projects over the years including Halloween and The Devil's Rejects and he has penned the script for his latest film.
Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison and Jedd Daniel Phillips are all on the cast list and this is a horror film that I personally can't wait to check out.
The Lords of Salem tells the tale of Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio station DJ living in Salem, Massachusetts, who receives a strange wooden box containing a record, a 'gift from the Lords.'
Heidi listens, and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of the town’s violent past.
Is Heidi going mad, or are the 'Lords of Salem' returning for revenge on modern-day Salem?
The Lords of Salem is released 19th April.
- I, Frankenstein
The latest graphic novel to be adapted for the big screen comes in the form of I, Frankenstein.
The movie sees Stuart Beattie return to the director's chair for the first time since Tomorrow, When The War Began as he teams up with Aaron Eckhart.
Kevin Grevioux was behind the graphic novel and he has adapted the original story into a screenplay with Beattie.
Eckhart takes on the central role of Adam and is joined on the cast list by Jai Courtney and Bill Nighy.
Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.
I, Frankenstein is released 18th September.
- Insidious: Chapter 2
We have already talked about one James Wan movie and now we are going to look at a second as Insidious: Chapter 2 is set for release later this year.
Wan is in the director's chair for the sequel while Leigh Whannell has penned the screenplay.
The movie will continue the story of the Lambert family as Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson and Barbara Hershey will all reprise their roles.
Maniac & The Last Exorcism Part II is released 15th March.