Upcoming 2010 Horror Releases

2010 is looking set to be a year dominated by remakes and sequels. We’ve seen this trend happening for a while – with reboots of 80s classics and easy-money-sequels dominating not just the horror field but mainstream cinema in general. But that’s not to say there aren’t a few gems to be seen nonetheless (I personally think any year that has a George Romero film is a good year!), and the shift to 3D has the potential to really work well in this genre (I may have to eat my words on that one – stay tuned!). Have a look at some of the releases that have got the horror community buzzing…

Which ones are you looking forward to?

Any you wouldn’t go near with a flamethrower?

A Nightmare on Elm St (April)
Remake of Wes Craven’s 1984 original. Featuring the now famous Freddy Krueger, who haunts and kills suburban teenagers in their dreams, the original film was credited with kicking off the modern slasher genre. Supposedly scarier and more serious (no more wisecracking Freddy) I wonder whether the charm of the original will be completely obliterated or just made more sinister?

Survival of the Dead (May)
Next installment in zombie master George Romero’s … of the Dead series – this time a group of survivors think they are close to finding a cure for the zombie plague.

Jonah Hex (June)
Based on the DC character of the same name, this film is a western/horror hybrid about a former confederate soldier and bounty hunter who has been near death so many times he has one foot on the ‘other side’. Current plot discussions online suggest that in the film Hex must track down a voodoo practitioner who is planning on raising a zombie army in the South.

Predators (July)
Scifi/horror hybrid designed as a sequel to the 1987 film Predator in which aliens come to earth to hunt humans for sport. (Yes, there has already been a sequel – Predators 2 in 1990 – apparently we are assuming that didn’t happen). The cameo by original star Arnold Schwarzenegger is yet to be confirmed.

Piranha – 3D (August)
Remake of the 1978 film of the same name. A volcanic tremor releases millions of piranhas into the local lake.

Resident Evil: Afterlife (September)
Fourth film in the series (not including the animated feature ) this time Alice joins forces with the inhabitants of a Los Angeles prison to fight off the zombie hordes. Also in 3D – which to the best of my knowledge is a first for a zombie film.

Saw VII (October)
Number 7 (and apparently final) installment in the franchise that launched the term ‘tortureporn’. This time also in 3D which could be interesting since the entire film is being designed for and shot in 3D rather than utilizing the usual 2D to 3D transfer.

Let Me In (October)
American remake of the 2008 Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In (based on the novel by John Lindqvist). This time set in New Mexico, it tells the story of a young teenage boy who becomes friends with a child vampire.

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6 Responses to “Upcoming 2010 Horror Releases”

  1. Marquis Says:

    No Saw IIV for me! probably not Piranha either. Johah hex sounds like a similar principle to the bad guy in ‘Chronicles of Riddick’, I wonder who stole from whom, or just coincidence. The rest are all generally maybe’s.

    • Apparently there is going to be a new Riddick movie. Unfortunately they aren’t keeping with the space opera, and going back to the more traditional Pitch Black style.

      I liked the space opera. It’s rare. It was “40K- the movie”

  2. Ones I’ll see are-

    Predator – as I’ve seen all the movies (Predator, Predator 2, AVP, AVP2) and have many of the comics. I like the franchise, but I’m not sure if it’s horror – seems more action than anything else.

    Resident Evil – I’ve liked all of them so far, and how the storyline is progressing.

    Ones I’ll avoid-

    Tortureporn, mutant animals, “classic” monsters – such as vampires, zombies and werewolves – not a fan of things that have been done too often.

    Nightmare on Elm Street I never liked because the rules of the world kept changing.

    • I’ve actually never seen the Nightmare series – been meaning to give it a go just because it is such a classic of the genre – but there are so many of them, even if the fist one is good I can’t see the rest as having much to offer…

      • It’s a lot like an early version of the “Final Destination” series. Just with different camera work and less CGI.

  3. I remember being scared of the bath for a week after one scene in the Nightmare movies. I was, I don’t know, somewhere between 5 and 8 years old, I may have been at my grandparents’ house, this movie was on the TV, the girl was asleep in the bath and Freddy’s hand came up out of the water between her knees… Not. Cool.
    I don’t know what I’d think of the movies now…

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