Thursday, February 4, 2010

Fresh Blood: New Releases In the World of Horror

The Wolfman
Release date: Feb 12, 2010
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, Art Malik
The Wolfman remake needs no introduction as it is one of the most highly anticipated films of the last couple of years. Horror aficionados hold the original Wolfman (1941) in such high regard that this film has very high standards to meet. The film has to appeal to both mainstream and genre fans. Wolfman has an all star cast with Benicio Del Toro taking on the role of Sir John Talbot. The film has a much needed R rating which has been absent from many recent horror films of the past couple of years. Hopefully this is a trend that Hollywood will follow as we horror fans are tired of keeping it safe by making so called horror films PG-13. The fans demand it and hopefully The Wolfman does well so that Hollywood can wake up and make more R rated titles. I personally can’t wait to see what type of gore The Wolfman contains. Some areas that I am truly concerned with is the CG work that the film contains. Early reports from the development of the film stated CG use was heavily used. The film was even delayed by a couple of months in order to complete the visual effects. Naturally the transformation from human to Wolfman is done via CG but the actual Wolfman character is special make-up effects done by effects guru Rick Baker. My last concerns regarding this film include the trade reports of the film being re edited along with many re shoots taking place after initial shooting ended. While reshoots are common, re editing the entire movie is not a good sign. I cross my fingers while I howl at the moon awaiting the February 12 release date.

Release date: Feb 05, 2010
Starring: Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell
This film follows a couple of twenty somethings who decide they are going to dupe a chairlift skiing operator. They end up finding this may not have been the best idea when they are left on the ski lift hundreds of feet above the snow level after closing time. This film may be the one that keeps people from using sky lifts for a while.

Shutter Island
Release date Feb 19, 2010
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow
When Martin Scorsese’s name is on a film, people’s attention is immediately taken considering the directors track record. While not known for directing horror themed films, Shutter Island takes thriller/horror elements and throws in Leo DiCaprio for good measure. The film takes place in an asylum which, as Session 9 showed us, can be pretty fucking creepy.

The Crazies
Release date Feb 26, 2010
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson
We live in an age of remakes and George Romero is familiar with having his films remade. His Dead series has received the remake treatment and now one of his older films The Crazies is taking the remake dip. The film actually looks decent for a remake. It is rated R which instantly grabs my attention. This may actually be one of those rare decent remakes that we really don’t see too often.

--Steven M. Duarte