Tis the season for blood-curdling screams, buckets of gory guts and a thick air of spine-chilling creepiness. Well, we’re not technical there yet, but with summer quickly coming to a close, it’s time to start preparing for the spookiest time of the year with trailers for the latest horror movies.
I’m a bit of a fanatic for anything ‘Frankenstein’ related, from Mary Shelley’s original classic and its modern interpretations to comic books and collectible figurines. Every time I hear or read about another attempt at retelling one of the most wildly imaginative stories ever told, my interest is immediately piqued and I’m compelled to watch it no matter how bad it may actually look.
With that said, the preview for this latest reimagining, told from the perspective of Daniel Radcliffle’s Igor, a character never created by Shelley, leaves me rather torn. From a script my Max Landis, director Paul McGuigan (‘Lucky Number Slevin’) seems to be imitating the style of Guy Ritchie’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’ movies. I may not be very excited to see this, but knowing my obsession with the material, I’ll likely give it a watch in theaters anyway.
I absolutely love horror movies about frontiers-people, a very tiny subgenre including titles like ‘Eyes of Fire’ and ‘Ravenous’ but we unfortunately have very few of. The trailer for this one is utterly fantastic. My anticipation is raised all the more after reading glowing praise from this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
It looks like the sort of movie that slowly builds suspense and eeriness to the point of being nerve-wracking, which is my favorite type of horror! Hell, even the few glimpses we’re given already create a disquieting atmosphere that’s sure to make audiences scared of what’s hiding in the shadows. Robert Eggers makes his writing and directorial debut here, and if he actually delivers on what the trailer promises, he’ll be off to a great start.
‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’
By this point in the franchise, I’m sure everyone will agree that the ‘Paranormal Activity’ series is more nuisance than spooky, like an uninvited guest that always shows up at your front doorstep to dull your Halloween festivities. The movies are also starting to make the found-footage gimmick seem unimaginative and trite. And yet, the filmmakers behind this surprisingly successful franchise manage to attract audiences and occasionally deliver just enough creepy scares to be passably entertaining.
This sixth installment looks to continue the tradition with a few eerie moments, but it’s not enough to raise my anticipation. I’ve never paid to see any of these movies in the theater, so I know for sure that I’ll continue my tradition of waiting until this flick arrives on Blu-ray
‘The Final Girls’
Just for fun, here’s the trailer for a horror comedy because part of the Halloween tradition is having just as many laughs as scares.
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