Here's what you can expect to see for new horror films during the first half of 2013:
1/4 Texas Chainsaw 3D - Opening tomorrow is the latest installment of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. Picking up where the 1974 horror classic left off, we can expect Texas Chainsaw 3D to offer 70s horror nostalgia combined with the shock of contemporary gore. I hope I get the feeling that I'm in danger of being maimed. However, past Texas Chainsaw sequels and remakes haven't faired so well.
1/18 Mama - Here's the newest film from visionary Guillermo del Toro. While it doesn't seem to have the same fanciful quality as Pan's Labrinth, the story does seem like an interesting study on what we perceive to be motherhood. I just hope they don't show the monster too soon or expose her too much...a long shot as she appears 14 seconds into the trailer.
1/25 Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters - I have mixed feelings about this. I don't think either Jeremy Renner (Hansel) or Gemme Arterton (Gretel) give that Old World feel that the film is going for, but some of the design elements like the Witch's candy house and that evil Siamese twin monster look pretty damn cool. I do wish they would have gone all the way and fully Steampunked their arsenal, but I can get over that. With a budget of $60M you'd think it couldn't possibly suck...but Hollywood has found ways before.
1/25 John Dies at the End - I'm incredibly curious about this film. It has already been released on iTunes, but you can catch it in theaters on 1/25. There's a lot of promise that this will become a new cult favorite considering the accolades it has received from both the Sundance and SXSW film festivals.
2/1 Warm Bodies - This seems like the perfect zombie date movie and will be released in time for Valentine's Day. Cute and scary, I love it!
2/13 Beautiful Creatures - This appears to be another one of those teen paranormal romance stories...(never thought I'd say that). The concept of good vs. evil is always a good starting point, but some of the special effects look a bit lame and it looks like the evil bits of the story will be watered down.
2/28 Stoker - Not sure if this classifies as horror perse, but it looks disturbing to say the least. Evil suits Nicole Kidman well. This film, along with Mama, is also exploring the concept of motherhood in horror. It's a theme we've seen before, but I wonder if it will become a trend.
2/28 The ABCs of Death - Now this looks interesting. 26 short films by 26 different directors who were each assigned a letter of the alphabet to represent. I expect to see some very interesting concepts here.
3/15 Carrie - I'm having horror deja vu. This new Carrie couldn't possibly be as bad as Carrie 2: The Rage (which totally fell on its face), could it? The original happens to be one of my all time favorites, but I never liked how the ending in the film wasn't nearly as epic as the ending in the novel. From the trailer it seems like they are trying to rectify this.
4/5 Jurassic Park 3D - This is self explanatory and pretty epic. Hollywood can have my money...IT'S FUCKING 3D DINOSAURS!!! Planning on seeing this in IMAX.
4/12 Evil Dead - Here's another reboot of a classic horror film, this scares me, and not in the good way, in the way that might make me angry. However, Sam Raimi is on the film as a writer and Bruce Campbell is producing (sigh of relief), so I have some faith that this might not ruin the original for me. This also had the only trailer out of the lot that seriously made me cringe. With a tagline like "The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience" it better deliver.
4/26 Lords of Salem - Here's the newest film from the twisted mind of Rob Zombie. Much like Texas Chainsaw 3D this film appears to be another 70s throwback. Unfortunately I've found most of Rob Zombie's films are more hype than substance, but I'll give it a shot.
6/21 World War Z - If you expect this film to be anything like the book, prepare to be disappointed. If you expect this film to be a high-budget zombie flick, you'll love it. While I loved the book, the filmmakers made the right choice. The novel format would not have adapted to the big screen very well, and without an real main character to focus on, I think audiences would have been lost.