Monday, December 31, 2012

Ten movies to watch for in 2013

One of the things Shawn and I get a lot of props for is finding those diamonds in the rough -- the movies that are likely not on everyone's radar -- and bringing them to the public's attention. Some are C-grade indie, others mainstream flicks that still don't get the attention they may or may not deserve.

Below are 10 movies I'm looking forward to seeing in the new year, in no particular order. But first, the obvious runners up, those blockbusters that can't be ignored: A Good Day to Die Hard, Man of Steel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger, Fast and Furious 6, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Pacific Rim and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Now for the list proper:

The Conjuring (July 19)

Saw and Insidious director James Wan's latest horror flick reveals how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as the Warrens. Given Wan's talent for horror and the cast, I'm in.    

The Last Stand (Jan. 18)

Arnold Schwarzenegger's first lead role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. And it's directed by the great Jee-won Kim, who helmed I Saw the Devil. Like I need a third reason to see it. The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.

Riddick (Sept. 6)

Vin Diesel returns to the role that made his career. And the franchise returns to its R-rated roots. Plus Riddick is one of the most compelling anti-heroes to grace the big screen. Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against a alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of merc, and the other captained by a man from Riddick's past.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Jan. 25)

I've been championing this flick since I first heard about it. Why? Something about it just clicks with me. It could be awesome, and it could suck hard. But at least the cast -- Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner -- is solid. In this dark spin on the fairy tale, siblings Hansel and Gretel are a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.

The Lords of Salem

Residents of Salem, Massachusetts are visited by a 300-year-old coven of witches. Rob Zombie writes and directs. And it stars his hot wife. 'Nuff said.

American Mary

Written and directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska, this much-praised Canadian horror flick follows medical student Mary Mason as she becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted with the surgical world she once admired. The allure of easy money sends Mary into the world of underground surgeries. We're assured things get pretty fucked up from there.

John Dies at the End (Jan. 23)

This dark comedy-horror film is written and directed by Don Coscarelli and based upon the David Wong novel of the same name. And yeah, it looks really messed up, which is why I can't wait to see it. When Coscarelli is on -- Phantasm and Bubba Ho-Tep -- he's really on. Everything I'm hearing suggests he's hit another home run.

You're Next (Aug. 23)

The writing/directing duo of Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard -- A Horrible Way to Die and V/H/S -- are back with this home invasion movie. When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back. I dig the fighting back angle. And AJ Bowen is like the indie horror poster boy.

S-VHS

A follow up to V/H/S, which put a horror anthology spin on the found-footage genre. No word yet on what the individual tales will be about, but this sequel brings back Wingard and Barrett and adds The Raid: Redemption helmer Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez of The Blair Witch Project fame, Hobo With A Shotgun director Jason Eisener and Timo Tjahjanto. I dug the first one enough to see what these guys do next.

Sharknado

I didn't even know Sharknado existed until I did some research for this article. When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace. And when the high-speed winds form tornadoes in the desert, nature’s deadliest killer rules water, land, and air. Yeah, it's an Asylum movie. Sold!

Stick with us! And Happy New Year, bitches!

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