Last year definitely provided us with plenty of films to talk about, from the remakes to the spectacles, and some great smaller independent films. As we look ahead to the new year, a long list of anticipated films begins to appear. 2014 has the potential to be an awesome year for us horror fans, just check out the list that follows!
14) [REC] 4 : Apocalypse
Ditching the found footage aspect and skipping over the events of [REC] 3 entirely, the director of the first two films, Jaume Balagueró, is returning with part 4 as a direct sequel to the second in the series. Also returning is Manuela Velasco, in this continuation of the story of her character Ángela Vidal, the reporter.
This is to be the final film in the series, and the official synopsis says :
Angela Vidal, the young television reporter who entered the building with the fireman, manages to make it out alive. But what the soldiers don’t know is that she carries the seed of the strange infection. She is to be taken to a provisional quarantine facility, a high-security installation where she will have to stay in isolation for several days. An old oil tanker, miles off shore and surrounded by water on all sides, has been especially equipped for the quarantine.
This sequel will hopefully end the series on a good note when it hits theaters in October 2014!
13) Circus Of The Dead
The official synopsis should be enough to get all of us clowns excited for this one :
Family man Don’s visit to an old, rundown big top circus and chance encounter with a nihilistic group of clowns leaves him fighting for his life and the lives of those he loves. As Don becomes drawn deeper into lead clown Papa Corn’s games, he comes closer to the edge of reason and sanity. Armed with guns, knives and a ’68 Camaro, the clowns lead Don on an all-night crime spree through oil-soaked West Texas. Papa Corn’s wild ride brings blood, gore and mayhem to all he encounters.”
This one is hitting festivals now and should see a wide release sometime this year!
Stay up to date on the official Circus Of The Dead Facebook page.
12) Odd Thomas
Dean Koontz was an author I grudgingly read back in high school after tearing through everything by Stephen King and Clive Barker. His books were always good time-killers but none of them ever really stuck with me. None of them have ever really successfully been translated to film either, for whatever reasons.
When Odd Thomas came out in the early 2000′s, it had been a long time since I had picked up a Koontz novel, but this one looked different. (At least it had a different font on the cover!) So, I gave it a shot and really loved it.
The novel (and now the film) tells the story of a short-order cook named Odd Thomas who can commune with the dead, a secret only his girlfriend and the local police chief know. The young man can also spot malevolent forces called bodachs, who feed on pain and portent imminent death. When Odd sees them in spades surrounding a stranger, he finds himself in a race against time to avert a catastrophe.
Although the production of this film wrapped back in 2011, we are expected to finally see a wide release sometime early in 2014. Looking forward to it!
11) The Sacrament
Not the first (or the last) film to get distribution by slapping producer Eli Roth’s name on the poster, The Sacrament is the next film from genre up-and-comer Ti West. After directing the terrible Cabin Fever 2, West has brought us a couple of successful slow-burn horrors with The House Of The Devil and The Innkeepers.
This film centers around a pair of journalists who enter a Jonestown-like cult in the search for a lost relative.
Says the director :
“Jonestown is something that I’ve always been really fascinated by, because I don’t think a lot of people understand it.The people who killed themselves were not mindless cult people in robes acting like brainwashed monsters. I wanted to depict a cult that wasn’t full of psychos. They are people that you’re like, ‘Well, I don’t want to live there, but I understand why they do. And let them do whatever they want.’ Of course, things go wrong, but I think that that understanding of the mentality is very important and I think it’s overlooked in most movies, especially horror movies, because everyone wants to get to the crazy shit.”
After making the rounds on the festival circuit last year, the film is set for a release date on June 6th, 2014.
10) Cheap Thrills
In the first film written and directed by E.L. Katz, we get the story of a new father facing eviction whose life is turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to a better life…but at a price.
After premiering at SXSW, a day-long auction took place for rights to the film in a rare bidding war.
Look for this crazy black comedy in theaters on March 24th, 2014!
The first ever all-female horror anthology is going to be a treat, for sure!
The list of directors is intriguing and enough to make us sick with anticipation. See the story for this film here, and look for it sometime this year!
8) Wolf Creek 2
Finally, a return to the outback in this highly anticipated sequel to 2005′s Wolf Creek!
After a struggle with financing, director Greg McLean has completed the next chapter in his story of deranged Australian Mick Taylor and his efforts to clean up his little corner of the world.
The first film is a favorite around here as well as his 2007 follow-up “Rogue” (the best giant crocodile movie ever!). The director was quoted saying: “Our goal is to create an even more suspenseful, chilling and unforgettable experience for audiences and we feel very confident they will not be disappointed.”
It is scheduled for release in Australia on February 20th, with no word of the US dates so far. Stay tuned to Horror Homework and the official Wolf Creek 2 Facebook page to keep up to date.
Really looking forward to this one!
7) The Green Inferno
Horror personality and sometimes-director Eli Roth is back in with his latest effort, “The Green Inferno”. A throwback to grindhouse cannibal flicks like “Cannibal Holocaust” and “Cannibal Ferox”, Roth’s first directorial gig in 5 years is said to be influenced heavily by the Italian gore films of the 70s.
The synopsis says only that :
The Green Inferno follows a group of student activists who from New York City travel to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe, but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they saved.
Look forward to eating this one up on September 5th, 2014.
6) See No Evil 2
Art by Lou nRusconi.
I have to be honest here. As a non-wrestling fan I had no interest in seeing the first WWE Production of See No Evil. I still have never seen it.
But, I have seen Dead Hooker In A Trunk and American Mary!
It was a very smart move for this studio to hire the Jen and Sylvia Soska to direct this upcoming sequel. They are two very talented film-makers who had all of us looking forward to what they do next. And they chose the wrestling sequel.
The official synopsis reads:
“See No Evil 2 revives the nightmare of the first film when Jacob Goodnight rises from the dead in the city morgue after his killing spree at the Blackwell Hotel. In this ominous, underground locker for the dead, a group of medical students fight to survive as the deranged psychopath once again starts to pick them apart one by one.”
I am sure the Twisted Twins will be bringing something interesting to the table when the film releases later this year!
Based on the great novel by Joe Hill, and directed by Alexandre Aja, this is another one that is shaping up nicely! I only hope the Harry Potter kid can hold his own in this very dark story. I was a big fan of the book, and hope that they can translate it to the screen properly.
Looking forward to this one!
4) Nurse 3D
I first saw the above poster about two years ago, and obviously it piqued my interest.
But nothing ever came of it.
This film has been sitting on a shelf somewhere all this time.
Finally, we have a trailer and a synopsis :
By day Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to trust your life with. But by night her real work begins…Using her smoldering sexuality, she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are. When a younger nurse starts to suspect Abby’s actions and compromises her master plan, Abby must find a way to outsmart her long enough to bring the cheater you’d least expect to justice.
This film will hit theaters at last on February 7th, 2014.
After announcing his impending retirement, film-maker Kevin Smith has been finding new inspiration during the recordings of his weekly podcasts. After an idea formulated on air about a man who forces another man to “become” a walrus, Smith reportedly cranked out a script for this bizarre idea, and subsequently shot the film last year.
See our story here.
Starring Haley Joel Osment, Michael Parks, and Justin Long, the twisted walrus transformation tale will hopefully be hitting theaters around Halloween!
2) He Never Died
Henry Rollins as an immortal vampire who has lived an inexplicably long life fueled by blood lust and filled with crime and violence?
Say no more. I am in.
The first film from writer and director Jason Krawczy, the official synopsis says :
He Never Died follows Jack in his battle with cannibalism and mental sobriety. An exceptionally prolonged life has brought depression and detachment. Jack buys stolen blood from a hospital intern, plays bingo,sleeps fourteen hours a day, watches television six hours a day, and lives alone. This is his life – he has shelled himself away from social interactions. The fuse is lit when Jack’s past comes back to rattle him. Jack must now walk a tight rope of sobriety and try to eat as few people as possible in this violent tale of personal responsibility and self worth. As it turns out, there are very few reasons to live when you can’t die.
The first lead role ever for Rollins, he is quoted as saying, “I’m usually rarely around at the end of a film to be at the wrap party,” he says. “I rarely survive. I’m usually killed off or eaten by something, or arrested.”
This film has just finished shooting, and the aim is for a late 2014 release!
I seriously can’t wait for this one!
1) The Human Centipede 3
Even if I weren’t an extra in it, the final chapter of the sickest trilogy of all time would be at the top of my list!
As it stands, I had a great opportunity as a horror fan to spend a week on the set (and as part of the 500-person centipede!), and I saw some things…
Unfortunately I am still not allowed to write about the details of the film, but have high hopes that I might be able to get some interesting interviews with the cast and crew coming up!
This thing is going to be crazy!
Look for it soon, and stay tuned here for all the details!
By Alex Pardee