Travis asked me to pitch in and write a post about my top 10 films of the past year, but considering that I  have a pathological need to do the opposite of whatever Travis says (and the fact that my top 10 is included in my massive doorbusting year-end blog post at Popcorn Culture) I decided to look ahead at the state of things in 2014.

Almost by default, the arena of horror is slightly more exciting, at least in the sense that Hollywood remembered that we actually do celebrate Halloween once a year in October. I swear, the 2013 lineup was pitiful. Let’s wash that bad taste out of our mouths with the most promising looking films of the upcoming months.

PUT THESE ON YOUR HIT LIST: FIVE MOVIES TO LOOK FORWARD TO

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (January 3)

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The long-awaited (by someone, I’m sure) Latino spinoff of the Paranormal Activity franchise is sure to be just as massively confusing and mired in mythology as all the others, if not more so. At least for me as a bad movie connoisseur , that’s a very good reason to see it. If that’s not your cup of tea, the fact that the story is going in a new direction (at least, in a direction away from “white people get haunted”) should make it worthwhile for any casual horror fan. Or pandering. Only time will tell. Coming very soon! Check it out!

Check out the trailer here.

Devil’s Due (January 17)

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Pregnancy body horror. Birth of the Antichrist. Religious iconography. Secret societies. Mysterious watchers. Ancient mediums. It’s all been done to death. Literally. But I’m a sucker for found footage and this one looks like it had a pretty good budget to work with.

Check out the trailer here.

The Purge 2 (June 20)

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No information on the plot or characters of this rushed-into-production sequel (and what do you wanna bet that June release date doesn’t stick?) has been released, but hopefully it explores more aspects of the world of The Purge instead of devolving into another routine and uninspired home invasion flick like the original.

[REC] 4 (October 10 – Spain)

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No word on the official American release date yet, but hopefully they won’t make us wait too long. The original [REC] was a found footage masterpiece and my favorite horror film of all time. [REC] 2 did the impossible, expanding on the story of the original in a natural and still frightening way. [REC] 3: Génesis was a complete disaster, dropping the found footage conceit in favor of an awkward and fumbling zombie comedy prequel. Directed by Paco Plaza, one half of the team that directed the first two films in the series, it was a major miss despite being an actually OK film out of context.

For this final film, director Jaume Belagueró and star Manuela Velasco return for a story set on an oil tanker off the Spanish coast. [REC] 4: Apocalipsis won’t be found footage, but hopefully the return of two important figures in the franchise will make it a satisfying and fright-filled sendoff for the series.

Paranormal Activity 5 (October 25)

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I don’t actually see this one possibly being any good at all, but this most recent Halloween was barren without the traditional PA flick so it’ll be a nice nostalgic return to form. I don’t want this series to ever end. I want it to get more and more convoluted and stupid until the characters end up in space or something like that.

RUN IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION: TWO MOVIES TO AVOID AT ALL COSTS

I, Frankenstein (January 24)

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Sexy Frankenstein versus the CGI gargoyles? This feels more like a Roger Corman B-movie than a high-budget Aaron Eckhart vehicle. And because it is the latter is there any way it could be something other than soul-suckingly terrible instead of hilariously over-the-top terrible? I say let’s not find out.

Check out the trailer here.

A Haunted House 2 (March 28)

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NO. NO. DO NOT GIVE THESE PEOPLE YOUR MONEY OR TIME. BAD.

Check out the trailer here. Or don’t. Maybe don’t.

Also keep an eye out for 7500Grudge director Takashi Shimizu’s “ghosts on a plane” flick that has been struggling to see the light of day for several years now! This could be our moment!

Happy New Year everyone!

One Response to Looking Forward: Horror in 2014

  1. Carolann says:

    Nice synopses. I don’t know what to think about The Marked Ones; part of me is intrigued but eh, I agree it could easily be as confusing and mired as the previous films. I will def avoid another Haunted House Wayans film; the first was atrocious (terribly uncomfortable to watch even in the presence on the BF). Sadly, it looks like 2014 will be a rebuilding year for the horror genre. But I am kinda’ interested in Ti West’s The Sacrament.

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