Hollywood traditionally unleashes a steady stream of horror movies into multiplexes in the fall. Proximity to Halloween, its assumed, drivers moviegoers seeking scares into theaters – and the financial successes of recent Paranormal Activity and Saw sequels has proven the point.
Between Aug. 17 and Halloween, Hollywood has no less than nine horror movies reaching theaters, from animated sequels to the wholly original (and viciously demented) V/H/S/. First Focus Features will unveil the creature-feature animated effort ParaNorman on Aug. 17. The next week, Warner Bros. has The Apparition, a ghostly thriller starring Twilight’s Ashley Greene. One week later, Lionsgate’s The Possession – produced by Sam Raimi – moves in for a piece of the horror pie. It’s a lot, by the industry’s conventional standards. Here’s what we know about each:
A seemingly normal boy learns he can communicate with the dead, then must fend off classic movie monsters to defend his suburban community from a centuries-old curse.
The Apparition (8/24)
College students investigating the afterlife unleash a supernatural force that plagues young couple Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan.
The Possession (8/31)
Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan star in a mysterious thriller about a young girl who purchases the Dybbuk box, an artifact that contains a hostile spirit.
Resident Evil: Retribution (9/14)
Alice (Milla Jovovich) continues her quest to take down the evil Umbrella Corporation, which means waging war on thousands of bloodthirsty zombies.
Hotel Transylvania (9/28)
Finally, a horror movie for the kids, as Adam Sandler lends his voice to Count Dracula, the proprietor of a secret hotel for monsters.
Tim Burton revisits an early stop-motion animation short film from his earliest days, expanding it to feature-length and upgrading it to 3D. The story’s about a boy who uses Dr. Frankenstein’s methods to bring back his deceased dog … and it works.
V/H/S has come to be known as the horror mash-up that literally makes film-festival audiences sick to their stomachs. Top directors in the independent horror field – from Ti West to Adam Wingard – contribute shorts to a compilation horror film about a rare VHS tape that reportedly contains graphically horrible scenes.
Paranormal Activity 4 (10/19)
A staple of the Halloween season, Paranormal Activity returns with a sequel that’s keeping plot details close to the vest. Count on it involving some form of found footage, probably involving ghosts.
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (10/26)
Like Resident Evil, Silent Hill transitions a legendary horror-based video game to the big screen. This time, Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) must uncover secrets about her personality if she hopes of ever finding her missing father in the ghost town that has become Silent Hill.
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