The Silver Bullet ~ Demonic

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Synopsis: A police officer and a psychologist investigate the deaths of five people who were killed while trying to summon ghosts.

Release Date:  TBD 2015

Thoughts: Now I love a good demon/exorcism/scare film as much as the next easily entertained horror fan but even I have to draw the line somewhere.  So even though I enjoy the two leads of Demonic (Frank Grillo, The Purge: Anarchy and Maria Bello, Prisoners) I have to say that this looks like a big ‘ole stinker…made even more clear by a constantly shifting release date and the fact that it has next to no buzz in the US though it’s been released in foreign markets since the beginning of the year.  Likely to be found on some streaming service in the near future where you can opt out if the first act isn’t to your liking, it may be time for filmmakers to find new real estate where the haunted house film is concerned.

The Silver Bullet ~ Amityville: The Awakening

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Synopsis: A single mother moves her three children into the haunted house not knowing of the house’s bloody history.

Release Date:  January 2, 2015

Thoughts:  Though rarely mentioned in the same breath as multi-sequel franchise films like Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween, the Amityville series of films never reached the same level of success as its slice and dice cousins. The original 1979 tale of the New England house of horrors may be famous by name but is nearly unwatchable now…not even worth a chuckle at its earnest urge to scare. The first sequel (Amityville II: The Possession) remains the best of the bunch with terror that feels a little too real while the last six films (this reboot would be the 12th outing) have all gone directly to video…many deservedly so. It’s been 10 years since an Amityville film has lit up a theater marquee and while this effort looks like it will contain your typically standard bunch of scares, never underestimate the power of a fright flick that plays on your fears of what goes bump in the night.

The Silver Bullet ~ Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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Synopsis: The town’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.

Release Date: August 24, 2014

Thoughts: Not exactly striking while the iron was hot, this sequel to 2005’s technically sound but pretty darn moody Sin City finally makes it to the big screen after almost a decade of false starts and other production delays. Again directed by Robert Rodriguez and graphic novelist Frank Miller (also at the pen for 300 and 300: Rise of an Empire) this looks to have the same dark flash as its predecessor while introducing a new roster of shady characters like Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon), Eva Green (Cracks, Dark Shadows), and Josh Brolin (Oldboy, Labor Day) along with returning stars Bruce Willis (Color of Night), Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2), and Jessica Alba. The first film broke new ground with its visuals…but it’s 10 years later and what was one revolutionary is now standard. What more does this film have to offer…and will it be too little, too late?

The Silver Bullet ~ Scary Movie 5

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Synopsis: A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital. With the help of home-surveillance cameras and a team of experts, they learn they’re being stalked by a nefarious demon.

Release Date: April 12, 2013

Thoughts: Blech.  A series that should have been kaput after the second entry, we are now faced with a fifth installment of the spoof-happy horror comedy.  What started off as a moderately funny and strangely creative send up of the onslaught of teen horror films in the late 90’s has turned into a trash heap of bad actors muddling their way through dated/lame jokes.  By the time Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan show up my brain was officially rolling in my head and I almost had to turn away from the screen.  If there is any justice, Scary Movie 5 will be laughed out of town without making the kind of box office take that would guarantee another sequel.  Watch at your own risk!