Synopsis: A University physics professor assembles a team to help create a poltergeist.
Release Date: April 25, 2014
Thoughts: With a string of UK produced vampire, werewolf, and other random monster movies that had its peak in the 60’s and 70’s, Hammer Horror has been resurrected in recent years with higher profile releases like 2012’s The Woman in Black and its sequel waiting for a release date. The studio seems to have left its penchant for creature features in the past and is focused on feeding your terror appetite with a supernatural twist. The Quiet Ones is their new film and what the trailer lacks in originality (haven’t we seen this set-up dozens of times lately?) it makes up for in the promise of a period horror flick that makes good use of the haunted house setting. If I’m being honest, I’m still a bit skeptical of the finished product but as a devoted fan of Hammer and its history I won’t be able to pass this one up.
Synopsis: A man wakes up in the wilderness, in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory and must determine if the murderer is one of the strangers who rescued him, or if he himself is the killer.
Release Date: January 3, 2014
Thoughts: For the sake of good will in the new year I’m trying to squelch this feeling I have inside that Open Grave is another routine thriller amped up with a well edited trailer. Starring Sharlto Copley (Elysium, Maleficent) as an amnesiac that wakes up to a nightmare, the film appears to have a nice coating of grim grime to keep things menacing as our lead character must unravel a mystery concerning his own identity while staying one step ahead of a killer on the hunt. I’ve seen so many similarly designed films that have cop out endings with twists that make no sense so my fingers are crossed that Open Grave keeps those silly plot devices buried. I’m cautiously interested.