The year 2012 is to be over within the next few hours and as we usually do before a new year arises, we look back at what this year has given us. I’m not gonna do a best / worst list since I haven’t seen enough of this years output to give a good opinion on the year as a whole yet. I think that lists such as these should be made a few months into the new year to be accurate enough, but it is still understandable that sites pour them out around this time anyways. Even though I’m not making a list, I still want to do a little rundown of this years horror films, so here I go…
I have looked at several lists from horror sites and also several forums that I read frequently. According to the horror community there is one big winner of 2012 and that is The Cabin in the Woods. Even though I haven’t posted my review of the film yet, I can spoil it by saying that it would not top my list if I where to make one but I can understand how the film feels fresh to others. I do think people overrate it a little though. The next seems to be Sinister and that one I will agree with. It is definitely the best horror film I’ve seen from 2012 so far and it is together with Insidious one of the creepiest movies that have come out of Hollywood the last years. Right after is two movies I have yet to see, The Loved Ones and Kill List. I haven’t had any interest in seeing Kill List to be honest, but am planning to see Loved Ones soon. It’s nice to see an australian movie get that much recognition, so hopefully it will live up to the its good reputation.
Others that have been frequently mentioned as being some of the best horror films of the year is Excision which I’m looking forward to see, The Innkeepers which is good, but I didn’t care for it as much as most horror fans did. And then there is V/H/S. I was surprised to not see V/H/S on more lists actually since it seems to have gathered quite a big hype online during this year, but I guess the bad segments did bring it down for others aswell.
What’s nice about these films is that they are all different from each other and surprisingly enough none of them are sequels or remakes. Some of these have had the backing of a major studio, some have been independent. It’s a good variation and that’s a healthy sign for the genre. If there is any trends this year then it’s definitely haunted houses and found footage, usually blended together. I’ve always enjoyed a good ghost story, but there seem to be a overflood of them now. The found footage subgenre is here to stay. It will go down in popularity, but when they are so cheap to make they will continue to be made, even if most will go direct to DVDs.
What I am not so happy with is the lack of asian movies added to these best of lists. I don’t think I found a single asian horror film included in anyone’s list this year and I have a hard time believing that the continent haven’t produced one single film that are worthy of being mentioned in these lists. The inclusion of european movies have been decent the last years, this year we get some mentioning with the third [Rec] film, a movie I think is fun and entertaining and also another spanish one called Sleep Tight which I haven’t watched yet. I think that horror sites, especially the bigger ones such as Fangoria do need to look closer to the asian market though and give it some of the shine that they certainly deserves.
Twelve films from the horror genre made the top 100 worldwide box office chart this year. Some are not straight horror films, but I still think they deserve to be included. And here is the list:
Dark Shadows – $239,1m
Resident Evil: Retribution – $221,8m
Underworld: Awakening – $160,1m
Paranormal Activity 4 – $140,7m
The Woman in Black – $127,7m
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – $116m
The Devil Inside – $101,4m
The Possession – $76,7m
The Cabin in the Woods – $66,5m
Sinister – $50,4m
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D – $47,9m
Chernobyl Diaries – $37,2m
It should also be mentioned that horror represented on TV aswell. This year had successful new seasons of True Blood, The Walking Dead and American Horror Story.
So what can we expect in the upcoming year?
I ignore all remakes, but I’m sure the upcoming Maniac and Evil Dead remakes will be something that horror fans will want to check out. I’m looking forward to the next James Wan film The Conjuring, which will hit american (and hopefully european) cinemas in July. Hopefully Insidious Chapter 2 will be out before the year is over, if so then 2013 might just become the year of James Wan.
The new year will start with two interesting horror anthology films. S-VHS and The ABCs of Death will both be released in the second half of January. Paris, I’ll Kill You seems to finally be on its way aswell. That film will have ten directors and will hopefully be done before the end of 2013.
I’m surprised to say it, but I’m anticipating a new Eli Roth movie! I haven’t been a big fan of his work so far, but hopefully he will prove me wrong with the cannibal film The Green Inferno. I’ve enjoyed all three [Rec] movies so far, so I don’t see any reasons why [Rec]: Apocalypse will disappoint either.
There is also some interesting DVDs being released in 2013. I’m impatiently waiting on is Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead that Tokyo Shock will release on January 22. It’s hard not to get excited about a movie with a title like that and a wacky website. I’m also of course waiting for Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D, which will be released by IFC in the states. The first horror film from Laos, Chanthaly also looks interesting and I will surely pick that up. Danielle Harris first movie as a director, Among Friends should also see a release date and I’m curious to see what the modern day scream queen has to offer from behind the camera.
Surely, some unknown movie will come out from nowhere and steal the spotlight. That’s one of the fun parts of being a horror fan, it’s not exactly a predictable genre.
As for this site it has today been online for two months. I want to use this opportunity to thank everyone who has given it a view, there is still not much content here except the daily reviews but that will change in 2013. Look out for interviews (already got one done) and other fun stuff.
Have a nice new years and let’s hope 2013 will be a year of horror, cinematic horror that is.