"ParaNorman," a stop-motion film from the folks who made "Coraline," is out in theaters today. Because of this, I officially proclaim today to be the start of the Halloween season. Unless you are Hallmark-- you've had Halloween stuff in store for at least a week.
Because I still don't make any money from this blog (and because I bought a copy of Fangoria #315 today), it might be a while before I get to see "ParaNorman." The good news is that there are plenty of other movies coming up. Let's have a look, shall we?
Let's focus on movies you'll probably get to see. This means limited release awesomeness such as V/H/S won't make this list (unfortunately).
"The Apparition" stars Ashley Greene (from the damned "Twilight" series) and Tom Felton (from Harry Potter). It's about a college experiment that produces supernatural occurrences. August 24.
"The Possession," from what I understand, is like a mix of "Hellraiser" and "The Exorcist" but with a Jewish backdrop. Could be neat. They even got Hassidic rapper Matisyahu in the movie. August 31.
"House at the End of the Street" has "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence in it. Hey, why not cash in on the success of another movie if you can? Elisabeth Shue plays her mom. Who ever thought that the sweet teenager from "Adventures in Babysitting" would be playing someone's mom? Not me. September 21.
"Silent Hill: Revelations 3D" (October 26), not to be confused with "Resident Evil: Retribution 3D" (September 14). Two 3D movies based on videogames. Resident Evil has stayed in moviegoers minds a bit better than Silent Hill has, but I'm hoping the Silent Hill movie whoops ass.
"Frankenweenie" is a Tim Burton movie without Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham-Carter. Who knew those still existed? It's also a 3D stop-motion remake of a live action black and white short film Burtom when he still worked for Disney. October 5.
Speaking of animated films, between "ParaNorman" and "Frankenweenie," we'll get "Hotel Transylvania" on September 28. The story-- Dracula owns a resort where monsters can get away from the human world-- is awesome. The director, Cartoon Network stalwart Genndy Tartakovsky, also excites me. The voice cast of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Andy Samberg, and Selena Gomez kind of makes me want to puke. At least we won't have to look at them. Cee-Lo Green voices a mummy, so that's cool.
Rounding out the major horror-related releases between now and Halloween is .... "Paranormal Activity 4." Remember when the Saw franchise hit part four or five and their tagline was "If it's Halloween, it must be Saw"? I sure do. There must be some rule about having at least one active franchise going on a yearly basis. Which makes me wonder what movie from this year will hit it big enough to get a sequel into production and released for next Halloween. Honestly, I don't see it. This is good. It means next year we should get a slate of new movies. Or overdue sequels.