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Movie Year of the Sequel or Horror?

by rjlight (writer), In between the bay and LA, June 14, 2007

Shrek the Third, Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End --have we seen all the sequels yet? Oh no, we've just started. Ocean's 13 is in its first week and we still have Fantastic Four 2, Live Free or Die Hard, The Bourne Ultimatum and Rush Hour 3. I don't think I can possibly name all of the sequels, but I guess I better not forget another installment of Harry Potter with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix releasing in July. And the end of the year we can anticipate National Treasure's sequel.

It would seem it's the year of the sequel, but what about all those horror movies hitting the big screen? The first half of the year we saw many horror/thriller films struggling to break even. It seems only Suburbia was able to gain a decent audience. Right now Bug is trying to hang on to scare us out of a few more dollars, and Hostel II which qualifies for both the sequel and the horror categories is moving into its second week.

Mr. Brooks looks a bit interesting to me as it leans more toward the thriller genre than horror. I'm curious to see what the nice guy, Kevin Costner, can bring to the role of a philanthropist/serial killer. It's time for Kevin Costner to come back and succeed in a film again, and I'm glad to see he put the baseball glove on the shelf for this one.

This Friday, Fido, a horror/comedy starring zombies, will be releasing in Los Angeles. Fido appears to be one of the more creative horror movies coming out--you don't see zombie movies set in the '50's too often these days. It might just have a cult-type following.

June 22nd brings with it the release of 1408--another thriller/horror movie that spends much of its time in a hotel room. Wasn't Vacancy set in a hotel room? Why are the leading actors from Serendipity (2001) suffering in hotel-room horror films in 2007 (Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack)? How serendipitous is that? Also on June 22nd we can anticipate the release of Black Sheep - a horror movie starring diabolical lambs. Yes, you read that right, the story is about mutant lambs that attack humans. I tried to keep a straight face when I typed that but I couldn't.

July will bring us Skinwalkers - at least we think it will release as its been delayed once. Skinwalkers is a werewolf horror story. If only we could put the werewolves in a hotel room with the sheep from Black Sheep and let them at it.

Captivity will be releasing July 13th, Friday the 13th. This thriller is set in a cellar instead of the hotel room. I'm getting claustrophobic just thinking about it.

We could not complete the summer without a classic horror remake to add to the originality of this year's film showings--August 31st is the date Rob Zombie's Halloween will be shown on the wide screen. Call me crazy but wouldn't an October release be more appropriate?

I guess the real question should be, "Is there anything original and creative being shown in the theaters this year?" Well you might have to do some searching to find a non-horror or non-sequel film but you can find a few. Keri Russell is getting rave reviews for her role in Waitress, an original romantic comedy written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly. It is one of those gems getting lost in the pile of sequels and is worth scheduling that babysitter.

Eagle vs. Shark will start out in a few theatres this weekend and then expand to a wider audience by the end of June. Eagle vs. Shark is a quirky, awkward, romantic comedy considered by some to be a New Zealand Napoleon Dynamite (2004) so maybe it's not original after all!

A Mighty Heart will be releasing June 22nd to a limited number of theatres. This is based on the true story of the journalist Daniel Pearl who was abducted while on assignment in Karachi, Pakistan. Angelina Jolie plays the role of his wife,Mariane Pearl. This film is a limited release and will, unfortunately, be overlooked by the more heavily promoted sequel/horror flicks. The buzz going around is that it is one of the better films this year.

In my opinion, it's the least promoted movies that are going to be worth checking out. You can sit through another horror flick, or find out what happens in the next sequel, but I'm going to take a look at the more original films. I admit the need to watch Ocean's 13-- “George Clooney is too adorable for me to avoid -- but, I'll be able to sleep at night if I wait to watch the other movies until they release on DVD. In fact, I'll definitely sleep better if I avoid the horror movies altogether.

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By rjlight on June 15, 2007 at 12:16 am
I just can't see anyone but Jack in that role -- you've got a long wait still Ed. As far as 'Girls Gone Wild' -- well, isn't everyone waiting on the edge of their seats for the continuation of that dramatic plot?
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By jennifervenget on February 28, 2011 at 02:34 am

This year was well known for some horror sequel like Twilight, Paranormal Acitivty and Scream 4. So i guess people spending their most of times to watching Sequel movies online

This year I also expected same kinda of movies. lol.

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