Horror Happenings For December

What a bleak selection of horror films coming out this month! Where is all the horror?! There are a couple of big Sci-Fi selections coming out on DVD including ‘Terminator Salvation’ today (December 1st) and ‘District 9’ on December 22nd. This month in the dungeon we’re saying screw new releases!

After Thursday’s review of ‘Monster Squad’ I will be reviewing only classics for the rest of the month of December. Well, actually, they won’t all be “classics”, but every last one will be a horror film released before 1970.

For your review, here are the horror selections coming to theatres and your local video store in December…

Cheers!
Goregirl

DECEMBER 4th

Transylmania – IN THEATRES
Directed By: David Hillenbrand, Scott Hillenbrand
Starring: Patrick Cavanaugh, James DeBello, Tony Denman, Paul H. Kim, Jennifer Lyons, Oren Skoog
“Euro-trashed! Euro-smashed! Euro-slashed!”
Spoof horror in which a group of college kids do a semester abroad in Romania and realise that if the partying doesn’t kill them, the vampires just might!
Goregirl’s Consensus: Could be fun, but not theatre price fun. I’ll wait for the DVD.

DECEMBER 8th

Walled In
Directed By: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Starring: Mischa Barton, Cameron Bright, Deborah Kara Unger, Noam Jenkins, Eugene Clark
Recent engineering graduate Sam Walczak (Mischa Barton) travels to the middle of nowhere to supervise demolition of the mysterious Malestrazza Building. She soon comes face to face with the horrifying secrets of the building and its past inhabitants, many of whom were entombed alive within the walls of the pristine building by its obsessed architect. As Sam begins to unravel the clandestine details of the architect’s life and his astonishing building, she is drawn into the dark and frightening reality which forces her to accept her own dark past and turn the tables before she becomes the last victim.
Goregirl’s Consensus: The plot summary doesn’t really grab me. Smells like been there done that. A possible rental when it comes off the new release wall.

Red Mist
Directed By: Paddy Breathnach
Starring: Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Carter, Stephen Dillane, Andrew Lee Potts, Alex Wyndham
A young doctor in a US hospital administers a powerful and untested cocktail of drugs to a coma victim. But instead of curing him, it triggers a powerful “out-of-body” experience and enables the patient, a depraved and dangerous loner to inhabit other people’s bodies and, through them, take revenge on the bullying medical students who were accidentally responsible for his condition. The doctor, who was herself a part of this group, is also targeted and as her colleagues are singled out and relentlessly picked off, she realises that she can trust no-one, friend or stranger as this comatose killer moves in and out of bodies at will, getting ever closer as his murderous supernatural powers increase.
Goregirl’s Consensus: I was not too impressed with Breathnach’s film ‘Shrooms’. I gave it a failing grade, but there were a few entertaining moments. Read the review here. I am somewhat curious, but will probably wait until it is off the new release wall.

Carriers
Directed By: Alex Pastor, David Pastor
Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Emily VanCamp, Christopher Meloni, Kiernan Shipka, Ron McClary, Mark Moses, Dylan Kenin, LeAnne Lynch
Determined to elude a deadly virus, Danny, his brother Brian, his girlfriend Bobby and Danny’s school friend Kate speed across the Southwestern U.S. to reach a place of possible safety. Over the course of four days, the group is faced with moral decisions that no human should ever be forced to face. They discover that their greatest enemy is not the microbe attacking humanity, but the darkness within themselves.
Goregirl’s Consensus: This one interests me. Looks like there could be some gore. Check out the trailer.

The Skeptic
Directed By: Tennyson Bardwell
Starring: Tim Daly, Tom Arnold, Zoe Saldana, Andrea Roth, Edward Hermann, Robert Prosky, Bruce Altman, Sara Weaver, Chris Silpigno, Lea Coco
Power-lawyer Bryan Becket is hard-pressed to believe anything that he can’t immediately explain. After his aunt’s mysterious death, he ignores reports that the elderly woman’s Victorian mansion is haunted, and moves in. Strange things start to happen in the old house, and Becket senses that there is some connection there to his troubled, violent past. When familiar ghosts start to reveal themselves, Becket turns to a coy medium and his loyal friend to help him explain the unexplainable.
Goregirl’s Consensus: Ghost stories made in North America just haven’t been doing it for me these days. This is the first I’ve heard of this title and I have to tell you, Tim Daly and Tom Arnold’s names are scaring me off more than the ghosts. I’m Unlikely to see this one, but who knows maybe I’ll catch it on TV if I ever get cable again.

DECEMBER 11th

The Lovely Bones – IN THEATRES
Directed By: Peter Jackson
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci
A young girl raped and murdered by a neighbour, watches over her family and her killer in the afterlife. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.
Goregirl’s Consensus: I enjoy Mr. Jackson’s films. I might actually go to see this at the theatre.

DECEMBER 15th

Psycho Ward
Directed By: Patrick McBrearty
Starring: Ryan Barrett, Jacqueline Betts, Nicole Bonin, Liam Card, Tim Clarke, Sabrina Couture
While on a research outing, a group of urban explorers get more than they bargained for when they visit the site of an abandoned mental hospital and discover it’s hiding a terrifying secret. Trapped in this giant prison, they start to disappear one by one. Their only chance to escape is to put together seemingly random clues, avoid a killer, and use their unique skills to survive.
Goregirl’s Consensus: Urban explorers? Mental hosptials abandoned or otherwise are creepy. Yet most films I’ve seen that take place in asylum’s seem to suck. Might be a rental when it is off the new release wall.

DECEMBER 22nd

Ghost Machine
Directed By: Chris Hartwill
Starring: Sean Faris, Rachael Taylor, Luke Ford, Joshua Dallas, Sam Corry, Richard Dormer, Jonathan Harden, Halla Vilhjálmsdóttir
In a special government facility, a group of candidates are selected to participate in a virtual reality training program. However, once the team is plugged in they encounter a deadly force that is set on destroying the team, one at a time. Now the team is being hunted by a ruthless killing machine and their survival skills will be put to the test.
Goregirl’s Dungeon: A killing machine huh? Sounds like trouble to me. A big maybe, but will probably wait for it to come off the new release wall.

DECEMBER 29th

A Perfect Getaway
Directed By: David Twohy
Starring: Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich, Kiele Sanchez, Marley Shelton, Chris Hemsworth
Two pairs of lovers (Zahn & Jovovich, Olyphant & Sanchez) on a Hawaiian vacation discover that psychopaths are stalking and murdering tourists on the islands.
Goregirl’s Consensus: I sure wasn’t going to pay theatre price for this baby but I just might rent it while it is still a new release rental.

Jennifer’s Body
Directed By: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris
“She’s evil… and not just high school evil.”
A newly possessed cheerleader turns into a killer who specializes in offing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?
Goregirl’s Consensus: I was tenatively getting passes to the sneak preview of this film, and when that fell through I couldn’t bring myself to pay theatre price. Now I’m not sure I even want to pay new release rental price. A definite maybe.

One Response to “Horror Happenings For December”

  1. I’ve been holding out on watching Carriers but I should probably get to it, it just doesn’t quite fit the holiday film theme I’m going for this month so it’ll have to be on a double bill one night.

    Perfect Getaway I’ll watch for one reason – Milla Jovovich and Jennifer’s Body was actually better than I thought it would be. Some of the dialogue is really terrible though and it can be hard to sit through like, you know, for sure!

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