Top 5 2007 Horror Films To Look Out For
by Josh Green
February 7, 2007
This looks like it's going to be a great year for horror fans! I've looked over all of the horror films opening this year and put together a list of what I predict will be the goriest, scariest, and most terrifying flicks to come out in 2007!
5. Captivity - May 18 (Updated)
The stunning Elisha Cuthbert plays a supermodel named Jennifer who is captured by an "unknown" psychopath. Having studied her every fear, the killer begins to physically and mentally torture her. When all hope seems lost, she finds Gary (Daniel Gillies), another person in captivity. She and Gary begin to form a plan to escape before it's too late.
I think the film looks really interesting. The trailer features many interesting traps that Elisha's character goes through, but different than something you might expect from a Saw movie. The film is set for only a limited release on March 16th. Hopefully it will make enough money in the first to weeks to expand to more theatres for everyone to see.
4. Dead Silence - March 16
I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago when the trailer debuted, and the trailer has still been fresh in my mind. Many people have commented that they don't think the film looks very scary, which I question if they saw the same trailer I did.
The film is about a sleepy town named Ravens Fair. There is a legend in the town that speaks of a lady named Mary Shaw who was a famous murdered ventriloquist. Now her ghost haunts the town and it is up to Detective Jim Lipton (Saw regular Donnie Wahlberg) to dig deep into the town's history for the answer on how to end her violent rampage. As I said, the film looks tremendously terrifying. Something we can expect from the two Australians who brought us Saw - James Wan and Leigh Whannell.
3. 1408 - July 13
A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after he arrives, he begins to experience genuine terror. The film stars John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie looks a little bit like The Shinning, not surprising since 1408 is based off of a Steven King story. I personally really enjoyed Cusack's last thriller Identity. And I must say, 1408 looks really promising!
2. Hostel: Part II - June 8
I usually avoid talking about Hostel for the reason that many critics hated the film. I however, loved it. The criticism that I heard over and over again was that the first half of the movie was soft-core porn, and the second half was over-the-top horror. While I can't disagree with that statement, I felt that Eli Roth did a tremendous job with of portraying an eerie similarity between sexual and violent pleasures. I argue that while the movie was incredibly conventional, it did so to establish this similarity in a brutally disturbing fashion that I hadn't seen before.
That said, I can't wait for Hostel: Part II. Almost nothing has been released for the film besides a quick teaser that shows no footage of the film. We do know though that the film is set almost immediately after the first and features three American college students who are studying abroad and are lured to a Slovakian hostel. They soon discover the grim reality behind it. Hostel: Part II is sure to deliver more gore and violence than the first once achieved. I'm sure the MPAA is going to have a blast with this one.
1. Grindhouse - April 6
I don't know what I can say that already hasn't been said about this film, or rather two films. Every hot actor in Hollywood is in this movie and I can't wait to see what Tarantino and Rodriguez bring to the table for their individual films. The last time these guys paired up, they brought us From Dusk Till Dawn, a unique vampire film. So it's safe to say that these guys know what they are doing. And the best part? The queen of scream Mary Elizabeth Winstead will be starring in the segment Death Proof. This is definitely going to be the hottest ticket this spring! Grindhouse opens nationwide on April 6th.