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Here are some runners up/other contenders that were released in 2012.
As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother’s death, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home. Surprisingly good; reminded us of Stir of Echoes a little bit, with both supernatural and real-life horrors.
As a killer named Cinderhella stalks the student body at the high school in Grizzly Lake, a group of co-eds band together to survive while they’re all serving detention. Had a limited release in 2011, Detention is said to be a decent horror comedy that bounces between all sorts of genres. Teen drama, time travel, slasher, etc. Worth a look.
Two separate stories involving a faceless intruder terrorizing two children will come together in an interesting twist. More psychological than supernatural, Intruders makes an interesting watch, especially if you dig the concept of Folie à deux.
Kate Beckinsale shoots her way to another worldwide box office success.
Vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale) takes a break from fighting werewolves and decides to kill some humans instead. Judging from box office numbers, there are enough people out there that still care.
The Devil’s Carnival
Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich are back with another horror/musical in the tradition of their earlier effort Repo: The Genetic Opera. If you’re a fan of the pair, you’ll probably like it. We’re sorry we missed the tour. More info here.
Paranormal Activity 4
Don’t you understand, Rachel? Paramount never sleeps.
The story takes place in 2011, five years after Katie killed her boyfriend Micah, sister Kristi, her husband Daniel and took their baby, Hunter. Story focuses on Alex and her family experiencing weird stuff since the new neighbors moved in the town. This installment is the least liked of the series – this franchise does not seem to be getting better with age, but since it made over $50 million on a budget of $5 million, we are guaranteed to see more of them. (In fact, Paranormal Activity 5 comes out Oct. 25, 2013.)
This ‘found-footage’ film is set in 2009 in the town of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland where something has infected the water there. But it’s not 100% known what it is or how it is transmitted. But when people start turning up dead and others start to do strange things, fear turns to panic and the town is shut down. This one actually comes from director Barry Levinson.
Grave Encounters 2
A film student who is obsessed with the movie Grave Encounters sets out with his friends to visit the psychiatric hospital depicted in the original film. The sequel to the liked found-footage original goes meta and disappoints many.
After the events of Piranha 3D, the prehistoric school of blood-thirsty piranhas make their way into a newly opened water-park. Ving Rhames returns and brings along David Hasselhoff. Did anybody actually see this one?
When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly and Ben discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. Delayed for over two years after Warner Brothers parted ways with Dark Castle Entertainment. WB gave the film the smallest wide-release it has given a major motion picture in its distribution history. That should tell you something about their faith in it. Nobody in the audience liked it, either.
House at the End of the Street
A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over. More run-of-the-mill PG-13 stuff, but the DVD version is apparently unrated with an “added twist.”
The Devil Inside
Typical reaction to the ending of The Devil Inside.
In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism. Basically, it’s more found-footage/faux-documentary stuff mixed with The Exorcist, just like the recent film The Last Exorcism. The ending is abrupt and followed by a title card that says “The facts surrounding the Rossi case remain unresolved. For more information about the ongoing investigation visit www.TheRossiFiles.com.” LOL! Screw you, audience! We already have your money!
Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone. Another found-footage thriller; the Chernobyl setting is interesting, at least. Response was mixed, and we didn’t see it, but maybe Bill should do a double feature of this and Apollo 18.
A couple’s wedding day turns into a horrific events as some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness, and by illness we mean the demon/virus thing from the first two films. This one jettisons the found-footage style about 20 minutes in, rending the title of these films irrelevant. Response was mixed-to-negative.
Shot in 2010 but released 2012, Silent House is a remake of the Spanish thriller of the same name (also from 2010) that utilizes the concept of one long-take. (Except that both films only give the illusion of one long take, thanks to clever editing). The two films received about the same kind of “meh” response from audiences, but critics seem to prefer the original.
Resident Evil: Retribution
Hmm, this movie looks vaguely familiar…
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, and the human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), is there to stop them. Again. Naturally, the film made bank worldwide. People, people, people, why do you continue to insist on lining Paul W.S. Anderson’s pockets with cash?
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand, Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever. Mixed response; consensus is that the first one was better.
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