The Woman In Black

The Best Horror Movies of 2012

Another year has come and mostly gone and hundreds, if not thousands, of young, stupid, misbehaving teenagers have been lost at the hands of ghosts, apparitions, psychos, monsters, animals, and families with strange murder dynamics. Like any responsible site, it’s now our job to look back on a year of cinematic chaos and movie madness and sort all of this into an easy digestible list full of horrors! And family films! Because really, 2012 in horror wasn’t all that violent, but it was reflective and satisfying in a familiar way. Onward!

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This Week in DVD

Welcome back to This Week In DVD! Some great releases hit shelves today with two of the best hailing from the UK. Also out this week are the McG misfire This Means War, the classic TV series Route 66, the hilarious tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen Red Tails, Daniel Radcliffe’s creepy period piece The Woman In Black, and many more. Bonus points to anyone who can match the three ‘giant’ items from this week’s title above to the three characters/performers below. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Perfect Sense A chef (Ewan McGregor) and an epidemiologist (Eva Green) meet and fall in love just as a strange new disease begins to spread worldwide. People are struck with a strong emotional response immediately followed by the loss of one of their senses. It’s like Contagion but with heart and personality. This is a beautiful film about life, love and what it means to be human. It’s a must-see about mankind’s resilience in the face of loss and devastation. Just be sure to watch it before your vision and hearing fade away.

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Hammer Films’ return to fright cinema, the Daniel Radcliffe-starring The Woman in Black, has proven to be a lucrative spin on the haunted house thriller for the classic movie studio. The film is the highest-grossing British horror film in the past two decades, pulling in over $33m in the UK, with a worldwide receipt that has recently passed the $120m mark. So, of course, Hammer is working on a new installment to the film – and while horror sequels are not often something to get too excited about, this new film already has some creativity behind it that should set it apart from stuff like Jason X: We Set Jason to Space Because We Literally Had No Other Ideas. ComingSoon reports that the new film, titled The Woman in Black: Angels of Death will be set forty years after the first film and will center on a couple and their experiences at the super-creepy Eel Marsh House. The story is an original one by novelist Susan Hill (who wrote “The Woman in Black” source material back in 1983) that has reportedly been in development for years. Scribe Jon Croker is currently working on the film’s script.

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Chronicle

It was a close race, one that could get switched around when the actual numbers hit on Monday, but, for now, the combination of teenage superheroes and the found footage technique has given Chronicle the edge over The Woman in Black. Chronicle‘s $22m ranks it high on the found footage subgenre, above movies like The Last Exorcism ($20.3m opening in 2010) and Quarantine ($14.2m opening in 2008). It’s a solid number regardless but all the more impressive considering Chronicle‘s reported $12m budget. Found footage movies weren’t looking to slow down any time soon anyway, but this debut clenches it. We’ll be certainly seeing more found footage movies covering a broader range of genre. Before we know it someone will be pitching an idea of holiday, family drama told from the point of view of home movies. That’s not even saying anything to the idea of Chronicle getting its own sequel. It definitely will.

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Kevin Carr

This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr heads out to the drab English countryside to settle a woman’s estate only to find the place haunted. Fortunately, Kevin had already crawled down a mysterious hole and gained super powers, so he’s able to fend off the evil spirits. For a fleeting moment, he considers using his new powers for good, like to save a family of gray whales trapped under the ice in Barrow, Alaska. However, his fear of the 30 Days of Night vampires keep him at home. He then decides to use his new powers to read the subtitles of The Hidden Face so he can enjoy the copious amounts of pretty Colombian breasts.

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People love a good scary story and some of the oldest tales on record are stories of ghosts, spirits, and specters cursed to walk the earth haunting the living and wreaking havoc as revenge for some terrible wrong they suffered while alive. Told well, these stories can make spine-tingling and terrifying films. The Woman in Black is a classic ghost story made with style and filled with tense atmosphere and chilling imagery. Daniel Radcliffe stars as Arthur Kipps, a down-on-his-luck young barrister who has been devastated by the death of his wife during the birth of his son. His work has continued to suffer and his law firm gives him what is essentially his last shot, wrapping up the legal affairs of an elderly widow who has recently died in a small town out in the countryside. Kipps takes the job, having no other options, and travels to Crythin to settle the affairs of one Alice Drablow, who just so happened to live in a huge old mansion called Eel Marsh House, located on a small island accessible from only one road and only when the tide is low enough to cross it. Kipps is immediately struck by the severe xenophobia of the townspeople. They are clearly living in fear, but of what Arthur won’t know until he spends a night in Eel Marsh and first encounters the Woman in Black.

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The Reject Report - Large

That’s right. We’ve officially gone from grey to black. This means the evil side of the Reject Report is about to rear its ugly head and its taking names. First up, Daniel Radcliffe. He’ll have some stiff competition, though, in the form of teenage super heroes and whales. Those whales might have a miracle up their sleeves, and they’ll need precisely that to come out on top this weekend. It’s not looking to be a massive weekend for box office receipts, but there’s apparently some big football game this weekend that’s sure to take away even more of that dwindling box office. Go ahead and put on your favorite team’s colors. We’re still decked out in black.

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Both last month and this month are shaping up to prove that this time of the year doesn’t only serve as a dumping ground for Mark Wahlberg action movies and another indistinguishable Katherine Heigl horror movie. So far we’re off to a great start for 2012, and I sure hope it continues that way. With another Heigl rom-com nowhere in sight, I believe we’re all clear for now. Honorable Mentions: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (got terrible buzz out of Butt-numb-a-thon, but it’s still got Ciarán Hinds, one of the best actors around, playing the devil) and Chronicle (apparently it’s better than it looks).

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The Best Movie Trailers of 2011

They say it’s hard to judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to world of cinema and movie marketing (and the plethora of films that hit theaters each weekend), it’s hard not to use a film’s three-minute long trailer to judge whether or not it will be something you’ll be interested in seeing (and with movie prices on the up and up, it’s hard to go in blind these days). The illustrious Jack Giroux and Allison Loring rounded up the top 11 trailers released over the past year. They’re both for films that came out in 2011 and either lived up to or fell short of their promise and for films due to be released next year that have begun teasing us early. Plus a few honorable mentions because Jack and I aren’t super great at math (we’re writers, and I’m pretty sure you can only be good at one or the other). From horror to action to comedy (and much discussion about the merits of underwear – you’ll see), our picks spanned the genres proving that it does not matter what type of film you are promoting, just whether or not you are able to grab people’s attention. Listed in no particular order, let us know in the comments if you agree, disagree or if there was a trailer you loved that we missed on our list.

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen an effective period horror movie with the last really good one being 2001′s The Others (and The Orphanage too if you consider it a period piece). That’s a shame because when done right the atmosphere is aided by the environment itself and automatically more frightening than a modern day equivalent. Especially when kids play a role in it… pale, English accented little kids with death on their minds. Well if the trailer below is any indication we won’t be waiting for another terrifying period horror thriller for much longer. The Woman In Black is a new film from director James Watkins (Eden Lake) and screenwriter Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass), and it stars Daniel Radcliffe as a young lawyer sent out to a remote village to assist a client. Things start going bump in the night (and the day) upon his arrival when he discovers the village has a local legend about a woman scorned and a vengeful curse. Check out the creepy as hell trailer below.

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