2012 Fall Horror Movie Preview: “I’m Detecting A Theme Here”

V/H/S (2012)

Directed by: Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence
Release date: August 31st (VOD); October 5th (limited)

V/H/S (2012) picture

With found-footage films being totally all the rage, it seems like V/H/S is the next to jump on the bandwagon. That said, the film’s been well received by genre fans and critics alike, and it looks to be a case of stretching the medium, as opposed to just kind of using it for some quick cash.

Something of a post-modern mash-up a la Creepshow, V/H/S contains several unrelated stories including: “Tape 56,” the main story arc that showcases a group of criminals retrieving a tape from a rundown building; “Amateur Night,” the timeless tale of three dudes staging a webcam-recorded casual encounter; “Second HoneyMoon,” wherein a married couple find themselves waiting out the prediction of a mechanical fortune teller; “Tuesday the 17th,” is your usual dose of several teens trying to escape an unseen killer; “The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger,” is a body-horror story about a woman named Emily and a strange new host she’s found growing in her back, and “10/31/98,” is the possible finale in which a group of Halloween partygoers stumble headfirst into a haunting exorcism (PUN INTENDED). Looks to be pretty damned interesting – keep an eye out for this one.

Sinister (2012)

Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Release date: October 5th

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Continuing to propagate the fashion that is found-footage films, Sinister showcases a true-crime novelist who moves into a fancy new neighborhood with the hopes of giving his creative self a quick nudge. As fate would have it, his new home is also host to a sinister box of old home videos depicting the previous tenants, and their subsequent murders. As he delves deeper and deeper into the mystery of this new house, he manages to tie everything to a supernatural entity known as the “Bagul.” Whether or not a name like this causes fear to bubble up within oneself is up to you, entirely. We’ll let you know how it fares come October.

The Collection (2012)

Directed by: Marcus Dunstan
Release date: November 30th

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After escaping by the skin of his teeth from the sadistic throes of 2009’s The Collector, ex-con Arkin is forced back into a realm of torture porn and booby traps, when a wealthy benefactor’s daughter goes missing. Now, Arkin has to team up with a (hopefully) rag-tag group of hired guns so that he can infiltrate The Collector’s hideout, collect his kidnapped quarry, and pleasantly retire with his head still affixed to his shoulders.

Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

Directed by: Ariel Shulman
Release date: October 19th

Paranormal Activity 4 Picture

Sporting the tag-line “All the activity has led to this…” Paranormal Activity 4 may hold the promise of finally being the last of the series. Boasting another found-footage plot detailing the events following 2010’s Paranormal Activity 2, Katie and newly kidnapped nephew Hunter move into an untouched house and wreak supernatural havoc on their neighbors. Can people really be frightened by something they’ve seen three times over? Only time will tell.

The ABCs of Death (2012)

Directed by: Dude, there are 26 directors on this one
Release date: November 2nd

The ABCs of Death (2012) Picture

Another film curiously being released after Halloween, The ABCs of Death functions as something of a mixed bag, with 26 different short films being helmed by 26 different directors. Holding the most potential through sheer quantitative value, here’s hoping that we won’t be dealt a horrifying combination of 26 mixed opportunities. Either way, we’ll be sure to give you full coverage when it hits theaters in November.

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