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2009 HORROR MOVIE PREVIEW: UNIVERSAL / ROGUE / FOCUS

Leading up until the New Year we’ve got our annual round-up of the best and worst films, along with preview pieces for all films coming in 2009. Beyond the break you can check out the 2009 Horror Movie Preview for Universal Pictures, Rogue Pictures and Focus Features. Watch here for previews of Lionsgate, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures, Sony Screen Gems, 20th Century Fox, Dimension Films, Paramount and various others. What films are you looking forward to the most from Universal’s line-up?

–UNIVERSAL/ROGUE/FOCUS 2008 HORROR MOVIE PREVIEW–

WARNER BROS. / SONY PICTURES / LIONSGATE / PARAMOUNT /
20TH CENTURY FOX / UNIVERSAL / DIMENSION (MGM) / VARIOUS

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Dates Subject to Change

The Unborn (January 9; Rogue Pictures)


The psychological thriller follows an 18-year-old who is haunted by a Dybbuk – the soul of a dead person barred from heaven – in the form of a young boy who perished in Auschwitz.

Coraline (February 6; Focus)


A high-definition stop-motion animated feature – the first to be originally filmed in 3-D – with spectacular CG effects, based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book. A young girl walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life – only much better. But when this wondrously off-kilter, fantastical adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents (including Other Mother) try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.

Drag Me to Hell (May 29; Universal Pictures)


Director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy, Evil Dead series) returns to the horror genre with Drag Me To Hell, an original tale of a young woman’s desperate quest to break an evil curse.

The Wolfman (November 9, Universal Pictures)


Like the 1941 original that starred Lon Chaney Jr., new pic will be set in Victorian England. Del Toro will play a man who returns from America to his ancestral homeland, gets bitten by a werewolf and begins a hairy moonlight existence.

The Last House on the Left (No Date Available; Rogue Pictures)


John and Emma Collingwood are on vacation at their lakeshore house when, by a bizarre twist of fate, they give shelter to the sociopaths who have just assaulted and nearly killed their daughter. Upon discovering the truth, they exact a chilling revenge on her attackers…

Thirst (No Date Available; Focus Features)


The story finds Korea’s leading man, Song Kang-ho, as a much-loved priest who becomes a vampire after a failed medical experiment; he becomes a tortured and depraved soul. Title refers to a craving for sex, blood and love. CJ is pitching the pic as a love story with horror and drama.

25/8 (tentative title) (No Date Available; Rogue Pictures)


As legend has it, a notorious serial slayer will return to the sleepy community of Riverdale to finish off the seven children born on the night he purportedly died. But is the slayer really dead, or is he still at large? Or has the mysterious evil personality that once impelled his bloody spree entered the body of an unwary teen, who will now be compelled to do his evil bidding?