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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 our final preview piece, which features all the leftover horror films being released by various studios. The most shocking of all is that 20th Century Fox appears to have one horror movies slated for 2009 as pretty much all of their 2008 releases were duds (Mirrors, Shutter, The Happening). What films are you looking forward to the most in 2009?




Dates Subject to Change


Jennifer’s Body (September 18; Fox)

The story of a cheerleader who is possessed by a demon and starts feeding off the boys in a Minnesota farming town. Her “plain Jane” best friend must kill her, then escape from a correctional facility to go after the Satan-worshiping rock band responsible for the transformation.


Knowing (March 30; Summit)

The story of a man who unearths a time capsule with children’s drawings predicting the future that was buried in the 1950s. One child’s drawings predicted several horrible events that already have come true; however, one of those events has not yet occurred, and the man sets out to prevent it from happening.

Sorority Row (October 2; Summit)

When five sorority girls inadvertently cause the murder of one of their sisters in a prank gone wrong, they agree to keep the matter to themselves and never speak of it again, so they can get on with their lives. This proves easier said than done, when after graduation a mysterious killer goes after the five of them and anyone who knows their secret…


Plague Town (No Date Available; Dark Sky Films)

The film tells the tale of a dysfunctional family’s vacation to the Irish countryside that encounters a village of diseased, deformed and decidedly homicidal residents.

House of the Devil (No Date Available; Dark Sky Films)

In the 1980s, college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret they plan to use her in a satanic ritual.


Pandorum (September 4; Overture Films)

Two crewmen awaken from hyper-sleep aboard a spacecraft. None of their equipment is working, and their memories are incomplete. What was their mission? How much time has passed? Where are they? Who are they? As they try to piece things together, they discover they are not alone, and the ship’s new inhabitants – tribal warriors carrying crudely made weapons – are moving among them, intent on killing all aboard. As the space travelers unravel the frightening and deadly secrets the ship harbors, they realize the survival of mankind hinges on their actions. They must regain control of the ship before PANDORUM takes over.

The Crazies (September 25; Overture Films)

The story revolves around the inhabitants of a small Kansas town who are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply.

13 (13 Tzameti remake) (No Date Available; Overture Films)

A young construction worker whose family is having hard times overhears a conversation through a hole is a rooftop and undergoes an impulsive journey that he hopes will lead to a fortune. However, to his horror, he finds himself in a high-stakes contest-to-the-death, with little hope of victory or escape…


Donkey Punch (January 23; Magnet Releasing)

Centers on the freak death of a partygoer on a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean and the conflict that arises among the surviving passengers.

Eden Log (February; Magnet Releasing)

A man regains consciousness deep down at the bottom of a cave. He has no idea of how he got there, nor can he determine what happened to the dead man whose body he wakes up next to. Only one thing is certain—he has to escape the menacing creature that’s pursuing him, climbing back to the surface through a cemetery like world that’s been abandoned by a mysterious organization called Eden Log.

Surveillance (No Date Available; Magnet Releasing)

The film is about an FBI agent tracking a serial killer with the help of his would-be-victims, all of whom have very different stories of their experiences.

–AFTER DARK FILMS (January 9-15)–

Dying Breed

“Inspired by the legends of a 19th-century cannibal and an extinct tiger, this brutal horror-thriller centers on four friends who find out that something—or someone—murderous lurks in the rain-slogged Australian bush.”


“A young woman tries to find her injured boyfriend in a bizarre and dangerous hospital.”

The Broken

“The Broken” is a psychological horror project, starring Lena Headey as a woman whose life descends into nightmare after she sees an apparent double of herself driving by in her own car.”


“The film follows a young woman trying to escape an abusive past by moving to Atlanta, but discovers more cruelty awaits her.”

Perkins’ 14

“Robert Perkins builds an army of 14 people brainwashed through cult-like methods to protect him from his parents’ killers. When Perkins is imprisoned, the police unwittingly unleash his followers on a small town and they’ve only got one thing on their mind: “Kill for Mr. Perkins.”

The Butterfly Effect: Revelation

“A young man discovers he has inherited the powers of “The Butterfly Effect” and attempts to solve the mystery of his high school girlfriend’s death using his newfound ability, only to unwittingly unleash a vicious serial killer.”

From Within

Set in a small, God-fearing town, story focuses on a young girl caught between her Christian upbringing and a desire to experience the outside world. Her desire to break free is amplified when residents begin to die suspiciously.


After witnessing a family member thrown of a balcony by her fiancée on her wedding day and the violent stabbing of her aunt, a young woman comes to realize she may be next in line. She desperately tries to find out why those around her turn on her and why she seems marked for death. Who can she trust – where can she turn for help when it seems everyone is out to get her. If only she can survive the murderous rage of friends and even her own family long enough to uncover the secret.



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