Warner Bros. Pictures has always been one of the best genre studios, and with the recent absorption of New Line Cinema I expected much, much more. While we still wait for a new Freddy vs Jason, A Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th, the studio continues to push out mainstream horror in the likes of Contagion, Red Riding Hood, The Rite and Unknown. Other than Final Destination 5, 2011 wasn’t a very good year.
Warners has taken an even further step back as they only have ONE horror pic slotted for 2012, with another subgenre production slated to begin as well. We’ll be lucky to see both in theaters next year. Come on Warners, remember that New Line was the house that Freddy built — show some respect!!
[WARNER BROS. PICTURES] 2012 HORROR MOVIE PREVIEW
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The story focuses on Barnabas Collins (Depp), who was transformed into a vampire by a jilted lover (Eva Green’s witch Angelique) way back in the 1700s and buried. He’s just been dug up, and attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Michelle Pfeiffer’s Elizabeth and Jonny Lee Miller’s Roger – despite the fact that Angelique is still around and still not in a forgiving mood.
“Akira” originated in 1988 as a manga and then as an animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Set in New Manhattan, the cyberpunk sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments.