Well, apparently we didn’t get enough of the monstrous last year. And because I spend far too much time thinking about them, here’s a list of upcoming films to sink your teeth into….
Ah, the old ‘sentient zombie’ trick. Always a good romance story. Oh, wait, I’m thinking of vampires. Although it looks more like a comedy than anything else, it’s still taking a leaf out the vampire tome and attempting to bridge the gap between the undead and us, despite the tricky logistics. Could be terrible, but a different take none the less.
World War Z
Hey, who said it had to be serious monsters? Making monsters cuddly since 2001, Pixar return with their attempt at continuing the franchise, though no one says that’s a bad thing when Sully is involved…
Only Lovers Left Alive
More vampires! Tom Hiddleston! Tilda Swinton! This looks like it will be excellent. Plus the description sounds like this: Adam (Tom Hiddleston), an underground musician reunites with his lover for centuries (Tilda Swinton) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by her wild and uncontrollable little sister (Mia Wasikowska). (imdb.com)
Neil Jordan returns to form (I hope) directing another vampire film with the gorgeous Gemma Arterton and Jonny Lee Miller. This one focuses on the bond between mother and daughter, so here’s hoping it won’t be a descent into a vampy love story unlike the films of recent years…
Not out til September, this film is apparently about Frankenstein’s creature finding himself caught in a war between “two immortal clans”. Whether that’s vampires or lycanthropes is something else entirely. Bill Nighy’s in it too, which probably means it’ll be good. Unless it’s a child’s film. We’ll see.
Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters
Gemma Arterton again, and Hawkeye, I mean, Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gretel…because now they’re witch hunters and that makes sense. Still, the trailer has suitable amounts of gore, despite the premise being witches eat children and are all hideous. Could be fun.
From the trailer, it’s painfully obvious that this is Twilight with witches. But this time, the ROLES ARE REVERSED. It’s the guy who’s the human, and the girl who’s supernatural. I’ve seen the trailer. It could be good, but will definitely be good if you’re a teenage girl.
In sum: Less vampires, more witches, and sentient zombies. Monsters are definitely undead.