Memorial Day officially kicked off the summer movie season, but it’s still several more months until 2009’s most high-profile star-powered horror offerings like Zombieland, The Road, The Box, andThe Wolfman hit theatres in the late fall.
So to help pass the time and keep your minds off the never-ending surplus of punch-to-the-gut remake/prequel/sequel stories, here’s a quick rundown of five likely prospects to make it worth your while to keep faith in the genre even after it continues to kick you to the curb over and over again.
While investigating the disappearance of one of her clients, Anna, a lawyer specializing in illegal immigration cases, becomes entangled in a web of Nigerian people-smuggling in the Amsterdam ‘Bijlmer’ district. It turns out that this criminal network not only uses threats of violence to enslave its victims, but also a potent form of African voodoo. As Anna descends into an urban-magical underworld, her Western rationality is challenged – and her life endangered.
Be sure to visit Netherhorror’s site for a rundown of their other two projects, New Blood and Green Teeth.
But screw those hot-ass days of a 100-degree heat index and 90% humidity anyway. What we care about most is Halloween, right?!? Which is why the Woman’s Story of the Week for May 24-30, 2009, is Dear Dracula Gets the CGI Feature Treatment. Forget about Twilight and its spin-offs. This is where the next generation of horror fans will spring from — kids who were raised on stories like Dear Dracula, which is about a young scary movie fan named Sam who writes to Dracula, asking the vampire king if he can become a real vampire for Halloween.
The fact that they’ve switched from stop-motion to CGI animation isn’t the best news of course, but Dear Dracula sounds more character-driven than anything else — and we know how time-consuming and expensive stop-motion has become — so if they get the voices and the tone right, everything else could fall into place.
Until next time …
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