Upcoming horror, sci-fi & fantasy movies

Month: April 2012

Bruce Willis Travels in Time in Looper

I caught the trailer for Bruce Willis upcoming Sci-fi movie Looper today and thought that the somewhat twisted story seems appealing.

The story, written by the director Rian Johnson, is basically a twist on the time traveling theme. In the center of the story we find Joe, a “Looper,” who lives a careless life in the year 2042. A Looper is essentially a hit-man, who kills people that the mafia sends back from 2072. One day, as Joe is about to wipe out a new target, he recognizes it as himself, fro the future. He hesitates, and his future self manages to escape . . .

The Raven – A dark mix between Sherlock Holmes and Saw?

The Raven is a dark mystery story, which takes us back in time to the 19th century Baltimore, where a couple of grizzly murders has an uncanny resembling with the fictional murders described by the aspiring author Edgar Allan Poe.

Naturally, Edgar Allan Poe becomes the number one suspect for the killings, but when another murder occurs, while Poe is in custody, things come to a change. Soon Poe finds himself entangled in a grievous investigation, where he must use his own powers of deduction to try to solve the mystery, before it’s too late.

I think the combination of John Cusack as Poe, whom have done solid performances in the past, in 1408, 2012 and Being John Malkovich, and the Matrix director James McTeigue, who also directed the excellent movie V for Vendetta, sounds both promising and a bit exciting.

The Raven has already been shown in both the United Kingdom and Ireland and has currently got an IMDB-rating of 6.8 from 1,532 votes. On the other hand, it currently has a rotten rating at Rotten Tomatoes, based on 22 reviews, with only five fresh ones.

Although the movie has gotten mix reviews, I think it sounds promising and I hope it’ll be a mix of Saw meets’ Sherlock Holmes, judging solely by the events in the trailer.

The Raven will fly into US theaters next week, on April 27. By then we can decide for ourselves it’s great or not. Have a look at the trailer below and share your thoughts about it in the comments, afterwards.

Weaver takes on De Niro in Red Lights

In the upcoming thriller Red Lights, we can enjoy seeing Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver as they go head to head in an enthralling story that revolves around the fascinating phenomena of psychics.

Sigourney Weaver plays Margaret Matheson, a psychologist who has specialized in examines and exposes psychics who claim that they possess supernatural powers.

When Margaret feels that her job has become way too easy, her assistant Tom Buckley, played by the superb Cillian Murphy, suggests that they turn their investigative eyes toward Robert De Niro’s character Simon Silver, a world-renowned psychic with seemingly true supernatural powers. Something that Margaret, who thinks that Silver is a truly dangerous man, isn’t all that keen on.

When Tom, despite Margaret’s warnings, continues with his investigation, he finds himself up against Silver, facing his alleged powers.

Rodrigo Cortés have directed the movie, who also gave us Buried starring Ryan Reynolds in the lead, a couple of years ago, which where a really nail-biting thriller and I have a feeling that Red Lights will be at least as suspenseful.

I think that De Niro can be great in this type of role, something that we get a taste of, below, in the trailer. Also, Weaver and Murphy seem to have been perfectly cast to bring this story alive on the screen, or what do you think?

Red Lights will appear in UK theaters on June 22 and the month after it’ll hit US on July 13.

Safety Not Guaranteed in Time Traveling

Wouldn’t you stop and think for a bit if you came across a classified ad, seeking a companion for time travel, stating that you have to bring your own weapons, and that no one will guarantee your safety?

That is the premise for Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming movie, Safety Not Guaranteed, where we get to follow three magazine employees, which heads out to find the one who placed the ad in the first place.

Now, although the poster, plus the premise, could suggest that this is a sci-fi movie, it’s not, it’s a comedy. Nevertheless, Safety Not Guaranteed, has received some great reviews, describing the movie as “charming, witty, quirky and totally kicked ass chuck Norris style,” which sounds pretty solid. It also won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, at the 2012 edition of the Sundance Film Festival.

In Safety Not Guaranteed we get to see Kristen Bell, Jake M. Johnson and Aubrey Plaza, and it’s slated for a limited US release on June 8, this summer.

So, although Safety Not Guaranteed is not the kind of movie that you usually find here at Box of Horror, I think it deserves to go up on your ‘movies-that-I-need-to-see’ list, not just for the interesting plot, but also for the sake of the cool poster, which you can feast your eyes with below.

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