Now that 2012 is in the rearview our eyes are focused on what is to come. As is the case every year there are plenty of movies high on everyone’s most anticipated and lots of movies full of promise in general. Now, the likelihood of every movie being anticipated will be as amazing as we hope is relatively low, we will not know for sure until release day. The following list of films are the productions that I am most looking forward to and further on down the road around the middle of the year I like to revisit the release schedule and add anything not referenced on this list- so if you don’t see the one you’re really looking forward to then by all means tell me about it in the comments or wait patiently for the mid-year report.
You’re Next – First on the list is a film that made my most anticipated list from last year. In retrospect at the time no official news for a release date was even announced except that coming out of its immensely successful premiere at TIFF Lionsgate snatched it up, shut down remaining screenings and threw out a vague October 2012 release. In early September Lionsgate finally came forward and announced the release for August 23, 2013 and I was hit with a mixture of excitement and anger- excitement that a release was finally announced and anger that it was so far away. Regardless, this flick has been soaking in high praise for those who have seen it and sounds like it will be something all horror fans should keep an eye on.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – The first HUNGER GAMES made my list last year as well- it made it for my enjoyment of the books and curiosity to see how it turned out. CATCHING FIRE has that same curiosity factor, but given that I really enjoyed the first film the sequel also makes it for the fan in me. Jennifer Lawrence is a fantastic actress and fits the role of Katniss perfectly and other cast members like Woody Harrelson make other moments of this as enjoyable as it was.
The second book in The Hunger Games series was my personal favorite, which is why the film adaptation is one I’m anticipating a little more than the first film. I am looking forward to the new characters an expanded part for Haymitch and to see what kind of visual flair Francis Lawrence can bring to Panem and the Hunger Games battlegrounds. I have to say though that I’m a little worried about Lawrence going crazy with the over abundance of CGI characters after he dropped the ball with the “vampires” in I AM LEGEND.
Lords of Salem – I sincerely doubt that any of Rob Zombie’s movies would have been on any previous most anticipated list the years that they were coming out- so what’s different this time. Rob Zombie clearly has a distinct voice- granted one that is bizarre if a little too bizarre for most people to swallow, but he is capable of delivering films that illicit feelings of dread and horror even if the films aren’t always that good. I love THE DEVIL’S REJECTS, parts if his HALLOWEEN remake and didn’t like HALLOWEEN II all that much at all. There are two other films in his filmography that I’d just assume not get into at the moment, but LORDS OF SALEM looks to be something that could define exactly what type of film Zombie wants to make. Visually, based on the trailer it looks fantastic and it looks to have a mixture of the crazy random satanic savagery evident in HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and THE DEVIL’S REJECTS. I really look forward to seeing how this one turns out- for better or worse.
Elysium – I have remained blissfully ignorant on just about everything involving this one so far, so much as I mean there isn’t a trailer that’s been released and I’ve yet to read a plot synopsis. I can’t really say Matt Damon is what’s selling me on this one- instead its DISTRICT 9’s Neill Blomkamp that had me sold on this long before I even finished watching DISTRICT 9 for the first time in theaters all those years ago. When more footage gets released you can be sure I won’t be avoiding it, but for now I’m just enjoying the anticipation.
Iron Man 3 – I am sure that I’m not the only one hesitating about the next IRON MAN. Sure Shane Black has taken the reigns and the trailer looks far better than I expected, but neither of those two things guarantees a return to what I loved so much about the first film. One thing I’m hoping for more than anything else is a satisfying final battle, which both of the first two failed to deliver.
Star Trek into Darkness – After the teaser release for J.J. Abrams new film people seemed to have had the wind taken from their sails a bit. For me though, I’m even more excited about the new STAR TREK and I’m even digging the idea that it could be a darker take than the first film. Don’t get me wrong, I love the tone and fun of the first film, but I’m a sucker for films that take dark turns and adhere to darker tones, so you’ll have to forgive me for being a little giddy about a dark STAR TREK.
World War Z – I am really kind of sick of the argument about fast versus slow zombies and ever since the trailer for WORLD WAR Z I’m also getting sick of the complaints about the giant wall of zombies. I can jump on with the complaints that just simply say the CGI isn’t perfect and I understand complaints about the fact that it won’t or can’t adhere to the book, but in my opinion I feel like sticking to closely to the source material would have had plenty of its own issues. I’m cautiously optimistic about this, but given it was on my most anticipated list last year I felt the need to include it once again even on spite of the many production woes this one has gone through.
Kick Ass 2 – I absolutely loved Matthew Vaughn’s KICK ASS and if there was anything on my wish list for a sequel, it would be that I want to see someone else come in and give another homemade hero over-the-top performance to follow on the steps of Nic Cage from the first film. It seems my wish just may come true with the casting of Jim Carrey, but that could also come back to bite me in the ass if he comes in and really drops the ball.
Evil Dead (Remake) – I, like many others really didn’t see a point in remaking Sam Raimi’s classic horror film EVIL DEAD. Right up until I watched the red band trailer I was skeptical, but once the trailer ended I was actually extremely excited about this one. I realize it’s a remake and not just that, but a remake of a beloved horror classic that many genre buffs believe is untouchable which means it’s got some pretty big shoes to fill. I for one have high hope for this, but remain realistic about the possibility it may not live up to expectations.
Maniac (Remake) – By now you might have noticed that I might have a bias for horror films. It is true, I love horror and looking at the slew of horror releases every year is something I really look forward to. Also, surprisingly here is yet another remake that made its way to the list. I’m somewhat foggy about the release for this one as I did see it on a couple “Best Horror of 2012” lists, but given the fact that I can’t find anything solid on a release I’m lumping it in with 2013. Another surprise for me is seeing Elijah Wood in the lead role and word on the street is that he knocks it out of the park as I’ve read almost nothing but good things about this one. Foregoing the trailer, below you can see the first 6 minutes of the film that was released online.
Pacific Rim – Lastly I want to outline my most anticipated film of 2013. Guillermo del Toro has been attaching himself to countless projects, not the least of which is PACIFIC RIM that had me squealing in joy when I saw the first trailer. I realize there is plenty about that trailer that kind of stinks of terribly clichéd action/science fiction drivel, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t believe the final product was going to be kick ass.
A Rundown Of Some Other Anticipated Releases
Man of Steel
John Dies at the End
The World’s End
Movies I’m Not Looking Forward To In 2013
G.I. Joe Retaliation
Scary Movie 5
A Haunted House
Pain & Gain
The Lone Ranger
Grown Ups 2
The Smurfs 2