The Horror Films I’d See in 2011

The Horror Films I’d See in 2011

2010 is quickly coming to an end and while you’re dealing with all of the holiday cheer, remember the New Year is bringing more cinematic treats to the box office. Looking forward to something is what pulls us through troubling times. Here’s a smorgasbord of upcoming flicks to nosh on. I hope you get your fill of what I’m serving up.

Season of the Witch– Oh, Nic Cage. Honestly his career is one of pure unadulterated absurdity, and I couldn’t love it as much any other way. Plus Ron Perlman is riding shotgun on this adventure. Here they’re battling black magic in an age of yore. If this doesn’t give you your dose of Medieval horror, keep an eye out for Christopher Smith’s BLACK DEATH.


The Rite– Anthony Hopkins teaches a new recruit about the world of exorcisms. Rutger Hauer also stars so that’s pretty awesome. From the same director of 1408, Mikael Håfström helms a project that is rumored to be hit or miss at best. Hopkins hasn’t really delivered a memorable performance in the past few years, so here’s fingers crossed for the man that made me try fava beans.


Apollo 18– A secret NASA mission to the Moon leads to the discovery of alien life. Supposedly shot on the cheap by utilizing the found footage approach, perhaps this could be BLAIR WITCH in Space. Not much else to report outside of their Official Website.

Vanishing on 7th Street– Detroit is swallowed up in a massive power outage and a small group of survivors soon discovers that something in the darkness has engulfed much of the population. They soon learn that only the few remaining light sources can protect them. Sounds a little dicey especially with Mannequin Sky Walker, but Brad Anderson, who was behind SESSION 9 and THE MACHINIST grabs my attention.


Mother’s Day– This re-imagining of the Troma classic could propel director Darren Lynn Bousman further into the American lexicon, especially with the return of Rebecca De Mornay. This film will more than likely determine the word of mouth for Darren’s other film, 11-11-11.

Scream 4– Wes Craven brings back Ghostface to carve up & reboot the franchise. My prediction is expect Sidney Prescott to get it in the end and put this franchise to bed while re-herding the jaded flock from MY SOUL TO TAKE.


The Thing – This prequel peeked my interest with the rumored level of commitment to the visual and special effects. Carpenter’s remake is one of the handful of films that prove the exception to the rule with remakes, and his reinterpretation of the story remains ripe for expansion for others to farm. Hopefully this won’t die on the vine.


The Resident– A supposed return to Hammer Horror with Hillary Swank starring opposite the legendary Christopher Lee about a scary apartment in Brooklyn. It will be interesting to see if today’s audiences can appreciate the nuances of Hammer Horror rather than wonder what Saruman is doing outside of Mordor.


Priest – Another comic book adaptation that looks like CONSTANTINE making out with JUDGE DREDD. Perhaps it will perform better at the box office than those counterparts.


The Human Centipede Part 2 (Full Sequence) – How far will this film go to shock and offend and live up to the hype of its genesis? If this sequel doesn’t hit the mark there’s always Piranha 3-DD.


Fright Night – Colin Farrell versus McLovin’. What else do you want me to write? Here’s a fan made trailer to whet the appetite.

The Woman in Black – Personally I never understood the HARRY POTTER craze, but perhaps this Daniel Radcliffe role could turn the tide of my brain wave.






Red State – Kevin Smith is finally doing his long awaited horror film. Known for insightful characters and delightful dialogue, this could be a very refreshing turn for the Horror genre. Here is a fan made trailer for the film to tease you into submission.

John Carpenter’s The Ward – This is John’s first theatrical feature since GHOSTS OF MARS. Can this dog still hunt? I would like to think so.


The Raven– John Cusack is Edgar Allen Poe in this James McTeigue directed film where Poe teams with a detective to track down a serial killer that has kidnapped Poe’s fiancé. McTeigue directed V FOR VENDETTA and NINJA ASSASSIN, so I’m quite curious how over the top this fictionalized period action film will pan out.












John Dies At The End– Don Coscarelli returns with this adaptation of the story that garnered quite a bit of attention when it was was originally published online as a web-serial. Knowing Don’s work from PHANTASM and BUBBA HO-TEP, this promises to be proper storytelling done right. Here’s the book trailer available where people that still read go to shop.

The Innkeepers– Ti West’s new film features two counter jockeys working the final days at a haunted hotel that is going out of business until a bunch of oddball guests start checking in and shit hits the proverbial fan. This is said to be West’s attempt at luring more of mainstream America into his fold and Glass Eye Pix is consistent in delivering quality indie Horror.




Knights of Badassdom– Director Joe Lynch leads Danny Pudi and Steve Zahn as LARPers that mistakenly summon a real demon and have to send it back to Hell. Could this prove a new benchmark for Joe from WRONG TURN 2? I think that the cast and the premise could lift it up for a win. Check out there Official Website here. And follow along with their Production Blog here. And you can follow Joe Lynch’s Blog here.

Hobo with a Shotgun– No official release date from Director Jason Eisener, but word is the film has been picked up by Magnet Releasing and that it will have it’s World Premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Here’s hoping this ultra-stylized bloodbath gets the proper release it deserves. Find out more via the Official Hobo with a Shotgun Website.

So sound off, you filth lovin’ cinephiles! Which films are you looking forward to in the New Year?

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Born in the steel scrap-yards of Lorain, Ohio, Zach Shildwachter is a VHS Vagabond wandering the Cleveland landscape in search of the perfect Horror movie and Banana flavored snacks in preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse. Until the Dead walk, our Hero remains an Aspiring Filmmaker, Compulsive Writer, Self-taught Artist, and amateur Super-Hero.

2 Responses to “The Horror Films I’d See in 2011”

  1. Nice list, Zach!

    I’m with you on pretty much all your picks, but I gotta say that the ones at the top are easily HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (Looks like the fake trailer mashed up with STREET TRASH!), KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM (Lynch directing Pudi and Zahn? SOLD!), the THING prequel (Nuff said), and VANISHING ON 7TH STREET (Brad Anderson rules). FRIGHT NIGHT could be interesting too, though, based on the people behind it…

    Also wanted to mention that I saw BLACK DEATH at TAD this past summer, and I have the UK Blu-ray. Solid movie (though not a flat-out horror flick), so I’m glad you mentioned it here.

    And, WTF is up with all of the promo stuff from THE WARD looking like bad Photoshop from 1995?! I’m still stoked for it, but man…

  2. Excellent list! I’m really looking forward to seeing a lot of these, especially “Hobo with a Shotgun”!

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