Sunday, October 3, 2010
Monster Movie Madness
As we begin to scrounge up snicker bars and jolly ranchers for the trick or treaters this year, moviegoers have already begun to show a disinterest in Halloween as the box office numbers for both the American remake of the Swedish thriller Let Me In and Renée Zellweger's horror flick Case 39 clock in at a dismal $5 million in their opening weekends. And it's only the beginning of the month.
The trailer for Wes Craven's My Soul To Take, in theaters October 8, has hit the airwaves and billboards with little excitement from cinema lovers. This would mark one of the few movies from the frightmaster that audiences didn't readily embrace. Craven has always been the go-to director to bring in Halloween the right way at the box office. Will he continue his streak?
Also in theaters October 8 is a movie that's gotten little to no buzz I Spit On Your Grave, the terrifying revenge flick about a woman (played by Sarah Butler) who's tortured and left for dead and later retaliates in a gruesome, horrifying way. Small name actors and, importantly, no publicity may mark the death of this film in the same horrible way the villains in the movie do. Check out the trailer below:
What will probably tip the box office is the sequel to last year's sleeper hit Paranormal Activity 2 out October 22, the frightening ode to The Blair Witch Project school of moviemaking. But will audiences head back for round two?
And of course Jigsaw is back for more fun and games in a franchise that has become synonymous with Halloween for the past several years, Saw 3D. With their beloved villain supposedly dead, will moviegoers care about the victims he left behind, even if it is in 3D? Only the box office will tell.
What movie will you see?