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The Good, The Bad and The Scary – June 8, 2009

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Yes, this is a column about upcoming horror movies, not movies currently in theaters. But I owe Sam Raimi a personal apology: I saw the trailer for his new movie and thought it was going to be horrible. But you know what, Sam? You did good and I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong. I have no choice but to use my number one spot this week to honor one of the best horror movies in years.


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The Good
Rank Movie
1 DragMeToHell75x75.jpg Drag Me to Hell
I have never been happier to be so very, very wrong. Thank you, Mr. Raimi, for scaring my socks off.
2 seanbean75x75.jpg Black Death
Sean Bean will star in this medieval zombie movie set against the backdrop of the bubonic plague. And it’s by Severance director Chris Smith, so it could be darkly hilarious!
3 rec75x75.jpg [Rec] 2
The trailer is available for the follow-up to hit Spanish horror pic [REC]. It looks like more of the same, but the same of something good. And there’s more weirdly exciting news about this franchise… (see item 5)
4 alien75x75.jpg Alien Prequel
I’m still piqued that they fooled me into thinking Ridley Scott was directing (he’s executive producer). Now the word is that it will be a prequel, not a remake, reboot, relaunch or sequel… which is good. I guess.
5 quarantine75x75.jpg Quarantine 2
Quarantine was a near shot-for-shot remake of [REC], but Screen Gems wants a completely new direction for the sequel. Shocker! What that direction is remains to be seen, but points for trying something new.

OK, so I was wrong once. Don’t let it go to your head, Hollywood.


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The Bad
Rank Movie
-1 scream4-75x75.jpg Scream
If the same company remakes the same movie with the original cast in their original roles, does that qualify as making a new movie at all? This is the sound of one hand clapping…
-2 mattelmonster75x75.jpg ???
So… Mattel and Universal Pictures are teaming up to create a movie musical based on a top-secret monster toy. Producer Craig Zadan says “it will spin the… genre on its ear.” No details are available. Love monsters. Hate non-news.
-3 saw75x75.jpg Saw VIII
Yes, the eighth movie in the Saw series (Saw VI opens this Halloween) is in development, and they’re in talks for nine. Tobin Bell, who plays the very dead villain needs the work. The rest of us should move on with our lives.
-4 piranha-3d75x75.jpg Piranha 3D
A set photo showing Elisabeth Shue with enormously muscular biceps has been released. The Internet went crazy. Really, Internet? This is how you spend your days? Are you proud of yourself?
-5 olsen75x75.jpg Beastly
Mary-Kate Olsen will star in this teen romantic-supernatural-thriller whatever, which will probably live up to its name. With the success of Twilight, horror fans have a lot of this sort of thing to look forward to. Thanks, Twilight.

I guess Sam Raimi can’t make every movie that comes out of Hollywood. If only!

See Aliens and other horror films on AMC all month.

David Wellington is a horror novelist whose latest book is Vampire Zero. He lives in New York City with his wife Elisabeth and his dog Mary, named after Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein.

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