Film spotlight: Horrors

Film spotlight: Horrors

Like the living dead, horror movies may not be popular with everyone, but there are enough shock and gore fans out there to ensure that they're continually being resurrected.

Generally speaking, you need to look beyond Hollywood for innovations in the genre (Spain's hot right now – see The Orphanage and [REC] ), but you can count on the Tinseltown dream factories to churn out remakes of the good, bad and popular. The trend for Asian horror remakes appears to be exhausted (though the South Korean psychological-supernatural scare-fest The Uninvited arrives next May), and so Hollywood has looked inwards to rework American horror movies from the 1980s and 90s. Having run out of gruesome ways for Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger to kill kids, the stalk 'n' slash monsters were consigned to mutually obliging oblivion in 2003's Freddy Vs Jason. But the bad boys are to be reborn in new Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street films, coming to you in February and 2010, respectively.

Freddy creator Wes Craven has sanctioned the further pillaging of his filmography to have video nasty The Last House of the Left remade next year and four-quel Scream 4 in 2010. And fellow US horror veterans are doing likewise: George A Romero with his neo-zombie The Crazies (2010); Roger Corman with car crasher Death Race (26 September); and Sam Raimi with zom-comedy Evil Dead (2009).


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