For the last week, we've been looking at the best horror of 2011, in film, TV, books and comics, games, and music. But with this year drawing to a close, it's time to start looking ahead to what looks to be an equally macabre 2012. After the jump, check out what we're most looking forward to in the New Year.
The Cabin in the Woods
This one's kind of a no-brainer. Cabin in the Woods has been sitting on the shelf for years due to MGM financial woes. But now that Lionsgate has taken over distribution of the film, a release date of April 13th is firmly in place, a dynamite poster has been released, and the trailer is overflowing with awesome sauce. Of course we didn't expect anything less from Drew Goddard (who wrote Cloverfield and some of the best episodes of Lost) and Joss Whedon (who created this character named… Bunny? Buddy? Waitaminute, it'll come to me...) So when the two talk about how their film will take the modern horror film apart, I'd listen to them. An attractive young cast including Thor's Chris Hemsworth doesn't hurt either.
Tim Burton's Return to Form
When Tim Burton gets his Goth going in high gear, the results are usually at the very least interesting. So if Alice in Wonderland wasn't your cup of tea, cheer up. With both the feature film adaptation of Dan Curtis's cult favorite vampire soap opera Dark Shadows (featuring a killer cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, and yes, Johnny Depp) out on May 11th and a feature-length stop-motion-animated adaptation of Burton's own beloved ‘80s black-and-white short Frankenweenie (pictured above) due on October 5th, it's likely that one of these two anxiously awaited films will appeal to more than just the Hot Topic crowd. At the very least, I'll take them any day over Spielberg's one-two punch of Tintin and War Horse.
Cheerleaders and zombies? It's impossible to go wrong with this pairing. Especially when you couple it with the irreverent sensibilities of director James Gunn (of Slither and Super fame), who crafted Lollipop Chainsaw's story, helped create its characters, and wrote its dialogue. Yes, it seems the boobs and gore will be in abundance when this Grasshopper Manufacturers and Kadokawa Games release hits stores on April 24th.
Zombieland: The TV Series
The Walking Dead proved that zombies could survive on TV, so Fox is biting and developing a Zombieland TV series. Based on the 2009 zom-com starring Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Woody Harrelson, Zombieland was a smart, stylish, entry into the "survive the zombie apocalypse" sub-subgenre. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernik have a background in TV writing, and initially planned the project as a series. Way before The Walking Dead, they wrote a pilot and sold it to CBS, but the network never pursued the project. Now Reese and Wernik are developing a half-hour Zombieland for television, this time for Fox, with an eye on the 2012-2013 season. I worry that a half-hour format won't work for a show like Zombieland; I also am not sure network television can support the gore necessary for a zombie property. Maybe it will air on sister network FX. Either way, I have faith that Reese and Wernik can bring their zombie magic to the small screen, and am hoping that we will have some more walking dead on television.
Hannibal: The TV Series
Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller has set up a Hannibal TV series at NBC. In a deal similar to the one that landed The Firm a lightning-fast series with the net, NBC has a small window of time to purchase a 13-episode series based solely on a script. I am a fan of Pushing Daisies, a dark, quirky murder-mystery series about a man who can bring the dead back to life for short periods of time, so I trust that Fuller can make something equally entertaining and horrifying. I don't know if I trust NBC not to screw it up (their reputation as of late has been spotty at best) but I am ready to check it out.