1. Tusk

The idea for Tusk first occurred on an episode of Kevin Smith’s podcast, Smodcast. The idea came when Smith and co-host Scott Mosier began discussing a strange story that Kevin had discovered when trawling the internet one day. The story was of an advertisement someone posted on Gumtree for someone to come and live with them as a lodger. The applicant would be able to live with them for free, with the odd condition that if they did, the lodger would have to dress up as a Walrus at least once a day. This strange gentleman had made a realistic Walrus costume and was looking for someone to wear it, this is of course quite strange and captured Kevin Smith’s imagination. The rest of the episode entailed Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier joking about this odd story, if you listen to this episode you can essentially hear the script being written. I say this as the story is now being developed into a movie. Kevin Smith is writing and directing the movie himself, this of course means it will be fantastic. Personally I believe Kevin Smith to be a genius, when he is passionate about a project it is always instant gold.  The trailer is making Tusk look very interesting, it looks genuinely unnerving and creepy with the occasional comic relief to prevent it form being so tense that it is not enjoyable.  Tusk is shaping up to be a truly unique horror movie and will be released in September of this year.

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2. Annabelle

Annabelle is a spin-off of the hugely popular The Conjuring; this prequel to the generic haunted house movie focusses on the creepy haunted doll that has a small role in the first movie. I watched the trailer to this expecting a very by the numbers supernatural horror film, in reality it contained some very interesting new techniques. There is a particularly scary moment at the end of the trailer, the technique used in this scene in particular is something very new. It is good that the producers are moving from a film that was very unoriginal in my opinion to one that is breaking the mould.  My one fear is that they have used all of the interesting features of the movie in the trailer, showing all of the really scary scenes in the teaser means the film itself will have no surprises for the viewer.

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3. The Babadook

The trailer for The Babadook which is set for release in October is intriguing yet modest. It appears to be quite a layered horror movie, with psychological terror as well as jump scares. However, you get the feeling from the trailer that they are holding a substantial amount back. This isn’t your typical blockbuster horror movie, where they will cram the trailer with all the best jumps to sell tickets, no matter how the final product is received. This is a cerebral and genuinely creepy looking movie, that is unafraid to use new and interesting techniques to get the desired reaction.

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4. Ouija 

On the face of it this appears to be quite a generic modern horror movie, however based on the trailer there appears to be some interesting themes. The premise of the movie is one that fills people with dread as the concept of a Ouija board and what might happen if you perform one is scary, whether you believe it or not. I don’t personally, however there is a certain adrenaline kick that you get when you think about the idea of doing these things. It’s just like saying Bloody Mary or Candyman in the mirror three times when you were a kid, logically nothing is going to happen of any consequence but its fun to imagine just for a second that something spooky might happen.  There promises to be some good scares in this one, however even if the film isn’t very scary on release, it might still be a fun Halloween watch.

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5. Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold has a very interesting and unique style about it. It seems to be a blend of fantasy, adventure and horror. This appears to be the kind of movie you would go to for pure unapologetic action fun. It doesn’t appear to be the most thoughtful film but that is fine, you need movies like that sometimes. Perhaps I’m being unfair, the full film could be a very cerebral affair peppered with a few jump scares and epic battle scenes. Between you and me I hope that is what it is and it has the potential to be just that. If it is not, I still look forward to seeing the huge and visceral battle scenes that are shown in the trailer. What is also interesting in the teasers for Dracula Untold is that Dracula appears to possess almost god-like powers, it looks somewhat like a video game. I cannot decide whether this fact is exciting or worrying, it could make the action scenes incredibly exciting to watch, but the film less tense as a result. If Dracula has that kind of power, is there really anything that can threaten him?

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