2013: Upcoming Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Movies . . .

Yesterday, io9 posted their annual list of upcoming science-fiction and fantasy movies in 2013.


Sadly, this is likely going to be one of them. Starring . . . and I’m not even shitting you . . . Nicolas Cage.

Of course, there’s 77 of said movies, so let me just go over, say, about a fourth of the ones I’m vaguely to extremely interested in.

*Note: I’ve posted a lot of these trailers before, but there are a few new ones in the bunch.  Also, some of the trailers are red band and therefore may be NSFW.

Will See in Theater, Come Hell or High Water:

1. Iron Man 3 (May 3rd)

I’m really excited to see how Iron Man’s story develops after the events of The Avengers. I’m even more excited to see Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr team up again after Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I know Iron Man 2 was a bit of a disappointment, but it didn’t make me lose all faith in the franchise or anything, and I hope that this one can get the series back on track to being awesome again.

2. Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17th)

I know there’s a good chance my expectations are too high for this movie, but sometimes, that’s just unavoidable. Star Trek was so much fun the first time I watched it in theater. The alternate timeline was an extremely clever way of giving us a fresh look at old characters, and I really want to see how they continue playing with deviations from the original verse, particularly with that little Wrath of Khan homage that’s in the trailer above.

Will Likely See in Theater . . . Unless Drowning or Eternal Damnation Are Actual Potential Consequences:

1. R.I.P.D. (July 19th)


No trailer for this one yet, unfortunately, but I’ve been interested in this movie for about a year now. Ryan Reynolds plays a recently-dead cop who joins the R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department) and is looking to solve his own murder. Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, James Hong, Robert Knepper, and Mike O’Malley all costar. That’s a good cast and a fun set-up — I have a thing for stories where people solve their own murders — and, frankly, I really want Ryan Reynolds to have a win. I like his performance in just about everything I’ve ever seen him in. Unfortunately, a lot of the movies he chooses . . . well, they just never seem to quite work out.

2. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (October 4th)


Honestly, I’d completely given up hope for a sequel to Sin City, so I was delighted to find out that the creators had finally pulled their shit together for a second movie. The one is being helmed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller again, and we’ve got almost all of the main cast back (fortunately including Mickey Rourke and unfortunately including Michael Madsen). I know Sin City wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I had a great time with it. Violent pulpy noir? Man, count me in.

3. Warm Bodies (February 1st)

I wasn’t that interested in this movie when I first heard about it, but the trailer made me do a 180 on that shit, quick. This looks pretty funny, and really . . . what movie would rather you see on Valentine’s Day than a story about zombie romance? Best date movie, ever.

4. The World’s End (October 25th)

World End

I know very little about this movie, but I don’t actually have to know much more than these names: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost. Throwing in Martin Freeman and the fact that it’s an averting the apocalypse film? Consider me on board.

5. Kick Ass 2 (June 28th)


I’m actually a little torn on this one, but unless I hear terrible things about it, I will almost certainly see it in theater. I absolutely loved Kick-Ass, but it’s one of those movies that I kind of hoped would be a stand-alone. And my interest just dropped, like, a whole grade point when I realized that Jeff Wadlow would be directing it instead of Matthew Vaughn. (Wadlow could be an okay guy; I don’t know. But the only other feature-length movies to his name are Never Back Down, which looked terrible, and Cry-Wolf, which WAS terrible.)

On the other hand, I like Chloe Grace Moretz a whole lot, and it’s hard to turn down the opportunity to see Hit Girl on the big screen again. And while Jim Carrey and superhero movies have had, um, questionable results in the past, I have some hope for him here. When he’s not stuck doing the same shtick he’s been doing for twenty years, Jim Carrey can be kind of awesome. Let’s hope Kick Ass 2 does for him what Kick Ass did for Nicolas Cage.

6. Pacific Rim (July 12th)

Giant monsters versus giant robots? Guillermo del Toro? Idris Elba?

Bring it.

7. Thor: The Dark World (November 8th)


I’ll see this in theaters, even though I’m not dying to watch it the way I desperately need to watch Iron Man 3 when it comes out. I really liked Thor, but I’m simply not as invested in Thor the character as I am in Iron Man the character. That being said, I’m excited to see that Christopher Eccleston and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje have been added to the cast. I’m also happy to see that Loki doesn’t appear to be the main villain. I love Tom Hiddleston to death, but I’ve seen him as the bad guy twice now, and I think I’d rather watch him in a more quid pro qui, Hannibal Lecter capacity.

8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22nd)


I thought The Hunger Games was a pretty decent, if occasionally flawed, adaptation of the popular YA novel, and I expect I’ll go see the next installment when it hits theaters. (Although maybe I’ll go during school hours this time to save myself the headache. Oy.) I still haven’t read Catching Fire, though, and I think I’d like to before I see the movie.

All in I know is, Liam Hemsworth better step up his game in a big way if he wants me to join up with Team Gale. He blew his four minutes in the first movie, and Detention alone puts me in Hutcherson’s camp, easy.

Some Interest But Probable Rentals:

1. All Superheroes Must Die (January 4th)

This movie comes out today, actually, at least in limited release, and it looks kind of awesome. I don’t know if it will actually be awesome, but I can hope. (In fact, it would be higher on my list if it was playing anywhere near where I live.)

But yeah, I’m all for fresh takes on the superhero story — especially since superheroes clearly aren’t going anywhere after the success of The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. And James Remar looks like he’ll be fun. I’m all about guys who can pull the evil monologue.

2. This is the End (June 14th)

The red-band trailer isn’t doing that much for me, but I’m amused by the basic premise: a bunch of celebrities are partying at James Franco’s house when the apocalypse hits. All the actors are playing themselves, and there are a lot of actors: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Jason Segal, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, etc.

This could be pretty funny, or it could get old really fast, but I figure I’ll rent it at some point. If only for, “I guess if Michael Cera’s gone, it’s not a total loss, huh?” Heh.

3. Ender’s Game (November 1st)


I read this for the first time last year — yes, I know — and really enjoyed it for the most part, so I’m curious to see what a big screen adaptation will be like. It’s certainly got a good cast, so I’m hopeful, anyway. I’m not dying to see it, though — maybe when there’s an actual trailer to get excited about — so at the moment, it sounds like one of those movies I’ll think about seeing in theater and never quite get around to it.

4. Snowpiercer (TBD)


Can’t say I’m loving the title, but I’m interested in this movie regardless, even though there’s not a lot of info out on it yet. I guess it’s an adaptation of a French comic where the world is basically frozen over, and everyone lives on class-segregated trains? Anyway, it sounds kind of neat, and it has an awesome cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, and Ewan Bremner. Also, it’s being directed by Bong Joon-ho, who also directed The Host — and while I still haven’t seen The Host, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

5. Odd Thomas (TBD)

odd thoma

It’s been a long time since I read Dean Koontz on a regular basis, but I used to go through his books like crazy, and Odd Thomas was always one of my favorites. (For those of you who don’t know, Odd Thomas is about a short-order fry cook who can see the dead.) I’m happy with Anton Yelchin’s casting as the title character, and while I don’t think I’ll be rushing to the theaters for this, I’d like to rent to it eventually. Apparently, Dean Koontz is even happy with the movie, and he’s never happy with the movies. (Although if you’ve seen Phantoms or Watchers, you can probably understand why.)

Will Surely See At Some Point, Even Though Current Interest is Pretty Low:

1. Man of Steel (June 14th)

I’ve talked about my lack of interest before, so I’m not going to rehash all that again. But despite having almost zero excitement about it right now, Man of Steel is a superhero movie directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan. I never did get around to seeing Superman Returns, but I’m pretty sure I’ll watch this one.

2. Carrie (October 18th)

I’ll see it because I like Chloe Grace Moretz a lot, and I’d love to see more horror movies directed by women — but this is definitely one of those remakes that feels unnecessary to me. I’m pretty content with the Sissy Spacek version. Why can’t we remake the awful adaptations of King’s work like, say, Needful ThingsNeedful Things was pretty dreadful.

3. The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13th)


Considering I haven’t even seen the first Hobbit movie yet, I’m not super pumped about this one. But I’ll watch it. Of course I will. Even if the title is totally ridiculous. (Seriously, The Desolation of Smaug? That sounds like the kind of crazy intertitle that you’d find in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Or Detention.)

4. World War Z (June 21st)

Considering it’ll likely be the biggest zombie movie of the year, I’m sure I’ll see it at some point. But since the trailer is showcasing a movie that appears to have missed the entire point of the novel . . . I’m thinking I’m not paying full price for this one.

5. The Wolverine (July 26th)


Mek will make me see this, and so I will go see it, but my expectations are extraordinarily low. X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine still weigh heavily on my soul, and I have never found Wolverine’s samurai-ninja-training story to be particularly exciting.

6. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (January 25th)

This is the latest red-band trailer, and it still looks fairly terrible. (I do like, “The one thing this job has taught me over the years? Don’t eat the fucking candy.” Unfortunately I have to balance that with, “Our parents didn’t abandon us. They were murdered.” Ugh. Why? Why?) Still, it’s grown up Hansel and Gretel hunting down witches, and if nothing else, I’m pretty sure I can make a good review out of it.)

7. Evil Dead (April 12th)

Finally, I will admit that this latest red band trailer has piqued my interest a bit because it looks kind of awesome. But similar to my problems with Carrie — did we really need a remake of The Evil Dead? The buzz around this movie has all been extremely positive so far, so if it continues to stay so as we get closer to the release date . . . I don’t know. Maybe I’ll get over my initial reservations.

12 thoughts on “2013: Upcoming Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Movies . . .

  1. RE; “The Desolation of Smaug”

    That comes straight from the source book. It is actually an area on the middle-earth map surrounding the lonely mountain. It isn’t a description, it’s an actual *place*.

    Also Hansel and Gretel makes me cry.

    • Ah. I looked it up because I thought it might have been a chapter title. (It’s been about, I don’t know, maybe a decade since I read The Hobbit?) Regardless, I just can’t take it seriously at all. I’ll probably be the only one rolling my eyes at at it, but . . . Desolation of Smaug? I mean, it’s not Quantum of Solace, I guess, but still.

      As far as Hansel and Gretel making you cry . . . surely, you mean TEARS OF JOY!

      • The Desolation of Smaug has a nice ring to it, just not as a movie or even chapter title. As an area on a map describing a wasteland created by a dragon…it works. A writer should have a better sense for this kind of thing.

        • It does work a lot better as a place on a map, I’ll grant you that. Probably sounds a little awkward in normal conversation, I’d imagine.

          “Where do you live?”
          “The Shire. You?”
          “Oh, the Desolation of Smaug.”

          Although I’m kind of amused by the idea of group of people on a journey (or quest) singing, “Over the river and through the woods to the Desolation of Smaug!” Way more exciting than Grandma’s house.

  2. I really like the premise of This Is The End, but it doesn’t really look like my kind of humour, and honestly, I wish it was following a different group of celebrities. Except Jay Baruchel is in it, and he is so very pretty.

    • There are a few celebrities in here I like, or at least like in some things. (For instance, I like Seth Rogen in some things and find him a little grating in others.) The one I care least about, actually, is James Franco. I don’t know — there’s just something about the guy that gets on my nerves. He doesn’t really strike me that he’d have a great flair for this kind of comedy, either, but maybe I’m just unfairly basing that on his “jokes” as an Oscar host.

      I’m personally hoping for all sorts of unannounced cameos.

      • It’s not really their acting ability I have a problem with (I have no opinion on most of them) it’s the persona. I wouldn’t mind any of them individually so much, but when you get this particular group of celebrites together, I figure I’m in for a whole lot of frat boy humour.

  3. It doesn’t sound like your kind of movie, but Gravity easily tops my list. (Have you seen Cuaron’s last movie, Children of Men? If so, what was your opinion of it?) Elysium would also be high on my list, just based on the strength of District 9.

    • I did, but I need to give it a second chance. To be honest, on first viewing, I didn’t really get why everyone LOVED Children of Men the way they did. I mean, I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t that overly impressed, either. But it is one of those movies that I’m willing to try again and see if I just wasn’t in a good headspace that day, or whatever. It does happen.

      Gravity sounds sort of interesting . . . I think I’d like to see a trailer for it, though.

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