Coming Soon-Ish: Ouija Boards, Twelve Monkeys, and Dudes With Horns


I actually own this book, but I haven’t quite gotten around to reading it yet, and I’m not sure it’s going to happen before I see this movie, despite how much I enjoy Joe Hill’s work. (Well, maybe. If I could just force myself to finish all my old books before I pick up new ones, but who am I kidding? That is absolutely never going to happen.)

I do plan to see this, although I’ll admit, there’s nothing in the teaser that particularly wows me. Maybe when I see a full-length trailer. All I really got from this one is that Juno Temple is blonde and dead, and Daniel Radcliffe’s American seems a bit on the shaky side. (I mean, it’s better than my English. But that’s saying absolutely nothing.)

Suburban Gothic

Okay, I’d never even heard of this movie before last night, but while watching the above teaser for Horns, I saw a trailer on the sidebar that boasted the acting talents of Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, and Ray Wise. And I was like, Oh this, I need to see.

This looks spectacularly weird, and I already know I’m going to rent it at some point. Will it actually be good? Possibly not. But Matthew Gray Gubler and Kat Dennings join forces against paranormal forces? And IMDb is telling me that Jeffrey Combs is also involved? SOLD.

Young Ones

Oooh. This looks cool.

When I first heard about Young Ones a few days ago, somebody referred to it as ‘dystopian YA,’ which, well. They aren’t wrong. (At least about the YA part, though it lately seems like the definition of ‘dystopian’ is changing from ‘supposedly functional yet secretly deadly utopia’ to ‘sucky future.’) But that classification might make you think of The Hunger Games and Divergent and The Maze Runner and The Giver, and this really feels like something else entirely. (Not to put those movies down, as I’ve enjoyed the Hunger Games films so far and have every intention of watching The Maze Runner for Dylan O’Brien alone.)

Young Ones, however, appears to be a science fiction western with romance and violence and robots, and really, how do you beat that? Add in some very nice cinematography and a damn solid cast — Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee — and color me officially intrigued.

Twelve Monkeys

So, I saw 12 Monkeys a gazillion years ago (with the ending already spoiled for me), and I can’t say I loved the film. Like, I don’t remember it very well, and I’d be willing to give it a second go, but other than the sheer amusement of watching Brad Pitt play crazypants, I’m apparently the rare bird who didn’t find the movie all that amazing or original.

When I found out that Syfy was developing a TV show based on the film, well, I couldn’t work up a whole lot of interest. But I checked out the trailer anyway, and I have to say, it doesn’t look too bad. I like a fair number of the main players, and the production quality looks pretty decent, at least for Syfy. I’m not sure if I’m going to check this out or not, but it’s at least a maybe now. Considering that it was a definite no yesterday, I’d say that’s at least a step up.

And finally . . . Ouija

Oh, I think I’ve found a contender for Bloody Hearts, 2015. This looks pretty hilariously bad. Obviously, I can’t wait to see it.

Also, Shelly Hennig, I’m officially adding you to my list of perfectly decent or even quite talented young actors from genre shows (in this case, Teen Wolf) who pop up in clearly terrible horror movies. I’m starting to think it’s like a required thing — oh, you’re in a show that features werewolves? Let’s find you the worst scary movie out there this year so you can die gruesomely in it.

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