Jennifer Lawrence aka Katiniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games is starring in a new horror film titled The House at the End of the Street. Lawrence stars alongside Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot in the film directed by Mark Tonderai. The movie was orginally supposed to be released in February of this year, but was pushed back. I’m unsure of the reason, but it was probably a smart move to release it after the release of The Hunger Games when Lawrence would be very much in the public eye.
IMDB summarizes the movie as: “A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over.”
Another actress starring in a hugely successful book-to-movie series is Kristen Stewart. Stewart is set to star in the upcoming dark twist on the story of Snow White, in Snow White and the Huntsman. I’m excited to see a new take on the classic tale, and kind of reminds me of the Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland in which Alice takes on a strong female fighter role, leading an army. Seems that K Stew will be doing the same in this take of the classic Snow White tale…not to be confused with the Snow White movie currently in theaters starring Julia Roberts Mirror, Mirror.
Seeing how Bella Swan in Twilight is a helpless romantic always needing rescuing, it’ll be nice to see Kristen Stewart in a role where she won’t be helpless. Also starring in the movie set for release on June 1, are Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. This book-to-movie adaptation depicts the secret life of President Lincoln as a vampire hunter. Sound farfetched? Sure, but I think it’s an interesting way to tell a story of an iconic American figure and add such a dark back story to who he was. I love a good vampire story too, so I plan to check this one out. The movie is to be released by June 22nd.
Coming out on April 13th is Cabin in the Woods. I’m extremely excited about this movie written by Avengers director and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator, Joss Whedon. What appears as your typical slasher horror film is way more than meets the eye according to Whedon himself.
In the way that Scream changed the way slasher movies were perceived, Whedon hopes to shake up the horror genre again, using the movie to make commentaries on the “torture porn” direction taken in movies like Saw and Hostel. In this interview, Whedon comments “Drew and I are enormous horror fans but we both lamented the trend in torture porn and dumbing down with characters falling more and more into stereotypes. Take the ad campaign for a movie called Captivity, where the billboard showed basically kidnap, torture and execution, in that order. That encapsulated the way I felt horror movies were going: they were becoming this extremely nihilistic and misogynist exercise in just trying to upset you, as opposed to trying to scare you. The classics that Drew and I went back to – the [John] Carpenters, the Nightmares -it seemed they had a different intent: it was not strictly about shock value.”
The film stars Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford.