The Santa of Cinema has packed his bag with a number of SF, Fantasy, and Horror offerings. While we await forthcoming reviews/discussions of Beowulf and the latest Heroes, I thought I’d invite responses to the Hollywood visions that soon might dance in our heads.
Alien vs Predator: Requiem (December 25, 2007): Spend Christmas watching rival species duke it out in a Midwestern town. The title implies this will be the last, but I expect that will be decided by box office returns.
Alvin and the Chipmunks (December 14, 2007): This looks like another raping of childhood memories in an effort to spin a big-budget franchise from a property with a built-in market. But I’ve been wrong before. Alvin and the boys have been dressed as suburban gangsta posers.
The Breed (January 25, 2008): Teens discover they’ve picked the wrong island for their campout.
Cloverfield (January 18, 2008): This J.J. Abrams’ film has generated considerable internet buzz. Rumors of Lovecraft and Kaiju abound, and the film features some excellent apocalyptic imagery (recalling both fears generated by 9-11 and the imagery used to promote DC’s forthcoming Final Crisis). January is notorious as a cinematic dumping ground, but the trailer certainly looks interesting.
The Golden Compass (December 7, 2007): This New Line production looks incredible. I’ve not read the novel by Philip Pullman, but reactions to the trailer suggests this will draw a sizable crowd.
I am Legend (December 14, 2007): The third adaptation of Richard Matheson’s tale of the last man on earth arrives in theaters.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (December 21, 2007): This sequel hopes to further milk the Duh Vinci Code-inspired market, but it could be exciting and worthwhile on its own terms. The filmmakers show cojones for giving a sequel a title that sounds even remotely like Book of Shadows.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (December 21, 2007): This tale has been told many times before, and here receives a gothic re-imagining by Tim Burton. It takes the twentieth-century play and Sondheim musical as its inspiration, and Todd here is an antihero, rather than the villain of Victorian melodrama.
Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (December 25, 2007): This sea-monster story appears to be aimed at the younger set. The special effects team from LOTR worked on this one, so it should at least look good.