With Ouija 2 hitting cinemas this past weekend and Halloween being just days away, it's that time of the year again where we look back at what the horror genre has provided us in 2016. Unusually, 2016 has been a pretty good year for horror films with many being both commercial and critical successes - the latter is one that is very rare! How does 2016 compare to previous years? What are the best and worst horror films of 2016 so far? Which horror flick is winning the box office race? What horror films are remaining for the year? Find out in this post!
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Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil) and stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Martian), Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris, Spotlight) and Tilda Swinton (Narnia, We Need To Talk About Kevin.). "A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts". Marvel has such an established world and formula - will they be able to add a brand new character that isn't in the mainstream successfully?
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Love & Other Drugs) and stars Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible, Top Gun), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers, How I Met Your Mother), Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn, Shameless) and Patrick Heusinger (Quantum Break, Casual). "Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever". Jack Reacher wasn't a huge hit at first but streaming and other formats down the line helped it to become a film people wanted to see more from...has the second instalment turned it up to an eleven?
The Accountant is directed by Gavin O'Connor (Warrior, Pride and Glory) and stars Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Argo), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Spider-Man). "As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise". Affleck's star truly is on the rise after stepping into mainstream spotlight as Batman, can his follow up impress the fans he gained?
Storks is co-directed by Nicholas Stoller (Bad Neighbours, Get Him to the Greek) and Doug Sweatland (directorial debut). The film features the voices of Andy Samberg (Hotel Transylvania, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer (Toy Story 2, Cheers), Jennifer Aniston (Friends, We're the Millers) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family, The Incredible Hulk). "Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby". Warner Bros animation had a hit on their hands with The Lego Movie, can Storks score them another win?
Inferno is directed by Ron Howard (In the Heart of the Sea, The Da Vinci Code) and stars Tom Hanks (Toy Story, Captain Phillips) and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, Like Crazy). "When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot". The third chapter in the Dan Brown series - the other two were not well received, is it third time lucky for the franchise?
It's October which means awards season is starting to begin - studios are releasing their prized possessions of films to the mainstream audiences that have been circulating the film festivals all year long. Some films have already had their premieres so we already have an idea on which ones are definitely contenders (you would be surprised how many usual awards contenders have fallen at the hurdle of reviews this year). The jury is still out on many of them but the talent involved all points in the right direction. Even though films released during awards season don't necessarily have mainstream appeal, they generally are interesting to watch as they are refreshing to all of the blockbusters the rest of the year has provided. In this post, I will highlight which contenders for 2017 I have my eye on and which ones I cannot wait to see!
Swiss Army Man is the feature length directorial debut from Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (otherwise known as The Daniels). The film stars Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, Prisoners) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black) - in one of his weirdest roles yet. "A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home". Swiss Army Man is a film that has divided audiences - it was booed and walked out of at Sundance but has received stellar 5 star reviews from other critics - so is it good or bad?
Trolls is directed by Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked) and Walt Dohrn (SpongeBob SquarePants) and features the voices of Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods), Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits, In Time), Zooey Deschanel (Elf, New Girl), James Corden (Begin Again, Into the Woods) and Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek, Hop). "Enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach." Trolls is the next film to jump on the nostalgia bandwagon - does it translate well with modern day or is it clearly a cash grab?
The Girl on the Train is directed by Tate Taylor (The Help, Get On Up) and stars Emily Blunt (Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Hercules), Haley Bennett (Hardcore Henry, The Magnificent Seven), Justin Theroux (American Psycho, Megamind) and Luke Evans (Dracula Untold, Fast & Furious 6). "A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life". Based on the book that truly shocked the world - can this live up to the hype or is it just simply a Gone Girl knock off?
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is directed by Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland) and stars Eva Green (Casino Royale, Dark Shadows), Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game, Hugo), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained), Ella Purnell (Never Let Me Go, Kick-Ass 2) and Judi Dench (Skyfall, Philomena). "When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers". Burton is known for being a creative and visionary director - can he bring the treasured books to life but also add his own quirky and peculiar twist to the tales?
Deepwater Horizon is directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Friday Night Lights) and stars Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor, Prisoners), Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Dylan O'Brien (The Maze Runner, Teen Wolf) and Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Bride Wars). "A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history". With Deepwater Horizon, can Mark Wahlberg prove he has some serious acting chops or will this be one of the cheesiest films of the year despite its horrific subject matter?