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In the previous article, we’ve featured 4 heavy-weighted movies that are coming to the cinema real soon. Let’s fill up the rest of the list with the 4 remaining relatively strong opponents that have you restlessly excited for.
The Snowman (October 20)
With Martin Scorsese initially attached to helm, Jo Nesbo’s novel The Snowman has been here and there around Hollywood since 2011 – and it’s not difficult to see the attraction to moviemakers. The story involves a weird location, a murderous serial killer, and some talented detectives, and that’s been a recipe for success in the industry for years. It appears very much like director Tomas Alfredson has taken advantages the most of the material, and that we will be in for another incredibly thrilling treat this fall.
Having previously made both Let The Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tomas Alfredson definitely knows his way around an intense, twisted mystery, and it seems like he has some amazing material to work with here. The cast is out of the world, led by Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Val Kilmer, J.K. Simmons and more, and trailers have sold it as equal parts astonishing and terrifying. We just can’t wait.
Jigsaw (October 27)
Unfortunately, the Saw series became bored long before it actually wrapped itself up in 2010 with Saw 3D: The Final Chapter – but let’s just say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. The first few filns in the franchise showed some legitimately scary and creative horror ideas, and we’re hoping that we can relive some of the feeling in Jigsaw. With returning sequels like these, there is always the question of whether or not it’s a movie spurned on by a great idea or just simply a thirst for cash, but we’re hoping for the former one.
An essential part of what gives us hope is the participation of The Spierig Brothers, who are regarding Jigsaw as their third American feature. While 2009’s Daybreakers wasn’t horrifically impressive, they did an absolutely wonderful job with their 2014 time travel thriller Predestination (an adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s “All You Zombies”). If they can bring the same genius, tense storytelling to the complexity of the Saw franchise, the new film could start a whole new era for the series.
The Shape of Water (December 8)
When it comes to monster films, Guillermo del Toro has made himself a master, but his latest, The Shape of Water, appears unlike anything we’ve ever seen from him before. Sure, it’s without any doubt a creature feature – starring a strange beast that looks like the child of Abe Sapien and The Creature From The Black Lagoon – but what seems to be truly driving the narrative is the love existing between the “monster” and Sally Hawkins’ Elisa.
Guillermo del Toro has shown his talent when it comes to bringing fairy tales to life, and he has a wonderful vision at work here of Cold War-era America – a period that his work hasn’t approached before. The moviemaker has brought together an amazing cast around Hawkins, involving Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins, and while we still have a long time to wait for this one (December 8th), our year end lists certainly won’t be completed without seeing it.
Insidious Chapter 4 (January 5, 2018)
The fourth movie in the Insidious franchise won’t actually be hitting the theaters until after the new year, but given that it falls within a six-month period, we’re letting it slide into the list. While not quite as successful as James Wan’s other modern horror wok, The Conjuring, these films have been restlessly scaring us for over seven years now, and we’re left anticipating what Chapter 4 has to give.
There are a few questions surrounding this time, as it is the first in the franchise not to be directed by one of the original creators, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, but Leigh did write the plot and is repeating his role as Specs alongside Angus Sampson’s Tucker. The beloved, Lin Shaye’s Elise Rainier is returning in the spotlight here, and while we don’t know what kind of scary mystery she will be facing with this time around, we have high hopes that it will reach and surpass the standard of the character’s growing legacy.