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SUMMER HORROR MOVIE NEWS:

Summer Guide to Horror Movies

June 7, 2007 -- With 2007 already shaping out to be one of the best years for horror in recent memory, the summer season actually is presenting some great must-see titles for fans. Here's what the summer still holds in store for horror fans not interested in the usual kiddie fare hitting screens. Already out:

"Severance" and "28 Weeks Later." Certainly of the two, "28 Weeks Later" (the best horror movie in 10 years, arguably) is the one to catch. It's still in theaters so get it while you can.

Out this Friday:

June 8: Hostel Part II. Excellent. Also not-to-be-missed.

Coming Soon:

June 15: Fido: A Canadian horror zombie film, "Fido" premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. It was also shown at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, the 2006 Vancouver International Film Festival, the 2007 Kingston Canadian Film Festival, and the 2007 Florida Film Festival. "In a 1950s-era alternate universe where domesticated zombies play a functional role in society by delivering the milk, carrying the mail, and even helping out with household chores, one boy is about to find out just how big of a personal responsibility 'pet' ownership truly is." Fido is a pet zombie, of course. I dunno.

July 13: Captivity: "The career of young fashion model and cover girl, Jennifer Tree (Elisha Cuthbert), has taken off in New York City, capturing the attention of photographers and for better or worse, the public at large. On an evening out alone, Jennifer is stalked and drugged. She wakens in a stupor to find herself captive, confined to a cell. A series of metal bins and numbered lockers randomly and abruptly swing open containing personal items taken from her apartment. She is forced to view videotapes containing images of tortured victims before her as well as videotaped interviews she had given in the past. Trapped, realizing there is no way out, Jennifer pleads and screams to anyone that might hear her." Sounds a bit "Hostel"-ish for sure. Lionsgate's AfterDark films is releasing it to theaters. The pic made headlines with some controversial poster art that had to be pulled from streets in Los Angeles. Director Roland Joffe also made "The Killing Fields" in the 1980s and "The Mission" with Robert De Niro seriously good dramas. Maybe this will be good, very good.

June 22: 1408: First Stephen King movie in a long while, this time with Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack (of "Identity" -- hey, he's making some decent fear films) in a haunted hotel room thriller from Swedish filmmaker Mikael Hafstrom. The film is PG-13, so don't expect any nude ghosts to emerge from bath tubs, ala "The Shining."

August 8: Black Sheep: Another limited release horror movie, this time from New Zealand, country that gave us "Dead Alive". Genetic mutant sheep kill people. Check out the official site for more.

August 10: The Signal: One of the most hotly anticipated fear films of the year. A horror film told in three parts from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission which invades every cell phone, radio and TV, turning people into killers. A smash at all the film festivals.

August 17: The Invasion: Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman in yet another remake of "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers". Word is that this film is a train wreck.

August 31: Rob Zombie's Halloween: Again, one of the most hotly anticipated horror films of 2007, following the success of Rob Zombie's 'Devil's Rejects'. It may be a remake of a masterpiece, but it will likely be stamped with Zombie's unique vision. It will either be a classic or a turkey probably no middle ground on this project.

September 7: Hatchet: This much-anticipated slasher film which pays tribute to the 1980s it's getting a wider release than originally expected, courtesy of Anchor Bay. Set in the Louisiana bayou, it is the story of the legend of Victor Crowley. A group of tourists discover that the legend is real and more horrifying than they ever imagined. It features an all-star horror cast that includes Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Tony Todd (Candyman), Mercedes McNab (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), and Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project). It's director Adam Green's first horror movie and was warmly received at film fests.

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