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SNEAKS 2008 : Horror

Looking ahead, categorically

Laughs, chills, animation, musicals. There's plenty of action, high adventure, romance. Let the previews begin.

January 13, 2008

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

A virginal social climber's weekend outing at a ranch with a group of randy teenage boys turns into a survival test. With Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able, Michael Welch and Edwin Hodge. Directed by Jonathan Levine. Written by Jacob Foreman. Senator Films March 7.

Amusement

Three former classmates are linked to a disturbing event from their childhood. With Keir O'Donnell, Katheryn Winnick, Jessica Lucas, Laura Breckenridge and Tad Hilgenbrink. Written by Jake Wade Wall. Directed by John Simpson. Picturehouse, April 25.

A Bloody Aria

Four rural sadists prey on a young music student and the professor who tried to rape her. With Lee Byuong-jun, Cha Ye-ryun, Oh Dal-su and Han Seok-gyu. Written and directed by Won Shin-yun. In Korean with English subtitles. ImaginAsian Entertainment, Friday.

Case 39

Renee Zellweger stars as a social worker whose efforts to save a 10-year-old girl take a terrifying turn. With Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane and Bradley Cooper. Written by Ray Wright. Directed by Christian Alvart. Paramount Pictures, Aug. 22.

Clive Barker Presents: Hellraiser

A 20th anniversary remake of the tale of an unfaithful wife and her attempt to help her lover escape from hell. Written and directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, based on Barker's novella, "The Hellbound Heart." MGM/the Weinstein Co., Sept. 5.

Eden Log

Waking up at the bottom of a cave beside a corpse, a man has to escape a menacing creature and reach the surface. With Clovis Cornillac, Gabriella Wright and Alexandra Ansidei. Written by Pierre Bordage, Franck Vestiel. Directed by Vestiel. In French with English subtitles. Magnet Releasing, TBA.

George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead

The master of the American zombie movie revives the dead once again as students making a horror film in the woods record real terror with their cameras. With Michelle Morgan, Josh Close, Shawn Roberts, Amy Lalonde, Joe Dinicol and Scott Wentworth. Written and directed by George A. Romero. The Weinstein Co., Feb. 15.

Midnight Meat Train

The lure of a prominent art gallery show drives a photographer to dig deeper and deeper into humanity's dark side, eventually becoming obsessed with the work of a deranged subway serial killer. With Bradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones, Brooke Shields, Leslie Bibb, Roger Bart, Peter Jacobson, Barbara Eve Harris and mixed martial arts fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. The screenplay was adapted by Jeff Buhler from Clive Barker's eponymous short story. Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. Lionsgate, May 16.

Quarantine

During a ride-along on a fire department 911 call, a television reporter and her cameraman are trapped in a CDC lockdown when a terrifying virus strikes residents of an L.A. apartment building. With Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Greg Germann, Steve Harris, Dania Ramirez, Rade Serbedzija and Johnathon Schaech. Directed by John Erick Dowdle. Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, based on the screenplay "Rec" by Jaume Balaguero, Luis Berdejo and Paco Plaza. Screen Gems, October.

Saw V

The Halloween torture perennial makes a fifth appearance. With Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson and Costas Mandylor. Directed by David Hackl. Written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. Lionsgate, Oct. 24.

Shrooms

A group of Americans traveling in Ireland experience the "trip" of a lifetime after they ingest some questionable mushrooms and begin having terrifying visions. With Jack Huston and Max Kasch. Written by Pearse Elliott. Directed by Paddy Breathnach. Magnet Releasing, Feb. 1.

Shutter

Newlyweds discover apparitional images in photographs developed after a tragic accident. With Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor, David Denman, James Kyson Lee, John Hensley. Screenplay by Luke Dawson. Directed by Masayuki Ochiai. 20th Century Fox, March 21.

The Signal

Murder and madness reign on New Year's Eve in a city where all communication is mysteriously jammed. With Justin Welborn, A.J. Bowen, Scott Poythress, Anessa Ramsey and Sahr Ngaujah. Written and directed by David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry. Magnet Releasing, Feb. 22.

Splinter

A parasite transforms its victims into bloodthirsty hosts and menaces a young couple and a convict stranded at a remote gas station. With Shea Whigham, Rachel Kerbs, Charles Baker and Laurel Whitsett. Written by Kai Barry, Ian Shorr, Toby Wilkins. Directed by Wilkins. Magnet Releasing, TBA.

Tale of Two Sisters

Hollywood remake of Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon's story of siblings who return home after being hospitalized to be greeted by a chilly stepmother and mysterious happenings. With Emily Browning, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel and David Strathairn. Screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Doug Miro, and Carlo Bernard. Directed by the Guard brothers. Paramount Pictures, TBA.

Town Creek

The mysterious disappearance and return of a man and the possible connection to supernatural happenings involving Nazis 70 years earlier sends the man and his brother on a revenge-filled expedition in rural Maryland. With Henry Cavill and Dominic Purcell. Written by David Kajganich. Directed by Joel Schumacher. Lionsgate, fall.

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