Upcoming movies for the silver scream


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The not-so-great pretender, Mr. "Potter" Radcliffe

Fear is a basic emotional response or feeling initiated by an aversion to a perceived risk or threat. For instance, an audience fears the movie “Hostel” because there is the perceived threat of being abducted and tortured while visiting a European hostel.

The horror genre is a platform assembled by a multitude of emotions and perceived aversions. It’ll give you a way to face your fears through simulation, or to experience fear. Sometimes based on people’s experience of the unfolding events and sometimes imagined, horror movies provide an experience for everyone.

Here is a list of upcoming horror movies from Feb. through May.

“The Woman In Black”
Starring wizard master Daniel Radcliffe as Authur Kipp, a widowed lawyer on his final whim who is sent to a remote village. While working in a client’s isolated house, Kipp discovers haunting secrets and a mysterious woman in black. From Hogwarts to ghost stories, a grown-up seeker-gone-specter, Radcliffe, with a stubbly beard, takes his acting to new heights.

“The Innkeepers”
Ti West’s specter film deals with a hotel putting the wraps on business as the final two owners begin to experience weird phenomena. They find out that they’re “mere footnotes in the hotel’s long unexplained history.”

Let’s just hope West’s film wasn’t shot on Canon handheld. The spooks are inn, West, so keep ‘er coming.

Three high school friends discover that they possess unusual powers. Their lives begin to spin out of control as they try to control the darker sides of their power.

If only Max Landis had chronicled Harry Potter into his screenplay, though Potter is too busy pretending to be a good actor. “Chronicle” should be another found-footage special-FX orgy of fun.

“Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”
Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze in yet another heart-throbbing, action-packed “Ghost Rider” epic, in which Blaze is recruited to take on the Devil and stop him from taking over his mortal son’s body.

Just how great can this melodrama be with three screenwriters and two directors on staff? I’d ask Cage, but he’s been stuck in his crappy movie decisions for years. A vengeful tale of deceit, the Devil and, ugh, just forget it.

You thought withdrawing money was easy, but you’ve never visited this ATM. After three co-workers leave a Christmas party, the small group decides to make a late-night transaction. From outside the vestibule appears a mysterious man who forces the three friends to try to survive his deadly game of cat-and-mouse. This makes growing up sound like a pretty crappy deal.

“Silent House”
Open Road productions, the same group that brought us “The Grey,” brings us a reboot of the haunting tale of a troubled girl, Elizabeth Olsen. She, her father and her uncle visit her father’s beach house, only to find that they’re not alone. A film in real time, this 83-minute feature will do more than hold its peace.

Starring Clive Owen, “Intruders” is a tale of two children of men who are visited by intruders nightly beyond the borders. Their parents, who begin seeing the apparition, only escalate the tensions with the aversion.

A killer elite movie that you can trust, coming from the inside man, that’ll say, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” The pink panther?

Rated R for bloody violence, crude and sexual content, nudity, language, some teen drinking and drug use, Joseph Kahn’s “Detention” follows a groups of teens trying to survive their final year of high school as a horror-movie slasher comes to life and tests their will to finish. It’s a screamable film that Kahn delivers laughs, spooks, and plenty of female appendages. Welcome to detention motherf—–!

“The Cabin in the Woods”
Tell me the same story, only different. “The Cabin in the Woods” is the young-kids-trapped-in-the-cabin trope turned inside out, a classic horror movie that’ll make you think you know the story. Think again. Time runs out quickly. Look to “The Grey” to discover what horror has evolved into. “The Cabin In The Woods” may be the next step.

“Episode 50”
A crew of paranormal investigators that believe in ghosts and a team that looks to debunk ghosts encounter a violently powerful spirit. Both teams join together to stop it before the spirits destroys them all.

Yet another ghost story, survival story and possession story with a misnomer title. Honestly, what happened to episode 49?

“The Raven”
John Cusak is back, and he’s not playing a limo driver cast in an awful apocalypse film. “The Raven” follows a string of murders that resemble the murders in Edgar Allan Poe’s stories. When Poe figures he may become the next victim, the detective story genius falls back on his powers of deduction to solve the murders.

Is there any more to be said? Well, at least Nic Cage didn’t get the casting call.

“Dark Shadows”
Tim Burton went nuts in 2012, producing “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” remaking “Frankenweenie” and casting Johnny Deep in the TV-show-made-movie adaptation of “Dark Shadows.” Depp plays Barnabas Collins, a man turned vampire by a jilted lover. He’s dug up and tries to reintegrate himself among his descendants.

Burton, the inventor of “Beetlejuice,” could possibly reinvent vampire lore into a modern-day “Addams Family.”