Upcoming SF (&F) movies – winter 2007/08

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December 2007:


The Water Horse: Legend of the DeepBased on the children’s fantasy novel by Dick King-Smith, about a lonely boy in Scotland who finds a strange egg from which hatches a “water horse” – a mythical sea monster of Scottish legend. Starring Emily Watson, Alex Etel, Ben Chaplin, David Morrissey, and Brian Cox.

I Am Legend – A virus has rendered the human race into vampiric zombies. Will Smith stars as the last man on Earth who is trying to survive and cure the disease. Based on the famous SF novel by Richard Matheson. Starring Will Smith.

Alien vs. Predator: Requiem – The sequel to the horror match-up Alien vs. Predator again pits the different alien monster races against one another and humans.

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass – The first novel of Phillip Pullman’s YA fantasy trilogy, about a young girl who holds the key to finding the truth and bridging two different worlds, and who sets out to rescue her friend. Starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman.

Alvin and the Chipmunks – A mix of animation and live action featuring the characters from the 1950’s cartoon about a singing group of chipmunks and the desperate songwriter who they torture, er, befriend. Starring Jason Lee.

January 2008:

One Missed Call – A chain of people receive a terrifying message on their cell phones, telling them of when and how they will die and bearing the recorded sounds of their last final moments to come. A young woman who loses her friends to this one missed call works with a police detective whose sister died under similar circumstances to stop the supernatural murders from happening. Starring Shannyn Sossamon and Edward Burns.

1-18-08/Cloverfield — J.J. Abrams’ mysterious film about a giant monster that attacks New York City, told from the point of view of real people experiencing the attack on the city and using home video cameras. Starring Michael Stahl-David and Odet Jasmin.

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale – A fantasy tale based on the role-playing game from Gas Powered Games, about a kingdom under siege by an army of monsters and a farmer trying to rescue his wife. Starring Jason Statham, Leelee Sobieski, John Rhys-Davies, Ray Liotta, Matthew Lillard, Burt Reynolds, Will Sanderson, and Ron Perlman.

February 2008:

The Spiderwick Chronicles – Based on the best-selling children’s fantasy series by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, about the three Grace children who move into the ancient Spiderwick mansion, and find a magical book about fantastical creatures, creatures who they can then see in the real world, some of whom come after the book. Starring David Strathairn, Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Martin Short, Joan Plowright, Izabella Miko and Andrew McCarthy.

Babylon A.D. – Based on the novel by Maurice G. Dantec, about a veteran turned mercenary who agrees to escort a woman from Russia to Germany, unaware that she’s the host for an organism that a cult wants to harvest into a genetically-modified Messiah. Starring Vin Diesel, Gerard Depardieu, Michelle Yeoh and Charlotte Rampling.

The Signal – A horror movie about a mysterious signal transmitted over cellphones, radio and television, which turns all humans mad, causes them to start killing each other and turns some of them into zombies. Starring A.J. Bowen and Anessa Ramsey.

The Eye – A horror movie about a blind concert violinist who has a cornea transplant operation that restores her sight, but then starts having hallucinations that may be real. Starring Jessica Alba and Parker Posey.

Over Her Dead Body – A female psychic falls in love with a skeptic, but the man’s dead fiance’s ghost tries to keep them apart. Starring Eva Longoria Parker, Paul Rudd, Stephen Root and Jason Biggs.

Penelope – A young woman from a wealthy family is afflicted by a secret family curse that can only be broken if she is loved by one of her own kind. Starring Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O’Harra, Richard E. Grant, Reese Witherspoon and Peter Dinklage.

Jumper – Based on the novel by Steven Gould, about a young man whose genetic anomaly allows him to teleport and thrusts him into the middle of a secret war. Starring Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson and Jamie Bell.

George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead – The king of zombie films makes another sequel to his classic Night of the Living Dead, this time centered on a group of young film students who run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own. Starring Nich Alachiotis and Matt Birman.

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