Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Preliminaries (2)

Before I get to last Halloween’s rundown, just some random statistics.
While ¡Qué Horror! 2008 had two sequels (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s 28 Weeks Later and Eli Roth’s Hostel: Part II), three film adaptations (The Mist, from Stephen King’s novella; The Ruins, from Scott B. Smith’s novel; The Midnight Meat Train, from Clive Barker’s short story), and one foreign-language film (Juan Antonio Bayona’s El Orfanato), this year’s batch will include two remakes, one film adaptation, three foreign-language titles, and one entry that finds its origins in TV.

Now, for the record, ¡Qué Horror! 2008 looked like this:

The Last Winter (Dir: Larry Fessenden; September 2006)
Joshua (Dir: George Ratliff; January 2007)
The Signal (Dirs: David Bruckner, Jacob Gentry, Dan Bush; January 2007)
Teeth (Dir: Mitchell Lichtenstein; January 2007)
28 Weeks Later (Dir: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo; May 2007)
Bug (Dir: William Friedkin; May 2007)
El Orfanato (The Orphanage) (Dir: Juan Antonio Bayona; May 2007)
Hostel: Part II (Dir: Eli Roth; June 2007)
The Mist (Dir: Frank Darabont; November 2007)
Cloverfield (Dir: Matt Reeves; January 2008)
The Ruins (Dir: Carter Smith; April 2008)
The Strangers (Dir: Bryan Bertino; May 2008)
The Midnight Meat Train (Dir: Ryuhei Kitamura; July 2008)

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