5. JOHN DIES AT THE END (release date unknown)

PHANTASM director Don Coscarelli adapted this from Cracked editor David Wong’s novel of the same name. I had forgotten about this movie, but I was reminded last week when a slew of positive buzz hit the geek sites following its Sundance premiere. Many have dropped the “instant cult classic” label on it; io9.com even called it “the closest thing to this generation’s BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.” Sold! If you like your comedy pitch black and/or like your horror Re-animator style, the book is worth a read. You’ll laugh your ass off… then have a whacked-out nightmare about it when you put it down. JOHN DIES AT THE END looks like a trip in more ways than one.



4. THE HOBBIT: An Unexpected Journey (Dec. 14)

17 Oscars (including a Best Picture and Best Director win for “The Return of the King”) and 3 billion in earnings later, THE LORD OF THE RINGS films were as good as fans of Tolkien’s seminal books could have hoped. Nearly a decade later, Peter Jackson and company have brought back many familiar faces to shoot the prequel to their over-achieving trilogy. They’re splitting THE HOBBIT into two movies, with part 1, “An Unexpected Journey,” being the better part of the novel, and part 2, “There and Back Again,” bridging the gap between Bilbo’s adventure and Frodo’s. I love the books, I love the films, and I can’t imagine I won’t love this.



3. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (July 20)

Eight years after the death of Harvey Dent and disappearance of the Batman, an established super-criminal named Bane comes to Gotham and wreaks some serious havok, forcing Bruce Wayne to return as the caped crusader. Director Christopher Nolan’s first two Bat-films made about a bajillion dollars both domestically and worldwide, and this final act, which has already sold out midnight showings six months before its release, is sure to break some box office records, too. Will Bats get his back broken? Looks likely. Will he die? There’s a chance (“Rises” could be an ascension metaphor). The cast and crew are extremely tight-lipped about the film’s ending, but I expect the story to come full circle with a reveal of a certain behind-the-scenes villain (or daughter of one) we’ve seen before. I am so geeked for this movie.



2. THE AVENGERS (May 4)

We fanboys live in prosperous times. With successful franchise anchors like IRON MAN, THOR, and CAPTAIN AMERICA, Marvel Studios has successfully built toward the ultimate superhero team-up movie. This movie is actually happening! I can’t imagine there’s a comic book fan out there who’s not excited to see it. As we saw in THOR, Loki now has possession of the Cosmic Cube, and the God of Mischief uses the weapon to unleash an alien army (who are definitely not Skrulls) on the planet, prompting S.H.I.E.L.D. to assemble a team of heroes to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Joss Whedon was brought on board to pen and direct the film, and I’m hoping like hell that he pulls off this surefire blockbuster and geek’s wet dream. The line for THE AVENGERS starts behind me.



1. PROMETHEUS (June 8)

Sir Ridley Scott has made his fair share of duds in recent years, but he is still the guy who directed two of the three most influential sci-fi films of modern cinema: BLADERUNNER and ALIEN. Early on, he and the filmmakers of PROMETHEUS were downplaying any connection to the latter, but once the trailer debuted, there was no denying it was anything other than a prequel to the seminal 1979 classic (SEE: the identical title reveal, the horseshoe-shaped ship, a glimpse of the “space jockey”). This movie has an absolutely badass cast including Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, and Idris Elba, and was written by “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof. The first two Alien films are all-time favorites of mine, so needless to say, I’m pretty jazzed to see a non-“vs. Predator” return to that universe. I cannot wait for this one.



I gotta say, those top 4 change order on an almost-daily basis (based on news, pics, etc. that leak onto the internets), so you could really call them 1A, 1B, and so on. But there you have it. What an incredible year 2012 looks to be. It will be interesting to see what films meet or exceed expectations, and what ones make my year-end favorites list.


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  1. rwhyan says:

    John Dies at the End was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, I really hope they pull off the same kind of chemistry the main characters have in the book. I can see this one becoming an all time favorite.

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