Just when you thought the scariest thing this spring was going to be James Franco's performance in "Oz the Great and Powerful," the remake of horror classic "Evil Dead" premiered at the South by Southwest Festival and thrilled the gore-craving audience, who went on Twitter to gush about how stupendously bloody and fun the film was.
Opening April 5, "Evil Dead" is one of the more high-profile horror projects debuting this season, which, unlike the summer and fall, is typically devoid of the genre. And if you're a horror fan like myself, then you know it's very rare to find such a deluge of scary productions slated to premiere in theaters and on television.
Thusly, here's a quick guide on how to stay scared and/or spooked this season ... just in time for Easter!
A prequel to the Hitchcock classic "Psycho," A&E's "Bates Motel" (debuting March 18) is a 10-part series centered on a young Norman Bates relationship with his mother, Norma. It could either be a creepy standout or a clunker like Gus Van Sant's infamous "Psycho remake, but with Freddie Highmore and the superb Vera Farmiga in the starring roles, it should at least be well-acted.
Also based on a horror film classic is NBC's "Hannibal," which begins its 13-episode run April 4. If it's anything like the more recent Hannibal Lector films, it's gonna be stupid — but I have hope, especially with the show's creator being the clever Bryan Fuller, who gave us the wonderful, short-lived programs "Dead Like Me," "Wonderfalls" and "Pushing Daisies." Plus, look at that cast! Special Agent Dana Scully, "Little Shop of Horrors'" Audrey AND one of the "Kids in the Hall" in the same show?! Don't mind if I do!
Also airing: the third-season finale of "The Walking Dead" airs March 31 (though, if it's anything like the most recent episodes, the zombies are just going to sit around and talk about their tax returns ... cuz it's been BORING); Netflix debuts its third original series, "Hemlock Grove," which looks to be a bit of a mess, but intriguingly so; BBC America premieres a new drama called "Orphan Black" on March 30, and whether it's truly scary or not remains to be seen, but the trailer is certainly ... odd; and, perhaps scariest of all, on April 23 is the premiere of "Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life." Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Aside from "Evil Dead," the highest profile horror film opening is "Lords of Salem," from low-budget horror fave Rob Zombie, which features cult film figures Ken Foree, Dee Wallace and Patricia Quinn. Other offerings: Tom Cruise's sci-fi thriller "Oblivion," which I think has aliens in it (I don't know, that trailer is weird); the acclaimed documentary "Room 237," which focus on a handful of fanatics obsessed with Kubrick's classic "The Shining;" and Lindsay Lohan's face in "Scary Movie 5."
Special mention must also be given to the truly unnerving trailer for "The Conjuring," which doesn't open until July. But it has everything: Lili Taylor, bad period clothing, ghosts, clapping ... I can't wait.