10. Jem And The Holograms
Look, I know. Jon M. Chu in the director’s chair I know. But for fans of the cult animated series from the late eighties, the very idea of ever seeing a live action Jem movie seemed outrageous. Truly, truly outrageous (rageous).
Daniel Radcliffe continues to establish himself as one of the most interesting young actors of his generation by continually challenging himself with weird-as-fuck movies. Joe Hill’s creepiest tale is a classic example.
Think Wall.E, except if Wall.E could fuck shit up and was mentored by the strangest musical offering to emerge form South Africa (Die Antwoord). So, really, not like Wall.E at all. Similar to Neil Blomkamp’s best film – District 9 – Chappie looks set to find that balance between heartbreaking storytelling and fist-pumping action.
The kind of fourth wall-breaking, tongue-in-cheek making horror comedy that dreams are made of, especially when you consider the plot involves monsters spilling out of the brain of R.L Stine.
6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
John Boyega in Star Wars. Dreams are real and everything is shiny. Believe it, bruv.
5. In The Heart Of The Sea
It looks like beautiful, masterful filmmaking complimented by an incredibly skilled group of performers. It’s also yet another reason why all boats should be burned and no one should travel over the sea ever. See also: The Perfect Storm #saynotooceans
4. Dark Places
The best book in Gillian Flynn’s crime trilogy (sorry, Gone Girl fans) gets the big screen treatment with Charlize Theron at the helm as the survivor of a brutal childhood massacre. With the artfully minded Gilles Paquet-Brenner behind the lens and Chloe Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, Corey Stoll and Nicholas Hoult filling out the supporting cast, the film is sure to be as dark and twisty as Gone Girl. And then some.
3. Crimson Peak
Guillermo del Toro directing his first English-language horror film with a damn near perfect ensemble to boot: Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain and Tom ‘Fucking’ Hiddleston. Take my money.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
It’s the film no one cared about, the reboot that had been forgotten, the franchise that was deader than Mel Gibson’s career until… THAT TRAILER. And the one after, and the poster, and the score, and the everything.
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Arguably the greatest superhero film of all time gets a sequel, with all of the key players back to up the ante: yes, including our Lord and saviour Joss Whedon. Avengers was the crown jewel of the Marvel cinematic universe and the studio has been carefully lining up their ducks for the follow up. Bring. It. On.
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Sydney, Australia. Getting her start as a police reporter, her writing on pop culture has appeared in publications such as the New York Post, Guardian, Penthouse, The Daily Mail, Empire Magazine, Gizmodo, Huffington Post, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, i09, Junkee and many more. Previously seen as a presenter on SBS Viceland’s nightly news program The Feed and as the host of Cleverfan on ABC, she has been a journalist for over 15 years.
Her best-selling debut novel Who's Afraid? was published in 2016, followed by its sequel Who’s Afraid Too? in 2017, which was nominated for Best Horror Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2018. Who’s Afraid? is being developed for television by the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning Hoodlum Entertainment. Her Young Adult debut, It Came From The Deep, was released globally on October 31, Halloween, 2017 and is a twist on The Little Mermaid meets Creature From The Black Lagoon.
Her fourth book, The Witch Who Courted Death, was released on Halloween, 2018 and nominated for Best Fantasy Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2019. Her fifth novel set within the share supernatural universe is due for release in October, 2019.