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Fall Movie Preview: Oh, the Horror

Well it's September, folks, and the summertime movie season is officially over. Now we have a whole new crop of films to check out in the coming chillier months, so in preparation for that, I'm giving you little glimpses of this fall and winter's must-see movies with my Fall Movie Preview series. Today I'm bringing you three titles from the bloody, fright-filled horror genre.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
In this film version of the stage musical, Johnny Depp plays Sweeney Todd, a barber who is wrongfully imprisoned and seeks revenge on the judge (played by Alan Rickman) who sentenced him. Tim Burton directs (naturally) while Sacha Baron Cohen and the ever-commanding Helena Bonham Carter also star. Sweeney Todd's story begins with these ominous words: "Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd./His skin was pale and his eye was odd./He shaved the faces of gentlemen/Who never thereafter were heard of again." The movie, of which some parts were rumored to be cut because they were too gruesome, opens this Christmas.

For two more horrifying titles,


30 Days of Night
Josh Hartnett stars as the Sheriff of a small Alaskan town that naturally spends 30 days a year in darkness. As the last bit of sunlight fades, the town is overtaken by a gang of bloodthirsty vampires (I wonder if vampires are ever not bloodthirsty?). Hartnett and his Deputy wife are the town's last hope. Ben Foster stars as well, doing that creepy thing he does so well. 30 Days of Night opens October 19, just in time for Halloween, so in the meantime check out the scary-looking trailer.


Saw IV
And the Saw movies keep on coming. In this fourth installment, the plot description is this: "Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grizzly remains and piecing together the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences. " If you're into these movies, check out Saw IV when it opens October 26.

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RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 9 years
I'm massively looking forward to Saw IV and I see it tonight - I'm so excited!
tundrababe tundrababe 10 years
Sweeney Todd looks great! I don't know about the other movies. The Saw movies aren't scary, they're just gross.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
30 days of Night is an amazing graphic novel, i hope they do it justice!
laurenash1984 laurenash1984 10 years
I'll probably see all three....but mostly look forward to Sweeney Todd. I'm fascinated by that story.
<3-Gossip <3-Gossip 10 years
I absolutely love Tim Burton, and Johnny Depp! So I will definitely see the first one. It's good to see that he is returning to the big screen in this type of role.
oh-cecilia-baby oh-cecilia-baby 10 years
i'm definitely excited for sweeney todd! but BORAT? haha... well, it could just be a genius move on burton's part. hmm...
totonlaura totonlaura 10 years
I love scary movies gets me in the Halloween spirit :ghost:
Moley25 Moley25 10 years
Johnny Depp+ Tim Burton+ Sacha Baron Cohen+ Helena Bonham Carter= AMAZING!!! I'm so excited to see that!
Chica8a Chica8a 10 years
Def going to see Sweeney Todd. and since i have seen all the SAW movies now I will most likely see Saw IV. yay for horror films!
ms_golightly ms_golightly 10 years
Sweeney Todd...i cant wait!
darlene darlene 10 years
cool, i love scary movies
prinzes3006 prinzes3006 10 years
I love horror movies
prinzes3006 prinzes3006 10 years
I can't wait :)
dguillenm dguillenm 10 years
can't wait to see Helena & Johnny
tralalala tralalala 10 years
I'm ridiculously excited for Sweeney Todd. I think I'm looking forward to it more than any other movie coming out this year. Sadly, I probably will see it Christmas day. Screw my family haha, that's more important. But I'd rather gouge my eyes out than see the new Saw movie.
dmblauren dmblauren 10 years
alan rickman is dark and mysterious and SEXY. you forgot that part ;) *major alan rickman crush here*
dmblauren dmblauren 10 years
i can't wait for sweeney todd either. alan rickman & johnny depp are two of the greatest actors out there. it's sure to be amazing. i'm 100% going on christmas! 30 days of night also looks good. i'm a huge horror movie fan. i'll probably end up seeing saw just because i saw (haha) all the others. the first one was good and the other 2 sucked. i'm sure the 4th will suck, but i can't watch just one or two movies from a series, i have to see them all. my husband's a horror movie fan & we like to make fun of shitty horror films together ;)
mfern64 mfern64 10 years
Perfect casting - Sweeney Todd - Johnny Depp morphs into whatever character he plays (his roles are always much more than 'oh that's Johnny Depp playing' a character). Helena BC is all kinds of crazy. And Alan Rickman is very dark and mysterious.
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 10 years
I can not wait for Sweeny Todd and 30 Days of Night. Saw...well... I'd rather be in one of those movies then watch it.
aburnett aburnett 10 years
although I'm normally not into "horror" movies I'm definitely going to see Sweeney Todd. Can't miss my Johnny! LOL.
rlveronica rlveronica 10 years
You know I can't wait to see Sweeney Todd. Tim Burton fan ovaaaaaa hea! ;) Hahah.
lala788 lala788 10 years
i can't wait for the saw - i love horror movies
wicca_08 wicca_08 10 years
I just love the 'Johnny-Helena' tandem!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
Helena Bonham Carter in anything is scary.
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