Sci-fi, fantasy & horror movies we get to see in 2012 . . . before the Earth dies screaming on December 22!

(Read part two of this article here.)

 

Underworld Awakening pic

Underworld Awakening

PLOT: When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.

Directors: Måns Mårlind | Björn Stein
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley

Release date: January 20

WE SAY:  What began life as a Matrix rip-off – but with vampires and werewolves! – in 2003 is now in its fourth installment with Kate Beckinsale returning for the third time (Beckinsale didn’t bother with 2009’s Rise of the Lycans prequel). Leather fetishists and fans of hyper-stylized action flicks rejoice!

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Chronicle

PLOT: Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

Director: Josh Trank
Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Alex Russell

Release date:  February 3

WE SAY: An interesting and thoughtful take on the superhero genre if the trailer is anything to go by. Will you dress up in spandex to fight bank robbers if you had superpowers, or will you show that jerk in the SUV who’s boss? Thought so . . .

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Journey to the Center of the Earth poster

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

PLOT: Sean Anderson partners with his mom’s boyfriend on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.

Director: Brad Peyton
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine

Release date: February 10

WE SAY: Unwanted sequel to 2008’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth 3-D flick starring The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) and Michael Caine who isn’t above doing it simply for the money as he has shown with Jaws: The Revenge.

 

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Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace [3-D Re-release]

PLOT: Two Jedi knights uncover a wider conflict when they are sent as emissaries to the blockaded planet Naboo.

Director: George Lucas

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman

Release date: February 10

WE SAY: First of the Star Wars flicks to be converted to 3-D and shown in the cinemas with the rest of the series to follow in the years to come (read here). Rumor has it that Lucas has digitally replaced that small boy with someone who can actually act. Expect ageing Star Wars Internet fans to whine endlessly nonetheless . . .

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

PLOT: As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.

Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Idris Elba

Release date: February 17

WE SAY: Reboot of sorts by the directors of Crank answers the age-old question of “does Ghost Rider pee fire?” The answer is yes. Yes, he does.

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John Carter

PLOT: Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.

Director: Andrew Stanton
Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe

Release date: March 9

WE SAY: Considering that the movie is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic 1912 sci-fi pulp tale and is Pixar’s first live action movie the trailer looks disappointingly like a Prince of Persia: Sands of Time sequel. We’ll see.

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The Hunger Games

PLOT: Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.

Director: Gary Ross
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Release date: March 23

WE SAY: A future “death sports” movie based on the first entry in Suzanne Collins’ popular series of teen lit books. The book ain’t bad and grittier than one would expect, but one senses that Hollywood is more interested in cashing in on Twilight with its own photogenic teen cast rather than anything else.

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Wrath of the Titans

PLOT: Perseus embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, who has been targeted for capture by his traitorous son, Ares, and his brother, Hades.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike

Release date: March 30

WE SAY: The sequel no-one wanted except for the accountants at Warner Bros. Even star Sam Worthington admitted that the first movie kinda sucked in an interview: “We kind of let down some people. I think I can act fucking better, to be honest. The next one I want to try and satisfy a lot more people.”

 

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Lockout

PLOT: A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

Directors: James Mather, Stephen St. Leger
Stars: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare

Release date: April 13

WE SAY: The plot sounds a bt like Escape from New York’s . . . except Snake Plissken wasn’t ever “wrongly convicted” of anything!

 

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The Avengers

PLOT: The S.H.I.E.L.D. agency brings together a team of superhumans to help save the Earth from annihilation by alien invaders.

Director: Joss Whedon
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Release date: May 4

WE SAY: Considering that the last few Marvel movies were nothing but extended trailers for this movie, which teams up some of the most popular comic book superheroes ever, expect this one to make a trillion dollars at the box office! Unless audiences somehow mistake it for a remake of 1998’s shitty Avengers movie starring Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery and stay away in droves . . .

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Battleship

PLOT: A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

Director: Peter Berg
Stars: Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Kitsch

Release date: May 18

WE SAY:  A sci-fi movie version of a board game?! Whatever’s next?

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Men in Black III

PLOT: TBA.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin

Release date: May 25

WE SAY: A movie insisted upon by Sony accountants. No doubt the makers are hoping that audiences will have fuzzy warm memories of the good 1997 original and have forgotten how lame the 2002 sequel was.

 

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Prometheus

PLOT: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace

Release date: June 8

WE SAY: It apparently began life as a prequel to director Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic Alien, but apparently grew into something else along the way. Or so they say. Next up for Scott is a rehash of the classic Blade Runner. One can only assume that Hollywood doesn’t want to give the 73-year-old director money for the two other science fiction projects he has been involved with, namely adaptations of Brave New World and Joe Haldeman’s bona fide classic The Forever War.

 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

PLOT: President Lincoln’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Stars: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper

Release date: June 22

WE SAY: A wild premise that will make teens across America flunk their history exams one day by Night Watch and Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov. Bekmambetov is a wild man and we expect big things of him.

 

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Total Recall

PLOT: As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on.

Director: Len Wiseman
Stars: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston

Release date: August 3

WE SAY: Remake of the 1990 Paul Verhoeven classic starring the former governor of California. We have only one question: why?

 

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Resident Evil: Retribution

PLOT: TBA.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Milla Jovovich

Release date: September 14

WE SAY: Director Anderson’s Three Musketeers version also starring his wife Milla Jovovich – you know, the one with the Jules Vernes-like air balloons – sunk without a trace at the box office, so expect them to churn out more installments in this moderately lucrative franchise.

 

Frankenweenie

PLOT: When young Victor’s pet dog Sparky is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked “monster” wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor’s neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky’s still the good loyal friend he’s always been.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short

Release date: October 5

WE SAY: Tim Burton’s second film to be released in 2012 (the other being Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp, based on an obscure cult TV show). Frankenweenie is an extended full-length animated movie version of a half-hour-long short the director made back in 1984.

 

Coming up in Part Two: GI Joe 2, World War Z, Dredd and more!

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James has been running The Sci-Fi Movie Page since Before the Beginning of Time Itself (TM), i.e. since the site's inception in 1997. In addition to sci-fi James also likes 1970s motorbikes and chili dogs although he doesn't own the former and no longer eats the latter. He currently resides in Kiev, Ukraine for reasons best left unexplained.

  • Anonymous

    Dark Shadows-obscure tv show?!  It was on for years-is still remembered, has been remade in the 90′s on NBC and the WB was going to remake it again, along with Lost in Space as tv shows for there network when they pulled the plug on every new show that cost more than 100.00 to make. People still think Jonathan Fried was fantastic as the vampire Barnabus Collins-catch up with popular classic shows-not obscure cult shows!  But you are right about MIB 3-Why would you want to see this unless you miss Will Smith taking over everything with this Austin Powers 2 story plan-based on what has been said about it.  Still some good things coming out!

  • Lamewebsite123

    wow negative sarcastic comments on every movie you listed. why even put them on a list if you dislike them all

  • pugsley_fattams

    Where’s the new Riddick movie? Or what happened to it?

  • Anonymous

    The article is only about movies with set release dates. Plus last we heard Riddick is experiencing cash flow problems and they had to stop filming.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XL374DFQBZU5ZXUEADTAEQ7KGM Thomas

    He can’t change the reality of the situation, so might as well make snide remarks.

  • Nautolan Jedi

    “Lockout” should be titled “Escape from Luna” and starring Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken!:D

    John Carpenter’s films Escape from New York and Escape from L.A. were cult-classics, a new sequel is needed, not this blatant rip-off…
    Plagiarism is defined in dictionaries as the “wrongful appropriation,” “close imitation,” or “purloining and publication” of another author’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions,” and the representation of them as one’s own original work…

  • Nautolan Jedi

    hahaha, I agree with you, Mr.Anderson!

    Thomas: My name is NEO!!!;)

  • Nautolan Jedi

    Very true, Mr.Page…but, I recently read an article saying that the cash flow problems have been taken care-of and Twohy, V.Diesal & Karl Urban are back to work on the production…I hope what I read was correct and not just a rumor, because movies get cancelled all the time for lack of funding…

  • Mikecronis

    Thank GOD for a remake of Frankenwenie!

  • Boomerang71

    Is there a part 2 coming up??

  • Mads Nygaard

    Hmmm, just found this sci-fi page… Now ive read the upcoming 2012 part 1+2… Firstly I dont think the editor of this page even likes sci-fi, since he only has negative comments to share about anything. also apparently the action and fantasy genre is also scifi…

    NOOOOOOBS!!!!

  • Ross-mart34

    Blade Runner remake!!! Holy shit!!!

  • jon

    What about a new X FILES PT 3  ??? Fox???

    There is a prequel we made called THE MULDER CHRONICLES , that takes place in 1986
    before Mulder joins the F.B.I. go to You tube  enter THE MULDER CHRONICLES.

    All original cast. Love your feedback. Hey, its my way to keep the series alive

  • Guest

    awn

  • Arap

    Why even write on this page if you dont like scifi. Deciding that everything is crap before its made might give us a hint of the intelligence level. Get off this site and w. to an old VHS copy of Metropolis

  • Redcap66

    It’s not like anybody listeins….. they continue to grasp for the magic that made the stories great while changing the stories to make them suitable or more relavent to thier views and then wonder why they did not make the money…or sadly why they made just enough to make it more worthwhile than writing anything new.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4PHRMRIGOT6IDFVB4HZWFANXDQ Clifford

    I would like to see some hard sci-fi films. I feel that a lot of us film lovers are heading back to books until some one some where read this and says “oh hard sci-fi not the comic book Shit”

  • Dspatrick11

    Hard sci-fi, check out CYBORNETICS http://www.cyborneticsthemovie.com

  • Dspatrick11

    The storylines are sure running dry in Hollywood, thats why I only do indies now, there’s one called CYBORNETICS thats on the radar, I say its pretty fantastic, see for yourself :http://youtu.be/DHvrrTwbh4g

  • VanDammage

    Fuck hollywood. all new movies suck fucking ass. esp sci-fi. over polished, drone acting, teen oriented fucking garbage.

  • http://www.toprankseo.co.uk/ SEO Manchester

    Yea, dont trash a movie before you have even seen it…. looking forward to the total recall re-make myself… why? because we have better cgi and the movie with look awsome

  • Anonymous

    John Carter: complete rubbish.
    Prometheus: complete rubbish
    Avengers: overly dumbed down for kids and nukes are ‘not’ okay
    Abe Lincoln: good fun
    RE: We knew what we were getting and that’s what we got and it passed the time nicely
    Battleship: surprisingly good
    Wrath of the Titans: a good fantasy flick
    Chronicle: not great but not a disaster

  • Anonymous

    The ‘only’ Riddick movie I enjoyed was Pitch Black.

  • l3gol4zze

    so sorry to break it for ya

    but CGI wasn’t used until the later years of the 1990′s, and was not really used in the original Total Recall

    and no matter how much good (or lesser good) CGI is used in a movie, without a working script, actors doing their jobs and good directing, the result will end up like…. well, much like that crap Total Recall from 2012

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