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Snapshot: "The Innkeepers" (2011)

In what looks to be another slow burn type of horror flick from writer and director Ti West, "The Innkeepers" has been creating quite the buzz around the festival circuit. In the above snapshot, Pat Healy and Sara Paxton play Luke and Claire, the two final employees who have been scheduled to work during a supposedly haunted hotel's final week of business. The hotel in the movie is actually based on and filmed at a hotel that West and his crew stayed at during the "House of The Devil" filming, where they experienced strange happenings.

Snapshot: "Insidious" (2010)

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, why not check out the latest film from "Saw" director James Wan called "Insidious," a ghost story that has been creating quite the buzz around the festival circuit. The low budget film is said to rely heavily on music score and camera angles rather than lots of blood and gore to create its suspense.

Snapshot: "Red State" (2011)

Kevin Smith is making a horror movie and I must admit, I'm pretty excited about it. The movie takes place in the Middle America and deals with a group of teens and their encounter with a preacher who practices extreme fundamentalism. Michael Parks plays Pastor Abin Cooper, whose character is loosely based on the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Snapshot: "Mother's Day" (2011)

Darren Lynn Bousman's "Mother's Day" appears to be a remake of Troma's 1980 version in title alone, which may not necessarily be a bad thing. When three brothers botch up a bank robbery, they take off on the run and head for home, only to discover that their mother lost the house due to foreclosure. The new owners of the home are having a party when the brothers show up and take their family and guests hostage.

Snapshot: "The Victim" (2011)

Michael Biehn writes, directs and stars in the upcoming psychological thriller "The Victim" as Kyle, a recluse who finds comfort living in the middle of the woods. But his quiet life is turned upside down when Annie knocks on his door, trying to flee from the attackers who raped and murdered her best friend. Jennifer Blanc, Ryan Honey and Danielle Harris also star. "The Victim" is scheduled for release in 2011.

Snapshot: "Detention" (2011)

Yep. That's Dane Cook. With blood on him. He stars along with Josh Hutcherson ("The Kids Are All Right") in director Joseph Khan's "Detention." Described as a horror comedy with a little bit of time travel and John Hughes films mixed in, "Detention" focuses on a group of high school seniors who are stuck in detention on prom night. And as luck would have it, a serial killer from a slasher movie has come to life to terrorize the teens. "Detention" is scheduled for release on July 21, 2011 by Universal Pictures in (surprise, surprise!) 3D.

Snapshot: "The Apparition" (2011)

Written and directed by Todd Lincoln, "The Apparition" stars Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan as a young couple who discover they are being haunted by evil spirits, that were accidentally unleashed during a college psychology experiment. The film also stars Tom Felton of Harry Potter fame. A September 9, 2011 release date is scheduled.

Snapshot: "The Thing" (2011)

In the above snapshot, Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Scott Pilgrim vs The World") plays Kate Lloyd, a grad student who joins an expedition to Antarctica and discovers a frozen alien life form and... well you know what happens next. A prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name, the 2011 film will take place right before the first film, with the original Norwegian crew that discovered the alien. The film is set to release in theaters October 14, 2011.

Snapshot: "The Factory" (2011)

Jennifer Carpenter and John Cusack star in this serial killer thriller about a detective who discovers his daughter has been kidnapped by a madman who targets prostitutes. I've been following this one for some time now since I found out the backdrop of the movie is my hometown of Buffalo, NY (although it was actually filmed in Canada). No word yet as to when Dark Castle will release this one in theaters, but its date has already been pushed back a number of times so we may be waiting a while for this one.

Snapshot: "Vanishing on 7th Street" (2011)

Director Brad Anderson, the man behind such movies as "The Machinist" and "Transsiberian," brings us the post apocalyptic thriller "Vanishing on 7th Street" about four survivors of a blackout who learn that their city is slowly becoming engulfed in darkness and their rapidly diminishing light source is the only thing keeping them safe. In the above snapshot, Luke (Hayden Christensen) awakens to learn that everyone in the city has disappeared, leaving behind only their clothing and possessions. A US theatrical release date is set for spring 2011.

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