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Happy New Year guys! As another year closes, I look forward to 2013 and have compiled this list of the top films in the genre to look out for next year. Which ones are you looking forward to most? Note: some of these are US release dates and therefore not worldwide.

Mama. Jan. 18, Produced by Guillermo Del Toro.

This looks absolutely terrifying. The story centres around two young girls who have survived alone in the wild for five years before being taken in by their aunt and uncle (Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), but it seems that just because she’s dead, it does not mean their mother isn’t still around. I would highly recommend going to watch the trailer, creepy young girls are still creepy.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Jan. 25.

Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, this film is basically about grown up versions of Hansel and Gretel who now hunt witches full-time. This film looks like really good fun, maybe not the most ground breaking film – but it looks enjoyable nonetheless. Here’s the trailer.

Warm Bodies. Feb. 1.

I’m really looking forward to this film, it looks hilarious in the trailer. Nicolas Hoult plays a zombie in a post-apocalyptic world who falls in love with one of the last humans, and suddenly he starts feeling slightly more human.

Jack the Giant Slayer. March 1.

Nicolas Hoult again stars in a story about a farmhand who accidentally lets giants back into the world through a doorway, and naturally they want to take this world back. Trailer is here.

Oz the Great and Powerful. March. 8.

This film comes courtesy of Sam Raimi and is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz, featuring James Franco as Oz who visits Oz in a balloon and meets all the flying monkeys and witches. The trailer looks gorgeous, and the visuals are stunning. Let’s hope the film stands up to it.

The Host. March 29.

Another book adaption from Twilight creator Stephanie Meyer, where an alien invasion hits earth and parasites begin taking over the humans. Except one girl starts fighting back. Yes, this is a love story but I really loved the book and I hope they don’t play it up to much like Twilight because it is so much better than that. Trailer here.

Iron Man 3.  May 3.

Tony Stark is back after The Avengers with the Mandarin and Aldrich Killian destroying his world, and he is looking for those responsible. Again starring Robert Downey Jr, and the trailer is here.

Star Trek Into Darkness. May 17.

Now, I haven’t watched the first film but I have been informed it is rather good. Kirk and Spock are back with Benedict Cumberbatch as a new villain trying to destroy the Starfleet. Here is the trailer.

Epic. May 24.

This looks…. epic. Go watch the trailer now. It is stunning and features one of my favourite songs. This animated adventure is about a battle between good and evil raging in a tiny hidden forest world – and a teenage girl who gets sucked into the middle of it.

After Earth. June 7.

The earth has been abandoned after a war with aliens, but a father and son crash-land back on the planet and have to survive. Starring Will Smith and his son Jaden, this should be a good’un.

Man of Steel. June 14.

Another Superman film, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan. I will admit I am not a Superman fan, but after watching the trailer this looks surprisingly good. Focuses on Superman’s origins and his struggle to get humanity to accept him.

The Wolverine. June 26.

The second film featuring the tough guy Wolverine, focusing on the storyline where he travels to Japan to learn the way of the samurai. As long as they don’t ruin Deadpool again, it should be good – and Hugh Jackman will always be spot on as Wolverine.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Aug. 23

I adore these books from Cassandra Clare. Yes, it’s another young adult fiction but this one is worth the time – I just hope it doesn’t get the Twilight treatment. Lily Collins play Clary, who realises she is a Shadowhunter, aka a demon hunter, with a special destiny. Here’s the trailer.

Riddick. Sep. 6.

Vin Diesel is back as Riddick! I thoroughly love these films, so this is one I shall be looking forward to. He is once again being chased by bounty hunters.

Carrie. Oct. 18.

I will admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of the book, by Stephen King. It felt too over the top for me. But I do appreciate the messages of the story, and am a Chloe Grace Moretz fan, so am expecting good things from this remake. Here is the trailer, with suitable fire and blood.

The World’s End. Oct. 25

An end-of-the-world apocalyptic romp, a la Shaun of the Dead, where two friends go on a pub crawl and face the end of the world. Featuring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman. I’m really looking forward to this, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost make some great films.

Thor: The Dark World. Nov. 8.

The sequel to the first Thor film, he’s back and this time facing some Dark Elves.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Nov. 22.

The second book and film of the series, Catching Fire sees Katniss thrown back into the death ring – this time facing past winners of the game. Another one on my favourites shortlist.

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Dec. 13

This may not be a popular opinion, but The Hobbit was the film of 2012 for me. And this time we finally get to see Smaug as Bilbo Baggins faces the dragon, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

There you have it! I haven’t included EVERY film of 2013, as it would take up too many pages. This supposed shortlist is quite long as it is, and includes my personal preference. But what are yours? Which films are you most looking forward to, whether they are featured here or not? And what are we least looking forward to? Drop me a line!

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