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Summer killers make sure gore is in store

There’s nothing like escaping the heat of summer by slipping into a dark theater and watching some wayward teen get slashed to bits.
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If there’s a season for horror films, it’s late summer. There’s nothing like escaping the August heat by slipping into a dark theater and watching some wayward teen get slashed to bits. And whether your killer is a small child or a masked madman, you know things will get bloody. Plus these movies offer a great reason to hold on to the one you love.

“A Perfect Getaway”
Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, Kiele Sanchez, Chris Hemsworth Director: David Twohy Story: Zahn and Jovovich star as honeymooners in Hawaii, who decide to backpack on wild, secluded trails. When the pair comes across a group of hikers discussing a murder, they begin to wonder if they should turn back. But instead they decide to start hiking with two other couples. And that’s where things start to go horribly wrong. Worth seeing? Looks cheesy, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Hemsworth is definitely an up-and-comer. He was recently cast in both the “Red Dawn” remake and as the title character in 2011’s “Thor.” You may have noticed him in “Star Trek,” as well; he played Kirk’s father. Twohy is known for over-the-top films such as “The Chronicles of Riddick” and “Pitch Black.” His films may be a bit on the schlocky side, but he never does anything halfway, which means he won’t be playing it safe in this R-rated thriller. Web site: date: Aug. 14

“District 9”
Sharlto Copley, David James Director: Neill Blomkamp Story: When a group of extraterrestrials land in South Africa, they become refugees in an isolated township where they are forced to work. The y're overseen by Multi-National United (MNU), a company that specializing in using alien technology. Worth seeing? Yes. “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson produced and gave Blomkamp his first job directing a feature-length film. Though the movie’s themes may seem reminiscent of apartheid in South Africa, Blomkamp told Entertainment Weekly that the film isn’t meant to be preachy. “I’m not trying to beat people over the head,” he said. The film is shot in faux-documentary style. “We have a mixture of documentary and dramatized scenes,” Jackson told EW. Web site: Release date: Aug. 14

Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Story: After they lose a baby, John and Kate Coleman (Sarsgaard and Farmiga) decide to adopt a 9-year-old girl named Esther (Fuhrman). But an alarming series of events leads Kate to believe that there’s something wrong with Esther. Worth seeing? Maybe. Kind of seems like the evil kid thing has been done (see “The Exorcist,” “The Omen”). Director Collet-Serra is best known for directing Paris Hilton in “House of Wax.” He told, “It's not a sequel, it's not a remake and it's very fresh even though you might see a lot of things you think you've already seen, but the movie is very different.” And he said there’s a reason great actors such as Farmiga and Sarsgaard signed on: “They didn't do it for the money, it was because of the script.” Web site: Release date: July 24

“Halloween II (H2)”
Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Danielle Harris, Daniel Roebuck, Ezra Buzzington, Mark Christopher Lawrence Director: Rob Zombie Story: Director Zombie picks up right where he left off in this horror sequel. After being tormented by Michael Myers (Mane) in the first film, Laurie Strode (Taylor-Compton) goes to the hospital with injuries and is a psychological mess. She’s still not aware that Myers is her older brother and that he’s determined to have her all to himself … but she will be. Worth seeing? If you liked Zombie’s remake, yes. Taylor-Compton told “She's going through these bipolar moments.” She added that Zombie “definitely wanted to see my character go into these really dark places by little pieces here and there.” Zombie told, “With this (sequel) I don't feel any responsibility except to go crazy with it.” He added, “It starts really dark and gets darker. There's really no nice moments in the whole movie.” Web site: Release date: Aug. 28

“The Final Destination”
Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Krista Allen, Mykelti Williamson, Haley Webb, Nick Zano Director: David R. Ellis Story: Nick (Campo) has a premonition that something terrible will happen at a car race and persuades his friends not to go. And though they miss that calamity, the friends begin to die in increasingly gruesome ways. Nick hopes to cheat death before he reaches his … final destination. Worth seeing? If you like the series, you can now watch all the gore in 3-D. Um, yay. Producer Craig Perry told, “I think the reason why (the “Final Destination” series) has worked for now up to four movies is that, at its core, there's a really interesting central thesis that is a bit more existential than just a guy in a mask hacking people up.” And when co-star VanSanten was asked if the cast was competitive about the modes of death, she told, “The ways that we all have to die are all so neat that I don't necessarily think it's a competition.” Ellis also directed “Final Destination 2.” Web site: Release date: Aug. 28