Why Witches Will Replace Hollywood's Obsession With Zombies & Vampires

With Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II exiting theaters come the end of this year and zombie movies slowing down, what upcoming trend can we expect to fill the gap?

Well, there certainly won't be a lack of 80s and horror remakes, but what you can probably put money on is the resurgence of witches. We've already seen the boil-laden females in as the antagonists in the excellent Paranorman released a few weeks ago and was also a major player in Pixar's latest outing in Brave. Now we have films like Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters to look forward to, which combines The Brothers Grimm and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter together to create one...theoretically awful movie. But it certainly doesn't stop there. A project titled The Last Witch Hunter currently with Vin Diesel attached is to hit screens by the early part of 2014. 2014. That leaves plenty of time for some more witch films to gather some momentum in the mean time. Rob Zombie's newest film The Lords of Salem finds some characters in the midst of some witchy business. We're getting Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful which will surely feature some cauldron-users. And let's not count out Guillermo del Toro's pending script on Roald Dahl's novel The Witches. These are a few of the films you can expect; just imagine what they'll inspire. So, are witches the next hot property in Hollywood? All signs seem to point in that direction. It wouldn't surprise me if a found-footage remake of The Blair Witch Project was in the works somewhere, what with the resurgence of the popular characters and society's re-found obsession with films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield. So what do you think? Are you ready to jump on the witchy wagon, or do you want some more originality when you buy a ticket? Or witches even scary anymore, or have we all moved on from being afraid of cackles in the darkness?

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Cameron Carpenter is an aspiring screenwriter, current film and journalism student, and self-diagnosed cinephile, which only sounds bad in certain circles. Devoted fan of comics, movies, theater, Jesus Christ, Sidney Lumet, and Peter O'Toole, he sometimes spends too much time on his Scribd and comicbookmovie.com, but doesn't think you're one to judge, devoted reader. You can follow him on Twitter to watch him talk to people you didn't know exist. Oh, and Daredevil is quite the big deal around here (my head).