With a career spanning over 5 decades, Helen Mirren has taking the plunge to star as the widow Sarah Winchester, who’s family business was in firearms. Winchester: The House that ghosts built is due to be released in March of this year, and portrays the story of Sarah’s mental decline after convincing herself that the house is haunted and she is cursed by the victims of the very firearms her husband used.

As we’ve only seen the posters, we aren’t quite yet able to give a review on it, however, watch this space!

If this is setting the tone for 2018, then suspense fans are in for a treat in 2018, because if one becomes a hit, there will be plenty more where this came from, especially as there are reams of back catalogues of films that never quite got to the release stage because they weren’t ‘popular’ at the time.

If that isn’t enough to get your attention, there are rumours that a lot of the classic Disney films we all enjoyed as children are due to be getting a revamp, which could well see a huge revival of films from years gone by, and I don’t mean the 80’s, I’m talking the true classics that we’ve all forgotten about.

Also, as The Greatest Showman is looking to be popular, we could also see a Moulin Rouge effect, with plenty of musicals being given a spruce up and a lick of paint! Just hopefully they’ll leave Oklahoma! Well and truly alone as it’s the most mind numbing musical I’ve ever seen!

You see the problem with remakes from more recent films, such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, is that they’re not only cult classics, but they’re also still fresh in our memories, while the likes of Dracula, are so old, they are due a revamp, with enhanced editing techniques and a more liberal mindset, meaning that the writers and directors can have a little more creative licence.

The Masque of the Red Death, a short story by Edgar Alan Poe would be perfect for release this year, as it’s not a horror, but nor is it a drama, and the way that the story was written there’s a lot of room for additional sub plots, especially if you consider the story mainly focuses on the party, and not the impending doom of the villagers outside the grand outer walls.

The Portrait of Dorian Grey is testament to this, you can have suspense without having gore, and a good ghost story is always welcome, especially for teenagers who want to have a scare, but don’t want to endure something as ghastly as The Human Centipede.

So all you movie buffs out there keep your eyes peeled, because this year is definitely going to be one to remember when it comes to innovative and interesting new releases. Certainly a lot better than the 1990’s music scene which was dominated by cheesy pop!

Sara O'Connell
A passionate photographer from Arizona, Sara enjoys art and culture.