The Horror Honeys: 2015 Sci-Fi Preview

2015 Sci-Fi Preview

A Double Sci-Fi Honey Debate by Jen and Katie


New Releases for 2015: A Tandem Sci-Fi Honey Preview!

Let’s face it: 2014 was a hell of a year for sci-fi, and 2015 has a lot to live up to.  If this lineup is any indication, 2015 will be known as “year of the franchises”: between the two new Marvel films, as well as highly anticipated additions to the Divergent and Hunger Games series, 2015 will have new films to contribute to the sci-fi Holy Grail that is Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Mad Max, and Terminator.  While these behemoths cast a big shadow over the year’s box office, there’s promise of some great indie sci-fi horror in 2015, which we will assuredly be telling you to seek out if they are worth the time.

Below is a list of 2015 new releases in sci-fi/horror film and television with a debate hosted by Sci-Fi Honey 1.0 Jen and Sci-Fi Honey 2.0 Katie: what we’re excited for, curious about, and raging over in the year ahead. 





MOVIES:

Predestination, January 9 - check out Katie's review HERE
Summary:  Ethan Hawke plays a time-traveling “Temporal Agent” in this sci-fi thriller from the director of Daybreakers.

SFH 1.0 Jen: I checked out the trailer and did some digging on the plot. It sounds like it’ll do well critically, not something I plan to check out though, although I could change my mind if someone I know sees it and likes it. Not just leaning away from it because of Ethan Hawke either; the plot sounds a bit overdone. 

SFH 2.0 Katie:  Ethan Hawke can be very polarizing, but I like him. I also liked Daybreakers, so I’m pretty excited to check this one out.



Vice, January 16
Summary:  It doesn’t get any more sci-fi/action-y than Bruce Willis running around a futuristic resort called VICE, where guests can act out their wildest fantasies with AI technology standing in for real human beings.  Also, Thomas Jane.

SFH 1.0 Jen: I won’t lie, this looks terrible. The dialogue in the trailer alone is eye rollingly bad. I do suspect though that I’ll watch it for free sometime on TV, and possibly live tweet it. 

SFH 2.0 Katie:  I think I’ve seen this before, and it was called Westworld.  With the addition of Bruiser Willis, I’m also having Surrogates flashbacks.  Next!


Alien Outpost, January 30
Summary:  Also known as Outpost 37, this mock-doc follows a group of soldiers after an alien invasion.

SFH 1.0 Jen: I like Aliens, I like war movies, I like Alien War movies. This looks a bit like District 9, appearance-wise, and although I’m traditionally not a fan of the documentary style, I’ll check it out. Might the good, might be terrible, I’m willing to take a gamble!

SFH 2.0 Katie:  This was directed by a guy who has done lots of visual effects in films, and it looks like this film will rely heavily on that CG-experience.  I’m also not a huge fan of war movies, and this looks like Starship Troopers, but without all the fun.


Jupiter Ascending, February 6
Summary:  Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum star in this epic space opera, the first original sci-fi film written and directed by Andy & Lana Wachowski since The Matrix.

SFH 1.0 Jen: This movie was on my list of movies I really wanted to see in 2014, so I’m going to go out on a limb and say I’ll totally see it in 2015! I love the Wachowskis, it looks visually awesome, and I could watch Channing Tatum knit for two hours, so I’m definitely IN!

SFH 2.0 Katie:  I’m a little concerned with the fact that this release date was delayed for so long, as it was supposed to come out last July.  However, the Wachowskis always put out work that is visually compelling, and it will be a treat to watch on the big screen for that reason alone.  In terms of story, well… let’s just hope that their return to original material will help them shake off the disaster that was Cloud Atlas.


Chappie, March 6
Summary:  District 9’s Neill Blomkamp co-wrote and directed this tale about a childlike robot (performed in mo-cap by Sharlto Copley) growing up in a human home.  Hugh Jackman also stars as a guy who doesn’t seem to like robots very much.

SFH 1.0 Jen: This looks like exactly the opposite of a movie that I want to watch. It reminds me of the 1986 movie Short Circuit, but with a prettier robot. Apparently #5 is still alive. I loved Sharlto Copely after District 9, but he lost me a bit after Elysium. This doesn’t look like it’s going to help me be a fan again.

SFH 2.0 Katie: Frankly, this movie looks adorable, and I loved everything about District 9.  I’m definitely looking forward to Chappie.


Ex Machina, April 10
Summary:  As part of a social experiment, a young computer programmer spends a week in seclusion with the world’s first truly intelligent AI – who takes the form of a beautiful robot woman.  Also known as, “every man’s fantasy...”  

SFH 1.0 Jen: Innnnteresting. It looks like it has great FX, and from the trailer, I like the angle of ‘who is playing who’ that they have going on. I’d say I’ll check this one out.

SFH 2.0 Katie: This will be Alex Garland’s first time directing, but his previous work as a writer for Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Sunshine), was so stellar that I have faith he’ll be able to pull this one off.


400 Days, April 15
Summary:  A crew of astronauts is sent to a remote corner of space, where they are locked away for 400 days in an experiment on the psychological impact of interplanetary travel.  We can venture a guess that at least some go a little mad.

SFH 1.0 Jen: The website for the movie hasn’t been updated since 2013, and no trailer exists even though it’s supposed to be released in April? I’ll reserve judgment until I’m sure this film is even showing up. 

SFH 2.0 Katie: Actress Caity Lotz is my new sci-fi go-to girl after she pulled off a stellar performance in last year’s The Machine. Let’s just hope they stick to their projected release date and this one actually comes out.



Mad Max: Fury Road, May 15
Summary:  Tom Hardy takes on the role of Max Rockatansky, the outlaw rebel trying to survive in a dystopic wasteland.

SFH 1.0 Jen: They had me at Tom Hardy. They also had me at Mad Max. This is my most anticipated movie of 2015 aside from Star Wars. The trailer also knocked my pants off.

SFH 2.0 Katie:  I exclaimed “holy shit” when I saw this trailer, so yeah, I pretty much couldn’t be more excited for this movie.  I’m also excited to revisit the other Mad Max films before I head to the cineplex – Thunderdome, anyone?


Jurassic World, June 12
Summary:  Not only is the park open; the bloodthirsty dinos have been trained to perform, Sea World-like, for human audiences.  What could possibly go wrong?

SFH 1.0 Jen: So, it’s basically the original movie, with Chris Pratt playing Jeff Goldblum.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally going to see it in theatre, the effects are probably going to be amazing. I’ll also probably mock the plot and the bonehead moves of the characters afterward.

SFH 2.0 Katie: Of course I’ll be there.  Seeing the original Jurassic Park in theaters as a kid was one of the most thrilling theatrical experiences of my life – and I’m hopeful that this one might be able to recapture some of that magic.  Plus, I dig what appears to be a Blackfish message in the trailer. 


Terminator: Genisys, July 1
Summary:  Twentysomething Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) teams up with Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) to save the world from Judgment Day, with a little help from Arnie.

SFH 1.0 Jen: Of COURSE I’m going to go see this. Although any Sarah Connor will have a hard time living up to Linda Hamilton doing pull-ups in a cell, the trailer looks fantastic. I just hope to god that James Cameron doesn’t Avatar the crap out of this and make it all heavy handed message-wise, as he tends to do. Subtlety isn’t exactly his middle name.

SFH 2.0 Katie:  I’ll admit I’ve never been huge into the Terminator series (and it doesn’t help that I hate James Cameron with a passion), but I’ll be damned if this trailer doesn’t look pretty good.  I still think this has a stupid name, though.


Selfless, July 31
Summary:  An elderly wealthy man dying of cancer transfers his consciousness into the body of a young man, but soon discovers the horrifying origin behind his new body.

SFH 1.0 Jen: Isn’t this pretty much an Emilio Estevez movie called Freejack combined with another movie called Body Parts, from the early 90’s? However, sounds interesting, and should be prettier than the aforementioned movies.

SFH 2.0 Katie: The Pastor brothers, who wrote this film, also wrote one of my favorites from last years: Los Ultimos Dias. Couple their style with the visual panache of Tarsem Singh (The Cell), and we could go on one crazy mindtrip with this one.


The Martian, November 25
Summary:  Ridley Scott directs Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars.

SFH 1.0 Jen: Another ‘Of Course.’ The trailer would have to suck out loud for me not to see it. The cast is crazy! Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain did well in Interstellar, which I liked a lot. And Sean Bean is in it! I wonder if he’ll die haha

SFH 2.0 Katie:  I don’t know what interest I have in it, as I have a love/hate relationship with Ridley Scott right now, but look at this cast.  What.



Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, December 18
Summary:  It’s Star Wars, you know the story.

SFH 1.0 Jen: Anyone who has to ask if I am going to see this, clearly doesn’t know me, or is an idiot. I’ve been waiting for this movie since 1984. Because THERE HAVE BEEN NO STAR WARS MOVIES SINCE THEN. That is all.

SFH 2.0 Katie:  Let’s face it; everyone is going to see this one because it features some of the original cast we know and love.  But the real question is: can Han Solo still kick ass in his 70s?


Air, release date TBD
Summary: When Earth’s atmosphere is all but destroyed, humanity’s last hope is the personnel cryogenically frozen in an underground bunker. Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou play the caretakers of the facility whose sanity is tested as they struggle to survive in the last bit of habitable space on Earth.

SFH 1.0 Jen: OOOoooooo Norman Reedus and Robert Kirkman, and the first person you see in the trailer is Saul Tigh from Battlestar Galactica. I am so seeing this.

SFH 2.0 Katie:  Oh hi there Daryl, nice to see you in a sci-fi environment!



TV SHOWS:

12 Monkeys, SyFy
Summary: Follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.

SFH 1.0 Jen: I saw the original movie in theatres way back when, and I didn’t like it. I know the series is apparently a bit different, but the trailer for the series didn’t win me over. Meh.

SFH 2.0 Katie:  I’m going to live tweet the first episode on January 16, so we will find out then if this pans out!


Dark Matter, SyFy
Summary: the series will follow the crew of a derelict spaceship awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.

SFH 1.0 Jen: I’m reserving judgment until I see footage, but it sounds interesting.

SFH 2.0 Katie:  It’s based on a graphic novel series from the guys behind Stargate, a film I happened to love in spite of all its badness.  I’m curious about this one!


Sense8, Netflix
Summary: A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world's order.

SFH 1.0 Jen: It’s a series from the Wachowskis, I doubt it’ll suck.

SFH 2.0 Katie: The Wachowskis have a pretty good track record, and so does Netflix. I’m optimistic.

The Expanse, SyFy
Summary: Two hundred years in the future, in a fully colonized solar system, detective Josephus Miller, born in the asteroid belt, is given the assignment to find a missing heir, the young woman Juliette Andromeda Mao. Joining his task is James Holden, rogue captain of an ice-carrying freighter who remains involved in an incident caused by the tense relationship between Earth, Mars and the Belt. Soon the two will find out that the missing woman is connected to a vast conspiracy.

SFH 1.0 Jen: Interesting premise, and based on a book series that’s apparently quite good.

SFH 2.0 Katie: The pilot was written by the duo who wrote Children of Men; I’ll tune in.

Westworld, HBO
Summary: “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin”, basically a futuristic amusement park with a Western bent.

SFH 1.0 Jen: Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris are in it, not to mention Evan Rachel Wood, and it is produced by JJ Abrams, based on a film from 1973 written by Michael Crichton. I’d say all signs point to me checking this out.

SFH 2.0 Katie:  The original material was way ahead of its time; I’m excited to see how they update it.  I’ll definitely be watching this one!


That does it, #AlienBees – enough to keep you hungry for what’s to come this year.  What are YOU most looking forward to?  Hop on Twitter and let us know using the hashtag #SciFi2015!