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The Best Upcoming Fantasy Movies in June 2012

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... a dreamer, freelance writer, massage therapist, naturopath, mother & drop-out social work student living, working and writing in the Blue Mountains. When not occupied with the real world, she writes fantasy.
Published May 28th 2012
The Best Upcoming Fantasy Movies in June 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman
An image from the much anticipated fantasy film - Snow White and the Huntsman

If you're a hard-core fantasy fan like myself, you might already have some of these in your diary. If not, here's a run-down on some of the best upcoming treats this winter for fans of the hot fantasy genre.

What a pleasant way to stay warm and entertained. Yes, please. Go visit another world this winter.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
June 1)

Snow White and the Huntsman image
The fatal bite of the apple


Another of those fairytale themed fantasy films that seems to be all the rage at the moment. Loosely, based on the Grimm fairytale, 'Snow White', this epic adventure story features Kristen Stewart (the Twilight heroine) as a kick-ass, warrior girl version of Snow White. Hottie Chris Hemsworth plays the Huntsman sent to kill her. Charlize Theron plays evil Queen Ravenna while Bob Hoskins and Nick Frost can be seen as dwarves.

Snow White and the Huntsman is a British /American co-production, produced by British Director Rupert Sanders and principally filmed in the UK.

Basic Plot: Queen Ravenna's plans to rule the Continent are thrown amuck by her Magic Mirror's news that she will be overthrown by her stepdaughter Snow White. Snow White escapes to the Dark Forest. A Huntsman sent by the Queen to kill her, takes pity on Snow White and trains her in the art of war. With the assistance of the dwarves and Prince William, her childhood sweetheart, Snow White fights for the Kingdom.

Verdict: The trailers look out of this world. The boyfriend has already been informed where I'll be on June 1. Love, adventure, war, friendship and a fantasy world – created by the capable hands of Universal Pictures - what more could you want? Pant… Pant …

Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart as warrior princess Snow White


PROMETHEUS
June 8)

Prometheus - image from the film
Prometheus

Ridley Scott (director of 'Alien' and 'Blade Runner' – need we say more) does an alien prequel. This Sci-Fi horror is filmed in Antarctica with much of the film set in space.

Basic Plot: Seeking the origins of human life, a team of scientist's, instead end up in a horrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Prometheus is the name of the space vessel used by the scientists who set out to explore Alien DNA. The plot-line of this movie is deliberately being kept a little hush-hush, which won't hurt you. What's wrong with a little suspense? This is Ridley Scott – so expect those alien monsters and to be scared out of the seat of your pants.

The good-looking cast includes Guy Pearce as the owner and founder of Weyland Corporations, the company behind the expedition, Noomi Rapace as a scientist, and Charlize Theron (she's been busy hasn't she?) as a company rep aboard the expedition. Michael Fassbander plays a robot called David.

Verdict: The sets and trailers look amazing. If you're a fan of the Alien Sci-Fi horror genre, this is right up your alley. Me: I'll be there. Plus, Guy Pearce is in it. That's good enough for me.

BRAVE
June 22)


Brave
Image from the movie

An animated adventure fantasy from the Pixar team. You got the idea.

Basic Plot:
Princess Merida's defiance of a custom in order to prove her skills as an archer, results in chaos to the kingdom. Merida is granted one wish by an old Wise Woman, which turns out to be ill-fated. In order to undo her mistake and save her people, she must use bravery and her archery skills and fight many perils. Brave features the voices of Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters.

Verdict:
Nice animation. Thumbs up for a female heroine. This is Pixar, so expect to be entertained. One of those films you can take the kids to and still enjoy yourself, but typically presents the dilemma over the violence in so many 'kid's' films.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE SLAYER
(June 22)


Abraham Lincoln, vampire hunter
The Poster for the film


Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. This fictitious American 3D historical thriller, is co-produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (also the Director). Benjamin Walker plays the real life character of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the U.S. Abe is portrayed as having a secret life as a vamp hunter.

Basic Plot:
The President discovers from his father that vampires are real and that in fact, his mother was killed by one of them. Abe's passion to slay vampires is thus fuelled.

Verdict:
Could be promising. There are vampires and producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov are at the helm. Need we say more. The combo of 16th Century America and vampires verges on delicious.

Image from the film - Abe as vamp slayer
Take that. Go Abe.


TED
(June 29)

Ted
The poster for the film


Comedy about a man and his teddy bear, directed by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy and starring Mark Wahlberg.

Basic Plot: A man is stuck with his teddy bear, when his childhood wish for it to come alive, comes true.

Verdict: The trailers look kinda cute, and the idea hasn't been done before (as far as I know) but be warned this teddy bear has a foul mouth.
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Why? A fun winter option
When: June 2012
Where: Your local cinema
Cost: Standard cinema ticket prices
Your Comment
This is a must see!!

Do the vampires represent the devilish southerners that refused the union, the last of the slave traders?

Was it a vampire plot that finally got the president, I always thought there was something fishy going on.

Cheers
by Carney (score: 1|69) 1585 days ago
Great article! Brave is a terrific film, such a positive role model for young girls! Snow White looks interesting. I will see about renting it.
by Jennifer Muirhead (score: 2|846) 1603 days ago
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