This year looks like one for paranormal happenings. Movies scheduled to come out in 2009 are all about new age, powers and mysticism…but more popularly, psychic powers. Here’s what we have lined up so far:
1. Men Who Stare At Goats – UK journalist Jon Ronson’s 2005 bestseller will be made into a feature film by director Grant Heslov. The nonfiction piece delves into the story of the US Army’s First Battalion, which tried to use paranormal abilities against the enemy. The film is slated to start Kevin Spacey, who will be playing a former psychic soldier now running a prison camp in Iraq. The start-studded cast also includes George Clooney, Ewan McGregor and Jeff Bridges.
2. Push – This sci-fi film is about people with special abilities banding together to run from The Division — a government organization that wants to exploit their abilities. The movie stars Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning and Djimon Hounsou.
3. Race to Witch Mountain – Well, this is really more of an extraterrestrial movie than a psychic movie..but it looks like it’s fun to watch anyway. This Disney film tells the story of a Las Vegas cab driver (Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock) who finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab. He finds himself in the middle of an adventure that includes the government, mobsters and aliens.
4. Knowing – A combination of foretelling the future and an end-of-the-world movie, this stars Nicolas Cage as a teacher who opens a time capsule from 50 years back. In it are some predictions encoded in numbers leading to a chilling unfolding of events.
Several more are in the pipeline. Psychic films have been around as early as the 70’s with cult classics such as Carrie, Mind Over Murder, Psychic Killer and more. From the Dead Zone of the 80’s to The Butcher’s Wife in the 90’s, the genre keeps growing every decade.
Early in 2000 we saw the rise of M Night Symalan films which always veer towards the unknown and the paranormal. It’s no surprise that the number of psychic films keep growing every year as the interest in the topic grows at the same rate.