1. Warm Bodies
February kicks off with the release of the second book adaptation of 2013. Warm Bodies is based on the 2010 debut novel of the same title by Isaac Marion. Fitting for the month, this is not only a zombie movie, but a zombie romance! America has fallen to the zombie apocalypse. Human survivors huddle in heavily guarded fortresses and raid the surrounding area for supplies left behind in the chaos. Meanwhile, zombies wander the country eating whoever they can catch. When Julie (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice‘s Teresa Palmer) is sent on a mission to recover medical supplies, her group is attacked by a pack of zombies. R (X-men: First Class‘s Nicholas Hoult) eats Julie’s boyfriend, absorbing that young man’s memories of Julie. R then saves Julie from the rest of the zombies and takes her home with him, where, under Julie’s influence, he slowly becomes more human. Looking for an offbeat movie for your Valentine’s Day date? This may be a good choice.
Release Date February 1
2. Beautiful Creatures
Beautiful Creatures is the film adaptation of the 2009 young adult novel of the same title by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) moves with her family to Gatlin, South Carolina where she meets local boy Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich). Lena is a member of a supernaturally powerful family, and when she turns 16, she must choose whether to align herself with the light or the dark. Can the influence of mortal boy Ethan sway the balance, or has the die already been cast by Lena’s dark mother? While the two leads are relative unknowns, Lena’s family is filled with A-list actors, including Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, and Emmy Rossum. While this certainly qualifies as a teen romance, there’s enough acting and special effects muscle behind this to possibly make it more than just a Twilight knock off.
Release Date February 13
3. Escape From Planet Earth
Need an escape from Valentine’s Day romances? Why not give this animated family adventure a try? Scorch Supernova is an astronaut from the planet Baab who specializes in daring rescues with the help of his brother Gary. They receive an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet—Earth—and Scorch finds himself in a trap set up by Shanker, the head of Area 51. Now it’s up to risk-adverse and nerdy Gary to save the day. This movie brings together an all-star voice cast (including William Shatner as the villainous Shanker, no less), the writers behind Hoodwinked, and the director of Despicable Me.
Release Date February 14
4. Dark Skies
Rounding out February’s SFF film releases is Dark Skies, from the producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious and the director of Priest and Legion. The Barrets are your average suburban family living the American dream—until one day, when strange instances that are impossible to explain start to occur. Birds dive to their deaths at the Barret’s house. Strange brands appear on their children. They reach out on the internet, only to find out the most likely cause of all of this is aliens. Now, this could go really cheesy, but the trailer itself is creepy enough to convince me that if you like horror films like Paranormal Activity, this may be to your taste.
Release Date February 22