10 Upcoming Horror Movies to Look Out For
Overall, 2015 wasn’t the greatest year for horror releases. We had the standard big studio releases that focused on “themes of the month” (cookie cutter ghost stories and the such) and we had some rather disappointing indie horror releases with the occasional good one thrown in. Hey, it is a numbers game. Watch as many horror films as I do and you’re bound to see some decent ones. Well, it is October and lucky for all us that the last part of 2015 is looking like it is going to be filled with fun, solid horror offerings. Over the last month we’ve been treated to the Elijah Wood starrer, COOTIES, Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO and M. Night Shyamalan’s THE VISIT (review to come). But the rest of 205 looks just as promising. Let’s check out what’s coming our way:
A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY
This film was released on October 2, 2015 and I have it all queued up and ready to watch. This is an anthology-like movie that has interwoven stories loosely connected. Some of the stories include a family that brings home a very odd Christmas tree, a student’s documentary project that takes a frightening turn, a Christmas spirit that wreaks havoc, and Santa himself facing off against evil.
THE FINAL GIRLS
I’ve watched the trailer for this on at least a dozen times and every time I watch it it gets better and better. This one is about a girl grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, who then finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the two women must fight off the film’s maniacal, masked killer. Think THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO meets FRIDAY THE 13TH!! THE FINAL GIRLS is slated for an October 9, 2015 release.
Eli Roth really wants to dominate the Halloween season and offers up another tasty genre film that has been getting great buzz. In THE GREEN INFERNO we get Roth’s love letter to the classic Italian-cannibal flicks of the 1970s and 1980s, but with KNOCK KNOCK, Roth turns the typical psycho male killer formula on its ear. In the film, Keanu Reeves plays plays a loving and happily married man who lets two younger girls into his home who then proceed to seduce him, hold him hostage, and subject him to all kinds of horrors. This one is also slated to drop on October 9, 2015.
Perhaps the most anticipated horror film of 2015 is Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK. This is del Toro’s return to the gothic ghost story that originally made him a household name. In the film, an aspiring author (Mia Wasikowska) moves in with her mysterious new husband (Tom Hiddleston) and his sister (Jessica Chastain), against the wishes of a close friend (Charlie Hunnam). As she tries to cope with a recent family tragedy, she slowly realizes the house is not just a structure, but a living, breathing being. This is another captivating trailer that I’ve watched over and over again. CRIMSON PEAK is set for an October 16, 2015 release.
Here’s a ghost story coming our way, but don’t be too quick to brush this one off as just another INSIDIOUS clone. In THE DIABOLICAL, a single mother (Ali Larter) faces a strange, violent, paranormal presence in her home, and when paranormal experts refuse to help, she takes matters into her own hands. This one sounds like it will offer us something a little different. Look for this one in theaters on October 16, 2015.
THE LAST WITCH HUNTER
Granted, this one sounds more like an action flick than a straight up horror movie, THE LAST WITCH HUNTER also sounds like it may be fun. Directed by Breck Eisner and starring Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, and Michael Caine, the plot revolves around a man (Diesel) who is cursed with immortality after killing an all-powerful Queen Witch. Centuries later when the witch and her minions seem to be coming back, Diesel must hunt her down and slay her again. Look for THE LAST WITCH HUNTER on October 23, 2015.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION
Here’s our seasonal release of the next entry into a franchise that should’ve died out a long time ago!! In what is being promised as the last in the series (I’m not buying it), a family discovers a bizarre video camera in the garage that helps them see supernatural forces manifested in physical form. As they get to the bottom of the mystery that started years and years ago, they witness more terror than they can imagine. This one is also getting a October 23, 2015 release date.
SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
This is another one I’m really looking forward to!! In it, a group of boy scouts find themselves scrambling to get their wits about them when the zombie apocalypse hits. They need to rely on their boy scout training to save the day. David Koechner–who is always fantastic–stars as a scout leader, and Cloris Leachman herself also stars. Look for this in theaters on October 30, 2015.
Just in time for Christmas is KRAMPUS, an ancient, evil monster that’s notorious for terrorizing children during the holiday season. A young boy accidentally summons Krampus on Christmas Eve and his family must band together to fight it off and to survive the holiday season. KRAMPUS is written and directed by TRICK ‘R TREAT maker, Michael Dougherty, so expectations are high. Look for KRAMPUS in theaters on December 4, 2015.
This is a retelling of the classic Mary Shelley story told from Igor’s (Daniel Radcliffe) perspective. We see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein (James McAvoy), and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today. This one won’t be out until November 25, 2015.
I think we’ve got some definite winners in this crop of upcoming horror films. Which ones are you most interested in seeing?