Upcoming Horror Films to Keep Your Eyes On in 2016

Earlier, EvilQueenB wrote an article on some of the upcoming horror films to look for in 2016. I thought I’d expand on her list and talk about a few more horror films that are expected to come out in 2016. You will note that there are quite a few films that either have a general “2016” release date or which don’t have a release date at all. Just keep checking back in here at AnythingHorror.com to see all the films on this list–and others–updated. Here’s to hoping that 2016 is half as good as 2015!! All release dates listed are subject to change.

I’ve arranged this list according to release date, but those that do not yet have one are grouped together at the end of the article and are in alphabetical order.


This highly anticipated film from director Jason Zada, who wrote the creepy HOUSES THAT OCTOBER BUILT, centers around a woman trapped in Japan’s “suicide forest.”

A young woman searches for her twin sister in a Japanese forest only to find herself surrounded by paranormal forces.

Release Date: January 8, 2016 in theaters


Leaving her hectic city lifestyle behind, young mother-to-be Eveleigh joins her husband David at their beautiful new vineyard home only to be plagued by terrifying noises and visions of a sinister hooded figure. No one else hears or sees these hallucinations, not even David, who grows increasingly worried about his wife’s well-being. 

Desperate to prove her sanity, Eveleigh hunts down locals who reveal the haunted history of the vineyard in which she now resides. But when the pieces come together, the answer is far different – and more dangerous to her and her baby – than she ever imagined.

Release Date: January 19, 2016


Directed by William Brent Bell, the man behind 2006’s STAY ALIVE and 2012’s THE DEVIL INSIDE, is directing this one about a life-sized doll of a boy who may or may not be alive.

A nanny is tasked with overseeing a life-like doll by a bizarre couple who treat it as a real child. The couple use the doll as way to cope with the death of their young son, but the nanny becomes increasingly convinced that it is alive.

Release Date: January 22, 2016 in theaters

MARTYRS (remake)

In the most maligned remake of the year (already).

Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare–if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them.

Release Date: January 22, 2016


31 is easily the film I’m most looking forward to seeing on 2016. Written and directed by Rob Zombie, 31 boasts a fantastic cast and a terrific sounding story.

31 tells the story of five carnies in 1976 kidnapped on the morning of Halloween and held hostage in a remote industrial Hell. While trapped, they are forced to play a violent game called 31. The mission is to survive 12 hours against an endless gang of grease-painted maniacs.

Release Date: January 23, 2016

new antibirth


In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions as she struggles to get a grip on reality while stories of conspiracy spread.

Release Date: January 2016

new trash fire


When Owen is forced to confront the past he’s been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit and murder.

Release Date: January 2016


After many, many delays, Seth Grahame-Smith’s mash-up of Jane Austen’s classic novel and zombies is finally going to see the light of day.

Release Date: February 5, 2016

new southbound


Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares–and darkest secrets – over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway.

Release Date: February 9, 2016

Black Wake


Specialists gather in a top-secret facility to investigate a series of strange deaths on beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. One of the team’s scientists (Nana Gouvea) examines video evidence to uncover a possible parasitic explanation for the fatalities. But when a determined detective (Tom Sizemore) sends her the crazed writings of a mysterious homeless man (Jonny Beauchamp), the scientist slowly learns that the actual threat may be more dangerous — and far older — than anyone ever imagined. Can she convince her colleagues (led by Eric Roberts) of the true danger before an ancient force rises from the sea to bring madness and death to all of humanity?

Check out a teaser from the film.

Release Date: February 19, 2016

new viral


From directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (the team behind both PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 and 4) comes a story about what happens after a deadly virus hits.

Following the outbreak of a virus that wipes out the majority of the human population, a young woman documents her family’s new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister.

Release Date: February 19, 2016

new witch


Perhaps one of the most anticipated new horror releases of 2016, THE WITCH tells the story–set in New England in the 1630s–about William and Katherine who

lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood.

Release Date: February 26, 2016


A family lives an idyllic existence abroad until a tragic accident takes the life of their young son. The inconsolable mother learns of an ancient ritual that will bring him back to say a final goodbye. She travels to an ancient temple, where a door serves as a mysterious portal between two worlds. But when she disobeys a sacred warning to never open that door, she upsets the balance between life and death.

Release Date: March 11, 2016


A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.

Release Date: March 25, 2016

new rings


Paramount Pictures is developing a third installment in the THE RING franchise with the sole intention of reinventing these films.

Samara returns with a familiar video tape to strike terror again in the third film of the Ring series, Rings.

Release Date: April 1, 2016


Filmmaker Mike Flanagan (OCULUS) is back, this time with a plot straight from THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams – and nightmares – manifest physically as he sleeps.

Release Date: April 8, 2016


You’d think by now people would stop moving into this house!!

A single mother moves her three children into the haunted house not knowing of the house’s bloody history.

Release Date: April 15, 2016


A young punk rock band find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence.

Here’s a short clip from the film:

Release Date: April 15, 2016




You read that right. The freaky oily black haired ghost chicks from the RINGU and JU-ON franchises will duke it out sometime in may!!

Release Date: May 2016


The eagerly anticipated follow up the hit film, THE CONJURING.

Release Date: June 10, 2016

new purge


Why these films are so damn popular, I’ll never understand. This one promises to reveal the next terrifying chapter of twelve hours of anarchy that is sanctioned annually by the New Founders of America.

Release Date: July 1, 2016

new range 15


This horror comedy has a great cast, including Danny Trejo,  Sean Astin,  William Shatner, Keith David, and Bryan Callen, but there is no official synopsis yet.

Release Date: July 4, 2016


When a bloodthirsty supernatural being that lurks in the shadows preys upon a family, a young woman must fight to protect herself, save her little half-brother, and uncover a mystery about her family’s shadowy past. 

Release Date: July 22, 2016

new lava


No official plot has been given, but if you’ve seen the first film, I think you could pretty much guess what is going to happen in the second one. Here’s the trailer from the first one … and yes, this is the cast from POLICE ACADEMY.

Release Date: July 25, 2016 (TV movie)

new sharknado


The next film in the franchise where tropical storms keep scooping up tons of sharks from the ocean and drops them on land. You’d think by now all sharks would be extinct!! This film, though, asks the question everyone wants to know: Will April live or die?

Release Date: July 2016 (TV movie)


A group of teens break into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. They’re wrong.

Release Date: August 26, 2016

new patient zero


Unfortunately this is not a film version of Jonathan Maberry’s fantastic novel. But seriously, read the summary below and tell me this doesn’t sound like it should be titled, “The Zombie Whisperer”!!

After an unprecedented global pandemic has turned the majority of humankind into violent “Infected,” a man gifted with the ability to speak the Infected’s new language leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.

Release Date: September 2, 2016


A surrogate mother harbors a deadly secret desire for a family of her own with the husband who is expecting to raise her child. 

Release Date: September 16, 2016


A man recently released from a mental institute inherits a mansion after his parents die. After a series of disturbing events, he comes to believe it is haunted.

Release Date: September 30, 2016

new underworld


No official plot has been given for this film yet.

Release Date: October 21, 2016

new ouija2


Mike Flanagan directs the sequel to the surprisingly successful 2014 OIUJA. No official plot has been released yet.

Release Date: October 21, 2016

new krampus


No, this isn’t the sequel to the 2015 KRAMPUS movie, this is a sequel to the 2013 indie horror film, KRAMPUS: THE CHRISTMAS DEVIL by indie horror filmmaker Jason Hull. Very excited for this one!! Here’s a trailer for the first film.

Release Date: November 4, 2016


The story centers on Del, the wife of a Utah coal miner who has a premonition about an impending disaster, which ultimately saves her husband’s life. This puts the husband under suspicion when a mine explosion traps several other miners, as the wife’s visions keep getting worse and worse, hinting at a sinister, supernatural force within the mountain.

Release Date: 2016

CABIN FEVER (remake)

A remake of Eli Roth’s 2002 film about a flesh-eating virus. Check out the trailer for the original film.

Release Date: 2016

new cujo


This stands for “Canine Unit Joint Operations” … don’t ask me, I just report the news. I wouldn’t expect to see this one until 2017, but as of right now this is classified as “still in development” with a 2016 release date.

Release Date: 2016


This one is still in development.

A member of a secret group of mortals entrusted with protecting vampires while they sleep during the day steps in to help when a battle breaks out between rivaling vampire clans.

Release Date: 2016

new dead 7


A ragtag band of gunslingers fight a zombie plague in this horror western. And the cast? Well, the cast is made up of members from the boy bands N’Sync and The Backstreet Boys. Yeah, I’m not kidding.

Release Date: 2016

new death house


This film is one of the ones I’m really looking forward to. Check out the cast: Danny Trejo,  Dee Wallace,  Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Barbara Crampton, Barbara Crampton, Doug Bradley. Camille Keaton, and Ken Foree!!

Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth.

In the lowest level are The Four Horsemen–the most notorious serial killers of all time. Robert Englund’s weapon of choice is fire; Gunnar Hansen has an unquenchable thirst for human flesh; Bill Moseley is a surgeon, and tends to focus on mutilation and torture; and Doug Bradley shares a bond with spiders, particularly the Brown Recluse Spider, whose poison Bradley is happy to dispense among those unfortunate enough to meet him. 

Release Date: 2016

new don't kill it


When an ancient demon is accidentally unleashed in a sparsely populated Alaskan town, the only hope of survival lies in the hands of a grizzled old demon hunter Jebediah Woodley and his reluctant partner FBI agent Evelyn Pierce.

This one stars Dolph Lundgren. ‘Nuff said!!

Release Date: 2016

new don't knock twice


Like a cross between CANDYMAN and THE RING, DON’T KNOCK TWICE is based on a terrifying urban legend.

To save her estranged daughter, a guilt-ridden mother must uncover the terrifying truth behind the urban legend of a vengeful, demonic witch. 

Release Date: 2016

new grasshopper


This film is still in development.

In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises. 

Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner. 

Release Date: 2016

new jack goes home


Thomas Dekker, who starred in both LAID TO REST and CHROMESKULL: LAID TO REST 2, directs this one.

After his father is killed in a car crash, Jack travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. There, he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family history, his parents, his friends and his very identity.

Release Date: 2016

new jerezulam


When a couple of American young adults fly to Israel to visit the city of Jerusalem, a biblical nightmare falls upon the city.

Release Date: 2016

new land of smiles


Abby is lured through the third world paradise of Thailand searching for her kidnapped best friend and unknowingly she becomes the centerpiece of a sociopathic filmmakers obsession.

Release Date: 2016

new lleatherface


Prequel about teenage Leatherface who escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a young nurse and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.

Release Date: 2016


When a girl goes to get an IUD implanted by a distant relative, he commits a deranged act which has deadly implications for those close to her.


Release Date: 2016


Emaji Entertainment, has acquired the rights to reboot 1998s STRANGELAND, written by and starring Dee Snider, the frontman of 80s hairband, Twisted Sister.

Snider’s portrayal of Carlton Hendricks aka Captain Howdy in the original film created a character that has become a cult horror legend. Emaji Entertainment will accompany the singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality and actor back into the dark underground world of ritualistic body modification where victims are lured via an ever pervasive world of social media. Here’s the trailer from the original STRANGELAND.

Release Date: 2016

new belko


This one has me really excited. This is directed by Greg Mclean (WOLF CREEK and ROGUE), is written by James Gunn (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), and stars Michael Rooker (HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER and THE WALKING DEAD)!!

A group of 83 American expatriates who work in a building in Sao Paulo, Brazil, find themselves trapped in their workplace; a voice emits over the speaker system, forcing them through a series of murderous moral decisions. 

Release Date: 2016


An adaptation of a short story called “The Bridge to Body Island,” by Robert Damon Schneck, the story centers on three Wisconsin college students who come up against the sinister titular “Bye Bye Man.”

Release Date: 2016

new neon demon


With a solid cast and an interesting story, THE NEON DEMON sounds like this could be interesting.

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Release Date: 2016

new overlook hotel


This film is still in development but I’m hoping we see this one released in 2016. This will be a prequel to THE SHINING. I’m excited to see the fate of the creepy twins!!

Release Date: 2016

Which films are you looking forward to? Sound off below in the comments section.

Stay Bloody on 2016!!!


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