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Friday, January 1, 2016

7 Horror Films to Keep On Your Radar This Year

Guys! We've made it to 2016, which means all those awful films from last year did NOT kill us with boredom like we feared. Now all we need is to make it through Oscar season. But before we start scratching each other's eyes out, let's switch gears a bit...

The longer nights and blistery cold days have put me in a horror movie state of mind. So I've decided to round up a list of frightful films I'm most anticipating this year that you should put on your radar as well:

1. THE FOREST


DIRECTOR: Jason Zada
WRITER(S): Nick Antosca, Sarah Cornwell, Ben Ketai
CAST: Natalie Dormer, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt
RELEASE DATE: January 8
DESCRIPTION: A young woman searches for her twin sister in a Japanese forest only to find herself surrounded by paranormal forces.
COMMENTS: The top of the year almost always brings new (yes, sometimes forgettable) horror films. But this one looks especially interesting (though it does have that stereotype that "everything foreign is scary" which nags otherwise great modern horror).

Watch the trailer:



2. THE BOY


DIRECTOR: William Brent Bell
WRITER(S): Stacey Menear
CAST: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Ben Robson
RELEASE DATE: January 22
DESCRIPTION: An American nanny is shocked that her new English family's boy is actually a life-sized doll. After violating a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.
COMMENTS: If we've learned anything from classics like Chucky, Poltergeist, or the "Living Doll" episode of The Twilight Zone, we know that dolls are horrifying. So I can't imagine babysitting one of these plastic demons.

Watch the trailer:



3. RINGS



DIRECTOR: F. Javier Gutiérrez
WRITER(S): Jacob Aaron Estes, Akiva Goldsman, David Loucka
CAST: Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Laura Wiggins
RELEASE DATE: April 1 (tentative)
DESCRIPTION: Samara returns with a familiar video tape to strike terror again in this third film of the Ring series.
COMMENTS: It's been 11 years since the sequel to the first American remake of the Japanese Ringu, which means Samara is going to be P-I-S-S-E-D.

4. THE CONJURING 2: THE ENFIELD POLTERGEIST



DIRECTOR: James Wan
WRITER(S): Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, David Johnson, James Wan
CAST: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O'Connor
RELEASE DATE: June 10
DESCRIPTION: Based on the true story of the paranormal case that afflicted the Hodgson family.
COMMENTS: I'd probably watch this franchise try to find everyone in the sea at this point. So adorable.

Watch the trailer:


5. THE PURGE 3



DIRECTOR: James DeMonaco
WRITER(S): James DeMonaco
CAST: Elizabeth Mitchell, Frank Grillo, Mykelti Williamson
RELEASE DATE: July 1
DESCRIPTION: Plot details are unconfirmed, but I hear that this third installment will go "back to basics" with the original film. And I am sure there will be plenty of mayhem.
COMMENTS: I will always have a soft spot for this franchise.

6. FEBRUARY



DIRECTOR: Osgood Perkins
WRITER(S): Osgood Perkins
CAST: Emma Roberts, Lauren Holly, Kiernan Shipka
RELEASE DATE: September 24
DESCRIPTION: Set at an all girls boarding school, February tells the story of two women bound together by a series of sinister events.
COMMENTS: This looks bats**t crazy. I'm in.

Watch the trailer:


7. THE STRANGERS 2



DIRECTOR: Marcel Langenegger
WRITER(S): Ben Ketai
CAST: Unconfirmed
RELEASE DATE: December 2 (tentative)
DESCRIPTION: The plot follows a family on the verge of sending their troubled teenage daughter to boarding school as they embark on one last family trip to a mobile home park that their uncle runs. Their last bonding opportunity turns to horror when the teenage children discover the bodies of their aunt and uncle, fresh from a recent visit from the Strangers — Man in the Mask, Pin Up Girl and Dollface.The night becomes a race to escape for the family, as the masked killers take new pleasure in tormenting their victims in this twisted sequel that picks up where the original’s bloody footprints leave off.
COMMENTS: Full disclosure: this movie is really iffy as it has been "in the works" for a long time, with a revolving door of directors and screenwriters attached. But the word on the street is that it will be released this year. If this is true and it is even half as good as the original 2008 film, I am going to already call this the best horror of 2016.

Which horror are you looking forward to this year?

3 comments:

Ashlee said...

Thus far in addition to this list (mostly), add The Witch to your radar as well!

Candice Frederick said...

@Ashlee I'm not sure how I feel about that one yet...

zohaib anwar said...

no no wthat,,,

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