Predicting what horror films will take us by storm is a difficult task. Four of the best films of 2014 (Afflicted, The Babadook, Starry Eyes, and The Taking of Deborah Logan) were on nobody’s lists last year at this time. Release dates change or projects falter. When I look back at my list from last year, it is sprinkled with films that will end up with official releases in 2015.
While we only face one mummy entry (Frankenstein vs The Mummy) in 2015, found footage will still make up quite a few entries. Slasher films look like they are making a comeback, and there are only a few possession films on the horizon. There are quite a few haunted house films on tap, and zombies are kept at a minimum. There is a push toward the Sci-fi area of horror, but it looks like we’re in for a pretty good year of horror no matter what.
Here is an initial look at the films coming out in 2015 (If we missed any, contact us and we’ll update this list.) Many surprises will come out of the festival circuit that will haunt us later in the year and into next year. We’ve linked to most film’s IMDB for tracking purposes (except for those films for sale and festival films), so just click the link to find any updates:
[REC]4: Apocolypse, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, Valley of the Witch, Desecrated, Missionary, Realm of Souls, Dark Summer, Predestination, Preservation, The Scarehouse, The Cabining, The Phoenix Project, Attack of the Morningside Monster, The Atticus Institute, Gnome Alone, Everly, Killers, Big Driver, The Remaining, Why Don’t you Play in Hell?, Alien Outpost, The Loft, Suburban Gothic
January looks to be filled with a ton of fun films. The Scarehouse combines erotic horror with a funhouse. I’m usually a sucker for apocalyptic horror like The Remaining. The Atticus Institute investigates how the military may want to use supernatural beings in warfare. But, The Cabining looks to be a fun mess and very Tucker and Dale-ish.
Exists, Scavenger Killers, Seventh Son, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, Fear Clinic, Frankenstein vs The Mummy, Proof of the Devil, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, What We Do in the Shadows, White Rabbit, Wyrmwood, Altar, Casebook of Eddie Brewer, Plan 9, The Lazarus Effect, Zombieworld, Out of the Dark, Axe to Grind, Ejecta, The Vatican Tapes
I, personally, can’t wait for Fear Clinic. It was the first film set I was on, and everybody there was great…including Slipknot’s Corey Taylor. However, February is another good month for horror. We see Angry Video Game Nerd’s James Rolfe and crew try to outdo crap legend Ed Wood in Plan 9. Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard is very Walking Dead-ish. What We Do in the Shadows has received some phenomenal reviews. However, I have to go with the Australian zombie film Wyrmwood here.
Zombeavers finally gets its release. Will the new Paranormal Activity outdo its last, or revert to stale levels again? It Follows has done very good on the festival circuit, but there’s just something about Muck that captured my imagination. It’s Playboy beauties, practical effects, and Kane Hodder.
April’s releases are currently pretty weak. Unfriended is reminiscent of that new creepypasta about the dead girlfriend that stalks her boyfriend on facebook.
Really, not one release?
Poltergeist will be big….but will it be good? It scares me that they’ve moved this from its October 2014 release to June of 2015. We haven’t seen anything about this one either. No teasers. No press. Nothing. I’m still excited.
Goosebumps is sticking with its August 2015 release date despite all the artwork and imdb pointing towards April 2016. Sinister 2 could be really interesting as this franchise is open to pretty much anything, but Regression with Emma Watson looks to be the one here.
M. Night Shamalan returns in The Visit. Kitchen Sink pits vampires, zombies, and humans….against something else. It sounds like a cartoon come to life. I’m hoping they don’t go kid friendly on this as it could be the new Shaun of the Dead. The haunted house film The Disappointments Room gets the nod here though.
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) plays Igor to the mad doctor. Vin Diesel looks to finally make the action-horror genre work in The Last Witch Hunter. Guillermo del Toro will terrify us with his new entry.
Don’t get me wrong: I will be there opening day for Friday the 13th. I’m just afraid of what they’ll do it. No script, no concept…release date set. Sigh. Midnight Special might be the film here.
Festival Runs 2015
Afterimages, Another, Army of Frankensteins, Beautiful People, Burying the Ex, Christmas at Dracula’s, Grim Becoming, House of Manson, Keeping Room, Let Us Prey, Lower Angels, Mexico Barbaro
Whenever I see Ashley Greene’s names on a film, I get all fuzzy inside…until I remember that turd The Apparition. It’s only redeeming quality was her frequent bikini/underwear shots. However, Burying the Ex could be quite funny (in a Warm Bodies kind of way). Ryan Kiser portrays Charlie Manson, and Christmas at Dracula’s seems like it should wonderful (if it doesn’t become a long string of the same jokes).
Agoraphobia, Aliens vs. Titanic, Clown, Charlie’s Farm, Cooties, Final Girl, The Final Girls, Gore Orphanage, Green Inferno, Human Centipede III: The Final Sequence,I-Lived, Infini, Ju-On: The Beginning of the End, Kristy, Last Shift, The Lotus, Maggie, Magi, Marked, Megafoot, Pay the Ghost, Roadside, Robot Overlords, The Shelter, Sociopathia, Spirits, Submerged, Summer Camp, Territory, There’s Something in the Pilliga, Trip, We Are Still Here,When Your Flesh Screams, Wolverine Hotel
Clown has been released in Italy. No US date as of yet. I loved Charlie’s Farm. Cooties has reshot its ending (which supposedly was its weak point). Will we ever see Human Centipede III? Arnold Schwarzenegger plays father to a zombie in Maggie. The Final Girls wins here with the IMDB description A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer. (with Workoholics’ Adam DeVine).
Backtrack, Blackout, Blood Moon, Bloody Realm, Bugs 3D, Chrysilis, Control Group, Cub, Deathday Party, Deathgasm, Death’s Door, Demon Baby, Demons, Digging up the Marrow, Doll Factory, Dooms Castle Horror, Exorcist: Prayers in the Dark, Eye’s Diary, Ghost Rituals, Hansel vs Gretal, Harbringer Down, Hayride 2, Home, Mary Loss of Soul, Midnight Abyss, Mile Marker Seven, Monster Truck, Navigation, Old 37, Over Your Dead Body, Raiders of the Last Shark, Shrew’s Nest, Soldiers of the Damned, Speak, Spring, Strange Blood, Terror, The Hatching, The Malibue Tapes, Tragedy, True Love Ways
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