Horror Movies 2016
Upcoming Horror Films Releasing in 2016
While 2015 sadly wasn’t a great year for horror movies, 2016 looks set to make up for this year’s let-downs with many upcoming releases that could easily make it onto the list of the best, and hopefully scariest, horror movies of 2016. Sequels and remakes are expected of course and currently the most notable are The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist and Amityville: The Awakening.
The current biggest contender for 2016’s scariest film is The Forest and the most intriguing on the list is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – if the title alone doesn’t sell it to you then who knows what will. In accordance with tradition, the majority of the films are released in the early months of 2016 following the Oscar season.
The Forest – Release Date: January 8th 2016
The film takes place in a Japanese forest named the Aokigahara, a real-life place which has become an infamous suicide spot. It is in this location that a young American woman, Sara, goes searching for her twin sister who mysteriously went missing never to return again. Despite being warned many times to not stray from the marked path, Sara decides that she must enter the depths of the forest in order to discover the truth about what really happened to her sister. Unfortunately, the forest is full of haunted souls who seek to prey upon anyone who crosses their path.
Antibirth – Release Date: January 25th 2016
Wild party girl Lou (Natasha Lyonne) is in a pickle. After a party that perhaps got a little too wild, bizarre symptoms and uncouth pains begin plaguing her, much to the dismay of friends like Sadie (Chloe Sevigny), who think she’s just attempting to conceal a pregnancy. Yet, as kidnappings and random acts of suspicion begin piling up all over town, a mysterious stranger (Meg Tilly) appears with potential answers to Lou’s dire condition. It’s body horror basics, wrapped in a tight sheen of B-actresses and a plot intriguing enough to stick – as such, Antibirth is definitely a movie meant for horror purists.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Release Date: February 5th 2016
Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s immensely popular parody novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies reworks a classic Jane Austen story to give the period drama a horror upgrade. It appears that soon-to-be-lovers Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have more than just the issue of social class on their plate after a zombie outbreak puts the inhabitants of 19th Century England in extreme peril while the undead aimlessly walk the land. The movie features a host of British acting talent including Lily James as Elizabeth, Lena Headey as Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy.
Viral – Release Date: February 19th 2016
The movie depicts events surrounding a virus that wipes out half of the entire population of Earth. While the disease spreads rapidly, a young woman starts to record the events following the quarantine of the small town she lives in. She must come to terms with the fact that her own sister has been infected by the deadly disease and make the brutal decision whether to abandon her sister or save her and hope that the virus doesn’t consume the both of them. The two are joined by their neighbour who helps them barricade the house while the town’s population grows increasingly more infected.
Friend Request – Release Date: April 20th 2016 (UK)
Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) is one of the most popular girls in college. She spends the days surfing social media and being adored by most everyone that crosses her path – until today. A friend request from a random chick sparks her interest into acceptance, but things quickly spiral out of control when Laura becomes obsessed with finding out the user’s identity. As the deaths of those closest to her escalate in number, the former college queen must discover who the culprit is before it’s simply too late. Such a concept has recently been done with Unfriended (2014), but that’s not to take away from the style that director Simon Verhoeven could potentially bring to the table.
The Wailing – Release Date: June 3rd 2016
A south Korean film taking place in a rural town suddenly plagued by a rash of mysterious deaths. Originally suspecting poisonous mushrooms, the main characters begin to realize that perhaps the mysterious stranger has something to do with the recent goings on. With his daughters safety at stake he enlists the help of a self proclaimed shaman and together they attempt to navigate the dark and mysterious surroundings of the deaths. A movie that blends moments of dark comedy with blood chilling scares and interesting turns. Words do it little justice, if your used to being able to predict a movies outcome. The Wailing will prove a pleasant surprise.
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist – Release Date: June 10th 2016
Following directly on from the events in the first movie, The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist follows Ed and Lorraine Warren, played once again by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, as they travel to England to investigate a case a paranormal activity in a London council house. The characters are based on a real life couple who conducted research on supposedly haunted locations and objects including the Amityville house and the case of the possessed doll Annabelle. The 2016 sequel is one again directed by James Wan who has many notable horror credits to his name including Saw and Insidious.
The Shallows – Release Date: June 24th 2016
Nancy Adams (Blake Lively), following the death of her mother, quickly learns that Paradise beach in Mexico which she is about to learn is anything but paradise as the area is dominated by the great white shark that really rules the place. Out surfing Nancy is injured and becomes stranded a mere 200 yards off shore. While stranded she witnesses the great white shark attack two fellow surfers one of which had been within hands reach she had been attempting to pull up on the rock to safety with herself.
The Neon Demon – Release Date: TBA June 2016
Detailing a rocky descent into the L.A. underground, Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon lives up to it’s colorful title. The uber-violent auteur, most known for controversial outings like Bronson (2008), Drive (2011), and Only God Forgives (2013), loves him a lavish display of brutality and beauty in equal amounts. And this story, about an aspiring model whose youth is quickly drained by a group of money hungry women, falls right in line with impressive visual storytelling and distant acting. It won’t do much to expand beyond Refn’s core audience, but, to be fair, it doesn’t seem as though he really cares.
Train to Busan – Release Date: July 22nd 2016
A divorced Korean funds manager decides to take his daughter and Ex wife to Busan as a birthday present. Aboard the high speed train is the quintessential horror movie trope, a baseball team, family and selfish businessman to name a few. All is well until an erratic woman with a mysterious bite on her leg boards the train, succumbing to the zombie virus she begins to infect the other passengers. Learning that the city is experiencing an outbreak as well, forward is the only way. And they must fight for survival, with every death creating a new enemy.
Lights Out – Release Date: July 22nd 2016
Everyone is afraid of the dark (except Bane perhaps). As such, this universal trait never ceases to inspire fear onscreen, something taken into account with supernatural thriller Lights Out. Following Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) as she eventually overcomes her childhood traumas of loneliness only to find it manifested through her younger brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman). It seems as though the spirit of their late mother is afoot, and what she brings doesn’t exactly make for a happy family reunion. Directed with flair by David F. Sandberg, the film will provide an elegant little entry into the supernatural realm. That is, until the lights go out.
The Disappointments Room – Release Date: September 9th 2016
Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and David (Lucas Till) have decided to leave the city behind to acquire their dream home with their five year old son Lucas (Duncan Joiner). Based upon a true story we follow Dana as is first plagued with visions and dreams. Which leads her to the discovery of a room in the home that was not on the original floor plans that they had received. The room begins to consume Dana as she attempts to learn its mysteries until she finally finds the key and unlocks the dreaded door. Behind the door are the secrets of the 19th century they had not expected to find.
31 – Release Date: September 16th 2016
Rob Zombie doesn’t do mainstream stuff. He’s the kind of filmmaker designed in a lab to define phrases like “torture porn” and splatter cinema to a select few. And, unsurprisingly, this trend continues with 31, the latest gore-fest that’ll have popcorn looking mighty unpleasant to snack on. The pitch behind the film is simple enough: a group of carnival workers are kidnapped and forced to wander a maze-like building where many seek to murder and torture them. Boom. Zombie regulars like Malcolm McDowell and the first lady herself, Sheri Moon, add the final dash of flavor upon this rancid helping of horror. Don’t approach if you can’t stomach extreme gore, seriously.
Blair Witch – Release Date: September 16th 2016
Originally screened at San Diego Comic-Con and the Toronto Film Festival the direct sequel to The Blair Witch Project was hidden from the masses being filmed under a different name. James Donahue and a group of college students head off into the the Maryland Black Hills in search of his sister Heather, missing for the past twenty-two years. Fellow students are Lisa Arlington, Ashley Bennett and Peter Jones, and local residents Talia and Lane. The deeper into the woods they travel the more strangeness that they encounter added to the horror are supernatural forces helping to prove the legends that stir up more and more fear as they go along.
Under the Shadow – Release Date: October 7th 2016
Taking place in 1908’s Iran during the “war of the cities” this film details the struggles of a woman and her daughter. Electing to stay in the war stricken city with her daughter, the woman’s house is hit by an errant shell, killing the upstairs neighbour. One by one the neighbours leave the building until only the mother and daughter remain, who begins to behave erratically. Believing the shell was cursed by their enemies and releasing a Djinn, the mother has no choice but to face this malevolent spirit for the sake of her daughter. But as the nightmares and debilitating hallucinations mount, not all is as easy as it appears.
Ouija: Origin of Evil – Release Date: October 21st 2016
Otherwise known as Ouija 2 we have the prequel to the 2014 movie Ouija with an entirely new cast of characters. The Origin of Evil has been set fifty years prior to the original, LA in the 1967’s. A window and her two daughters run a scam and have decided to add a seance to their plot but without knowing it unleash evil. Doris (Lulu Wilson) the youngest daughter, is taken hostage by the evil spirit that became unleashed leaving her sister alice (Elizabeth Reaser) and her mother (Lin Shaye and Annalise Basso) to attempt rescuing her.
Shut In – Release Date: November 11th 2016
Mary Portman (Naomi Watts) is a widow child psychologist who is living in isolation until she bring in a young one in need of her help, Tom (Jocob Tremblay). This year’s psychological thriller will show you when the nightmares once again begin to plague Mary to the point that another doctor, (Oliver Platt) believes her reality is nothing more than a nightmare. Mary, however, knows that if she lays down a boy’s life is at stake. The storm has swallowed up Tom and it is Mary’s job to find him, to save him, to ensure he makes it to see tomorrow.
The Eyes Of My Mother – Release Date: December 2nd 2016
The Eyes Of My Mother is a coming of age horrifying tale following the birth of one sadistic serial killer after she is forced to witness more trauma and terror than the eyes should ever see. Diana Agostini (Mother), Olivia Bond (Young Francisca), Will Brill (Charlie), Joey Curtis-Green (Antonio), Flora Diaz (Lucy), Kika Magalhães (Francisca), Paul Nazak (Father), Clara Wong (Kimiko), bring to the big screen this tale of nightmares not for the weak stomached or bad hearted as it is gory beyond your greatest comprehension.
Incarnate – Release Date: December 2nd 2016
Aaron Eckhart (scientist), Catalina Sandino Moreno, David Mazouz, Mark Henry, Karolina Wydra, Carice van Houten, Keir O’Donnell, Matt Nable, John Pirruccello, and Emjay Anthony, bring to life the 2016 thrilling horror, Incarnate. A demon stronger than any one has ever before seen possesses the body of an eleven year old. A string of the world’s best exorcists have been called in to rid the poor child of the frightful body snatcher to no avail. It is now all up to an scientist who has the ability to enter the minds of the possessed, and likely the boys last known option as once this demon tires of his host and self evicts the boy will die.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe – Release Date: December 21st 2016
A delicate balance of charm, mystery and fright this character driven psychological thriller takes place entirely in one room, in which a beautiful young woman found in a shallow grave is autopsied. The cause of death unknown, as she appears untouched, brought to father and son coroner team the two begin to search for the cause of death, With a storm raging outside the two have no choice but to press on with their work. Uncovering increasingly bizarre injuries that are solely internal, showing no signs of physical struggle or obvious cause. With each incision bringing only another mystery, nothing is as it appears in this well crafted cinematic masterpiece.