Looks like we’re in for a great horror year in 2016. A year with a little for each taste or preference. So wether you like bloody slashers, supernatural horror or the more realistic and authentic stuff there ought to be a least one horror movie you’d consider a must-see if you’re a true fan of horror!
So check the list out and let me know what you think or if I’d neglected a noteworthy horror movie which is to be realesed this year!
This column is an english translation of the danish column “20 gyserfilm du bør glæde dig til i år 2016“. Made to all those of my followers who appreciate horror and darkness but can’t understand danish!
20. A Man In The Dark
Realese Date: August 26
Cast: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette
Fede Alavarez who was the man behind Evil Dead, once again returns to the horror genre with a different kind of horror movie. While he played with the supernatural on Evil Dead, he’s making something much more down-to-earth on A Man In The Dark, which is a movie about a group of teenage kids who break into a blind man’s house thinking they’ve made an easy score. But what appeared to as an easy task show out to be a lot more complicated as they’ve seriously underestimated the skills of the blind man.
19. A Cure For Wellness
Release Date: 23. September
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Jason Isaacs
I A Cure for Wellness følger vi skuespilleren DeHaan, som spiller en mand, der rejser op til de scweiziske alper for at hente sine chef fra et terapi ophold for at opdage at hans chef er forsvundet. Tvunget til at forlænge sit ophold i Scweiz går det op for DeHaan at noget grusomt finder sted på den europæiske “wellness spa”. På instruktørstolen finder vi Gore Verbinski, som også er manden bag The Ring.
In A Cure For Wellness we have Dehaan who travels to the Scwiss alps to pick up his boss, who’s been in Swiss on a wellness treatment stay only to find out that his boss has disappeared. Forced to prolong his stay in Swiss Dehaan discovers that there’s something sinister going on over at the wellnes clinic.
18. Ouija 2
Release Date: 21. Oktober
Cast: Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Doug Jones, Lin Shaye
Mike Flanagan who’s behind the solid horror movie Oculus has made a follower to Oija from 2014 about the dark spirits that are in play when you play with a Oija board.
17. The Other Side of the Door
Release Date: 11. Marts
Cast: Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto
A family is brought into sorrow after losing their son.But when the mother to the dead son gets teached about a ritual which can bring their son back to one last kiss. But when the mother disobeys a direct order about never opening a certain gate all kinds of evil escapes and the limit’s between life and death get’s blurry.
Release Date: 19. Februar
Cast: Analeigh Tipton, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Michael Kelly
With it’s blend of sci-fi, horror and drama Viral is another movie about a virus that spreads worldwide. Instead of following how the virus affect’s the nation and the citizens we follow a single family and their fight for survival in the quarantine.
15. The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist
Release Date: 10. Juni
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O’Connor, Simon McBurney
After the enormous succes the first movie The Conjuring (2013) enorme succes, it was only a matter of time before a sequel with the two paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. And after succesful release of the prequel Annabelle the excitment was even bigger.
Og efter den succesfulde udgivelse af forløberen Annabelle (2014) er fans endnu mere spændte på dette næste kapitel i serien.
Rumour has it that the movie follows the paranormal case of two sister in Enfield, England who reportedly both was possesed,. Another one of the Warrens famous real-life investigations.
Release Date: TBA 2016
Cast: Lili Taylor, Stephen Dorff, Nicole Andrews
The prequel to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) has been the subject of many horror fans and in 2016 the movie is finally here. The movie is about how Leatherface as a teenager ran away from a mental institution with three other patients only to be haunted by a deranged cop who chases them in a haunt for vengeance.
The plot sounds equally violent and disturbing on level with the other movies in the franchise. The movie is the eigtht installment in the franchise and with a whole new set of faces on and off the camera it’s hard to predict exactly what we can expect of it. Although we’d be surprised if it isn’t significantly better than it’s predecessor Texas Chainsaw 3D which did well commercially but was torn down by both critics and fans of the franchise.
Release Date: 1. April
Cast: Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Laura Wiggins
The sequel to The Ring (2002) was orginally meant to be released friday the 13th last november but was exposed to april this year which has created even more excitment upon it’s arrival. Rings is the third movie in the franchise and the story takes place 13 years after the original.
Hopefully the movie will surpass The Ring Two’s (2005) which was widely regarded as a disappointing sequel to the original which was so groundbreaking and innovative. But with a new man as director of the movie and without Naomi Watts to lift the movie it’s hard to predict wether or not the movie will suceed.
12. Amytiville: The Awekening
Release Date: 15. April
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan
Inspired by an allegedly haunted house in which Ronal “Butch” DeFeo Jr. murdered his family with a gun while they slep several horror movies has been made as a part of the Amytiville franchise, with The Amityville Horror (1979) as the most well-known.
One can only hope that the Amytiville Horror isn’t just beating a dead horse thought it can’t be denied from the looks of the movie trailer. But now The Amytiville Horror (1979) is such a classic it’ll be hard for horror fans to turn down an option to see the continuation of the franchise.
11. The Purge 3
Premiere: 1. juli
Skuespillere: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson
Thought the first to movies has got a very mixed reception the audience has still been left with a great thirst for more. There’s hope that the third installment in the franchise will be the one that finally sees it suceed. “The Purge” refers to a yearly event where a cleansing of all the scum in the bottom of society, where all crimes including murder are lagale for one night and wether anybody want’s to participate in the event is up to them.
It’s undoubtly an exciting plot, let’s hope that The Purge 3 can is the one that does what the others failed to and live up to all the hype of the franchise.
10. Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
Release Date: 5. Februar
Cast: Lily James, Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth
The movie is based on satirical novel by the author Seth Graheme-Smith and is a parody on the critically acclaimed classic by Jane Austen “Pride And Prejudice”. As the title indicates Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet get’s to fight other thing’s that just love during this romantic horror movie. Should a love story get’s told then this may just be the ultimate way to tell it for a horror fan.
9. The Boy
Release Date: 22. Januar
Cast: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Ben Robson
Boy is a pretty original movie to put it mildly, it is a movie about an older couple who hires a nanny to take care of their kid. The nanny does not believe that the boy is really a living being and not just a doll. But when as she doesn’t take the strict rules too seriously she’s meet with some serious consequences.
With the hype sorrounding the movie it look’s out to be some kind of a hit and and exciting way to start start off the year.
8. The Disappointments Room
Release Date: Den 25. Marts
Cast: Kate Beckingsdale, Gerald McRaney
Dana and her son Jeremy discovers a secret room from which countless horrors escape. This drives Dana to question her sanity. The film is based on a true story and Kate Beckingsdale from the Underworld movies and Micheala Conlin from the movie Bones is among the actors. The director of the movie D.J. Caruso has filmed both Disturbia(2007) and Eagly Eye (2008)
7. Lights Out
Release Date: 29. Januar
Cast: Teresa Palmer, Emily Alyn Lind, Alicia Vela-Bailez
Based on the sensation of the short film with the same title comes a full-lenght movie about a creature that only appears when the light get’s turned off. The original was a creepy movie and enough to convince me that Brian Sandberg is a name to watch out for, in the horror world.
6. Before I Wake
Release Date: 8. April
Cast: Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay, Annabeth Gish, Dash Mihok
Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane has recently lost their son and adopted an eight year old boy by the name of Cody. However there is one thing that nobody have told them about Cody. Which is that his dream manifest in reality and that is, regardless of wether they are good dreams a terrifying nightmares. The director of Before I Awake Mike Flanagna is known to have directed succesful horror movies such a Oculus and Absentia which both are critically acclaimed horror movies and Before I Awake may very well be another succesful effort. If you look at the trailer to the movie it looks like we’re in for a fast-paced thriller.
Release Date: 23. Januar
Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster
This certainly looks like a creepy movie and for anyone who easily get freaked out by clowns this may well be something of a nightmare. 31 a history about five carnies, kidnapped on October 31st and forced to fight for their survival for twelve whole hours in a place where sinister clowns ready to kill, awaits they’re every move. And if that wasn’t enough to temp you, the movie is directed by shock rocker Rob Zombie – a master at bringing terror to the screen with unique visuals and downright gruesome storytelling.
Release Date: TBA
Cast: Danny Trejo, Robert Englund
3. The Witch
Release Date: 26. Februar
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
The storyline takes place i New England during the 1630’s and is a look into the dark history of witch hysteria and looks to be a somewhat disturbing, slow-building but well done horror movie. For anyone with a fascination for witches and witchcraft this is a definite must-see.
2. The Forest
Release Date: 8 Januar (Har haft premiere, går ikke i de danske biografer)
Cast: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa
The story is about a place referred to a “The Suicidie Forest”, a place in the northwest part of Mount Fuji in Japan, about 35-square-kilometers of ground. The comes from it’s reputation as a common suicide site. The movie itself however is about demons which has to do with local mythologies about demons residing in the area.
It’s limited how much there is to say about the movie from the trailer, but it should be enough to build up interest and if the movie is done right, this movie might just be a must-see for 2016.
1. The Strangers 2
Release Date: 2. December
Finally a release date for the sequel to the succesful The Strangers (2008). The story is about 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.
No actors have yet to be mentioned other than Liv Tyler from the first movie, although she’s only in as a supporting actor and it hasn’t been confirmed. And it still isn’t confirmed if Marcel Langenegger who directed the first movie, is going to direct the sequel. But with the succes of the first movie in mind, it’s hard not to get a hard when imagining how a sequel with the three masked murderes could be.