Now that we’ve made it through the wasteland known as December, the genre is biting into the new year with plenty of great looking films. With VOD outlets proving to be a dominating force when it comes to releasing indie horror films, a lot of them are slipping through the cracks because there are just too many to keep track of. That, my lovely readers, is why we’re starting The Month in Horror Releases. Hopefully this will help you guys keep track of everything the genre has to offer. It turns out that January is going to be one hell of a month for horror releases, too.
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (theatrical)
Director: Tom Harper
Cast: Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine, Phoebe Fox
40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant.
[REC] 4: Apocalypse (VOD)
Director: Jaume Balagueró
Cast: Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Héctor Colomé
The television reporter Ángela is rescued from the building and taken to an oil tanker to be examined. However, it is unbeknown to the soldiers that she carries the seed of the mysterious demonic virus.
Dark Summer (VOD)
Director: Paul Solet
Cast: Peter Stormare, Grace Phipps, Stella Maeve
Dark Summer tells the tale of a 17-year-old on house arrest for the summer, who witnesses a horrifying incident and becomes haunted by a terrifying presence while stuck in his home.
Director: Christopher Denham
Cast: Pablo Schreiber, Aaron Staton, Wrenn Schmidt
Brothers Sean and Mike Neary, along with Mike’s wife Wit, head out on a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. But ignoring the “closed” sign and heading deep into an overgrown nature preserve, they soon find their troubles are only beginning. When all of their gear is stolen, they immediately turn on each other. But the hunted can only survive so long standing alone.
The Scarehouse (VOD)
Director: Gavin Michael Booth
Cast: Sarah Booth, Kimberly-Sue Murray, Katherine Barrell
When two friends open a Halloween fun house on Devil’s Night it is all fun and games until their former sorority sisters begin to arrive. These six sisters are confronted by their past as the night spins out of control.
The Atticus Institute (VOD)
Director: Chris Sparling
Cast: Rya Kihlstedt, William Mapother, Sharon Maughan
In the fall of 1976, a small psychology lab in Pennsylvania became the unwitting home to the only government-confirmed case of possession. The U.S. military assumed control of the lab under orders of national security and, soon after, implemented measures aimed at weaponizing the entity. The details of the inexplicable events that occurred are being made public after remaining classified for nearly forty years.
Director: Joe Lynch
Cast: Salma Hayek, Jennifer Blanc, Togo Igawa
It’s Christmas time, but all is not well in the world of Everly (Salma Hayek). A call girl by trade, Everly has turned against her gangster boss Taiko (Hiroyuki Watanabe) and become a police informant. In response, Taiko has put out a hit on Everly and her family. Soon, every criminal in town wants to cash in. Everly’s survival instincts quickly kick in as she matches wits and firepower with Taiko and a seemingly endless stream of killers.
Director: Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto
Cast: Oka Antara, Kazuki Kitamura, Rin Takanashi
A psychopathic Japanese executive accidentally triggers a journalist’s ‘dark side’. They begin to connect over the Internet and make a complicated bond.
Bombshell Bloodbath (DVD/VOD)
Director: Brett Mullen
Cast: Alex Elliott, Ed Ricker, Rob Springer
Bombshell Bloodbath concerns the daughter of a brilliant scientist who is exposed to her father’s experimental treatments designed to re-animate his wife. The movie follows her as her brain collapses and she becomes a zombie.
Suburban Gothic (VOD)
Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Cast: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise
Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can’t find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives.
What you shouldn’t miss:
The top films to keep an eye on here are Killers, Everly and Suburban Gothic.
- I’ve already seen Killers (read my review), and it’s a brilliantly brutal, masterful look into the minds of a couple of murderers. While it’s not an easy film to sit through, it’s most certainly a journey worth taking.
- Everly isn’t getting nearly as much attention as it deserves. Described as Die Hard in a room, this one looks badass from top to bottom. Watching Salma Hayek destroy an impossible number of assassins within the walls of a small apartment sounds amazing.
- Suburban Gothic is required viewing this month because it’s Richard Bates Jr.’s follow-up to his twisted debut Excision and it looks funny as hell. Kat Dennings and Matthew Gray Gubler should make for an awesome duo as well.
What you should take a chance on:
This is a tough one because a lot of these films look like they could be pretty good. If you’re going to take a chance on any of them though, then your best bet will probably be to go with The Scarehouse and The Atticus Institute.
- The Scarehouse is set during the best time of year, Halloween, and it’s all about a bunch of girls tearing each other up in a fun house. That sounds awesome.
- If the government ever got their hands on Carrie White and locked her away in order to experiment on her, you’d have a movie that looks a lot like The Atticus Institute. This one is a toss up, but it sounds like an interesting take on the possession sub-genre.
Which film are you looking forward to the most?
For me, I’d have to go with Everly simply because it looks every bit as insane as it sounds. A close second would be Suburban Gothic. How about you? Which of these are you looking forward to the most?