Now that January is behind us, it’s time to see what a new month of horror looks like. February has 11 titles on its slate, most of which look like the could be pretty good. This is going to be an interesting month for the genre; we’re seeing a few highly-anticipated films get a release alongside some under-the-radar indie gems just waiting to be discovered—there’s slashers, psychos, vampires, zombies and much more this month, so prepare yourselves for the good, the bad and the bloody.
But before we get started, here’s a quick recap of what I watched in January:
- The Scarehouse (review): This was a great indie effort from Gavin Michael Booth, who dished out one hell of an entertaining fun-house slasher. The characters were sick and twisted, spilling plenty of the red stuff from beginning to end.
- Everly (review): This is without a doubt Joe Lynch’s best film to date, delivering a non-stop crimson colored thriller. Salma Hayek is as badass as we’ve ever seen her, disposing of an entire army of assassins one bullet at a time.
- Suburban Gothic (review): Richard Bates Jr.’s follow up to his nasty debut Excision is plenty weird with pitch black humor and a great cast backing it up. While the story is its major fault, there’s plenty of great little moments that tie this one together, making a pretty entertaining hour and a half.
Enter the Dangerous Mind (VOD)
Director: Youssef Delara, Victor Teran
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Nikki Reed, Scott Bakula
A reclusive American composer with an online following has a tentative romance with a beautiful social worker. This offers a glimmer of hope, but his mind fractures as the voices in his head grow louder and more destructive.
The Voices (VOD)
Director: Marjane Satrapi
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick
A mentally ill factory worker stumbles innocently into the role of a killer, guided along the way by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog.
Fear Clinic (Blu-ray/VOD)
Director: Robert Hall
Cast: Thomas Dekker, Robert Englund, Cleopatra Coleman
A doctor works to cure patients suffering from crippling phobias by placing them inside his invention which induces and controls hallucinations.
What We Do in the Shadows (VOD)
Director: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh
Follow the lives of Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav – three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
Cast: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill
Barry is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. His sister, Brooke, is kidnapped by a sinister team of gas-mask wearing soldiers & experimented on by a psychotic doctor. While Brooke plans her escape Barry goes out on the road to find her & teams up with Benny, a fellow survivor – together they must arm themselves and prepare to battle their way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters in a harsh Australian bushland.
Girl House (VOD)
Director: Trevor Matthews
Cast: Ali Cobrin, Adam DiMarco, Slaine
A Halloween-style slasher for the digital age, it follows a beautiful young college student who, needing money for tuition, moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan hacks in to determine the house’s location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life.
Digging Up the Marrow (VOD)
Director: Adam Green
Cast: Ray Wise, Adam Green, Will Barratt
A documentary exploring genre based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real.
Director: Michael G. Bartlett
Cast: J. Michael Trautmann, Dana Melanie, Clint James
A teenage boy discovers the perpetrators of several brutal kidnappings in his home town.
Director: Chad Archibald, Matt Wiele
Cast: Julian Richings, Lisa Houle, Adam Seybold
The story of one night on earth that changed everything we know about the universe.
The Lazarus Effect (Theatrical)
Director: David Gelb
Cast: Evan Peters, Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass
A group of medical students discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.
Maps to the Stars (VOD)
Director: David Cronenberg
Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson
A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
What you shouldn’t miss:
The top films to keep an eye on here are What We Do in the Shadows, The Voices and Maps to the Stars.
- I’ve all ready seen What We Do in the Shadows (my review) and it is without a doubt one of the best horror-comedies out there. If you only watch one movie this month, make it this one!
- I’m not going to lie, The Voices has been getting hammered by some bad reviews, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t check it out for ourselves. Ryan Reynolds taking killing orders from his cat is too good to pass up.
- David Cronenberg’s latest, Maps to the Stars, looks bizarre and haunting, all while sporting a phenomenal cast. Horror fans almost have no choice when a guy like Cronenberg gets behind the camera.
What you should take a chance on:
February is another solid month for the genre, so you’re probably safe giving any of these a shot. If I had to pick, though, I think Wyrmwood, The Lazarus Effect and Digging Up the Marrow might have a lot to offer.
- Wyrmwood is an easy one. It’s a post-apocalyptic zombie movie with a hint of Mad Max. It pretty much sells itself.
- The Lazarus Effect is a total toss up. The trailer left me cold, but I really dig the premise and the cast is intriguing as hell. Should be fun seeing a re-animated Olivia Wilde, too.
- Digging Up the Marrow is the latest effort from Adam Green—the man behind Hatchet and Spiral—and it looks like he might have another hit on his hands here. It’s all about monsters and is shot in a faux documentary style. Could be solid!
Which film are you looking forward to the most?
It’s hard to not be excited about a new David Cronenberg film, even when it looks as weird as Maps to the Stars. Which film are you looking forward to the most this month?