The Month in Horror Releases: May

With the month of May shaping up to be a memorable one, let’s jump right into it! Typically I give a quick recap of last month’s reviews, but seeing as how I didn’t watch a single film in April, I’m going to give a shoutout to a few bloggers who watched some cool shit instead:

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (reviewed by On the Screen Reviews): “…the film presents an aesthetic reminiscent of so many styles and genres yet manages to feel completely fresh. Fascinating in style and chilling in content, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night will be making many top 10 lists for 2015.”
  • The Babadook (reviewed by Digital Shortbread): “[Jennifer Kent] is a master of horror in the making, teasing imagery from the likes of The Exorcist and The Shining in a way that both elevates her film’s seriousness of purpose and honors the work of the legends of a tenebrous past.”
  • Ex Machina (reviewed by FlixChatter): “Dazzling, provocative and haunting… everything you’d expect from a futuristic sci-fi film.”
  • It Follows (reviewed by the IPC): “It Follows is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO fucking good…”
  • Life After Beth (reviewed by Zoe): “Life After Beth is a darkly laughable affair, a different look at the zombie romance thing that seems to be popular at the moment, and well worth the watch if you like anyone from the cast, or enjoy that slightly crooked sense of absurd comedy…”
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (reviewed by Beermovie): “If The Exorcist (1973) is one of the finest and most artistic films ever made that also happened to be a horror film, then The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a short, sharp punch right in the face.”

May 1


The Drownsman (VOD)

Director: Chad Archibald

Cast: Michelle Mylett, Caroline Palmer, Gemma Bird Matheson

After almost drowning in a lake, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear. Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, she begins to develop hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world but her fear intensifies and she is faced with the vision of a dark figure that haunts her day and night. After watching her struggle for one year with the phobia and visions, Madison’s four friends attempt an unconventional intervention in which they accidentally open a floodgate to a dark place where none of them are safe. As Madison and her friends dive deeper into the dark history of this figure that haunts them, it reaches out and begins dragging them to a horrifying place that they can never come back from.

May 3


Penny Dreadful  (Showtime)

Season 2

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, and others unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.

March 5


The Badger Game  (VOD)

Director: Joshua Wagner, Thomas Zambeck

Cast: Augie Duke, Patrick Cronen, Jillian Leigh

A chronic philanderer falls victim to an extortion scheme when he is abducted by four masked strangers demanding retribution for his sins.

May 8


Evangeline (VOD)

Director: Karen Lam

Cast: Kat de Lieva, Richard Harmon, Mayumi Yoshida

A naive university student, Evangeline, is brutalized by a gang of thrill seeking killers. Left to die in the forest, she is ‘saved’ by an ancient demon spirit. The spirit empowers Evangeline with a blood-lust for vengeance. Evangeline must make a choice, is she willing to sacrifice her own soul…


Maggie (VOD)

Director: Henry Hobson

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson

A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.

 May 15


Area 51 (VOD)

Director: Oren Peli

Cast: Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Sandra Staggs, Roy Abramsohn

Three young conspiracy theorists attempt to uncover the mysteries of Area 51, the government’s secret location rumored to have hosted encounters with alien beings. What they find at this hidden facility exposes unimaginable secrets.


Mad Max: Fury Road (Theatrical)

Director: George Miller

Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

In a post-apocalyptic world, in which people fight to the death, Max teams up with a mysterious woman, Furiousa, to try and survive.

May 22


The Human Centipede 3 (VOD)

Director: Tom Six

Cast: Eric Roberts, Bree Olson, Tom Six

The plot is unknown, though it is set in an American maximum security prison in the middle of the desert.


The Vatican Tapes (Theatrical)

Director: Mark Neveldine

Cast: Djimon Hounsou, Kathleen Robertson, Dougray Scott

A priest and two Vatican exorcists must do battle with an ancient satanic force to save the soul of a young woman.


Poltergeist (Theatrical)

Director: Gil Kenan

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris

A family’s suburban home is invaded by evil forces.

May 26


Let Us Prey (VOD)

Director: Brian O’Malley

Cast: Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin

Held in a remote police station, a mysterious stranger takes over the minds and souls of everyone inside.


What you shouldn’t miss:

With May being as stacked as it is, you almost can’t go wrong with a lot of these films. What I’d put above the rest, however, is Penny Dreadful, Maggie and Mad Max: Fury Road.

  • The first season of Penny Dreadful proved all the doubters wrong, showing that the small screen had plenty of room for some of literary’s most iconic characters to share the spotlight. Led by the fantastic Eva Green, Season 2 promises even more ghoulish and nasty things to come. Watch this show!
  • Despite the zombie genre being more bad than good lately, Maggie looks to bring something new to the table with the unlikely duo of Abigail Breslin and Arnold Schwarzenegger at the center of it.
  • While this may not be a “horror” movie, Mad Max: Fury Road is a high-octane post apocalyptic thriller that could very well be the best movie of the summer season. Bring it on!

What you should take a chance on:

Again, most of the movies in May look pretty solid. There is one, though, that has had an uphill battle since it was announced, and that film is Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist remake.

  • I know it’s hard to accept a lot of remakes these days, especially when they’re remaking near perfect films like Poltergeist. But the truth is that there are plenty of great remakes out there and there’s no reason why Poltergeist can’t be one of them. Give it a shot because who knows, we might be surprised.

Which film are you looking forward to the most?

Like I really need to even tell you guys. Mad Max: Fury Road, man!

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20 thoughts on “The Month in Horror Releases: May

  1. Hey thanks for the love for my Texas Chainsaw Massacre review man. Not watching one film in a whole month is dark days indeed. Hopefully you get to catch some cool stuff in May.

    Not too sure about this month’s choices. I’m keen to catch-up on Penny Dreadful with your endorsement. The cast for Poltergeist is good and Maggie could hopefully be decent too.

    1. No problem! Yeah, there just wasn’t much that caught my attention. May, however, is going to be very busy for me. Lots of reviews incoming!

  2. Some great stuff coming out this month … Really psyched for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ but who isn’t? ‘Maggie’ looks great too … and I might be the only one, but I’m keen to see the third ‘Centipede’ film! ‘Penny Dreadful’ … ‘Poltergeist’ … Ahhh … It should be a solid month of horror!

    1. Definitely! It certainly makes up for April, which was pretty boring release wise (other than Ex Machina). Hoping Poltergeist is a surprise (doubtful, though) and I seriously cannot wait for Mad Max. Looks so good.

  3. I’m actually quite intrigued about Unfriended (which came out here in the UK today), and I’m eagerly awaiting a UK release of Human Centipede 3. I agree with your statement about Poltergeist as well, here’s hoping it’s good!

    1. Unfriended has gotten some solid reviews, which is surprising really. Yeah, Poltergeist is one I’m really rooting for. Please don’t suck!

  4. Everything is changing! We used to look at a log of theatrical releases to hit our theaters every Friday; now we have to see what’s on VOD AND theatrical release. the VOD films are now just as good, sometimes even better, than the theatrical released big budget films. It’s not a bad thing. It just takes some adjusting and at times can make your head spin trying to keep up.

    With that in mind…judging by this list, I am looking most forward to “The Drownsman” and “Badger Game” – and possibly “Maggie”.

    I don’t think the “Mad Max” films looks very appealing. I don’t know. If a lot of people praise it I’ll give it a chance, but judging by the trailer, just doesn’t really look good.

    What the heck were you doing in April? 0 movies watched? Admittedly, I only watched 1 film in January (Whiplash) and 0 in February. Then I made up for it in March and April and watched a combined 48. lol.

    1. I totally agree, man. The stuff coming out on VOD is miles better than theatrical horror because they are original ideas that bring something new to the genre.

      I think Maggie is going to be a nice surprise, so I’m really looking forward to that one. I watched some stuff in April, just nothing horror related to write a review about 🙂

      Whiplash is amaaaaazing.

      1. Ok, now that the reviews are pouring in, I am going to see “Mad Max”, after all. Probably go tomorrow. You gonna see it this weekend?

      2. Yeah, man. It literally has 1 negative review on Rotten Tomatoes. I’m seeing it tomorrow night, pretty pumped!

  5. I can’t believe they’re making Human Centipede 3 haha. I couldn’t tell if when I watched the trailer for the first couple whether it was the trailer or the ipecac that I had just swallowed, but I really wanted to puke. Those things are just. . . gross-looking.

    Also, thanks for the linkage man. I appreciate that. Can’t remember; have you been able to get to The Babadook?

    1. Not much of a fan of The Human Centipede either, it’s just being gross for gross sake and that’s about it.

      And no problem, man, it was a great review! I have seen it, and while I didn’t love it like so many others, I thought it was a very solid film with an amazing performance from the mother.

  6. So many I want to see and I doubt any will come through my small town! 😉 Is it bad I haven’t seen the original “Mad Max”? Do I need to watch it before I watch the new one (I don’t know if it’s a remake or sequel)? Thanks for keeping us updated, Ryan! 🙂

    1. You could skip the first Mad Max (it’s basically an origin story), and watch Road Warrior (it sums up the first film in the beginning).

      I don’t think you need to watch the originals before you see Fury Road, but I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt!

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