The Month in Horror Releases: June

Now that May is already behind us (really!?), it’s time to look ahead at what June has to offer! What a month this is shaping up to be, kicking things off with Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3 and following up with some indie horror films that took the festival circuit by storm. Get excited! But first, per usual, let’s take a look at what I watched in May:

  • Maggie (review): With the horror genre oversaturated in zombie flicks, Maggie was a nice change of pace, shining a light on the slow, grueling process of transforming into the undead.
  • Poltergeist (review): Jump scares galore and lack of any emotion in Gil Keenan’s unfortunate remake made this one as bad as we all feared it would be.
  • Let Us Prey (review): This pretty wicked tale of good and evil led by the brilliant Liam Cunningham turned out to be a bloody blast injected with tons of violence. Very solid.
  • We Are Still Here (review): While this one officially releases this month, I had the chance to see it at the Stanley Film Festival and it was by and large one of the best films I saw there. This haunted house tale offers a little bit of everything all while painting the walls red with blood.
  • The Invitation (review): This was just one hell of a film that absolutely nails the slow-burn style of storytelling.
  • The Boy (review): A solid film that peels back the psyche of a kid obsessed with death and the destructive path he’s on. While I felt it’s maybe a bit too long, it has a wicked finale and some great acting.
  • Goodnight Mommy (review): This is such a fantastically brutal little film that will have your head spinning. Amazing movie!
  • The Hallow (review): Dark, thrilling and filled with gnarly creatures of the night, The Hallow was a fast paced slice of horror with some cool scares.
  • Deathgasm (review): Heavy metal meets demons in this hyper-violent film about a couple of metal heads tasked with saving the world. Deathgasm is as badass as it gets.

June 4

Hannibal (NBC)

Season 3

Cast:  Mads MikkelsenCaroline DhavernasHugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne

Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.


June 5

Insidious: Chapter 3 (Theatrical)

Director: Leigh Whannell

Cast: Freddie Dermot MulroneyStefanie ScottAngus Sampson, Leigh Whannell

A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

The-Nightmare

The Nightmare (VOD)

Documentary

Director: Rodney Ascher

A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.

We-Are-STill-here

We Are Still Here (VOD)

Director: Ted Geoghegan

Cast: Barbara CramptonAndrew SensenigLisa Marie, Larry Fessenden

In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands a sacrifice.


June 9

Der-Samurai

Der Samurai (VOD)

Director: Till Kleinert

Cast: Michel DiercksPit BukowskiUwe Preuss

A wolf strives through the woods around an isolated German village. Jakob the young local police officer is onto him, but scents something more in the darkness. What he finds is a man, it seems, wild eyed, of wiry build, in a dress. He carries a katana, a Samurai sword. When the Samurai invites Jakob to follow him on his crusade towards the village, it becomes Jakob’s mission to pursue the lunatic to end this wanton destruction. At the end of the night Jakob has experienced too much, is too far from whom he once was. Something hidden has been unleashed to meet the first rays of daylight.


 June 12

thestranger

The Stranger (VOD)

Director: Guillermo Amoedo

Cast: Lorenza IzzoCristobal Tapia MonttAriel Levy

A mysterious man arrives in a small Canadian town seeking his wife, though his presence plunges the community into a bloodbath.


June 19

Anarchy-Parlor

Anarchy Parlor (VOD)

Director: Devon DownsKenny Gage

Cast:  Robert LaSardoSara FabelClaire Garvey

A mysterious nomad known as the “Artist” practices a dark art form passed down through the generations.

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Burying the Ex (VOD)

Director: Joe Dante

Cast: Anton YelchinAshley GreeneAlexandra Daddario

A guy’s regrets over moving in with his girlfriend are compounded when she dies and comes back as a zombie.


June 23

Horshead-Romain

Horsehead (VOD)

Director: Romain Basset

Cast: Lilly-Fleur PointeauxCatriona MacCollMurray Head

Since her childhood, Jessica has been haunted by recurrent nightmares whose meaning escapes her. This peculiarity has led her to study the psychophysiology of dreams and to follow a therapy with Sean, her mentor and boyfriend, to try and understand the origin of her nightmares.


June 26

Bound-to-Vengeance

Bound to Vengeance (VOD)

Director: José Manuel Cravioto

Cast: Richard TysonAmy OkudaTina Ivlev

A young girl, chained in the basement of a sexual predator, escapes and turns the tables on her captor.

Felt

Felt (VOD)

Director: Jason Banker

Cast: Amy EversonKentucker AudleyRyan Creighton

A woman creates an alter ego in hopes of overcoming the trauma inflicted by men in her life.

Midnight-Swim

The Midnight Swim (VOD)

Director: Sarah Adina Smith

Cast: Lindsay BurdgeJennifer LafleurAleksa Palladino

Spirit Lake is unusually deep. No diver has ever managed to find the bottom, though many have tried. When Dr. Amelia Brooks disappears during a deep-water dive, her three daughters travel home to settle her affairs. They find themselves unable to let go of their mother and become drawn into the mysteries of the lake.


Predictions

What you shouldn’t miss:

If you’re not sure which of these films deserves your attention, I’d say the “must-sees” are Insidious: Chapter 3, The Nightmare and We Are Still Here.

  • Insidious: Chapter 3 is an easy one simply because it marks the first film in the franchise that will not have James Wan behind the camera. That would typically be a scary thing, but considering Wan’s long time co-writer and partner in crime Leigh Whannell is taking the helm, it’s in the best possible hands.
  • The Nightmare is a documentary about sleep paralysis with early buzz saying it’s one of the most terrifying docs ever made. An easy must-see.
  • We Are Still Here is an insane addition to the storied haunted house genre that old school horror fans are seriously going to eat up. Don’t skip out on this one!

What you should take a chance on:

If you take a shot in the dark at any of these (other than Anarchy Parlor, I’ve heard it’s terrible), then you’re going to be just fine—again, June has a fantastic line-up. But for argument’s sake, I’d go with Bound to Vengeance, Burying the Ex, The Midnight Swim and Hannibal.

  • Bound to Vengeance hasn’t had much attention, but what I’ve heard is that it’s a pretty solid thriller with plenty of violence.
  • Anytime Joe Dante returns to the genre it’s hard to ignore. The Gremlins director takes a stab at the zombie genre with Burying the Ex and it looks like a ton of fun.
  • The Midnight Swim is a total toss up, but I’m including it here simply because word of mouth has been largely great. We’ll see!
  • I don’t follow TV ratings, but from what I understand is that NBC’s Hannibal is one of the best shows on TV right now that no one is watching. While the third season officially kicks off this month, do yourself a favor and catch up, you’ll thank me later.

Which film are you looking forward to the most?

I have to go with Insidious: Chapter 3 simply because I’ve really enjoyed the first two films and I’m excited to see what Whannell brings to the franchise now that he’s steering the ship.


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20 thoughts on “The Month in Horror Releases: June

  1. DER SAMURAI is…interesting. I don’t think I liked it as much as a bunch of others did but it’s worth seeing. From what I’ve seen of HORSEHEAD, it’s pretty trippy. I think I’ve mentioned seeing THE NIGHTMARE before, that one definitely lives up to the hype.

    HANNIBAL is one of my favorite shows on right now…second only to THE AMERICANS, maybe. I’m mega stoked for the new season.

    Heard a lot of good things about GOODNIGHT MOMMY. LET US PREY should also be good; I’m a bit of a fan of Liam Cunningham.

    1. Yeah, Der Samurai looks like an odd one for sure. I’ve heard some solid things about Horsehead, but you’ve got to be into some weird stuff to enjoy it I think.

  2. I’ve only seen the trailer for The Stranger and I think it looks pretty good. That image you have for Felt loos pretty awesome!

    1. The Stranger looks like it could be pretty good. Felt is an odd one but I’ve heard some good things, not sure if it’s my kind of flick though. Might check it out.

    1. I don’t think so, at least not a couple of years ago. VOD is making a big statement and we’re seeing a lot of great stuff because of it. If it weren’t for VOD, Insidious would be the only horror movie this month.

      1. I’m hoping that if it does get canceled by NBC that someone else will pick it up; Netflix perhaps.

  3. Awesome round up as always mate. There’s a fair bit I’m keen for here. We Are Still Here, The Midnight Swim (which I’ve not heard of but sounds intriguing) and of course The Nightmare. Burying the Ex does not look particularly promising. But hey, it’s Joe Dante so probably worth taking a look at.

    1. Midnight Swim does sound cool and I’ve heard it’s pretty great so hopefully it’s a good one! Yeah, Burying the Ex can go either way, that’s for sure.

  4. Anarchy Parlor was a pleasant surprise! It was wicked fun, gruesomely real, hot chicks and actually had a story! Damn am I glad I didnt listen to all these misleading hipster horror reviews. Now heed this warning, the shit of the crop is “Felt” it is a disgrace to film making, just terrible, who green lights that shit! So pissed I watched it, stay away from that one! Strangers was pretty good as well. Insidious: Chapter 3 looks promising.

      1. I hear that, Feminists will love it and that’s about it, was kind of cheap looking as well. Check out the Parlor flick, it was a crazy fun film. Nicely shot, I’m telling you its getting unjustly bashed in my humble opinion. FYI big fan of this blog, feels cleaner then the other Horror sites, great work! You see Green Inferno?

      2. Right on, man! Thanks for the kind words, it means a lot! I haven’t seen The Green Inferno yet, and it’s killing me! Really excited about that one.

  5. I really liked “The Stranger”, it gets a overused horror niche and makes a good story, nothing revolutionary. I just thought the acting is kinda lame but you can get past that.

    I just got the nightmare will post something after seeing it…

    My feelings for “We are still here” are the same as the stranger except for the acting on this one is very good.

    “Horsehead” is so slow that sometimes I had to check if I had paused the movie by accident or the computer had frozen.Great visuals, though.

    1. Nice! Thanks for the update. I had a ton of fun with We Are Still Here, it was a nice throw back haunted house story with some great practical effects. I’m skipping Horsehead, everyone seems to hate it lol.

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