Despite there not being nearly as much on the plate for this month’s horror as we saw previously, we’re still seeing the release of a couple of promising indies as well as Ridley Scott’s return to the Alienverse with Alien: Covenant. So with that said, May looks like it’s starting the summer of horror off pretty strong. But first, here’s what I watched in April:
A Dark Song (review): No doubt one of the year’s most unique and staggeringly original horror films, this one preys on loss and grief while exploring a ritual like you’ve never seen before.
The Void (review): The ambitious throwback has a lot of great ideas and wonderful practical effects, it’s just an unfocused effort that’ not nearly as interesting as the films that inspired it.
American Exorcism (VOD)
Director: Tripp Weathers
Cast: Braxton Davis, Michael Filipowich, Sicily Fontaine
Damon Richter thought he left the world of possessions, exorcisms, and evil behind until an old friend arrives with frightening information about his estranged daughter knowing that only his otherworldly skills can save her.
Another Evil (Theaters & VOD)
Director: Carson D. Mell
Cast: Dan Bakkedahl, Beck DeRobertis, Dax Flame
After encountering a ghost in his family’s vacation home, Dan a modern artist and his wife Mary hire an “industrial-grade exorcist” named Os to get rid of the beings. But Dan soon realizes that ridding the home of evil won’t be as simple as it seems.
The Black Room (VOD)
Director: Rolfe Kanefsky
Cast: Natasha Henstridge, Lukas Hassel, Lin Shaye
Paul and Jennifer Hemdale have just moved into their dream house. But their happy marriage is about to be put to the test as they slowly discover the secret behind the black room in the cellar. Something else is already living in their new home and it is growing stronger every day.
Hounds of Love (Theaters & VOD)
Director: Ben Young
Cast: Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry
Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.
Dead Awake (Theaters & VOD)
Director: Phillip Guzman
Cast: Jocelin Donahue, Jesse Bradford, Brea Grant
A young woman must save herself and her friends from an ancient evil that stalks its victims through the real-life phenomenon of sleep paralysis.
Breakdown Lane (VOD & DVD)
Director: Bob Schultz, Robert Conway
Cast: Whitney Moore, Aric Cushing, Nicole Zylstra
When Kirby Lane’s SUV breaks down in the middle of the desert, she must overcome the dehydration, coyotes, and lurking undead to find her way home.
Alien: Covenant (Theaters)
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Michael Fassbender
The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
What you shouldn’t miss:
Again, while there isn’t a whole lot coming out this month, there’s still a couple of films that I think stand out from the rest, and they are Alien: Covenant and Hounds of Love.
- This one goes without saying but any time Ridley Scott ventures into the horror genre, especially when it comes to the Alien franchise, it’s a must-see. Pretty simple, really.
- I have yet to hear a bad thing about Ben Young’s indie shocker Hounds of Love, which is apparently a hard-as-hell film to sit through thanks to its brutal and disturbing subject matter—certainly not one for the fainthearted.
What you should take a chance on:
Now this choice was a little bit more difficult because the rest of these films have received little to no hype, so we’re kind of going in blind. Because of that I’m going with Dead Awake, which stars the always fantastic Jocelin Donahue.
- Again, not much has been said about Dead Awake (or the rest of these movies for that matter) but Donahue tends to shine in horror, so I gotta give this one a chance.
Which film are you looking forward to the most?
Alien: Covenant for sure!