The Month in Horror Releases: April

There’s a lot to be excited about in the month of April, particularly because we’ll finally see the release of John Krasinski’s debut film A Quiet Place. If you’ve somehow been under a rock these last couple of months, Krasinski’s film killed it at SXSW and is shaping up to be one of the very best horror films of the year. Will it live up to the hype? That’s not the only film to look forward to this month, either! But before we get started, here’s what I watched in March:

Pyewacket (review): I’ve had a lot of time to think about this movie since I last saw it, and I still cannot figure out where all the hype is coming from. It’s a generic at best horror film that struggles to put a meaningful story together.


April 3

Ayla (Theaters & VOD)

Director: Elias

Cast: Nicholas Wilder, Tristan Risk, Dee Wallace

A man haunted by the mysterious death of his 4-year-old sister brings her back to life thirty years later as an adult woman, with dire consequences.


April 6

A Quiet Place (Theaters)

Director: John Krasinski

Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe

A family of four must live their lives in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.


April 10

Tilt (VOD)

Director: Kasra Farahani

Cast: Joseph Cross, Jessy Hodges, Billy Khoury

An unemployed documentary filmmaker’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic in the months after his wife becomes pregnant.


April 13

Marrowbone (Theaters & VOD)

Director: Sergio G. Sánchez

Cast:  George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton

A young man and his three younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.

Wildling (Theaters & VOD)

Director: Fritz Böhm

Cast: Liv Tyler, Brad Dourif, Bel Powley

A blossoming teenager uncovers the dark secret behind her traumatic childhood.

Truth or Dare (Theaters)

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Cast: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane

A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone — or something — begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.


April 20

Ghost Stories (Theaters & VOD)

Director: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman

Cast:  Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse

Arch skeptic Professor Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable ‘hauntings’.


Predictions

What you shouldn’t miss:

By now you really shouldn’t need me telling you how good a A Quiet Place looks.

  • It may be John Krasinski’s first feature film, but it’s already the talk of the horror community. It recently premiered at SXSW to glowing reviews, and I cannot wait to get my eyeballs on it!

What you should take a chance on:

Again, yet another solid month for the genre with a few films that look very much worth our time. They are Marrowbone, Wildling, and Ghost Stories.

  • I’ve had a chance to see Marrowbone and it’s much more a drama than a horror film, but the subtle ways in which the horror sneak up on the narrative make it a very solid watch. Great performances and a batshit final act make this one an easy recommendation.
  • I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Wildling and that trailer was fantastic, so I had to throw it in here. Also, Liv Tyler.
  • Ghost Stories is another film I’ve seen and I dug it quite a bit. It’s a unique take on the anthology format, and I loved the way it ties each of its stories together (usually the hardest part for a film like this). Definitely worth a look.

Which film are you looking forward to the most?

Can’t wait to see if A Quiet Place lives up to the hype!

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5 thoughts on “The Month in Horror Releases: April

  1. I’ve actually already seen ‘A Quiet Place.’ I’m curious to see what you think about it. I enjoyed it, really dug the sound design, but thought it was a bit derivative overall. I was hoping there was a bit more to it.

  2. I heard an interview with John Krasinski the other day, and he talked quite a bit about how the sound was designed for “A Quiet Place”. I’m really interested to see how this film compares to old-school silent films, or if a comparison can be made at all.

    Also, I like the anthology idea of “Ghost Stories”. Plus, Martin Freeman always gives a person their money’s worth.

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