The Month in Horror Releases: September

Every year, as we get closer and closer to fall, we start to see some of the most exciting films hit the genre and this September is no different with one of the most talked about movies of the year finally hitting the masses—Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy! We’ll also see Jeremy Saulnier’s follow-up to The Green Room and the release of some very promising titles that include Cold Skin, Mara, and Hell Fest! But before we get started, here’s what I watched in August:

What Keeps You Alive (review): Despite some impressive moments, What Keeps You Alive fails because its characters never reach outside of the box they were so carelessly written into.

Hereditary (review):Ari Aster’s feature debut is an absolute monster of a movie that if nothing else, has some of the scariest visuals of the modern horror era.

September 4

Hostile (VOD)

Director: Mathieu Turi

Cast: Brittany Ashworth, Grégory Fitoussi, Javier Botet

Juliette, a lone survivor of an apocalyptic era, fights to survive against hunger, thirst, a broken leg and strange, disturbing creatures that only come out at nighttime.

The Crescent (VOD)

Director: Seth A. Smith

Cast: Danika Vandersteen, Woodrow Graves, Terrance Murray

After an unexpected death in the family, a mother and son struggle to find spiritual healing at a beachfront summer home.

September 7

The Nun (Theaters)

Director: Corin Hardy

Cast: Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet

A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.

Cold Skin (VOD)

Director: Xavier Gens

Cast: Ray Stevenson, David Oakes, Aura Garrido

In 1914, a young man arrives at a remote island near the Antarctic Circle to take the post of weather observer only to find himself trapped in a watchtower besieged by deadly creatures which live in hiding on the island.

Mara (VOD)

Director: Clive Tonge

Cast: Olga Kurylenko, Javier Botet, Mitch Eakins

Criminal psychologist Kate Fuller is assigned to the murder of a man who has seemingly been strangled in his sleep by his wife and the only witness is their eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. As Kate digs into the mystery of an ancient demon which kills people in their sleep, she experiences the same petrifying symptoms as all previous victims and spirals through a chilling nightmare to save herself and Sophie before she dares fall asleep again.

September 14

Don’t Leave Home (Theaters & VOD)

Director: Michael Tully

Cast: Mark Lawrence, Helena Bereen, Karrie Cox

An American artist’s obsession with a disturbing urban legend leads her to an investigation of the story’s origins at the crumbling estate of a reclusive painter in Ireland.

Hell House LLC II: The Abbadon Hotel (VOD)

Director: Stephen Cognetti

Cast: Vasile Flutur, Jillian Geurts, Joy Shatz

It’s been eight years since the opening night tragedy of Hell House, LLC and still many unanswered questions remain. Thanks to an anonymous tip, investigative journalist Jessica Fox is convinced that key evidence is hidden inside the abandoned Abaddon Hotel-evidence that will shed light on the hotel’s mysteries. She assembles a team equally hungry for answers with one goal: break into the hotel and discover the truth.

Mandy (VOD)

Director: Panos Cosmatos

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache

Mandy is set in the primal wilderness of 1983 where Red Miller, a broken and haunted man hunts an unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life.

The Basement (Theaters & VOD)

Director: Brian M. Conley, Nathan Ives

Cast: Mischa Barton, Tracie Thoms, Bailey Anne Borders

A seemingly innocent man is abducted by a notorious L.A. serial killer, who forces his victims to switch roles with him so that he can enact his own capture, torture and murder.

September 18

The Toybox (VOD)

Director: Tom Nagel

Cast: Denise Richards, Mischa Barton, Jeff Denton

An estranged family take a trip to the desert in their used RV but become stranded and isolated in the scorching terrain. They soon learn their RV holds terrible, haunting secrets, and it starts killing them off one by one.

September 21

Beyond the Sky (VOD)

Director: Fulvio Sestito

Cast: Jordan Hinson, Peter Stormare, Dee Wallace

While shooting a documentary to expose the lies of alien abductees, a provocative filmmaker and his crew encounter a young woman with a dark secret who leads them to uncover a disturbing truth.

September 28

Hell Fest (Theaters)

Director: Gregory Plotkin

Cast: Bex Taylor-Klaus, Reign Edwards, Tony Todd

A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

Hold the Dark (Netflix)

Director: Jeremy Saulnier

Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Riley Keough, James Badge Dale

After the deaths of three children suspected to be by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the parents of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate their son in the Alaskan wilderness.


What you shouldn’t miss:

There simply are no other choices. It’s Mandy and Hold the Dark.

  • We’ve had to wait 8 long years between films from Beyond the Black Rainbow director Panos Cosmatos, which is absolutely absurd. The long wait, however, appears to be worth every minute because his sophomore effort Mandy has become one of the most talked about genre films of the year due to its massively successful festival run. It’s a must see. Simple. As. That.
  • After Blue Ruin and The Green Room, Jeremy Saulnier has become one of the most exciting filmmakers in the world—Hold the Dark is a must-see based on that alone. But if, for whatever reason, you need convincing, just watch the trailer below. It kills.

What you should take a chance on:

Although Mandy and Hold the Dark both take the spotlight this month, there’s still a few great looking films that might be worth a look, which includes Hell Fest, Cold Skin, and The Nun.

  • I’m running on the assumption that if Hell Fest is just half as good as its trailers suggest, we might be in for one of the year’s biggest surprises. That’s all I’ve got.
  • It’s hard to pass up a new Xavier Gens project—the mind behind the supremely twisted Frontiers—but especially when it’s a monster movie as unique looking as Cold Skin. I’ve seen some positive buzz out of this one, so it might be worth checking out!
  • I’m looking forward to seeing Corin Hardy breakout into big-budget horror, especially with The Nun looking as good as it does. That being said, I’m still leaning on the skeptical side however, due to the previous Conjuring spinoffs (Annabelle and its sequel) not being very good.

Which film are you looking forward to the most?

This is a tough one but I have to go with Hold the Dark.

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16 thoughts on “The Month in Horror Releases: September

  1. Hmm, going straight to Netflix gives me some pause but what’s most important is that Saulnier is directing the thing so I’ve gotta say Hold the Dark too. He’s 2/2 for me and goddamn that reminds me that I STILL haven’t seen Murder Party….

    1. I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure Netflix acquired the distribution rights (because they have a fuck ton of money) so that’s why it’s being released on Netflix. But I’m with you, 3/3 for me. Murder Party is ridiculous in all the right ways.

  2. I’ve seen The Crescent, which is a really twisty slow burn ghost story, and Mandy, which is worth every bit of hype that film deserves–it’s nuts in the best way possible. The film by which I’m most intrigued is Don’t Leave Home, which has a lame title, but seems to combine folk horror and haunted house, with a female heroine, in kind of a cool way. So much coming out this month!!

    1. Glad you dug Mandy so much! It seems to be universally loved at this point! And you’re totally right, there’s so much good stuff coming out this month AND the months to follows. Hype!

  3. Hold the Dark does look interesting, as does the one set in the remote house in Ireland – just because I like Irish scenery.

    You can tell it’s fall, with all these releases.

    Not that it matters, but we watched A Quiet Place, and I was not thrilled with the ending. (I watched it a few weeks ago and I can’t even remember how it ended.) However, I LOVED how they used sound in the film. It was so tense!

    Also, for what it’s worth, who designed the new graphic at the top of your website? That person has talent!

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