Shout out to Jordan Peele’s Us, which is absolutely slaying at the box office ($100 million so far!?). It’s certainly going to be tough to top last month with a showing like that, but April does have something exciting in store—the Pet Sematary remake from Starry Eyes duo Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer. That’s about as exciting of a pairing as you could hope for a Stephen King adaptation. But not only do we have that to look forward to, but there’s a few indie films that look just as promising. Go ahead, take a look:
Director: Eric Pham
Cast: Violett Beane, Elle LaMont, A. Michael Baldwin
After the death of her mother, an estranged daughter struggles to save her brother, and those around her from a malevolent faceless spirit.
Soul to Keep (VOD)
Director: David Allensworth, Moniere
Cast: Sandra Mae Frank, Jordan Theodore, Aurora Heimbach
Beelzebub, a powerful demon hellbent to possess and consume souls, goes after siblings and their lifelong friends at a rundown country house.
Pet Sematary (Theaters)
Director: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Cast: Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz
Louis Creed, his wife Rachel, and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie ‘Pet Sematary’ located nearby. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better.
The Haunting of Sharon Tate (Theaters)
Director: Daniel Farrands
Cast: Hilary Duff, Jonathan Bennett, Lydia Hearst
Pregnant with director Roman Polanski’s child and awaiting his return from Europe, 26-year-old Hollywood actress Sharon Tate becomes plagued by visions of her imminent death.
The Head Hunter (VOD)
Director: Jordan Downey
Cast: Christopher Rygh, Cora Kaufman
A medieval warrior’s gruesome collection of heads is missing only one – the monster that killed his daughter years ago.
The Wind (VOD)
Director: Emma Tammi
Cast: Miles Anderson, Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles
A supernatural thriller set in the Western frontier of the late 1800s, The Wind stars Caitlin Gerard as a plains-woman driven mad by the harshness and isolation of the untamed land.
The Silence (Netflix)
Director: John R. Leonetti
Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Stanley Tucci, Miranda Otto
The story of a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who have bred for decades in the pitch darkness of a vast underground cave system, hunting only with their acute hearing. As the family seeks refuge in a remote haven where they can wait out the invasion, they start to wonder what kind of world will remain when they’re ready to emerge.
The Curse of La Llarona (Theaters)
Director: Michael Chaves
Cast: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Marisol Ramirez
Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.
Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse (VOD)
Director: Lukas Feigelfeld
Cast: Aleksandra Cwen, Celina Peter, Claudia Martini
In the 15th century, a young goatherd living alone in a mountain hut feels a dark presence in the woods.
Body at Brighton Rock (VOD)
Director: Roxanne Benjamin
Cast: Karina Fontes, Casey Adams, Emily Althaus
A park ranger spends the night guarding a potential crime scene on a remote mountain trail.
I Trapped the Devil (VOD)
Director: Josh Lobo
Cast: Chris Sullivan, Jocelin Donahue, AJ Bowen
A man descends into paranoia after trapping what he believes to be the devil in his basement, but things take a dark turn when his family unexpectedly arrive for Christmas.
9 thoughts on “The Month in Horror Releases: April”
Not a big fan of the casting of Hilary Duff as Sharon Tate, that story is a crazy and fucked up one, she will have a major task ahead of her selling that kind of terror. That said, I’m willing to give her a chance. Who knows. After all, I’m not exactly a diehard fan of Shelley Duvall but she hardly diminishes my enjoyment of The Shining. I guess the thing is, isn’t QT doing his last/second to last/probably not his last movie on basically the same subject?
“…isn’t QT doing his last/second to last/probably not his last movie on basically the same subject?” – This is fantastic xD
No, I don’t think so. The Hilary Duff movie has a supernatural angle that Tarantino’s most definitely doesn’t. And it doesn’t sound like the Sharon Tate murder is the focal point of Tarantino’s film, just part of it. I could be wrong, though!
I am really looking forward to Pet Semetary. Hopefully will catch it this weekend. Nice round up, and things to keep my eyes peeled for. I really need some good horror in my life again!
It sounds promising!
Nice list. I’ve heard good things about I Trapped the Devil. And I’m keen to see The Silence, because… A Quiet Place with evil cults, heck yes!
I Trapped the Devil looks sick! Love the concept for it. The Silence came out of nowhere, but that seems to be working for Netflix. Looking forward to it as well.
Damn. “Pet Semetary” absolutely snuck up on me, I’ve never heard of “The Silence” until now, and is that “The Wind,” like the silent movie “The Wind” with Lilian Gish? I feel so behind. I’m also liking the looks of the couple of medieval horror flicks, and both “I Trapped the Devil” and “Body at Brighton Rock” look interesting. I’ll even give “Sharon Tate” a shot at some point. Great list as always.
Yeah, typical Netflix announcing a movie 2 weeks before it’s released. It must be working!