A quick glance at August’s lineup of horror and you might mistake it for something we’d see during the Halloween season. This month is a real treat for horror fans, a genre-mash of both big theatrical releases and some highly anticipated indie films. I’d list the ones I’m excited about personally, but it’s basically this entire list! Before we jump into this thing, here’s what I watched last month:
The Perfection: While the story is certainly as twisted and batshit as you’ve likely heard by now, this one just didn’t quite do it for me. The entire plot is silly and the performances were a little too over-the-top to really get into it. 2.5/5
The Nightingale (Theaters)
Director: Jennifer Kent
Cast: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr
Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
The Night Sitter (VOD)
Director: Abiel Bruhn, John Rocco
Cast: Elyse Dufour, Jack Champion, Jermaine Rivers
A con artist poses as a babysitter to steal from a wealthy occult enthusiast. One of the kids she’s sitting unwittingly summons a trio of witches known as The Three Mothers.
Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
Cast: Dave Beamish, Monica Bellucci, Charmaine Bingwa
A man who discovers that he is part of a secret sect of magical beings who hunt down and destroy demons in the internet.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Theaters)
Director: André Øvredal
Cast: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush
A group of teens face their fears in order to save their lives.
Director: William McGregor
Cast: Maxine Peake, Richard Harrington, Eleanor Worthington-Cox
A dark folk tale set in the hills of Wales during the industrial revolution.
Camp Wedding (VOD)
Director: Greg Emetaz
Cast: Kelley Gates, Sean Hankinson, Cadden Jones
Mia’s destination wedding seems doomed when her bridal party is not too keen on doing all the work to transform a dilapidated summer camp into the venue of her dreams–when they begin to be killed off mysteriously, that doesn’t help either.
Ready or Not (Theaters)
Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Cast: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien
A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.
Tigers Are Not Afraid (Theaters)
Director: Issa López
Cast: Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Hanssel Casillas
A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.
Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Cast: Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick, Hayley Marie Norman
A woman goes to the countryside to spend a quiet weekend after losing her job and having her last complicated relationship implode. She rents a country house to an old-fashioned widower, who struggles to hide his pyschopatic tendencies.
The Fanatic (VOD)
Director: Fred Durst
Cast: John Travolta, Devon Sawa, Ana Golja
A rabid film fan stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star’s life.
9 thoughts on “The Month in Horror Releases: August”
Holy sh*t dude! John Travolta in The Fanatic! Unrecognizable! (Not sure if that’s enough to make me want to watch, but wow!)
This is a good-looking month. Sign me up for Jennifer Kent’s new movie, right now. And Tigers Are Not Afraid sounds like it could be rough but a brilliant metaphorical piece.
It looks pretty ridiculous too. And Fred Durst directed so I don’t know how to feel about that… lol. Agreed on Kent’s new film. Can’t believe it has taken her this long to follow up The Invitation.
Think The Invitation was Karyn Kusama. Kent did The Babadook — but even more to your point! That movie is now 5 years old!
Oh yeah, duh! That’s probably why I mixed them up lol
Tigers Are Not Afraid is finally getting theatrical release. That’s great! One of the gems from last year’s Fantasia Festival for sure!
I know, right? Can’t wait to finally see it!
Oooooh looks good!!
Whoa! I did NOT recognize John Travolta in that one image you posted. He looks SO creepy and weird.
It’s pretty shocking, right?