Is it already June? Although most days are just blurring together at this point, at least we’re still getting a handful of indie horror films to look forward to each month and June is no different. It’s great to see Elisabeth Moss in yet another fantastic looking genre film this year with Shirley — especially after coming off of The Invisible Man, which is undoubtedly one of the year’s best — so I am very much looking forward to that. We’ll also see the release of the highly praised Scare Package (recently featured on Cheap Thrills) and many more, so let’s dig in!
Director: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion
Cast: Joel McHale, Kevin James, Lulu Wilson
A teenager’s weekend at a lake house with her father takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts wreaks havoc on their lives. Shirley (VOD)
Director: Josephine Decker
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Logan Lerman, Michael Stuhlbarg
A famous horror writer finds inspiration for her next book after she and her husband take in a young couple.
The Deeper You Dig (VOD)
Director: John Adams, Toby Poser
Cast: John Adams, Toby Poser, Zelda Adams
In the aftermath of a roadside accident, the line between the living and the dead collapses for a mother, a daughter and a stranger.
The Dinner Party (VOD)
Director: Miles Doleac
Cast: Jeremy London, Bill Sage, Sherri Eakin
A budding playwright and his wife attend a dinner party hosted by wealthy, cultural elites, who have promised to bankroll the writer’s latest play to Broadway, but, in fact, have darker designs in mind for the couple.
Director: Rebecca Matthews
Cast: Jon Callaway, Abi Casson Thompson, Kate Lush
The Candy Witch seeks vengeance on the wealthy family that wronged her.
Warning: Do Not Play (Shudder)
Director: Kim Jin-won
Cast: Narendra Singh Dhami, Ye-ji Seo, Seon-kyu Jin
Mi-Jung (Seo Ye-Ji ) is a rookie film director and she has been preparing a horror film for the past 8 years. One day, Mi-Jung hears about a movie which was banned. Mi-Jung wants to know about the film. She begins to search for the movie. Her search takes her to meet Jae-Hyun (Jin Seon-Kyu), who is the director of the film. Jae-Hyun warns Mi-Jung to forget about his film, but she ignores his warning. Mi-Jung’s obsession with the movie leads her to bizarre and horrible cases.
The Luring (VOD)
Director: Christopher Wells
Cast: Michaela Sprague, Molly Fahey, Alex Emanuel
A man tries to recover a lost memory by returning to his family’s Vermont vacation home where an unspeakable act took place leaving him institutionalized as a child.
Directors: Courtney Andujar, Hillary Andujar, Anthony Cousins, Emily Hagins, Aaron B. Koontz, Chris McInroy, Noah Segan, Baron Vaughn
Cast: Jeremy King, Noah Segan, Toni Trucks
In Scare Package, Chad, the owner of Rad Chad’s Horror Emporium, recounts a series of bone-chilling, blood-splattered tales to illustrate the rules of the horror genre to his newest employee.
You Should Have Left (VOD)
Director: David Koepp
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Kevin Bacon, Geoff Bell
A screenwriter travels to a remote house in the Alps with his family so that he can write the sequel to his big hit film, but he begins to regret his decision after suffering from a severe case of writer’s block.
Director: Lars Damoiseaux
Cast: Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon
Yummy is an orgy of blood, violence and fun in which a young couple travel to a shabby Eastern European hospital for plastic surgery. The young woman wants a breast reduction. Her mother comes along for yet another face-lift. Wandering through an abandoned ward the boyfriend stumbles upon a young woman, gagged and strapped to an operating table; she is the result of an experimental rejuvenation treatment. He frees her, but does not realize he just caused the outbreak of a virus that will change doctors, patients and his mother-in-law into bloodthirsty zombies.
The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access)
Executive producers Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg’s modern re-imagining of the classic TV series continues the legacy of socially conscious storytelling. The series’ second season uses introspection and self-exploration to usher viewers into a dimension filled with endless possibilities.
14 thoughts on “The Month in Horror Releases: June”
Heh — Kevin James in a horror has got me intrigued for sure! Nice. And so good to see Elisabeth Moss in another horror. Woman is killing it (whoops) lately.
I know, right? Is there a name for the “comedian-turned-villain” subgenre because there should be lol.
I’m in for Shirley. Elizabeth Moss is one of my favorite actresses right now. What a job she did in The Invisible Man, eh?
She was soooo good in The Invisible Man. Did you ever watch Mad Men? You could just tell she was going to be a star.
Oh, yes. I fell for her talents in The Handmaid. She was amazing. She has the ability to be the girl next door, kinda plain, then in the next scene she is gorgeous, then the next she has dark circles under her eyes and she is frazzled.
This looks like a cool spread. I’m digging all the meta stuff: Elisabeth Moss as a horror writer, a K-horror movie about a banned horror movie, and “Chad, the owner of Horror Emporium.” Can’t wait to watch some of these.
Plus, I’ll agree with the crowd, Kevin James in a horror film? I mean, Joel McHale too, but Kevin James? That’ll be interesting. I gotta admit, he looks plenty menacing in that photo, like he’s channeling Sig Haig.
I didn’t even pick up on the meta horror angle, that’s a really great point! It’s interesting how these things seem to happen in waves. We’ll be seeing a lot of pandemic-themed movies in no time!
You are probably spot on about the pandemic-themed movies. Very curious to see how the current situation impacts storytelling.
Never thought I’d see Kevin James’s name in a horror film, but he might be a good choice since he may be cast against type?
Shirley has a beautiful, “literary” look to it. I’ll be waiting for that one.
Literary is a great way to describe it. I gotta say, though, I wasn’t a huge fan of it. 😦
Oh no – really? Drat.
It’s gotten a lot of great reviews, though. I think I just went in with the wrong expectations. It has been labeled a genre film (and the trailer certainly hints at it) but it most definitely isn’t lol.