15 Most Anticipated Upcoming Horror Movies
Source: The Weinstein Company
Before the door slams slut on 2015, hopefully hitting it in the ass on the way out, here’s a prediction: 2016 will be 1992 in different clothes.
Consider the evidence: there’s a new Batman movie, The X Files is back on TV and Clinton is running for President. Also, the horror movies slated for release are mostly sequels and remakes.
1992 gave us such culturally enriching experiences as House IV, Prom Night III: The Last Kiss and the awesome Witchcraft 4: The Virgin Heart, and while 2016’s line-up isn’t quite that bad, it still leaves much to be desired. Among the least desirable titles is a remake of The Blob, from the director of the When A Stranger Calls remake.
Amityville 1992: It’s About Time was the 6th film in the haunted house franchise, and guess what? Not only is another Amityville film due in 2016, but if you’re not a fan of things that go bump in the night, then the new year would be a good time to go into hibernation.
Scratch the ghosts and the franchise movies, and there isn’t a whole lot going on at your local multiplex in 2016. For anyone who thinks it’s bad form to write off a year before it’s even begun, however, here’s two words for you: Ghostbusters reboot.
15. Underworld 5
Source: Screen Gems
Currently shooting in Prague ahead of an October 2016 release, the tentatively-titled Underworld 5 brings back Kate Beckinsale as Selene, who this time reportedly battles half-breeds created by Alexander Corvinus.
Rumours persist that Scott Speedman will return as Michael, who regains his memory and begins searching for Selene and his daughter. Also returning are Theo James as David and Charles Dance as Thomas, the vampire elder.
The script is credited to Cory Goodman, who also penned Priest and The Last Witch Hunter (uh oh), and in the director’s chair is Anna Foerster, who directed 2nd Unit on The Day After Tomorrow and 10,000 BC and was director of photography on White House Down. Hopefully she learned something from Roland Emmerich and will make Part 5 an improvement over Underworld: Awakening.
14. Ouija 2
Source: Universal Pictures
Despite a barrage of hostile reviews (USA Today called it “a deadly dull and overly familiar movie about summoning ghosts that draws upon nearly every horror movie cliché”), Ouija made $102 million on a $5 million budget, so a sequel is in production, due for release in October 2016.
Directed by Oculus helmer Mike Flanagan from a script he wrote with Jeff Howard, Ouija 2 stars Lin Shaye and Elizabeth Reaser, which should help bring in the audience for the Insidious and Twilight franchises.
Plot details are sketchy, but if previous cheap horror sequels like Hostel II are anything to go by, it’ll be the same story all over again with a different cast. More teenagers you couldn’t care less about, more false scares, more people walking down dark corridors saying, “Hello? Someone there?”