I’ve seen a lot of new movies this year, but in October I fell a little behind, and there are still a lot of great ones left that I’d like to conquer. In the time I took to get this list together, I could have probably watched all of these movies, but that’s how I roll. In no particular order, here’s a list of the films I’m still looking forward to from this year.
category: supernatural indie era
level of excitement to see it: I’m a sucker for originality, and I feel like this one is going to deliver, so I’m very much looking forward to it
stars: new actors you haven’t heard of
A Sundance selection, this independent history-horror set in the 1600’s is about sorcery, family, and tension. The trailer doesn’t give away much, but it looks like it’s full of unease and uncertainty, and that’s attention-grabbing in itself. I’m interested in unlocking the mystery, but will surely have to be in a cold, grey mood before diving into this one.
Krampus or A Christmas Horror Story
category: holiday fun
level of excitement to see it: I wouldn’t want to watch either after Christmas so there’s limited time to see these ridiculous yuletide monsterpieces
stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette / William Shatner
I’m cheating a little here, but there are two Krampus movies this year, and I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. I’ll probably watch both and have a theme night of it. In case you didn’t know, Krampus is a goat-headed Christmas demon from folklore. This character has been hidden from the movie scene until recently, for unknown reasons. Neither of this movies look exceptional, but holiday horrors are rare, and this might make for a great face-off review.
trailer: Krampus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6cVyoMH4QE
A Christmas Horror Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSSSUbB-mYk
category: it’s been done
level of excitement to see it: it’s there if I need it
stars: new, Irish-named actors you haven’t heard of
This one doesn’t seem so original. In fact, it sounds a lot like Life After Beth. It looks a lot like a bunch of sex had in a bloody bed. No, no one is having their period, it’s just a dead ex-girlfriend who appears during deed-doing. I’m not dying to see this one, but it’s worth a glance.
The Final Girls
category: horror comedy film within a film
level of excitement to see it: silly, girly, scary- I couldn’t ask for much more
stars: Taissa Farmiga from AHS, Malin Akerman from mediocre comedies
Here’s our comedic relief of the year-end! It’s got a chunky story, but none of the parts are that original. It’s an Oh Henry! bar. A girl and her friends get trapped in a film from the eighties- and her mom is the star! The goal is to beat the machete maniac and be the final girls standing. Sounds like a fun movie to watch at a grown-up sleepover wearing onesies and drinking Winter Ale.
category: zombies in school
level of excitement to see it: this better be good as I’m not thrilled to watch another film of the flesh-eating genre
stars: Elijah Wood!!! and Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill
This movie has been out for awhile, but I’ve already had my fall flu and I don’t want to jinx it. It’s the made-up virus from your childhood come to life, but it’s from the perspective of the teachers. The staff try desperately to fight off children-zombies, and it seems super fun and hilarious, but I am reeeeallly over the zombie thing. This movie will put me at my limit, so hopefully it’s worth it. Let me work it.
category: a bed time story to give you nightmares
level of excitement to see it: I can’t miss a rare opportunity like this, and it’s a great film to watch before bed
stars: Bojana Novakovic from Devil, Joseph Mawle (you’d recognize his face)
The Hallows, also known by its other boring title, The Woods, is a film about Irish folklore- fairies, banshees, and the like. I can’t imagine this being too good, but it’s not often that we get any horror fairy tales, so I’m going to watch it anyway and like it more than 100% of the shaky-cam movies that I refuse to watch. I can only hope and pray that there’s little to no CGI and the plot isn’t full of holes. Here’s to the fae!
category: memories and bad blood
level of excitement to see it: I could skip it, but I’ll give it a shot
stars: up and coming kids you’ve never heard of
You’d think this movie would be about bees, but it’s actually a psychological infected-by-a-virus thriller. (If you want bees, try Stung, which I’ll also watch eventually.) The trailer isn’t very revealing, but there seems to be a lot of choking on black blood and it’s reminiscent of the latest Evil Dead. The film is also from the producers of Saw so it can’t be that bad, but I have a feeling the romance side of things is going to get a little too mushy (not in a smashed brains way) for my liking.
A Tale of Tales
category: fantasy fantastic
level of excitement to see it: I don’t have high hopes but I’m very excited to see how it compares to Crimson Peak
stars: Salma Hyek, Vincent Cassel, John C. Reily
This one is all imagination breathed through fashion and set design, and I’m actually quite surprised it’s labelled as a horror. Makes me think- is Game of Thrones a horror? This is film of three stories (as made pretty obvious by the title) that tell of the kingdom staples: intricate and colourful costumes, grotesque fable beasts, and of course, pale, young, naked girls. I doubt it’s going to bring any scares, but I wouldn’t mind adding another dreamlike storybook fiction movie to the list. Salma also goes hard on a really big bloody heart.
category: sci fi game
level of excitement to see it: I’m thrilled to be thrilled
stars: Julie Benz (from Dexter and Saw V)
This looks like a contender for my Top Ten Strangers in a Small Room list. I am so pleased that there’s another game show horror flick coming out. Fifty people are trapped in a room unable to move from the circle. Each person dies until one is left. This one looks different from the rest as there are way more people and surprisingly, children are involved.
category: fear-free ghosts with subtitles
level of excitement to see it: it’s been awhile since I’ve seen an Indian film, so I’m looking forward to it
stars: two actors that each only go by one name so they must be special- Nayantara, Aari
I’m sure there’s a bunch of really great Korean or Japanese or French horror films from 2015 out there that I could be picking (suggest them to me!), but I’ve decided to go with one of the (probably) five Indian horror attempts this year. This movie seems quite Westernized, so some of the magical cheese I love is missing, but it still looks like a true-to-heart Bollywood ghost story. It’s also got great spooky settings- a dark forest, an asylum, and lots of shadowy rooms and buildings. One thing I’ve never missed from an Indian movie is a fantastic story, but I’m not expecting to be scared.
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