There are a lot of “Most Anticipated” articles concerning movies once the summer is over (I know, it’s not officially over until September 23rd, but it’s fall in my heart year-round). Being a horror fiend, I always keep on top of the upcoming horror releases in any medium, especially when it comes to movies.
2016 is set to bring us the paranormal, psychological horror, tongue-in-cheek violence, and probably some cannibalism. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a little variety!
Note: You won’t find any zombie movies on this list, but you can find a list of all of the upcoming zombie movies here.
So, without further ado, here are my five most anticipated horror movies for 2016, in no particular order:
1. The Purge 3
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Director: James DeMonaco
Starring: Elizabeth Mitchell, Frank Grillo
Simply put, I placed The Purge 3 on my list because the first two were terrifying. Nothing is as scary as real life. To have one day where nothing is illegal is a frightening concept. Imagine what can happen in a 24-hour period where everything is legal. Freaky shit, that’s what! The latest installment is slim on details for now, but it’s rumored to have the alternate title The Purge: Origins, which is pretty exciting. To see how it started and how people handled the unknown will be captivating. I hope.
2. The Forest
Release Date: January 8, 2016
Director: Jason Zada
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa
I’m really excited for this! Starring Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney, Dormer plays a woman looking for her sister in Aokigahara Forest only to be tormented by the vengeful spirits that reside there. If you don’t know, Aiokigahara Forest is also called “Suicide Forest” because of the large number of people who go there to commit suicide. With an emotional and paranormal theme, I have really high hopes for this one.
3. The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist
Release Date: June 10, 2016
Director: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Shannon Kook
As the title suggests, this is a sequel to The Conjuring. Haunted houses always strike a nerve with me. Something about being encased in a brick or wood structure with something otherworldly makes me a little uncomfortable. The second installment brings back Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) to investigate a poltergeist in Brimsdown, Enfield, England. The (supposedly) true story is centered around a single mother and her four children moving into a new house. Because of course it is. I know it sounds generic as hell, but so did the first one, honestly. I never thought clapping could be terrifying and they made it work!
4. Death House
Release Date: TBA 2016
Director: Harrison Smith
Starring: Robert Englund, Danny Trejo, Michael Berryman
I normally wouldn’t put this one on any list, let alone a “Most Anticipated” list. But, I have to. I love horror movies that are so bad, they’re good — this looks just like that, even if it seems to be self-aware. Starring a bevy of aging horror-film stars (Robert Englund, Danny Trejo, Gunnar Hanson, Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley, the late Michael Berryman, among others), this one brings you into a prison that is a cover for the nine levels of Hell. Ok…I’ll bite — sounds pretty cool. And, it’s gotta be better than the movie with Englund and Joey Fatone, right?
Release Date: TBA 2016
Director: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
Starring: Lili Taylor, Stephen Dorff, Nicole Andrews
When it comes to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I’m a purest; DO NOT touch the original or I sick Leatherface on you. I went to the theater and paid to see the 2003 remake, against my better judgment, and I haven’t even wanted to see any other TCM movie after that. Not to be confused with Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, THIS Leatherface will focus on teenage Leatherface and how he became the demented murderer we all know and love to this day. Starring Stephen Dorff and Lili Taylor, I’m really hoping this one delivers. I need a gritty, dark, depressing Leatherface. Feeling sorry for him would be the ultimate confusing theater experience.