If you’re like me, you feel like you’ve seen every horror movie that interests you out there. There’s probably a few you’ve missed, but usually for good reason. Even if that reason is you simply aren’t a fan of a certain facet. I’m looking to help you out this Halloween season, giving you some new and exciting options to keep a look out for to shiver your bones anew! Get some shiny new gore in there with your tried and true classics this October.
Of course we all know the big ones of the moment are coming at us with a vengeance – Paranormal Activity, Insidious and Sinister are all coming back, sequels galore to try and entice us. What this article will be focusing on is the stuff you may not know about, the stuff you haven’t heard much about, and the stuff that wish you had never heard of.
Let’s get the easy ones out of the way first. Guillermo del Toro’s latest film stars Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and Mia Wasikowska and opens on October 16. A period piece, it follows Wasikowska as she discovers her new husband (Hiddleston,) hides dark and ghostly goings on in his hillside manor.
Del Toro is always a blast, and although the premise might sound pretty standard for a horror movie we’ve never seen him disappoint. He also doesn’t do things small. Crimson Peak is in the ‘peak’ position to bring the house down, or in this case mansion. Wasikowska and Hiddleston are no strangers to working together in dark settings, having starred together in Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive last year. Their chemistry is sharp and anxious, which will further fuel the adrenaline, and with heavyweights such as Chastain and Hunnam rounding out the cast, it is sure to be a knockout.
And hey, if you can’t get enough of Crimson Peak, be sure to visit the country of Cumbria yourself at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights brand new experience, “Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness” starting September 18. Get the chance to rub shoulders with the ghoulies, and you just might run into Guillermo himself! Don’t expect him to protect you, though. Something tells me that ain’t his bag.
Probably one of the most talked about indie horror movies to come out this year, It Follows centers around Jay (Maika Monroe) who after consummating her relationship with boyfriend Hugh (Jake Weary) discovers she is the latest to be afflicted with a curse. Her death is now following her, and she doesn’t know who, or when, but it is coming. Now she has to find a way to convince people she’s in danger, dodge it, and free herself of the curse. And how, pray tell does she do that? By transferring the curse to someone else by boinking.
Go with me on this. I know the premise sounds a bit trite and bordering on something of a more adult genre. But this isn’t Deep Throat here. What we have is a gripping, menacing energy that makes this movie impossible not to watch and get genuinely creeped. Taking the classic trope of “don’t have sex in a horror movie or you’ll die,” It Follows takes that retro fun and turns it into serious business. This movie is a perfect example of not taking indie or straight-to-streaming fare for granted.
It Follows is available for purchase on the platform of your choice, as well as most retail locations.
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
Australia has really been stepping up with horror. Last year’s movie on everyone’s lips was The Babadook, a chilling mother and son tale, and this year, it is Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead. Created by Tristan and Kiah Roache-Turner, this brother team has brought about a fresh spin to the same ole same ole zombie story, from its angle on infection to dark humor. My personal favorite of the year, and I don’t even roll with zombie movies that often. But I would gladly roll out with the rough-and-tumble crew of Wyrmwood, and watch them tear those hordes to shreds.
A perfect blend of heavy plot points and levity (watch out for the lab scenes and the solution to their energy problem,) Wyrmwood has a little bit for any scary rotting corpse-lovers palate. And even if living dead armies aren’t your bag, it will still get you sucked in and entertained. For a more in-depth look, I covered it here. Be sure to check it out!
Meeting your boyfriend’s family is always stressful. But dysfunction hits a whole new level in You’re Next, a film by screenwriter Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard of several shorts in the V/H/S as well as The ABC’s of Death. This full-length film follows Erin (Sharni Vinson,) as she goes with her boyfriend to his family’s vacation home to try and mend the severed ties of his family. That includes a over-medicated mother, a wilted sister, a greedy brother and all your other favorite top hits for a crumbling family. But when some uninvited guests join the party, they must band together to survive or pay the ultimate price.
With unique kills and some jaded, dry humor, this movie stood out from the pack last year and is quickly becoming a favorite among the goremonger groups. A fresh take on some classic scary movie tactics, You’re Next covers all the slasher bases, and does a solid job of continuing Wingard and Barrett’s uncanny ability to make real life just as horrifying as an unknown entity trying to take over your home. If you’re craving some “meaty” entertainment, You’re Next has you covered.
Lost After Dark
I recently covered this movie, and it’s only out in trailer form at the moment, but I felt it beared mentioning. A love letter to the golden age of 80’s blood fountains, this movie looks to be able to scratch that itch for one more group of teenagers being hunted and torn to shreds in the woods. Sometimes you want just a classic macaroni and cheese to curl up with at night. This is measuring up to be that kind of movie.
For further information, please check out my review of the Lost After Dark trailer here and keep an eye out for the film to be available September 1, 2015.
Another film that is coming soon, this movie is rapidly gaining a reputation as being the most terrifying movie in a long while. When the mother of two twin boys comes home from intensive reconstructive surgery, she doesn’t seem the same. Soon the boys begin suspecting something is wrong with her, even questioning if it is their mom at all.
Yup, they’ve got your isolation, they’ve got your crazy conspiracies, they’ve got a creepy mom with equally creepy twins…if you are looking for something to keep you awake at night, I’m pretty sure this is the way to go. For further information, I discussed the trailer here and the movie itself will be out September 11, 2015. Goodnight Mommy was created by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala and stars Susanne Wuest as well as Elias and Lukas Schwarz.
Hopefully these recommendations will keep you occupied this scary movie season. With such a wide variety of options I am sure any horror-monger can find something to get under their skin. Do you have any new horror movies you would like to share? Let us know in the comments and it could be featured in a future article!