Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2016
The horror movie genre has had its good years and its bad years, with too many sequels, prequels, remakes (or “reboots” as they’re now called) and ripoffs to count. Still, a good horror movie is a good horror movie, and 2016 does have some pretty interesting and innovative efforts waiting in the wings. Here are a few we’ve been thinking about pretty hard…
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist
With a June release date, the producers are sitting on the storyline for this one pretty hard and details are scarce. It comes on the heels of The Conjuring (2013) and Annabelle (2014), though, so expectations are fairly high. It will reprise Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as real-life paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren, this time investigating the story of two sisters in late-70s Enfield, England…both of whom were allegedly possessed. Another good sign: director James Wan (from the first film) will be helming this one as well.
Ever wonder where ol’ Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre actually came from? Now you can find out. Apparently Leatherface was incarcerated in a mental institution as a teenager and made his escape with three others and a nurse hostage…with an equally disturbed and unhinged lawman on their heels. It’s a fitting time to release the movie, since original Leatherface Gunnar Hansen died in 2016.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Well, the name tells you most of what you need to know here. Fans of Jane Austen will be either delighted or outraged as Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett have bigger problems than just class differences and a Victorian-era love story. Nope…now 19th century England has a whole horde of the undead to take on. Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone and Mila Kunis were considered for the Elizabeth role, before Lily James was cast. Taken from a 2013 short film by the same name.
The Other Side Of the Door
Don’t people in horror movies ever learn to not go through that door? A once-happy family’s lives are ruined when their young son accidentally dies. The mother learns of a ritual that can bring them back together for one last goodbye. She makes a journey to an ancient temple that serves as a portal between the two worlds, where she can see her son one las time. Then she opens that door…and all hell breaks loose, of course. Features former Walking Dead cast member Sarah Wayne Callies.
Fans of vintage horror should look forward to this one, bringing together Robert Englund (Freddy Kreuger), Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface), Kane Hodder (Jason), Doug Bradley (Pinhead), Bill Moseley (from House of 1000 Corpses), Dee Wallace (from Cujo), Ken Foree (from Dawn of the Dead) and Michael Berryman (from The Hills Have Eyes). The plot has these horror veterans involved in a prison break, including four notoriously deadly murderers who are isolated in a special section of the prison called “the death house.” They have their sights set on a secret government facility after their escape. How can you go wrong with a movie setup like that?