Horror Movies 2016
If you love horror movies, 2016 will be a year of many excited trips to the cinema. Whether it's a long-anticipated horror movie sequel, a battle of big franchises, a horrifying event based on real-life events or a twisted curio from a beloved director, one of the horror movies 2016 has to offer will be the movie for you — or maybe they all will be.
1. The Darkness
Released: May 13, 2016
Horror giant Blumhouse has done it again, creating a modern horror movie that matches the hype. When this horror powerhouse creates movie magic, we listen, and 2016 is no different. Blumhouse's The Darkness, starring Radha Mitchell and Kevin Bacon, delves into long-dormant Native American mythology to bring a devastating haunting to rival anything in The Conjuring or Insidious.
2. The Conjuring 2
Released: June 10, 2016
Despite a satisfying spin-off in the form of Annabelle, fans of The Conjuring have still been longing for a solid sequel starring Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real-life paranormal investigators who cracked many genuine cases of hauntings. Their next challenge on the big screen will be the Enfield Poltergeist, a sinister case of apparent possession that took place in England during the late 1970s.
3. The Ring Vs. The Grudge
Released: June 18, 2016 (Japanese release, US release unconfirmed)
The Ring's Sadako is pitting her strengths against The Grudge's Kayako and Toshio in an epic battle between horror icons, the like of which has not been seen since 2003's Freddy vs. Jason. That is — rather appropriately for a horror movie — 13 years since two terrifying titans have exchanged blows for our horror entertainment, which makes 2016 rather special. The marketing team has gone all-out for this one, with a host of bizarre promos and even a ghost-run Instagram account drawing yet more viewers to this epic battle of vengeful spirits.
4. The Purge: Election Year
Released: July 1, 2016
Third time's the charm for The Purge, which caused utter box office anarchy with its unique blend of imaginative futurism and social commentary. Frank Grillo and his nice face are back to take on the Purging hordes, avoiding low-flying baseball bats and masked maniacs to protect the innocent from those hell-bent on doing their twisted "patriotic duty" and those who are just along for the ride.
5. Lights Out
Released: July 22, 2016
Director David F. Sandberg's short horror film Lights Out racked up nearly 12 million views, becoming a proper viral success online. 2016 sees this little horror movie that could get a full-length version for us all to enjoy in theaters this summer. Sandberg is still at the helm for the glossy feature-length Lights Out, which will be breathing some originality into the blockbuster roster. Truly, this is one of 2016's horror movies you won't want to miss.
6. Yoga Hosers
Released: July 29, 2016
Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp are here to prove they're more than the daughters of Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp, respectively, following up their cameo roles in Tusk with possibly the most left field spin-off since The Cleveland Show. The girls play employees at the Eh-2-Zed convenience store who must battle an ancient evil that threatens the very soil of Canada. It'll be odd but you won't wanna miss it.
7. Don't Breathe
Released: August 26, 2016
We've been waiting a gajillion years (well, OK, three) for Fede Alvarez to follow up his fan-favorite adaptation of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead, and while he's hinted at an Evil Dead 2, nothing concrete has materialized. However, fans can rejoice in the fact that Alvarez is pushing out one of his marvelous horror movies in 2016 with Don't Breathe, which bears the intriguing synopsis, "A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. They're wrong."
Released: 16 September 2016
Enfant terrible of both metal music and horror movies, Rob Zombie, is back with 31, and to call this project long-awaited is something of an understatement. After an early debut at Sundance in January 2016, 31 has been an enigma: No trailer has emerged, but we have seen some satisfyingly deranged pictures and been promised a hard NC-17 rating that we'll be able to view in all its uncut glory. Wait and see.
9. Underworld: Next Generation
Released: October 21, 2016
Kate Beckinsale and vampires and werewolves, oh my! Sure, it's straddling the line between horror and action, taking typically horror characters and tropes and creating sweet, high-octane music with them, but there's no denying that the Underworld series is popular with horror fans. More news on this cracking title when we have it.
10. Ouija 2
Released: October 21, 2016
The surprise hit of 2014, Ouija is back to get you light as a feather, stiff as a board with more sinister seance action. No doubt chaos will ensue as another bunch of attractive, misguided youths meddle with forces beyond their ken, and no doubt it'll be another success at the box office.
Released: October 28, 2016
Fresh from her fight against Kayako in The Ring vs. The Grudge, Sadako will be crawling out of the television to wreak more terrible vengeance on unsuspecting folks trying to recapture a little of the spirit of the '90s by watching an old VHS tape. Considering that The Ring 2 came out in 2005, that means Rings is coming an impressive 11 years after the last sequel.
12. The Strangers 2
Released: December 2, 2016
The Strangers was the word-of-mouth hit of 2008, and eight years later we're finally getting a follow-up. Pin Up Girl, Dollface and Sackhead will return to victimize another totally innocent bunch of people who never said boo to a goose. Sorry, blameless average Joes, that's the price you pay for appearing in a horror movie. If you've ever wondered what the Strangers look like behind the masks, check it out here.
Note: I've only included horror movies that have at least a provisional release date, so the hotly-anticipated Leatherface and Jeepers Creepers 3 have not been included.
Which horror movies are you most stoked for in 2016?