Hollywood has been steadily churning out regurgitated movies for quite a few years now, so original movies are extremely rare to come by. Next time you go see a movie in theaters show up in time to watch the previews and you'll see - almost exclusively - reboots, remakes, sequels, and trilogies. Of course we have the omnipresent superhero movies but those aren't exactly original either and if you're like me (which, if box office sales say anything, most people probably are not) you are growing tired of every single comic book being made into a fanboy film.
Don't get me wrong, these movies can all be very entertaining but it's nice to see a film every once in awhile that treads into uncharted waters, something that is truly surprising. The horror genre has been hit particularly hard by the stagnation that exists in film ideas these days. In a genre where franchises are common place, even celebrated, many of the decent horror movies to be released in the last decade have been beaten to oblivion by sequel upon sequel i.e. Insidious, Saw, Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring, Hostel, etc. Now I know there has been the occasional horror redeemers, this years The Babadook is a good example, and there are always a few indie gems out there, but for the most part, recent horror movies have been a steady piss stream of shaky handheld cameras, jump scares, and crappy CGI, right to the face of horror fans. With reboots of the Halloween, Child's Play, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Friday the 13th franchises in the works, and movies like Sinister 2 and Green Inferno on the horizon, 2016 certainly has some exciting movies in store, but what about titles that aren't sequels, remakes or re-imaginings? Luckily the future of horror holds a few titles that show a spark of originality with the potential to be genuinely terrifying.
Rob Zombie's new crowd-funded horror movie, will be about five people who are kidnapped around Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. Sounds nice. The hostages are then forced into a brutal game called '31' where they fight to survive against a gang of evil, carnival critter-type clowns. The film is said to be inspired by the real statistic that more people disappear and are never found again on Halloween than on any other day of the calendar year. One thing is for certain, clowns are creepy as hell, and Zombie has said that this will be his "most brutal film to date," which is pretty much a recipe for nightmares. That's saying a lot considering the face-peeling, body experimenting, and blood splatters we've seen from him in the past.
31 is scheduled to be released some time in 2016.
The Christmas flick is getting a much needed, and very creepy makeover, from a seasoned director of holiday horror movies. Krampus, the new film from Trick 'r Treat writer/director Mike Dougherty, will be released December 4 and it looks wicked. The story is based on the old legend of the Krampus, who is said to be a sort of a half-goat, half-demon anti-Claus, who whips and kidnaps bad little children. Recently released images and an international trailer for the film may have you dreading more than just your in-laws this holiday season. Check out the trailer for the film here (sorry, it's in German).
Based on the brutal murders of four campers at Lake Bodom in Finland, Bodom claims it will reinvent horror—a pretty bold claim. At least so says the trailer, which is a real testament to the fact that simplicity can be really beautiful and terrifying. If the movie is anywhere near as good as the teaser trailer, we may be in for a bloody treat and a movie that may actually live up to its claims.
The film is currently in production and is set to be released sometime in 2016.
The Final Girls
Spoofs can be original, right? The Final Girls follows the daughter of a scream queen and her friends as they are transported into one of the late mother's slasher films. While existing in the movie world they must obey the laws of the slasher genre and stay one step ahead of the flick's crazed killer. Lets hope the film finds the right combo of comedy and horror.
The Final Girls is set to be released October 9.
This period piece, ghost story from director Guillermo del Toro has some serious potential. del Toro has made some great films along the horror-fantasy lines in the past (Pans Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone) so we know he can hit the mark when he needs to. The trailer looks dark, atmospheric and visually stunning. However, the trailer also shows some pretty in-your-face CGI ghosts, which can come off a little on the cheesy side. I guess we will just have to wait for the film to hit theaters October 16.
Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
I'm a sucker for zombie flicks. There is something so satisfying about the over-the-top gore and head shots that pepper the genre, throw in a dash of comedy and some zombie boobs, and you've got yourself a recipe for a bloody good time. The Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocolypse is exactly what it sounds like, the film follows a group of scouts trying to survive the end of the world via the undead.
The movie hits theaters October 30. Watch the NSFW trailer above.
This creature feature follows a family that moves to the woods in Ireland and finds that they have some pretty demonic new neighbors. Director Corin Hardy cites an eclectic array of films as inspirations for the movie. Alien, The Evil Dead and The Thing are all named, and Hardy described the film as "Straw Dogs meets Pan's Labyrinth." The Hallow was screened earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, and received largely positive reviews.
Catch the film in theaters starting Friday, November 13.
The Devil in White City
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are teaming up again (the two have now filmed six movies together including Shutter Island, and most recently Wolf of Wall Street) for the true story of The Devil in White City. The movie, based on the non-fiction book by Erik Larson, follows the twisted tale of H.H. Holmes who used the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair to find victims to populate (and soon after de-populate) his murder castle. The story is as sick as they come, and the fact that it is true makes it even more horrendous. Although the film, may not fall squarely in the horror genre, you can't say there is nothing scary about a real-life serial killer who may have killed more than 200 victims. The movie does not have an official release date yet, so we may have to wait for this one. Until then, I'll just leave you with this quote from Mr. Holmes himself:
"I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing — I was born with the 'Evil One' standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered into the world, and he has been with me since."