It seems to be hard finding a good scare these days, but many horror films are set to roll out this year. In my opinion, 2016 looks like it is shaping up to be a great year for the genre. However, the films that I am extremely excited to see come from the brilliant director James Wan. James Wan born in Malaysia, is the mastermind behind horrors such as Saw (2004), Insidious (2010), and most recently the scare of the year #TheConjuring in 2013. This year proves no disappointment, as Wan brings us two horrors that I am sure will scare even the toughest.
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
England's very own Amityville horror story. Reprising their roles as renowned demonologists, Patrick Wilson (Insidious) and Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, Bates Motel) are back as Ed and Lorraine Warren to take on another spine chilling case of the paranormal.
Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits. (Source: TheConjuirng2)
Subtitled The Enfield Poltergeist, this case tells the real story of Janet Hodgson who experienced a terrifying ordeal in 1977, of being possessed by a darker entity known as a poltergeist. An article from EW quotes Wan as saying
“The haunting that afflicted the Hodgson family is probably one of the most documented paranormal cases in the world."
Over the years since the original haunting, many people are still skeptic about the events that happened in the London home. However, whether it was a major hoax or not, this story is still disturbing to hear. I for one, believe it all. Following the major success of The Conjuring in 2013, James Wan's second installment is already getting much praise and has many fans anticipating its release.
The Conjuring 2 will hit screens June 10
Lights Out (2016)
Are you afraid of the dark? The final James Wan film for release this year is titled Lights Out.
When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger...once the lights go out. (Source: WarnerBros)
The original concept came from a short horror film that gained major viral success in 2013. The original short directed by David F. Sandberg, depicts a terrifying figure that inches closer towards a woman as she switches the light on and off. You can watch the original short here. James Wan's extended feature embodies all the scary from the short and is expected too be the fright of the year. Don't think so? Well, if you can survive the trailer below in complete darkness then major props to you.
Lights Out will hit screens July 22