ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

It's a shame that there are so many misconceptions about horror movies. When compiling a list of the 50 greatest horror movies of the 21st century so far, a few people asked, ''are there really that many?'' The short and long answer to this question is a resounding yes, and maybe even a YASS KWEEN.

It's hard enough to pick the most exciting horror movie releases in 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018, let alone create a list with a broader scope. 2016 is a particularly exciting year, and while we're all gearing up for big horror movie releases such as Don't Breathe, 31 and Rings, there are a whole bunch of 2016 horror movies you've probably never heard of. Check 'em out and add them to your horror movies 2016 list!

1. Broken

  • Director: Shaun Robert Smith

  • Released: 28 August 2016 (World premiere, wider release TBC)

  • Runtime: 98m

  • Tagline: Some things can never be fixed

Watch Out For: Martyrs star Morjana Alaoui brings the incredible passion she's known for to another devastating horror role.

Nurse Evie and tetraplegic charge John's professional-patient relationship quickly deteriorates as John's increasingly irrational demands take their toll on damaged Evie. As tensions heighten, who will be the first to snap?

2. Abattoir

  • Director: Darren Lynn Bousman

  • Released: 7 June 2016 (LA Film Festival, wider release TBC)

  • Runtime: 98m

  • Tagline: One room at a time

Watch Out For: Splashes of gore from the director of Saw 2 - 4. Oh yes, there will be blood!

A massacre takes place in a beautiful house, drawing reporter Julia and toughened cop Grady into a blood-soaked investigation of a mysterious man who has been buying up the sites of tragedies. Based on a graphic novel, expect Noir-ish supernatural horror.

3. From a House on Willow Street

  • Director: Alastair Orr

  • Released: 26 August 2016 (UK)

  • Runtime: 90m

  • Tagline: Evil Has An Address

Watch Out For: You're Next heroine Sharni Vinson in action.

A bunch of kidnappers think they've struck gold when they snatch the daughter of a diamond dealer in South Africa's Cape Town, but when their prize becomes demonically possessed, they're more likely to be fighting for their lives than bringing home bank.

4. The Neighbor

  • Director: Marcus Dunstan

  • Released: 2016

  • Runtime: 82m

  • Tagline: We all have our secrets

Watch Out For: Fiendish twists and turns from the director of underrated horror classic The Collector.

Rosie (Starry Eyes's Alex Essoe) sees her neighbor savagely beat a man. When Rosie goes missing, her boyfriend (Josh Stewart, The Collector) investigates her mysterious neighbor... but will finding Rosie be the worst thing that could happen?

5. Pet

  • Director: Carles Torrens

  • Released: 2016

  • Runtime: 90m

  • Tagline: If you love something, never let it go.

Watch Out For: Lord of the Rings's Dominic Monaghan in a very un-Hobbity role.

Animal shelter worker Seth (Dominic Monaghan) develops an obsessive crush on Holly (Ksenia Solo), stalking her until his deranged infatuation becomes seriously criminal. If there's one thing Seth knows, it's cages...

6. The Rezort

  • Director: Steve Barker

  • Released: 2016

  • Runtime: 93m

  • Tagline: A vacation to die for

Watch Out For: The inevitable nods to genre movers and shakers such as The Walking Dead and Jurassic Park.

Zombie safaris have become a new sport for those who can afford the luxury trek, with rich patrons kept safe by ranger Archer (Dougray Scott)... well, that's the plan, anyway. It wouldn't be much of a zombie movie if nothing went wrong...

7. White Coffin

  • Director: Alastair Orr

  • Released: 8 December 2016 (Argentina)

  • Runtime: 75m

  • Tagline: There are games that it's better not to play

Watch Out For: If you love throwback Roger Corman-style horror, you'll greatly enjoy this supernatural thriller crammed with horror homages.

Virginia is granted a single day to fight fate and save her little girl from abduction, but with occultism and resurrection along the way, her mission is beset with dangers of the most sinister kind.

8. Mercy

  • Director: Chris Sparling

  • Released: 4 June 2016 (LA Film Festival, wider release TBC)

  • Runtime: 90m

Watch Out For: Thrills delivered confidently from writer Chris Sparling (Buried).

Estranged siblings return home to say a final farewell to their dying mother. However, old wounds reopen and family ties are strained when mama decides to impart some family secrets that she should have taken to the grave...

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9. Beyond the Gates

  • Director: Jackson Stewart

  • Released: October 2016

  • Runtime: 86m

  • Tagline: Press play... And pray.

Watch Out For: Horror legend Barbara Crampton (Castle Freak) adding another horror movie role to her lengthy resume.

When their father disappears, two brothers unite to dissolve his business, a horror movie VCR rental store. An old VCR game called Beyond the Gates leads to inevitable deadly consequences and a kind of deranged grown-up '80s Jumanji scenario unfolds. Stuart 'Re-Animator' Gordon's former assistant Jackson Stewart at the helm is one to keep an eye on.

10. Monolith

  • Director: Ivan Silvestrini

  • Released: 2016

  • Runtime: 83m

Watch Out For: The ever-watchable Katrina Bowden at her nerve-shredding best.

Sandra (Katrina Bowden, 30 Rock) test-drives her computer-operated hi-tech super-vehicle through the burning desert, when her 2-year-old son accidentally locks her outside the vehicle. As the heat intensifies, Sandra must rescue her child from his roasting prison... from a car designed to be totally impenetrable.

11. Director's Cut

  • Director: Adam Rifkin

  • Released: January 22, 2016 (Slamdance Festival, wider release TBC)

  • Runtime: 90m

  • Tagline: A copycat killer is meticulously creating crimes from the past

Watch Out For: Missi Pyle being utterly, utterly fabulous.

If you love Meta horror, get ready for the most densely-layered horror-movie-homage-that-still-manages-to-be-a-horror-movie yet. This satire stretches to the outer reaches of the entertainment industry itself.

12. Train to Busan

  • Director: Yeon Sang-Ho

  • Released: 22 July 2016 (limited, wider release details TBC)

  • Runtime: 118m

  • Tagline: Life or death survival begins

Watch Out For: This movie! It was a smash hit at 2016's Cannes, and is worth the wait.

An outbreak on a train in South Korea sees passengers fighting for their lives against slavering zombies in a large-scale contagion thriller fit for even the most jaded zombie horror lovers to sink their teeth in.

13. Offensive

  • Director: Jon Ford

  • Released: 2016

  • Runtime: 105m

Watch Out For: The Dead writer Jon Ford's crackling script.

Elderly couple Bernard and Helen Martin are attacked by a gang of callous youths, and it seems a clear-cut case of the new overtaking the old... until the Martins dig deep and fight back. Bernard's father was pivotal in the resistance against the Nazis in World War 2, and that bravery runs in the blood...

14. Let's Be Evil

  • Director: Martin Owen

  • Released: August 5, 2016 (USA)

  • Runtime: 83m

  • Tagline: Evil see. Evil do.

Watch Out For: A charismatic turn from Kara Tointon (best known to British viewers for her role on Eastenders).

Three supervisors of a study on 'highly gifted children' get more than they bargained for when bizarre and horrifying things begin to happen. Futuristic, intelligent and riddled with freak-out moments, Let's Be Evil keeps knuckles white throughout.

15. Cruel Summer

  • Director: Phillip Escott, Craig Newman

  • Released: December 12, 2016 (UK)

  • Runtime: 80m

  • Tagline: One Day Changes Everything

Watch Out For: Youngster Richard Pawulski as autistic Danny.

Autistic teen Danny happily journeys into the countryside, only to be set upon by a trio of vicious youths. Drawing on UK yob-horror classics such as Eden Lake and Inbred, Cruel Summer effectively envisions the true effects of violence on the innocent.

16. House of Salem

  • Director: James Crow

  • Released: 2016

  • Runtime: 105m

  • Tagline: The Devil Has a New Home

Watch Out For: Young gun Jessica Arterton in her first feature length film role.

A child is kidnapped, but when the kidnappers find themselves trapped in a web of vicious human sacrifice, they have no choice but to protect the child they've snatched.

Which horror movie are you most excited for in 2016?

Note: All movies above will be screened at the 2016 London FrightFest. Trailers have been included where possible.

Source: FrightFest, Youtube, IMDb,


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