Upcoming Horror Movie Releases to Watch Out for in 2016

This post features horror film releases to watch out for in the first quarter of 2016 (to keep the post to a reasonable length). Overall, I’m probably looking forward to The Witch the most, though Pride and Prejudice and Zombies looks like pure zombie-slaughtering fun, and The Boy has definite potential.

January 2016

The Forest

Based on the legends surrounding the real life “suicide forest”, or Aokigahara Forest, in Japan.

Plot synopsis via focusfeatures.com – “Set in the legendary Aokigahara Forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives, The Forest tells the story of a young American woman in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone’s warnings not to “stray from the path,” Sara dares to enter the forest to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead who now prey on anyone who crosses their paths.”

 

The Boy

Spooky living doll tale with a twist. Add a young nanny alone in a creepy old mansion, and this could be a promising horror film.

Plot synopsis via stxentertainment.com – “Greta (Cohan), a young American woman looking to escape a troubled past, takes a job in a small England village as a nanny for a wealthy couple’s 8-year-old son while they take a long vacation.

She arrives at the remote manor to discover that things are not quite right. The surprisingly elderly Mr. & Mrs. Heelshire have a list of strict rules for her to follow in caring for their son Brahms, and they mysteriously warn Greta that not following them precisely could result in something terrible. But, the most disturbing realization of all is that Brahms is not an actual 8-year-old boy….he’s a life-sized porcelain doll, whom the doting parents care for and deeply love, just like a real boy.”

February 2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I have to admit, I thought that this one sounded terrible when I first heard the title, but the trailer actually looks pretty good.

Plot synopsis via sonypictures.com – “A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all.”

 

The Witch

I’ve been looking forward to seeing this one for a while, and it has been heralded as one of the most anticipated horror films of 2016.

Plot synopsis via a24films.com – “New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. ”

 

Regression

Perhaps more thriller than horror (though that’s a fuzzy line anyway), Regression looks like an interesting film.

Plot synopsis via weinsteinco.com – “Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery. ”

March 2016

The Other Side of the Door

Grieving mother places her family in danger and disrupts the line between life and death in an attempt to see her dead son one more time.

Plot synopsis via foxmovies.com – “A family lives an idyllic existence abroad until a tragic accident takes the life of their young son. The inconsolable mother learns of an ancient ritual that will bring him back to say a final goodbye. She travels to an ancient temple, where a door serves as a mysterious portal between two worlds. But when she disobeys a sacred warning to never open that door, she upsets the balance between life and death. ”

 

Special Mention:

Not Horror – but Deadpool 🙂

 

These are the movie releases I’m most looking forward to for the first quarter of 2016. I’ll be adding more posts for the rest of the year at a later date.

What about you? Did I miss any films that you think look great? Let me know in the comments.

 

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