Since we’ve already spent some time looking back on 2013 here on iHorror, it seems only right that we now look ahead to the future… all the way to the year 2014.
The start of a new year is always exciting, and these next 12 months promise to bring some pretty awesome horror movies into our lives. Though there’s no way to predict which ones are going to deliver the goods and which ones are going to disappoint, we’ve got a pretty good feeling that the ten we’re about to dig into will at the very least be worth your time.
So if you’re looking for upcoming movies to be excited about, look no further than down yonder, where you’ll find a list of ten 2014 releases that you should probably keep an eye on!
GRAND PIANO – JANUARY 30TH (VOD)
I’m a big fan of horror movies that are primarily confined to one location, and one situation. Films like Buried and Panic Room showed how much can be done with such simple and restricted premises, and all signs point to Grand Piano being the next to pull off an impressively confined feat. Elijah Wood stars as a renowned pianist who breaks through his stage fright for a return concert in Chicago, where he finds himself targeted by a killer who promises to end his life if he hits one wrong note. The man holding the sniper rifle that’s aimed squarely at his head? John Cusack. I like it. I like it a lot.
DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD – FEBRUARY 14TH (VOD)
One of the better zombie movies we’ve seen in recent years was Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow, which gets the sequel treatment this year. Once again directed by Wirkola, Red vs. Dead will pick up directly after the events of the first film, the lone survivor of the Nazi zombie attack finding himself with a zombie arm accidentally stitched in place of his own severed arm. Armed with zombie superpowers, quite literally, he returns to the scene of the crime to seek revenge on the undead soldiers.
WOLF CREEK 2 – FEBRUARY 20TH (AUSTRALIA)
I’ve been anticipating the return of outback killer Mick Taylor since the first time I saw Wolf Creek way back in 2005, and he indeed is soon headed back into our lives. Greg McLean returns to write and direct and John Jarratt returns to star in Wolf Creek 2, which sees two young lovers crossing paths with ole Mick. I knew from the moment we met him that Mick was going to become a bonafide horror icon, and I’m quite excited to see what else he’s got in store for us.
THE SACRAMENT – MAY 5TH
Some of the hottest names in horror right now collide in The Sacrament, which is produced by Eli Roth, written and directed by Ti West, and stars You’re Next’s AJ Bowen and Joe Swanberg. The film follows two media correspondents who document their friend’s search for his missing sister, which leads them into the world of Eden Parish, a self-sustained religious cult. Ti West has consistently proven that we’re in good hands when he’s behind the camera, and he’s more than earned my excitement with all future projects he’s involved in. Throw Roth and the always impressive Bowen in the mix, and we’ve got on our hands what looks to be one of the most promising releases of 2014.
DELIVER US FROM EVIL – JULY 2ND
After impressing in 2005 with The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Scott Derrickson solidified his status as a filmmaker to keep an eye on with Sinister, back in 2012. Derrickson co-wrote and directed Deliver Us From Evil, and in it Eric Bana stars as a police officer who investigates a series of bizarre and inexplicable murders, which suggest demonic possession may be to blame. Dr. Phil always says that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and since Derrickson has given us great horror films in the past, I see no reason why we shouldn’t expect the same in the future.
Yes, I watch Dr. Phil. Deal with it.
THE GREEN INFERNO – SEPTEMBER 5TH
It has for whatever reason become kind of popular in the horror community to hate on Eli Roth, but whether you like him as a person or not, there’s no denying that he’s a hell of a filmmaker. Cabin Fever and Hostel are two of my favorites in recent years, and Roth finally returns to the director’s chair for the first time in over five years with The Green Inferno, about a group of activists who end up becoming a tasty meal for the band of cannibals they head out into the wild to help. Sounds like precisely the kind of disturbing movie that Roth excels at making, and I can’t wait to see him get his Cannibal Holocaust on.
REC 4: APOCALYPSE – OCTOBER 10TH (SPAIN)
Whatever happened to Angela Vidal, from the first REC film? The fourth and final installment in the always impressive franchise will be a direct sequel to the second film, with Angela finding herself rescued from the hellish apartment complex. What nobody realizes, however, is that she carries the seed of the strange infection. She is taken to a quarantine facility, where all hell breaks loose once again. I’ve been a big fan of this franchise since the beginning, and I love that they’re wrapping things up by going back to the beginning, and showing us what happened after Angela was dragged away by that frightening creature.
BURYING THE EX – ?
Being that it’s yet another zombie movie, and I’m quite frankly sick and tired of zombie movies, I must admit that Burying the Ex would probably not be on this list if it weren’t for the man in the director’s seat; Joe Dante. Dante has given us oodles of fun horror flicks over the years, from Gremlins to The Hole, and I’ve quite frankly yet to see a movie he directed that I haven’t at least been entertained by. And that right there is why I’m excited about Burying the Ex, a zombie comedy that stars Anton Yelchin as a man whose girlfriend comes back from the dead. A familiar set-up, for sure, but I’ve got the utmost confidence in Dante’s ability to bring us a zom-com that’s actually worth watching.
ENDANGERED – ?
I’ve always been a total sucker for movies about giant killer animals, and it bums me out that there are a serious lack of good ones out there. The nature run amok sub-genre has largely been explored by Syfy over the years, and needless to say those movies don’t exactly provide much more than campy brain-dead entertainment. I’m hoping that all changes with Endangered, the latest film from Saw 5 director David Hackl. In it, a grizzly bears wreaks havoc on an Alaskan community, and Billy Bob Thornton (above), Thomas Jane, Piper Perabo and James Marsden star. You had me at Billy Bob Thornton vs. a killer bear, Endangered.
TUSK – ?
If there’s one thing I learned from Red State, it’s that Kevin Smith is capable of making a damn fine horror film, and he takes another stab at the genre with Tusk, which he’s almost finished shooting. Not all that much is known about the film aside from the fact that it’s about a dude who’s hell-bent on turning a human being into a walrus, and Justin Long stars as the podcaster who the man sets his sights on. As for the twisted killer, he’ll be played by Red State‘s Michael Parks, who is one of my personal favorite actors of all time. As much as I love Smith’s comedies, I think I’m loving his recent shift into horror territory even more, and Tusk is probably the film I’m most looking forward to seeing this year.
Which of these films can you not wait to see? And are there any others you’re excited about? Let us know by dropping a comment below!