October is always an exciting month for the horror fan as, thanks to Halloween, even the less horror inclined take an interest in the macabre. That means that we are treated to more of our favorite horror films showing up on television, and a slate of new horror releases coming to cinemas. While we here at iHorror have done our best to keep you abreast of the news, as it happened, on each of these films throughout the year, here is a quick look at the horror films which are getting released in the coming month:
After the stunning box office success of the stellar horror film The Conjuring (2013), it was inevitable that we would be seeing sequels and spin-offs trying to capitalize on its’ success. A spinoff/prequel, Annabelle, the story of the demonically possessed doll from The Conjuring, comes to cinemas this Friday, October 3rd. Directed by John R. Leonetti (cameraman on The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2, as well as director of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation), Annabelle looks to work within the same tone and shot structure as The Conjuring in order to spook audiences, who just cannot wait for the official sequel to The Conjuring, slated to come out in October 2015.
Check out the hair-raising trailer for Annabelle below:
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And if that is not enough for you, you can always pick up your own Annabelle, as John Squires described here; just try not not let any satanic cultists play with it.
The first film in Universal Pictures’ reboot of their classic movie monster franchises, Dracula Untold is a large scale action horror film starring Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug) as Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, a man who enters into a desperate pact with an ancient sorcerer in order to protect his family from the Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper). What he gets in the deal is the ability to fight off the Sultans’ army, but at the price of becoming insatiably hungry for blood: Dracula, as we know him, is born.
This film definitely appears to trend more toward the action side of horror, and it is down to a PG-13 rating in order to broaden Dracula Untold‘s potential audience, so suppose from that what you will:
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Judging from the trailer, Dracula Untold could go one of two ways:
1) Rip-roaring and fun action horror (akin to Underworld) that is incredibly enjoyable despite a relatively low level of gore or,
2) It does not know what it is trying to be, and in the end Dracula Untold fails to be anything but a lot of empty action and bat fists.
Here is hoping we get #1, as it is about time we get a good action-horror film again, not to mention how nice it would be to see a Dracula film succeed at the box office.
A film that has been in and out of development for over 6 years, Ouija finally hits cinemas on October 17, 2014. Based on the original Hasbro game (making this the toy & game makers’ first horror film), Ouija is the story of a group of teenagers who attempt to contact a friend, who had been brutally killed in her own home, via a Ouija board. As it would not be much of a film otherwise, the teenagers awaken dark forces and are forced to fight for their lives as they are haunted by that which is connected to the board.
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I cannot say that my hopes are personally very high for this horror film, as it does appear that it will be a by the numbers teen horror, with not enough creativity to make it interesting within its’ PG-13 rating (how many times can we watch someone get pulled across a floor). However, there is always that chance that the filmmakers do something innovative, or at least unintentionally silly and fun, and Ouija can enter the pantheon of great horror board game films like Ghost Game (2004).
If you are feeling like getting your indie horror film/monster movie on, Exists comes to both cinemas (limited release) and iTunes on October 24. A film that has already premiered, winning an audience award at SXSW in March 2014, director Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) returns with a found footage film involving a group of friends heading out to party in a cabin, deep in the woods of east Texas, where they stumble across the legendary Sasquatch. And Sasquatch is angry:
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While we have seen far too many found footage films since Blair Witch premiered, it is an exciting prospect to see what Sanchez has done with an expanded arsenal of cameras, more experience, and a monster with definite potential in the Sasquatch.
The paranormal thriller, based on Joe Hill’s novel of the same name, Horns comes out this Hallowe’en. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Horns is about a man who is accused of raping and murdering his girlfriend, and uses new found powers (spurred by the growth of goat like horns from his head) to track down the real culprit and clear his name.
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Directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes (2006)), Horns looks to try and deliver a very dark, black comedy with devilish undertones, and while initial critical responses have been mixed following Horns‘ premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, we can only hope that Horns delivers on its’ pedigree and potential.
ABCs of Death 2
Available VOD on October 2nd, but coming to cinemas (limited release) on Hallowe’en is ABCs of Death 2.
Check out Chris Crum’s review here and/or check out the NSFW tralier:
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There is something to look forward to for every ilk of horror fan with such a wide range of horror coming out this October; heck there is even a film coming for those of you who want to pass on all the horror, and just want to watch people beat up Ryan Philippe for an hour and a half (Catch Hell).
What film are you the most excited for? Did we miss anything you were really looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.