A couple weeks back, we shined the spotlight on 10 upcoming horror films that look to be worth being excited about. Today, we add to that list with another batch of titles, giving you even more horror flicks to keep an eye on this year. So dig in, fiends!
NURSE 3D – FEBRUARY 7TH (VOD)
Sexy nurse by day… sexy killer nurse by night. That’s the basic gist of Nurse 3D, which stars Paz de la Huerta as a nurse who lures in and kills unfaithful men. I’m always up for horror flicks with female villains, and this one looks like it’s gonna be a whole lot of fun. And, ya know, it doesn’t hurt that the star is so pleasing on the eyes. Nurse 3D will certainly be the sexiest horror movie of 2014, for what that’s worth!
ALMOST HUMAN – FEBRUARY 21ST (VOD)
Described as a throwback that evokes the spirit of 80s horror, Joe Begos’ Almost Human centers on a character named Mark Fisher, who mysteriously vanished two years prior to the events of the film. After a string of brutal murders rock his small town, it becomes clear to best friend Seth that Mark is back… and he’s not exactly the same person he was before he disappeared. As a huge fan of 80s horror, I tend to get excited about movies that promise to feel like they were made in that era, and the high praise this one has been getting leads me to believe it’s the real deal.
UNKNOWN CALLER – MARCH 1ST (LIMITED THEATERS)
Home invasion gets taken to a whole new level in Unknown Caller, which sees a husband and father receiving a threatening call from, you guessed it, an unknown caller. The caller tells the man that a bomb is rigged up underneath his home, connected to the security system, and that it’ll be detonated if he’s unable to figure out his identity. The film looks to be a mash-up of everything from Saw to When a Stranger Calls, Speed to The Purge, and the intense trailer suggests that might be a winning mix. Count me in!
THE PURGE 2 – JUNE 20TH
Though I enjoyed The Purge, I must admit that I was more in love with the concept of the film than I was the execution of it. The idea of all crime – including murder – being legalized for 24 hours is both original and highly interesting, but the film amounted to little more than a decent home invasion flick. Though we know very little about the plot of The Purge 2, we did recently learn that it will take place outside of the confines of a home, and not feature any characters from the first film, which has me excited to see where they take the concept. Hoping that the sequel lives up to the potential that the first one admittedly did not.
ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE – ?
Before giving us such gems as May and The Woman, Lucky McKee co-wrote and co-directed a film called All Cheerleaders Die, which has never seen release in any way, shape or form. The unseen film from 2001 was recently given the remake treatment by McKee and his co-writer/co-director Chris Sivertson, and it’s headed our way sometime in the spring of this year. In the film, a rebellious outsider joins her high school’s cheerleading squad, much to the chagrin of her ex-girlfriend – who happens to kinda sorta be a witch. After a confrontation with the football team, all parties involved are sent on what’s described as a “supernatural roller coaster ride,” leaving a path of destruction in its wake. I’ve never seen anything McKee’s been involved in that I didn’t like, so I’ve got no reason to expect anything less from this one.
CABIN FEVER 3: PATIENT ZERO – ?
Billed as a prequel to Eli Roth’s debut flick, Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero is the first of two new upcoming installments in the franchise. This time, the infection spreads to a cruise ship, which crashes into an abandoned scientific research boat. Just like the first sequel, Roth has absolutely nothing to do with this one, but some recently surfaced images of the film’s practical effects have led me to believe that it could at the very least be a fun and highly gory little flick. That’s really all I’m looking for from it. And hey, it stars Sean Astin, which is amusing enough to make you want to see it, right?!
COLD IN JULY – ?
If there’s any filmmaker that I’m keeping a close eye on it’s Jim Mickle, who won me over in 2010 with Stake Land and then further solidified his status as a master of modern day horror with last year’s We Are What We Are. Mickle returns again this year with Cold in July, a thriller that stars Dexter himself, Michael C. Hall. Hall plays one of two Texas fathers who have to band together to uncover a dark truth, and it just recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The only thing that could possibly make me more excited for this one is if it was based on a novel written by Bubba Ho-Tep‘s Joe R. Lansdale… oh wait, it was!!
HELLIONS – ?
I’m a huge fan of horror movies that are set during Halloween, and Pontypool director Bruce McDonald’s next indeed does take place on All Hallows’ Eve. In Hellions, a pregnant young woman’s house is besieged by three malevolent trick or treaters on Halloween night, and Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, True Blood) stars as a cop tasked with protecting her. It’s interesting to note that Hellions is the first ever film shot in infrared, which will give it an ominous reddish coloring. All the more reason to look forward to this one!
HORNS – ?
Harry Potter sprouts horns in the latest film from Alexandre Aja, who has brought us some of the best horror films in recent years. Aja was the writer/director of High Tension and the incredible Hills Have Eyes remake from 2006, and he also wrote last year’s impressive remake of Maniac. The French filmmaker returns to original horror with Horns, which finds Daniel Radcliffe’s character waking up one morning to discover a pair of the titular horns growing out of the top of his head. He also finds himself accused of the rape and murder of his girlfriend, which the horns appear to have a little something to do with. The adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel of the same name has scooped up a whole lot of acclaim on the festival circuit, and it looks to be yet another win for Aja.
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE – ?
Given how tired I am of vampire movies, I’m kind of surprised that a vampire movie is one of my most anticipated movies of 2014. The reason it is? Because this one is written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, who directed films like Dead Man, Coffee and Cigarettes and Broken Flowers. A vampire love story, Only Lovers Left Alive marks Jarmusch’s very first foray into the horror genre, which is quite frankly more than enough reason for my ears to perk up and my interest to be piqued. It doesn’t hurt that the fanged lovers are played by Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, with John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska also playing vampires in the flick. All the makings for something special? I’d say so!
Which of these are you looking forward to? Comment below and let us know!