April 2015 is a very light month for horror films getting a cinematic release. This is perhaps less surprising as more and more horror filmmakers move into the V.O.D. stream to get their films seen, but there is still something to be said for going to the cinema with a big group of people and getting scared together.
Thankfully there are two films coming to wide (or limited) release this month:
Unfriended (AKA Cybernatural)
The ‘next evolution in found footage’, Unfriended is an horror tale told entirely through Skype chat. The basic premise is that the most popular girl in high school, Laura Barns (Heather Sossaman), committed suicide one-year ago to the day of the film, due to the cyber-bullying she received over a video of her passed out at a party. Six of the worst bullies have gathered together to Skype with each other on this unfortunate anniversary, and are met with an uninvited seventh person, using Laura’s old account, who knows an awful lot about the events that led to Laura’s death, and an awful lot about psychologically torturing teenagers.
We originally told you about the film here, and/or check out the trailer:
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Directed by relative newcomer Levan Gabriadze, and produced by Timur Bekmambetov (The Night Watch, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter), Unfriended has garnered generally positive reviews as it made the rounds through the festival circuit. With this being the main wide-release horror film of April 2015, hopefully it will build out from its gimmick based premise, and deliver a solid and interesting horror film; or one that at the very least bring a different twist to the stagnant ‘found footage’ genre.
Monsters: Dark Continent
A sequel to the surprisingly successful Monsters (2010), Monsters: Dark Continent (that we originally told you about here) will be released in the U.S.A. on April 17th (expanding to the U.K. in May). Dark Continent picks up the story 10 years after the events of the original film; now the monsters have spread from their original Mexican crash site into pockets around the world. An insurgency has begun in the Middle East at the same time as a large uptick in the number of monsters in the area, so the Army brings in more soldiers to try and regain control.
Check out the trailer here:
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While the original Monsters was the directorial debut of Gareth Edwards (Godzilla 2014), Edwards does not return for this sequel–presumably as he is busy with a bigger, atomic, lizard-y sequel–passing the creative torch on to British writer/director Tom Green (Misfits) and screenwriter Jay Basu (The Dinosaur Project). While this may not be out-and-out horror, if Dark Continent is anything like the original Monsters, it will be worth a look.
Well folks, that is about it for April 2015. Thankfully there are a couple of horror films coming to cinemas so we are not completely barren, and make sure you keep an eye out for some local releases: maybe you will get lucky and get some smaller, indie horror films in your home cinemas.
Plus, keep it locked here to iHorror.com for news on the horror coming home on blu-ray and V.O.D.