As we enter into the  blockbuster season of May 2015, our cinemas will be graced by the appearance of several horror films. While everyone got out of the way of the release weekend of  Avengers: Age of Ultron, there is a good variety of horror coming throughout the rest of the month, especially if you are looking to return to some classic franchises.

May 8:

Maggie

Getting a simultaneous V.O.D. and limited theatrical release is the Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator), Abagail Breslin (Zombieland) indie zombie film Maggie, which we originally told you about here.

The film follows the eponymous Maggie (Breslin) who becomes infected with a virus which is slowly turning her into a cannibalistic monster, and her loving father (Schwarzenegger) as he stays by her side through her slow decline into zombie-hood.

Check out the trailer:


Directed by relative newcomer Henry Hobson, and written by John Scott 3 (his first feature), Maggie seems to be attempting to bridge the zombie genre into more dramatic territory, away from the gore and action of the typical zombie film, and into a look at what an outbreak means on a smaller, family sized scale.  It will be interesting to see how this different take on doing a zombie film works, as if it is effective, perhaps we will begin to see more diversity in the genre, rather than more armored cars, “safe zones”, and guns.

 

May 15:

Mad Max: Fury Road

Speaking of armored cars and guns, visionary director George Miller returns to the Mad Max series with a new installment this May in Fury Road.  This will be the first Mad Max film to not have Mel Gibson starring as “Mad” Max Rockatansky, instead turning to Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) to play the anti-hero.  The basic premise of this post-apocalyptic action extravaganza is that Max meets Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), who is in need of his help to get across the desert after freeing five young women from the tyrannical Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne aka Toecutter from the original Mad Max).

Look, I could tell you more about this, or I can refer you to where John talked about it , but to be honest, the trailer really says it all:

It’s more Mad Max in every sense of the term: bigger, badder and a whole lot crazier: if you are into Max then this is definitely for you, and if this does not interest you like it does me, well…

Area 51

After directing the original Paranormal Activity, Oren Peli has primarily been producing horror (Paranormal Activity sequels, The River, Insidious), but as we originally told you about here, he has been working since 2009 on Area 51, a found-footage sci-fi horror where three friends head to the infamous Area 51 base in order to uncover the alien secrets held there.  Finally, both at Alamo Drafthouse Theatres, and V.O.D.,we will be able to see Peli’s latest film.

Check out the trailer:


It is nice to see Peli finally getting this film out there, and while it does seem like it will be more elaborate than Paranormal Activity, it does appear that Peli continues to work within the construct of ‘piecing’ a film together from footage of these three conspiracy theorists infiltrating the base, in a sort of Close Encounter/Blair Witch hybrid.

May 22:

Poltergeist

Returning to the remaking/rebooting of franchises from our childhoods, Poltergeist returns to the cinemas this May as a re-imagining of the original 1982 film of the same name. Produced by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead), Poltergeist returns to the story of a family’s suburban home being invaded by evil spirits who take the youngest daughter, and the family’s fight to get their little girl back.

Here is a recent article on everything you would want to know about the new film right here.

Plus, here’s a look at the official trailer:

Directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) and a new script by David Lindasy-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful), this new iteration of Poltergeist looks like it will leave some of its’ silly 1980’s roots behind, and play for straight horror, which makes this perhaps the most intriguing pure horror film release of May.

 

There you have it folks, a wide range of horror for your viewing pleasure is coming to cinemas this month, including a couple of very big, Hollywood films (the likes of which we have not seen much of this year).

Happy Horror!