2016 is turning out to be a really interesting year in horror. A few movies nobody expected to hit have surprised everyone, including the recently-released Don’t Breathe, which we covered for the HorrorBull Podcast last week for episode 167, and so it makes us highly excited for what’s in store for the remainder of the year. We’ve covered plenty of indie indie horror flicks this year, but there are some really great foreign, mid-tier, and passion project horror movies coming out in the coming months. We should all be so lucky if 2017 is even half as good as it’s older brother.
Below is just a brief list of all the fall horror movies we can’t wait to cover in upcoming eps. There’s a wide variety here, everything from studio pictures to the absolute bizarre (The Greasy Strangler, Jesus Christ.) Without further ado, let’s check it out.
1. Blair Witch
Release Date: September 16
Starring: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez
Ever since Book of Shadows, the sequel to the wildly successful shaky-cam horror movie The Blair Witch Project didn’t set the world on fire, we’ve been waiting for an acceptable sequel. Well, this one just may do it. The plot is simple: it picks up after the original, with Heather Donahue’s brother setting out into the woods to figure out what happened to her. The movie doesn’t feel like a complete cash-grab, due in large part to its indie pedigree. It was written by Simon Barrett (You’re Next) and directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest).
Release Date: September 2
Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Chloe Sevigny
Antibirth is the kind of movie that just begs to be reviewed by the podcast. The term body horror is being thrown around, which makes us especially excited. We’re big fans of Cronenberg and Joe Begos and anything that makes us feel icky about being human blood bags. What Antibirth has going for it is a calculated indie-outsider feel. It’s not a straightforward cursed fetus movie, nor is it even a straightforward horror movie. A blending of genres and veering wildly toward the bizarre and the incomprehensible, Antibirth is definitely a movie to watch out for, and it’s currently available on most VOD services.
Release Date: September 9
Starring: Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska
I happened to see Demon at the 2016 Chattanooga Film Festival, and its eerie and weirdly hilarious tone is only eclipsed by the tragic story surrounding it. The film’s director, Marcin Wrona, committed suicide not long after completing the film, which is sad not only on its face but also because of the potential the young director left on the table. The story kind of feels like a mixture of the opening scene of The Godfather combined with the final scene of The Exorcist, stretched out to a feature length film. It’s a great and troubling movie, and you could do a lot worse than checking it out.
4. The Blackcoat’s Daughter (originally titled ‘February’)
Release Date: September 30
Starring: Emma Roberts, Lauren Holly, Kiernan Shipka
Directed by Osgood Perkins, son of Mr. Norman Bates himself Anthony Perkins, The Blackcoat’s Daughter seems like a real winner. First of all, it’s set in a boarding school, which, as far as settings go, might as well be Mars for a guy like me. Second of all, it’s got a trailer beset on all sides by the kind of slow, glum tension that makes me feel claustrophobic in all the right ways. Third, it’s got Kiernan Shipka (the daughter from Mad Men) in it, and I think she’s perfect for the role of a boarding school holdover. And Emma Roberts has been my favorite ever since she sauntered onto Scream Queens last year. Can’t wait.
5. Under the Shadow
Release Date: October 7
Starring: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi
The most political of the films on the list, Under the Shadow is a possession film that takes place in a 1988 Tehran surrounded by war. A mother and daughter deal with the Iran-Iraq conflict as they become convinced that their house is being haunted by an evil djinn. Even though it’s a subgenre I’ve grown weary of seeing, the framing device of the war gives it the little extra oomph that pushes it over the edge for me. It has almost a Babadook quality to it, not to mention the fact that all of the Iranian films I’ve watched over the last few years have made me a fan of the country’s cinema.
6. Yoga Hosers
Release Date: September 2
Starring: Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith
Okay, so this might be a controversial one for the list, but I’m a huge fan of Kevin Smith’s recent turn toward slimy genre cinema. I loved Tusk more than I had any reason to, and not just because it was spawned almost entirely from an episode of Smodcast, with Scott Mosier. I didn’t love Red State, but I’m in support of the man following his Mewes — ahem, his Muse — wherever it takes him. He currently doesn’t give a fuck about what people think of his flicks. He’s making the movies he wants to make, which he’s always done, I guess, and though I don’t think that makes him Teflon with regard to criticism, I dig the direction his career has taken. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of apeshit turn this Yoga Hosers takes. I’m even more excited by the prospect of Moose Jaws coming out (hopefully) next year.
7. The Greasy Strangler
Release Date: October 7
Starring: Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar
Without a doubt, the most original film I’ve seen within the genre all year long. It’s not going to be for everybody, for sure: there is more fake penis in this flick than all the other movies I’ve seen strung together in my whole life. However, it has a weird, midnight movie panache, and if you can go along to get along, you’ll likely end up getting a kick out of the weird and completely insane dynamic Jim Hosking weaves in this bizarre serial-killer-cum-family-comedy. If you can see it with a crowd, do. It’s one hundred percent worth it.