Another year brings many movies to the multiplex. Romantic comedies, action flicks, superhero blockbusters and Oscar Bait. But perhaps most exciting of all are the new horror movies! Making 2016 even more special than past years is the amount of scary thrillers that are continuing stories from this millennium. And if that weren't cool enough, we're even getting an all-new remake from a movie that just came out this past decade.
Horror movies are special because no matter how many times we're scared by something, we can still be scared by the exact same thing again! The fact that we willingly subject ourselves to this is also a curious phenomenon. They have a word for people who put themselves through this type of pain, but for some reason, as far as horror movies are concerned, it is a forgiven practice. In fact, horror movies are probably the only place where people committing really bad behavior is applauded.
So what have we got this year? A Cabin Fever remake. Not bad. Another Amityville Horror film. When one considers how old this franchise is, this might be the most anticipated film on the list (by the Gen X set at least). Rings. More The Conjuring and another The Purge sequel. Bring it on!
With just these films, we would be excited about the 2016 horror movie offerings. Now, we're getting a new Ghostbusters film, a new Ouija film and... The Strangers 2. My fellow film lovers, this is a pretty damn deep horror film bench. Sure, every film isn't going to be a winner, but there seems to be more home runs on this list than foul balls.
So pour yourself some soda, sit back and revel in the devious fun that is our "16 Horror Movies You Can't Miss in 2016" list. Sure, there are many horror movies that could be remade, redone, or otherwise made palatable for the present day. However, it is nice to the see that the genre isn't relying on that formula. Rather, this list has something old, something new, and something for just about anybody that loves to be terrified.
1The Pack - February 5
Not since Samuel Fuller's White Dog or Stephen King's Cujo have we been this excited about a dog movie. There's something to be said for a contained horror movie featuring dogs as the villains, as they really can't be contained too easily (unlike humans or supernatural killers that appear easier to evade). The last dog horror movie that I saw was Man's Best Friend, and the trailer for The Pack suggests that this film has that one beat by miles. In the movie, A farmer and his family must fight for survival after a ferocious pack of wild dogs infiltrates their isolated farmhouse. Through a series of frightening and bloody encounters they are forced into survival mode to make it through the night.
2Cabin Fever - February 12
Nobody really talks about the other two sequels that came after the first Cabin Fever landed in 2002 (they were 'kinda' good). However, this next installment is exciting because the first one was both funny, serious and downright scary. The other two films weren't bad either, which has us even more pumped for what a reimagining of the first one might bring. Cabin Fever is a direct remake of Eli Roth's original horror classic, though it has been updated with new characters and a few tweaks and surprises. A group of five friends are terrorized at their getaway cabin when a flesh-hungry virus is unleashed. You've probably seen the original. So need we say more?
3The Witch - February 19
Black Phillip is poised to be the break out star of The Witch, which promises to be one of the scariest movies of this decade. Robert Eggers slow burn of a horror thriller is already earning big raves. This period piece not only features witchcraft, black magic and possession, but it also manages to make a statement about how certain groups of people are treated in 2016. While not as known as some of the movies on this list, The Witch might be the film that creeps up on all of us, and eternally creeps us out!
4The Final Project - March 4
A found footage movie about students out recording supernatural happenings isn't really anything new. However, The Final Project seems bent on subverting this genre under the guise of being familiar. As we said, this film isn't reinventing the wheel but with striking visuals it certainly seems to be reinventing something we need to see. In the movie, Six college students face a night of terror when they venture deep into the backwoods of Louisiana to film a documentary about a haunted Civil War plantation.
5The Other Side of the Door - March 11
This movie seems to be part Pet Semetary part The Serpent and the Rainbow. Resurrecting dead children movies can go either way because at some point the parents have to cross a line. What separates The Other Side of the Door is how intricately the plot seems to serve the horror that dominates this film. In the movie, A grieving mother (played by former The Walking Dead star Sarah Wayne Callies) upsets the balance between life and death when she opens a door that serves as a mysterious portal between two worlds.
6Rings - April 1
The tape is back in the this, the third installment in the The Ring series. Alright, one could ask who in the world is using VHS tapes anymore, but we are going to be more optimistic here. This series was AWESOME when it first came out in 2002 and we have a feeling that 14 years later, the third installment is going to keep things terrifying. As of now, we haven't gotten a trailer, and we're not really sure how the story will evolve. But we're sure there will be some very scary surprises in story for this long-anticipated sequel.
7Before I Wake - April 8
Nightmares mixed with real life have always been great horror movie fare since the days of Freddy Krueger. In this film, it seems like said nightmares emanate from a young child with even less control than the aforementioned boogeyman. Horror movies are often celluloid nightmares, so merging the two appears to have created a movie we might be afraid to go to sleep after viewing. In the movie, A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams and nightmares manifest physically as he sleeps. The casting is also superb here, with Kate Bosworth taking the lead alongside Thomas Jane and Annabeth Gish. And Room breakout star Jacob Tremblay is finally getting his follow up to that dramatic thriller.
8 Amityville: The Awakening - April 15
A mom moves her kids into the Amityville house without knowing the terrifying tale behind this iconic abode. Okay, on the face of it, that might be easy to say the realtor duped her. And that we, as moviegoers, are being duped ourselves. However, the last stab at this franchise was 11 years ago so we have high hopes that this new installment might be pretty darn good. And you just can't beat this cast. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne and Cameron Monaghan are all getting in on the horrifying hijinks of a house possessed.
9The Conjuring 2 - June 10
This might just be one of the summer's biggest hits. Lorraine and Ed Warren are back in a sequel to the original film from 2013. The setting is London and it sees a single mom bringing up four kids on her own in a very haunted house. Lets be honest, this movie has lot to live up to, but with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga still attached, we have a feeling it is in good hands. Added bonus, we hear that the movie opens with the Amityville case, which means we're essentially getting two Amityville movies in the same year! The house is definitely back on the horror market.
10The Purge 3 - July 1
The first Purge movie was arguably the best thriller of 2013. The Purge: Anarchy knocked it up to the next level, delivering on all accounts. In this third installment, director James DeMonaco seems to know he needs to turn things up another big notch and, truthfully, that never seems to be a problem for this franchise. Frank Grillo will return as the street vigilante out to save the innocent. Other than that, we don't know too much about the story. But we sure are excited!
11Ghostbusters - July 15
Maybe you're thinking we shouldn't include Ghostbusters on this list. But according to director Paul Feig, this new reboot of the popular franchise is going to be a lot scarier than it is funny. Now, Paul Feig's idea of what's scary might be different than most horror aficionados, but we think that Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and some of the original Ghostbusters cast can pull it off. As you may remember, the original Ghostbusters was scary in parts so that bodes quite well for this much ballyhooed reboot. Though, there has been some backlash against the all-female cast. Perhaps the horror elements will elevate this remake into the realm of classic cinema. We have high hopes!
12Spectral - August 12
Similar to the original Ghostbusters in that supernatural entities have taken over New York City, Spectral seems to bring with it its own brand of masculine toughness. The fact that this film dips into both horror and the supernatural really helps to broaden its appeal. On top of that, when was the last time we saw a film that appeared to merge both genres in such a milieu? Spectral is basically about a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight these supernatural forces who've overtaken the big apple. See, what did we tell you? It's basically Ghostbusters part deux.
13Patient Zero - September 2
In this day and age of chemical warfare and the Zika virus, a film like Patient Zero is ever more topical. When a "global pandemic" turns the human race into infected beings bent towards violence, one man seems able to save humanity and find the one person who can bring about a cure. Again, this territory has been mined before but that doesn't make it any less exciting given the current state of the world.
14The Bye Bye Man - October 14
Three college students find their lives at risk when they are forced to deal with... The Bye Bye Man. While the plot of this film is currently not being talked about very much, one can only imagine what The Bye Bye Man has in store for these unsuspecting kids. With a title that suggests a lot of nefarious outcomes, we can only imagine just where the The Bye Bye Man will go. It is an adaptation of a short story called "The Bridge to Body Island", and it has the potential to be one of the scariest outings of this, or any recent year.
15Ouija 2 - October 21
With the first film making $50 million at the box office, it is no surprise that they would commission a sequel. While the first film was not too terribly scary, there is something about the ouija board itself that is inherently scary. It is for this reason that we think Ouija 2 might just be the scariest board game movie ever made...Until they make Chutes and Ladders that is! We have no plot details at this time, but we are getting E.T.'s Henry Thomas in a lead role. He'll be joined by genre favorites Doug Jones and Lin Shaye.
16The Strangers 2 - December 2
Aside from The Exorcist, The Strangers is without a doubt the scariest film I have ever seen. This sequel takes up the topical idea of a family being evicted from their home, and suddenly they are paid a visit by the same crew that made Liv Tyler's and Scott Speedman's lives hell in the first film. While the premise doesn't sound that scary...If it is 1/2 as similar in tone as the first, it will indeed be a frightfest.
What'd you think? Were we creepy enough for you? Have we covered all your ghoulish bases? How scared are you right now for this new year of fright filled offerings?