What New Horror Movies Come Out This Week?

New Horror/Suspense Films and TV Shows in Theaters and on DVD/Blu-ray

Here’s a rundown of notable new horror/suspense movies coming out this week, from wide theatrical releases to limited/on demand releases to films and TV shows hitting DVD and Blu-ray. Which are you going to watch?

September 17-23:

1. Friend Request

Release: Theatrical (Wide)
Popular college student Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has tons of friends, both on Facebook and IRL. She graciously accepts social outcast Marina’s online friend request, until Marina crosses the line and Laura unfriends her. To everyone’s shock, Marina takes her own life in a ritual meant to torment Laura, which appears in a video posted on Laura’s profile. Even though it wasn’t Laura who posted the video, or other creepy content that begins appearing on her page, her Facebook friend count begins to dwindle as a result. When her real-life friends start dying mysterious, cruel deaths, Laura must figure out how to break the deadly curse before it’s too late. AKA Unfriend.

2. Happy Hunting

Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
Warren is a degenerate drifter, scraping by, suffering from debilitating alcohol withdrawals on a daily basis. On his way down to Mexico, he finds himself stranded in Bedford Flats, a one-horse town nestled deep in the American desert. It was a once-prosperous hunting community that has been reduced to an impoverished dust bowl. Unfortunately for Warren, it turns out that the town’s pastime is rounding up drifters and hunting them as part of an elaborate sporting event. To make matters worse, he’ll go into alcoholic withdrawal unless he finds a way to stay intoxicated. It all builds to a blood-soaked, live-or-die showdown deep in the desert.

3. The Houses October Built 2

Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
Recovering from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton — a group who take “extreme haunt” to another level — five friends decide they must face their fears in order to move on. Heading back out on the road to visit more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing again and a new terror begins…

4. Leatherface

Release: DirecTV (October 20 Limited / On Demand)
This is the origin story for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in which a young nurse is kidnapped by four violent teens who escape from a mental hospital and take her on a road trip from hell. Pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind, molding him into the monster we now call Leatherface.

5. Puppet Master: Axis Termination

Release: On Demand
In this final chapter of the Puppet Master Axis trilogy, everyone’s favorite pint-sized puppet anti-heroes — Blade, Pinhead, Tunneler, Jester, Six Shooter and Leech Woman — join forces with a secret team of psychics working as Allied operatives. Teaming up with Toulon’s bloodthirsty marionettes, these unlikely allies face off against a new pack of evil Nazis and their even more malevolent Axis puppets in a showdown that will decide the future of the free world!

6. Welcome to Willits

Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
Aliens, burnouts and clueless campers collide in this bloody and bonkers slasher freak-out. Deep in the woods of Northern California lies the off-the-grid town of Willits, a haven for marijuana growers, meth addicts, and conspiracy theorists. When a gaggle of vacationing teens unknowingly set up their campsite on the property of Willits’ most disturbed resident — a psychotic, drug-addled pot farmer convinced extraterrestrials are out to get him — they’re in for one hell of a bad time. Featuring Dolph Lundgren, Rory Culkin, Chris Zylka, Thomas Dekker, Bill Sage and Karrueche Tran.

7. Woodshock

Release: Theatrical (Limited)
In this exploration of isolation, paranoia, and grief, Kirsten Dunst stars as Theresa, a haunted young woman spiraling in the wake of a profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug.

8. Bates Motel: The Complete Series

Delving into the twisted relationship between serial killer-to-be Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga), this prelude to the classic horror film Psycho takes a contemporary glimpse into Norman’s formative years and reveals how he became one of the most infamous murderers of all time.

9. Bates Motel: Season 5

It’s been two years since the death of Norma (Vera Farmiga), and Norman (Freddie Highmore) has descended into full-blown psychosis. To the public, he’s a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home, his violent blackouts continue to increase as Mother threatens to take over his mind completely. Incarcerated for a perjury, the vengeful Sheriff Romero hungers for a chance to destroy Norman and avenge the murder of his one true love.

10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Complete Series

Get all seven seasons of this hit TV series in one box set.

11. Deadly Dreams

In this 1988 film, Alex is caught in a web of distrust between his brother (Xander Berkeley), his best friend and a beautiful stranger, all while plagued by recurring nightmares of the slaughter of his family by a hunter wearing a fox mask.

12. Ghost House

Scout Taylor-Compton stars in the story of a young couple that goes on an adventurous vacation to Thailand only to find themselves haunted by a malevolent spirit after naively disrespecting a Ghost House.

13. Sweet Sixteen

In this 1983 slasher, when Melissa Morgan, a sexy big-city girl, moves to a small town, she creates quite a stir with her beauty and promiscuous attitude. She’s 15 going on 25, and all the boys at her new school are anxious to get to know her. But when the younger brother of a local hell-raiser is brutally murdered, the town sheriff must try to solve the killings before the killer strikes again. Along to help him is his Nancy Drew-ish daughter.

What do you think?