Here’s a rundown of notable new horror 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?
Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
From director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II-IV) comes the story of an investigative reporter working to solve the mystery behind a man who has been buying houses where tragedies have occurred to build the Abattoir, a monstrous house stitched together with unending rooms of death and the damned. But the Abattoir isn’t just a house; it’s a door to something more evil than anyone could have ever imagined.
2. Beyond the Gates
Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
Two estranged brothers reunite at their missing father’s video store to liquidate the property and sell off his assets. As they dig through the store, they find a VCR board game dubbed Beyond The Gates that holds a connection to their father’s disappearance and deadly consequences for anyone who plays it.
3. Good Tidings
Release: On Demand
A homeless war veteran with a checkered past must rely on a side of himself once thought buried when he and his companions are targeted on Christmas Day by three vicious psychopaths in Santa suits.
4. It Watches
Release: On Demand
Andre, recovering from a recent accident, agrees to help his friend Robert by taking over a house sitting job at a creepy home nestled in the hills above Los Angeles. As night comes, the house reveals its insidious nature as Andre begins hearing ominous sounds and experiencing strange occurrences throughout the house that lead him to believe he is not alone, and that someone, or something is in the house with him. AKA Coldwater.
5. Brain Dead: Season 1
Get all…one season of this sci fi-horror-comedy TV series, which follows a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) getting her first job in Washington, D.C. and discovering two things: The government has stopped working, and something mysterious is happening to a growing number of Congressmen and Hill staffers.
6. Dead Rising: Endgame
In this video game-based zombie sequel, after narrowly escaping zombie quarantine, Chase (Jesse Metcalfe) heads back into the quarantine to expose the architects of the outbreak and uncovers an even more evil secret. Dennis Haysbert appears as an “authority figure” type.
7. The Devil’s Dolls
In this 1972 British fare, the mysterious island village of Balfe is experiencing unexplainable phenomena, from grossly oversized sea-life to half-buried bodies in the dark woods to strange Neanderthal like men suffering from a rare disfiguring disease. Is this town afflicted by radioactive waste contaminating their water? Is there a vengeful mutant monster lurking in the woods? Or worse, are the townsfolk being punished by an act of God for their past sins? It is up to Dr. Del Shaw and the dedicated scientists at Doomwatch headquarters to discover the cause of these horrific mutations.
9. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: 30th Anniversary Edition
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this cult film, based on real life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, in which a psychopathic drifter who’s left a trail of bodies in his wake settles for a while at the dilapidated Chicago apartment of ex-prison mate Otis. Into this toxic environment comes Otis’s younger sister Becky, who s fleeing an abusive marriage and looking for a place to stay. Deflecting her brother’s incestuous advances, Becky finds herself attracted to Henry and sees him as a potential lover and herself as his possible savior. What she doesn’t realize is that Otis and Henry are now killing together, sinking to ever more terrifying depths of depravity.
10. Hidden in the Woods
A remake of the 2012 Chilean film of the same name, Hidden in the Woods tells the story of two sisters who have been raised in isolation, subjected to the torment of their abusive, drug dealing father. When they finally decide to report him to the police, he kills the two officers and is put in jail. But things go from bad to worse when the girls must answer to their Uncle Costello, a psychotic drug kingpin, who shows up looking for his missing merchandise which is hidden in the woods.
11. Jack Goes Home
Actor Thomas Dekker writes and directs this film about a successful magazine editor (Rory Culkin) who returns home upon his father’s death to find audio recordings and video tapes left behind by his dad that lead him to question childhood memories and the very foundation of his identity.
12. Neither Heaven Nor Earth
In this French thriller, Army Captain Antares Bonassieu and his squad are assigned to monitor a remote valley of Wakhan, Afghanistan on the border of Pakistan. Negotiating control of the region between local shepherds and possible Taliban sympathizers grows more and more tenuous for them as men from all sides start mysteriously disappearing. Unable to explain this eerie phenomenon, the soldiers find themselves embroiled in an existential nightmare, desperate for their own safety.
13. Never Open the Door
Three happy couples enjoy Thanksgiving in a cozy secluded cabin in the woods when they are suddenly interrupted by an unprecedented event that will forever change their lives. A stranger comes at the door, he is severely wounded and when they let him in, he throws up blood into’s Tess’ mouth, he then collapses on the floor and while specifically pointing at one of the friends, screams his last words before he dies: “Never open the door.” The group of friends dumbfounded start to panic. Tess inexplicably disappears. A killer is on the loose.
14. Phantasm: Remastered
The 1979 classic has never looked better than in this remastered version that revisits the story of two brothers who discover that their local mortuary hides a legion of hooded killer dwarfs, a flying drill-ball and a demonic mortician who enslaves the souls of the damned.
15. Phantasm: Ravager
In the fifth film in the longest-running Phantasm franchise, Mike and Reggie team up once again to confront the dimension-hopping Tall Man once and for all.
16. The Possession Experiment
Brandon has always been drawn to the supernatural, so when asked to pick a topic to base his final world theology class project on, he decides to explore the dark world of exorcisms. Teamed up with three classmates, the group is lead to investigate a multiple homicide that they eventually discover was an exorcism gone horribly wrong. Brandon becomes obsessed with the event, and in a strange turn of events, decides the only way to research this topic is to undergo an exorcism himself.
17. The Remains
After a family moves into an old Victorian home, they discover a malevolent spirit in the attic. As the house slowly possesses each family member, the spirit grows stronger, hellbent on kidnapping the children.
18. Scream Queens: The Complete First Season
This entertaining send-up of slasher films finds a masked killer stalking superficial sorority sisters on a college campus.
Jonah, an apprehensive groom-to-be whose bachelor party turns into a nightmare when he frees a seemingly innocent victimized girl locked up in a supernatural sex club. Her ruthless handler and proprietor of the sex club will stop at nothing to re-capture his prize. Jonah struggles to rescue the girl only to discover it is he who needs to be rescued as he comes to the realization that she is a dangerous fabled predator who has chosen him as her mate.
20. Trash Fire
When Owen (Adrian Grenier) is forced to confront the past he’s been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit and murder.
21. The Unspoken
In 1997, the close-knit Anderson family vanished from their country home without a trace without an explanation. No bodies were ever found and for 17 years the house has remained undisturbed…until now.
22. Zoo: Season 2
In perhaps the only tolerable thing to watch on CBS, animals continue killing humans around the world.