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?
1. The Axe Murders of Villisca
Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
More than 100 years after a mass axe murder in the sleepy town of Villisca, Iowa, Caleb and Denny, two friends who share an interest in ghost hunting, along with Jess, the new girl in school, sneak into the house where the infamous bloodbath occurred in hopes of recording paranormal activity. Guess whether they do or not?
Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
In this twisty thriller, Harper (Tye Sheridan), a seemingly naive law student, obsesses over the idea that his shifty stepfather was involved in the devastating car crash that left his mother hospitalized and comatose. He drowns his suspicions in whiskey until he finds himself suddenly engrossed in conversation with volatile grifter Johnny and his stripper companion, Cherry. As daylight breaks and the haziness of promises made becomes clearer, how will Harper handle the repercussions — not to mention the violent duo on his doorstep?
3. The ReZort
Release: On Demand
From the director of Outpost comes what’s essentially Jurassic Park meets World War Z, set in a world after an almost-apocalyptic zombie outbreak. Humans have won the war and are exploring how humanity can recover after such a huge percentage of the population has been wiped out. One way: The ReZort, a highly controlled and monitored environment in which people can go on a zombie safari retreat as the ultimate in therapeutic revenge. The eyes and ears of trained security personnel are on the guests 24/7, ensuring a safe shooting distance between the living and the undead — that is, until the resort’s security system is hacked and a computer virus crashes it, unleashing thousands of bloodthirsty zombies.
Release: Theatrical (Wide)
In M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, but there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls (including The Witch‘s Anya Taylor-Joy and black Welsh actress Jessica Sula) Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him — as well as everyone around him — as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
5. 24 Hours to Die
Twelve strangers are held against their will as each of them must go along with the rules if they are to get the cure for a killer virus which infects them all.
6. All I Need
A young woman wakes, bound and gagged in a dirty motel room filled with other young women. She’s the only one that wakes up. A man takes a new job to provide for the daughter his estranged wife keeps from him. It pays well, but increasingly causes him to question his morals, especially after the “work” brings him face-to-face with this woman’s predicament and the killer who’s set it all in motion.
Employees attending an extreme team-building function for the weekend find new meaning in teamwork, thinking outside the box and risk management as they fight for survival from a deranged killer bent on revenge.
8. Bubba the Redneck Werewolf
Bubba is a nightshift dogcatcher and local laughingstock who longs to win back the heart of his high school sweetheart, Bobbie Jo. But when the Devil comes down to Florida, Bubba signs a deal to make himself a bad-ass, only to wake up the next morning permanently transformed into a werewolf. In order to save his town and be the hero he longs to be, Bubba will have to navigate a country crock of malicious bikers, cryptic hobos, gaseous gypsies and even a zombie hoard — all leading up to a climactic duel with the dark prince himself.
9. Laundry Man
A budding serial killer lures victims by posing as a BDSM mistress online.
10. Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun
In Jesus Franco’s 1977 “nunsploitation” film, 16-year-old Maria is forced into Serra D’Aires convent, secretly run by Satanists. Her confessor is in collusion with the Mother Superior. Maria is tortured, forced into sex with men, women and the horned Devil and told that it’s all a bad dream. She writes a letter to God, and a Knight rescues her, only to fall into the hands of the Inquisition, put on the rack, and condemned to death like Joan of Arc.
11. Mountain Devil
Based on true events that occurred in the Appalachian Mountains, Mountain Devil recounts the frightening events of the night Frank Peterson and his friend spent the night in a secluded cabin stalked by something they could not explain. With only a few clues and journal entries we try to piece together the shocking events, and try to shed insight into one of the greatest mysteries of out time.
Jim, a lonely, troubled young man who works as an apartment superintendent, is replaying his tortured past. Through a series of flashbacks, we not only learn of his dark secrets, but also what it means to be normal. The answers he finds in his journey will shatter not only his perceptions of the past, but also his fragile grip on reality.
13. Ouija: Origin of Evil
This prequel takes place in 1960s Los Angeles, when a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home.
14. Resident Evil
In the first film in the Resident Evil series, something rotten is brewing beneath the industrial mecca known as Raccoon City. Unknown to its millions of residents, a huge underground bioengineering facility known as The Hive has accidentally unleashed the deadly and mutating T-virus, killing all of its employees. To contain the leak, the governing supercomputer, Red Queen, has sealed all entrances and exits. Now a team of highly-trained super commandos must race to penetrate The Hive in order to isolate the T-virus before it overwhelms humanity.
15. Resident Evil: Afterlife
In the fourth RE film, Alice’s superhuman abilities are neutralized. Now, fleeing the undead masses created by the T-virus, Alice reunites with Claire Redfield and her brother, Chris. Together they take refuge with other survivors in an abandoned prison, where a savage zombie mob stands between them and the safety of “Arcadia.”
16. Resident Evil: Apocalypse
The second RE movie finds Alice thrust back into a war raging above ground between the living and the undead. As the city is locked down under quarantine, Alice joins a small band of elite soldiers, led by Valentine and Carlos, enlisted to rescue the missing daughter of Dr. Ashford, the creator of the mutating T-virus.
17. Resident Evil: Extinction
Probably the only RE sequel worth watching, this third entry is set in the Nevada desert, as newly upgraded Alice, along with her crew (Oded Fehr, Mike Epps, Ali Larter, Ashanti) make a final stand against evil, with one goal: to turn the undead dead again.
18. Revenge of the Blood Beast
In the 1966 film Revenge of the Blood Beast, AKA The She Beast, Barbara Steele stars as Veronica, a British tourist stranded in a remote village with her husband Philip while honeymooning in Transylvania. They meet a descendent of legendary vampire-hunter Count von Helsing, who reveals that the town is haunted by a satanic curse. A mysterious car accident plunges Veronica into a nearby lake, but when her body is removed, it resembles that of the legendary Witch of the Lake. Reawakened from her slumber, the blister-faced hag, armed with sickle and claws, rises from the makeshift morgue and unleashes her vengeance upon the descendants of those who executed her, centuries earlier.
19. Slumber Party Massacre II & III Double Feature
Get the second and third films in this female-directed “driller killer” slasher trilogy in one handy set.
The inhabitants of a small Florida town are mysteriously disappearing. A hardcore biker arrives in search of his missing daughter. He learns that a malignant force from another dimension — a Souleater — is causing the disappearances, and teams up with a burned-out sheriff and a defrocked priest to battle the creature and its zombie-like minions.
21. Train to Busan
“I’ve had it with these MFin’ zombies on this MFin’ train!” In this Korean smash hit, a train full of commuters struggle to survive a zombie outbreak that has struck the entire country and quickly spreads onto the train itself.
22. Wolf House
In this found footage film, six friends on a camping trip think they have discovered and killed a Sasquatch, but what they have actually unleashed is something more evil, more ancient and more deadly than they could ever imagine.