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?
A farmer pens a confession admitting to his wife’s murder, but her death is just the beginning of a macabre tale. Based on the Stephen King novella.
2. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
Release: Theatrical (Wide)
Madea and the gang are back for this sequel, in which Madea, Bam and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed.
3. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Release: Theatrical (Limited)
Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob and 14-year-old Kim. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.
Release: Theatrical (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. Let Her Out
Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
Follows Helen, a bike courier who suffers a traumatic accident. As she recovers, she begins to experience strange episodic-black outs, hallucinations, and night terrors-that lead her to discover that she has a tumor, a benign growth that is the remnants of a “vanishing twin” absorbed in utero. Over time, the tumor manifests itself as the dark and demented version of a stranger. As Helen’s emotional and psychological state begins to deteriorate further and further, she begins to act out in psychotic episodes that are influenced by her evil twin — making her a danger to herself and her best friend, Molly. It’s only a matter of time before the evil side of Helen will take over completely.
6. Never Here
Lines blur between real and imaginary, crime and art, the watcher and the watched in this eerie, genre-subverting exploration of identity. Installation artist Miranda Fall (Mireille Enos) follows and photographs strangers for her art until disturbing events lead her to suspect that someone out there is watching HER.
Release: On Demand
When former LAPD officer Brett Anderson takes a job as head of security at an old apartment building in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, he soon begins to experience a series of bizarre and terrifying events. Once he begins to delve deep into the building’s sinister history, and investigate its shadowy owners and past employees, Brett soon uncovers a malevolent force nestled deep in the bowels of the building in basement that will do anything to be set free into our world. Robert Englund and Jason London star.
8. RV: Resurrected Victims
Release: Theatrical (Limited)
In this Korean film, in the near future, murder victims have begun coming back to life with the sole purpose of avenging their deaths. Jin-hong is a cold-hearted prosecutor who’s obsessed with catching the man that killed his mother — but when she returns home, intent on killing him, he quickly becomes the lead suspect.
9. The Snowman
Release: Theatrical (Wide)
When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall. Featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chloë Sevigny, Val Kilmer and J.K. Simmons and directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller.
10. Tragedy Girls
Release: Theatrical (Limited)
Best friends Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla (Alexandra Shipp) are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot on the trail of a deranged local serial killer. After they manage to capture the killer and secretly hold him hostage, they realize the best way to get scoops on future victims would be to, you know, murder people themselves. As the @TragedyGirls become an overnight sensation and panic grips their small town, can their friendship survive the strain of national stardom? Will they get caught? Will their accounts get verified?
11. Aliens and Witches from the Dark Realms
This double feature includes The Haunting of Mysti Delane and All The Devil’s Aliens.
12. Black Ghosts (Trans Somnium)
In an attempt to reunite with her dead girlfriend, Maya evokes dark forces through occult rituals, with devastating results, as she opens a portal to Hell.
13. Dark Web
A mysterious site on the Deep Web grants wishes of mayhem and murder to all who dare ask. When a man (Human Centipede II‘s Laurence R. Harvey) logs in to the site to show his support, he is forced to see something he may wish he didn’t. As the stakes get higher this unique horror anthology takes viewers on an unexpectedly twisted journey.
14. A Devil’s Wind
An otherworldly storm makes a wasteland of a region. The survivors are not the usual characters one might find in a story like this, nor is this movie what one might expect from a post-apocalyptic theme. This is not a processed Hollywood movie. No. The script was written in the manner of an ancient Greek play. Dialogue is the primary focus. Beware. Directed by Bill Zebub.
15. Dreaming Purple Neon
Dallas returns home after years away to try to reconnect with his ex Denise. Cat steals her boss Ray Ray’s stash of Neon Purple and goes to meet Denise at her boss’s office. Ray Ray and Tyrone follow her there, looking for his drugs while a demonic cult is operating out of the basement trying to raise demons by using the drug to bridge the gap between the land of the living and Hell.
16. Escape Room
For Tyler’s 30th birthday, his girlfriend Christen gets him an unusual gift: admission to a mysterious escape room event. As they enter with four friends, they find themselves trapped in bizarre rooms where they must solve tricky puzzles in order to advance. But Christen has disappeared, and Tyler is shocked to see her on a video monitor, naked and trapped in a cage while the seconds countdown. When the cruel game begins to turn deadly, he realizes they may not all escape with their lives.
17. Flesh of My Flesh
High concept meets low budget in this psychotropic zombie thriller set at the tail end of humanity’s Last Great War of Existence. A mission sent to recover survivors goes south when they discover that the throngs of undead aren’t wandering mindless things, but crafty pack hunters who have their own agenda. They find a hidden group of survivors, but the news is even worse than they imagined. With only hours to escape before a final obliterating carpet strike, they make a break for it before all is lost.
A renegade scientist experiments in the forbidden realm of genetics and discovers the horrifying secrets of life. His disregard for ethics results in a tortured new species of fish, similar to a shark, attacking prey in a horrible manner.
19. The Honor Farm
When Lucy’s prom night falls apart, she finds herself jumping into a hearse headed for a psychedelic party in the woods. Looking for a thrill, the party wanders deeper into the forest, to a haunted prison work farm. A secret wish and a summoning of the dead sends the group on a mind-bending trip that may be a dangerous trap.
In this Indian thriller, a young woman returns home one day to find that a childhood friend, she once lost, is back to play games with her.
21. Inner Demons
This film that explores the darkest recesses of the human mind. no matter who you are or what you believe, we are all capable of inexplicable evils. This three-story anthology shows how the human mind can be used against you. Fear can turn good people into bad people and bad people into good people…and there’s nothing more frightening than the human mind.
22. Killjoy’s Psycho Circus
In the fifth film in this demonic clown film that began as “urban horror,” Killjoy has finally made it to Earth! Along with his gruesome crew, Killjoy is free to terrorize mortals in new and excruciating ways. But two years down the road, Killjoy discovers that life on Earth is a drag, filled with inconveniences such as eating, breathing, taxes and immigration issues. His crew has left for other jobs, and Batty Boop has gone her own way after a bitter lover’s quarrel. Meanwhile, back in hell, Beelzebub is on trial for letting Killjoy escape. The only way that Beelzebub can redeem himself is to trap Killjoy’s spirit and bring it back in a box. Killjoy will have to find a way to reunite his gang of clowns in order to defeat Beelzebub and his minions!
23. Legend of the Werewolf
Peter Cushing stars in this 1975 film, in which a traveling circus in 19th century France adopts and showcases a feral wolf boy, who grows into adulthood only to kill the one-man band. He runs off to Paris, where he develops a jealous, overprotective crush on a prostitute, leading him to attack her client, incurring a pursuit by a determined police surgeon.
24. Lillith’s Hell
Two filmmakers try to work with Cannibal Holocaust director Ruggero Deodato to pull off a horror film based on realism. The producers’ family house, where the film is to be shot, turns out to have its own secrets, hidden behind the walls: secret chambers and ritualistic ceremonies invoking the spirit of Lilith, she who was cursed by God for not obeying Adam in the Garden of Eden. The women in the crew are possessed one by one, and their only salvation is through death.
25. Rawhead Rex
In this 1986 film written by Clive Barker, RawHead Rex is a demon, alive for millennia, trapped in the depths of hell, and waiting for release. He is held by an ancient seal, imprisoned for centuries in a barren field near the hamlet of Rathmore, Ireland. In time, this gruesome legacy has been forgotten, dismissed as an odd pre-Christian myth until Tom Garron decides to plow the field his ancestors knew better than to disturb. The seal is broken and an unspeakable evil is unleashed — on a rampage of blood and lust. Howard Hallenbeck, an American historian on a working vacation with his family, discovers on the stained glass windows of a local church a series of scenes illustrating the reign of terror of RawHead Rex, but the one piece of glass depicting the defeat of the monster is missing. RawHead Rex is on the loose, and he is insatiable as Howard is desperately races against time for a way to stop the vicious monster.
26. Red Christmas
Genre icon Dee Wallace stars as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve. Their petty dramas threaten to blacken the holiday until a mysterious and deformed stranger appears at the door seeking bloody vengeance.
27. Revenge of the Dead
In this 1983 Italian zombie flick, AKA Zeder, Stefano, a budding novelist, receives the innocent gift of a used typewriter from his wife on their wedding anniversary. While changing the ribbon, he discovers the typed imprint of writing left by the previous owner. Fascinated by this startling essay, Stefano uncovers the experiments of scientist Paolo Zeder whose claims of places where death ceases to exist intrigue the young writer. Obsessed with finding the truth about Zeder’s theories, Stefano is led on a terrifying journey where he is confronted with an occult conspiracy to reanimate the dead!
28. Sharksploitation Double Feature: Deadly Jaws / Night of the Sharks
This fishy double feature includes Deadly Jaws (1974) and Night of the Sharks (1988).
29. Spaceship Terror
Open your mind to a horrifying world of cat and mouse as five women and one injured man find terror beyond their wildest nightmares. Marooned on a deserted planet, and picked up by an old derelict spaceship, six unwitting travelers find themselves enslaved in a torture-filled bloodlust that will take you on a white-knuckle ride into hell. Feel the terror, and ride along if you dare as they slowly fall victim to the horrific appetite of a deranged killer sporting an insane bloodlust unmatched in an unforgiving universe.
30. Summer of Fear
Linda Blair stars in this 1978 TV movie directed by Wes Craven as a teenage girl whose life is turned upside down after her cousin moves into her house, and as time goes by, she begins to suspect that she may be a practitioner of witchcraft.
31. The Terror Within II
In this sci fi-horror sequel, Andrew Stevens returns in a world gone mad as the last human colony struggles to survive underground beneath a land of nightmarish mutants who seek to destroy them. But when the mutant break occurs inside humanity s final stronghold, the battle for survival pits the human colonists against their deadly invaders miles below the Earth’s surface.
Matt has spent his entire life living in the shadows of his brother, Josh. One deadly night, he snaps and decides to matters into his own hands. If you could solve all your problems in one night, would you’ For Matt Miller that night…is tonight!
33. White Slave Collection
This exploitation triple feature of jungle horrors includes Naked Amazon (1954), White Slave (1985) and Sacrifice of the White Goddess (1995).