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?
1. Dig Two Graves
Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
After 13-year-old Jacqueline Mather loses her brother in a mysterious drowning accident, she is soon visited by three moonshiners who offer to bring her brother back to life, but at a grim cost. As the dark history of her grandfather, Sheriff Waterhouse (Ted Levine) is unearthed, the true intentions of the moonshiners come to light.
2. House on Willow Street
Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
The perfect kidnapping goes gruesomely awry in this shock-a-minute, supernatural wild ride. Led by the tough-as-nails Hazel (You’re Next’s Sharni Vinson), a band of desperate criminals abduct Katherine, the daughter of an ultra-wealthy family, for ransom. What the gang doesn’t realize is that although they have Katherine’s body, her soul is already in possession of a demonic force that’s about to turn the tables on them.
Release: Theatrical (Wide)
A six-member crew on the International Space Station (including “black guy” Ariyon Bakare, who doesn’t fare too well, based on the trailer) is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.
4. Cannibal Messiah
AKA Der König der Kannibalen, this German movie follows the journey of documentary filmmakers Crippler Cris and Master W of P.S.Y.C.H.O Productions and The Pathfinder, a man with a revenge mission against a cannibal cult in the woods of Germany. After torturing a woodland hermit for information on the cult, the three travel deep into the woods. Things go wrong quickly as Master W turns against his companions and ends up amongst the cannibals. Will Master W and Crippler Criss eventually make it out of those woods? Will the Pathfinder get his revenge? And what is the deal with the mysterious videotapes that a mystery figure keeps delivering to them, tapes that give them horrible insights into their own futures?
5. Chamber of Horrors
In this 1940 adaptation of the Edgar Wallace novel The Door with Seven Locks, Dr. Manetta (Leslie Banks, The Most Dangerous Game) holds one of the seven keys that will open the crypt of Lord Selford, who was entombed with a fortune in jewels. Before long, the other six key holders start turning up dead. Is the doctor the killer or just the next victim?
6. Dead Calm
In this classic 1989 thriller, Joe and Rae Ingram (Sam Neill and Nicole Kidman) do the right thing and rescue the half-delirious sole survivor (Billy Zane) of a crippled schooner. But soon the stranger will plunge the unwary pair into an intense battle of cat and mouse. And life or death.
7. Death Passage
A couple of Australians introduce three American backpackers to the local legend of Lemon Tree Passage, where the ghost of a motorcyclist warns young drivers to slow down. After seeing the ghost firsthand, they uncover a malevolent force that possesses the area and threatens to wreck havoc on the final days of their vacation. Isolated and ten thousand miles from home, the tourists find themselves caught in the clutches of an evil force much more heinous than that of local myth.
Chace Crawford, Eliza Dushku, Brandon T. Jackson and Robert Patrick star in the tale of four friends who break into an abandoned insane asylum in search of a death certificate which will grant one of them a large inheritance. However, finding it soon becomes the least of their worries in a place haunted by dark memories.
In this dreamlike French tale, 10-year-old Nicolas lives in a remote seaside village populated only by boys his age and adult women. But when he makes a disturbing discovery beneath the ocean waves — a dead boy with a red starfish on his stomach — Nicolas begins to question everything about his existence.
10. Frankenstein Created Bikers
A reanimated outlaw biker finds himself addicted to a diabolical substance and hunted by a grenade-tossing femme fatale, bounty hunters, law enforcement, a rival motorcycle gang, mutations and a topless stripper hit squad.
11. Invisible Ghost
Horror legend Bela Lugosi stars in this 1941 Jekyll & Hyde tale as a kindly doctor whose thought-to-be-dead wife hypnotizes him, turning him into an unwitting homicidal killer. Also features Clarence Muse.
12. A Kind of Murder
In 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse is rich, successful and unhappily married to the beautiful but damaged Clara. His desire to be free of her feeds his obsession with Kimmel, a man suspected of brutally murdering his own wife. When Walter and Kimmel’s lives become dangerously intertwined, a ruthless police detective becomes convinced he has found the murderer. But as the lines blur between innocence and intent, who, in fact, is the real killer? From the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley.
13. Nightmare Wedding
In this fatal attraction thriller, Sandy’s past indiscretion with her fiancé’s best friend Roman comes back to haunt her when he becomes their best man. Delusional and deranged, Roman will stop at nothing to make Sandy his own bride.
14. The Quiet Hour
Humans are few and far between since Earth was invaded by extra-terrestrial machines that harvest the planet’s resources and relentlessly kill its inhabitants. In a remote part of the countryside, where starved humans have become as dangerous as the alien machines in the sky, a feisty 19-year-old girl, Sarah Connolly, sets out on a desperate attempt to repel a group of bandits and defend her farm, the remaining livestock, and the solar panels that keep them safe. If she doesn’t succeed, she will lose her only source of food and shelter; but if she resists, she and her blind brother will be killed. If the mysterious intruder dressed like a soldier turns out to be a liar, then the enemy may already be in the house.
15. She Kills
In this homage to ’70s grindhouse exploitation, Sadie’s life is destroyed when a vicious gang targets her for their sadistic fantasies after witnessing her sexy but innocent naked frolicking in a nearby field. On her wedding night, they attack her and her husband Edward, brutalizing both of them. But during the attack, the virgin bride discovers a dangerous secret about her body: she is cursed with the legendary “fire crotch,” a condition where Satan has laid claim to her vagina. It becomes her most deadly weapon in her thirst for revenge against the gang and her fight against lustful men everywhere!
16. Space Psychos
In this early effort from Z-grade filmmaker Carl J. Sukenick, he is forced to find and kill the aliens and terrorists who assassinated his sister.
A young couple grieving the recent death of their daughter move to the countryside where they are haunted by their tragedy and a sinister darkness.
18. Wolf Creek: Season 1
After her family is brutally murdered in the Australian Outback, American college student Eve Thorogood vows to bring serial killer Mick Taylor to justice — or die in the attempt. A TV series based on the hit movie of the same name.