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?
June 18 – 24:
1. The Bad Batch
Release: Theatrical (Limited)
Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is set in a dystopian future in which a young woman (Suki Waterhouse) is exiled to a desert wasteland where America sends its undesirables. There, she battles a cannibal gang, falls in with a community of drug-addicted hedonists, and searches for a missing girl. Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves and Giovanni Ribisi co-star.
2. A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff
Release: Theatrical (Limited)
In this horror-comedy from filmmakers The Butcher Brothers (The Hamiltons, The Violent Kind), two brothers decide to make most convincing pseudo-snuff film ever and decide not to tell the victim that it’s “staged.” Of course, the brothers’ whole plan goes south, as they picked the wrong victim and soon find the tables turned on them.
3. Blood Feast
Release: Theatrical (Limited)
In this remake of the landmark Herschell Gordon Lewis film, Fuad Ramses and his family have moved from the United States to France, where they run an American diner. Since business is not going too well, Fuad also works night shifts in a museum of ancient Egyptian culture. During these long, lonely nights he becomes allured by goddess Ishtar as she speaks to him in visions. Eventually, he succumbs to her deadly charms. After this pivotal night, Fuad begins a new life, in which murder and cannibalism become his daily bread. As butchered bodies are heaped upon the Altar of Ishtar, Fuad slowly slips further into madness.
4. Resident Evil: Vendetta
Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
In the third animated Resident Evil film, BSAA Chris Redfield enlists the help of government agent Leon S. Kennedy and Professor Rebecca Chambers from Alexander Institute of Biotechnology to stop a death merchant with a vengeance from spreading a deadly virus in New York.
5. Without Name
Release: On Demand
A land surveyor named Eric travels to a remote, unnamed Irish woodland to assess its suitability for a new development project. However, the assignment it is not as simple as it could be. Intrigued by the woods’ foreboding mysticism, Eric finds himself drawn into a dangerous game that could lead to him becoming a prisoner of this place — without name.
6. Death Pool
After nearly drowning at the hands of his babysitter, a troubled young man grows up to become a serial killer with a compulsion to drowned young beautiful women. Based on true events, this conniving killer becomes a cultural phenomenon, known throughout the streets of Los Angeles.
7. Feeding the Masses Horror Collection
This four-movie collection filled with zombies, vampires and werewolves includes: Feeding The Masses, Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon, Necroville and Splatter Disco.
In this 1988 slasher (AKA Halloween Night), when Tommy was a boy, he saw his grandpa, the leader of a vicious satanic cult, murder his father in a brutal ritual on Halloween night. Now Tommy is 18, and Grandpa is ready to indoctrinate him into the ways of the black arts. But as night approaches, someone dressed like a member of the cult, whose face is hidden behind a devilish mask, begins stalking and killing people connected to Tommy. Could it be Grandpa, Tommy himself or someone even more sinister behind these increasingly brutal murders?
9. Island of Terror
In this 1966 British film from director Terence Fisher, a new breed of terror is unleashed on a tiny island off the coast of Ireland. The tranquil island is suddenly rocked by the mysterious death of a local farmer. When he is found in a cave, not a trace of bone left in his body, he has been reduced to a horrible, shapeless mass. Enter eminent pathologist Dr. Brian Stanley (Peter Cushing) and Dr. David West, a brilliant bone specialist. Working together in a desperate race against time, they must find a way to destroy the seemingly indestructible, ever multiplying horde of bone-eating creatures before the mutant monsters kill everyone on the island and spread like a deadly plague across the entire planet!
Hoping to restore their flagging marriage, Lydia (Tricia Helfer) and Creighton (Luke Mably) journey to a remote island in the sun-drenched Bahamas. One drunken night, they return to their cabin to find it ransacked. Will nearby couple Max (Dominic Purcell) and Nina (Marie Avgeropoulos) offer them help — or harm? Also starring Stephen Lang, this seductive, sinister thriller shows that trust can be a dangerous thing.
11. The Lawnmower Man: Collector’s Edition
In this 1992 Stephen King tale, Dr. Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) is a brilliant scientist obsessed with perfecting virtual reality software. When his experiments on animals fail, he finds the ideal substitute: Jobe Smith (Jeff Fahey), a slow-witted gardener. Dr. Angelo’s goal is to benefit his human guinea pig and ultimately mankind itself, but when the experiments change the simple Jobe into a superhuman being, the stage is set for a Jekyll-and-Hyde struggle for the control of Jobe’s mind and the future of the world.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds star in this sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.
13. Night Terrors
In this anthology, a resentful older sister fills her brother’s head with three bizarre tales of terror, blood-soaked memories and nightmares of perversion after learning that she must babysit and miss a party.
Jennifer, Ellie and Madeleine are three very different women with one thing in common: they’re all dead. Well, sort of. After a night out, these three ladies wake up with the ultimate hangover — stuck in the same body, sewn together into a horrific Frankenstein-esque creature. With their personalities still intact, they must work together to pilot their new body, escape their captors, and survive. With the help of Garrett, a hapless med-student, the frightful femmes fatales use their combined skills, strength and reflexes as Stitch and set out to find out who is responsible and why.
15. The Paul Naschy Collection
This set includes five films from Spanish horror legend Paul Naschy: Vengeance of the Zombies, Horror Rises from the Tomb, Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll, Night of the Werewolf and Human Beasts.
16. Ten Little Indians
In this 1974 adaptation of the Agatha Christie whodunit (AKA And Then There Were None), several strangers are summoned to an isolated, elegant hotel in the middle of the desert and find themselves accused at dinner of heinous crimes that have escaped punishment…until now. Now they’re being murdered off one by one in a pattern from a chilling nursery rhyme, and suspicion grows as they realize the killer may be one of their own. Oliver Reed, Sir Richard Attenborough and Elke Sommer headline an all-star cast of potential victims.
17. Under the Dome: The Complete Series
Get all three seasons of this Stephen King sci fi thriller series about a town that finds itself suddenly cut off from the world, encased in an invisible, impermeable dome.