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?
May 14 – 20:
1. Alien: Covenant
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with this new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
In this 1972 sequel to Willard, when detective sergeant Cliff Kirtland investigates the horrifying murder of Willard Stiles by a band of rats, he discovers that the rats are now an organized army, and he must destroy the murderous rodents before it is too late. But the rats, led by Ben, the only survivor of the Willard attack, take to the challenge with full force and little fear.
3. Breakdown Lane
When an SUV driven by Kirby Lanes (Birdemic‘s Whitney Moore) stalls in the desert, she must overcome the elements…and the lurking undead that surround her. Her only companion is Max, the Emergency Car Service rep trapped in his office by the zombie apocalypse, and the lone voice guiding her home.
4. Cabin Fear
A group of friends is stalked by a killer at an isolated destination wedding.
5. Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection
This set includes all six films from the original Universal Dracula legacy: Dracula (1931), Dracula’s Daughter (1931), Son of Dracula (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).
6. The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection
This set includes all six films from the original Universal Mummy legacy: The Mummy (1932), The Mummy’s Hand (1940), The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), The Mummy’s Curse (1944), The Mummy’s Ghost (1944) and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955).
7. He Knows You’re Alone
In this 1980 slasher featuring a young Tom Hanks, a sicko targets brides-to-be, while a detective scrambles to stop the carnage.
8. The Mummy Ultimate Collection
This set includes the films of the modern Mummy reincarnation: The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and The Scorpion King.
After escaping a cult suicide, a paraplegic hospital patient is tormented by malevolent spirits and cursed to kill whoever hears her voice, unless she offers up the soul of her innocent nephew in place of her own.
10. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began: The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
11. A Stranger Is Watching
Based on the Mary Higgins Clark suspense novel and directed by Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th), this 1982 film finds a remorseless psychopath (Rip Torn) who kidnaps people to collect a ransom, then murders his captives. His victims’ only hope is their own wits — and the aid of the dazed and desperate homeless people who roam this urban netherworld.
12. Van Helsing
The director of The Mummy gives the blockbuster treatment to the other Universal monsters in the story of monster hunter Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) engaging in an epic battle with the ultimate forces of darkness: Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein’s Monster!
In this 1971 cult favorite, Willard Stiles is a young man with a big problem. He lives alone in a crumbling house with his ailing mother. His boss, Al Martin, is a vulgar, cruel man who stole his business from Willard’s father and is now working Willard to death at his factory job. Lonely, depressed and isolated, Willard is on the verge of a breakdown when he makes a new friend: Ben, one of the many rats who inhabit his dilapidated home. Not only can Willard communicate with the rodent, but he can actually command him to do his bidding. Using Ben and his furry friends as instruments of retaliation, Willard commands his pets to carry out his vengeance.