12 Terrifying Horror Movies Still to Come in 2016
The year of 2016 has been a big year for horror, with a slew of new genre entries hitting theaters over the last several months. Though not all of these scary flicks have been winners, plenty — including The Witch, Conjuring 2, and Don’t Breathe — have gone on to earn critical acclaim. And the year isn’t over yet. Here are 12 more terrifying horror movies still to come in 2016.
1. Demon, September 9
The Polish drama stars Itay Tiran as Piotr, a groom who receives a piece of land as a gift for his upcoming wedding. While preparing the property to build a home for his new family, he finds human remains in the ground. Though he decides to keep the discovery to himself, the secret threatens to surface, as very strange things start to happen around the property. Directed by the now late, Marcin Wrona, the movie co-stars Tomasz Schuchardt, Andrzej Grabowski, and Adam Woronowicz.
2. Blair Witch, September 16
Directed by Adam Wingard, the sequel to The Blair Witch Project follows a group of college students who venture into The Black Hills Forest of Maryland in order to investigate the events surrounding the disappearance of one character’s sister. They soon realize that the legend surrounding the forest is all too real. The movie stars James Allen McCune, Valorie Curry, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson, and Corbin Reid.
3. The Blackcoat’s Daughter, September 30
Formerly titled February, the horror drama stars Lucy Boynton and Kiernan Shipka as two girls who must battle terrifying visions after their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up from their all-girls boarding school for winter break. Emma Roberts co-stars as Joan, who sets out across a frozen landscape to help them. The film was written and directed by Oz Perkins.
4. Under the Shadow, October 7
Babak Anvari makes his directorial debut with this horror flick, which follows a mother and daughter who are haunted by a mysterious evil force in their home in 1980s Tehran. After premiering at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the movie earned a largely positive response from critics. Though it was acquired by Netflix at the film festival, Under the Shadow will also have a limited theatrical showing this fall.
5. Jack Goes Home, October 14
The indie horror flick stars Rory Culkin as a man who travels home to Colorado to help his mother after she is injured in a car crash. Once there, he ends up uncovering long buried secrets and lies within his family’s history. Britt Robertson, Nikki Reed, Natasha Lyonne, and Louis Hunter co-star.
6. 31, October 21
This indie horror flick, written and directed by Rob Zombie, follows five carnival workers who are forced to play a life-threatening game game called “31,” while also evading murderers known as “The Heads.” If they survive the full 12 hours, they will be set free.
The movie stars an ensemble cast, including Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Meg Foster, Richard Brake, Malcolm McDowell, Judy Geeson, Jane Carr, E.G. Daily, and Lew Temple. Horror fans who are familiar with Zombie’s style will find that this film is one of his craziest yet.
7. Ouija: Origin of Evil, October 21
The prequel to 2014’s Ouija is set almost 50 years prior to the first film and features an entirely different cast, including Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, and Alexis G. Zall. In the film, a widowed mother and her two daughters unwittingly invite an evil figure into their home, causing the youngest to become overtaken by a merciless spirit. Mike Flanagan co-wrote and directed the film.
8. Rings, October 28
Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez, the third film in the Ring franchise stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan, and Vincent D’Onofrio. It follows a young woman who — in an effort to save her boyfriend from the curse — watches a mysterious videotape that threatens to result in her death seven days after viewing.
9. Shut In, November 11
Naomi Watts stars as a widowed child psychologist who lives in an isolated part of rural New England. She takes in a young boy, played by Jacob Tremblay. When he gets caught in a snowstorm and disappears, she begins to feel haunted by his presence. Farren Blackburn directs the film, which co-stars Oliver Platt, Charlie Heaton, and David Cubitt.
10. The Eyes of My Mother, December 2
Written and directed by Nicolas Pesce, the horror drama follows the story of a young, lonely woman who becomes consumed by her deep, dark desires after a tragedy upends her quiet country life. Diana Agostini, Olivia Bond, Will Brill, Joey Curtis-Green, and Flora Diaz co-star in the film. The movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, has earned a divisive response for its graphic content.
11. Incarnate, December 2
Directed by Brad Peyton, the supernatural horror stars Aaron Eckhart as an exorcist with the unique ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed. But he meets his match when he confronts the case of an 11-year-old boy who is possessed by a demon from his past. Catalina Sandino Moreno, David Mazouz, Mark Henry, and Carice van Houten co-star in the film.
12. The Bye Bye Man, December 9
Based on Robert Damon Schneck’s short story The Bridge to Body Island, the movie follows three college students who move into an old, off-campus house, where they find themselves hunted by a supernatural entity. The figure is called “The Bye Bye Man” and is known for possessing people and causing his victims to go on killing sprees. Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss, Faye Dunaway, and Erica Tremblay co-star in the movie, which is directed by Stacy Title.
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