10 Most Anticipated Horror Movies for 2016

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Love the feeling of pulling up to your favorite cinema to enjoy the newest horror film release? We do too! The last few years (in our opinion) have felt a bit lackluster in the quality of horror movies. 2016, however, is loaded full of blockbuster films. This year is already off to one incredible start with releases The Other Side of the Door and 10 Cloverfield Lane kicking off the first quarter. Next up are long anticipated sequels, new original additions, and even an interesting battle of big franchises. Surely, there is a film or two that will satisfy the void one has experienced in recent years. Here’s our list of the 10 most anticipated horror movies for 2016.

The Conjuring 2

Paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, are back and this time travel over the pond to Enfield, London. Based on real life haunted events, The Conjuring 2, is a saga of a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits. This film is our most anticipated of the summer after a strong start with 2013’s The Conjuring. While the story of the Enfield poltergeist is terrifying, it will be interesting to see how director James Wan touches on the Warren’s most famously documented case, Amityville. Coming June 10.

Sadako vs. Kayako (The Ring vs. The Grudge)

In a fascinating twist of events, Yūri Kurahashi becomes trapped in a conflict between two murderous ghosts after watching a cursed videotape together with her friend in a haunted house. Though teasers are presented in Japanese with no English subtitles, this trailer is so captivating it doesn’t even matter. What is it with mashups that are so enticing, anyways? Not to mention, the marketing campaign for this film is AMAZING! Seriously, if you haven’t discovered the ghost-run Instagram account, click here. Coming to Japan June 18th (sorry America, stay tuned!)

Neon Demon

In what will easily be the most visually stunning horror film released in 2016, Neon Demon, centers on a teenage girl (Elle Fanning), who moves to Los Angeles to become a model and soon becomes the target of a group of women desperate to obtain her beauty and vitality. No stranger to cinema but new to the world of horror, director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) brings an intriguing and fresh perspective to the genre with visual cinematic beauty. Stating the title “is something that feeds on youth and beauty and devours it, and be very careful that it won’t catch you.” Coming June 24th.

The Shallows

What may be the Castaway of Survival Horror films, The Shallows leaves a young pro surfer (Blake Lively) stranded on a giant rock 200 yards from shore. After a massive shark attack, she swims frantically to the rock while the shark eerily preys on her. With the ultimate survival game upon her, who will win the test of woman vs. animal? Coming June 29th.

The Purge: Election Year

The sequel to the 2014 film The Purge: Anarchy, this next chapter and third installment of the franchise begins two years after its predecessor and follows police sergeant Leo Barnes and his employer, Senator Charlene Roan. For those who have seen (Anarchy) know the story of Leo whose son was tragically killed by a drunk driver and the rage that ensued as Leo journeyed to purge the killer. This time around, Leo, is hired by the Senator as her head of security and in true fashion of the films, the “safe” situation goes awry pretty quickly after the annual event begins. Will this be the end of the annual purge? We will have to wait till July 1st to find out…


Based on the 2006 Stephen King novel of the same name. Clay Riddell (John Cusack) is a witness to an ugly phenomenon as a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell phone network turns the majority of mankind into mindless, vicious animals. How will he and the other survivors stop the madness and save his son at the same time? Coming July 8th.

Lights Out

Remember back in 2013 when the Lights Out short film went viral? Yes, the one where the girl laying in bed turned out the lights and saw a shadow in the doorway. Every time the lights are turned on and off again, the shadow remained until…well, we will let you see for yourself. This viral success, picked up by Warner Bros. and produced by James Wan, is receiving their big debut this summer. Starring Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Lights Out is the story of a young brother being stalked by a supernatural entity only visible in the dark. It will be fascinating to see if this viral success can hold its own on the big screen. Coming July 22nd. 


Think of the most realistic escape room, with only 12 hours to get out of the maze and participants are horribly tortured during the process by a group of sadistic clowns. If this doesn’t sound like your worst nightmare, then Rob Zombie has failed miserably. We imagine this to be the film version of real life extreme haunted house “McKamey Manor” (minus the whole murder thing). Of course there is no connection but Zombie had to get his inspiration from somewhere, right? We are excited to see if Zombie has changed up the formula for guerrilla style movie making but be warned…this one will be bloody. Coming September 16th (sorry no trailer exists…yet)

Fans of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are finally getting an origin story! Yes, we are aware that origin stories exist but this version centers around the violent teen who will become Leatherface. Though little is known about the film, fans are promised this edition “is a brutal and nihilistic road movie that we hope will surprise and delight.” While no release date has been revealed, Leatherface has been the most talked about prequel among our circle of friends (though not our most anticipated). Is it possible this film can revive the weakened Texas Chainsaw franchise? We sure hope so.
The Witch-out on BluRay and OnDemand

The age old concepts of witchcraft, black magic, and possession are beautifully brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in 17th century New England.  We will warn you, it is a bit slow to start, yet those interested in the dark history of witchcraft will find this film disturbing but truly impressive. Not in theaters but is worth the watch, The Witch is out on BluRay and On Demand May 17th.

written by Michelle Daniels
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