Happy New Year everyone, how are we doing this lovely day? Nursing a nasty little hangover? Try eating some spicy ramen, I find that really helps me. You know what else helps? Reading a list! We have a whole 365 days ahead of us and plenty of horror movies to enjoy on the horizon. This is really the best part of the year because all there is is potential and there are plenty of movies on the horizon that have plenty of it.
So what are some of the horror movies you’re looking forward too this year? For me, these are the ones I’m most interested in seeing:
This has the potential to be the “Predator” film that fans have been waiting for since the first “Predator.” First it’s being handled by director Shane Black who was in the first “Predator” and went on to have an impressive writing and directing career. Secondly, it has an amazing cast that includes Boyd Holbrook (Narcos), Keegan Michael Key (Key and Peele), Sterling K. Brown (This is Us), Thomas Jane (Punisher), Jake Busey (playing the son of Gary Busey’s character from ‘Predator 2’), Edward James Olmos, Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Munn, and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones). Holy crap, that’s an amazing cast. As a huge fan of the Predator, this could be my second most anticipated movie of the year.
So if “Predator” is my second most anticipated movie of the year, what would be my first? A new “Halloween”! This one is promising to be a really interesting take on the “Halloween” legacy as it’s reuniting a lot of people who were responsible for how great the original film was. First of all you have John Carpenter helping out with the music and producing and then there’s Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle (the original Michael Myers) returning to their respective roles. On top of that you have Director David Green and writing partner Danny McBride (yes that Danny McBride) who have a real reverence for the original film. It all sounds like a promising return to form for the series.
God Particle (Cloverfield 3)
You know this movie is supposed to come out next month? I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t know that, because they haven’t said anything about it. We don’t even have a trailer yet! Now, it’s entirely possible that the movie will just be pushed back and released later . . . but could you imagine if they did another surprise trailer release like they did with “10 Cloverfield Lane”? If you didn’t know “God Particle” originally started as its own feature film, but at some point J.J. Abrams got involved and the film became another addition to the “Cloverfield” family. Now, the Cloverfield films have become known for their surprise trailer releases, so could “God Particle” still be coming out in a month with a trailer set to release in the next couple of weeks? I believe it’s entirely possible, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens with this one.
The Purge: The Island
I was mildly into the first “Purge” but really enjoyed the hell out of “Purge: Anarchy.” Unfortunately, the series lost me again with “Purge: Election Year,” but I feel like I have one more left in me and “The Purge: The Island” could be the right twist to win me back again. In “The Purge: The Island” we get to see what the very first test Purge was like and how it was slowly introduced to the US. Sounds like a promising idea to show us how all the mayhem began.
A Quiet Place
This probably has the premise that I’m most excited for. A family living in isolation must live a life of silence or else they will become the target of a murderous creature who hunts based on sound. It also features a real life couple as the mother and father in the film in the form of John Krasinski (The Office) and Emily Blunt.
Probably the most terrifying part of “The Conjuring 2,” the Nun creature was a super unsettling addition to the “Conjuring” universe. “The Nun” will look at the origins of this terrifying creature, who also made a cameo appearance in “Annabelle: Creation.” Of course a good horror movie needs more than a creepy creature, but this one does at least have a good basis to work off from. Plus, this one also has Corin Hardy directing who last handled “The Hallow.”
“Meg” has been in development hell forever, so of course I’m excited to finally see it come to the big screen even if it turns out to be terrible. In “Meg” a prehistoric shark, known as a Megalodon, resurfaces and causes mayhem on the ocean and the only man that can save us is . . . JASON STATHAM. Yeah, this one might turn out to be pretty cheesy, but I love good cheese so bring it on.
Strangers: Prey at Night
The long awaited sequel to “The Strangers” is finally here. Personally, I only kind of liked the first “Strangers” movie, but I can’t say that I’m not intrigued by the idea of bringing them back for another go around. I think there’s a lot of potential there and I’m eager to see how they bring them back after ten years.
This probably won’t turn out to be a pure horror movie, but it is exciting to see a comic book movie adapt more of a horror aesthetic for its film. “New Mutants” is tied to the X-Men universe, but it looks like the film features a group of kids tormented by a haunted house and their own powers. It could potentially be a huge surprise for horror fans and I’m looking forward to see what it does with the genre.
Insidious: The Last Key
The first big horror movie of the year, how could you not be excited for it! “Insidious: The Last Key” hits theaters this week and I love the idea of exploring Elise’s (Lin Shaye) past and finding out what ghosts haunt her. Plus we get more Specs and Tucker and that’s always a good thing.
The House That Jack Built
A psychological horror thriller from director Lars von Trier, so you know it’s going to be screwed up. This one stars Matt Dillon as Jack, a serial killer, and the film follows his life over a twelve year period where we see the kills that develop Jack as a serial killer. Yeah, that sounds pretty radical.
The Movie that Only Jason is Excited For:
I’m the first to admit that I tend to like some pretty shitty movies and I’m a huge sucker for giant monster movies. So the idea of the Rock, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Joe Manganiello taking on three giant monsters is the most delicious idea in the world. I love it. Give me passable CGI, terrible acting, lame jokes, and giant monster movie action. I’m all for it.