Note: Mrs. Horror Boom apologizes for the delay in this article to post. For the explanation, which I’m pretty confident be more interesting than you’d think (otherwise, I wouldn’t have bothered to explain and just given you a boilerplate apology) scroll down to see the footer at the end of this piece. Now, let’s do this!
So! Memorial Day is over and June is just around the corner. I guess technically I shouldn’t call our list for ‘the second half of 2014’, since that’s not till the end of June. Not all of our picks are for Summer/Fall 2014, there’s a couple in the winter, but I could probably stretch “Fall” until Thanksgiving. These ten should all be released by then.
Therefore, here are our ten most anticipated horror movies for the rest of 2014 (more or less), which we present in two parts (we did not list them in order of importance or top most anticipated, just made a list, mixed it up, and let it go). Here’s Part One: (#1-5) of our list of horror’s most anticipated, the ones most people cannot WAIT to open in the theater. #6-10 should follow shortly, and we’ll probably make a list of runners-up, too. Ready?
1. Deliver Us From Evil
First, may we present you with the recently-released Trailer 2 for Deliver Us From Evil? Oh, and it’s perfectly peaceful, so put on those headphones and crank the volume!
That wasn’t so scary, was it? That’s OK, I hadn’t planned on sleeping tonight either! We’re guessing that this one is going to creepy– and probably terrifying– as hell. It’s the follow-up from director/co-writer Scott Derrickson, whose previous movie was the very effective Sinister. Sounds like the soundtrack is similar to that of Sinister, no surging violins (which I don’t have a problem with personally; many critics really dislike them) but sounds that create an ambient sense of dread.
Official plot description from Sony:
In DELIVER US FROM EVIL, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.
– Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment
We keep hearing rumors that DUFE is rated PG-13, but so far, cannot locate a definitive answer to this. Well, the trailer doesn’t seem to be for a PG-13 horror movie …but that’s not always the kiss of death. There’s PLENTY of great PG-13 horror flicks out there. The Woman in Black, The Ring (remake), Drag Me to Hell, and I lost track of how many times I screamed during Mama and Insidious. I distinctly recall my throat feeling a little scratchy (and my voice wasn’t on its A-game either) driving home after seeing Mama, into the next morning. Not to mention ,director James Wan planned for The Conjuring to be PG-13. When he went for his meeting after it was screened by the
uptight shitbirds MPAA, he was prepared to take notes; they told him that there was no one thing or moment that could be edited and trimmed down, it was the intensity and terrifying tone of the entire movie. Still a PG-13 hater?
Deliver Us From Evil opens on July 2, 2014, not soon enough! Did you see that awesome creep and possibly haunted zoo in the trailer? How cool is that? We’re looking into picking that book up, too.
No official site as of yet, but the official Facebook page can be found here, with lots of media (and buzz building up in the horror community). This will definitely be a movie we’ll be writing about more before it opens!
See, there’s nothing hiding under your bed, so –AAAAH!
#2- Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno
Sorry, we can’t help ourselves on this one. Over the last several years I’ve come to be more impressed with Eli Roth. I really used to think he was some poser kid who hadn’t paid his dues, but he knows his stuff and he’s a horror fan. Some of the best genre flicks are made for horror fans, by horror fans. Plus, he writes great pay-offs… and loves gore.
Looks like he knows and is true to his source material on this one (Cannibal Holocaust, Make Them Die Slowly). Also, we don’t have to worry about a live animal being suddenly butchered; sometimes even tortured or abused before the kill onscreen. (don’t get me started on that subject). This time, it’s just buckets of human gore… provided by Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger!
Official plot description:
A group of college activists travel deep into the Peruvian jungle to try and save a lost tribe’s habitat. When their plane crashes, the students find themselves at the mercy of the tribe, who- unbeknownst to them- are a pack of murderous cannibals.
Boy, Roth sure knows how to kill people. I mean, we knew that but it’s been four movies now and he’s coming up with innovative ways. Of course, he has a few new toys compared to the Hostel movies and Cabin Fever. I don’t want to spoil any of the good stuff but there are many new implements of death specific to the jungle. I wonder if I’ve seen a pre-MPAA version at the Toronto International Film Festival because there are a few kills that may not pass the American ratings board, even for an R.
-From the Crave Online review by Fred Topel. Read the entire review here (he quite enjoyed the film).
Release Date: September 5th, 2014 and we can’t wait!
#3: Dead Snow 2 – Red VS. Dead
Come on, we don’t need to sell you on this one! Here’s the Red Band trailer…
No firm release date yet (making the film festival circuit now) but we have been promised by the end of 2014.
#4 As Above, So Below
Here’s a found-footage horror movie that shows promise and could be genuinely frightening. We first got interested when we saw the below trailer:
Like the Paris Catacombs aren’t goddamned creepy enough! Here’s the plot description:
Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, France, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of American and British explorers venture into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. All members experience seeing past memories in these terrifying catacombs as their past comes back to haunt them as paranormal vision. With the terrors grasping their reality they journey through their acceptance of their past to overcome the fears of the catacombs.
Let’s just hope all the cool stuff isn’t in the trailer (and yes, fellow Mad Men fans, that’s the actor who plays Michael Ginsberg). Directed by John Erick Dowdle and co-written by Drew Dowdle (AKA The Dowdle Brothers).
Release Date: August 15, 2014
#5 The ABCs of Death 2
Last year, the “26th Director Contest” (sponsored again by the Alamo Drafthouse) was brought back for the sequel, this time for the letter M (“M is for Masticate” won; more on that later). Release date-wise, all we can dig up is that the sequel will be released by the end of 2014, a promise I hope they intend to keep. [August 2014 UPDATE: Click here for release dates and more-good news] !Here’s another one that I highly doubt we need to sell you on. Alas, we have no trailer yet (we’re watching for it on a near-daily basis), but we do have some recently released stills to get you interested. Thought you were hyped-up for the movie before? We don’t know the stories (or the letters) behind them, though somehow that makes them more fascinating.
Source: Dread Central. We do not own the rights to this (awesome) image.
The next piece on this seriously anticipated anthology sequel will include the names of the directors… and more goodies.
Stay tuned for Part Two of Horror Boom’s Ten Most Anticipated Fright Flicks For Summer/Fall of 2014!
Here’s that footer about why this article was delayed longer than originally intended. More on at least two of the films will be mentioned in pieces to come.
So, Monday night I start in on this piece. I decide to chop in into two parts because I realize that while I’ve been writing away and piecing media together, the sun is out. Oops! I figure I’ll finish my write-up on As Above, So Below after I roll out of bed Tuesday afternoon (some people need 8 hours of sleep to be fully functional, I need ten. You think I’m lazy, wait’ll you hit your late 30s, then imagine that, like me, you don’t drink coffee). After dinner, I set back and start in again. As I begin to write about As Above, So Below I decide to see if this is the director’s first feature, look into some background, etc. What’s he done before? IMDB it… OK, Quarantine (the lame Hollywood remake of [REC], though to their credit, they stayed true to most of the film and could have fucked it up much worse). Oh hey, he directed Devil! I actually loved that one. Saw it for free on premium cable and was surprisingly enthralled, even ended up buying a used copy and re-watching. Oh hey, what’s this, The Poughkeepsie Tapes? I’d heard about that one for years, recall reading some reviews and the trailer- it sort of falls into found-footage, but is closer to “mockumentary” style. I poke around the usual haunts to see it, Netflix, Amazon, etc., then read IMDB trivia that says, quote:
As of 2014, despite the film having been completed and its theatrical trailer attached to several widely released horror films in 2007, the film has never received an official theatrical, DVD or Blu-Ray release.
I figure the above information can’t be due to how shitty the film is; the grade is too high and I’ve seen movies way, way worse on VOD (many with 1-2 star averages, but there they are, shameless). I also know about the production delay nightmares a finished project can run into*. Why not find out for myself? I found the movie pretty fast on You Tube, and decided to watch it since “mockumentary” found-footage features seem to have less clichés. Another good sign was that there were dozens of cast members/characters listed (see our recent “Found-Footage Horror Movie Drinking Game” here
), plus it might end up influencing our decision to watch or even recommend As Above, So Below…
and it was free.
I’d read some good and bad reviews; almost all of the good ones were warnings that this movie will stay in your head after viewing whether you wanted it to or not.
Well, guess what.
Hours after viewing, it is still stuck in my head. I read more about it online, noticing this time that while many intelligent reviewers were impressed by the effectiveness of the film, they honestly could not think of anyone to recommend it to, including friends of theirs who had voluntarily watched Martyrs. It took me another couple of hours to calm down enough to finish this piece. I regret the decision to watch it alone in the dark, even on my laptop (though I get the feeling it would have also turned my nervous system into a shitstorm during daylight). The last movie that caused my appetite to screech to a halt for at least twelve hours was Megan is Missing, (another ‘mockumentary’ which was also much too realistic and that I was caught completely emotionally unprepared for) which I saw in 2012.
Aaaand that’s why this piece is posted over a day later than I wanted it to be. Let me know if you want to hear more about The Poughkeepsie Tapes (even if it’s so you don’t have to watch it to find out why it’s so disturbing). There’s plenty more to come on the ABCs of Death 2! I couldn’t have fit it all in here even I wasn’t short on time.