New movies scare some people. Not me, I get excited with the prospect of discovering something good no one else knows about, much less has heard of. To prove this point more completely, here’s a list of the latest and greatest Horror films of 2014 (13 to be exact) that everyone can be scared of for this Halloween. Most are available at home on demand, on DVD and Blu-Ray, on iTunes or in theaters now.
1. “The ABC’s of Death 2”
This sequel easily surpasses the original. 26 shorts from Directors who’ve made a name for themselves in the Horror movie genre, take a letter from the alphabet and turn it into a grisly tribute to that last breath of the living. Brief but, ballistic in its attempts to share gore and glee. Featuring the directors that made such good Horror flicks like “Big Bad Wolves”, “Manborg” and “Wendigo”. Available on demand, iTunes and in theaters. From Magnet Releasing.
The ABCs of Death 2 – Trailer No. 1
Be ready to learn your ABC’s again with 26 new directors and 26 new deaths bring your kids to a blood and gore filled horror so good your face will be blood red.
The Lonely Hearts killers, a true to life romantic duo who murdered to stay together, gets a fresh and furious touch-up (or remake if you’ve seen the Cult classic “The Honeymoon Killers”) by France’s bad man of cinema, Fabrice Du Welz (“Calvaire”). Laurent Lucas stars as a psycho, who preys on older woman to support his lifestyle, and Lola Duenas plays his partner in crime, who may be even more psychotic. Shocking and sordid! Available in December on Import DVD. From Doppelgänger Releasing.
Read a review or see a slideshow of “Cannibal“. Available now on DVD from Film Movement.
4. “The Babadook”
A ghostly thriller from down under involving a single mom and her child who fears sleeping at night because of a monster in his closet. Unfortunately, for both of them these fears might be all to real in the form of the frightening titular character. Hair-raisingly good! First-time Writer/Director Jennifer Kent developed this feature from her award winning short “Monster”. Available at the end of November on demand. From IFC Midnight.
‘The Babadook’ Trailer
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ six-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love.
5. “Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead”
“Dead Snow” had a novel concept of Nazi zombies attacking a bunch of young people in a snowy cabin in the Norwegian woods. Well, the sequel blows up this blood and guts concept to the extreme by doing it faster, deadlier and certainly even more mean-spirited. Laughs and gore mingle for a roller coaster of a ride. Now available On Demand, iTunes and in theaters. From Well Go USA Entertainment.
“Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead” Trailer
6. “The Devil’s Business”
An odd couple of hitmen may have hell to pay while they wait it out in a secluded home for their eventual target. Slow, thoughtful chiller that ratchets up the tension through dialogue, instead of the usual gorefests seen in many of Today’s mainstream Horror flicks. Available now, from Mondo Macabro, on DVD and Blu-Ray combo pack.
“The Devil’s Business” Trailer
7. “The Guest”
The makers of “You’re Next”, Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard, return with their latest, a retro slasher wrapped in suspense and mystery, that goes by the moniker “The Guest“. Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) captivates as a ex-Army soldier who helps a family get over the loss of their son when he visits . But, not for their sake. Includes Pittsburgher Sheila Kelly as the mother. Now in theaters.
The Guest – Trailer No. 1
A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
A pair of newlyweds travel to the woods to begin their marriage when strange events occur, making the husband (Harry Treadaway, “Cockneys vs. Zombies”) wonder if he ever really knew his bride (Rose Leslie, “The Last Witch Hunter”). Slow-burning Horror that boils over with scares. Credit first-time Director Leigh Janiak with serving up a scalding metaphor on relationships. Now available on VOD, iTunes and in theaters. From Magnet Releasing.
Honeymoon – Trailer No. 1
Young newlyweds struggle as their honeymoon spirals mysteriously into chaos.
A New Zealand import that reflects that Peter Jackson style of grim frights and broad laughs when a young woman is sentenced to house arrest in her old haunts and finds out her family may be living with a spiteful spirit. Good fun! Available November 11th on DVD. From Xlrator Media.
Housebound – Trailer No. 1
A would-be thief (Morgana O’Reilly) is remanded to the custody of her estranged mother (Rima Te Wiata), who turns out to be correct in her assertion that evil spirits are afoot in their family domicile.
A lesbian version of “Rosemary’s Baby” that evokes a psychological unease like that classic film. Gabby Hoffman figures out something or someone is after her unborn infant following the death of her first child. Suspenseful and sublime. Available now streaming free.
The murder of a young girl, leaves the inhabitants of a small Japanese village in terror. The body of Emily is found by the four classmates with whom she was playing with at the time of her disappearance. Leaving a vengeful mother to curse her daughter’s friends for eternity. Master filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the man behind “Pulse” and “Cure”, again fulfills a promise of stylistic nightmares. Available on VOD, DVD and iTunes starting November 18th. From Doppelgänger Releasing.
12. “Summer of Blood”
An urban slacker who can’t commit to his life, his job or his girlfriend takes a bite out of vampirism. Kooky concept that works well by writer, director and star Onur Turkel. Scathingly satirical! Now available On Demand. Coming to DVD starting November 11th. From Factory 25.
“Summer of Blood” Trailer
Read a review, see a slideshow or watch the trailer of “Zombeavers”. Now available on All Region Blu-Ray, from Epic Pictures.