Spring is coming, and with it some of the most anticipated horror films of the year. It’s been a pretty good year for horror TV, and now the best horror films will be coming out just in time to hit the spring and summer market. There are few releases that could get pushed back to fall but right now most of the films that fans really want to see are scheduled to hit theaters during the next few months. Here’s a look at five of the most anticipated horror films coming to theaters this spring and summer, although a few of them could end up getting pushed back:
Probably the most anticipated horror film of the entire year is the Poltergeist reboot. This modern take on one of the most classic horror films of all time is either going to do amazingly well or flop. It looks like the film will do well however. The trailers that have been released are undeniably scary and have enough references to the original film to keep fans of the original happy while still bringing the story to the modern era with appropriate cultural references and use of technology. The updated clown doll is just as scary, if not scarier, than the original. So fans are anxiously awaiting July to see the rebooted Poltergeist when it hits theaters.
Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak is another highly anticipated film. This one is a likely candidate to get pushed back to the fall because of the enormous amount of post-production work left to do on the film. In typical del Toro style this film is filled with dark and lush visuals that show off what Gothic style film making can really do. The beautiful imagery that enhances the story could almost stand alone because of how well it’s done. Adding on the great gothic mystery story on top of the incredible visual effects practically guarantees that this film will be a huge hit with audiences. You can except to see a revival of Gothic and period Halloween costumes this year after this film comes out. Everyone will want to look like one of the beautiful Gothic creatures in the film.
Unfriended is the first of the anticipated movies to come out. It will be released in April and is being favored by critics for the stand that it takes on bullying and use of social media to intimidate. It’s also the first film to create a truly modern horror tale. In this film a popular high school girl is videotaped on a cell phone drunk at a party, and that video gets posted by her classmates to social media. She is bullied mercilessly for her drunken behavior and a few weeks after the video is shot she kills herself in public and on camera. A year after she commits suicide the six friends who bullied her are on a Skype chat when someone else joins the call. The person is calling from the dead girl’s account. One by one the six friends are attacked in their homes in full view of the webcams and still on the Skype call. The movie could be the start of a new era of horror film.
Before I Wake
Before I Wake is directed by the same director who created Oculus, which was highly anticipated but a big disappointment to fans. Hopefully Before I Wake will fare better with fans and critics. The story centers on a young boy who is keeping himself awake he suffers from terrible nightmares when he sleeps and his nightmare come true. There are some shades of “Nightmare on Elm Street” in the storyline but the film has a lot of potential. It should be out in May of 2015.
Insidious Chapter 3
Even though this is the third film in the very popular Insidious film franchise this film will focus on an entirely new family and have a new story that follows the demon rather than the family. If the film can separate itself from the previous films enough to catch the attention of audiences it should do very well. It should hit theaters in June.