2015 was a great year for horror. It had a bit of everything, from critical hits like It Follows and Creep, to surprise commerical hits like Krampus and the video game Until Dawn. TV horror delivered a pretty top notch year as well, with The Walking Dead dominating TV ratings, Ash vs Evil Dead being awesome, and shows like Scream Queens and Scream TV delivering entertaining efforts. Overall there was way more positive than negative for the horror genre in 2015. I’m excited to see if 2016 can match or even top it. Here are the movies I’m most looking forward to in 2016.
1. The Witch
This looks like the odds on favorite to follow in the footsteps of The Babadook and It Follows as the big critical horror hit in 2016. All the festival buzz for the movie has reportedly been overwhelmingly positive and the the trailer shows an incredible use of imagery and atmosphere to creative a truly unnerving experience.
2. The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist
One of the few disappointments of the Star Wars induced trailer frenzy was that there was no footage for probably the biggest horror movie of 2016. The original was great, and the subject for the sequel is very interesting. Hopefully in the next few weeks they will start unveiling this highly anticipated sequel.
3. Lights Out
The movie version of the ultra popular short is getting a mid summer release and I’m interested in seeing if the concept is as effective in a longer format. It did not quite work for Mama(still the most terrifying short film I have ever seen) but I’m optimistic.
2015 was a very good year for horror anthologies and 2016 might just be better. This is the one I’m looking forward to the most. It has an amazing group of directors and I’m really excited to see what they do with the theme.
On one hand, they moved the movie from 2015 to 2016, but on the other hand the moved it to April, not the place you want to move it if you were dumping a bad movie. I’ve enjoyed both the American and Japanese versions of the series so I’m very excited about this one.
6. The Boy
I really enjoyed this trailer, it could be really fun, it also could be a disaster. I just have a tough time betting against creepy dolls.
7. The Neon Demon
I’m not really sure about this one. It looks interesting, and Nicolas Winding Refn is an amazing director. But it seems like it could be a more high profile version of Starry Eyes which came out a few year ago. I could be very wrong.
This one stars Emma Roberts and everything I’ve heard says this is a pretty amazing possession movie. The trailer is interesting and I can’t wait for more details to emerge.
9. Sadako vs Kayako
I’m very curious to see how they do this. I think we need more crossover horror movies. Freddy vs Jason should not be best one(if you look into it you’ll find some real stinkers). Hopefully a US release will happen this year.
The only reason this one is 10 is because I’m not sure if there will be too much horror in it. But it will be a horror comedy, and I can’t think of a movie I’m more excited to see than this one. Hopefully they will mix in some truly creepy moments with the comedy.
That’s my list. I missed out on a lot of the smaller stuff because release dates for those can be dodgy(February is shown as being released this year for example). Movie like Strangers 2 and A Monster Calls sound exciting, but I’m in no hurry to see them personally. A lot of cool stuff upcoming and I’m sure even if some of these disappoint, something I have not heard of will surprise me.