1. The Signal
When?: June 13, 2014
Synopsis from IMDb: Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area. Suddenly everything goes dark. When one of the students, Nic, regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare…
Why Do I Care?: Highly stylized science fiction thriller with Olivia Cooke who seems to be a rising star in the horror genre. Also, Laurence Fishburne – I mean, cmon, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to stare between those two front teeth?
Expectations: I’m expecting a slow burn, visually appealing trip but possibly a confusing plot. The trailer seems to differ greatly from the vibe the synopsis gives off – they’re already trying to confuse us.
2. Deliver Us From Evil
When?: July 2, 2014
Synopsis from IMDb: NY police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.
Why Do I Care?: To be honest, the trailer scared the living shit out of me in the movie theater.
Expectations: If the trailer is not entirely misleading, I expect to be needing the depends I wear to every horror movie. (Who wants to get up to go pee, anyway?)
3. The Purge: Anarchy
When?: July 18, 2014
Synopsis from IMDb: A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.
Why Do I Care?: If you saw the Purge, you’ll know it had SO much potential but it was a little disappointing. If you haven’t, the basic idea is that for 24 hours ALL crime is legal. In the first movie, they used it as an excuse to make a pretty basic home invasion movie – but in the Purge 2: Anarchy, it looks like we’re going to see them take full advantage of this killer plot.
Expectations: LOTS of crime, gore and action. If not – I give up, I’m moving to the woods and becoming a hermit, because I will have lost all faith in humanity.
4. As Above, So Below
When?: August 15, 2014
Synopsis from IMDb: A thriller centered on two archaeologists in search of a lost treasure in the catacombs below Paris.
Why Do I Care?: Screenplay and director brother duo Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle (The Brothers Dowdle) are known for a few of my favorites such as Devil, Quarantine and the Poughkeepsie Tapes. That’s a promising lineup in itself.
Expectations: Simply based on the history of The Brothers Dowdle, I expect high tension, solid effects and gore with a super eerie plot.
5. The Green Inferno
When?: September 5, 2014
Synopsis from IMDb: A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a dying tribe. Unfortunately, they crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they protected.
Why Do I Care?: If I have to answer this question for you, you have much to learn – get out from under that Blockbuster action movie rock! Let’s start by saying this; Eli Roth is great. The brilliant mind behind direction of the Hostel and Cabin Fever movies brings us a movie inspired by Cannibal Holocaust and the series of gore heavy rip off movies that followed.
Expectations: Eli Roth is probably the best director to tackle a movie like this. If Cannibal Holocaust heavily influenced The Green Inferno, and if it’s anything close to as disturbing and revolting, we’re in for a treat. I expect this to be one of the best horror releases of 2014.
When?: October 10, 2014
Synopsis from IMDb: A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives.
Why Do I Care?: It’s a horror comedy about cooties being a deadly virus that turns kids into crazies. Cmon. Als0 – after Maniac I’m super stoked to see Elijah Wood delving into the horror genre further. He’s good at being a creepy fuck.
Expectations: With a killer cast of funny and super dynamic actors (amongst them Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer and Nasim Pedrad) and a hilarious plot, I think Cooties will land itself a spot in my list of favorite horror comedies. And that awesome 70′s inspired poster art does not hurt.