Preview of 2016's Scary Movies

As we slam the lid on 2015's coffin, it's time to look ahead (and behind you!!!) at the year of scary movies. Here's some of the most interesting trailers:

Midnight Special stars Adam Driver (of that Star Wars movie) and Kirsten Dunst and deals with a father who is on the run trying to protect his special son. Opens March 2016.

The Boy is about a woman hires by a strange old couple to take care of their son which happens to be a creepy life-size doll. Opens January 22.

The Witch is about a family in 1630s New England who faces the terror of witchcraft and black magic and looks positively gorgeous.

The Forest is set in the infamous Aokigahara Forest in Japan where people go to commit suicide and is said to cursed with lonely souls.

Anguish is an indie inspired by true events and follows a teen diagnosed with an identity disorder that may be channeling an spirit inside her. This movie is being called 2016's "It Follows".

Martyrs is the American remake of a a fantastic and brutal French film from 2008. Will it have the guts to go to the lengths the original did? And will it spell out that ending that left me in awe?

A Monster Calls seems like the family feel good film of the Halloween 2016 season and stars Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is based on the mash-up book by Seth Grahame-Smith based on the book by Jane Austen. If it keeps the tone of the book(s) it will be romantic, funny, and gory as this teaser trailer below demonstrates. Unfortunately the marketing has shifted to focusing on the zombies and less of the Austen-ness which seems a little desperate for appeal.

The Other Side of the Door has a good cast, a tragic story, and spooky kids.

Independence Day: Resurgence is back with giant ships and pissed off aliens awaiting their day of reckoning. Let the mass destruction begin!

Amityville: The Awakening
is moving us back into that sinister Long Island house with a brand new story. Yay. The film has been postponed since 2014, scrapped and rewrittern, retitled, reedited and now dumped into April 2016 (also known as pre-summer prime time film graveyard). It couldn't be a complete trainwreck, right?

The Huntsman: Winter's War is the prequel to Snow White and while it looks like a hot mess, it may be worth seeing for the costumes – and maybe the gorgeous cast. Wait, what am I saying? I blame the eggnog.

Lights Out produced by James Wan is about a woman that is terrorized by a creature that appears only when the lights go out. No trailer or poster yet but it's opening in July which means they feel confident to get an audience in the middle of blockbuster season.

Ghostbusters will be bustin' it this summer but remains shrouded in secrecy (characters posters were just revealed last week). We do know that it's an all female ensemble doing the ghost busting, and that there will be appearances by Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and even Annie Potts (Rick Moranis turned down a cameo).

The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist welcomes back director James Wan to horror. Filming began in September 2015 and no official trailer exists yet. (All the ones on the internet are fakes!) Here's an official picture from Wan's Twitter account to hold you over.

Rings is the second sequel to the now-classic The Ring (2002) which brings back Samara and her cursed videotapes. Wait– video tapes? Who has a VCR anymore? The bad news is that it was pulled from it's 11/13/15 release date and postponed indefinitely. Uh-oh.

Happy New Year!!!!


  1. Thanks for this great list! I think the Witch will be my motivation for a revised Sleepy Hollow Dept 56 village this year. The Forest looks pretty interesting too. Not sure about that creepy doll one...made my skin crawl, which I guess is good, right??


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