Summer is coming and while superhero movies like The Avengers: Age of Ultron are set to dominate the summer box office there are still some new movies coming out that horror fans will enjoy in between blockbusters. Here’s a quick look at some of the horror films coming out this summer that horror fans should be sure to see:
Before I Wake (June)
Before I Wake is a horror film about a boy whose dreams come true. A couple that lost their son becomes foster parents and takes in a boy who has a traumatic past. From the first night he arrives strange things start to happen. At first the apparitions from his dreams are joyful and beautiful things like butterflies, and the couple’s lost son appearing to them happy and healthy. Then darker things start to happen as they realize that what he’s dreaming is becoming real and the couple fights to save him and themselves from his dream creations. It’s a clever spin on the idea at the heart of films like Nightmare on Elm Street that evil is lurking in dreams. There’s no cheese value to this value though, it’s a very polished film that looks like it will be interesting.
Insidious Chapter 3 (June)
Insidious Chapter 3 take the Insidious storyline back to the beginning. It’s a prequel that will set up the events of the first film. This film should be the darkest of the series even though it’s a prequel. Taking over the director’s chair for this installment of the successful franchise is Leigh Whannell, who is best known for direction and writing work on the SAW franchise. If SAW is anything to go by the newest Insidious film should be a lot darker than the others and may turn out to be the best one of the franchise. Since the second Insidious film wasn’t that well-liked by fans this prequel could be exactly what the franchise needs to kick start it and bring it back to popularity. Even if it’s not a great movie artistically it will be great for a summer scare with plenty of quick shots and macabre film effects.
Without a doubt the film that horror fans are waiting for this summer is the Poltergeist reboot. From the trailer it looks like the reboot will be able to walk the fine line between paying tribute to the original while rebooting the story in a way that will attract new viewers and set up more movies in the future. Many of the iconic shots in the original film have been recreated for the reboot using more modern technology that wasn’t available when the first film was shot. The filmmakers know that if they want to get the franchise going again they have to get this film right or the fans won’t get on board for more Poltergeist movies. Fans are anxiously awaiting the summer release of Poltergeist so they can see for themselves if the movie lives up to the original.
The Visit (September)
Rounding out the summer horror films will be The Visit by M. Night Shyamalan. Fans haven’t gotten a new film from this famed director for quite some time so they are very anxious to see what The Visit will deliver. In typical M. Night Shyamalan fashion there will be some devastating plot twists that will leave fans stunned. The film is the story of two children who are taken to their grandparent’s farm in Pennsylvania to stay while their mother is on vacation. They are given a set of odd rules to follow by their grandparents, like that they can’t leave their rooms past 9.30 at night. Eventually they start to break those rules and find out their grandparents are not the nice and loving people they seem to be and the kids are sucked into a world of terror and fear.
One of the most anticipated horror films of the year won’t be released in the summer, but in October fans will get treated to Crimson Peaks, a lush Gothic horror story directed by Guillermo del Toro that will set the stage perfectly for Halloween revelry.