The Most Eagerly-Anticipated Horror Movies of 2014 (so far!)
2014 has some thrilling genre titles on the way, already establishing that the year ahead is shaping up to be one of horror’s most exhilarating and bloodiest yet! Here are my top picks so far on the movies that are likely to appeal to my tastes. In no particular order:
Truth Or Dare
- Directed By Jessica Cameron.
Technically a 2013 film, Truth or Dare has circulated genre festivals in the USA and Belgium. It’s Hollywood premiere is taking place on January 10th at the Shockfest Film Festival. There’s been a huge internet buzz surrounding the film which has picked my interest since I first heard about it. The premise sounds deadly and brutal, a group of friends have become an internet sensation through their popular “truth or dare” videos. Things soon take a sinister turn when their biggest fan decides he wants in on the action however he starts to play by his own rules! With the ever-growing internet phenomenon, the film appears to make a dark commentary on something so prominent in people’s day to day lives and there’s nothing scarier than that! Hopefully a UK release date will be on the cards or some festival screenings this coming year. Although Truth or Dare is Jessica Cameron’s directorial debut, she has already proven she’s a rising cult star in the making by starring in over 30 horror, thriller and sci-fi projects over the passed couple of years including To Jennifer (2013) and The Black Dahila Haunting (2012). Cameron has collaborated with Jonathan Scott Higgins on the screenplay to create a disturbing and gory feature which is already getting fans talking while putting a high quality of indie horror on the map.
The ABC’s Of Death 2
- Directed By Various
Anthology horror is becoming an increasing trend within the genre, thanks to film’s like last year’s success, The ABC’s of Death. There’s bound to be something for everyone on offer with such an eclectic range from gross-out gore, to humor to downright psychological terror. ABC’s is an impressive piece as it showcases what directors can come up with when given a limited run time. There’s no surprise that ABC’s warranted a sequel, bringing in more directors from all over the world. Following the search for the 26th director which saw many competitors battling it out for a segment in the film, the winning entry is officially Robert Boocheck’s M is for Masticate. I can see why it was chosen for its balance of humor and stomach-churning effects however it wouldn’t have been my personal winner. Joining Boocheck are a number of talented filmmakers who will hopefully produce some diverse and interesting segments including Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Aharon Keshales (Big Bad Wolves), Dennison Ramalho (short film director) and E.L Katz (Cheap Thrills) which are the ones I’m most looking forward to seeing.
See No Evil 2
- Directed By Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska
Being two of the most successful female directors currently in the genre with a hugely supportive fan base, the majority of us gore freaks are anticipating what the Twisted Twins will do next following their beautifully dark, body modification movie, American Mary. Collaborating with WWE studios, many were surprised that Mary’s follow-up would be a sequel to an average slasher flick from 2006. However there’s no doubt that the Soska’s will bring in their own unique style to the piece and transform Kane into one of the most talked horror movie villains of the decade. See No Evil 2 allegedly picks up where the first film left off. Killer Jacob Goodnight, played by the wrestler Kane wakes up in the morgue ready to terrorize a group of medical students. The Soska’s have expressed that since Mary became successful they have been encouraged by the studios to continue to use the same types of trends within their future projects and have come across scripts that are basically American Mary. As disheartening as that it is it appears they have reached a compromise by including the medical angle in See No Evil 2, making it the one aesthetic it shares with Mary as well as providing a trademark for them as directors. Katharine Isabelle is set to star in her second film with the Twisted Twins and will be joined by iconic Scream Queen Danielle Harris. This is one movie that is sure to celebrate the rising status of women in horror and will have enough packed in to appeal to the horror and wrestling communities alike.
Wolf Creek 2
- Directed By Greg McLean
Eight years after its initial release, Australian ordeal shocker, Wolf Creek is getting a sequel. Loosely based on true events, Greg Mclean’s 2005 outback carnage saw a group of tourists terrorized by menacing serial killer Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). Literally getting away with murder, the film was left open ended meaning evil Mick Taylor still remains a deadly threat to all that cross his path. The upcoming sequel has been in development for a while although finally has a February release date in Australia so hopefully mad Mick will be making his way over to the UK very soon. There hasn’t been much information as of yet surrounding the plot therefore its unknown if it deals with the aftermath of the first film or whether its a prequel. Two tie-in novels have been penned by Mclean himself, detailing Mick Taylor’s bloody origins, Wolf Creek: Origin and Wolf Creek: Desolation Game. It’s uncertain whether a sequel is really warranted to what could be considered a modern classic, however if there’s more story to tell then it could be a very interesting film.
The Purge 2
- Directed By James DeMonaco
The Purge was one of my favourite genre offerings of last year. It upped the ante on the home invasion sub-genre by bringing in a well-crafted concept that made it a little less conventional than the standard fare. A sequel has recently been announced and it will certainly be intriguing to see if it manages to hold up as well as it’s predecessor through replicating the formula or whether this is an attempt to place The Purge in the same league as the SAW and Paranormal Activity franchises. A plot has not been revealed as of yet however some cast members have been confirmed. The film will star Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams, Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez and Carmen Ejogo. With an all new cast of characters, it will be interesting to see if any rules have changed since the previous instalment. With the same director on board it gives it a promising start meaning the vision from the first film will be in place. The home invasion sub-genre has proved popular in 2013, but will it continue? Time will tell when The Purge 2 hits our screens in June.
- Directed By Various
The second anthology film I’m anticipating in this list. XX is set to be a female led horror anthology, featuring segments from the most innovative female directors in the genre and promises to incorporate a lead female character in each. Women in Horror is bigger than ever and far more celebrated than it may have been in the past. Its been argued for a long time that women have been under-represented in the genre and now finally a surge of successful female filmmakers are given the opportunity to showcase their dark visions for the big screen. Its been said that there will be some animated, stop-motion sequences in place to transition between each segment created by Sofia Carrillo who’ll also be in charge of the title sequence. Joining her will be Jennifer Lynch (Chained, Boxing Helena), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jovanka Vuckovic (The Guest, The Captured Bird), Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) and of course the Twisted Twins Jen and Sylvia who are making an impact in horror this year through their involvement in various projects. Many films have been directed by women over the years however it isn’t until recent times that they are been given a prominent voice. It’s about time more films were shot in a way that women can identify with rather than feel objectified, not that its always the case. XX is sure to be inventive, ground-breaking, stylish and brutally gore-geous!
- Directed By Alexandre Aja
Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Mirrors) adapts Joe Hill’s novel of the same name in what looks like a dark, quirky thriller about a young man who mysteriously develops a set of horns following the brutal rape and murder of his girlfriend which he is accused of. Daniel Radcliffe marks his return to the genre following his lead role in 2012’s gothic, hammer horror The Woman in Black, in a role that’s far cry from his Harry Potter days. Radcliffe described his part in the film as both “emotional” and “outrageous” to play as his character experiences deep turmoil when using his new, unusual abilities to track down the real culprit! With the names attached it will be interesting to see how they approach the project, Aja as director and Radcliffe as an actor. Deep, harrowing, compelling and enigmatic, Horns will be one to look out for as its due for an upcoming theatrical release.
There we have it, some of the most exciting titles in Horror for 2014. I’m sure they’ll be many more to join them in the near future but for now, let me know which genre movies you can’t wait to sink your teeth into this year! Feel free to comment below or tweet me on @hayleyr1989.
Hayley Alice Roberts.