The independent horror drama Hereditary (above) provoked strong reactions from moviegoers this past weekend, ringing up a potent $13 million at the box office nationwide. The widest release in the history of distributor A24 Films, it topped the company’s previous record-setter, The Witch.
Critics and moviegoers (on social media) have commented upon the very unpredictable nature of the film, based on director Ari Aster’s own original screenplay. While films that are sequels or drawn from widely-published novels can be just as frightening and/or provide just as many thrilling moments as entirely original horror films, the unknowable aspects of original horror movies holds a special appeal for moviegoers.
Here are three upcoming horror movies that promise to provide original twists and turns.
John Cho stars as a father whose teenage daughter goes missing, leading him to break into her computer in desperation and search for clues. Aneesh Chaganty directed and cowrote the original screenplay with Sev Ohanian.
Cho is a wonderful actor — see, for example, Columbus, Gemini and TV’s The Exorcist for recent samples — and that outweighs the relative novelty of the squeamish premise, which is that the movie is told entirely through the perspective of the laptop. Searching will open in theaters on August 3.
Gale Anne Hurd, who first gained notice as producer of The Terminator (1984), has produced many notable thrillers since then; recently, she’s served as a producer on TV’s The Walking Dead, which makes us even more curious about Hellfest. The film is set at an amusement park on Halloween, where a masked serial killer preys upon unsuspecting patrons, while onlookers believe “it’s all part of the show.”
Three rising actresses who have gained notice in television — Amy Forsyth (The Path, Rise; above in Channel Zero), Reign Edwards (MacGyver, Snowfall) and Bex Taylor-Klaus (Here And Now, Arrow) — will star as friends who try to save the hapless patrons from the killer. Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension) is directing. Hellfest is currently scheduled for release on September 28.
As we reported back in April 2018, J.J. Abrams says Overlord is “not a Cloverfield movie.” The footage he showed at that time certainly wowed viewers, however, and Abrams further raised anticipation by describing it as as the first R-rated film from Bad Robot, his production company.
Based on an original idea by Abrams and Billy Ray, which Ray and Mark L. Smith then turned into an original screenplay, the film is directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun). Wyatt Russell (above in Everybody Wants Some!!), Pilou Asbaek, Iain De Caestecker and Bokeem Woodbine star in a story that is set behind enemy lines at D-Day in June 1944 during World War II. The military-horror thriller will open in theaters on October 26.