Upon further reflection, I realize that my last couple of posts have been fairly critical of the genre I and so many of you love. And I’m sure there are some of you who disagree with me entirely as far as my current stance on the whole “horror scene”. So in an effort to not only look to the horizon of horror but to keep those of you who may now dislike me reading, I wanted to drop three upcoming films here that I hope will not only be a boon to my present downcast outlook on the subject, but will also perk up the ears and eyebrows of the most seasoned horror enthusiast.
And I am going to try my damndest to not discuss films that we all know are coming out. Big names such as The Black Phone and the new Insidious installment, for example. For this post, I am going to focus on films that may have slipped past your radar. So without further adieu, let’s get into my picks for three upcoming horror films that I pray we’ll all enjoy…
The first flick I want to bring up is an A24 production simply called, Men. Simply put, this film is about a woman who goes on vacation alone after the death of her ex-husband. But soon after her solo adventure begins… Well, she notices someone or something is apparently stalking her. From here on out, what starts off as an ominous sense of dread apparently turns into a full fledged nightmare.
I am into this little ditty for a couple reasons, the first being that I have been a big fan of Jessie Buckley ever since I saw her in Chernobyl. And her counterpart in this film, Rory Kinnear, also has some tremendous acting chops. Thus, I can confidently say the film won’t suffer in that department. It’s also directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation) and looks to be shot beautifully. And finally, Men seems like it will have a nice blend of both psychological and palpable horror, and for that I am quite excited. You can all expect this to be released in theaters May 20th, 2022.
The next flick up is also due out in May and is called, The Twin. This bad boy follows an American family that moves to Finland after the death of one of their sons. After moving in, the surviving son (who is, of course, the deceased son’s twin brother) lets his parents know that he is being contacted by his dead sibling.
This one intrigues me because there is obviously something cult-ish going on but I am intrigued as to what the split will be between the secret society and any actual paranormal happenings… This seems like one of those films where I come in with high expectations but leave defeated because the trailer isn’t actually what the movie was about at all. But for now, that remains to be seen! This guy comes out on Shudder May, 6th 2022.
And the final bit of horror cinema I want to bring to your attention is also premiering on Shudder and is known as, The Cellar. A family of four moves into a new home (somewhere in Europe) and leaves their daughter and son home alone for the night. While away, their daughter goes missing and her last known whereabouts were… you guessed it, the cellar. Mother and father must then confront an ancient evil that is tied to their basement.
Okay… so I have to admit that this already has some negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. But they actually just made me want to watch this film even more! Most of the reviews say something along the lines of “if you like generic haunted house horror, then this is a film for you.” Well, guess what couch critics… I do! So here’s to hoping that The Cellar doesn’t try to ascend to much greater heights. And you can catch it in theaters and on Shudder on April 15th, 2022.
Alrighty, so that is going to do it for me this week, but before I go… I do just want to mention one other film that there is little to nothing about… It’s the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan film called, Knock at the Cabin. Apart from some cryptic Twitter post from the director himself, we don’t know much at all about this movie. And that’s how I’m going to leave it. But figured I put it on your radar in case you want to do some digging and fill me in!
Anywho, I’d say I’ll talk to ya’ll next week but I never make a promise I can’t keep. Stay tuned for more creepy content and keep in mind, we are interviewing for season two of my podcast. So if you or someone you know has a scary paranormal story, I want to hear from you!