12 Horror Films That Will be Haunting Theaters This Summer!
Summer blockbuster season is just around the corner, and the movie studios are gearing up to captivate audiences with their latest offerings. As we eagerly anticipate the cinematic spectacles that lie ahead, our radar has been buzzing with an exciting array of films that have piqued our interest. Brace yourself for a lineup that might just make your summer movie-watching experience truly worthwhile.
Discover the 12 terrifying horror movies releasing this summer, complete with trailers, to create your ultimate list of must-see spine-chilling flicks.
The Wrath of Becky – May 26
The Wrath of Becky asks, “What if John Wick had nazis in it?” This revenge thriller stars Matt Angel (Grimm), Alison Cimmet (Evil), and Lulu Wilson (Becky).
The gruesome trailer depicts this as an ultraviolent gore-fest with a slash of comedy thrown in for good measure. If you were not satisfied watching a teenage girl murder neo-Nazis once, then this is the summer flick for you.
The Boogeyman – June 2, 2023
It wouldn’t be summer without a Stephen King adaptation coming to theaters. Based on a short story by King, this film follows two sisters trying to deal with the death of their mother while being tormented by a supernatural entity that feeds off suffering.
Rob Savage (Host) will get the honor of directing the film this year. Performances by Sophie Thatcher (yellowjackets) and David Dastmalchian (Dune) make this appear to be a somber event. Originally slated for a Hulu exclusive this film won fans over during test screenings and is now getting a theatrical release.
The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster – June 9
Classic movie monsters are making a comeback this year. Not only did we get two Dracula movies, but we are also getting a reimagining of Frankenstein’s monster. Unlike its predecesors, this film promises to be a bit more bloody.
This directorial debut from Bomani J. Story (Nerves of Steel) depicts a young anti-hero that attempts to cure the disease of death. Starring Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead), and Laya DeLeon Hayes (God of War: Ragnarök), this film will hopefully pull this classic tale into the modern age.
The Blackening – June 16, 2023
Not surprisingly, The Blackening is the first horror comedy to be based around the Juneteenth holiday. Tim Story (Barbershop) has taken on the task of directing this film and dismantling outdated horror tropes.
It also has an impressive lineup of actors including Antoinette Robertson (Dear White People), Dewayne Perkins (Saved by the Bell), and Sinqua Walls (Teen Wolf). With the tagline “We all can’t die first”, this looks to be a self-aware satire of the genre.
Insidious: The Red Door – July 7, 2023
Summer is also a time for studios to roll out their newest sequels, reboots, and remakes. As a result we have Insidious: The Red Door, the fifth installment of the franchise.
Not only will Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy) star in his iconic role, but he will also be making his directorial debut. Adding to the tension, a decade has passed since the events of the last film, and the Lambert family is still trying to outrun their past.
Cobweb – July 21
This tale is inspired by the classic short story The Telltale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe. Following his success with the terrifying Marianne, Samuel Bodin (Batman: Ashes to Ashes) tells the story of a young boy who hears a mysterious tapping throughout his home.
If that isn’t enough, we also get amazing performences from Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield), Antony Star (The Boys), and Woody Norman (The Small Hand). Not much has been revealed about this one, so make sure to keep an eye out for updates.
Talk To Me – July 28, 2023
The newest film from A24, Talk to Me will get a limited release this summer. However, as a rule, A24 trailers are vague at best.
If you didn’t see it already, we have all the info you need on our Sundance review of the film here. Sophie Wilde (The Portable Door), Joe Bird (Rabbit), and Alexandra Jensen (Beat) headline this supernatural thriller.
Also, this will be the theatrical directorial debut for brothers Danny Philippou (Babadook) and Michael Philippou (RackaRacka).
Haunted Mansion – July 28, 2023
Summer wouldn’t feel the same without an introduction horror film for all the little ghouls out there. The Haunted Mansion is Disney’s second attempt at turning the famous ride into a blockbuster. Unlike the earlier iteration, which wasn’t well received by critics.
This movie includes an all-star cast including Rosario Dawson (Sin City), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice), Owen Wilson (Loki), Jared Leto (Morbius), and Danny DeVito (Matilda).
The plot follows a single mother and a team of experts as they try to remove the spirits from her newly purchased mansion. Even if family friendly isn’t you preferred form of terror, this looks like it will be a fun ride.
Sympathy for the Devil – July 2
Nicolas Cage (Renfield) is at his best playing a deranged villain. No one can do psychotic the way this man can. Even if you dont enjoy his films, you have to respect the talent. Who else can scream bees in a way that goes down in horror history?
Sympathy for the Devil tells the gripping tale of cat and mouse where the lines of reality begin to blur. Producing the film alongside Nicolas Cage are Alex Lebovici (Barbarian), Allan Ungar (The Sound), and Stuart Manashil (His House).
Meg 2: The Trench – August 4
The only info that we have about this film is that a giant prehistoric shark is going to try and kill Jason Statham (The Meg) again. That being said, we have the very talented Ben Wheatley (Kill List) taking the helm as director of the film. If that isn’t enough to get you excited for summer, I don’t know what will.
Last Voyage of The Demeter – August 11
This film is based on a chapter from Bram Stroker’s Dracula titled The Captain’s Log. It follows the voyage of The Demeter as it ferries Dracula to England, using the blood of the crew to keep himself alive.
This is the second film that Universal Pictures is releasing using the character of Dracula, the other is the marvelous Renfield.
The film stars Corey Hawkins (Kong: Skull Island), Aisling Franciosi (The Nightingale), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) and is directed by Andre Ovredal (Troll Hunter).
Birth/Rebirth – August 18
The second interpretation of Frankenstein on this list, Birth/Rebirth looks at the subject material from a more paternal angle. Using the viscera from pregnancy to keep a reanimated corps going is a new spin on an old tale.
Adding to the hype are appearances by some horror alumni including Judy Reyes (Smile), Marin Ireland (The Empty Man), and Breeda Wool (Mr. Mercedes).
5 New Horror Movies You Can Stream Starting This Week
I am old enough to remember when after a new horror movie’s theatrical release, you would have to wait six months before you could find it at the local video store. That’s if they even released in the area where you lived.
Some movies were viewed once and lost into the void forever. They were very dark times. Fortunately for us, streaming services have cut that wait down to a fraction of the time. This week we have some big hitters coming to VOD, so let’s jump right in.
* An update has been made to this article. The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster will be released in theaters June 9th and will be released on digital on demand services June 23rd.
Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story
Ok, so this isn’t technically a horror movie, it’s a documentary. That said, it should still be on all horror fan’s watch list this week. This documentary is about one of horror’s largest icons. The man who haunts all of our dreams, Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street).
Not only is the source material amazing, but we have two great co-directors heading this endeavor. Gary Smart (Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser) and Christopher Griffiths (Pennywise: The Story of It) have made a name for themselves in the horror community for providing in-depth analysis of some of the greatest horror films ever made.
Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story will be streaming via Screambox on June 6th. If you want to know more about this documentary before watching it, check out our interview with Gary Smart and Christopher Griffiths here.
Nicolas Cage (The Wicker Man) is really hard to put a label on. He has been in so many terrific films, while also ruining one of the greatest folk horror films ever made. For better or worse, his over-the-top acting has placed him in a special place in the hearts of many.
In this iteration of Dracula, he is joined by Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies), and Awkwafina (The Little Mermaid). Renfield looks to be a more lighthearted take on the classic Bram Stoker tale. We can only hope that the awkward lovable style of Hoult mingles well with the zaniness that Cage is known for. Renfield will be streaming on Peacock June 9th.
Tony Todd (Candy Man) is one of horror’s greatest living icons. The man has a way of making evil sexy in an unmatched way. Joining Tony in this period piece is the marvelous Sheri Davis (The Amityville Moon).
This one feels fairly cut and dry. We get some old-timey racism which leads to a curse that haunts the land to this day. Mix in some voodoo for good measure and we have ourselves a horror movie. If you want an older feel to your new horror movie, this one’s for you. Devilreaux will be released to video on demand services on June 9th.
If you aren’t already subscribed to Shudder, now is the time to try out a free trial. That said, all horror fans should still have it on their watch list this week.. But they normally include some of the standout horror films of the year.
Brooklyn 45 looks like it is going to be one of the good ones. Already receiving massive praise before its release, the hype on this one has me excited. Starring Anne Ramsey (The Taking of Deborah Logan), Ron Rains (Teacher), and Jeremy Holm (Mr. Robot). Brooklyn 45 is my most anticipated new horror film this week. Brooklyn 45 will hit shudder June 9th.
She Came from the Woods
Tubi has been playing its hand at making its own horror films for a while now. Up until this point they have been less than stellar. But after seeing the trailer for She Came from the Woods, I have hope that’s all about to change.
This film isn’t giving us anything new, it’s an old camp legend gone awry. But what it is giving us is William Sadler (Tales from the Crypt) right back where he belongs. Fighting ghosts with a shotgun and loving every minute of it. If you are looking for a new horror movie that is easy to digest, this is the one for you. She Came from the Woods will hit Tubi June 10th.
Pride Nightmares: Five Unforgettable Horror Films That Will Haunt You
It’s that wonderful time of year again. A time for pride parades, creating a sense of togetherness, and rainbow flags being sold for a high-profit margin. Regardless of where you stand on the commodification of pride, you have to admit it creates some great media.
That’s where this list comes in. We have seen an explosion of LGTBQ+ horror representation in the past ten years. Not all of them were necessarily gems. But you know what they say, there’s no such thing as bad press.
The Last Thing Mary Saw
It would be difficult to do this list and not have a film with overbearing religious overtones. The Last Thing Mary Saw is a brutal period piece about forbidden love between two young women.
This one is definitely a slow burn, but when it gets going the payoff is well worth it. Performances by Stefanie Scott (Mary), and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan: First Kill) make this unsettling atmosphere ooze out of the screen and into your home.
The Last Thing Mary Saw is one of my favorite releases in the past few years. Just when you think you have the film figured out it changes direction on you. If you are wanting something with a little more polish on it this pride month, watch The Last Thing Mary Saw.
In what is probably the most accurate depiction of a manic pixie dream girl, May gives us a look into the life of a mentally unwell young woman. We follow her as she attempts to navigate her own sexuality and what she wants out of a partner.
May is a little on the nose with its symbolism. But it does have one thing the other films on this list do not. That is a frat bro style lesbian character played by Anna Faris (Scary Movie). It’s refreshing to see her break the mold of how lesbian relationships are typically depicted in film.
While May didn’t perform very well in the box office it has made its way into cult classic territory. If you are looking for some early 2000s edginess this pride month, go watch May.
What Keeps You Alive
In the past, it was common for lesbians to be portrayed as serial killers because of their sexual deviancy. What Keeps You Alive gives us a lesbian murderer that doesn’t kill because she is gay, she kills because she is a terrible person.
This hidden gem made its rounds in the film festival circuit until its on-demand release in 2018. What Keeps You Alive does its best to rework the cat and mouse formula that we often see in thrillers. I will leave it to you to decide if it worked or not.
What really sells the tension in this film are the performances by Brittany Allen (The Boys), and Hannah Emily Anderson (Jigsaw). If you are planning to go camping during pride month, give What Keeps You Alive a watch first.
Revenge flicks have always had a special place in my heart. From classics like The Last House on The Left to more modern films like Mandy, this sub-genre can provide endless avenues of entertainment.
The Retreat is no exception to this, it provides ample amounts of rage and sadness for its viewers to digest. This may go a little too far for some viewers. So, I will give it a warning for the language used and the hate depicted during its runtime.
That being said, I found it to be an enjoyable, if not a bit of an exploitative film. If you are looking for something to get your blood rushing this pride month, give The Retreat a try.
I am a sucker for indie films that try and take classics in a new direction. Lyle is essentially a modern retelling of Rosemary’s Baby with a few extra steps added for good measure. It manages to keep the heart of the original film while forging its own path along the way.
Films where the audience is left to wonder if the events shown are real or just a delusion brought on by trauma, are some of my favorites. Lyle manages to transfer the pain and paranoia of a grieving mother into the minds of the audience in spectacular fashion.
As with most indie films, it’s the subtle acting that really makes the film stand out. Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent) and Ingrid Jungermann (Queer as Folk) portray a fractured couple trying to move on after a loss. If you are looking for some family dynamics in your pride themed horror, go watch Lyle.
The Five Best Horror Films to Darken Your Memorial Day
Memorial Day is celebrated in a multitude of different ways. Like many other households, I have developed my own tradition for the holiday. It consists mainly of hiding from the sun while watching Nazis getting slaughtered.
I have spoken about the Nazisploitation genre in the past. But don’t worry, there are plenty of these films to go around. So, if you need an excuse to sit in the ac instead of by the beach, give these movies a try.
I have to give Frankenstein’s Army credit for thinking outside of the box. We get Nazi scientists creating zombies all of the time. What we don’t see represented is Nazi scientists creating robot zombies.
Now that might seem like a hat on a hat to some of you. That’s because it is. But that doesn’t make the finished product any less awesome. The second half of this film is an over-the-top mess, in the best way of course.
Deciding to take all of the risks possible, Richard Raaphorst (Infinity Pool) decided to make this a found footage film on top of everything else going on. If you are looking for some popcorn horror for your Memorial Day celebrations, go watch Frankenstein’s Army.
The Devil’s Rock
If the late-night selection of The History Channel is to be believed, the Nazis were up to all kinds of occult research. Instead of going for the low-hanging fruit of Nazi experiments, The Devil’s Rock goes for the slightly higher fruit of Nazis trying to summon demons. And honestly, good for them.
The Devil’s Rock asks a pretty straightforward question. If you put a demon and a Nazi in a room, who do you root for? The answer is the same as it always is, shoot the Nazi, and figure the rest out later.
What really sells this film is its use of practical effects. The gore is a little light in this one, but it is done very well. If you have ever wanted to spend Memorial Day rooting for a demon, go watch The Devil’s Rock.
This one was hard for me to sit through as it touched on an actual phobia of mine. The thought of worms crawling inside of me makes me want to drink some bleach, just in case. I haven’t been this freaked out since I read The Troop by Nick Cutter.
If you can’t tell, I am a sucker for practical effects. This is something that Trench 11 does incredibly well. The way that they make the parasites look so realistic still makes me feel ill.
The plot isn’t anything special, Nazi experiments get out of hand, and everyone is doomed. It is a premise we have seen numerous times, but the execution makes it worth a try. If you are looking for a gross out film to keep you away from those leftover hotdogs this Memorial Day, go watch Trench 11.
Ok so far, we have covered Nazi robot zombies, demons, and worms. For a nice change of pace, Blood Vessel gives us Nazi vampires. Not only that, but soldiers that are trapped on a boat with Nazi vampires.
It is unclear as to whether the vampires are in fact Nazis, or merely working with the Nazis. Either way, it would probably be wise to blow up the ship. If the premise doesn’t sell you, Blood Vessel comes with some star power behind it.
Performances by Nathan Philips (Wolf Creek), Alyssa Sutherland (Evil Dead Rise), and Robert Taylor (The Meg) really sell the paranoia of this film. If you are a fan of the classic lost Nazi gold trope, give Blood Vessel a try.
Ok, we both knew that this is where the list was going to end. You can’t have a Memorial Day Nazisploitation binge without including Overlord. This is the cream of the crop when it comes to films about Nazi experimentation.
Not only does this film have great special effects, but it also features an all-star set of performers. This film stars Jovan Adepo (The Stand), Wyatt Russel (Black Mirror), and Mathilde Ollivier (Mrs. Davis).
Overlord gives us a glimpse into how great this sub-genre can really be. It is a perfect mixture of suspense in action. If you want to see what Nazisploitation looks like when given a blank check, go watch Overlord.