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7 Horror Movies Releasing Before Valentine’s Day 2024

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The year has barely started and we are already getting a slew of new horror titles — that’s an observation, not a complaint. But as much as people love horror movies, they also (hopefully) love their significant others, and if both of those things are in sync then there is no other month like February to celebrate them together.

Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and along with it comes candy, flowers, and perhaps a night out on the town. But until then, you are in for a treat because we have sifted out seven upcoming titles to enjoy before the big day, starting with a doc on one of the greatest pulp horror movie directors of all time.

So whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, get ready for two weeks of slashers, monsters and other nasty things. Here is a list of upcoming horror movies for the week of February 1 through February 14.

Dario Argento Panico (documentary) (Shudder Feb. 2)

Dario Argento Panico

Even in his eighties prolific director Dario Argento is keeping busy behind the camera. His most recent movie was 2022’s Dark Glasses. But most people know his prolific work from the ’70s. Taking a cue from director Mario Bava, Argento created some of the most revered Giallo movies to ever exist. From The Bird With the Crystal Plumage to Susperia to Demons, Argento’s oeuvre contains films that still influence the filmmakers of today.

Synopsis: Experience the world of Dario Argento like never before in Simone Scafidi’s documentary, Dario Argento Panico. It offers an intimate look at Argento’s creative journey and impact on horror, with insights from icons like del Toro and Noé.

Departing Seniors (VOD/PVOD Feb. 2)

Departing Seniors

If you’re slasher craving wasn’t satisfied with last month’s Founders Day, perhaps Departing Seniors will meet your needs. Billed as a horror-comedy, this one looks promising for a genre that is undeniably shop-worn.

Synopsis: Mexican-American and queer, high school student Javier doesn’t exactly fit in with the popular kids. But he might be the only one who can save them. After an act of bullying sends Javier to the hospital, he begins experiencing visions that foresee glimpses of shocking murders at his school right before they happen. Now, in between navigating the social hierarchies and prejudices of clique culture, Javier (Primo’s Ignacio Diaz-Silverio) and his best friend Bianca (Candyman’s Ireon Roach) must try to unmask a serial killer before he strikes again.

Departing Seniors puts a fresh spin on teen slasher movies like Scream and Freaky, updating them by putting its queer protagonist and characters of color front and center. It’s a horror-comedy with a sarcastic, whip-smart edge and appealingly complex characters.

Lisa Frankenstein (In theaters Feb. 9)

Lisa Frankenstein

Writer Diablo Cody is back with her brand of social commentary. This time the monster isn’t Megan Fox (Jennifer’s Body), but Cole Sprouse as a re-animated corpse. This is a highly anticipated film from director Zelda Williams (Jane the Virgin, Criminal Minds).

Synopsis: A coming of rage love story from acclaimed writer Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body) about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse. After a set of playfully horrific circumstances bring him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness… and a few missing body parts along the way.

Out of Darkness (In theaters Feb. 9)

Out of Darkness

Monsters existed 45,000 years ago and Out of Darkness proves that point. This is what they call a “survival horror film” which is to say that several people are running from something big enough to block out the sun.

Synopsis: Out of Darkness is a survival horror film following a group of six who have struggled across the narrow sea to find a new home. They are starving, desperate, and living 45,000 years ago. First they must find shelter, and they strike out across the tundra wastes towards the distant mountains that promise the abundant caves they need to survive. But when night falls, anticipation turns to fear and doubt as they realize they are not alone. As relationships in the group fracture, the determination of one young woman reveals the terrible actions taken to survive. Adding to the film’s authenticity, Out of Darkness is shot on location in the Scottish Highlands with the use of a bespoke language called “Tola,” which was developed specifically for the project by a linguist and an archaeologist. 

Skeletons in the Closet (Shudder Feb. 9)

Skeletons in the Closet

Terrance Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. star in this possession movie-with-a-twist. This is getting a Shudder release so keep a look out for it on the platform.

Synopsis: Follows Olivia and her friends as they go to a vacation. After Olivia nearly drowned with a slit wrist in her bathtub after her fiancé’s funeral, her friends suspect that she killed herself, but she believes someone attacked her.

Double Blind (VOD/PVOD Feb. 13)

Double Blind (2024)

Big Pharma is making a killing off prescription drugs. But before they can get approved by the Food & Drug Administration they have to be tested. In Double Blind, one such test has very weird results.

Synopsis: After an experimental drug trial goes awry, the test subjects face a terrifying side effect: if you fall asleep you die. Trapped in an isolated facility, panic ensues as they try to escape and somehow stay awake

Stranger in the Woods (VOD/PVOD Feb. 14)

Stranger in the Woods

Do taxidermists scare you? Remember Norman Bates stuffed his own dead mother and propped her up in a rocking chair in Psycho. In this movie, a creepy guy may or may not have done the same thing to a dog that belongs to vacationers renting a cabin next door. Who’s next?

Synopsis: Follows Olivia and her friends as they go on a vacation. After Olivia nearly drowned with a slit wrist in her bathtub after her fiancé’s funeral, her friends suspect that she killed herself, but she believes someone attacked her.

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Bloody Valentines: Date Movies for the Horror Loving Couple

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Valentine’s Day is upon us, and stores are dripping red with candy filled hearts and teddy bears of every shape and size.  It’s a great night to curl up on the couch and watch a movie with the one you love.  If you’re hanging out on iHorror.com, though, I have a feeling the regular regime of romantic comedies just might not be for you.  So, in the spirit of the season, We’ve put together a list of flicks that just might be perfect for the horror lover’s Valentine’s Day.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, but they’re some of my favorites and I hope they’ll be added to yours.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Though problematic in places, this is certainly one of the most opulent versions of the classic tale to ever grace the screen.  Oldman’s Dracula oozes sex appeal and as one of my close friend’s once said it, “If any man ever looked at me the way he looks at Winona Ryder in that movie, he could have my blood, land, life, whatever.  Just keep looking.”  Available for purchase here.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Warm Bodies

Does love really conquer all?  In Warm Bodies it does.  Not only is love capable of taming a zombie’s hunger, it also has the power to restore his humanity.  Nicholas Hoult is at his charming best as the zombie in question and Teresa Palmer only slightly softens the badass appeal that made her a scene stealer in I am Number Four.  This is probably the “cutest” movie on the list, but it’s perfect for the YA fiction horror set and certainly fits the bill of putting a twist on Valentine’s Day romance.  If you don’t have a copy, you can pick it up here.

Warm Bodies Trailer

Phantom of the Opera

A genius composer with a murderous obsession, a promising ingenue, a wealthy patron, and the glorious setting of a French opera house…what could go wrong?  If you’re familiar with the tale of The Phantom of the Opera, you know exactly what could and does go wrong and you love it anyway.  Brought to life by a brilliant cast, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of the tale is perfect viewing for Valentine’s Day.  Available for purchase here.

The Phantom of the Opera

Carrie

Carrie is going to the prom, and her school will never be the same again.  We all know the story of Carrie and her awesome telekinetic powers.  Her apocalyptic revenge on the fellow students who abused and bullied her for years is legend in the genre, but the story also has elements of the Cinderella story as Carrie dons her prom gown and shares a dance with the coolest, cutest guy in school.  With romance, the dance, a crazy mother and buckets of blood, this is a movie with everything you need for a romantic evening with your horror honey.  Get it here!

Carrie

My Bloody Valentine 3D

Oh come on…you knew this was going to be on the list.  This remake of the 1981 original stars Jensen Ackles and puts an interesting twist on the plot of the original, and the only film on the list that actually centers around Valentine’s Day and all the trappings that go with it.  Get your copy here.

My Bloody Valentine 3D

An American Werewolf in London

A movie that’s all about letting the beast out in all the right ways, John Landis’ classic werewolf tale is not only a highly entertaining film filled with the restless undead and an unlikely werewolf terrorizing London, but it also contains a sensual love story brought to life by David Naughton and Jenny Agutter.  And, let’s not forget that awesome scene in the porn theater with the hilariously polite British porn playing in the background.  Get your copy here.

An American Werewolf in London

The Strangers

A  young couple tormented through the night by a trio of sadistic, mask wearing psychopaths?  What’s not romantic about that?  Seriously though, Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman are electric as the couple in question and if tension is an aphrodisiac for you and your sweetheart, this is the film for you.  Get it here.  You won’t be disappointed!

The Strangers

Horns

Horns is everything.  Love story, horror, mystery, thriller… everything rolled into one tight package.  Ig and Merrin, played expertly by Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple, have the kind of love that most people only dream of, so of course it’s doomed from the start.  I won’t give away more, but you have to see it.  Get a copy here and enjoy it with your favorite love!

Horns

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas sees spirits everywhere he goes.  He helps them bring justice to the people who murdered them.  He helps them move on and find peace.  Odd also has a sweet girlfriend who gets him and even helps him when the need arises.  There’s so much more to this film and the ending?  Heart wrenching springs to mind, but it’s totally worth the ride and it’s a perfect blend of comedy, horror and romance for any Valentine’s Day date.  You can get a copy here.

Odd Thomas

Candyman

A love that lasts beyond death?  An obsession that cannot be denied?  And all you have to do is say his name five times…”Sweets for the sweet” has never been so insidious as it was in Candyman.  This one’s a heavy hitter for the horror couple who doesn’t mind some gore with their romance, but I highly recommend it for your Valentine’s day celebration.  Get your copy here and enjoy!

Candyman

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10 Horror and Thriller Releases Coming To Netflix This February 2024

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Netflix Horror February 2024

As February approaches, Netflix is set to spice up its catalog with a collection of gripping horror and thriller titles. Ranging from classic horror adventures to contemporary psychological thrillers, this month’s selection promises to deliver a blend of chills and thrills to viewers. Here’s a rundown of the top 10 spine-tingling films and series making their way to the streaming platform this February, complete with release dates and synopses to help you plan your next binge-watch session.

Anaconda (1997): February 1st

Anaconda Official Trailer

In this horror-adventure film, a film crew headed by Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube journey into the Amazon jungle only to be hunted by a giant, monstrous anaconda. The suspense intensifies as they encounter not only the deadly snake but also a mysterious hunter who knows more than he reveals.


It (2017): February 1st

IT Official Trailer

Adapted from Stephen King’s novel, this horror film follows a group of children in Derry, Maine, who face their biggest fears when they confront an evil clown named Pennywise. The movie delves into themes of childhood trauma, unity, and overcoming fear.


Resident Evil (2002): February 1st

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012): February 1st

Resident Evil (2002) Trailer
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) Trailer

These installments of the Resident Evil series follow Alice, played by Milla Jovovich, as she battles the Umbrella Corporation and the zombie apocalypse they’ve unleashed. The films combine horror with action-packed sequences, set in a dystopian world overrun by the undead.


X (2022): February 1st

X Trailer

An A24 horror film set in rural Texas, where a group of young filmmakers set out to create an adult film. Their project takes a terrifying turn when they become the targets of the reclusive, twisted couple whose guesthouse they’re using.


Home for Rent (2023): February 10th

Home For Rent Official Trailer

This international horror story revolves around a landlord who unwittingly rents out a house to a cult. The plot thickens as eerie events unfold, leading to a shocking revelation about the true nature of the tenants.


Lost in the Night (2023): February 10th

Lost In The Night Official Trailer

A Spanish mystery thriller that centers on unexpected events during a night out in Madrid. The story weaves through twists and turns, as secrets are revealed and the characters’ lives are changed forever.


The Abyss (2024): February 16th

The Abyss Official Trailer

Nope, it’s not The Abyss you were thinking of. This Swedish horror/thriller explores the unsettling events in the town of Kiruna, which is literally sinking. The plot follows Frigga, who finds herself torn between her family and her duty as a security chief in an underground mine, as the town faces inexplicable threats.


Can I Tell You A Secret? (Season 1): February 21st

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A gripping documentary series that delves into the lives of women affected by a stalker who infiltrates their social media accounts. The series sheds light on the broader issue of online harassment and its real-life implications.


American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders (2024): February 28th

No trailer at this time, but you can read our article about this Netflix docuseries here.

This true-crime documentary explores the mysterious and controversial case known as “The Octopus Murders.” The series investigates a web of conspiracy theories, delving into various accounts and evidence to uncover the truth behind these chilling crimes.

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The Top 10 Horror Movies With The Best Jump Scares

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Horror movies Sinister

Of course, one of the things we horror fans enjoy most about watching horror films is the feeling of being scared. Key components contributing to this include the music, special effects, acting, and overall atmosphere. Another significant factor is jump scares — the thrill of something suddenly popping up on the screen keeps you on the edge of your seat. While some films may overdo it or become too predictable, the list below features the top 10 horror films that have effectively captured these moments. This list is completely spoiler-free and is presented in no particular order.

10. ‘Psycho’ (1960)

Movie Scene from Psycho (1960)

Being one of the most recognized and iconic horror films of all time, Psycho is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Director Alfred Hitchcock was a mastermind when it came to horror movies and always gave his films a sense of mystery and dread in the story. This film shines the highest in his career due to the music, mystery, acting, and twisted ending. One scene in particular is one of the most iconic horror scenes of all time with its creepy music and unexpected jump scare. It is one of the biggest foundations for jump scares today.

The film follows the story of a woman who steals $40,000 from her employer and takes off trying to avoid the authorities in her getaway. Once a heavy rainstorm hits, she finds herself checking into an off-beat hotel for the night. Little does she know that the owner and his mother have a twisted and horrifying relationship. Check out the official trailer below.

9. ‘Insidious’ (2010)

Movie Scene from Insidious (2010)

James Wan is a very well-known figure in the horror genre for creating some of the most iconic horror franchises we know today. One of them is the Insidious franchise. The first film released in 2010 became an instant hit for all the right reasons. The Music was creepy, the special effects were spot on, and the jump scares were spot on. They were unpredictable and kept you on edge wondering when the next one would be.

The film follows the story of the Lambert family as they move into a new home. Everything seems to be going fine until their eldest son has a mysterious accident in the attic and slips into a coma. The doctors can find nothing wrong and when they bring him back home to care for him strange occurrences begin to happen around the house. The parents seek the help of a psychic and her team to help determine what is happening.

8. ‘The Exorcist III’ (1990)

Movie Scene from The Exorcist III (1990)

The Exorcist (1973) is regarded as one of the scariest films of all time but did so without any jump scares. Its follow-up sequel did horrifically bad and is one that is not talked about among horror fans. When The Exorcist III hit theaters, it was met with mixed reviews but over the years has gained a cult following. One of the reasons is its terrifying atmosphere throughout the film which contains a jump scare that has been considered one of the scariest of all time.

The film follows the story of a police lieutenant who notices similarities between the killings in the current murder investigation and ones that happened 15 years ago. This investigation leads him into a psychiatric ward, and he begins to uncover things that are thought to be unreal.

7. ‘The Conjuring’ (2013)

Movie Scene from The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring Franchise is another iconic series from the mastermind James Wan. First released in 2013, this film was also a hit at the box office. Based on the true stories of the famous ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren, the film was bound to bring in a large audience. The film captures the creepiness of hauntings and the overall tension of not knowing what’s going to happen next. The jump scares in this film are perfectly timed and leave you fearing more.

The film follows the story of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they are called upon to investigate the haunting at the Perron’s house. The encounters seem to be harmless until they uncover the horrific past of the home. Once it is discovered, it escalates into a horrific haunting that leaves the Warrens battling for their lives.

6. ‘Signs’ (2002)

Movie Scene from Signs (2002)

Released in 2002, Signs was bound to be a hit among fans as M. Night Shyamalan was fresh off the success of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. The film did well at the box office and captures the fear of the unknown with UFOs and crop circles. The jump scare in this film is one that traumatized and has stuck with the younger generation that went to see this film in the theaters.

The film follows the story of a farmer who discovers crop circles in his fields. When he begins to investigate what it is, it will change the lives of his family and the world as we know it forever.

5. ‘Sinister’ (2012)

Movie Scene from Sinister (2012)

This is one film that is sure to stick with you after viewing. Released in 2012, Sinister was a hit at the box office and terrified the audience. It is one film that makes you uncomfortable and keeps you intrigued at the same time. The jump scares in this movie are ones that are sure to keep you up at night. This film is considered to be the scariest film of all time according to a study done by scientists.

The film follows the story of a crime writer who’s been in a writing slump for years. When he discovers a case that involves a snuff film, he instantly wants to investigate and solve the case. He ends up moving his own family into the home of the victims. While investigating, he begins to realize there may be a supernatural force behind this and that living in the home may be his demise.

4. ‘Friday the 13th’ (1980)

Movie Scene from Friday the 13th (1980)

One of the most famous horror franchises of all time, Friday the 13th is something that even nonhorror fans can recognize. From the prolific Jason Voorhees to the over-the-top kills, it is no wonder that this franchise is so popular. First released in 1980, the film did insanely well at the box office. It follows the classic horror tropes and gives us bloody kills while also keeping the killer hidden throughout the film. One thing that came as a shock was the jump scare that came out of nowhere. What makes it so great is it was unexpected and something that leaves you pondering.

The film follows the story of a group of teenagers who reopen a summer camp that has a horrific past. While everything goes well at first, counselors begin to go missing and are being picked off one by one by a mysterious killer.

3. ‘The Ring’ (2002)

Movie Scene from The Ring (2002)

The Ring, which was released in 2002 became a big hit at the box office. It is a remake of the original film Ringu which debuted in Japan in 1998. This film is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat as the story is surrounded by mystery and the paranormal. It keeps you wondering whether the main characters will solve the mystery in time. There is one scene in particular that doesn’t seem like it will end up being a jump scare but it does and it will creep you out every time.

The film follows the story of a newspaper reporter who starts to investigate the story of a VHS tape that if watched you get a call that says you have seven days to live. While believing it to be an urban legend, 4 teenagers wound up dead after viewing it. The reporter ends up tracking down the tape and watching it for herself. She now ends up only having seven days to solve the mystery behind the tape.

2. ‘Jaws’ (1975)

Movie Scene from Jaws (1975)

Considered one of the greatest horror films and movies of all time, Jaws is one film that changed cinema forever. The film was released in 1975 and became a huge hit at the box office. It was the film that essentially caused the fear of the ocean and sharks. It also is the film that would end up causing the creation of the PG-13 rating later on. The film’s action, score, and practical effects are impressive and iconic. Even the soundtrack is known by everyone. Its unsettling underwater scenes and jump scares will leave you fearing the ocean.

The film follows the story of a small tourist attraction town that gets hit with a wave of shark attacks among its people. The police chief calls in the help of a marine biologist and hardened ship captain to help hunt down and end the demise of this great white.

1. ‘Seven’ (1995)

Movie Scene from Seven (1995)

Seven is one film that when released in 1995 became an instant hit and controversial at the same time. Due to the film’s dark and graphic depiction of the crime scenes, it wasn’t predicted to do well at the box office, but it was the complete opposite. The film won several awards and gained high praise. The dark nature and graphic crime scenes make it a horror film similar to The Silence of the Lambs. One scene that’s a jump scare comes out of nowhere and leaves you completely shocked and unsettled. Even after seeing it once, it will still disturb you to the core.

The film’s story follows the story of a retiring detective and a newly transferred detective as they solve a string of disturbing and grizzly crimes. They soon realize they are all connected, and they believe each victim is one of the seven deadly sins. They are now racing against the clock to discover who the killer is before he finishes his spree.

This list goes over the top 10 horror movies that have the best jump scares. From 1960’s Psycho to 2012’s Sinister, all these films have iconic jump scares that leave you on the edge of your seat. Were there any horror films that weren’t included in this list that have iconic jump scare scenes? Let us know in the comments below.

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