2015 was such an awesome year for independent horror and we got treated to gems like Justin Benson’s & Aaron Moorhead’s SpringJason Howden’s Deathgasmand Ted Geoghegan’s haunted house horror, We Are Still Here.

Now that we have officially settled into the New Year, its time to get on top of what new horror movies are coming our way, in 2016.

This is only part 1 – I will be making more lists throughout the year as more films and festivals are announced.

I hope you enjoy.

under the shadowUnder The Shadow (Sundance 2016)

There has been an insane buzz surrounding new Sundance selected horror, Under The Shadow.

The scares in Under The Shadow are being compared to The Babadook, so I am really looking forward to getting creeped out by this one.

So, what is Under The Shadow about? – It is the directorial debut (I am sure we will be hearing a lot more about in the future) from Babak Anvari, and it is set during the war between Iraq and Iran with the main characters being a mother and her child.

Official Plot

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 80s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

31 upcoming horror post31 (Also at Sundance 2016)

It seems like a lifetime since Rob Zombie first announced that his next film would be an exploitation and homage to 70’s Grindhouse horror called 31. Unable to secure funding from reputable production companies, Zombie took to crowd-funding to secure funding for the film…and it worked!.

Some of the reviews I have read so far could not be worse, the buzz that I am getting is that if you’re a fan of  Zombie’s previous movies then chances are 31 will be a joy for you to watch, so I wouldn’t pay any attention to the negative reviews. Rob Zombie knows what his fans wants, and honours this by making films that are only suitable to s special, deranged kind of audience ….just like us 🙂


The film has a straight forward premise – a group of people are kidnapped and thrown into a murderous game where they are put up against blood-thirsty and extremely violent demented people and must fight for survival.

Every review that I have read have made comparisons to 1987’s camp-classic, The Running Man. I know a lot of people would be thinking that this ain’t original, and it probably isn’t, but we have to respect that there is only small handful of filmmakers out there that are giving us horror lovers the gruesomeness that we crave and Zombie is one of them…so, show your support, check out 31 when it hit’s cinemas later this year.

Official Plot

After being kidnapped, five carnival workers are held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of evil clowns.


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The Void 

The Void is the new film from the guys from Astron-6 (Manborg) and it looks to be filled with tons of beautifully fucked-up practical effects.

While we haven’t seen much, or any footage – we can expect something along the lines, The Thing. The film is about an alien life-form that likes to find its home/host inside, yes, you’ve guessed it, us.

The FX look out of this world and these dudes are gonna go far. The Void is sci-fi horror film that every horror lover should have on their watch-list for 2016.

The Void was also made possible after writer/directors Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie launched a successful crowd-funding campaign and completely knocked it out of the park.

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Official Plot

When a mutating horde of parasitic creatures threatens to breach an isolated hospital, a lone police officer and a group of hospital staff band together to fortify themselves within its walls. But as they prepare for the fight of their lives, they will discover the real terror is already inside.

the graesy stranglerThe Greasy Strangler (Also at Sundance 2016)

This is one that I have been looking forward to since early pre-production. This is one of the only problems with me running Moviehooker, I am up-to-date with a lot of movies which means that I have been following a lot of them even before principal photography, or a single cast member has been cast.

So, The Greasy Strangler is another one I have been following, and have high-hopes for. It recently had it’s premiere, and the reviews have been a mixed bag, but I think it should still be on the list because its gonna be a weird one, not to mention, very retro.

Official Plot

Ronnie runs a Disco walking tour with his son, Brayden. When a sexy woman takes the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her love. It also signals the arrival of an oily strangler who stalks the streets at night.


the packThe Pack (Also at Sundance 2016)

Not to be confused with the French horror movie titled the same. The Pack focuses on a family that become under attack from a pack of bloodthirsty hounds.

Looks like, Cujo on crack!. This is an area that hasn’t really been touched by a filmmaker in quite a while. I think the premise sounds really interesting and I am looking forward to seeing more

Like a lot of films on this list, The Pack recently played at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Official Plot 

A farmer and his family must fight for survival after a ferocious pack of wild dogs infiltrates their isolated farmhouse. Through a series of frightening and bloody encounters they are forced into survival mode to make it through the night.

the forestThe Forest (Also at Sundance 2016)

There was a documentary I watched some time ago about a forest in Japan that people go to commit suicide. I remember it being extremely eerie and the fact that this was an actual place made it even more disturbing.

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This forest is the most popular suicide location in Japan and is reportedly in the top 3 in the world.

The Doc that I watched was so heartbreaking and tragic but I remember thinking, “man, if done right, this sounds like such an awesome idea for a horror movie” and this is exactly what we have with The Forest.

Although, I would much prefer a solid Japanese production, Japanese cast and subtitles . I really don’t mind which filmmaker tackles it. I just hope it sets the same dark and disturbing tone I remember from the documentary.

I am intrigued to see a supernatural element, but more importantly – to see if director Jason Zada can show us the tragic, eerie and true side to Aokigahara forest but at the same time turning up the volume while adding his own personal touch.

Official Plot

A woman goes into Japan’s Suicide Forest to find her twin sister, and confronts supernatural terror.

Aokigahara (青木ヶ原), also known as the Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees (樹海 Jukai), is a 35-square-kilometre (14 sq mi) forest that lies at Mount Fuji’s northwest base in Japan.




 I hope you enjoyed reading – the next instalment will arrive when more news of new horror films are announced.


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