There are tons of horror movies coming down the pike next month, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! We’ve got some blockbusters, some indies that have been waiting years for a proper release, and a few I hadn’t even heard of until just this week. Bookmark this page, as we’ll be adding more March releases as they are announced. Enjoy!
The Institute (Directed by James Franco and Pamela Romanowsky)
Release Date: March 3, 2017 (VOD)(Limited)
Official Synopsis: Set in 19th century Baltimore, the feature is based on true events and centers on a young woman (Allie Gallerani) who, due to grief following the untimely death of her parents, voluntarily checks herself into a mental institute. While there she is subjected to bizarre, pseudo-scientific experiments in personality modification, brainwashing and mind control.
Hot on the heels of the sanitarium-set Cure for Wellness comes The Institute, another tale of psychological manipulation set in an asylum. If you trust the tagline, though, this one is based on a true story. The trailer above is lavish and seems steeped in the kind of American Gothic imagery made famous by Edgar Allan Poe.
Don’t Kill It (Directed by Mike Mendez)
Release Date: March 3, 2017 (VOD)(Limited)
Official Synopsis: An ancient evil is unleashed in a small Alaskan town leaving a trail of death and destruction as it passes from host to host. The only hope of survival lies with a grizzled demon hunter (Dolph Lundgren) who has faced this terror before. Together with a reluctant FBI agent he has to figure out how to destroy a demon with the ability to possess its killer.
Obviously, this one is a tongue-in-cheek B-movie throwback, but damn it looks good!
Lavender (Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly)
Release Date: March 3, 2017 (VOD)(Limited)
Official Synopsis: Revolves around Jane, a photographer who is forced to come to terms with her mysterious and tragic past after a horrendous car accident robs her of her memory. Along with her husband and daughter, Jane returns to her childhood home and reconnects with her estranged uncle. To take control of her life, Jane must confront a mysterious lurking force and grapple with a past that continues to haunt her.
Lavender got amazing reviews when it ran the festival circuit in 2015 and 2016, so we’re thrilled to finally get a chance to delve into this psychological tale of supernatural horror featuring Abbie Cornish.
Bloodrunners (Directed by Dan Lantz)
March 7, 2017 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: In 1933, Prohibition has proven a booming enterprise, where average citizens break the law, hide in the shadows and operate at night. The lust for alcohol has even lined the pockets of corrupt cops like Jack Malone (Michael Mc Fadden). He collects a ‘luxury tax’ from every bootlegger and scofflaw in the small community he has sworn to protect. While shaking down the newest speakeasy in the local underground, Jack uncovers a clan of vampires hell bent on taking over the town. Now Chesterfield (Ice-T), an ancient vampire, and his horde must hide their secret at any cost. The bloody result leaves several killed and others trapped, facing a fate worse than death. With nowhere else to turn, Jack joins forces with a busboy and crazy preacher to save the innocent and make a final stand against Chesterfield and his vampires.
A prohibition era vampire thriller starring west coast Gangsta rap pioneer Ice-T? Yes please!
The Eyes of My Mother (Directed by Nicolas Pesce)
Release Date: March 7, 2017 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a distinctly dark form.
You’ve probably heard a lot about The Eyes of My Mother, as the film featured prominently on many Top Horror Movies of 2016 lists. The film got a limited release in December but will finally be available for collectors and aficionados to own on March 7th. It’s an absolutely engrossing saga, a beautiful abomination that will thrill and disturb anyone who watches it.
Incarnate (Directed by Brad Peyton)
Release Date: March 7, 2017 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: Confined to a wheelchair after a horrific accident, Dr. Seth Ember (Aaron Eckhart) is an “Incarnate” — gifted with the rare ability to delve into the minds of possessed people in order to exorcise their demons from the inside out. When the Vatican enlists him to exorcise a particularly troubled young boy, Ember is shocked to discover inside him the same evil spirit responsible for the death of his wife and child years before. Now, with the young boy’s life in his hands and his own personal redemption at stake, Ember desperately searches for a way to destroy the demon before it kills him and unleashes its terror upon the world…
Incarnate got terrible reviews, meaning it was in and out of theaters so fast it could have made your head spin (exorcism pun!). Still, I’ll give the film a chance when it arrives on DVD on March 7th. It may have missed the mark, but the trailer above looks like a potent mix of possession and techno horror, heavy on special FX; some decent horror bubblegum if nothing else.
Devil in the Dark (Directed by Tim J. Brown)
Release Date: March 7, 2017 (VOD)
Official Synopsis: When estranged brothers Adam and Clint attempt to reconnect over a week-long hunting trip in remote British Columbia, they find the tables turned by a mysterious presence lurking in the forest. Convinced that they are now besieged by a supernatural presence, the siblings begrudgingly agree on only one thing: they will have to put aside their differences and work together if they plan on making it out these dark woods alive.
Devil in the Dark seems to tread familiar paths of horror through dark and foreboding woodlands possibly (probably) inhabited by supernatural cryptids. It looks scary, but key art for the film features a human-bunny creature, something that reminds me of Frank from Donnie Darko—but maybe that’s just me.
Raw (Directed by Julia Ducournau)
Release Date: March 10, 2017 (US)(Limited)
Official Synopsis: Everyone in Justine’s family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a brilliant and promising student. When she starts at veterinary school, she enters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. During the first week of hazing rituals, desperate to fit in whatever the cost, she strays from her family principles when she eats raw meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences of her actions when her true self begins to emerge…
Regular Horror Freak News readers know we’ve been following Raw since word emerged that viewers at TIFF, where the film premiered in 2016, were passing out in droves, driven to unconsciousness by the film’s disturbing gore and brutality. We can’t wait to finally sink our teeth into this one (cannibalism pun!).
Kong: Skull Island (Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts)
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Official Synopsis: The story is about a man (Tom Hiddleston) who travels to the mythical island and home of the king of the apes. A team of explorers ventures inside what they find to be a treacherous island.
If you haven’t heard about this one, you must be living under a rock (or on the actual Skull Island), and if you’re not excited to see it, you probably don’t have a pulse. No one is expecting high art here, just intense monster action on an epic scale. Stick around after the credits because we have it on good authority there’s a “stinger” which sets up a battle between Kong and Godzilla in 2019.
Personal Shopper (Directed by Olivier Assayas)
Release Date: March 10, 2017 (VOD)(Limited)
Official Synopsis: Stars Kristen Stewart as a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him.
Okay, it sounds like a Woody Allen movie crossed with The Ghost Whisperer (doesn’t it?) but the trailer actually has me excited to see Personal Shopper. It looks light on FX and jump-scares, but heavy on genuine human drama, which can be just as engrossing and, ultimately, even more terrifying. Stewart may just shake her reputation as “That chick from Twilight”.
The Devil’s Candy (Directed by Sean Byrne)
Release Date: March 17, 2017 (US)(VOD)(Limited)
Official Synopsis: A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas, in this creepily haunted-house tale from Australian writer-director Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones).
The Devil’s Candy ran the festival circuit in 2015 and is only now making its way to American audiences. The trailer above was just released this week and, well… see it for yourself! I’m actually at a loss for words! Those of us who adored The Loved Ones have been waiting for a sophomore release from Tasmanian director Sean Byrne ever since, and if The Devil’s Candy is half as good as it looks, we’ll be seeing plenty more of him in the future.
Atomica (Directed by Dagen Merrill)
Release Date: March 17, 2017 (Limited) & March 21, 2017 (VOD)
Official Synopsis: In the near future, when communications go offline at a remote nuclear power plant isolated in the desert, a young safety inspector, Abby Dixon, is forced to fly out to bring them back online. Once inside the facility, mysterious clues and strange behaviors cause Abby to have doubts about the sanity, and perhaps identities, of the two employees onsite.
The apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Atomica was only recently announced and the trailer above only arrived online 2 days ago. It’s a Syfy film, so while I wouldn’t hold my breath for any hardcore horror, it looks like fine production with the kind of twisting Hitchcockian suspense genre fans love.
The Belko Experiment (Directed by Greg McLean)
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Official Synopsis: The story revolves around the American Belko company in South America which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belko employee.
The director of Wolf Creek (Greg McLean) helmed The Belko Experiment from a script penned by Slither scribe and Guardians of the Galaxy mastermind James Gunn. Hopefully, this will make up for McLean’s 2016 Kevin Bacon-fronted snore-fest, The Darkness.
Death Passage (Directed by David Campbell)
Release Date: March 21, 2017 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: When a group of young backpackers learn of a ghost which is said to appear in the rearview mirror of a speeding car, they set out to recreate it with the help of some locals. After speeding down Lemon Tree Passage, a remote road surrounded by dense woods, their jubilation turns to terror as one by one each passenger begins disappearing in violent ways. Isolated and ten thousand miles from home, the tourists find themselves caught in the clutches of a malevolent force much more heinous than the local myth they set out to experience.
Based on an actual urban legend, the trailer for Death Passage echoes elements of The Ring and Final Destination and presents an allegorical warning against meddling with supernatural forces.
Life (Directed by Daniel Espinosa)
Release Date: March 24, 2017
Official Synopsis: Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.
Gravity meets Alien (at least that’s what it looks like), Life clearly has plenty of eye candy, but I’m betting the sci-fi thriller, featuring panty-wetters Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, will fall flat. I can’t help like producers are merely attempting to ride the success of the high-drama sci-fi Arrival while simultaneously hoping to beat Alien: Covenant to theaters.
Dig Two Graves (Directed by Hunter Adams)
Release Date: March 24, 2017 (VOD)(Limited)
Official Synopsis: A supernatural thriller about the generational violence that plagues a small, backwoods town, set in the 1970s, DIG TWO GRAVES asks “how far would you go to save those you love?” After 13-year-old Jacqueline Mather (Samantha Isler) loses her brother in a mysterious drowning accident she is soon visited by 3 moonshiners who offer to bring her brother back to life but at a grim cost. As the dark history of her grandfather, Sheriff Waterhouse (Ted Levine) is unearthed the true intentions of the moonshiners come to light.
The trailer for Dig Two Graves looks fantastic, but it’s hard to tell if this is a legitimate chiller or something geared towards a young adult demographic. It’s not rated, though, which is a good sign. I’m definitely curious enough to give this one a whirl. And yes, that is actor Ted Levine, best known to Horror Freaks for his turn as serial killer Jame Gumb in The Silence of the Lambs.
Child Eater (Directed by Erlingur Thoroddsen)
March 28, 2017 (VOD)(DVD)
Official Synopsis: In Child Eater, little Lucas (Colin Critchley) goes missing from his bedroom in the middle of the night, his babysitter Helen (Cait Bliss) ventures out into the deep, dark woods armed only with a flashlight. But these are no ordinary woods. They were once the home of Robert Bowery (Jason Martin), a serial killer who years ago came for children’s eyes in order to keep himself from going blind. But Robert Bowery was stopped and killed… or was he?
It doesn’t look like anything new here, but who doesn’t love a good babysitter-centric horror movie? It’s a classic trope for a reason.
A Monster Calls (Directed by J.A. Bayona)
Release Date: March 28, 2017 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.
None of us here are claiming A Monster Calls is a legitimate horror movie, but it’ll surely appeal to those who enjoy magical realism.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Directed by Oz Perkins)
Release Date: March 31, 2017 (VOD)(Limited)
Official Synopsis: Beautiful and haunted Joan makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls prep school where Rose and Kat find themselves stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break. As Joan gets closer, terrifying visions begin plaguing Kat while Rose watches in horror as she becomes possessed by an unseen evil force.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter is another one horror fans have been waiting years to see, as it first garnered rave reviews when it premiered in 2015 (where it ran under the title February). It’s actually Oz Perkin’s debut film; his sophomore released I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House was released on Netflix in 2016.
Hellraiser: Judgment (Directed by Gary Tunnicliffe) [Featured Image]
Release Date: TBD
Official Synopsis: Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to find a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a spiraling maze of horror that may not be of this world. Could the Judgment awaiting the killer’s victims also be waiting for Sean?
Full Disclosure: While industry websites like IMDB and Upcoming Horror Movies are still reporting that Hellraiser: Judgment will be released in March, this seems to be based primarily on Facebook announcements made by actor Paul T. Taylor, who is playing Pinhead in this latest installment of the franchise launched in 1987. Of course, Taylor also claims to have seen amazing promotional materials—none of which have been released to the public. And notice that this is the only film on the list that we don’t have a trailer for. This makes us doubt his assertions—especially claims that the film will enjoy a limited theatrical release. We’ll see soon enough!
What horror movies are you most looking forward to seeing in March? Sound off in the Comments section!