Upcoming Horror Movies for May 2016
We’ve got a solid month ahead of us as a number of intriguing horror flicks are headed our way.
Kevin Bacon makes an appearance in one of the genre’s rare commercial theatrical releases, young genre talent Steven C. Miller (you’ve probably seen Miller’s Silent Night, though his films Under the Bed and Scream of the Banshee are entertaining and worth a look) delivers an unorthodox piece and a few highly touted festival films make their way to disc.
It isn’t an astounding month, but it’s going to deliver a few winners, no doubt. Check out our guide to horror releases in May 2016.
Submerged (May 3)
A limousine joyride goes berserk in this breathless, pulse-pounding thriller. Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) stars as an ex-soldier turned bodyguard hired to protect a young woman.
But while cruising with a group of friends one night, their stretch limo is run off the road and underwater by a gang of ruthless kidnappers–who then dive in to finish the job. Suddenly it’s sink or swim, as the bodyguard must fight to keep the vehicle from becoming a watery grave.
Scherzo Diabolico (May 3)
Aram (Francisco Barreiro, We Are What We Are, Here Comes the Devil) is a low-paid accountant living an unbearably dull existence. With a nagging wife who berates him for not being assertive enough, he quietly suffers while awaiting a long-deserved promotion. But there’s more to Aram than his quiet demeanor lets on: He has been secretly devising a scheme to finally get what he feels he is owed.
One day he asserts his power menacingly when he kidnaps a schoolgirl (Daniela Solo Vell, Eddie Reynolds y Los Angeles de Acero) and keeps her tied up in an abandoned warehouse. But what seems like the perfect plan soon unravels into his worst nightmare, and his carefully constructed scheme comes crashing down piece by bloody piece.
Emelie (May 4)
A couple’s replacement babysitter turns out to be more than they bargined for when she subjects their kids to a series of twisted activities. Emelie Review
Bite (May 6) Bite Review
While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she’s able to, she starts exhibiting insect like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent eggs, but feeds on the flesh of others. As her transformation becomes complete, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite.
The Horde (May 6) (The Horde Review)
John Crenshaw has given up his life as leader of his Navy SEAL team to settle down and marry his girlfriend Selina. He accompanies Selina and her students on a weekend nature-photography expedition deep into the Oregon woods. What starts out as an educational and fun-filled weekend turns into horror as the group is besieged by an unspeakable evil – a horde of hideously disfigured, mutated humans with an insatiable taste for blood.
The horde savagely attacks the camp. John fights off some and is left for dead as the creatures led by the sadistic Atkinson take Selina and the group back to their camp. Battered and enraged Crenshaw must once again embrace the life he left behind to track down and kill the horde. He uses all of his special forces training to try to save the group. With unrelenting danger around every corner he must deal with the savage mutants and human deceit. As things go from bad to worse, Crenshaw becomes their only hope if they are going to get out alive.
The Offering (May 6)
When young and successful reporter Jamie finds out that her sister has died in mysterious circumstances, she travels to Singapore to uncover the truth. There, she discovers multiple deaths linked to her sister’s and must join forces with her sister’s husband in order to defeat a demonic entity that is using new technology to complete an ancient mission.
The Boy (May 10 (DVD)
Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior.
After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.
The Darkness (May 13)
A family unwittingly brings a fear-feeding supernatural force with them when they return from a Grand Canyon vacation.
The Girl in the Cornfield (May 13)
Best friends Heather and Corrine are on their way home around midnight with Heather’s little sister Tiffany in the backseat. When Heather begins to fall asleep at the wheel, she doesn’t see a figure in a white dress stumbling onto the road until it’s too late. After a vicious impact, they exit the car to help but the woman has vanished, leaving behind only a trail of blood. Unable to find her, the friends decide to report it to the police and return home.
But that night both of them realize that someone or something has followed them and its intentions are far more horrific than they could’ve imagined.
Southbound (May 17 (DVD)) (Southbond Review)
Weary travellers confront their worst nightmares — and darkest secrets — over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway in this spooky anthology that merges five tales of death and mayhem on the open road.
Mitch and Jack are on the run from their past when they turn up, blood-splattered, at a lonely roadside diner; an all-girl rock group called Siren must rely on the kindness of strangers when their tour van breaks down at the side of the road; a harried business-man is desperate for help from an unusual 911 operator in the aftermath of a car accident; a frantic gunman bursts into a bar demanding to know the whereabouts of a girl in a photograph; all hell breaks loose when masked men interrupt a family vacation.
Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla (May 24)
Awkward, lonely ice cream truck driver Warren Thompson has two major problems: an unhealthy obsession with a soap opera actress, and a gang of bullies who like to savagely beat him on a regular basis. As Warren slowly slips out of reality and into a psychotic fantasy world to escape his miserable life, a darker, deadlier Warren emerges to deal with his problems and put an end to his tormentors.