You guys. I can’t believe how short the June horror movie slate is this month! I mean, don’t you think you’d want to spread your summer horror releases out? Guess not, because June is sparse this month. There are only two major theatrical releases and a few VOD releases.
Though, to be fair, June horror has the incendiary Hereditary, fresh off the indie festival circuit and burning up the internet with tons of critical acclaim. That alone makes up for the shortage of other major horror titles and the duds rounding out June horror movies, like The Toybox and Ghostland. So I guess we can call it even?
There’s always July, when The First Purge and The Nun come out!
In the meantime, check out these trailers.
A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure — an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Now able to walk, Grey finds that he also has superhuman strength and agility — skills he uses to seek revenge against the thugs who destroyed his life.
This trailer has all the requirements of the sci-fi/horror revenge action: broken down anti-hero, a murdered wife that fuels him his murderous rage, crazy technology that gives him superhero powers, lots of insane and cinematic violence, and a shadowy billionaire with unclear motives bankrolling the whole thing. What could go wrong?!
Sure, it’s not inventive or groundbreaking plot, but I enjoy a good sci-fi/horror action as much as the next person.I’m always here for a good sci-fi/horror action! I look forward to renting this from Redbox.
Cold Skin (VOD)
On the edge of the Antarctic Circle, a ship approaches a desolate island, far from all shipping lanes. On board is a young man who is on his way to assume the post of weather observer and live in solitude at the end of the earth. He finds no trace of the man he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. For the next twelve months, his entire world will consist of a deserted cabin, trees, rocks, silence and the surrounding sea.
Don’t you just hate it when a trailer gives away the whole movie in two minutes? I mean, I would otherwise be slightly intrigued by a film with creepy sea people that remind me of Lovecraft’s Deep Ones from his story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.” But I feel like I don’t even need to see it now.
Delirium (VOD and DVD)
After being released from a psychiatric hospital, a man comes into his inheritance when his parents die, However, after a series of mysterious events, he comes to the conclusion the house that his parents left him is haunted.
Topher Grace has come a long way since That 70s Show! I feel like this film should be getting a bit more attention. It seems like a decent psychological horror set in a lavish setting, with all the gothic tropes, like an unreliable protagonist and dark family secrets.
When Ellen passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.
SOUND THE ALARM. This is one of the summer’s biggest horror movies, and it’s freakin’ awesome. I’ve seen it already, and I really liked it. Then I went home, couldn’t stop thinking about it for days, and now I LOVE IT. One of the things I liked best was how misleading this trailer is, and I mean that in the best way. This trailer merely gives you a taste of the sense of suspense, dread, and horror in this film. Nothing can truly prepare you for what this movie has in store.
The Toybox (VOD)
An estranged family take a trip to the desert in their used RV but become stranded and isolated in the scorching terrain. They soon learn their RV holds terrible, haunting secrets, and it starts killing them off one by one.
What is this? And why is this? We didn’t need a weird The Hills Have Eyes rip-off with both Denise Richards and Mischa Barton, now did we?
Sixteen years after a traumatic event, a mother and two daughters reunite at the house where it happened, and that’s when things get strange.
I have no idea what’s happening in this trailer. Like, it’s jumping through time and narrative arcs and characters, and I’m so confused. The bad acting and prolific jump scares and screams every five seconds don’t help. If this mess of a trailer was the best that could be cut together, the movie might suck. Probably.
I guess I’ll just have to see Hereditary again!
What are the June horror movies you’re looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!