Hello Internet! Sorry I’ve been away for a while. I had to take some time off for personal reasons. I’m back now!

I wish my first post back was a little more noteworthy; alas, December isn’t traditionally known for solid horror movie releases. December 2016 is no exception. There are only three horror movie releases this month, and despite the potential of Pet, there’s nothing here to write home about.

However, if you tire of all the great Christmas horror movies out there, give these a shot.

Enjoy!

 

December 2, 2016

1. Incarnate

“A scientist with the ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed must save a young boy from the grips of a demon with powers never seen before, while facing the horrors of his past.”

What is this rip-off of The Cell? And with a Constantine-esque anti-hero? This trailer started off as intriguing with the creepy details of the boy’s possession, but then things went south from there. Exorcism films are plentiful, and as such, require an extra level of deftness and detail to separate them from the pack. Incarnate looks like it tries to take a shortcut by stitching together a bunch of conceits from other, more thoughtful films into one lumbering monster of a movie.

And speaking of forced Frankenstein metaphors, Oh Aaron. Oh my sweet, handsome Aaron Eckhart . What is your career now? You had such a good run of films for a while there, with The Dark Knight and Thank You For Smoking. But then we took a hard left into horror movies that have no business receiving theatrical releases. Incarnate looks bad, Aaron. Real bad.

And I will never forgive you for I, Frankenstein.

We could have had it all.

 

2. Siren

“A bachelor party becomes a savage fight for survival when the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator upon the festivities. A feature adaptation of the segment ‘Amateur Night’ from the 2012 horror anthology ‘V/H/S.'”

I’m a sucker for a bachelor/bachelorette party gone wrong movie, and this movie looks bonkers, so I’ll probably see it eventually. Especially when there’s a “strange yet sexy” cult that may or may not be worshipping the devil with a hot demon locked up in the back. Siren looks completely manic, but in a way that could pay off.

I mean, this movie will be either be hilariously awesome or downright bad. It certainly doesn’t have the strength of the cast’s acting to fall back on.

 

3. Pet

“A psychological thriller about a man who bumps into an old flame and subsequently becomes obsessed with her, leading him to hold her captive underneath the animal shelter where he works. But what will the victim have in store for her captor?”

What a slick trailer! That’s how you do this! I’m already sad about creepy stalker Dominic Monaghan, aka Merry from The Lord of the Rings, but I have to admit that this trailer is tense.

While this story seems like well-worn territory, there’s a certain real-world grittiness exhibited in the trailer. Paired with what looks like solid acting, and this movie might be able to breathe life into what might otherwise be a stale film.