It’s no surprise that November is a rather slow month for new horror movie releases, considering how many new horror movies came out in October. That being said, I’m still a little disappointed that there are only five new horror releases.
Despite the low volume, November will see a critically acclaimed creature-feature, a hipster version of The Crazies, a ridiculous (in a good way) slasher, a stylish and hopefully substantive preteen slasher, and the latest film adaptation of Frankenstein.
This list may not contain the best horror movies in the world, but I’m intrigued and will definitely add some of these to my watch list, especially now that we’re moving into those desolate winter months. Check out the November 2015 horror movie releases below!
NOVEMBER 6, 2015
“Deep within the darkness of secluded forest land in rural Ireland dwells an ancient evil. Feared by the nearby superstitious villagers as cursed creatures who prey upon the lost, their secrets have been kept from civilization and remain on their hallowed ground. But when a conservationist from London moves in with his wife and infant child in order to survey the land for future construction, his actions unwittingly disturb the horde of demonic forces. Alone in a remote wilderness, he must now ensure his family’s survival from their relentless attacks.”
This looks promising! It’s been a while since I’ve seen a good “creature feature.” It looks well produced, which goes a long way to separating it from other similar movies. I’m particularly intrigued by the dynamic, if any, which arises from the clash between the new family and the residents of the small town. That, and the fact that it was selected to show at Sundance tells me that this might actually be a worthwhile movie.
Check it out in theatres and on VOD.
NOVEMBER 13, 2015
“Fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya moves in with her boyfriend who is squatting in an old, condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With neighbors that are meth heads, junkies and degenerates, this depraved hell hole is even more toxic than it appears: After a virus born from their combined noxious waste and garbage infects the building’s residents, one by one, they succumb to a terrifying pathogen that turns them into bloodthirsty, rampaging killers and transforms their building into a savage slaughterhouse.”
Alright, the whole shadowy-government-officials-accidentally-unleash-killer-serum-on-the-populace plot isn’t exactly new. Please see The Crazies (both versions), Contamination, Salvage, and Plant Terror. In fact, it’s been done a lot. However, I’m interested in where the filmmakers have chosen to set the film—in a condemned building in New York City, where the rents are ridiculously expensive. At the very least, it should be somewhat interesting to see hipsters and other assorted outsiders tear each apart. But from the acting in the trailer and seeming lack of plot other than the conceit I’ve described above, I think I’ll probably just wait for this to come on late-night cable.
The Funhouse Massacre
“Six of the worlds scariest psychopaths escape from a local Asylum and proceed to unleash terror on the unsuspecting crowd of a Halloween Funhouse whose themed mazes are inspired by their various reigns of terror.”
Robert Englund is in this? Horror legend! And it’s a slasher horror-comedy? Set at a carnival on Halloween night? For all you gorehounds out here, I suggest checking out this movie and reporting back. What better place to set your bloody slasher than in a creepy carnival with not one, not two, but SIX crazed serial killers on the loose pretending to be funhouse workers? What it seems to lack in realism it makes up for in over-the-top slashing fun and a health dose of self-deprecating humor. This movie’s attitude seems to be part “Go big or go home” and part “Don’t tell me what to do! I do what I want!” I respect that.
NOVEMBER 20, 2015
“You’ve got followers… Cyberbullying goes offline during one deadly night. Inspired by a shocking true story, this film follows a group of preteen girls living in a suburban world of money and privilege. But when their obsession with a disturbing online game goes too far, virtual terror becomes all too real.”
Things this movie has going for it, based on the trailer: preteen girl characters (underrepresented in horror), a gorgeous set, slick and stylish cinematography, and a story centered around cyberbullying and the all-consuming world of social media. And Chloe Sevigny.
Things the movie has going against it, based on the trailer: preteen girl characters (it’s going to be tricky to make these characters relatable and tolerable, that’s for sure), not-great dialogue, and the anti-bullying slant, which nowadays is more bandwagon-y than revolutionary.
Also, I felt like I didn’t understand half the trailer. Some trailers show you too much, others leave you feeling confused. This trailer belongs to the latter camp. I understand that one of the girls doesn’t really fit in, and that one girl hates her dad, but whose story is it? And who is Chloe Sevigny playing? What is the plot? I don’t know how to explain it, but perhaps the trailer was shooting for enigmatic. It ended up muddled. Also, was that a painting of an egg on the wall? Was it painted on Marilyn Monroe’s face? Why is it throbbing? So confused.
Additionally, having been a twelve-year old girl, I’m not sure I believe the behavior of some of those girls as shown. And what is this thing horror movies do where the killer stalks characters in literal broad daylight and no one notices? Personal pet peeve.
But you know me, I’ve got a weakness for pretty horror, so I’ll probably see this movie at some point. Soon.
NOVEMBER 27, 2015
“Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.”
YAAASSSS so excited this is finally coming out! Frankenstein is my jam!
I love that we’ve got James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe together, since they’re both very talented and seem to have good chemistry based on the trailer. I love the detailed world-building. I love how the film is told through Igor’s point of view—maybe this will result in a better outcome than the last time someone tried that (cough cough Stephen King). And I love how Victor seems to go through a slow but understandable transition from idealistic medical student to a full-blown mad scientist.
Don’t forget all the gnarly experiments we better get to see! And the creature brought to life? And an army of one million Frankensteins? Bring it!
This trailer is already a thousand times better than the most recent Frankenstein movie adaptations. I’m looking at you, I, Frankenstein.
Are y’all going to see any of these? Did I miss any? Leave your comments below!