September gets kind of a rough deal. It’s the first full month back from summer and the only real barrier between summer fun and Halloween fun. Of course, if you’re anything like me, you start planning your Halloween costume at least sixty days out. Around that two-month mark, you might start planning your annual Boo-bash or purchasing your tickets for a haunted house tour. September often seems like thirty days of not-being-October, like time to clear your schedule for costume parties and scary movie marathons and baking ghostly treats.
But let’s give September a little bit of love. Some awesome horror movies will be released later this month. Maybe it’s time we think of September as the warm-up month. These films will get you in the mood for all of October’s creepy glory.
So, without further ado, September 2015 has everything from unnerving, suspicious twins to murderous trick-o’-treaters to Nicolas Cage’s best “scared/confused” face. Check out the September horror below!
- Goodnight Mommie – 9/11/2015
Official Synopsis: In the heat of the summer lays a lonesome house in the countryside where nine year old twin brothers await their mother’s return. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is. What ensues is a terrifying observational struggle with fatal consequences on par with THE SHINING and DEAD RINGERS.
What can I say about this movie other than that I have been waiting for this film for what seems like an eternity?!?! Goodnight Mommy looks like it’s right up my alley—psychological horror, gorgeously shot and styled, languishing in the slow build of tension until everything goes down in (literal?) flames! This looks genuinely creepy and unsettling. And it’s getting rave reviews so far!
- The Visit – 9/11/2015
Official Synopsis: Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable [my note—don’t forget The Last Avatar and The Happening!!!]) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.
If you gravitate towards found-footage horror instead of slow burn psychological horror, maybe check out The Visit, which will also be released this weekend. I like to rag on M. Night Shyamalan as much as the next person, but I dare say this might be different. Usually, I can get a pretty good idea of the quality of a Shyamalan film from the trailer, and this one certainly has promise. There are few things more sinister than lovable elderly grandparents gone murderous.
But we all know that Shyamalan is great at creating fantastic concepts, yet lousy at executing the third act. He has more losses than wins as far as I’m concerned. Also, this trailer reminds me a little too much of The Taking of Deborah Logan. I might wait for this on Redbox.
- The Hive – 9/14/2015
Official Synopsis: A young man suffering from amnesia must dig deep into the far reaches of his mind to remember who he is and save the love of his life before a virus that has infected him takes over.
I’m sorry, did Ain’t It Cool News just say this movie is like “Evil Dead meets Momento?”
Sign me up!
I may prefer psychological horror, but I have a very soft spot for zombie movies. This looks amazing and gross and terrifying, but also kind of sweet. Let’s hope they can strike the right balance between love story and horror flick.
- Hellions – 9/18/15
Official Synopsis: Under siege by forces she can’t understand, Dora must defend both body and soul from relentless Hellions, dead-set on possessing something Dora will not give them. Set in a visually haunting landscape, Hellions redefines the boundaries of horror with its potent brew of Halloween iconography, teenage angst and desperate survival.
And I mean that in a good way. No really, what is going on here? My mind immediately went to Ils, a French horror film where child hooligans terrorize an adult couple, but the hellions of this film are obviously supernatural. This movie looks trippy, to say the least. Bloody Disgusting gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
I’ll probably Redbox it.
- Some Kind of Hate – 9/18/15
Official Synopsis: Relentless bullying has turned Lincoln’s life into a nightmare. But he soon learns the true meaning of terror when he is sent to a remote school for troubled teens and the harassment starts all over again. Only this time, someone is watching – a teenage girl named Moira who was driven to suicide by vicious bullying years ago. When Lincoln accidentally summons Moira from the grave, he unleashes a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of blood-soaked revenge.
As far as slashers-from-beyond-the-grave go, this one looks promising enough. Certainly, there has been much discussion on the traumatizing effects of bullying, which always makes for juicy emotional depth for a horror film. Slashers are not my favorite, and as a result, I’m interested for the story rather than the scares. That being said, Moira looks downright terrifying. Reviews may be mixed from positive to not so positive, but I think there might be potential for the “villain” to take her rightful place among horror icons.
- Cooties – September 18, 2015
Official Synopsis: From the twisted minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of “Saw” and “Insidious”) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), “Cooties” is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (“The Hobbit,” “Lord of the Rings”), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.
This trailer had me dying from laughter! Cooties looks promising, giving lots of humor and gore in the trailer, like my other favorite comedy horror movie Shaun of the Dead. If that isn’t enough to pique your interest, just think about Frodo, Kenneth from 30 Rock, and Dwight from the Office together in a movie where bratty fourth graders turn into Zombies. I’ve never taught little kids, but I have several teacher friends who would love this movie, even if it gets a little too real at times.
Definetely one to see in the theater.
- Before I Wake – 9/25/2015
Official Synopsis: In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody’s imagination, and in the next, the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody’s nightmares.
I feel kind of meh about this trailer. On the one hand, the trailer is okay. Nothing special, same old jump scares, and Kate Bosworth’s face doesn’t really move or express emotion. On the other hand, the little boy screaming “I’m awake! I’m awake!” is so relatable, so universal. We have all had a nightmare that we could wake up from, and maybe this movie will deliver based on the strength of this shared experience.
Honestly, unless I see some rave reviews (and I couldn’t find any reviews), I’ll Redbox this one.
- Pay the Ghost – 9/25/2015
Official Synopsis: One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Cole (Nicolas Cage) is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can’t explain. Together with his estranged wife (Sarah Wayne Callies), he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their son—and, in doing so, he unearths a legend that refuses to remain buried in the past.
I’ll be honest, it doesn’t look terribly scary, but I bet this movie will be fun as hell. And it doesn’t even look like a good movie. This movie is probably a few steps below Drive Angry (I might be too harsh). However, Nicolas Cage is in it, for crying out loud! Even if this movie isn’t good, let alone scary, Nic Cage will make it entertaining and endlessly gif-able. I’ll take it.
This is one for Amazon Prime, reruns on TNT, or a drunken night with friends. I haven’t decided yet.
- Green Inferno – 9/25/2015
Official Synopsis: From acclaimed horror director, Eli Roth, THE GREEN INFERNO follows a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone… and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Eli Roth’s films are known for being hardcore gore marathons, not sprints. This film is no exception, if early reviews are to be believed. If you are a big ole gorehond who likes a healthy serving of social commentary, then this is the movie for you! Obviously, Green Inferno seeks to be something of a spiritual successor to Cannibal Holocaust, and in that regard it might do very well. I’m not much of a gorehound myself, but I will admit I’m intrigued by Eli Roth’s supposed take down of “slacktavisim” culture and how first-world privilege clouds our view of the world.
Since I’m not much of a gorehound, I will watch this at home, in the middle of the day, with all the lights on.
Did I miss any new releases? What do you think of September’s horror movies? Leave your thoughts in the comments!