I. Am. Pumped. April horror is chock full of all sorts of festival horror movies I’ve been waiting for, and they look great!

This April, we’re getting not one, not two, but three horror movies from last month’s SXSW, and they look amazing. I can already confirm that A Quiet Place, starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, is very good and highly enjoyable. That leaves Wildling, one of the festival’s unexpected triumphs, and Ghost Stories, a spectacularly moody British ghost tale.

And then, on top of everything, Marrowbone, the latest effort from Spanish filmmaker Sergio G. Sanchez (El Orfanto) drops this month. Swoon.

Also among the April horror releases are a few horror films that look cheesy, contrived, and quite frankly, delightful! Truth or Dare promises the kind of schlocky teenage horror we all secretly enjoy (don’t lie) while Bus Party to Hell demands to be seen on the strength of its title alone. I will oblige.

Seriously, this is a great month for both quality horror and popcorn-flick fun.

Check out the trailers below.

April 6th

A Quiet Place

Alright, so I’ve seen this movie already, and it’s really, really well done. It’s earned rave reviews and made a bunch of top ten lists from its debut at SXSW last month. The trailers are everywhere, and with good reason.

That being said, this trailer is a better representation of the film than the super jump-scary ones circulating right now. This film is extremely tense, with all the careful attention to detail and characterization one expects from a delicious, slow-burn horror movie. Those other trailers don’t market A Quiet Place in this way, which sucks and means marketers don’t trust the movie to sell itself.

It’s good. Go see it.

The Endless

Who doesn’t love a creepy cult that messes with the laws of time and physics? I know I do! This trailer looks unsettling and weird, but nothing in it really suggests that it will be scary. A compelling portrait of two brothers digging into their shared traumatic past? Sure. A horror movie? Maybe not.

It doesn’t help that Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead comprise the same team that produced “horror” movie Spring (2014), which was a beautiful, poignant love story that was decidedly not a horror movie, despite the film’s insistence that it was. We’ll see if The Endless is scarier than Spring, but I’m not holding my breath.

April 13th

Truth or Dare

LOOOOLLLL this looks like a hybrid between The Ring and Final Destination, and I love it! There’s just something wonderful about a super contrived plot and kooky death scenes played with a straight face! This movie looks stupid, but I would be lying if I said that Blumhouse’s recent batting average and my predilection for cheesy horror hadn’t convinced me that I need this movie now.

Marrowbone

I was already convinced to see this movie because of the one-two punch of actresses Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) and Mia Goth (A Cure for Wellness). But then I learned that the film was written and directed by Sergio G. Sanchez, who wrote El Orfanto, which is one of my favorite haunted house movies ever. This trailer is atmospheric and suspenseful and full of magnificently captured dread, which gives me hope that Marrowbone will continue in the great Spanish tradition of ghost stories. If the reactions to the film’s TIFF appearance are anything to go by, Marrowbone is well worth your attention.

Bus Party to Hell

Grab the vodka and break out the Jello shots, I just found my next bad movie night selection! I don’t even know where to start with this—burning man, a ripoff of The Hills Have Eyes, cults, Tara Reid? You know what, the fewer questions I ask, the better!

April 13th

Wildling (VOD)

Aw, man, this looks more sad than scary. Wildling seems like an ominous, profound film about the pain of adolescence and being an outcast. I’m pretty intrigued, not least because it debuted at SXSW last month to critical acclaim. The Hollywood Reporter loved it, going so far as to name it one of its Critics’ Picks: The 10 Best Films of SXSW 2018. I hope it lives up to the hype. 

April 17th

#Screamers (VOD)

I was skeptical about the quality of this trailer, mostly because movies with “#” in their titles usually suck and most found-footage is completely stale now. But…well…this film seems to have a surprisingly relevant message about our social media/internet content obsessed society. It doesn’t look like the best movie ever, but I may have to give #Screamers a shot.

April 20th

Ghost Stories

Yaaaas I love British horror! Especially when it uses the full atmospheric and moody potential of the English countryside. Right off the bat, Ghost Stories is doing a lot to invoke the classic British horror films of the 60s and 70s, particularly the plot and thematic elements of The Wicker Man. It did pretty well at SXSW, and while it may not be the most groundbreaking film ever, it is certainly a type of film we need more of.

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