I love January. It’s the beginning of a new year, the sweet spot between a worn out, dusty old year and 12 months of as of yet untarnished potential.
I also love January for the horror movie trailers. That’s right—the dumping ground for movies Hollywood needed to unload has some of the best bad horror movie trailers of the whole year. And 2018 doesn’t disappoint.
Last January, we had trailers like Underworld: Blood Wars, The Bye Bye Man, and The Summoning. I laughed and cringed and wholly enjoyed myself. This January, my favorite bad horror movie trailers go to Day of the Dead: Bloodline, Primal Rage, and Death House, the latter of which I need to watch immediately.
Oh, and this January also has some very promising trailers, like The Open House and Mom and Dad. I mean, we got Split last January, which ended up pleasantly surprising me. January isn’t just a junk month for horror movies.
Insidious: The Last Key
“Brilliant parapsychologist Elise Rainier receives a disturbing phone call from a man who claims that his house is haunted. Even more disturbing is the address — 413 Apple Tree Lane in Five Keys, N.M. — the home where Elise grew up as a child. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Rainier travels to Five Keys to confront and destroy her greatest fear — the demon that she accidentally set free years earlier.”
Before I Wake (Netflix)
“Foster parents Mark and Jessie welcome 8-year-old Cody into their home. The boy tells Jessie that he’s terrified to fall asleep, but she assumes it’s just a natural fear for any young child. The couple becomes startled when their dead biological son suddenly appears in their living room. To their surprise, Cody’s dreams can magically become real but so can his nightmares. Mark and Jessie must now uncover the truth behind Cody’s mysterious ability before his imagination harms them all.”
Day of the Dead: Bloodline (VOD)
“A small group of military personnel and some survivalists dwell in an underground bunker as they seek to find a cure in a world overrun by zombies.”
Devil’s Gate (VOD)
An FBI agent and local sheriff search for answers after a woman and her young son go missing from the small town of Devil’s Gate, North Dakota. Stars Milo Ventimiglia.
“A woman in her third trimester of pregnancy is stalked by a stranger who is obsessed with her unborn child.”
I hate that they’ve remade A L’Interieur.
The Midnight Man (VOD)
“A girl and her friends find a game in the attic that summons a creature known as The Midnight Man, who uses their worst fears against them.”
Mom and Dad (VOD)
“Adults mysteriously begin to turn on their children in this horror/thriller starring Nic Cage and Selma Blair. Early reviews have been surprisingly strong for this one.”
The Open House (VOD & Netflix)
“Following a tragedy, a mother and her teen son move to a relative’s vacant vacation home, where eerie and unexplained forces conspire against them.”
Death House (Limited)
“During an exclusive tour, a power breakdown inside a secret prison known as the Death House sends two agents fighting through a labyrinth of horrors while being pursued by a ruthless army of roaming inmates. As they fight to escape, the agents push toward the lowest depths of the facility where they learn a supernatural group of evil beings are their only chance for survival.”
Primal Rage (Limited)
“Deep in the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr become lost in a forest where a mysterious creature dwells. They soon find themselves in a fierce fight for survival against a terrifying beast that may be the legendary Bigfoot.”