Contrary to popular belief, it's a pretty great time to be a horror fan. Sure there are plenty of films hitting theaters that make a mockery of the genre, but there's actually a whole lot on the horizon to be excited about if you know where to look.
While many accuse the genre of consisting only of sequels and remakes, over the next 12 months, there's an onslaught of interesting new films that aren't based on any preexisting property. There was indeed a time when so much of the horror landscape was composed entirely of sequels, but in recent years, there's been a renaissance of creative material like The Babadook and It Follows.
And even a lot of the upcoming sequels look promising, partially because filmmakers have been moving away from overlong franchises that stretch out a single plot line, instead focusing on franchises where each movie is its own story.
There's so much variety among these 15 films, movies about elementary school zombies, dreams come to life and even people trapped inside an '80s slasher flick. If you feel like all that horror has to offer these days is the latest Paranormal Activity sequel, look no further than these 15 upcoming films to change your mind.
15. Final Girl (August 14)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec1-3Fjxy0c
Horror movies have treated women poorly for a long time now, but that's been turning around in recent years with female characters that kick a lot of ass and aren't merely victims. That was the case with Erin in You're Next, Lola in The Loved Ones, and Final Girl looks like it will fit nicely in that category.
In Final Girl, a group of teenage boys take girls into the woods to hunt, but they end up with more than they bargained for when they pick the highly trained Veronica (Abigail Breslin). Based on the trailer, the movie seems like it's going to take the formula of having a female victim beaten down for an hour and a half and flip that on its head, turning her into the one doing the beating.
That premise could be pretty fun, and Abigail Breslin has been killing it with horror roles lately. She also recently appeared in Maggie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and in 2013 she was an excellent lead in the underrated ghost film Haunter. Though possibly leaning more into action/thriller than horror, Final Girl definitely appears to be utilizing horror tropes, and it has potential to be a great time.