PopCultHQ Looks at Horror Films to be Released in 2016

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2016 still has a number of horror films being released and PopCultHQ wanted to scare up all the details of these movies. Let’s take a look at what terrifying movies we can expect this year…

Green Room – April 29

The plot follows a punk band who find themselves at the mercy of a group of neo-Nazi skinheads after witnessing a murder at a remote club in the Pacific Northwest. The film stars Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, and Patrick Stewart.

The Darkness – May 13

The film is based on what are said to be actual events about a family who visit the Grand Canyon and bring home a supernatural force that feeds off their fears and takes over their lives. The film stars Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz, Lucy Fry, Matt Walsh, Jennifer Morrison and Parker Mack.

ConjuringThe Conjuring 2 – June 10

In this sequel of the horror film The Conjuring, which was released on July 19, 2013, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as paranormal investigators and authors Ed and Lorraine Warren, who travel to England to investigate poltergeist activity at a council house in Enfield.

The Shallows – June 24

A young surfer named Nancy was surfing at a secluded beach when she becomes stranded on a giant rock 200 yards away from shore after an enormous great white shark attacks her and circles the giant rock. Now she must find a way back to shore without being gobbled up. The film stars Blake Lively, and Óscar Jaenada.

The Purge: Election Year – July 1

In 2025, two years after choosing not to kill Warren Grass, the man who killed his son in a drunk-driving accident, police sergeant Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) becomes head of security for Senator Charlene Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), the front runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge after losing her family to sadistic murderers on Purge night 15 years earlier in 2010. The government secretly opposes Roan’s campaign against the Purge, and plot against her to keep her from destroying the Purge. On the night of what should be the final Purge, a betrayal from within the government at the hands of the New Founding Fathers of America forces Barnes and Senator Roan out onto the street where they must fight to survive the night, and come across a group of anti-Purge rebels that support Senator Roan’s campaign.

The film stars Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Betty Gabriel, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Secor, Joseph Julian Soria and Liza Colón-Zayas.

Lights Out – July 22

The film, much like the original short film it was adapted upon, revolves around a supernatural entity only visible in the dark, which terrorizes a local family when a child sees it for the first time, which the sister recognizes possibly as a former childhood friend. The film stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman and Maria Bello.

Don’t Breathe – August 26

A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong. The film stars Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy, Stephen Lang, Daniel Zovatto and Sergej Onopko.

Patient Zero – September 2

After a pandemic outbreak, a mutated form of rabies results in most humans being turned into a highly intelligent new species known as “The Infected”: a human survivor, Morgan (Matt Smith), with the ability to talk with the “infected,” investigates these species and pursues “Patient Zero” to find an antidote to save humanity, including his infected wife. Aiding Morgan on the mission to find Patient Zero is CDC virologist Dr. Gina Rose (Natalie Dormer), leading the scientific research efforts, while Colonel Knox (Clive Standen) is in charge of the military front.

The film stars Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci and Clive Standen.

Delirium – September 30

A man recently released from a mental institute inherits a mansion after his parents die. After a series of disturbing events, he comes to believe it is haunted. The film stars Topher Grace, Patricia Clarkson, and Genesis Rodriguez.

Underworld: Blood Wars – October 14

Plot is unknown as of now. The film stars Kate Beckinsale reprising her role as Selene, Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, Bradley James, and Charles Dance.

Ouija 2 – October 21

A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. The film stars Henry Thomas, Annalise Basso, Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, and Parker Mack.

Rings – October 28

Julia is a high school student whose college boyfriend, Holt, has grown distant. Fearing they’re drifting apart, she travels to see him and finds out that he’s part of a club of college students who pass Samara’s tape between each other. Julia discovers Holt watched the cursed tape six and a half days ago, meaning that by the end of the day, he would die. The curse is what brought them back together, but it’s also what threatens to kill them. The third installment (following The Ring and The Ring Two) stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe and Johnny Galecki.

The Strangers 2 – December 2

Info on this film, in development on and off for over 5 years, is unavailable due to its speculatory nature.

The Bye Bye Man – December 9

Three college students move into an old, off-campus house, where they find themselves hunted by a supernatural entity called The Bye Bye Man (Doug Jones) who may be responsible for possessing various people and causing them to commit killing sprees throughout recent history. The film stars Doug Jones, Douglas Smith, Michael Trucco, Cressida Bonas, and Lucien Laviscount.

Films with Missing Info

Leatherface – Unknown release date

Prequel about teenage Leatherface who escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a young nurse and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge. The film stars Sam Strike, Stephen Dorff, Vanessa Grasse and Lili Taylor.

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