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10 Horror Films Released In February That Were Actually Good!

February Horror Movies

As many of you may know, February (along with January) has a bad rap for being the dumping ground for horror films. It has historically been a slower month for the box office with the exception of the Oscar nominees that get an extra push right before the awards air (unless you’re Deadpool). Because of that, studios use February as their opportunity to get rid of some lesser-quality films for a quick buck. This is especially true for any studio that has a horror film collecting dust on the shelf. Films like The Last Exorcism Part II, Hannibal Rising, The Lazarus Effect, the remake of The Eye and many others get released in this awful month for horror-thirsty moviegoers. We have been fortunate enough to get two good horror films this February in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (What? I thought it was a lot of fun!) and The Witch. Since we here at Bloody Disgusting hope that starts a new trend for February releases, we decided to look back over the years at some February horror releases that are actually good! Here are 10 well-regarded horror films that saw a February release.

The Stepford Wives (February 12, 1975)

First of all, if you cry that The Stepford Wives, Bryan Forbes’ brilliant adaptation of Ira Levin’s (Rosemary’s Baby) novel, isn’t a horror movie, then you clearly haven’t seen it. The 2004 remake may have taken the satire and turned it into slapstick, but the 1975 film is pure horror. The scene where Joanna finds her double is absolutely terrifying.

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  • Creepshow

    (hopefully respectful) conversation and debate

    Bahahaha….oh Trace, you subtle funny bastard!

  • Trace I have a few questions for you! Are you (or BD) attending SXSW? Or do you have a list of movies showing there that you want to see or have your eye on? It’s the next big film festival so I’m curious if you guys are covering it or not?! Thanks brotha!

    • I actually live in Austin so I’ll be covering it! There’s quite a few genre films I’ll be reviewing!

      • Creepshow

        Well that’s great news! My head still hasn’t healed yet from smashing it against hard things, after reading Fred Topel’s batch of Sundance jargon.

        • I will say this: It’s REALLY difficult to be churning out reviews like that at a festival when you’re watching movies-back-to-back for days. I had my first experience with festivals at Fantastic Fest back in September and it was…..different. Definitely a learning experience!

          • Creepshow

            In Fred’s case, it’s MORE difficult writing something coherent about what he saw. Glad to hear this Trace. Your the right dude for the job!

      • Perfect, can’t wait!

  • DoItFluid

    Not that I’d necessarily take any films off ofyour list to make room for these (cuz it is a solid list), here are a couple notables you’re missing:
    Cannibal Holocaust
    Original Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    The Serpent and the Rainbow

  • Alex Dye

    Trace, your lists are great. I definitely agree with all the above, Stepford Wives is super creepy. The thought of being “replaced” is so terrifying. And I loved Frozen, so tense. Adam Green really knocked it out of the park with that one.

  • Brey Compton Arriaga

    What about Final Destinación 3? The rollercoaster scene was tense and the performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead makes this installment my favorite of the franchise 😀 <3

    • I had it on there originally but it ended up getting cut to make the list 10 items. I do love that movie though!

    • Biscoito18

      Its my favorite FD too.

  • J Jett

    i love THE CRAZIES, DREAM WARRIORS and of course one of my top 3 favorite movies ever…THE FOG!

    Trace does this list include movies that were released straight to disc or only theatrical releases? i’ll add STARRY EYES (released Feb.3, 2015) if that was only a disc release.

    also WYRMWOOD was released on Feb.13, 2015 (VOD) and it was a really fun, crazy Aussie zombie flick.

    i’m sure there are tons of other horror movies released in February that i love but i can’t find a list online for something that specific (and i can’t remember any more at this moment. lol).

    • I feel like it’s all theatrical. That’ll teach me for using Wikipedia!

    • Kori Batchelor

      Agreed about Wyrmwood! So much fun!

  • J Jett

    oh, i forgot, i’ve never seen FROZEN but what i do know about the movie i can tell that what Emma’s character says about her dog would make me cry too.

    • Frozen is AMAZING. Some people just don’t seem to like it since the characters do make some pretty terrible decisions, but it’s one of my favorites. The dog monologue is absolutely heartbreaking (she is basically musing on how if she dies on the mountain her dog will starve and no one will be able to feed her and the dog will die thinking that she abandoned her). One of my favorite moments in all of horror.

      • J Jett

        Trace, that’s exactly what i figured her dog dialogue was going to be. yes, i freely admit that scene would wreck me (and the fact that fantastic Emma was the one saying it…yup. i’d be wrecked. lol).

        • Yes. You should definitely see a Frozen. It’s hands down Green’s best movie.

      • Kaijudude

        That was a good scene. And pet owners will tend to think like that .Another sad scene, one that really drove the point home that they were trapped, was when they realized that they needed to use the bathroom. It was a really sad movie all around .

        • It’s a really difficult watch, and for a movie with minimal gore and just one setting, that says a lot.

      • Foxenstein Must Be Destroyed

        make a hybrid of both frozen and pixar’s frozen.

      • Evan3

        And here I thought you were talking Disney animation for one hot second (and your first two sentences would have been dead-on in that case as well)

  • Kaijudude

    PPJ was a good movie . I usually like to reserve judgement for myself when i’d like to see a movie , i really don’t listen to anyone else , Especially critics. And it was fun , i didn’t feel like i wasted my 12 bucks. So if you still happen to have it near you , see it.

    • Jeff Eastwood

      What is PPJ?

  • Evan3

    I’ve never read the book, but i just can’t envision Clarice and Hannibal as lovers (or more accurately, Foster and Hopkins). She works best imo as incorruptable. I enjoyed Hannibal’s lover in the show simply because she was so amazingly hypocritical in that it made her almost the more maniacal of the pair when compared to Hannibal’s embracing of his nature.So, pair Hannibal with someone possibly more insane? Great! Pair him with sweet Clarice Starling, the woman who had lifelong nightmares from the sound of slaughtered sheep – nooooo!

    • J Jett

      Evan3 regarding Clarice being incorruptable, i agree w/ you 10000000%.

    • I think it’s just because I find the ending of the movie Hannibal to be quite unsatisfying (oh, Hannibal gets away again). I understand your views on Clarice, but at least them running away and being lovers would have been SOMETHING different.

      • wehoaks

        Different doesn’t always equal better.

        • Agreed, but I just find the ending of the film to be so bland. I would have liked the shock of seeing that. Of course, that would have been assuming the film had done a decent enough job of making Clarice’s corruption believable. It would have had to have been a completely different film though.

          • wehoaks

            I think the film just lacked without Foster. It’s not a bad film by any means but it’s not a great one either.

  • Werewolf

    The Hitcher still sticks in my mind to this day because of the sadistic way it teaches you that all that carnage and death could have been prevented if Jim had just had the guts to do what it took in the beginning. Frustrating is right.

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    So, when I was ten (a million years ago) my parents went to see Silence of the Lambs at the movie theater, while my older brother took me and my cousin into another theater to see a different movie. My mother was so terrified by SOTL that she left the theater to sneak into our movie and sit with us. She still has never seen SOTL to the end.

    • Evan3

      Happy 1,000,011th Birthday this year!

      • Chrissie-Watkins

        LOL, thanks, its bittersweet.

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