My 5 Most Anticipated Horror Movies Of 2014!!

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I didn’t realize what a great year for horror this was until I was compiling my “best of” list for this year (look for that next week). Back in 2012 I don’t even think I had enough movies I liked enough to make a list that was more than eight entries long, but this year I have a ton of stuff on there and it was a real battle to decide what made the cut and what would fall into my runner-up column.

So I’m optimistic that 2014 will carry some or that momentum and be a great year in its own right, and I kind of wanted to share that optimism (however fleeting) with you guys today. I’m leaving off Cheap Thrills because I’ve already seen it, but that should definitely be on your calendar if you haven’t. It’s fantastic.

I’m aware that the list trends a bit mainstream, but the fact of the matter is the tiny indies who may up really knocking me out next year simply don’t have the PR machine rolling yet. The Maniac remake came out of nowhere this year (I mean, I was aware it was being made but assumed it was doing to suck – it didn’t) so there’s a strong chance something similar will happen in the next 12 months.

With that in mind, head below for my 5 Most Anticipated Horror Movies Of 2014!!!.

The Guest

Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett took a huge stylistic and tonal turn from the underrated A Horrible Way To Die with You’re Next. While some filmmakers are able to keep revisiting similar approaches and themes from different angles, I always appreciate ones like the Coen Brothers that reinvent themselves each time out. Obviously Wingard and Barrett haven’t hit those heights yet, but it’s a nice thing these days to be excited about somebody’s work because you know it won’t be what you’re expecting. I have no idea what to make of The Guest aside from the fact that Dan Stevens seems to have pretty much transformed after that final season of “Downton Abbey.” And that’s the way I like it.

The Green Inferno

A lot of folks I know love this movie, and a lot of them don’t. Still, I always thought Roth’s directing game was on an upward trajectory (Hostel 2 being better than the first etc…) before he took a break to focus on acting and producing. I’m excited that he’s back in the fold, even if cannibal movies aren’t really my favorite sub-genre. Here’s hoping he makes it fun.

The Raid 2: Berandal

Instead of fighting with you guys about this in the comments I’ll acknowledge that The Raid 2 isn’t “technically horror.” So what? It’s guaranteed to have more carnage than practically any other genre film this year. At 148 minutes after over 100 days of shooting, I’m expecting nothing else than utter elation when I finally see what Gareth Evans has been sweating out in Indonesia over the past 12 months.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

I’m intrigued by the concept of this film, which takes place in a world where Charles Pierce’s original 1976 film exists and is tied into the narrative of its own remake. It could be good, it could be awful. This also is the first collaboration between producers Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy, which makes me even more curious. I love Murphy’s go for broke attitude with “American Horror Story” even though I’m pretty sure that approach is responsible for the current season’s slow trajectory from a stellar and insane pilot to stallsville. But focussing his brand of insanity (which I hear is quite present in this film) into a concise 90 minute movie has me excited.


I know next to nothing about Faults except that I’m a fan of director Riley Stearns’ shorts “The Cub” and “Magnificat”. They’re completely different from each other and they’re both great for entirely different reasons. I’ve heard good things about the script and I’m excited to see Mary Elizabeth Winstead in another starring role after crushing it in Smashed.

  • horrorking95

    I’m really excited about The Raid 2. Especially after hearing that it’s going to be two and a half hours! I hope there’s some more focus on plot this time though.

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    Oculus, Horns, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Devil’s Due.

  • djblack1313

    SUNDOWN & RAID 2 are really the only ones on this list that i’m interested in or i’ve heard of.

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    Roth is great at thinking up new and creative ways for people to get killed, and….thats about it. I’m thinking Inferno will basically just be “Hostel Goes to The Jungle”.

  • dirtyghettok

    Your list made me smile.. And The Raid is horror to me. The fighting hallway scenes are pure epic.

  • divisionbell

    Can’t wait for Green Inferno. Hopefully it is a true homage to Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust because that film was excellent.

    Curious about the guest too. I really liked horrible way to die and loved you’re next. Here’s hoping wingard keeps getting better!

  • CTHL

    I’m still waiting on 7500… 2 years later. I have no hope for it (release date or quality), but nothing else looks that interesting.

  • mercedes3000

    OMG! I promise you will jump up down (LoL); Brad Dourif is working on a new Supernatural Horror called ANGELZ LANDING with a creepy, twisted plot.
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    See how you can get your own digital copy of the script, autographed poster or even be casted as an Extra in the film yourself!

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    The film I’m most looking forward to watching is ‘Faults’. The story, sounds a lot like that of ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ (which is one of the best genre movies I’ve seen in the past 10 years) so it has me very excited. Plus, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a fantastic actress.

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  • janetgrey

    I was about of the United States of Horror at Cinefamily and saw The Town that Dreaded Sundown.


    I prefer Blood Feast.