Horror Movies 2014 – Guide1.01.14 # Horror Movies # 10 Comments
Let’s take a look at the biggest and best horror movies of 2014. The scary list features the usual mix of remakes (‘Poltergeist’), sequels (‘Woman in Black 2′), adaptations (‘Under the Skin’) and original fare (’7500′). We’ll go through the good and bad, focusing more on theatrical rather than direct to DVD.So based on anticipation, and the facts as they stand, these are the top 25 best horror movies of 2014 right now. It’s a good year for indie horror in particular. Get excited.
25th – Jessabelle
Starring: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter
Director: Kevin Greutert
Released: August 29, 2014 (US Dates)
After losing her fiancé in a car accident, and the use of her legs, grief-stricken Jessie (Sarah Snook) retreats to her father’s run down Louisiana mansion. There she finds a strange gift from her long-dead mother, reconnects with her old high school boyfriend and the pair explore a mystery surrounding her birth. Meanwhile a terrifying spirit is making itself known. From the director of the decent ‘Saw VI’ and the awful ‘Saw: The Final Chapter’. The screenwriter is stepping away from comedy (he’s normally Travis Junior in ‘Reno 911!’ and wrote the likes of ‘Night at the Museum’). The release has been long-delayed. Expect generic formula horror.
24th – Paranormal Activity 5
Director: Gregory Plotkin
Released: October 24, 2014
Not to be confused with Latino spinoff ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’, also out this year. Plot details are being kept under wraps as usual, but we do know the director is a long-time series editor and co-producer making his debut. The screenwriters of the upcoming ‘Welcome to Yesterday’ penned the script. Overall the franchise is in some trouble. ‘Paranormal Activity 4′ was rounded detested by audiences and made only half the amount of its predecessor in the US. However the cost of these movies is a ridiculously low $8m and after it still managed to take $140m around the world, they won’t be stopping any time soon. Hopefully the decision not to put out a film last year has given them time to reflect on what needs to be done (cough, reinvest profits into talent).
23rd – Nurse 3D
Starring: Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Judd Nelson
Director: Douglas Aarniokoski
Released: February 7, 2014
By day Abby (Paz de La Huerta – ‘Boardwalk Empire’) is a dedicated nurse, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to trust your life with. But by night she uses her sexuality to lure cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are. When a younger nurse (Bowden – ’30 Rock’) starts to suspect Abby’s actions and compromises her masterplan, Abby must find a way to outsmart her long enough to bring the cheater you’d least expect to justice. From the director of the poorly-rated ‘The Day’, the film was inspired by the photography of Lionsgate’s chief marketing officer. It has been sitting on the shelf for a long time, since 3D was still a selling point. The plot feels very ’90s in a dated rather than “nostalgic throwback” kinda way. Still, it has some style and could be quite wild.
22nd – The Quiet Ones
Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke
Director: John Pogue
Released: April 25, 2014
In 1974, a charismatic but unorthodox Oxford physics professor (Harris) leads his two best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist by harnesses negative human energy. Performing a series of tests on a young psychiatric patient, they push her to the edge of sanity and unleash a dangerous supernatural force. This PG-13 is from the revamped Hammer Horror label that brought us ‘Woman in Black’, but also from the director of the poorly-received ‘Quarantine 2: Terminal’. The trailer was underwhelming, but with a quality actor like Jared Harris and a decent premise it could still surprise.
21st – The Sacrament
Starring: Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Kate Lyn Sheil
Director: Ti West
Released: May 1, 2014
Two journalists (for VICE magazine’s video documentaries) film their friend’s visit to the Eden Parish, a religious commune where his troubled sister has been living since her drug rehabilitation program. The sister seems healthy and the inhabitants they interview speak of the commune utopia in glowing terms. However they gradually discover there is a sinister edge to the cult that belies the seemingly peaceful setting… From producer Eli Roth and hyped writer-director Ti West (‘House of the Devil’, ‘The Innkeepers’), this is loosely based on the harrowing Jonestown Massacre of 1978. Most of the mixed reviews have said the found footage format is a mistake, especially the illogical way it’s used. However it’s still a worthwhile Ti West-trademark “slow burn” horror-thriller.
20th – Stage Fright
Starring: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf
Director: Jerome Sable
Released: May 9, 2014
Whodunit 80′s slasher throwback. Starry-eyed teenager Camilla wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, the bodies start to drop. A masked killer who despises musical theater is on the prowl. The writer-director is new, comedy-horrors are hard to get right but the trailer was a blast, and I love the era. Slashers are so out of fashion at the moment this is actually quite refreshing.