Best Horror and Monster films of 2015- Updated with "Insidious 3" trailer and news about "The Conjuring 2."
Since Halloween is almost around the corner, I feel it might be appropriate to publish my annual series of hub previews for the following year. And since October is only a couple of days away, I figure we should start things off with the previews for some of the best horror and monster movies of 2015.
As some of you may have noticed, I cut back on a lot of these indie horror previews. It's not because I couldn't find as many as before, as I still found quite a few that were listed as being in development on imdb and comingsoon.net. However, every time I would list one that was listed on there as coming out the following year in the past, a vast majority of them would be unexpectedly be pushed back for various reasons. Therefore, I decided to cut back on a lot of the horror movie previews along with the other genres as well; which means you'll mostly see previews being distributed by major film companies. Don't get me wrong, I'll still list some obscure ones that are in development that some readers may not have heard of yet, but it won't be as many as before.
I do apologize severely if this change upsets any of my readers, but the simple fact is I've been kind of lazy trying to get back into writing. And, it's hard to keep track with updating these hub previews while keeping track with a lot of the currents films coming out. Therefore, I prefer to think of this as putting quality over quantity if that makes any sense.
However, I do hope you all will continue to be patient with me, and I appreciate your support, as I value all my readers greatly. Anyway, I should advise readers that not all these previews will have trailers because they simply haven't come out yet, but I'll be adding them as soon as they become available. Also, I would like to remind everyone that release dates are subject to change, so please be sure to check your local listings.
Update: "The Conjuring 2" has been pushed back to an unspecified date in 2016, due to the fact that Warner Bros. wants to bring back James Wan to helm the project. Wan is said to be busy most of next year because he'll be promoting his new "Fast and Furious" film, so it looks like "The Conjuring" fans out there will have to wait another year to see the anticipated sequel.
Director: Rob Letterman
Writers: Scott Alexander, Carl Ellsworth, Larry Karaszewski, Darren Lemke, R.L. Stine
Cast: Odeya Rush, Jack Black, Halston Sage, Dylan Minnette, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, Jillian Bell, Ryan Lee, Jared Sandler, Kumail Nanjiani, Ella Wahlestedt, Timothy Simons, Karan Soni, Steven Krueger, Amanda Lund
Synopsis: A young kid teams up with the niece of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.
Release Date: August 7, 2015
Insidious: Chapter 3
Director: Leigh Whannell
Writer: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Lin Shaye, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Leigh Whannell, Michael Reid MacKay, Angus Sampson, Ele Keats, Anna Ross, Ashton Moio, Tom Fitzpatrick, Tate Berney, Steve Coulter, Lara Starr Rigores, Phil Abrams
Synopsis: In "Insidious Chapter 3," a twisted new tale of terror begins for a teenage girl and her family, predating the haunting of the Lambert family in the earlier movies and revealing more mysteries of the otherworldly realm The Further.
Release Date; May 29, 2015
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
Director: Tom Harper
Writers: Susan Hill, Jon Croker
Cast: Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine, Adrian Rawlins, Leanne Best, Oaklee Pendergast, Ned Dennehy, Phoebe Fox, Jorge Leon Martinez, Hayley Joanne Bacon, Leilah de Meza, Amelia Pigeon, Richard Banks, Jude Wright, Pip Pearce, Shane Salter
Synopsis: 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant.
Release Date: January 30, 2015
Director: Paul McGuigan
Writers: Max Landis, Mary Shelley
Cast: James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Freddie Fox, Mark Gatiss, Callum Turner, Louise Brealey, Daniel Mays, Spencer Wilding, Guillaume Delaunay, Valene Kane, Alistair Petrie, Bronson Webb, Adrian Schiller
Synopsis: James McAvoy is Viktor Von Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe stars as Igor in a unique, never-before-seen twist on Mary Shelley's classic 19th century novel. Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.
Release Date: October 2, 2015
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
Director: Gregory Plotkin
Writers: Jason Pagan, Oren Peli, Andrew Stark
Cast: Katie Featherston, Tyler Craig
Synopsis: A house is haunted, and the people living there are recording everything on tape. Could their house be haunted by some demonic entity? Is it an elaborate prank? Who knows? All I know is that this franchise is going to continue being milked until it dies.
Release Date: March 13, 2015
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins, Lucinda Coxon
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Doug Jones, Burn Gorman, Jim Beaver, Javier Botet, Leslie Hope, Kimberly-Sue Murray, Bruce Gray, Emily Coutts, Sofia Wells, Gillian Ferrier, Amanda Smith
Synopsis: Young author Edith Cushing discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be.
Release Date: October 16, 2015
Director: Gil Kenan
Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Nicholas Braun, Saxon Sharbino, Jane Adams, Kennedi Clements, Kyle Catlett, Susan Heyward, Karen Ivany, Soma Bhatia, L.A. Lopes
Synopsis: Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.
Release Date: July 24 , 2015
Director: Ciaran Foy
Writers: C. Robert Cargill, Scott Derrickson
Cast: Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Nicholas King, Tate Ellington, Lucas Jade Zumann, Delphine Pontvieux, Jaden Klein, Lea Coco, Howie Johnson, Caden M. Fritz, Laila Haley, Sierra Doyle, Olivia Rainey, Dartanian Sloan, Stephen Varga
Synopsis: A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that's marked for death.
Release Date: August 21, 2015
Scouts vs. Zombies
Director: Christopher Landon
Writers: Emi Mochizuki, Carrie Lee Wilson, Lona Williams
Cast: Halston Sage, Tye Sheridan, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sara Malakul Lane, David Koechner, Sarah Dumont, Logan Miller, Matthew Cardarople, Meghan Aruffo, Janell Islas, Laurel Harris, Elle Evans, Corsica Wilson, Niki Koss, JoAnna Pallante
Synopsis: Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.
Release Date: February 20, 2015
Director: Steve Wolsh
Writer: Steve Wolsh
Cast: Kane Hodder, Jaclyn Swedberg, Lachlan Buchanan, Lauren Francesca, Stephanie Danielson, Gia Skova, Jamie Lee Williams, Laura Jacobs, Victoria Sophia, Leila Knight, Grant Alan Ouzts, Bryce Draper, Matt Perfetuo, Ashley Green Elizabeth, Audra Van Hees
Synopsis: After narrowly escaping an ancient burial ground, a group of friends find themselves trapped between two evils, forcing them to fight, die, or go back the way they came.
Release Date: March 13, 2015
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