Exploring the Summer of Horror

Exploring the Summer of Horror

Matt Shanley

Temperatures may be heating up, but this summer is offering plenty of opportunities for your blood to run cold. Here are some of summer 2015’s most terrifying horror movie releases.

Maggie (Release Date: 05/08)maggie

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Is there anything more terrifying than the idea that a zombie apocalypse really could happen? Maggie stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin in a story about a Midwestern teenage girl who becomes infected by a disease that will slowly turn her into a cannibalistic zombie…and it’s up to daddy to race to find a cure.

Every Secret Thing (Release Date: 05/15)every secret thing

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Based on the bestselling book by Laura Lippman, Every Secret Thing uncovers the mystery surrounding missing children and the prime suspects: two young women who were arrested for an infant’s death seven years ago. It stars Dakota Fanning, Diane Lane, and Elizabeth Banks.

Poltergeist (Release Date: 05/22)poltergeist

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Back in 1982, the original Poltergeist scared the bejesus out of audiences, and today it remains a cult horror favorite. Now picture the same premise— a suburban family that must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after she is taken captive by evil forces in their own home —but with a contemporary twist. (Not to mention today’s CGI capabilities.) The reboot features Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Jared Harris.

Insidious: Chapter 3 (Release Date: 06/05)insidious chapter 3

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Starring Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, and Lin Shaye, this third installment of Insidious serves as a prequel that give fans some backstory about the previous thrillers in the franchise. Set before the haunting of the Lambert family ever began, the plot revolves around Elise Rainier, a gifted psychic, as she reluctantly agrees to use her abilities to contact the dead to help a teenage girl being targeted by a supernatural entity.

The Gallows (Release Date: 07/10)gallows

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Twenty years ago, a horrific accident occurred that involved a small town’s high school play. Today’s students attempt to honor the tragedy by resurrecting the play…which, of course, turns out to be a tragic mistake. The film stars Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, and Ryan Shoos.

Self/less (Release Date: 07/10)self-less

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Here’s a unique premise for you: Ben Kingsley jumps into Ryan Reynolds’ body. When a wealthy man who is dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical treatment, it ends up transferring his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. The chills unfold as he starts to uncover the mystery of his new body’s origin… and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

The Gift (Release Date: 08/07)

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In this thriller, Joel Edgerton plays a somewhat unhinged classmate from Jason Bateman’s past. A young married couple’s lives are turned upside down when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light. The film also stars Rebecca Hall, and serves as Australian star Edgerton’s directorial debut.

Sinister 2 (Release Date: 08/21)sinister

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If you’re still having nightmares from the 2012 release, you won’t want to miss the continuation of Sinister. The sequel features a tried-and-true horror movie premise: a young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that, of course, is marked for death. The movie stars Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, and Nicholas King.

Regression (Release Date: 08/28)regression

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Emma Watson stars alongside Ethan Hawke in a film about a man who is accused of a crime he has absolutely no memory of committing.