6 awesome-looking new horror movies to watch out for
Cherry Tree

This week’s obligatory found-footage horror release The Gallows may be getting terrible reviews, but don’t panic – there’s plenty of extremely cool-looking chillers and gore-fests on the horizon.

From intense creature features to slow-burning slices of dread and unease, here are six upcoming horror movies that have got us hopeful for something classic.

Howl

What’s the worst thing that can happen when your rail journey gets disrupted? Well, in this entertaining-looking British monster movie, a train-full of stranded commuters find themselves under siege by werewolves when they grind to a halt in the middle of nowhere. You’ll never think about ‘leaves on the line’ in the same way again.

With the kind of moody, misty night-time setting that evokes Dog Soldiers and American Werewolf in London, this strikes us as a potentially gripping, creepy treat – and the practical creature effects look absolutely fantastic.

Krampus

Krampus

Eight years after making the terrific and criminally overlooked cult Halloween gem Trick R Treat, Michael Dougherty returns with his second directorial feature – about an evil anti-Santa who sadistically stalks and slays people at Christmas.

Given his obvious talent for darkly comic horror, we expect Dougherty to serve up some seasonal ghoulish fun. And he certainly deserves to have a hit.

The Witch

The Witch

Atmospheric character horror thick with sub-text is making a welcome return in the independent sphere, thanks to films such as It Follows and The Babadook. This portrait of a 17th century family in crisis when a child goes missing looks set to further that trend.

Following its acclaimed appearance at Sundance, where Roger Eggers won the Director’s Award, our writer Chris Tapley hailed it as “a brooding and visually captivating tale”, noting that “it is the slowly unfurling dread which has really got under the skin of audiences”. Definitely one to watch.

Crimson Peak

Thanks to his recent forays into giant-robots-vs-evil-aliens territory, it’s easy to forget that Guillermo Del Toro has one of the industry’s keenest eyes for moody, creeping supernatural horror (see Cronos, or The Devil’s Backbone). This intriguing prospect sees him right back on terrifying turf.

Armed with a heavyweight cast including Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain, it’s a Gothic tale of a remote 19th century mansion and its eerie mysteries, firmly in the classic chiller mould. The cinematography, set design and atmosphere appear as lush as you like, while the presence of Del Toro regular Doug ‘The Pale Man’ Jones suggests a petrifying presence will eventually emerge from the shadows.

Tales Of Halloween

In an age where short horror films are going down a storm on the web, it seems logical for anthology or ‘portmanteau’ movies to make a return. Step forward Tales Of Halloween.

Featuring cameos from well-known figures such as John Landis and with the likes of Insidious actress Lin Shaye among the cast, the scene is set for some knowing, grisly fun among its ten twisted stories. But the real indicator that this is one to watch is the presence of several up-and-coming talents and the excellent Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) among the crop of directors.

Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree

Screening at Film4’s FrightFest next month along with Tales Of Halloween, this tale revolves around a powerful rural witches’ coven – and a sinister deal struck with a young woman.

It’s directed by David Keating, the man who made the extraordinary Wake Wood – which we featured in our list of the best Irish horror movies of recent years. If that was anything to go by, expect surreal folk terror with an eye for the outlandish and uncanny. The themes, and set-up of a well-intended bargain with terrible consequences, are certainly similar.