January 1st, 2018 was such an exciting time for horror fans! Big projects were being announced, everyone was fired up about the upcoming Halloween movie, and conventions were beginning to announce some incredible guests. Just like The Legendary Criswell, I made a few predictions on that day about what we can expect in the world of horror in 2018, and I promised to revisit my premonitions in December. Well, here we are… so let’s see how I did!
We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!
Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of September 2018! read more
Much has been written about the polarizing effect that A24’s Hereditary has had on the horror community (and many predicted a sharp decline at the box office after the first weekend), but Ari Aster’s creepy take on family dynamics and satanism is still bringing fans into the theater, earning just over $7 million this past weekend.
While the weekend take is far from staggering, the fact that Hereditary only dropped by 48% is significant in light of the mixed fan reaction. In comparison, most horror films will drop anywhere from 55% to 65% of their initial take after their first week of release. With no horror films on the horizon until The First Purge on July 4th, Hereditary should continue to attract curious fans (even those outside of the normal horror realm) over the next few weeks. read more
A24’s Hereditary delivered the best opening in the short history of the company, delivering $13.5 million in its first weekend at the box office. The closest film released from A24 to Hereditary’s opening was 2016’s The Witch which made $8.8 million during its debut weekend.
Despite this excellent news, many news outlets picked up on the D+ Cinemascore rating for Hereditary as a sign of trouble for the film. While this may lead to diminishing returns in subsequent weeks, the issue is much more complex than the score would indicate. read more
First time writer/director Ari Aster’s Hereditary opens in theaters this weekend after months of unbelievable hype. A24, the studio behind similar projects like The Witch and It Comes at Night, have been sure to market the film with clever and haunting promotional clips and tales of traumatized critics at film festival previews. Most movies which are blown so full of pre-release hot air tend to disappoint simply due to the sheer inability to live up to the vast expectations such buzz inevitably produces. However, Hereditary is one of those rare cases where everything you’ve heard about it is true. It’s deeply unsettling, it’s brilliantly acted and directed, and it comes from a school of filmmaking which expired decades ago to make way for louder, gaudier productions. For the same reasons why it’s excellent, this movie isn’t going to win over casual Friday night audiences; but Hereditary has all of the makings of a modern horror classic for discerning horror fans. Unforgettably haunting and “sleep with the lights on” scary, this movie is easily one of the best horror films of the decade. read more
Can’t wait until A24’s Hereditary hits theaters on June 8? If you are looking to get more excited about this release, look no further than the video below which confirms that director Ari Aster knows his stuff when it comes to movies and film making.
Aster’s soon to be released film has been described by critics as one of the most harrowing and frightening films to grace the silver screen in decades (and we’ll all be able to judge this soon) and it is clear from his interview with Birth. Movies. Death. that the influences on Hereditary are the ones that horror fans want to hear a director discuss. read more
Hereditary isn’t even out yet, but according to Deadline, A24 “… is re-teaming with Hereditary helmer Ari Aster to produce and fully finance his next untitled horror project, sources said. The film will be A24’s largest production to date, with an expected production start of late summer/early fall 2018. Lars Knudsen and B Reel will also produce.”
At this point, not much is known about the film, and “The plot is being kept under wraps though it follows a young woman who reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip where things quickly go awry.” A24 has just begun casting the film as well. read more
In recent years, studios have loaded up their summer release schedules with a wide range of horror films. This was never more apparent than in 2016 when Lights Out, Don’t Breathe, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Purge: Election Year, and the Conjuring 2 made large sums of cash (for the most part on austere budgets) and helped to shore up an otherwise lackluster summer for movies. 2017’s list of summer horror films were not as notable, with the two exceptions being the surprise hit 47 Meters Down and the prequel Annabelle Creation. read more
A24, the studio behind such recent films as Ex Machina, Green Room, and The Witch appear to have another hit on their hands with Hereditary. Written and directed by Ari Aster, the film follows a family who begin to encounter a variety of unnerving circumstances following the death of the grandmother and matriarch of the family. The studio just dropped a new trailer for Hereditary and it is chock full of unsettling scenes and supernatural creepiness! Whether it be squishy sounds, creepy reflections, or fiery blazes that scare you, you’re sure to find something that suits you in the trailer for Hereditary! You can watch the entire clip for yourself below: read more