Horror Box Office – OPENING THIS WEEK: May 5, 2017
While there may not be a new horror offering in theaters, there’s lots to get to this week going bump in the night on VOD/MOD for your hard-earned dollars so let’s get to it, shall we?
Click on the titles below for our full coverage on each. Check back every Thursday at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET for updates.
Opening this week are…
A young man wakes up on a beach with no memory of how he got there. He discovers an empty city ravaged by a deadly virus and those infected attacking all in their path. After befriending a small group of survivors, it soon becomes clear that the army is hunting them for the secret to a cure, and the group is forced into a dangerous fight for freedom against both the military and the monsters.
At the end of his marriage, David leaves on a business trip to give his wife much-needed space. When airplanes start mysteriously falling out of the sky and cell towers fail across the nation, he finds himself trapped. The Earth falling to an alien invasion, David fights to return to whatever is left of home.
Damon Richter thought he left the world of possessions, exorcisms, and evil behind until an old friend arrives with frightening information about his estranged daughter, knowing that only his otherworldly skills can save her.
After encountering terrifying ghosts in their vacation home, modern artist Dan Pappadakis and his wife, Mary, consult a mellow ghost whisperer. Unsatisfied with his groovy verdict–that they should simply co-exist with the “pretty cool” ghosts–Dan goes behind Mary’s back to seek a second opinion and secretly hires the eccentric Os Bijourn, who quickly surmises that Dan’s home is full of “demons” and promises to get rid of the beings for a reasonable fee.
As the two spend several evenings trapping ghosts in Os’ increasingly bizarre “ghost traps,” Dan learns that Os is emotionally fragile due to his recent divorce and ongoing attempt to quit smoking. He is so in need of support that he tries to befriend Dan almost as relentlessly as he tries to destroy demons. Due to the increasing awkwardness of the situation, Dan attempts calling the whole thing off, but it quickly becomes apparent that a great evil has embedded itself in his home and the fate of his entire family is at stake.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
It’s just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox; Trick ’r Treat, Zodiac) and son (Emile Hirsch; Lone Survivor, Killer Joe) team of coroners, until an unidentified, highly unusual corpse arrives. Discovered buried in the basement of the home of a brutally murdered family, the young Jane Doe — eerily well-preserved and with no visible signs of trauma — is shrouded in mystery. As they work into the night to piece together the cause of her death, the two men begin to uncover the disturbing secrets of her life. Soon, a series of terrifying events make it clear: this Jane Doe may not be dead. The latest from Troll Hunter director André Øvredal is a scarily unpredictable, supernatural shocker that never lets up. This chiller also stars Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Michael McElhatton (“Game of Thrones”).
Even Lambs Have Teeth
Dreaming of a trip to NYC, the beautiful Sloane and Katie leave for the countryside to earn money working on an organic farm. But on the way they are kidnapped and abused by a sinister family of small-town psychopaths. When the girls finally escape, they decide to return to the scene of the crime and settle the score. It’s not pretty.
Three years ago Proposition 117 was passed, allowing private medical films to conduct assisted suicide procedures. Two disparate young women working for a Rite-to-Die company are dispatched to a remote estate to perform a custom euthanasia ritual, but they unwittingly summon the spirits of a death cult that once inhabited the property.
In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup – the playful and confident debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska – a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate ’80s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of Smoczynska’s imagining.
In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human; and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival get blurred. A savage coming-of-age fairytale with a catchy new-wave soundtrack, lavishly grimy sets, and outrageous musical numbers, THE LURE explores its themes of sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with energy and originality.
Metalface (aka Playing With Dolls)
A wealthy voyeur uses his vast wealth to watch women die. He arranges to have a serial killer released from a prison for the criminally insane. The voyeur brings victims to a secret cabin in the middle of a dense forest and allows the killer to have his way with them. The voyeur watches through hundreds of hidden cameras as the killer slashes his way through unsuspecting victims in his private playground of horror.
Students at a quantum academy attempt to create a collective consciousness, only to discover that they themselves are part of a greater experiment.
A documentarian named Annie has roped her husband into a project that involves setting up cameras throughout their house. Complications arise when the cameras start showing that same couple in an alternate universe.