Top 10 Must-See Genre Flicks of 2016!

Wow, can you believe 2015 is already winding to a close? Craziness. And while the end of the year often brings back best of lists from the previous 12 months, it's high time we look forward to the future of genre flicks. As you'll see, 2016 is poised to be the year of big-budget horror sequels, prequels, reboots and remakes. But that's not all. Nope. There's a large slate of cool looking originals that we're just as, if not more, excited about seeing in 2016.

With that, it's pretty simple. Bash that sucker above to check out AITH's Top 10 Must-See Genre Flicks of 2016!


By all accounts, Robert Eggers' Canadian horror flick THE WITCH is the scariest flick this side of THE BABADOOK. Or perhaps IT FOLLOWS. Really, it's been garnering that impressive a word of mouth. Hell, just cop a peek at that image. I'm no theologian, but clear biblical references to The Last Supper seem to be drawn to harrowing effect. The story focuses on a family in 1630s New England that becomes torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. Period-piece horror is always a tall chore to do well, but if the critical mass is to be believed, THE WITCH casts the right spell!


Nicolas Winding Refn has earned the right to own our eyeballs with whatever he chooses to exhibit. Lucky for us, his newest flick is an out-and-out horror flick called THE NEON DEMON. The gorgeous Elle Fanning stars in a cruel cautionary tale as aspiring model Jesse, who moves to Los Angeles, only to find her youth and vitality devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has. Sounds like a mordant social commentary on our grossly unhealthy celebrity obsessed culture. Sexiness abounds with the likes of Christina Hendricks, Jenna Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abby Lee and a whole host of nubile lookers. Oh, and Keanu Reeves will be there as well.


As a giant fan of Greg McLean's WOLF CREEK, I truly cannot wait to see what he has in store when reuniting with ROGUE star Radha Mitchell for their new horror flick 6 MIRANDA DRIVE. I mean, Kevin Bacon in the lead you know the script must be above average. The simple plot revolves around a that family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation with a supernatural presence in tow. Paul Reiser, Matt Walsh and Jennifer Morrison will also appear in the picture. And while we're on the topic of McLean, he has another cool sounding flick slated for 2016 called THE BELKO EXPERIMENT written by James Gunn and starring Michael Rooker. Both flicks sound dope!


Since Fede Alvarez did such a bang-up job on the impossibly successful EVIL DEAD rehash, attention must be affixed to the director's newest endeavor titled A MAN IN THE DARK. After-all, he's brought back star Jane Levy and co-writer Rodo Sayagues to tell the story about a group of teens that break into a blind man's home thinking they'll get away with the perfect crime. They're wrong. Stephen Lang adds some gravitas to the proceedings, with the great Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures lending its producorial blessing.

#5. 31 (TBD)

That's right, we're willing to give Rob Zombie one final chance to prove his worth as a resounding horror voice. His newest venture is called 31, which tells the story of five carnies in 1976 kidnapped on the morning of Halloween and held hostage in a remote industrial Hell. While trapped, they are forced to play a violent game called 31. The mission is to survive 12 hours against an endless gang of grease-painted maniacs. Sounds gnarly right? Even more bizarre is the eclectic cast of 80s icons like Malcolm McDowell, Meg Foster, E.G. Daily, Daniel Roebuck, Ginger Lynn and of course, Sheri Moon Zombie.


Hot off the acclaimed 2013 genre joint BLUE RUIN, writer/director Jeremy Saulnier returns in 2016 with another colorful horror foray, GREEN ROOM. Starring the ever delectable Imogen Poots, the flick follows a young punk rock band that finds themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence involving race-warrior skinheads. Should be topical if nothing else! Poots reunites with her FRIGHT NIGHT costar Anton Yelchin, and joins the likes of Patrick Stewart and Mark Webber. April 15th is the day of reckoning...death and taxes are inevitable.

#7. CELL (TBD)

The long awaited adaptation of Stephen King's CELL finally comes to the big screen sometime in 2016, and even more promising, reunites the likes of 1408 actors Sam Jackson and John Cusack. Oh, and the little girl from ORPHAN, Isabelle Fuhrman, is all grown up and ready to boogie as well. The plot concerns a mysterious cell phone signal that causes apocalyptic chaos, while an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 director Tod Williams is at the helm, with Stacy Keach and Lloyd Kaufman on-board to add to some offbeat support.


As despicable as Topher Grace has proven to be, since director Dennis Iliadis did such a marvelous job on redoing the seemingly untouchable LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, undivided attention must be paid to his new flick DELIRIUM (aka HOME). The R-rated horror/thriller stars Genesis Rodriguez and Patricia Clarkson. The story centers on a man recently released from a mental institute who inherits a mansion after his parents die. After a series of disturbing events, he comes to believe it is haunted. After the misguided PLUS 1 (pictured), let's hope reuniting with LAST HOUSE scribe Adam Alleca equals a winning formula for Iliadis.


Although we haven't much to go on at this time, the fact that Jessica Alba and Thomas Jane are set to star in an R-rated horror flick from Phil Joanou, the man who directed one of my all time favorite crime flicks in STATE OF GRACE (1990), makes THE VEIL a movie to keep an eye on. The story picks up thirty years after members of a religious cult committed mass suicide, as the lone survivor returns to the scene of the tragedy with a documentary crew in tow. The $4 million found-footage flick was written by Robert Ben Garant, and also stars Lily Rabe and Shannon Woodward.


Since 2016 seems to be the year of the horror remake/sequel, we could easily do an entire Top 10 devoted to such. Instead, we'll briefly delineate, in order, which we're anticipating most.

HALLOWEEN RETURNS - THE COLLECTOR'S Marcus Dunstan tries his hand at the legendary Michael Myers.

GHOSTBUSTERS - An all-female cast headed by BRIDESMAIDS director Paul Feig.

THE STRANGERS 2 - Bryan Bertino finally returns to the world he so deftly created in 2008.

LEATHERFACE - Never before has there been a good TEXAS CHAINSAW sequel. Could this be the one?

THE BLOB - One of the most underrated 80s horror movies was the remake of the 50s sci-fi horror THE BLOB. Where will this one stack up?

THE CONJURING 2: THE ENFIELD POLTERGEIST - James Wan continues the tale of Warren family's paranormal investigation.

RINGS - After a decade of quietude, the ghastly apparition Samara of RINGS finally makes her long-awaited return.

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING - Alexandre Aja's longtime writing partner Franck Khalfoun directs Jennifer Jason Leigh in an R-rated redo of the 70s classic.

UNDERWORLD 5 - Kate Beckinsale in tight black leather. Enough said!

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