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I remember my indoctrination into what was considered by my parental units as horror very well.  I was about 10 and my mother wanted me to watch a scary movie.  A child on the cusp of cognizance and an understanding of what my dream was to be.  The film was Carrie and Mum swore it was terrifying.  It was, for her.  She kept warning me when it was going to be intense and I was disappointed each and very time.  I did and do however still hold sympathy for Carrie White and a deeper knowledge of why.

It wasn’t until the very end of the film, that the comprehension of what I wanted to do with my life became red as bloodsauce.  When that hand popped out of the ground and my mother jumped, I knew. I wanted to do that.  I had no nightmares but rather a seed was planted and has continued to grow.

That was then.  Then I discovered my first love, Freddy Krueger.  What girl couldn’t fall in love with a man who invades her dreams? Then I discovered all sorts of wonderful, terrible things.

This is now.  All the greats hold admiration in my black heart, and a few even closer to my soul.  They are one of the reasons the genre is one I adore.  The year is the 2016. I still aim to make people jump out of their skins, scream or feel that rope burn.  This year I have greater illusions of bloodsplatter with a soupcon of gore, and, unbelievably, I am sharing my most anticipated list of upcoming films.

Since I began indulging in horror as a sweet treat, only those who have been exposed to the horror fiend I harbor within have been privy to anything I find fascinating enough to want to view.   Now granted, my taste is not the same as every other horror freak, and because I tend to view my movies on different facets, my choices may not agree with yours.  Once upon a time, I watched for the finished product and the eye candy. And the Bloodsauce.  Things change.

The last couple years have afforded me some valuable lessons and some opportunities to learn.  I now movie go for completely different reasons than I had before.  I want to giggle with my gore and so humour is a hook.  Films are also the heartsblood of any wordsmith who chooses to take their imagination and make it real for the rest of the world, and so I watch for their hearts and for what they fear    The camera angles fascinate me as well and so my intention is often drawn to that.  I also watch for the story, as I have an attention span of a gnat at times, if a film throttles my attention from the start and piques my curiosity, it is sure to be on this list.

I have been lucky enough to view two of these films that have been on my list for a while. Reviews are forthcoming.  As I have not ranked these films in my original list, I will share with you the list as is.  They are not in any particular order.  And now without further ado, my list of most anticipated horror films for 2016.

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The Forest

Trailer https://youtu.be/BDs_DYow7xA

IMdB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3387542/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheForestIsReal

Synopsis from MTV on YouTube

A supernatural thriller set in the legendary Aokigahara Forest. A young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer of “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games”), goes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone’s warnings to “stay on the path,” Sara enters the forest determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate. Don’t miss ’The Forest’ In Theaters – January 8, 2016!

Aokigahara (青木ヶ原?) is a real place located in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park in Japan.  In 2003, 105 bodies were pulled from the forest and in recent years they have stopped publicising the number of attempted suicides and the number of suicides in order to downplay the association.

As you all know this has major release and I had the pleasure to see it on opening day.  The synopsis does not do the film justice in my opinion. The concept of such a place fascinates me as does the story.  It is not simply a thriller. Based on true events, but which events are true?

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Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Bloodmania

Visit http://bloodmania.ca/ for more

Teaser Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2uSvi5KsSA

International Trailer https://youtu.be/BPBYyCH-J1E

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BloodManiaMovie/

Yes. I have seen it.  Yes, I chuckled maniacally and genuinely out loud.   Yes.   The witnesses lived.   Bloodmania, an anthology featuring the Godfather of Gore Herschell Gordon Lewis, produced by James Saito, contains so much more than gore. I laughed my ass off, a lot, and enjoyed every bloody second.  You will too…I promise.  Meanwhile, go look at the trailer and check out the facebook page.

Circus of the Dead

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Circus of the Dead directed by Billy Pon

Trailer: https://youtu.be/_x5rwTovPs8

IMdB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2782232/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/circusofthedeadmovie/

Synopsis

New Film from “Doll Boy” Director Billy “Bloody Bill” Pon via YouTube

A man becomes entangled in a deadly morality game when the circus comes to town and a sadistic clown forces him to examine the things in life he takes for granted in the most horrific ways.

 

Now let’s be clear. I fucking hate clowns.  All of them. But there’s something about Papa Corn that makes me scream for more. Aren’t clowns supposed to be funny too?   Starring: Bill Oberst Jr, Parrish Randall & Chanel Ryan and directed by Billy Pon.

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Bohemian Blood

Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPniHEPXeeo

From the YouTube channel of Gerald Auger, Star of Bohemian Blood

Bohemian Blood – Some were looking for pleasure, some for company, and some were trying to simply do the right thing, in the hands of an artist there is no right or wrong.

An Indigenous Gothic Horror written and directed by Cam White (Writer/Director) that captured my interest after seeing that it stars the cover model of a friend’s novels, Medicine Man by Beverly Cialone.  It’s a rarity to find such an interesting mix and I am quite excited to see it

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Blood Sombrero

Trailer https://youtu.be/u9qWOAQaUek

IMdB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3603104/?ref_=ttmd_md_nm

Facebook Page https://youtu.be/u9qWOAQaUek

Synopisis from Blood Sombero Facebook Page

Introducing BLOOD SOMBRERO! A new action-packed thriller from the mind of Abel Berry! This star-studded film is coming to DVD at every WalMart in the nation as well as all major retailers in spring 2016 and will bring you a heart pounding thrill ride into a dark world of Ruthless Predators! Leather! Guns! Knives! Hardcore Badasses! Psychotically Gorgeous Women! And of course, Blood! War is hell, but hell is home in Blood Sombrero!

Yup Yup this gem is one I can’t wait to get my teeth and eyes into. Starring a tonne of familiar faces including the amazing Billy Blair but the beautiful and talented Amanda Marie. Looks like a real thrill ride!

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Trauma Dolls

Teaser Trailer https://youtu.be/5fbC1ujg-8U

Website http://www.iconelabelpictures.com/

From what I have managed to glean, Trauma Dolls  is an interesting story.  Admittedly  I am fascinated. A horror movie set in the fields of fashion and neuroscience.   Emilie Flory’s story of Bijou has piqued my interest and I am indeed anxiously awaiting a further peek.

 

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Martyrs

Trailer: https://youtu.be/UUx5QKUAvhE

IMdB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663655/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

Synopsis from Martyrs YoutTube channel

Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare – if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them…

This film is also seeing theater release this year.  I know what you’re thinking and the answer is, I keep hoping someone will get it right.  The tortures look interesting at the least and that line, “I sacrifice for knowledge,” has that hook.  Let’s hope it can show us something to talk about.

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Blackburn

Trailer https://youtu.be/pFJiLFWpNAM

IMdB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3386928/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/blackburnhorror/timeline

Synopsis from YouTube FilmIsNow Horror Movie Channel

Blackburn is set in a small Alaskan ghost-town with a horrifying history. A forest fire and rockslide have trapped five bickering college friends overnight. Seeking refuge inside the abandoned Blackburn Mine they must try to band together as they are mysteriously slaughtered one-by-one

“I’m going to make you pretty. Just like me.”  What a delicious line to come across and more hope for this seemingly delightfully bloody story scare the hell out of me!

©MelanieMcCurdie2016

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