Preview of 2016 in Horror, Thriller and Sci-Fi

Preview of 2016 releases with focus on theatrical and Blu-Ray/DVD formats. With 2015 a distant memory it’s time to look forward to the upcoming year.  2016 promises to offer its share of Horror, Thriller and Sci-Fi films. Many of the new entries  are intriguing in concept, some are questionable in quality but few merit that unique “much anticipated” status.  Below is a partial list of what to expect in the Horror, Thriller and Sci-Fi genres. Please note; not all release dates are final and are subject to change and/or removal after the published date to this article. Included in the list are film that are rumored to be released in 2016.

January Preview

“The Forest”

“The Forest” is the first release scheduled for 2016. A PG-13 rated horror film coupled with carbon copy Japanese Horror concepts and a horror release date set in January makes this film something to look forward to….on Blu-Ray/DVD.

Starring: Natalie DormerEoin MackenStephanie VogtOsamu Tanpopo

Director: Jason Zada

Release Date: 8th of January 2016

Format: Theatrical


A young woman searches for her twin sister in a Japanese forest only to find herself surrounded by paranormal forces.

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“Intruders” or “Shut In” (original title)

“Intruders” is a home invasion Horror, Thriller concept. That alone should merit some interest for fans of that particular sub-genre.

Starring: Rory CulkinLeticia JimenezJack KesyTimothy T. McKinneyJoshua Mikel

Director:  Adam Schindler

Release Date: 15th of January 2016

Format: Theatrical


Anna suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis.

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“Hollow Creek”

Starring: Steve DaronGuisela MoroBurt ReynoldsDavid AusemTony Reichert

Director:  Guisela Moro

Release Date: 18 January 2016 (UK)

Format: Theatrical


“Seeking inspiration for his latest horror novel Blake Blackman, a writer from New York, retreats to a remote cabin in the Appalachian Mountains. He is secretly accompanied by his lover Angelica Santoro a book illustrator who he’s been having an affair with. She brings her dog along with them. Upon arrival they hear an amber alert on the radio and first learn about the case of several boys missing in the area. Soon after the arrive to the cabin her dog starts acting strange like there’s someone or something out in the woods. A twist of fate turns the romantic interlude into an abduction-murder case when Angelica follows a lead to one of the missing boys and she mysteriously goes missing. Blake then becomes the prime suspect of her”

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Starring: Isla FisherJim ParsonsAnson MountEva LongoriaGillian Jacobs

Director:  Kevin Greutert

Release Date: 19 January 2016

Format: Theatrical


After moving to a vineyard to start a new life with her husband, a pregnant woman begins to experience terrifying visions.

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“The Boy”

“The Boy” is not offering much in the originality department. What we have here is a film about a haunted doll. The concept is pretty much over with especially with the horrendous New Line Cinema production, the 2014 release;”Annabelle”. The film’s highlight is Lauren Cohan ,star of AMC’s Zombie post-apocalyptic drama, “The Walking Dead”.

Starring: Lauren CohanRupert EvansBen RobsonDiana HardcastleJim Norton

Director:  William Brent Bell

Release Date: 22nd of January 2016

Format: Theatrical


An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After violating a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.

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“Martyrs” is the quietly produced remake based off of Pascal Laugier’s French Extremism masterpiece. Released in 2008 “Martyrs” would eventually become a controversial yet mainstay in French Horror cinema. It is safe to say that the Americanized, Blumhouse production will not live to the expectations of the original film.

StarringTroian BellisarioCaitlin CarmichaelKate BurtonToby Huss

Director: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz

Release Date: January 22 (limited), Febuary 2 (VOD and DVD)

Format: Limited Theatrical & Blu-Ray/DVD


A woman and her childhood friend seek out revenge on those who victimized and abused them.

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Starring: Adrien BrodySam NeillBruce SpenceRobin McLeavyJenni Baird

Director: Michael Petroni

Release Date: 29th January 2016 (UK)


Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right. Backtrack is a spine-chilling story from the acclaimed writer-director, Michael Petroni.



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