Chills and thrills: 5 horror films you must watch this year

  • Aayush Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 07, 2015 14:03 IST

Horror, as a genre, has got decent credentials in recent times, with ­directors like James Wan ­helming critically acclaimed films like Insidious (2010) and The Conjuring (2013). Recent films that put this genre back into the minds of the audience include Oculus (2014) and The Babadook (2014).

This year, too, seems exciting, with horror films with new concepts as well as sequels of hit scary flicks. We tell you five such films to watch out for, which fans of the genre are looking forward to.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
Tentative release date: March 13, 2015

This popular franchise makes a return with its fifth installment, which follows supernatural events that a family ­encounters when they move to a new house. Actor Katie Featherston, the only actor who has featured in all the four Paranormal Activity films, will be seen in this one too. The movie is being directed by Gregory Plotkin, who directed The Insider (1999).

The Lazarus effect
Release date: February 27, 2015

The story of the movie focuses on a team of ­medical professionals who has found a cure to ­resurrect dead patients. But, it all goes horribly wrong when they use the cure on one of their team members who was killed in a lab accident. She does come back to life, but brings with her a dark demonic force too. Actors Evan Peters and Olivia Wilde are playing the lead roles in the movie. Filmmaker David Gelb has helmed the movie.

Crimson Peak
Tentative release date: October 16, 2015

Fan favourite Guillermo Del Toro is back to scare people with this new film. The story focuses on young author Edith Cushing, who discovers that her new husband Sir Thomas Sharpe (played by Tom Hiddleston) is not who he appears to be.

Insidious: Chapter 3
Tentative release date: June 5, 2015

The famous Insidious franchise is back with its third installment. The movie will be a prequel set before the haunting of the Lamber Family (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) that will force Elise, the psychic, to use her ability to contact the dead to help a teenage girl Sue (Stefanie Scott), who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity. The movie has been directed by Leigh Whannell, who was also the writer of first two Insidious movies.

Amityville: The Awakening
Tentative Release Date: October 2015

The Amityville franchise is back with its 12th installment. The story is about a family who move to their new house and start experiencing strange ­supernatural events. As the events start to occur frequently, they soon realise that they moved into the infamous Amityville house. The movie was supposed to release in 2014, but due to some changes being made in the script, it will now be released in October 2015. Director Franck Khalfoun, known for his film Maniac (2012), is helming the movie.

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