Screen Rant’s 20 Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2014

Published 7 months ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 8:57 pm, This is a list post.

Most Anticipated Horror of 2014 Whether you’ve got a taste for demons, cannibals, deranged killers, cults or even man-eating children, the 2014 horror slate has something for you. Between the studio-produced upcoming releases and the crop of independent contenders vying for film festival gold – distribution - this looks to be a year with a strong blend of promising reboots, franchise expansions and innovative new concepts. There are high hopes for a steady stream of quality horror throughout the year, but here are 10 films in particular that you definitely won’t want to miss. Check out our 20 Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2014.

1. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Release Date: January 3, 2014 Cast: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh, Renee Victor Clearly Paranormal Activity had the momentum and appeal to spawn a series, but Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones showed us whether or not the concept can sustain an on-screen universe. Even though The Marked Ones is technically the fifth Paranormal Activity film, it isn’t Paranormal Activity 5; it’s a spin-off. There are loads of horror franchises out there enjoying linear expansions, but should this lateral attempt hit it big, it could spawn a horror empire. Watch the trailer for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

2. The Sacrament

The Sacrament Release Date: June 6, 2014 Cast: Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, AJ Bowen, Kate Lyn Sheil, Gene Jones, Kentucker Audley The Sacrament is told from the shaky cam perspective and focuses on a photographer who’s invited to visit his sister in a mysterious sober-living community in an unidentified foreign country and brings along his colleagues to document the trip. Early reviews out of Venice, Toronto and Fantastic Fest peg this as another slow burn, but if Ti West earns and rewards your patience, as he does with House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, we could have another highly satisfying and unique watch on the way.

3. The Purge 2

The Purge 2 Release Date: June 20, 2014 Cast: Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams, Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Carmen Ejogo The Purge wowed audiences and scored nearly $90 million worldwide courtesy of that inventive and intriguing high concept, but considering it only earned a 38% on the Tomatometer and just 37% on the Rotten Tomato audience scale, director James DeMonaco is going to need to surround that core idea with higher quality content. The 12-hour law-free period still has cinematic appeal, but the story and the characters will need just as much ingenuity in round two if Blumhouse expects the sequel to maintain a fan base and spark a trilogy.

4. Deliver Us From Evil

Deliver Us From Evil Release Date: July 2, 2014 Cast: Olivia Munn, Eric Bana, Joel McHale, Edgar Ramirez, Sean Harris Deliver Us From Evil could be this year’s The Conjuring – or at least that seems to be what Screen Gems is going for with Scott Derrickson’s Sinister follow-up. Even though the summer season isn’t considered primetime for the horror genre, after The Conjuring rocked the box office in mid-July 2013, there’s no reason to think Deliver Us From Evil can’t achieve the same assuming the full feature is just as disturbing and memorable.

5. The Green Inferno

The Green Inferno Release Date: September 5, 2014 Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira, Magda Apanowicz, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, Magdalena Apanowicz Hopefully you’ve got a taste for cannibals because as one of few man-eating movies in recent years, The Green Inferno could kick off a subgenre craze. This one hones in on a group of college radicals determined to end illegal clear-cutting in a Peruvian jungle. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as karma in the Amazon because when their plane crashes in the jungle, rather than celebrate the Ivy Leaguers looking to save the day, the natives prefer to eat them.

6. Paranormal Activity 5

Paranormal Activity 5 Release Date: October 24, 2014 Cast: TBA Even though the goal was likely to deliver a new Paranormal Activity installment each year, clearly that didn’t pan out for Paranormal Activity 5. It was locked for a Halloween 2013 release immediately after the debut of PA 4, but then it was uprooted and plopped back down in 2014, inciting loads of confusion regarding whether The Marked Ones was in fact a spin-off or Paranormal Activity 5. It’s since been proven that PA 5 is still its own thing, but between the drawn-out buildup and the fact that the Marked Ones narrative must have an effect on film five’s content, Gregory Plotkin has some sky-high expectations to meet.

7. Poltergeist

Poltergeist Release Date: TBD Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Jane Adams, Nicholas Braun, Saxon Sharbino Another year, another horror classic remake. Kimberly Peirce’s take on Brian De Palma’s Carrie didn’t live up to the hype, but with Monster House director Gil Kenan behind the lens and Sam Raimi producing, the remake of Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist does have a chance, especially with top-notch talent like Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris on the roster. Even though the original will always have a nostalgic appeal, there’s also no denying that the creep factor of the scenario could get a major boost from more advanced digital and practical effects.

8. The Guest

The Guest Release Date: TBD Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett enjoyed a very busy 2013 with You’re Next and VHS 2, and they’re already circling back for more. Their latest feature, The Guest, puts the focus on the Peterson family. After the loss of their oldest son in the war in Afghanistan, his recently discharged comrade swings by, turns on the charm and is welcomed into their home with open arms. But eventually his façade begins to fade, giving one of the younger sibling’s cause to doubt their guest’s story. The Guest is due for a Sundance 2014 debut and if its festival run pans out much like the rest of the duo’s catalog, it’ll be acquired and released soon enough.

9. Cooties

Cooties Release Date: TBD Cast: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad Cooties is a horror comedy that was co-penned by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer and Nasim Pedrad. Still not sold? It’s a film about an elementary school virus that turns the kids into feral cannibalistic mutants out to gobble up the surviving teachers. This should be outrageous gory, comedy gold and we’ll find out if first-time directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion made good on all of that potential when Cooties premieres in the Midnight program at Sundance on January 18th.

10. Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead

Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead Release Date: TBD Cast: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Ørjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, Jocelyn DeBoer Sure, it’s been nearly four years since Dead Snow had a very limited domestic theatrical release, but if you’re not foaming at the mouth for the sequel, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, it’s probably because you haven’t seen the movie's brilliant Sundance trailer. The combination of film one throwbacks and the reveal of an incredibly smart and well-timed new twist rocks the power to get longtime fans pumped for more and also entice newcomers to catch the original in preparation for round two. Watch the trailer for Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead.

11. Big Bad Wolves

Big Bad Wolves Release Date: January 17, 2014 Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, Dov Glickman, Menashe Noy, Dvir Bebedek The Big Bad Wolves opening title sequence is enough to label the full feature a must-see all on its own, but the rest of the piece still boasts a unique combination of sheer terror and humor, further proving that Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are standout horror filmmakers on the rise. The duo first established themselves as ones to watch when their first feature, Rabies, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011 and now Big Bad Wolves further proves their films have a fresh style and flare worth experiencing. Watch the trailer for Big Bad Wolves.

12. Grand Piano

Grand Piano Release Date: March 7, 2014 Cast: Elijah Wood, John Cusack As someone with zero appreciation for live orchestra performances, Eugenio Mira’s Grand Piano could be a groundbreaking experience. The film features Elijah Wood as Tom Selznick, a famous pianist who refuses to play in public after a devastating bout of stage fright. Years later, it finally comes time for him to hit the keys in front of a crowd again and if the pressure of his past isn’t enough, Tom also must play to please an anonymous sniper that threatens, “Play one wrong note and you die.” Again, as someone who isn’t roused by such performances, the challenge of delivering a film that turns a classical piano concert into a riveting, life or death scenario is especially intriguing. Watch the trailer for Grand Piano.

13. Cheap Thrills

Cheap Thrills Release Date: March 21, 2014 Cast: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner Had this film followed up its festival run with a 2013 theatrical release, it undoubtedly would have made my top ten movies of the year list, but instead we’ll be singing its praises in 2014 because E.L. Katz’s directorial debut is a monumental success with layered characters and a well-timed build wrapped up in a disturbingly engaging scenario. What would you do if you were desperately trying to support your family, just lost your job and then were offered the chance to complete quick dares for cash? If you want to gauge how far you’d go, start by assessing what your pinky finger’s worth. Watch the trailer for Cheap Thrills.

14. Afflicted

Afflicted Release Date: TBD Cast: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse Think you’ve had enough found footage horror films? Just wait until you get to experience Lee and Prowse’s feature directorial debut, Afflicted. Lee and Prowse also star in the film as two best friends. When Lee’s character is diagnosed with something called arteriovenous malformation, he’s compelled to seize the time he has left and recruits Prowse’s character to document his trip around the world. Even though the initial concern is that Lee’s AVM will flare up during his travels, it’s actually a mysterious affliction he contracts along the way that threatens to consume his body. Read our early review of Afflicted.

15. [REC] 4: Apocalypse

[REC] 4: Apocalypse Release Date: TBD Cast: Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Héctor Colomé, Ismael Fritschi [REC] 3: Genesis was a major disappointment and tonal anomaly, but considering [REC] and [REC] 2 hold up so well, there’s still hope the new installment will allow the franchise to return to form. Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza co-directed the first two films and clearly Plaza fell short helming the third film alone, but now it’s Balagueró’s turn to give solo directing a go and with Manuela Velasco back in the game and a narrative that’s more directly connected to the original storyline, he could have a better shot at winding up with a stronger end result.  

16. Tusk

Tusk Release Date: Fall 2014 Cast: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment Thanks to certain notorious antics, every Kevin Smith project comes with a degree of curiosity and his latest, Tusk, is no different, especially after Smith failed to complete it in time to screen at Sundance. Regardless, the film still secured distribution, so in the third quarter of the year, we’ll get to see what happens when Long’s character meets up with Parks’ for an interview about his global adventures only to find out that he’s really a deranged, walrus-obsessed killer.

17. Oculus

Oculus Release Date: April 11, 2014 Cast: Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, Brenton Thwaites, James Lafferty, Rory Cochrane When you’ve got a poster that looks like this, you’ll undoubtedly turn some heads. Oculus focuses on two siblings, one of which is convicted of murdering their parents. Years later, Kaylie (Gillan) is still convinced Tim (Thwaites) didn’t do it and is out to prove it was actually the supernatural force in the mirror known as the Lasser Glass that was responsible for the crime. This one came out of the Toronto International Film Festival with strong reviews and now the film’s trailer further suggests that it’ll pack the power to keep you up at night with a number of unforgettably eerie visuals. Watch the trailer for Oculus.

18. The Babadook

The Babadook Release Date: TBD Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Ben Winspear Having kept an eye on The Babadook since the film’s impressive Kickstarter campaign back in the 2012, it’s fitting that Jennifer Kent’s feature directorial debut would eventually go on to lock in distribution at Sundance. The narrative has roots in the curious mythology of the Babadook, the tangible manifestation of the unacceptable elements of someone’s personality. In the final feature, the mysterious appearance of a book called Mister Babadook leads Amelia (Davis) to believe that her young son’s tantrums might actually be caused by a bogeyman haunting their home at night, a creature with an exceptionally disconcerting presence in the film’s trailer alone. Watch the trailer for The Babadook.

19, Horns

Horns Release Date: TBD Cast: Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Max Minghella, James Remar After earning a spot on this list last year, the fact that Horns never made due on the planned 2013 release makes you wonder what happened, increasing anticipation tenfold. Horns premiered to mixed reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, but still locked US distribution through one of the most lucrative deals at the event, but, oddly enough, RADiUS-TWC still hasn’t given the film a US release date. Allegedly a 2014 debut is the goal and that better happen because there’s just so long we can expect to take the images of Radcliffe donning his horns seriously without context.

20. Killers

Killers Release Date: TBD Cast: Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, Ray Sahetapy If you’ve seen the “Safe Haven” segment of VHS 2, you know Timo Tjahjanto is one to watch and, sure enough, based on the reviews coming out of Sundance, his latest film as part of The Mo Brothers (along with Kimo Stamboel) is being dubbed an especially horrific experience. It hones in on a serial killer who targets the women of Tokyo and a journalist who indulges in vigilantism. Both post videos of their murders online and when the serial killer comes across the journalist’s work, he decides to encourage him to seize his potential.

Happy Hunting in 2014

Most Anticipated Horror of 2014 End Even though this list rocks Nazi zombies, camera shy paranormal entities, everyday citizens with a thrust to kill and loads more, it only represents a fraction of the shocking, bloody and nightmarish scenarios coming our way. Did your most anticipated horror movie of 2014 make the cut? Tell us what you’ve got your eye on below. And if you haven't checked it out already, take a look at our "20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014,” which features the must-see movies of the New Year throughout all genres. _________ Follow Perri at @PNemiroff.
TAGS: beware the night, cooties, dead snow: red vs. dead, deliver us from evil, Paranormal Activity 5, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, poltergeist, the green inferno, the guest, the purge 2, the sacrament

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  1. Where`s ‘DEVILS DUE’ ? …that looks scary as F*ck !

    • Piece of crap…..trust me. Another cam recorder filming and shaking thru out the movie. Bring some Pepto Bismo as you’ll need it 20 minutes into the movie.

  2. On what planet did The Purge “wow audiences.” I ask again, on what planet is the concept of this movie not completely idiotic?

    • The concept of The Purge is actually quite intriguing. Its execution, well, not so much. Still, it was fun and I enjoyed it for what it was even while I lamented what it could have been.

    • I liked The Purge a ton. It did pretty well for a film of its kind.

  3. From this list “Deliver Us From Evil” would be my top choice and “Cooties” could be another great entry in the horror/comedy genre.
    Poltergeist I’m on the fence with. The original is very near and dear to my heart but as the years go by other than the clown scene it doesn’t really hold up in the scary department. So hopefully if the filmmakers up the ante on that end it could be the rare horror remake that actually delivers and proves worthy.

    • Agreed.

      Hell, I was sold when I saw Sean Harris in the pic. That guy is amazing.

  4. As a teacher, I have to say that Cooties sounds amazing. I’ve always waited for a good movie plot about Teachers being the good ones trapped in a school by demon children or zombie children or what not.

    • There’s a little known British horror called F about a teacher and a handful of other staff members who get trapped overnight in a school while a small group of teens in hoodies terrorise those stuck there. It’s pretty good, probably more tension than the big Hollywood financed horror movies of the last decade.

      • I will check it out. Thanks.

    • About time someone got revenge on the lunch ladies:)

  5. A sequel to DeadSnow?!?,!
    WHAT?

  6. Can’t wait to see Ti West’s “The Sacrament” and Roth’s “Green Inferno”

  7. None of these looked worth my time with the possible exception of Poltergeist’s remake. The first one was excellent, and I doubt anyone can top it, but I might be interested in giving the remake a peek, even though it is an unneeded flick, for comparison’s sake. Who knows, someone making it might get lucky and actually do a good film.

    • Agreed. IMHO there hasn’t been any good horror movies in recent years. I especially hate Paranormal Activity they are so boring. We need a new franchise.

      • Thank you!!! I was beginning to think I was the only person (aside from my sister) who found Paranormal Activity boring. They could have saved me a ton of time and just started and ended that pile of bird plop with the last scene. I truly don’t understand why there have been so many sequels to that cure for insomnia.

        • Paranormal Activity was beyond cheap to make and made a huge sum at the box office. That is why the machine continues to churn it out. I cannot stand the series. As long as they have a cash cow to bank on, it’ll sadly continue. The Saw series went the same route. I was one of maybe 8 people in the theater when the original Saw came out. I said to my friends it would be huge and they all laughed. I stopped watching after IV in all honesty.

  8. Cooties Green Inferno and Purge 2 were the ones that i may try.

    Side note i did enjoy the new carrie movie and have not seen the other two.

  9. Does I, Frankenstein count because I wanna see it more than “the marked ones”

    • Where is Wolf Creek 2?? That looks way better than just about every movie on here.

  10. I miss the old cannibal movies, Cannibal Holocaust was amazing

    And Dead Sno 2 seems like something to go for

    • Didn’t see your post before posting mine about Cannibal Holocaust. I liked it, too & Green Inferno looks like a remake of it. I hope they didn’t destroy it.

      They probably did, though.

  11. What makes Purge a horror movie? I dont quite understand where/when mass murder and or serial killers/killings were considered in the Horror genre…. Suspense maybe but Horror?

    I dont get it.

    • You “don’t quite understand where/when mass murder and/or serial killer/killings were considered in the horror genre?” Are you kidding? Surely you jest! “Maniac,” “Halloween,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Friday the 13th,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “SAW”…I could go on and on. There’s a whole subgenre of horror called the “slasher flick” — if you’re being genuine, you’ve been really depriving yourself over the years. Get on that!

  12. Please, please, please….no more “Paranormal Activity” sequels. Or any other ones where cam recorders are filming the movie and shaking all over the place. I relize you make these pathic pieces of crap for around $12.00 and the return on them is $22 trillion, but please, for those of us that have an IQ higher then 15…no more..please.

    • I agree 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Here are another four I’m waiting for:
    Clown, Stitches, Life After Beth and Suburban Gothic.
    A new Dead Snow film, yaaaay!

  14. Before I even look at the list, I will strongly say NO MORE F’ING SEQUELS. Some directors ride the hell out of a profitable horror movie until it’s become nothing but redundant and loses it’s fear factor. Think outside of the box, add twists, or combine a few favorite elements. But seriously, enough with the sequels. Saw did not need 7 sequels with an 8th one on the way. Paranormal Activity did not need 5 sequels. Yet they did it anyway.

  15. Can you please give synopsis of the films?

  16. What about Human Centipede 3? Should be better than half of these soon to be colossal flops.

  17. However that’s horrible and scary, no matter at end it’s movies :)

  18. I can’t wait until “The Human Centipede Final Sequence” is released!

  19. Grand Piano is not a horror film. Do your homework.

  20. The Purge was easily one of the most disappointing movies of 2013. It was just awful.

  21. This will be a straight to video….Justin was great in Jeepers Creepers but he always plays the same nervous character…remember Galaxy Quest he was awesome but the character was whiny…..as for Mr. Osment, not sure he can be convincingly scared or terrifying:)

  22. All I can say is ” Avadacadavre” Lol:)

  23. The grammar that follows is enough to stand my hair on end:
    ‘The combination of film one throwbacks and the reveal of an incredibly smart and well-timed new twist rocks the power to get longtime fans pumped for more and also entice newcomers to catch the original in preparation for round two.

    • It’s only really missing a few well-placed commas. Not nearly as bad as you seem to think.

  24. So I’m wondering if there are more than 20 horror movies actually coming out in 2014 because that seems like a lot and this is supposed to be a list of the “most anticipated” horror movies coming in 2014. Did you just list all the horror movies coming in 2014? I don’t think there have been any good horror movies in recent years. Nothing on the pop culture level of say a Saw or Scream franchise. I know there have been a lot of movies in the Paranormal Activity series but IMHO those movies are terrible. They are so boring to me but people seem to like them I guess because they keep making them.

  25. Am I the only one who saw the poster for [REC] 4 and thought it said [OREO]?

    • Ha! Nope! I read the same thing at first!

  26. Has anyone seen “Cannibal Holocaust”? It’s (from what I’ve seen) the originator of the “found footage”-type horror film and this “Green Inferno” seems to be a remake of it. I suggest seeing the original first, if you can find it.

  27. Identity was a good movie but I would like to see a really good horror like Texas chainsaw

  28. Somebody please tell me wheir James DeMonaco gets off when he made the Purge. I mean come on it shouldn’t of even been in the genre HORROR. So rating it 1 to 10 ten being best movie lets go see it agian and one being LETS BURN THIS, the Purge would be -50.

  29. I appreciate this list and here are my two cents about what I know:

    The Purge: Anarchy – I have yet to see ‘The Purge’ so I will reserve judgment for it at a later time. I agree for the most part that many sequels are unnecessary, but this is coming from a guy who is frothing at the mouth for the new Friday the 13th (2015).

    The Green Inferno – What I understand about this is it paying homage to Cannibal Holocaust. Reviews have been positive and you cannot go wrong with Eli Roth jumping back into the director’s chair after 6 years.

    Poltergeist – I want to hate it so much but Sam Rockwell is fantastic. I will give a chance.

    Cooties / Grand Piano – After witnessing ‘Maniac’ (2012), Elijah Wood is an asset to the genre. He is a true fan of the genre. His investment into the production company that will bring us ‘Cooties’ should tell you that. I will ignore the ‘it could have been better’ reviews and enjoy Cooties for what it is. Grand Piano has a lot of promise. I do not think you could go wrong with Wood and Cusack.

    Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead – I love how it is not taking itself seriously and that is why I am intrigued. The Norwegians have my complete attention after Dead Snow and Trollhunter. It really looks like an over-the-top Grindhouse production.

    Big Bad Wolves – If Quentin Tarantino is plugging this, I have to check it out.

    Tusk – Kevin Smith aka Silent Bob holds a place near and dear to my heart. I know I will appreciate this creepy little story. I know he finished a screenplay similar in nature to ‘Creepshow’ about Krampus, the Germanic folklore demon who takes bad children away during Christmas time. Check out ‘Red State’ to see Michael Parks. You will understand just how creepy and uncomfortable Tusk will be.

    Honorable Mentions:
    Wolf Creek 2 – I’m curious as to why this is not on the list. The original director and star are back for more adventures in the Australian outback. You cannot go wrong with that.

    • Having seen Cabin Fever and Hostel, the only good thing I can say about Eli Roth is this: at least he’s not Uwe Boll. I don’t have high hopes for The Green Inferno.

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