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. Purge 2, no thanks. As others said, I liked the plot but the execution was just silly. They had insane security system except you can just break the windows and walk in the those, even though they tried to rip the front door down.

    A sequel to Dead Snow should be fun.

  2. There is also a Marble Hornets movie coming, likely this year. Surprised to not see it mentioned.

  3. This is going to be a disappointing year. :(

  4. “What we really need from Hollywood, is a true, open no bull s***, horse s*** or any other type of crab about
    UFOs being “Swanp Gas” “Foggy Days” or “Military aircraft lights refuling operations at night” The last major motion picture that did this was CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE 3K. [Which was the film that made Richard Dryfuss a super star..no pun on "star"]

    Yes many sci-fi movies have been made on this subject..mostly in the sci-fi arena, like THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, SIGNS, THIS ISLAND EARTH, EARTH VS THE FLYING SAUCERS, TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE, THE THING (1-3) AND A gaggle of others..

    What my customers want is a no hold barred motion picture (It would have to run 7 hours to cover all the government lies) on why so many countries covered up ROSWELL, SOCORO, WHITE MOUNTAINS, WHITE SANDS, And on and on. Well I am going to tell you why Hollywood would not make this motion picture! Because the government would not allow them to. Period!

    Dave Aaron
    President THE UFO AUDIO VIDEO CLEARING HOUSE
    YUCAIPA, CA USA 92399

    • Thank you! It’s about time Close Encounters 3K was discussed. I have been waiting all these years for another; and can’t imagine why it’s been ignored! I surely hope someone in Hollywood has interest peeked to make another. And you certainly are not alone in why UFO’s want to be covered up. What fun a writer could have with the storyline you propose! And then we can discuss the “X Files”.
      I want to believe

      • Lana:

        Thank you for seeing eye to eye with me on HOLLYWOOD and the lack of a great motion picture that deals truthfully with the WORLD-WIDE AND MOSTLY U.S.A. cover up of the UFO situation!
        As not only a UFO film maker, but also a researcher and former TV host (GOOGLE WEIRD TV)I Can tell you that, it’s coming, I don’t know when, but too many UFO sightings and too little UFO info out of our government.. Why? They say we cannot handel the truth..Well tell me and than I will let you know if I can handel the truth. Thanks again for your comment on my short rant here at SCREENRANT.COM. Have a non UFO abduction day.
        Dave Aaron
        THE UFO AUDIO VIDEO CLEARING HOUSE
        YUCAIPA, CALIFORNIA USA 92399-0432

    • I’m sorry, but what? Independence Day comes to mind, so do The X Files, Dark Skies, Roswell, etc. The list goes on. The US government does not ban film makers or TV studios from doing this.

  5. Paranormal Activity are you serious!!! Can’t wait to see this great series of movies this year. I mean they are the best of the best of 2014 right! Get the F*)# out of here. Stop making these stupid lame movies and for those that like these movies stop it already. Your better off watching scooby doo.

  6. Poltergeist releases in 2015 (February)…

  7. pretty sure im not coming to this site any more after seeing 2 paranormal movies in the top 10. Something tells me you guys are just looking at ratings and not the actual movies themselves, because they are HORRIBLE!

  8. Grand Piano horror? really!!. Perhaps the definition of horror movies has changed. Paranormal Activity is just getting lame. After the initial unexpected horror of the first part which I loved, it seems to be a repeat of the same to the point where people are immune. Shaky camera, poor script, home videos, unexpected unexplained movements culminated by evils triumph and everyone’s dead (Lame). Rec, dead snow and occulus might be the ones I’ll check out but as far as horror movies go, 2014 looks weak if not lame.

  9. I HATE SCARY MOVIES

  10. “Afflicted” sounds dumb and, I’m guessing, medically inaccurate. My oldest brother had an AVM and as a result, he couldn’t physically push himself, else he’d get a massive headache (i.e. he couldn’t play sports of any kind, and that includes simply running a distance).

  11. I was a bit confused as to how this list was the best of the best so to speak! I am excitedly awaiting a horror movie that is actually horror. There have been only 3 horror movies in the last five years that even made me jump, let alone scare the crap out of me. I think The Conjuring was the scariest movie I have seen in recent years (I thought a sequel to this was coming out this year called Annabelle) and Under The Bed was great! I am hoping that Wolf Creek stays true to the first movie in that the story was real and creepy as well as riveting in its horror. For those of you who don’t know it, the movie was based on the real life serial killer Ivan Milat, known as the Australian Backpack Killer. As far as anyone knows, there was only ever one survivor and he was left horribly disfigured. So if the sequel to Wolf Creek is as good as the first movie, we might have something worthy to watch.

  12. Creating a 7 hour long ´UFO´movie might be ok but it´d not have a good impact on the eyes of the viewers watching it in a cinema. Who has made up to over 20 hour long ´realistic´UFO movies? Guess somebody forgot about Chris Carter here as if the X – Files series ´as a movie´wasn´t enough?
    What the viewers are expecting is more use of quality non digital GGI. That´s what made Sinister work. If you´re going to make a successful movie about aliens you´ve gotta be a UFO believer. If you have got no belief in your subject you have got no faith in your idea. One way to create a totally unpredictable horror film however would be to present it as something else, like a drama or a comedy and then all the people come who have never seen a really scary horror film before. The Shining scared people because they hadn´t thought about Holocausts in a global context. Antichrist scared people because they felt so uneasy about not knowing what was going to happen next. August Underground played on the same concept and so worked.
    If you want to create a truly successful sci – fi story you have got to focus on aliens you are pretty sure the viewers are not expecting. That is what made Aliens so good and you won´t even have to use UFO´s. In ´Aliens´ the Nostromo´s scary hallways of always were enough to make the presence of any flying, bleeping UFO unnecessary. Right now the way to move forward with a successful horror movie lies in not expecting it to be a success, screening it unpredictably, not announce before it gets screened where it is going to be screened first and leave spots or chapters people have to look into and try to imagine what´s going on there. Ir is the unexpected which good horror stuff and even good comedy or drama stuff has to rely on.

  13. i like horror movies

  14. I wanna see more rob zombie films! Those are some fuxked up films!! He knows what he’s doing to scare the hell out of you. He might not have the best actors but they’re decent & he is amazing!!
    -meglyn

  15. An Israeli horror film? Jeeze, all they need to do is set up a camera showing the atrocities of the Israeli occupation in real time: more insidious, more violent, more sadistic, and more evil than that simple revenge film.

    And revenge films are not horror films. Might as well group “Death Wish”, “Hard Candy”, “Old Boy” and “The Corndog Man” in horror and go completely off the rails.

    In a horror film ANYONE could be the victim. In a revenge film, only the bad guy can be the victim. Why is that so hard to figure out.

  16. Great list, and I knew The Babadook had to be there. HOWEVER, it’s missing one: Harbinger Down. It’s being made as an homage to Alien and John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” as a sci-fi creature horror about a group of people struggling to stay alive after encountering a mutated life force. Look it up on IMDB and check it out on Youtube, it’s gonna be great!

  17. what about Human Centipede 3?

  18. Horns was mediocre at best.

  19. I wish they would make another Saw movie. Love looking at Costas manylor!!!!!!

  20. The Purge 2, The Green Inferno, Oculus, Killers, REC.4, The Sacrament, and Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead look good. I’m not too thrilled about PA5 because it’s overrated but that’s my opinion.

  21. I herd back in 2012 that they would be making another “Jeepers Creepers” in 2014. Wonder what ever happened there?

  22. Can we please stop the the crappy Paranormal Activity movies already? The only movies I’m looking forward to on this list are Dead Snow:Red vs. Dead and The Babadook. The latter looks promising. I haven’t had a horror movie scare me in a long time and the trailer is just creepy.

  23. How about turning Stephen King’s Book – “Doctor Sleep” into a film. It’s about Danny Torrance the little kid who was terrozed by his Dad (played by Jack Nicholson) in the “Shining”. He’s all grown up and he still has the Shining and these evil Gypsy type band of monstors who roam the US in Double Wides and search for little kids with the Shining. They like the “steam” they get from the kids when the torture and kill them. Pretty good page turner.

  24. I have seen so many horror films. I have not been satisfied with the latest ones though. paranormal better be better then the last one and the purge 2 I’m not even going to bother seeing. A WASte of MY TIME!!! please make a scary movie soon!! let’s hope 2014 has some amazing horror!!!!

  25. Nobody looking forward to Under The Skin with Scarlett Johansson. Looks great.

  26. I can’t watch scarry movie

  27. Horns was such an interesting and unique book – I can’t wait to see the movie!

  28. One does not “hone” in on something. The word is ‘home’ in on whatever.

  29. Paranormal Activity? Are you kidding? its like a bad B Movie

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