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. Awesome, I want to see it all!! Evil is alive and thriving inside of me…

  2. Cheap Thrills, which is the movie I find most appealing from this list (it seems similar to Panic Button, and Would You Rather, both of which I enjoyed) is being released on my Birthday.

  3. I HATE shaky cam/”reality” found footage movies. Make a REAL movie doggone it.
    I shut these off the minute I figure out that’s what they are.
    My kids could do better.
    I hope most of these are real movies, if so, can’t wait.

  4. Love zombie. Have meet him…highly intelligent and smart man…not just horror movies…he is coming out with more but different genres. CAN’T wait to see what he comes up with.

    • zombie is a hack i am surprise his movies still get release in theaters

  5. I am so beyond looking forward to anything in the Paranormal franchise. It went downhill real fast. And I have to say, though tonally different for sure, Rec 3 is an awesome movie! so fun and really well done.

    • I with you with paranormal franchise they are making a 5th one in Oct 24 2014 people think that the marked ones is the 5th one but it’s not its a rising film to the 5th one so like yea I can’t wait

  6. Jeepers creepers 3 please

    • definitely. not holding my breath though :(

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  8. All this crap and not one mention of Godzilla? You people suck! Go check out the trailor.

    • since when is godzilla a horror?!

      • Godzilla’s a rom-com! FFS! Of course it’s a horror.

  9. the remake of poltergeist! Hope its good!

    • i wonder if they are going to use real dead bodies in the poltergeist re make

  10. they all looked and sounded pretty terrile, about 2 i would even consider watching….. not much hope for 2014 or the forseeable future it seems, movies are going down hill, anyone can get a film published these days, finding a good one is like finding a needle in a haystack

  11. The Green Inferno is the only movie on this list that looks good.

  12. I am looking forward for the marked ones. Some of the other ones look good too. I love watching horror movies gets my adrenalin pumping.

  13. I’m interested in this list but several of the movies have no description, just info about directors and release dates. I want to know what’s going on in these stories.

  14. Re-kill

  15. Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead. Does anyone beside me think of Jim Carry’s In Living Color’s Fireman Bill? while looking at the Zombie Nazi?

    • I doubt it.

  16. Up your bumhole!

  17. I caught the premiere of the psychotic clown movie Lock In at this years Horror-on-Sea festival. Thought it might have made the list, it’s a good film (bit light on gore, though).

  18. Have you ever danced with the devil beneath the pail moon light, I ask this question of all my pray.

    • Pale
      Prey

      Seriously, are you doing this just to make me sad?

  19. I for one thought Carrie from last year was the best version of the movie so far. As for that I have heard countless times that is the closest to the source material of any of the movies. I have not read the book, but hearing that made me want to see the movie and it was good. It was one of a few movies I would list from last year(horror or any other genre) I would label as a must watch if not must own. I didn’t see it in theaters, don’t go to see too many movies when in theaters, but I did buy it the day it came out and it was a good movie and best Carrie so far. I also don’t know why Godzilla isn’t on the list, it is a horror movie in the same way the 1954 was a horror movie, while not being on the same level of scary experience as the rest, it is still horror nonetheless.

    • I read the book and was quite disappointed by the 1976 version. I was actually mad after viewing it. VERY loosely based on the book. I have yet to see the 2013 remake but I honestly hope it is a step in the right direction.

  20. My only issue with this list is that i like all these movies and really look forward to them , but most the dates are TBA, :(, WHY MUST YOU MAKE ME WAIT SO

  21. Seriously, where is Godzilla? I haven’t seen trailers that good in years. I share this site’s enthusiasm for Cooties, Rec 4, Big Bad Wolves and the Sacrament, but I can’t believe that hack Scott Derrickson got a film on this list (Sinister was a total turd, I wish I could have my life back from that), Paranormal Activity has way overstayed its welcome, and I am unclear what they saw in the Purge that could make anyone excited for a sequel.

    But the worst is their promotion of Poltergeist. What a terrible idea – Poltergeist holds up incredibly well today, graphics and all. Plus, its hilarious that they say the Carrie remake didn’t live up to the original and then go on to say Poltergeist needs new graphics… when all Carrie really did was upgrade the graphics and effects of DePalma’s version. It added nothing new and was no more faithful to the book. If all a director can bring is new fx, then we absolutely don’t need it.

  22. you forgot “MUCK”
    http://www.getthemuckout.com

  23. You forgot ‘URGE’!! Check out it’s beta website under “Current Productions”

    http://anarchistanthony.wix.com/urge

  24. A lot moives look like love Sacery .

  25. Looks like a fresh batch or Here Today; Gone Today. Most anticipated ? Other than the Poltergeist remake and YET ANOTHER Paranormal Activity, I’ve never heard of ANY of these films.

  26. I hope the people in the transformers movie shut there effing mouths god I wanna hear the trailer not your annoying whinny voice SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!

  27. 6.6 is my b day!!!

  28. I don’t know how it didn’t make the list, but I can’t wait for WOLFCOP to hit theaters in June ’14

  29. I found the movie stupid.dull. not much exciting

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