July 2022 was filled with great horror films, including Jordan Peele’s nope. With August now here, that means a new slate of movies will be released in theaters.
The horror genre is usually its busiest during the fall, but that does not mean great horror can not come during the summer. The films on the schedule range from very original ideas that moviegoers have not seen before to a long-awaited second installment of a beloved horror villain. From horror powerhouses like A24 and Blumhouse to indie productions, August has lots to look forward to for horror fans.
Allegoria – August 1st
allegoria is a monster horror film that is a Shudder exclusive and stars Krys Fox, John Ennis, and Bryce Johnson.
The film follows the lives of troubled artists as their paths are all intertwined when their insecurities turn into real demons and monsters. Shudder is known for having original movies that are truly frightening. Based on the trailer, the film seems to be a monster movie mixed with physiological horror.
Bodies Bodies Bodies – August 5th
Bodies Bodies Bodies is a dark comedy/horror movie distributed by A24. The cast is headlined by Rachel Senott, Amandla Stenberg, and Pete Davidson. The film follows a group of friends that are partying together at a remote mansion. Everything goes wrong, though, when they decide to play a murder mystery game called Bodies Bodies Bodies.
They need to figure out how to survive the night after real bodies start turning up. The trailer features comedic moments with satire geared towards a Gen Z audience. A24 is known for bringing the scares, so Bodies Bodies Bodies should be no exception.
Prey – August 5th
prey is a horror/sci-fi film and a Hulu original. The film stars Amber Midthunder and Dane DiLiegro and is about Comanche warriors who are protecting their family from an alien invader that hunts humans for fun.
The trailer does not let the viewer get a good look at the alien, but it seems to have similarities to the alien from predator, and the alien-horror genre is filled with classics that this flick could draw from. The alien-horror film is unique to the genre by featuring otherwise underrepresented Indigenous actors and is definitely one for horror fans to watch.
Resurrection – August 5th
Resurrection is a psychological horror film that deals with trauma and stars Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth. The movie is about a woman who needs to handle past demons when a figure from her past shows up.
The trailer does a good job of not giving away too many plot details, but it seems as if Roth plays an old villain from Hall’s life. The horror looks to be more suspense-based than gore, making it great for fans of psychological thrillers who aren’t into graphic blood and guts.
They/Them – August 5th
They/Them is a slasher horror film co-produced by Peacock and Blumhouse. The film stars Kevin Bacon and Theo Germaine and follows a group of teenagers at a conversion camp that is being terrified by a masked killer.
Based on the trailer, the scares are coming from both the killer and the horrid techniques of the camp leader, played by Bacon. The film is a unique chance to see Bacon in a villainous role and the premise is new to the genre, as well.
Day Shift – August 12th
Day Shift is a horror action film that is about hunting vampires and stars Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, and Dave Franco. The movie about a father who is trying to provide for his daughter by hunting vampires.
The horror and action seem to work great together here with beautifully choreographed action scenes and well executed body horror surrounding the vampires. All this mixed with some humor should make this a hit for Netflix.
Beast – August 19th
beast is a survival horror film that is being distributed by Universal Pictures and stars Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, and Iyana Halley.
The movie follows a family who travels to South Africa where they are hunted by a wild lion when the family is trapped in the jungle. The trailer shows lots of jump scares and attacks by the lion, but at its core, this seems to be a movie about family, giving the flick some heart at the core of the scares.
Orphan: First Kill – August 19th
Orphan: First Kill is the prequel to the 2009 movie orphan. It stars Isabelle Fuhrman, Julia Stiles, and Rossif Sutherland and is about Fuhrman’s character and how she is pretending to be the missing daughter of a wealthy American family.
The nostalgia for the first Orphan movie can be seen in the trailer and the series is an interesting twist on the slasher genre. The original Orphan film is a cult classic that has a giant following, so this film will surely do well at the box office.
The Invitation – August 26th
The Invitation is a horror-thriller film directed by Jessica M. Thompson that adds to the gothic horror genre and stars Nathalie Emmanuel, Thomas Doherty, and Stephaine Corneliussen.
The film is about a young woman who accepts an invitation to attend a wedding. She then begins to notice strange things about the wedding and the family. The trailer shows Emmanuel’s character coming to realize that she must escape or be trapped there. Viewers can expect a mix of jump scares and physiological horror here.
Barbara – August 31st
barbarian is a horror thriller directed by Zach Cregger and stars Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgard, and Justin Long. It is about a woman who shows up at her Airbnb to find out that someone is already staying there. She soon finds out that it is not what it seems.
The trailer does not give the viewer much about what is going on, except that there are a series of tunnels under her Airbnb. Bill Skarsgard is no stranger to horror, as he played Pennywise in the revival of it, so fans of the actor will surely. be flocking to this release at the end of the month.
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