As we finally pass the first month of the year, I take a look at what’s in store for us horror fans in the month ahead. With January firmly behind us, it’s time to step into the shadowy realms of cinematic terror as we delve into the spine-tingling universe of upcoming horror movies set to haunt our screens this month.
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2
After Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey became an unlikely horror sensation last year, it was hardly surprise to hear that director, Rhys Frake-Waterfield, would have another roll of the dice and try his hand at the sequel. With the initial movie turning $100,000 dollars into a staggering $5.9 million, the sequel should see vast improvements in terms of special effects and costume design with an new budget of an astonishing $1 million.
The upcoming sequel will also see the debut of three of Pooh’s lifelong friends as Owl and Rabbit join the spree, accompanied by everyone’s favorite bouncing tiger, Tigger. I for one can’t wait to see how these characters are brought to life and into the horror genre. I mean, I highly doubt Tigger will be his usual annoyingly over-enthusiastic self or enter stage right bouncing upon his tail (although, this I would love to see.
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 hasn’t yet had it’s release date confirmed but all signs point firmly to it landing sometime this month. In the meantime, you can check my earlier article should you want more details surrounding the plot.
While details surrounding this one remain scarce, we do know that it’s set to premiere at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival this month. The narrative will follow 17-year-old Gretchen as she is forced into moving home with her family to a seemingly idyllic resort. However, the picturesque façade of their new home swiftly unravels as it reveals its true colors, in stark contrast to the paradise initially painted.
As a horror movie, it’s inevitable that Cuckoo will set the stage with a pleasant, utopian atmosphere that will quickly take a sinister turn. Teaser images reveal the protagonist to be played by Hunter Schafer (The Hunger Games) as she makes her debut into the world of horror as she is stalked by a mysteriously foreboding figure who will undoubtedly add an eerie ambiance when the movie finally rolls in. For all intents and purposes, Cuckoo looks set to be a deeply atmospheric production that takes us on a dark and perilous journey and I can’t wait to write about this in the very near future – stay tuned.
Bramayugam is certainly one of those movies that would be better to book in advance. After all, would you like to try and pronounce it when trying to secure tickets at the desk? Directed by Rahul Sadasivan, Bramayugam will make the bold move of presenting itself in a black and white format, which will cast it in an arty light, while setting an atmosphere perfect for the horror genre.
The storyline for this upcoming colorless production surrounds an old and decrepit mansion as it slowly reveals the horrors contained within to scantily clad protagonist as he tries to uncover the secrets that lie within. However, most of us will have to rely on subtitles for this intriguing movie; unless, of course, you’re fluent in the Malayalam language.
With only a handful of horror movies hitting the screens this month, there sadly won’t be much choice over the coming month. However, it seems that February is going to be a “quality over quantity” month with all due movies seem to be promising productions.