This week is the final week of May, and it’s also the unofficial start of summer. We’re headed towards the 3-day Memorial Day Weekend, which should give you some extra time for movie-watching. And that’s a good thing because this week is loaded up with fresh horrors.
Here’s all the new horror releasing May 23 – May 28, 2023!
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Viral horror stories have come to life in CreepyPasta, a brand new SCREAMBOX Original that’s streaming exclusively on Bloody Disgusting’s SCREAMBOX beginning today.
In the brand new horror anthology, “Trapped in an abandoned house, a young man desperately searches for clues to how he got there. The answer is hidden within a series of disturbing viral videos – each of which begins to infect his mind.”
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Former MMA fighter Brandon Vera stars in Joey De Guzma’s Filipino zombie-action movie Day Zero, which was released on Digital outlets beginning today.
In the film, “After serving eight incident-free years in prison, a former elite soldier is released, finally free to reunite with his estranged wife and young daughter. However, he re-enters civilization only to discover that the outside world has been completely overtaken by a dangerous virus with terrifying effects on the human body.
“Chased by hordes of the undead, he races through the dangerous urban landscape in a final desperate attempt to redeem himself and rescue his family.”
Vera stars alongside Pepe Herrera, MJ Lastimosa, Joey Marquez, and Ricci Rivero.
Epic Pictures Group has released their latest horror-thriller Dark Nature in North America under the Dread label today, the film now available on VOD outlets.
Dark Nature first premiered at the 2022 Fantasia International Film Festival and also garnered attention when it became one of TIFF’s selections to the Fantastic 7 event at Cannes.
Written and directed by Berkley Brady (The Secret History of: The Wild West) and produced by Michael Peterson, Dark Nature stars Hannah Anderson (What Keeps You Alive, Jigsaw, The Purge), Madison Walsh (Don’t Say Its Name, Something Undone), Kyra Harper (Orphan Black, See) and Helen Belay (Abracadavers).
In the film, “Joy, a survivor of an abusive relationship, joins her friend Carmen and her therapy group on an isolated weekend retreat in the Canadian Rockies. Led by the enigmatic Dr. Dunnley, whose methods are experimental and, at times, dubious from Joy’s outside perspective, the experience eventually shatters the border between reality and delusion. Joy begins to suspect that they are being stalked by her abuser, when in truth, the entire group will be forced to confront a monstrous entity more terrifying than the ghosts of their pasts.”
The debut feature of director Scott Lyus, monster movie Walking Against the Rain was released on VOD outlets here in North America by Gravitas today, May 23.
Crossroad Pictures produced Walking Against the Rain, written & directed by Lyus.
“The follows the story of Blair and Tommy, two strangers who traverse an empty landscape in search of each other, relying only on their two soon-to-die battery-operated radio mics for communication. As they try to evade a new evil monster, they confront loss and grief and learn to trust humanity once again.”
Sophia Eleni, Reece Douglas, Johnny Vivash, Francesca Louise White, Diane Spencer, and James Swanton star.
Variety notes, “The film boasts full-body practical creature effects from BIFA-winning FX designer Dan Martin (“Infinity Pool”).”
Over 30 years after Gremlins 2, Gizmo is back in “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai,” a brand new animated prequel series that premiered on Max (formerly HBO Max) today.
The half-hour animated series from WB Animation and Amblin TV is set in 1920s Shanghai and tells the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing met the young Mogwai called Gizmo.
The Wing family is voiced by an esteemed cast led by Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Mandalorian, Mulan), James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China, Blade Runner, Mulan), BD Wong (Mr. Robot, Jurassic World film franchise), and Izaac Wang.
“A period piece set in 1920s Shanghai, the series reveals how a 10-year-old Sam Wing – who becomes the future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie – met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. They strike up a lifelong friendship as Wing attempts to return Gizmo to his family, encountering and sometimes battling colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore.
“Meanwhile, the two and street thief Elle are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.”
“Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai” is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation. Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Presidents of Amblin Television are executive producers. Tze Chun serves as showrunner and executive producer. Brendan Hay serves as executive producer with Dan Krall serving as Supervising Producer.
Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion‘s home invasion action-thriller Becky was released in 2020, and sequel The Wrath of Becky comes exclusively to theaters on Friday, May 26.
In the film, “Two years after she escaped a violent attack on her family, Becky attempts to rebuild her life in the care of an older woman – a kindred spirit named Elena. But when a group known as the “Noble Men” break into their home, attack them, and take her beloved dog, Diego, Becky must return to her old ways to protect herself and her loved ones.”
Lulu Wilson stars alongside Seann William Scott, Matt Angel, Courtney Gains, Aaron Dalla Villa, Michael Sirow, Denise Burse-Fernandez, Jill Larson, and Kate Siegel.
Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote (The Open House) wrote and directed Becky 2.
Angel and Coote said in a statement, “There’s nothing like a good revenge film. Maybe everyone feels that way. Or maybe that’s just us, given we’ve both been in therapy for a considerable portion of our adult lives, and need to find our catharsis somewhere. The point is, when we were approached to write and direct a sequel to Becky, we said yes without hesitation.
“All great sequels build upon what made their predecessors successful: they evolve; they take the time to establish the new intricacies of a familiar character; they build upon the original audience’s desires, while simultaneously bringing new fans into the fold. We set out to make The Wrath of Becky that sequel.”
The director of Shudder’s horror movie Spiral, Kurtis David Harder is back with new movie Influencer, and Shudder will begin streaming the film this Friday, May 26.
Shudder’s Emily Gotto says, “Influencer is a thought-provoking and suspenseful exploration of the world of social media, and we are thrilled to share it with Shudder members this spring as part of an already exciting lineup of some of the best in horror filmmaking.”
“Influencer tells the story of Madison (Emily Tennant), a popular social media influencer who is having a lonely and uneventful trip in Thailand despite what she tells her followers on Instagram. While reflecting on her boyfriend canceling the trip, she meets CW (Cassandra Naud), a fearless and enigmatic traveler who offers to take her to some of the most Instagram-worthy locations. Together they share authentic meals and drinks with locals, discussing the differences between Madison’s online presence and CW’s lack of one.
“After showing Madison all of the amazing sights, things take a different turn when CW brings her to a surprise location — a deserted island that is completely off the grid.”
Sara Canning and Rory J. Saper also star.
Kurtis David Harder wrote the script with Tesh Guttikonda.