Horror

‘Ready or Not’: Radio Silence Filmmakers Tease the “Absolute Banger” of a Sequel That’s Taking Shape

Horror is back in theaters with the bloody Universal Monsters movie Abigail this Friday, but this week is also serving up plenty of brand new horror to watch from the comfort of home.

Here’s all the new horror releasing April 15, 2024 – April 21, 2024!

For daily reminders about new horror releases, be sure to follow @HorrorCalendar.


The Stranger Hulu

Remember Quibi? The short-lived, bite-sized entertainment experiment gave us some horror gems including a horror anthology series from Sam Raimi, most of which is currently unavailable to watch anywhere. But there’s good news for one of Quibi’s projects this week, as Veena Sud’s series “The Stranger” has found new life over on the Hulu streaming service.

Written and directed by Veena Sud (The Lie, Seven Seconds, The Killing), Quibi’s “The Stranger” has been recut into a feature film, and it’s now streaming only on Hulu.

In The Stranger, “New to Los Angeles, rideshare driver Clare (Maika Monroe, star of It Follows and Neon’s upcoming Longlegs) picks up Carl (Dane DeHaan, recently seen in Oppenheimer and star of HBO’s The Staircase) from a home deep in the Hollywood Hills. What begins as a routine ride turns into Clare’s worst nightmare: a twelve-hour fight for survival through the city’s seedy underbelly. Carl is not the passenger Clare thought he was, and Clare is not easy prey. Avan Jogia (Victorious, Now Apocalypse) also stars in this thriller.”


On the way from Red Water Entertainment is the Japanese horror-slasher movie Love Will Tear Us Apart, which slices onto Digital and On Demand this Tuesday, April 16.

The film is said to offer a “stylish twist to the Japanese horror and slasher genres.”

Love Will Tear Us Apart follows Wakaba, a young woman grappling with her traumatic past. As she ventures into new romantic relationships, Wakaba realizes she is being followed by a relentless masked murderer. This mysterious killer targets anyone who dares to get close to her, turning her quest for love into a fight for survival.

Directed by veteran filmmaker Kenichi Ugana (Visitors, Extraneous Matter), the film stood out at multiple genre festivals in 2023, earning acclaim from both critics and audiences.

Red Water Entertainment tells us that Love Will Tear Us Apart took home the award for Best Feature Film at the Portland Horror Film Festival and also screened at Genre Blast, Be Afraid Horror Fest, Grimmfest, and the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.


Abigail Melissa Barrera movie

The next big theatrical release for the horror genre brings Radio Silence (Ready or Not, Scream) back to theaters, with vampire ballerina movie Abigail opening on Thursday, April 18.

In the film, “After a group of would-be criminals kidnap the 12-year-old ballerina daughter of a powerful underworld figure, all they have to do to collect a $50 million ransom is watch the girl overnight. In an isolated mansion, the captors start to dwindle, one by one, and they discover, to their mounting horror, that they’re locked inside with no normal little girl.”

From Radio Silence—the directing team of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett behind the terrifying modern horror hits Ready or Not, 2022’s Scream and last year’s Scream VI—comes a brash, blood-thirsty new vision of the vampire flick, written by Stephen Shields (The Hole in the Ground, Zombie Bashers) and Guy Busick (Scream franchise, Ready or Not).

Abigail stars Melissa Barrera (Scream franchise, In the Heights), Dan Stevens (Gaslit, Legion), Kathryn Newton (Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Freaky), William Catlett (Black Lightning, True Story), Kevin Durand (Resident Evil: Retribution, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Angus Cloud (Euphoria, North Hollywood) as the kidnappers and Alisha Weir (Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, Darklands) as Abigail.


Late Night With The Devil Exorcism

The critically acclaimed horror movie Late Night With the Devil was released into theaters nationwide last month, and it’s next coming home to Shudder beginning on Friday, April 19.

David Dastmalchian (Dune, The Suicide Squad) stars as the host of a late-night talk show that descends into a nightmare in the Ghostwatch and WNUF Halloween Special-inspired film.

David Dastmalchian stars as Jack Delroy, the charismatic host of “Night Owls,” and the film traces the ill-fated taping of a live Halloween special in 1977 plagued by a demonic presence.

The energetic and innovative feature hails from Australian writing-directing team Colin and Cameron Cairnes (100 Bloody Acres, Scare Campaign). 

The film premiered last year at SXSW. Meagan wrote in her review out of the fest, “Late Night with the Devil captures the chaotic energy of a late night show, embracing the irreverent comedy and stress of live television with a pastiche style. It’s a clever trojan horse for a surprising horror movie that goes full throttle on unhinged demonic mayhem.


Sasquatch Sunset trailer

While it’s not a horror movie, we also want to mention that the Bigfoot movie Sasquatch Sunset is being released nationwide in theaters on April 19, after a limited release last week.

The oddball movie from filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner (Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter) was notably Executive Produced by Ari Aster (Midsommar, Hereditary).

Sasquatch Sunset documents “a year in the life of a singular family.”

“In the misty forests of North America, a family of Sasquatches—possibly the last of their enigmatic kind— embark on an absurdist, epic, hilarious, and ultimately poignant journey over the course of one year. These shaggy and noble giants fight for survival as they find themselves on a collision course with the ever-changing world around them.

“Starring Riley Keough and Jesse Eisenberg, acclaimed directors David and Nathan Zellner (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter) bring you the greatest Bigfoot story ever told.”

Christophe Zajac-Denek (“Twin Peaks: The Return”) also stars in the film.

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