The 2015 Summer Horror Preview

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Them!, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby, Jaws, The Omen, Poltergeist, John Carpenter’s The Thing, The Fly, The Blair Witch Project, Orphan, The Conjuring. For years and years, summer release has been integral to horror. The chill offsets the heat, the uncanny dread a counter to giant spectacle. Though the fall is a cozier atmosphere for the unknown and winter more isolating, a perfect fright or a wholly unsettling image can be as exhilarating as all of the fireballs, capes or portals in the sky come mid-July. And excitedly, summer 2015 is stacked. 

In a diverse, ever shifting (thanks to It Follows) landscape of wide release, VOD and day-and-date distribution patterns, the idea of trends seems to be dying down, allowing for a variety-laden lineup of horror films to seek out, sit down and get spooked by this summer. From outright creature features to gift-bearing psychostalkers; evil kids to frightful grandparents; sword-wielding liberators to horsehead lucid dreams; father/daughter drama-by-way-of-zombie movie to romantic comedy-by-way-of-zombie movie; feature debuts to filmmaking legends, 2015’s Summer Horror is globe-trotting, crowd pleasing and hopefully, gets real weird. 

Below, Shock Till You Drop presents The Summer Horror Preview. Films without hard dates will be updated accordingly as they’re announced. Which one are you most looking forward to?