Horror Watch – January 2019

By Jason Sawyer – Jan. 1, 2019

January has traditionally been regarded as a dumping ground for new movie releases, but with a greater quantity of films being produced now more than ever before, distributors have scheduled quality titles throughout the entire calendar in an effort to get some distance from competition. There’s also people – like me – who have a demand for new horror content year-round. With that, here’s 11 of the most notable releases for this month.

The Demonologist – Jan. 1

Directed by J.M. Stelly
Starring Brian Krause, Jared Bankens, Lara Grice

Official Synopsis:
Detective Damien Seryph investigates a string of murders that connects to a group trying to bring forth the 4 King Demons of Hell. Damien’s past connects him to those involved and will force him to become “The Demonologist”.

Available on VOD

Lifechanger – Jan. 1

Unrated – 1hr 24min
Directed by Justin McConnell
Starring Lora Burke, Jack Foley, Elitsa Bako

Official Synopsis:
Drew has to shapeshift, or face painful death. He has to find someone and make a copy. He becomes them, and they die horribly. Enter Julia, the object of Drew’s affection. How can he make things right when he’s never the same person for very long? LIFECHANGER follows one shapeshifter’s twisted quest to repair the damage he’s caused, while leaving a trail of bodies in his wake.

Available on VOD.

Escape Room – Jan. 4

Rated PG-13
Directed by Adam Robitel
Starring Taylor Russell, Deborah Ann Woll, Tyler Labine

Official Synopsis:
Six adventurous strangers travel to a mysterious building to experience the escape room — a game where players compete to solve a series of puzzles to win $1 million. What starts out as seemingly innocent fun soon turns into a living nightmare as the four men and two women discover each room is an elaborate trap that’s part of a sadistic game of life or death.

Coming to theaters everywhere.

Rust Creek – Jan. 4

Rated R
Directed by Jen McGowan
Starring Hermione Corfield, Denise Dal Vara, Jeremy Glazer

Official Synopsis:
An overachieving college student gets lost on her way to a job interview. A wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the Kentucky forest. The woman must defend herself against the harsh elements and a band of ruthless outlaws. She is forced into an uneasy alliance with a strange loner who has unknown intentions.

Coming to limited theaters and VOD.

The Vanishing – Jan. 4

Rated R – 1hr 41min
Directed by Kristoffer Nyholm
Starring Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan, Ólafer Darri Ólafsson

Official Synopsis:
On an uninhabited island 20 miles from the rugged Scottish coast, three lighthouse keepers arrive for their 6 week shift. As they settle into their normal quiet routine, something unexpected, potentially life-changing occurs – they stumble upon gold. What follows is a tense battle for survival, fed by isolation, paranoia and greed, leading three honest men down a path to destruction.

Coming to limited theaters and VOD.

The 6th Friend – Jan. 11

Directed by Letia Miller
Starring Jamie Bernadette, Chantelle Albers, Dominque Swain

Official Synopsis:
Six college best friends throw their own private graduation party that goes terribly wrong when an uninvited guest arrives. Five years later, the girls gather once again and endure a night of far more horror and bloodshed.

Coming to limited theaters.

Pledge – Jan. 11

Directed by Daniel Robbins
Starring Zachery Byrd, Phillip Andre Botello, Aaron Dalla Villa

Official Synopsis:
Three friends get the chance to live the college dream when they’re invited to join an elite fraternity—but first they’ll have to survive the hazing from hell. Freshman social misfits Ethan, David, and Justin are desperate to improve their terminally uncool reputations by pledging one of their university’s prestigious Greek houses. When every frat on campus turns them down, they are unexpectedly recruited by a shadowy social club offering them access to an exclusive world of raging parties, eligible coeds, and VIP social status. The catch? A sadistic initiation ritual that goes from depraved to deadly over the course of 48 booze- and blood-soaked hours.

Featured in our On The Radar series.
Coming to limited theaters and VOD.

Dry Blood – Jan. 15

1hr 23min
Directed by Kelton Jones
Starring Clint Carney, Jaymie Valentine, Kelton Jones

Official Synopsis:
In a rural mountain town, an unstable drug addict must unravel a surreal murder mystery as he’s terrorized by malevolent ghosts, a deranged sheriff, and the frightening hallucinations from his withdrawl.

Coming to VOD & Blu-ray/DVD.

Glass – Jan. 18

Rated PG-13 – 2hr 9min
Directed by M. Night Shymalan
Starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy

Official Synopsis:
Sequel to Unbreakable & Split – David Dunn pursues the superhuman figure of The Beast, while the shadowy Elijah Price – Mr. Glass – holds secrets critical to both men.

Coming to theaters everywhere.

The Final Wish – Jan. 24

1hr 35min
Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr.
Starring Lin Shaye, Michael Welch, Melissa Bolona

Official Synopsis:
From the creator of Final Destination – After the death of his father, Aaron returns home to help his grief-stricken mother and to confront his past. Going through his dad’s belongings, he comes across a mysterious item that is more than it seems.

Coming to limited theaters.

Animas – Jan. 25

1hr 23min
Language: Spanish
Directed by Laura Alvea & Jose F. Ortuño
Starring Ángela Molina, Luis Bermejo, Iván Pellicer

Official Synopsis:
Alex is a girl with a strong personality. She’s very close to her best friend Abraham, a shy, insecure boy as a consequence of his complex relationship with his parents. Everything changes when Abraham’s father dies in a bizarre accident. From this moment on, Alex will be thrust into a mind-bending trip where the line between reality and nightmares will start to start to blur.

A Netflix exclusive release.

Don’t Leave Home – Jan. 31

1hr 26min
Directed by Michael Tully
Starring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Lalor Roddy, Helena Bereen

Official Synopsis:
An American artist’s obsession with a disturbing urban legend leads her to an investigation of the story’s origins at the crumbling estate of a reclusive painter in Ireland.

A Shudder exclusive release.


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