Chris Schulz is the deputy head of entertainment for the New Zealand Herald.

Five trailers horror fans need to see

Chris Schulz casts his eye over five upcoming horror films.
Eric Bana appears in upcoming horror film Deliver Us From Evil.
Eric Bana appears in upcoming horror film Deliver Us From Evil.

Everyone loves a good horror movie, and there's not shortage of bloody thrills and horrific spills coming to a theatre near you in 2014.

Be warned: the following five trailers contain blood, gore, and in one instance, a woman eating a light bulb.

1. The Quiet Ones
Director: John Pogue
Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke
NZ release date: TBC
"Inspired by true events" is a pretty generic claim made by many a horror film these days. But in this case, it appears to be true. The Quiet Ones explores the actual, real life story of a professor who used students to help him create a poltergeist. Maybe don't try this at home.

2. Deliver Us From Evil
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Eric Bana, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale
NZ release date: TBC
Spooked kids, soft toys, "scratching noises" and things hiding under the bed. There are plenty of cliches in this trailer from the upcoming Eric Bana vehicle about a non-believing cop investigating paranormal activity. Still, it's worth sticking around till the end of this creepy promo for a pretty intense scare.

3. Oculus
Director: Mike Flanagan
Starring: Katee Sackhoff, Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites
NZ release date: TBC
Katee Sackhoff hasn't done much since her stint in Battlestar Galactica, but she's got terrifyingly devilish eyes in this trailer. Oculus - nope, I don't know what it means either - is about a woman who tries to prove supernatural spirits were responsible for murder. That's gotta be a tough sell. And if you're worried about the lightbuld eating scene, then cover your eyes for this trailer.

4. Alien Abduction
Director: Matty Beckerman
Starring: Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Jillian Clare
NZ release date: TBC
If you're a fan of The X-Files, you just know you're going to love this. Here's the plot: Family goes camping. Family sees strange lights. Dead birds fall from the sky. Spooky long-limbed beings are seen skulking around a tunnel. Then a hillbillly shows up. And people start hovering in a barn. All this Alien Abduction needs now is Mulder and Scully.

5. The ABCs of Death 2
Director: Assorted.
Starring: Assorted.
NZ release date: TBC
No horror preview piece would be complete without this, the sequel to Ant Timpson's gleefully gory celebration of short horror films. It takes the concept behind V/H/S to the extreme, with 26 short films from different directors compiled in a package that is best viewed in a large cinema full of like-minded twisted souls. You have been warned.


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