Four upcoming horror movies to check out in March

Pyper Braun as Alice jn Imaginary. Photo Credit: Parrish Lewis
Pyper Braun as Alice jn Imaginary. Photo Credit: Parrish Lewis /

Although it sometimes seems as if horror movies are sparse this time of year, there are a few releasing this month that have me intrigued. Let’s start with two films opening in theatres on March 8.

Imaginary is brought to us by Blumhouse, the production company that brought us last year’s blockbuster M3GAN, along with dozens of other popular horror movies. We’re talking about well known flicks such as Paranormal Activity, Get Out, Happy Death Day, Freaky, The Black Phone…the list could go on and on.

Imaginary, much like M3GAN takes a comforting childhood toy and makes it evil. Jessica (DeWanda Wise) and her blended family move to her childhood home. Little Alice (Pyper Braun) finds a cute teddy bear named Chauncey in the basement, and soon, Chauncey has Alice caught up in a frightening scavenger hunt-type game.

I was intrigued by the trailer, and by young Pyper, who I had the opportunity to interview recently. I’ll be seeing this one in a theatre.

Also opening on March 8 (in theatres and VOD) is Night Shift. Gwen (Phoebe Tonkin) just got a job working the night shift at an isolated hotel. As the night goes on, Gwen begins to suspect that someone from her past is stalking her at the hotel. All of this is further complicated by the fact that the hotel may actually be haunted.

Night Shift is the directorial debut of The China Brothers (Benjamin and Paul China, who also wrote the screenplay). Again, I found myself very intrigued by the trailer for this one, though I may wait until it’s streaming to watch it.

You’ll Never Find Me will begin streaming on Shudder March 22. Patrick (Brendan Rock) lives alone in a mobile home, and his little contact with other people. In the middle of the night during a raging storm, Patrick hears a knock at his door, and opens it to find a young woman (Jordan Cowan) standing there. Since she is stranded in the storm, Patrick invites her inside.

As the two talk and interact, a sense of uneasiness starts to creep in, and we discover there is more to this story than we already know. ScreenRant’s Mae Abdulbaki called You’ll Never Find Me “an excellent, audacious entry to the horror genre.” Since I have a Shudder subscription, I will definitely be watching this!

Also opening on March 22 is Late Night with the Devil. This one is opening in theaters, but will be available to watch on Shudder on April 19. I, however, plan to watch it in a theater, as it’s the film on this list that I am most excited to see.

David Dastmalchian (The Last Voyage of the Demeter, The Boogeyman) stars as a 1970s tv talk show host desperate to improve his ratings. On Halloween, he invites a panel of guests that include a young girl who is believed to be possessed, a skeptic, a parapsychologist and a mind reader. As you might suspect, it all goes horribly wrong.

Late Night with the Devil made its debut at SXSW in 2023, where it got a big boost from none other than Stephen King. King tweeted that the film was “absolutely brilliant. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.”

Here’s hoping that each of these films is great, and that 2024 is going to be a fantastic year for horror!

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