The Strangers: Chapter 1 is one of 4 new horror movies being released this week

New episodes of horror shows like PLL: Summer School release alongside the theatrical debut of the new Strangers movie.
Froy Gutierrez as “Ryan” and Madelaine Petsch as “Maya” in THE STRANGERS Trilogy, a Lionsgate release. Photo Credit: John Armour for Lionsgate
Froy Gutierrez as “Ryan” and Madelaine Petsch as “Maya” in THE STRANGERS Trilogy, a Lionsgate release. Photo Credit: John Armour for Lionsgate /

In addition to new episodes of Pretty Little Liars: Summer School, Dark Matter, and Interview with the Vampire season 2, this week also brings us the slasher movie The Strangers: Chapter 1, a new Shudder exclusive, a Tubi Original slasher, and a Netflix Original horror film!

The following three movies are coming out this week. Additionally, the hit horror movie Abigail was released on digital last week for those who missed it in theaters. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is also out now to purchase.

The Strangers: Chapter 1 (May 17, Theaters)

  • Director: Renny Harlin
  • Cast: Madelaine Petsch, Froy Gutierrez, Gabriel Basso, and Ema Horvath
  • Rating: R (horror violence, language, and brief drug use)

Taking place in the same continuity as the original film from 2008, The Strangers: Chapter 1 will be the first in a new standalone trilogy. The first movie is a prequel to the original film from director and writer Bryan Bertino, with chapters two expected to be released later this year.

Riverdale star Madelaine Petsch and Froy Gutierrez lead the cast of this one as a couple whose car breaks down near the woods, forcing them to spend the night in a creepy remote cabin. Not long after they arrive, a group of masked killers show up and begin terrorizing them.

Monster (May 16, Netflix)

  • Director: Rako Prijanto
  • Cast: Sultan Hamonangan, Anantya Kirana, Alex Abbad, and Marsha Timothy
  • Rating: TV-MA (smoking and violence)

Monster is a new Indonesian horror movie and, according to Bloody Disgusting, a remake of the 2021 film The Boy Behind the Door from filmmakers Justin Powell and David Charbonier.

Releasing on Thursday, May 16, Monster is a terrifying and suspenseful home invasion thriller. A young girl must do whatever she can to escape from her kidnapper after she and her friend are abducted and taken to an old abandoned house.

Nightwatch: Demons are Forever (May 17, Shudder)

  • Director: Ole Bornedal
  • Cast: Fanny Leander Bornedal, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kim Bodnia, Sonja Richter, and Ulf Pilgaard

The original 1994 Danish horror film Nightwatch is getting a sequel this week! Nightwatch: Demons Are Forever features the returning cast from the original, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kim Bodnia, and Ulf Pilgaard. Working in the same forensic department as her parents, Emma (Fanny Leander Bornedal) begins investigating what happened to her parents three decades earlier concerning the psychopathic police investigator Wörmer (Pilgaard).

Since then, Emma's mother has committed suicide, and her father self-medicates to repress the trauma. Upon meeting Wörmer face-to-face, Emma accidentally reawakens his thirst for revenge as he comes after everyone who helped get him put away. The original 1994 movie is also streaming on Shudder.

Killer Body Count (May 18, Tubi)

  • Director: Danishka Esterhazy
  • Cast: Cassiel Eatock-Winnik, Khosi Negma, Alex McGregor, and N'kone Mametja

Teenage Cami gets sent to an isolated rehabilitation center because her devoutly religious father believes she's become a sex addict. But not long after arriving, Cami realizes that the rehab is hiding something much darker as a masked killer begins terrorizing her and her new friends. Directed by Slumber Party Massacre and The Banana Splits Movie filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy.

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