5 horror movies to see this summer
The start of summer and lulling heat is a beckoning call to the cool, cushioned seats of movie theaters. The cavernous rooms offer your home air-conditioner a well-deserved break, and you the chance to be engulfed in a different world of adventure, comedy and love.
But let's wake up from the summer heat with some adrenaline.
Here are five movies that will satiate any horror-appetite, whether it's a supernatural haunting, sci-fi horror, or, of course, one that will make you second-guess turning off the lights.
"Bite," May 6
After a seemingly harmless insect bite, a young woman undergoes a horrifying transformation. With Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak and Jordan Gray. Written by Jayme Laforest, story by Chad Archibald. Directed by Archibald. Scream Factory
"The Conjuring 2," June 10
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return as demonologists investigating the haunting of a house in north London. With Frances O'Connor. Written by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes & James Wan and David Leslie Johnson; story by Hayes & Hayes & Wan. Directed by Wan. New Line Cinema
"The Purge: Election Year," July 1
The third edition of this sci-fi horror series in which the annual government-sanction 12-hour period when all crime is legal comes under attack. With Frank Grillo, Edwin Hodge, Betty Gabriel. Written and Directed by James DeMonaco. Universal Pictures
"Lights Out," July 22
A young woman and her brother confront the terrifying reality of what happens in the dark. With Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia. Written by Eric Heisserer, based on the short film by David F. Sandberg. Directed by Sandberg. New Line Cinema
"Don't Breathe," Aug. 26
A trio of Detroit friends who target the home of a blind war veteran for an easy burglary have no idea of the horror that awaits. With Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang. Written by Fede Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues, Directed by Fede Alvarez. Screen Gems
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