Nightmare on Film Street loves Holiday Horror Flicks. There are loads set on Halloween, quite a few on Christmas and even some lovely Purge movies, perfect for the 4th of July. The question is, are there any good spooky flicks to help ring in the New Year? And, of course there are!
Here are 1o of the very best New Year’s Eve horror movies to help you countdown the New Year. What better to shuffle and rattle you into 2019 than a good scare?
10. Day Watch (2006)
This is Timur Bekmambetov’s maligned sequel to Night Watch. It takes itself far too seriously and is a bit of a slog. Still, who can resist a movie about otherworldly creatures hell bent on destruction? It may not be as good as it’s predecessor, but it’s still a great watch.
It’s New Year’s Day one year after the events of Night Watch and our hero, Anton, sees the truce between the “Light and Dark Others” unraveling. He believes both Others are waiting for the birth of a special child to regain power. So, what else could he do but get a witch to kill the unborn child? Duh. This sets of a chain of events that only makes things worse. Can he save humanity again?
9. Antisocial (2013)
The Canadian film and directorial debut of Cody Callahan follows recently dumped Sam Reznor via video chat, and she is feeling down. Trying to break that depressing spell, she decides to join some friends at a New Year’s Eve party. When sometime turns on the television, they discover that a virus is spreading, one of the main symptoms of which is uncontrollable violence.
They decide to lock the cabin down tight. This is a great idea until some of the inhabitants start showing symptoms and the bloodbath begins! It’s not a great movie. Ok, fine, it has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes BUT! it’s still a good time, a great concept, and a fun take on the New Year’s Eve party gone awry.
8. Bitter Moon (1992)
Bitter Moon is a tight, tense flick perfectly set on a boat with no chance of escape. Directed by Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby, Repulsion), Bitter Moon is a great flick that will keep your stomach in knots.
British couple Nigel (Hugh Grant) and Fiona (Kristen Scott Thomas) are on a Mediterranean cruise for the New Year holiday. They meet many mysterious couples who are into all sorts of interesting things, like BDSM for example. Nigel begins to suspect that some of them know he and Fiona, and paranoia ensues. Soon, tensions rise and things get weird, including a heavy dose of untimely murder and suicide….
7. Bloody New Year (1987)
Bloody New Year is the final feature directed by English cult horror director Norman J Warren. He didn’t die or anything, this movie was just such a bomb that he hasn’t directed another feature to this day. And that’s a damn shame, because Bloody New Year movie is b-movie gold. In typical teenagers-in-peril fashion, this movie wants big hair, big fun and buckets of blood. The premise is bizarre, the acting is…interesting, but it is an absolute blast.
Five teenagers are on a summer sailing trip when they find themselves shipwrecked on a secluded island where they find a hotel and take refuge. The hotel is weird not just because it’s in the middle of nowhere, but also because it’s already New Year’s Eve themed, like an eternally eerie party. While this is odd, they don’t find it particularly frightening until the walls start closing in. With nowhere to run, things are getting very hairy indeed for these five teens, and as everybody knows, parties are best when the guest list doesn’t include ghosts, ghouls and goblins.
6. New Year’s Evil (1980)
Oh boy, is this one a doozie. It’s New Year’s Eve and punk goddess Blaze is hosting a live, televised countdown from a ‘luxurious’ hotel in Hollywood. They party hearty and rock their way into the new year. Then they start taking phone calls and get one that’s just a bit odd. The man on the other end claims that every time the New Year rings in a different time zone, he’s going kill a ‘naughty girl.’ And the last girl he plans to kill is Blaze herself.
The partiers aren’t too concerned until the new year hits in the Eastern Standard time zone and a nurse is brutally murdered. There are murders all the time, though, right? He thought of that. The killer calls back into the phone lines with a recording of the killing to prove each one is his work. Can Blaze stop this crazed-killer killer before it’s too late, or will she never live to see the futuristic wonders of 1981?
5. The Children (2008)
The Children is a 2008 British horror movie by Tom Shankland (The Missing). It’s intense, funny at times and quite violent. It is the right sort of movie when you want to add something a little shocking into the mix. It’s a fairly traditional cabin in the woods, with a great twist.
The Children tells the story of rebellious teenager Casey, as she spends New Year’s Eve with family at her aunt Chloe’s remote home in the countryside. And we all know how safe remote cabins are. As soon as they arrive one of Casey’s siblings starts barfing. Soon it seems like everyone is sick and something is terribly wrong. Tensions run high, people feel awful and soon everyone is paranoid and fighting. Everyone is after each other and it seems the only one immune is Casey. Can the children save each other and escape or will they never see another new year again?
4. Ghostkeeper (1981)
You didn’t think I’d have a list without a b-movie, did you? Of course I’m going to throw some b-movie goodness in there and Ghost Keeper certainly fits the bill. In fact, they ran out of money halfway through and the director decided not to stop but to hijack the equipment and shoot the rest before it was all taken back. So, half the film was shot with very little script revision, rehearsal or takes. Everything on set was clearly go, go, go!
Jenny, Marty and Chrissy head to Banff to spend their New Year on a snowmobiling expedition. Lost in a whiteout, they stumble upon an abandoned hotel in the mountains. At least they think it’s abandoned. At first it seems like the perfect place to hold up, but soon ominous shit starts happening, including a creepy old lady, and demon possessions.
3. Terror Train (1980)
Oh, Terror Train, how I love thee. Another bit of b-movie gold out of the Canadian 1980’s. Terror Train stars scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis and was shot just days after she finished Prom Night, so we’re talking peak 80’s horror Curtis. It also is the one and only film David Copperfield ever acted in. So if 80’s Copperfield is your jam, this is the one for you.
A group of medical students go to a New Year’s Eve costume party that takes place on a train outside Montreal. Everyone is expected to stay in costume all night and party it up! Things are fun and the students are blowing off steam, when suddenly people start disappearing. Too late and trapped on the train, the students start to realize there’s a serial killer on the loose. Problem is, everyone’s in costume to begin with and they can’t tell who is who. Will they survive or will this train be their final destination?
2. The Night of the Virgin (2017)
Spain does such a great job of mixing comedy with heavier genres and Night of the Virgin is a great example. If you love gory comedies like Dead Alive or Tucker and Dale vs Evil, you’re going to dig this one. The laughs and the gore are both great. I mean, c’mon, someone gets pulled across a room by an umbilical cord for crying out loud!
Young Nico, a virgin, heads to a New Year’s Eve party determined to start the new year A Man. He will have sex no matter the cost. At least that’s what he thought at the start of the night. By the end of things, the goal changes from losing his virginity to keeping his life. Once demons show up, it seems his plans are, well, just no longer all that pressing.
1. End of Days (1999)
I consider End of Days the king of all New Year’s Eve movies. It’s loaded with demonic stuff, but it is also a very rare Schwarzenegger horror flick. Not to mention the fact that we were given an all too topical (at the time) Y2K plot! You might remember that millenium panic sweeping the globe. The computers were supposed to wreak havoc and chaos after all decimal points rolled back from 99 to 00. Planes would fall from the sky, the Armageddon would come, cats marrying dogs, absolute mayhem. Of course, you will also remember that the new year came and went just like any other. No disaster. No Mayhem. Just a lot of care-free drunks singing Auld Lang Syne to each other.
End of Days is directed by Peter Hymans (The Presidio) and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as Gabriel Byrne (Hereditary), Kevin Pollack (Willow), Robin Tunney (The Craft), and Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night).
The Vatican believes Satan is going to impregnate a woman in New York on New Year’s Eve. They feel it is there mission to stop this from happening, as they fear the knocking of boots would usher in the end of days. badass mofo Jericho Cane is hot on Satan’s trail finding cryptic occult symbols and messages here and there, like clues for Scooby Doo or something. Cane can’t seem to catch him and comes to realize he needs to find God as well as Satan. If he can get right with god, that may be the trick. Can he save himself and the world?
This movie is great fun, but the fact that it was almost directed by both Sam Raimi and Guillermo del Toro makes me yearn for what it could have been. That aside, it’s still a blast from the past and a perfect movie for a time that became dated almost the moment the New Year’s Eve ball dropped in Time Square nineteen years ago.
And there you have it! Ten perfect horror movies to count down the New Year! Let us know your favorite New Year Horror on Twitter, Reddit, and in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook. And have a creeptastic 2019!