The Horror Honeys: A 2016 Sci-Fi Preview with the Sci-Fi Honeys!

A 2016 Sci-Fi Preview with the Sci-Fi Honeys!

Happy New Year, people of Earth! The last few years have been jam-packed with sci-fi features that are sure to become classics in the years to follow, and 2015 was no exception. With a look at what’s in store for 2016, O.G. Sci-Fi Honey Jen and Sci-Fi Honey 2.0 Katie have compiled a list of the most buzzworthy sci-fi/horror projects hitting screens both big and small in the upcoming year – with their personal take on what we’re all most likely to gripe and squee about. From alien invasions to lady Ghostbusters, here’s a look at what’s in store for sci-fi of 2016.

January 15

IMDB Plot: 400 Days centers on four astronauts sent on a simulated mission to a distant planet to test the psychological effects of deep space travel. Locked away for 400 days, the crew's mental state begins to deteriorate when they lose all communication with the outside world. Forced to exit the ship, they discover that this mission may not have been a simulation after all.

SCI-FI HONEY JEN: Being trapped in a simulator for 400 days with Dane Cook would certainly cause my mental state to deteriorate. I dunno, the trailer isn't inspiring me to watch the movie; it looks disjointed and boring. And the never-ending production doesn't enthuse me either. I suspect I'll watch it free on Netflix someday, so I can shut it off if I need to. 

SCI-FI HONEY KATIE: This movie was on our preview list for last year, so the fact that it’s been delayed this long does not bode well. Still, I’m looking forward to (hopefully) watching Dane Cook die a slow and gruesome death.

January 15

IMDB Plot: Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

SFH JEN: This would be a difficult one for me to watch, because it looks REALLY YA. I just watched the final Mockingjay today and quite enjoyed it, so I'm not against YA movies, but this and the Divergent movies and the like are just too Y and not enough A. I'll send my thirteen-year-old nephew to see it and see what he thinks. 

SFH KATIE: Honestly, this trailer looks like it’s an amalgamation of about five different movies in one – Roland Emmerich meets Divergent, in an attempt at reaching the YA crowd. If I need a mindless popcorn movie I’ll check it out, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

January 15

IMDB Plot: A young widow moves into an old house on Lake Erie to recover from the sudden loss of her husband; however, she soon discovers a dark secret and that she is not alone.

SFH JEN: Oooo YAY, a movie about a haunted house by a lake that no one has lived in for forty years and yet is in remarkably good shape and a woman who is sad and alone and possibly mentally ill who buys it, what a refreshing idea! If it was 1975. And I'd never seen a horror movie before. I love Lance Henriksen, but seriously, I'd have to get word of mouth about a huge twist ending before I'd pay money to see it. I would however like that house if it's available, because wowza. 

SFH KATIE: Woman moves into a new house for an incredible bargain and discovers the dark secret hiding there, blah blah blah. The only mystery appears to be how they talked Lance Henriksen into doing this!

January 15

IMDB Plot: In this mind-bending 'Sci-Fi Noir' a daring physicist folds time to travel into the past, trying to stop a mysterious woman from stealing his invention. But once there, he uncovers a surprising truth about the machine, the woman, and his own fractured reality.

SFH JEN: I found the trailer a bit perplexing, but maybe I need a nap. The quality looks good, I like Sci Fi and noir, so I suspect I'll check this out. 

SFH KATIE: The Signal had major promise for its director, so I’m definitely interested in checking out his feature-length follow-up. I have a thing for Sci-Fi Noir and time travel, so this one might be right up my alley.

February 19

IMDB Plot: Specialists gather in a top-secret facility to investigate a series of strange deaths on beaches along the Atlantic Ocean.

SFH JEN: HAHAHA I actually had to check to see if this movie was a horror comedy, because there is a scene in the trailer that looks like dead people doing an interpretive dance on a beach, I actually laughed out loud when I saw it. 

But it's not horror comedy, so I'm staying away, because it looks like a Turkey of the Sea. 

SFH KATIE: Eric Roberts is in this, so this is a big NOPE for me. *Shakes fist at the Heavens, curses the existence of Eric Roberts.*

March 1

IMDB Plot: Sector 70 is a noir-ish dystopian future where prosperity belongs to the few - and those determined to take it. Jarron Brenner did well by the system until his body was invaded by the technology he helped to sell. After a series of traumatic events, a mysterious agent Miranda May takes it upon herself to help save Jarron's life. Soon, however, they find themselves hunted by the shadowy forces of an alien conspiracy.

SFH JEN: Hmmm. I like noir. I love dystopia. I'm not averse to unknown actors. But I'll need more info before I make a call on this one. Call me cautiously optimistic. 

SFH KATIE: There isn’t much information on this movie, I’ve never heard of the actors, and it appears to be the writer/director’s first feature. This could either go terribly, or be a welcome addition to the indie horror landscape of 2016.

March 18

IMDB Plot: A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.

SFH JEN: This is a movie I'm looking forward to seeing. Kirsten Dunst could read the phone book and I'd pretty much watch it, but aside from that it looks great, and it looks both sci-fi and action, so I'll be checking it out for sure. 

SFH KATIE: I’m ALL OVER this movie. Michael Shannon is one of those actors that I look forward to seeing in anything, but his work with writer/director Jeff Nichols is especially haunting. If you haven’t yet seen their 2011 collaboration Take Shelter, seek it out immediately. I can’t wait for this one. 

June 24

IMDB Plot: Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

SFH JEN: I saw the first Independence Day at I think 2am on July 4th when it came out. Despite it being a bit RahRah America for my Canadian self, I thought it was fun. I'll probably watch the sequel, I love Jeff Goldblum, and I'd watch William Fichtner anytime. 

SFH KATIE: The first film has reached cult status in my mind as a “so bad it’s good” kind of action sci-fi, but that’s what makes it a classic. Maybe it’s just the nostalgia factor alone, but I’m excited for the sequel – especially since they snagged both Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum to come reprise their roles. Will Smith has just been too busy, I guess.

July 15

IMDB Plot: This section is empty (for now), but c’mon. You all know what this one is about.

SFH JEN: I loved the original, I saw it in theatre when it came out, and have watched it about a billion times since. Hells yeah I'm watching this in theatre, I'm just hoping to see the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man again! And don't even get me started about Zuul. GAH I'M SO EXCITED! 

SFH KATIE: Ladies can be Ghostbusters, too? Say it ain’t so!

July 22

IMDB Plot: No plot… yet.

SFH JEN: I really enjoyed the first one, but I must admit I didn't see the second one; it looked underwhelming. So, I'll watch #2 before this comes out, and see if I give a crap about #3. Idris Elba is in #3, so that's a selling point for me. 

SFH KATIE: There’s no plot and even the title seems a little vague (“Beyond” what…?), but the cast we know and love from JJ Abrams’ reboots are still in place, and Simon Pegg took a stab at writing the screenplay this time, so I’m optimistic.

July 29

IMDB Plot: A young man raised by scientists on Mars returns to Earth to find his father.

SFH JEN: Wikipedia says as a plot: A sixteen-year-old boy who grows up on Mars falls in love with a girl on Earth, whom he has been communicating with, so he starts his journey to see her.

If that's the case, I don't know if I want to watch two 16-year-olds making interstellar googly eyes at each other, but Gary Oldman is in it, so I'll wait for more information before I write it off. 

SFH KATIE: The single-line concept of this one seems like it could go a million different ways, so we’ll see once a trailer is released what kind of film this is going to be. The director’s resume is littered with romantic comedies and teenybopper movies, if that’s any indication where this might go. Always nice to see Carla Gugino, though.

August 12

IMDB Plot: A sci-fi/thriller story centered on a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings that have taken over New York City.

SFH JEN: One description of this movie is “3D science fantasy-supernatural fiction action thriller film." Whaaaaaaa? I need them to be more specific, and cough up a trailer before I commit. 

SFH KATIE: The film’s tagline bills it as a “supernatural Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Does this mean these beings are going to be friendly while they take over a whole city?

November 1

IMDB Plot: A young woman searching for the origins of her past is thrown into a turbulent journey through the desert when a time-traveling psychopath begins hunting her.

SFH JEN: They were still tweeting new cast members in October this year. I question if this is coming out next year, and if so, what the quality will be. I'm generally sceptical about this one. Interesting description though. 

SFH KATIE: It’s the director’s first movie, and it stars Corbin ‘The Dentist’ Bernsen. This may go horribly wrong. Then again, I always like me some time travel.

December 21

IMDB Plot: A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 60 years early. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger.

SFH JEN: This sounds really interesting. I'm iffy on Chris Pratt, I won't lie, but Jennifer Lawrence will hopefully make up for the Pratness. Personally I'd be tempted to kill some random guy I don't know who sentenced me to live out the rest of my life with just him for company, but since it's not billed as a murder movie where she chases him around with a knife throughout the ship, I'll assume she took the high road. 

SFH KATIE: I just read the plot and then saw the cast list, and I think it’s hilarious that this guy decided to wake up Jennifer Lawrence. Of course he did. Who wouldn’t? Oh, and yes, I will be seeing this one.

Other *possible* releases in 2016 (TBA)…

IMDB Plot: A strange life form used for government weapons testing consumes everything in its path as it grows bigger and bigger.

SFH JEN: I wish the urge to remake movies repeatedly would stop. It was made in 1958, a cool classic movie. Remade in 1988, meh. What can a third one possibly bring to the table, aside from Samuel L Jackson? I dunno. Maybe. 

SFH KATIE: All we know about this so far is that Samuel L. Jackson is in it? Fortunately, that’s enough to make me want to see it.

IMDB Plot: When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.

SFH JEN: This one is supposed to be based on Stephen King's 2006 novel Cell, where some kind of Pulse over all cell phones turns every cell phone user into a mindless zombie-like killer. Stephen King movies can be hit or miss, but hey John Cusack is supposed to be in it, so I'll check the trailer out when it shows up. 

SFH KATIE: Sam Jackson strikes again! It says this one is based on a Stephen King novel, and it also stars John Cusack, so… yeah, I think I’m definitely going to be checking this one out!

IMDB Plot: A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's suffering.

SFH JEN: As Katie alluded to, this movie sounds Godzilla-ish. Rumour has it they settled the lawsuit in October, so maybe this will show up. Apparently Anne Hathaway’s character feels there is a connection between her mental state and events in Tokyo with a big lizard. If it does arrive, I'll probably check it out. The movie I mean, not the lizard. 

SFH KATIE: The ‘catastrophic events’ alluded to in the IMDB plot revolve around a giant lizard battling a robot in Tokyo. Unsurprisingly, this movie is currently being sued for being too similar to Godzilla. However… DAN STEVENS IS IN IT, so I’m pretty sure I’ll track this one down if it ever gets out of litigation hell and sees the light of day.

IMDB Plot: Aided by an ex-military soldier, a young woman becomes an unwitting fugitive after discovering that her son's catatonic state may be at the core of a global conspiracy.

SFH JEN: I got nuthin’ on this one, so I'm holding off commenting, pending more details. 

SFH KATIE: This indie looks like it’s still in the filming stage, so we may not get a 2016 release after all. Still, I’ll be looking out for it.

IMDB Plot: A daring synthetic biologist who, after a car accident kills his family, will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science.

SFH JEN: I like Keanu Reeves in some things (The Matrix anyone?), and I like the sound of the plot, so I'll keep this one on my watch list. 

SFH KATIE: The plot gave me chills (in a good way) but Keanu Reeves’ involvement also gave me chills (in a bad way). 

IMDB Plot: A single mom tries to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her.

SFH JEN: I really enjoyed Noomi Rapace in Prometheus; she played a normal person who took a serious beating and kept on going, I think she operated on herself if I remember correctly. Badass. So I'll probably check it out. 

SFH KATIE: It’s a good cast, and I’m a fan of director Steven Shainberg’s work, so this one is definitely on my “to-watch” list.

IMDB Plot: Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

SFH JEN: [according to Wikipedia, When alien craft land across the world, a linguist expert is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.] 

They had me at Jeremy Renner and aliens. 

SFH KATIE: Denis Villeneuve is a director that I’ve been waiting to make a straightforward horror or sci-fi movie, and it looks like this could be the one. I just really hope they can fit a “To Serve Man” joke into this plot somewhere.

IMDB Plot: A group of students become trapped inside a mysterious cave where they discover time passes differently underground than on the surface.

SFH JEN: Interesting premise; I love a good rift in the space-time continuum. 

SFH KATIE: Caves are inherently terrifying for me, so even if this movie turns out to be awful it’s bound to elicit a few scares regardless. If they get the claustrophobic environment right, I’ll be holding my breath during Synkhole.

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