12 Horror Movies You Have To See In 2019

2019 is shaping up to be an incredible year
for horror films. Here are some of the intriguing remakes, sequels
to smash hits, and awesome original projects from beloved filmmakers that are making their
way to horror fans. Hereditary was easily one of the most talked-about
horror films of 2018. Its relentlessly slow-building tension and
undeniably disturbing images marked it as an assured debut from writer/director Ari
Aster. For his next film, he’ll be moving away from
the family homestead and taking his show on the road. In Midsommar, we’ll go along with a young
couple to a festival in rural Sweden laced with bad emotions that turns even worse when
they run afoul of a pagan cult. “Is it scary?” Aster describes it as, quote, “a dark breakup
movie that becomes a horror film” and the trailer is definitely intriguing. Follow-ups to rapturously received first efforts
are always tricky to pull off, but we have a feeling that Midsommar will be a worthy
follow-up to the scariest film of 2018. “You’re scaring him!” “No I am not!” French director Alexandre Aja established
his horror bona fides with the surprise 2003 hit High Tension and a 2006 remake of the
classic The Hills Have Eyes. In 2019, he’s back and teaming up with producer
Sam Raimi to bring us Crawl. The film follows a young woman desperately
attempting to reach her father during a Category 5 hurricane. To make things worse: she’s trapped inside
a house which is slowly flooding. Fortunately, she’s not alone; she’s got a
bunch of ravenous killer alligators stopping by to keep her company. The film is being fast-tracked for a summer
release by Paramount, which took a similar approach last year with John Krasinski’s well-received
A Quiet Place. If Crawl’s bonkers story and the film’s sterling
pedigree are any indication, the studio could very well have another gigantic hit on their
hands. “I’m down here!” “Pete did you hear that?!” 2016’s The Boy was an underrated little thriller,
the story of a young American woman named Greta who is hired by an eccentric English
couple to care for their porcelain doll, Brahms. Greta learns from a local man that the real
Brahms – the couple’s eight-year-old son – was killed in a house fire decades prior. The odd situation is made even weirder by
the fact that the doll seems to have a mind of its own, and has a habit of moving around
the house when Greta isn’t looking. At the conclusion, it’s revealed that the
real Brahms has been alive the whole time, living inside the walls of the house. In the upcoming Brahms: The Boy II, the man
and his favorite plaything will return for more atmospheric chills. The sequel will see a couple move into Brahms’
abode with their young son, and this time around, the supernatural angle may not be
a fakeout. The Boy’s team of director William Brent Bell
and writer Stacey Menear will return. We’ll see if Brahms can separate himself from
the creepy doll pack when the movie hits screens on July 26. The ’80s and ’90s were a great time for childrens’
horror literature, and if the Goosebumps series wasn’t quite freaky enough, there was always
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The short story collections by Alvin Schwartz
initially featured the singularly bizarre illustrations of Stephen Gammell, which were
such pure nightmare fuel for readers that they were infamously replaced with toned-down
versions for later editions. Guillermo del Toro has long been working on
adapting the property for the screen, and this year, we’ll finally get to see the fruits
of his labor. Produced and co-written by del Toro, the feature
will focus on a group of young teens who must solve the mysterious deaths in their small
town. “Sarah Bellows’ book. When the stories write themselves and it all
comes alive.” In the director’s chair is André Øvredal,
whose features Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe marked him as a talent to watch. With that level of pedigree, the long-gestating
production looks like a worthy companion for those horrifying drawings that used to keep
so many of us up at night. It’s been rumored for years, and it’s finally
happening: just in time for the tenth anniversary of the original Zombieland, Zombieland: Double
Tap is on the way to deliver more blood-soaked comedic madness. The whole band is getting back together for
the long-awaited sequel, including director Ruben Fleischer and writers Rhett Reese and
Paul Wernick. In addition, the entirety of the original
cast is back on board, including Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Jesse Eisenberg. “Business is good!” The first official synopsis hints at new kinds
of zombies as well as a possible human threat. Either way, there doesn’t seem to be much
reinventing of the wheel here, which should suit fans of the first film just fine. They’ve been clamoring for a return to Zombieland
for years, and they’re finally getting it; just don’t forget the rules. “And why am I alive when everyone around me
has turned to meat? It’s because of my list of rules. Rule number one for surviving Zombieland:
cardio.” Those of us who grew up on the kids’ TV network
Nickelodeon have fond, if sometimes uncomfortable, memories of the horror anthology series Are
You Afraid of the Dark? The show featured a group of teens calling
themselves “The Midnight Society” who regularly gathered around a campfire in a secret place
to tell scary stories. Despite the kid-friendly concept, more than
a few episodes were surprisingly horrifying. The forthcoming film adaptation will be leaning
into the show’s darker elements, courtesy of co-writer Gary Dauberman. Best known for his writing work on It and
The Nun, Dauberman has said he wants to keep the deeply scary and dark aspects of the original
series alive in the film. He elaborated that while the film will still
feature the Midnight Society and the campfire setting, he won’t be adapting any episodes
but will tell a completely original story. Director D.J. Caruso, best known for xXx: The Return of
Xander Cage, will helm the film, which drops just in time for Halloween. Despite the characters’ apparent deaths at
the conclusion of 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects, fans of Rob Zombie have been pining for the
return of mass murderers Otis, Baby, and Captain Spaulding ever since. It took over a dozen years, but in 2018, Zombie
confirmed that he’d be bringing the murderous trio back in 3 From Hell, concluding the series
he started with House of 1000 Corpses in 2003. The film has wrapped shooting, and Zombie
has been screening a teaser trailer for fans at his shows, grainy images of which have
found their way online. In a year rife with long-awaited horror sequels,
3 From Hell may be the longest-awaited of them all – here’s hoping Zombie ups the disturbing,
gory ante in that special way only he can. Pretty much every horror fan alive has some
degree of reverence for Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 Stephen King adaptation The Shining,
even if King himself was not particularly impressed. King’s novel was a highly personal project
for him, which is probably one reason he chose to revisit the character of Danny Torrance
in 2013 with Doctor Sleep. With the King Cinematic Renaissance in full
swing, it seemed like only a matter of time before the book would get the big-screen treatment. Late this year, it’s finally happening. At the helm is Mike Flanagan, who directed
the well-received King adaptation Gerald’s Game and all ten episodes of The Haunting
of Hill House for Netflix. King had great things to say about Flanagan’s
work on Gerald’s Game; hopefully, the director will turn in an adaptation a bit more to King’s
liking than the famously eccentric Kubrick was able to. 1997’s Spawn is mostly known for sporting
some of the most ridiculous CGI 1997 had to offer, but the character has always been a
compelling one. Created by comic artist Todd McFarlane, Al
Simmons is a former CIA mercenary whose soul is sent to Hell upon his death as punishment
for his earthly misdeeds. But he’s resurrected as the demonic anti-hero
Spawn, in order to atone for his misdeeds by wreaking terrible vengeance on the criminal
underworld. In light of the 1997 film’s failure, McFarlane
himself will be rebooting the character for a new audience. He’ll write the script and also make his feature
debut as a director. McFarlane has had a vision for what the film
would be for a long time. In a talk with Collider in 2017, McFarlane
laid out what the film will be like: “It’s gonna be a dark, edgy, supernatural,
scary, messed-up movie.” With Oscar winner Jamie Foxx in the title
role and Jason Blum producing, Spawn will begin shooting in 2019 for a likely release
later in the year. Legendary director David Cronenberg’s status
as the master of body horror was firmly cemented with his 1977 feature Rabid. The film follows adult film icon Marilyn Chambers
as a young woman who undergoes a hideous transformation after an experimental surgery saves her life
following a motorcycle accident. Cronenberg’s singular visions don’t exactly
lend themselves to the reboot treatment, but if you’re familiar with the work of Jen and
Sylvia Soska, also known as the “Twisted Twins,” you won’t be surprised that they were willing
to give it a shot. With features like 2009’s Dead Hooker in a
Trunk and 2012’s deeply strange American Mary under their belts, they’ll be taking on an
updated version of Rabid for 2019, one which promises to at least try to out-weird Cronenberg’s
original. While it will feature a few modern twists,
the Soskas will be leaning into the gory, unsettling heart of the 1977 film, a task
for which they seem uniquely suited. They promise that their version will be modernized
through a female perspective, and will honor not only the original, but Cronenberg’s entire
body of work. Apparently, mastery of horror runs in the
family. Joe Hill, the son of the legendary Stephen
King, has made a name for himself as a successful horror writer in his own right with novels
like Horns and NOS4A2, both of w hich have been adapted for film and television, respectively. Among Hill’s formidable bibliography are a
couple collaborations with his dad. One of the short stories that resulted from
their collaboration, In the Tall Grass, is heading to the small screen this year as a
Netflix original film. The story follows a pair of siblings whose
cross-country trip takes a turn for the weird when they hear the cries of a young boy emanating
from a field. Very quickly, they find out that it’s easy
to get lost. Writer/director Vincenzo Natali is best-known
for directing the minor horror classic Cube, and has also recently handled episodes of
Luke Cage and Westworld. Adding a touch of horror pedigree is Patrick
Wilson, star of The Conjuring films. With a team like that, In the Tall Grass might
just end up being another Bird Box-type hit for Netflix. 2016’s Don’t Breathe, the sophomore feature
from director Fede Alvarez, was a claustrophobic nightmare of the first order. It told the story of a trio of hoodlums who
plan to loot the house of a blind war veteran for the cash he’s supposedly hoarding, only
to find the old guy to be much more capable – and sadistic – than they were ready for. Veteran character actor Stephen Lang was absolutely
terrifying in his role, and even though the film’s conclusion didn’t exactly seem to be
setting up a sequel, Don’t Breathe 2 is on the way. The movie has been in the works for some time. In late 2016, Alvarez’s producing partner
Sam Raimi called its concept the greatest idea for a sequel he’s ever heard, while Alvarez
teased an “anarchic” approach to the second installment. Plot, casting, and production details are
being kept tightly under wraps, but it’s a safe bet that we’ll see Don’t Breathe 2 in
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