HORROR FILMS WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IN 2019
Escape Room (Dir: Adam Robitel) 4th January Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to survive.
Although Director Adam Robitel's 'Insidious 4' was ok, we're hoping he recaptures the magic of The Taking of Deborah Logan in his newest genre feature. Escape Rooms are all the rage too now apparently so it could be a match made in heaven.
Happy Death Day 2U
(Dir: Christopher Landon) 14th February Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.
The first film was one of the surprise hits of last year. Polished, self-aware and pretty hilarious in places, it was a real crowd pleaser – so we can't wait to see it all over again!
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
(Dir: Andre Ovredal) 9th March A group of teens who must solve the mystery surrounding a wave of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small town.
Based on a series of spooky children's books, this Guillermo Del Toro produced feature is also directed by Andre Ovredal, the man who helmed the hugely impressive 'Autopsy of Jane Doe'. Expect something a little bit more sinister than your standard Goosebumps fare.
(Dir: Jordan Peele) 15th March A mother and father take their kids to their beach house, expecting to enjoy time with friends, but their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some visitors arrive uninvited.
Everyone has been waiting to see what Jordan Peele had lined up as his next project and we're just relieved that he's staying within the horror realm. The trailer was released a couple of days ago and it looks like it could be a blast.
(Dir: Rupert Wyatt) 29th March Set in a Chicago neighbourhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents.
The trailer looks good. It's got aliens in it - as well as John Goodman and Vera Farmiga. What more do you want?!
(Dir: Kevin Kolsch, Denis Widmyer) 4th April Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie 'Pet Sematary' located near their home. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better.
'Pet Semetary' may be a great Stephen King novel, but the 89' film version doesn't quite match it. Which is why we're intrigued to see what film-making duo Kevin Kolsch and Denis Widmyer (Starry Eyes) can do with the source material.
The Curse of La Llorona
(Dir: Michael Chaves) 19th April Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.
Promising first time Dirctor Michael Chaves (who won Shriekfest’s Best Super Short Film in 2016 for The Maiden ) will see his take on a classic Mexican myth hit the big screen this year. It's produced by James Wan too. Plus the poster looks pretty damn creepy.
47 Metres Down: The Next Chapter
(Dir: Johannes Roberts) 28th June Five backpackers, diving in a ruined underwater city, quickly learn they are not alone in the submerged caves.
There has been a little spate of shark movies recently and whilst nothing will ever match the awesomeness of Jaws, Johannes Roberts' '47 Metres Down' was a lot of toothy fun. It made a shit load of money at the box office so it's little surprise a sequel was sorted out so promptly.
(Dir: Gary Dauberman) July 3rd
Third film in the 'Annabelle' franchise.
Although the plot details have not been released, the third movie in the Annabelle franchise is one that a lot of horror fans will be eagerly awaiting. The sequel improved on the rather 'meh' original – so let's hope that the third movie builds on the good work done by it's predecessor.
The New Mutants
(Dir: Josh Boone) 2nd August Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.
Although the film is based on the longstanding spin-off comic dealing with Professor X's younger class of superhumans, the trailers indicate that we can expect more than a sprinkling of horror amongst all the superhero stuff.
(Dir: Ari Aster) 9th August A young woman reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip where things quickly go awry.
Ari Aster's Hereditary was a tremendous film-making debut (regardless of if you like the film or not). And just like Jordan Peele, audiences have been waiting impatiently to see what his next project would be. The answer? Well it sounds like a road trip movie that turns into something akin to The Wicker Man. Count us in!
IT: Chapter 2
(Dir: Andy Muschietti) 6th September 27 years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
As much as the original TV mini-series has a place in our hearts, Andy Muschietti's 2017 update was a roaring success amongst audiences and at the box office. The casting for the adult losers club for the sequel looks to be a stroke of genius – let's hope that it matches it's predecessor in terms of quality and scares.
(Dir: Ruben Fleisher) 11th October Columbus, Tallahasse, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.
One of the best horror comedies ever (there, I said it!) - talks of a sequel have been ongoing for years. But now the wait is finally over. All of the original cast are back in some form too!
In the Tall Grass
(Dir: Vincenzo Natali) TBA A brother and sister driving through Kansas during their road trip suddenly hear calls for help coming. They stop to investigate and get lost in field of tall grass.
Netflix produced some decent horror last year and this one looks like it could be one to look out for in 2019. It's based on a Stephen King novella (co-written with his son Joe Hill) and that alone should be enough to pique your interest. Patrick Wilson is in it too if that helps?
(Dir: Lars Klevberg) TBA High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn't take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.
This was originally slated for a 2017 release but the fall of the Weinstein empire means that we've had to wait until now to see it. Sounding like a cross between Sinister and The Ring, it's based on a short of the same name – and is directed by the guy who also made the original short.
You Should Have Left
(Dir: David Koepp) TBA A screenwriter travels to a remote house in the Alps with his family so that he can write the sequel to his big hit film, but he begins to regret his decision after suffering from a severe case of writer's block.
Blumhouse wasted little time in buying up the rights to the novel of the same name back in 2017 – and with Kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfriend and David Koepp attached, all the ingredients are there for an intriguing little genre movie.
(Dir: John R. Leonetti) TBA The Story of a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who have bred for decades in the pitch darkness of a vast underground cave system, hunting only with their acute hearing. As the family seeks refuge in a remote haven where they can wait out the invasion, they start to wonder what kind of world will remain when they're ready to emerge.
Yes, we know it sounds like a cross between 'The Descent' and 'A Quiet Place' but a) this is based on a book that pre-dates 'A Quiet Place' and b) you know, it sounds awesome.