This year already looks like it’s going to deliver horror fans with a culmination of exciting disturbing, depraved and horrifying films, and as the year progresses more will be added. For now, here’s our top 10 most anticipated horror films of 2019.
10. The Lighthouse
The Witch was a film that divided the horror audience, it was designed for those with a particular taste in slow-paced psychological horror. Now Robert Eggers is following up his film with something different, a fantasy horror film called The Lighthouse. Set in Nova Scotia in 1890, the film follows an ageing lighthouse keeper. Starring in this film is Robert Pattinson and William Defoe.
9. Three From Hell
He’s a marmite kind of director, but Rob Zombie’s hillbilly horror films House of 1000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects were both dirty and disturbing films that were hard not to love. Now he’s finally following up his two best works with Three From Hell which will again follow our favourite characters Otis Driftwood played by Bill Moseley, Captain Spaulding played by Sid Haig and Baby Firefly played by Sheri Moon Zombie. Zombie has mentioned that the film will take yet another different direction while giving us something just as weird as the others.
8. Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Back in the 90s there was a little horror show called Are You Afraid of the Dark? on Nickelodeon and was a starting point for many of us who loved the genre but weren’t allowed to watch films yet. The show always featured a group of teens sat around a campfire with a torch, telling the others a terrifying scary story, and the film will follow the same fashion. Screenwriter Gary Dauberman (The Nun) has said he wants to “honour the darker, scarier tone of the show”. More details are yet to come, but it’s being directed by D.J. Caruso who gave us Disturbia.
7. Zombieland 2
Nearly ten years later and we’re finally getting the follow up to horror comedy film Zombieland from director Ruben Fleischer. From the premise that has been revealed, it seems that there is nothing drastically different in terms of the storyline for Zombieland 2, but as we loved the characters in the first all we need to hope for is more zombies and laughs. The original cast returns including Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin.
6. Jacob’s Ladder
There are some films that will forever fuck with the audience’s mind and leave them in a state of despair after watching and Adrian Lyne’s 1990 horror film Jacob’s Ladder did just that. When a war veteran returns home, he cannot decipher the difference between reality and his PTSD induced hallucinations, which leads him to spiral into madness. Helmed as not a direct remake, but highly influenced from the first film, director David M. Rosenthal is taking us back to insanity with his refreshed version of psychological torment. Starring Michael Ealy as the lead, let’s hope that this film isn’t a disappointment otherwise horror fans will make it known.
5. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
It seems 2019 is the year of adaptations when it comes to horror, and that runs true for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. This children’s book was the stuff of nightmares and included three short stories that horrified children across the nation before bedtime. Directed by Andre Ovredal who brought us one of the scariest films of the last couple of years, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, there’s no doubt he will lace this film with the trauma of our childhoods.
4. Pet Sematary
Remakes tend to make many of us horror fans filled with rage, but the Pet Sematary remake from directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer looks like it will bring a fresh life to another Stephen King classic. The trailer gives us a teaser that although the storyline will generally stay the same, there will be some added extras including more creepy children wearing masks and Church is no longer a British Shorthair. These two directors gave us the underrated Starry Eyes, and hopefully will deliver again with Pet Sematary.
3. Velvet Buzzsaw
You know when you watch a trailer for a film and just scream “YES!” because it looks incredible; that was exactly the reaction gained from the Velvet Buzzsaw trailer. This Netflix original movie comes from director Dan Gilroy, who brought us Nightcrawler, and returns with his right-hand man Jake Gyllenhaal as lead. In a world of art, critique and meaning, an unknown artist’s paintings are discovered and quickly rise to fame. However, the paintings have something sinister lurking within them. Also starring Toni Collette who was outstanding in Hereditary and John Malkovich, this film looks like a beautifully painted mind-fuck of fear.
2. IT: Chapter 2
Is there anyone who isn’t excited for IT: Chapter 2? Because there shouldn’t be. Director Andrés Muschietti remade Stephen King’s infamous tale of terror in 2017 with the first instalment, and it certainly did Pennywise the Dancing Clown justice. Now he’s back with the second and final part of the film which will see the clown return to haunt the adults of Maine. Starring Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James McAvoy, James Ransone and of course the incredible Bill Skarsgard as our favourite clown.
The horror genre was blown away when Jordan Peele delivered his psycho-political nightmare Get Out into cinemas around the world. Now he’s hyping us up once more for yet another injection of cerebral terror with his 2019 film Us. When Adelaide’s family return to her childhood home, dreads descends upon her as she suspects something awful will happen to them all. Her fears turn to reality when four strangers begin to terrorise the family. Peele presents us with disturbing doppelganger delusion that features another strong black cast, helping to continuously show diversity in the film industry.
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