The last few years have been pretty solid for horror movies. Films like IT, Hereditary, and Get Out have dominated recent conversations on the genre and sparked broad debates on what horror means to us as fans. 2019 seems to be no different with several promising new films on the horizon, offering a little something for everyone.
Are you into blockbuster crowd-pleasers? We’ve got that. Classically scary supernatural flicks? In spades. Chilling, atmospheric fright fests? You betcha.
We’ve drafted a list of some of the top major horror releases to hit the silver screens in 2019, and we’ve thrown in a few indie darlings for good measure.
Mark your calendars.
Director/Writer: M. Night Shyamalan (Split, Unbreakable)
Starring: Sarah Paulson, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy
Plot: Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.
Release Date: January 18, 2019
Director: Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact, Holidays [Easter segment])
Writer: Jeff Buhler
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Brittany Allen, Colm Feore, Jackson Robert Scott
Plot: A mother concerned about her young son’s disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him.
Release Date: February 8, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U
Director/Writer: Christopher Landon (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse)
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Suraj Sharma
Plot: Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.
Release Date: February 14, 2019
Director/Writer: Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker
Plot: 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.
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Director: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska (American Mary) Writer: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, John Serge
Starring: Laura Vandervoot, Stephen Huszar, Greg Bryk, Stephen McHattie
Plot: A terrible accident leaves Rose scarred beyond recognition and she seeks out a radical untested stem cell treatment. The treatment is nothing short of a miracle, but everything in life comes at a price and this new found perfect life is no exception.
Release Date: March 25, 2019
Director: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes)
Writer: David Kajganich, Jeff Buhler
Starring: John Lithgow, Jason Clarke, Amy Siemetz
Plot: The Creed family move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie ‘Pet Sematary’ located near their home. After their cat is killed by a truck, patriarch Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is not as it seems.
Release Date: April 5, 2019
Director: Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers)
Writer: Andrew Cosby
Starring: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Lane, Ian McShane
Plot: Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.
Release Date: April 12, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona
Director: Michael Chaves (The Conjuring 3 [announced])
Writer: Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
Starring: Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, Raymond Cruz, Sean Patrick Thomas
Plot: 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.
Release Date: April 19, 2019
Director: David Yarovesky (The Hive)
Writer: Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn
Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Meredith Hagner, David Denman, Matt Jones
Plot: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Director: Michael Dougherty (Krampus, Trick ‘r Treat)
Writer: Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields
Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Sally Hawkins, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Bradley Whitford, Ziyi Zhang
Plot: The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
Release Date: May 25, 2019
Director: Lars Klevberg (Polaroid)
Writer: Tyler Burton Smith
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, David Lewis, Gabriel Bateman
Plot: A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.
Release Date: June 21, 2019
47 Meters Down: Uncaged
Director: Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down)
Writer: Ernest Riera, Johannes Roberts
Starring: Nia Long, John Corbett, Sophie Nélisse, Brec Bassinger
Plot: Five backpackers, diving in a ruined underwater city, quickly learn they are not alone in the submerged caves.
Release Date: June 28, 2019
Director/Writer: Gary Dauberman (The Nun, IT, Annabelle)
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Vera Farmiga, Madison Iseman
Plot: Currently untitled third film in the ‘Annabelle’ franchise.
Release Date: July 3, 2019
The New Mutants
Director: Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars)
Writer: Josh Boone, Knate Lee
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Antonio Banderas, Alice Braga
Plot: 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.
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Director: André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Trollhunter)
Writer: John August, Marcus Dunstan, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Patrick Melton, Guillermo Del Toro
Starring: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur, Gabriel Rush
Plot: A group of kids face their fears in order to save their town.
Release Date: August 9, 2019
Director/Writer: Ari Aster (Hereditary)
Starring: Will Poulter, Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper
Plot: A young woman reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip where things quickly go awry.
Release Date: August 9, 2019
IT: Chapter 2
Director: Andy Muschietti (IT, Mama)
Writer: Gary Dauberman
Starring: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Skarsgård, Bill Hader, James Ransone
Plot: Twenty-seven years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
Release Date: September 6, 2019
Director: Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland)
Writer: Dave Callaham, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Starring: Emma Stone, Zoey Deutch, Abigail Breslin, Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson
Plot: 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.
Release Date: October 11, 2019
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Director: D.J. Caruso (Disturbia)
Writer: Gary Dauberman, BenDavid Grabinski
Plot: Unknown. Feature film based on the Nickelodeon series, ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’
Release Date: October 11, 2019
3 From Hell
Director/Writer: Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects)
Starring: Clint Howard, Danny Trejo, Dee Wallace, Sheri Moon Zombie
Plot: Sequel to The Devil’s Rejects.
Release Date: TBD
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