Now, we don’t want to give all the glory to the blockbusters, so we thought we’d add a few promising projects that have some killer names attached. If you’re a fan of indie horror (and we know you are), you’ll surely recognize these auteurs.
Director: Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan)
Writer: Bragi Schut, Maria Melnik
Starring: Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine, Logan Miller
Plot: Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to survive.
Release Date: January 4, 2019
Director/Writer: Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother)
Starring: Mia Wasikowski, Christopher Abbott, Laia Costa
Plot: A man kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service, and kill an unsuspecting prostitute.
Release Date: February 1, 2019
Director/Writer: Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Billy Magnussen, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Rene Russo
Plot: After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.
Release Date: February 1, 2019 (Netflix)
Director/Writer: Gaspar Noé (Enter the Void, Irreversible)
Starring: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub
Plot: French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.
Release Date: March 1, 2019
Director/Writer: Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow)
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz, Karl Glusman
Plot: Disturbing and mysterious things begin to happen to a bartender in New Orleans after he picks up a phone left behind at his bar.
Release Date: March 29, 2019
Director: Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother)
Writer: Jeff Buhler
Starring: Jacki Weaver, Andrea Riseborough, Betty Gilpin, William Sadler
Plot: A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.
Release Date: June 21, 2019
Director: Robert Eggers (The Witch)
Writer: Max Eggers, Robert Eggers
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe
Plot: The story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives in early 20th-century Maine.
Release Date: TBD
Body at Brighton Rock
Director/Writer: Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound, XX)
Starring: Karine Fontes, Casey Adams, Emily Althaus, Miranda Bailey
Plot: A park ranger spends the night guarding a potential crime scene on a remote mountain trail.
Release Date: TBD
Director/Writer: Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
Starring: Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman, Aisling Franciosi
Plot: Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family.
Release Date: January 2019 (Sundance Film Festival), wide release TBD
In the Tall Grass
Director/Writer: Vincenzo Natali (Cube) – novel by Joe Hill and Stephen King
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rachel Wilson, Harrison Gilbertson, Laysla De Oliveira
Plot: Brother and sister are driving through Kansas during their road trip. Suddenly, they hear calls for help coming. They stop to investigate and get lost in field of tall grass.
Release Date: TBD (Netflix)