On the heels of another banner year of horror, even more great genre goodness is headed our way in 2019; here’s 10 of our most anticipated releases!
Hello my beautiful Ghoulies and Goblins. Please accept my apologies for not being around the Christmas season, but your little psychopath was very sick *Cough Cough*. See, I still have my cold. But I’m sane enough now to bring you the best list to start of the new year, and that’s the most anticipated horror movies of 2019!
Are you ready to jump in with me and get all hot and bothered about what 2019 has to offer us?!
Who would have thought that Marvel could create an X-Men universe that would be considered horror? But they did, and it’s the first from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’ve been waiting for this movie for a long time! The cast contains a lot of fresh faces in Hollywood and, of course, some legends like Antonio Banderas. A very familiar face for the horror community is Charlie Heaton, who fans will recognize from the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things”.
The story follows five young mutants being involuntarily held in a sort of an insane asylum as their powers become stronger. The movie was originally supposed to come out April 13th, 2018 but the studio decided to hold it back because it didn’t want it conflicting with Deadpool 2 and Dark Phoenix. Dark Phoenix also comes out this year, for any X-men fans who want to see the new cast come back together and try to stop Jean from going dark.
After two delays, The New Mutants is now scheduled to be released on August 2, 2019.
We have been waiting for this movie since the moment we all watched the shocking ending of Split. Reactions to that film were split down the middle among the horror community, but we cannot deny that James McAvoy’s portrayal of a character with multiple personalities was anything short of phenomenal. We all shit our pants when we saw Bruce Willis at the end of Split, because we’ve been waiting for a sequel to Unbreakable since its release in 2000. And it’s not just Bruce Willis that makes a return but Samuel L Jackson as well.
M. Night Shyamalan makes his return as director and writer for the the new film in the franchise. A new face joining the group is Sarah Paulson, who plays a doctor trying to understand her patients and figure out how can one man have 24 personalities. Jackson commented highly on his talented co-star, McAvoy, for his ability to rapidly change into four different characters without having to take any time to prepare for each character’s unique performance.
It has taken 19 years for this trilogy to be made — and almost didn’t happen due to two separate studios having the rights to Unbreakable and Split. Thankfully, they all came together so we could get this new chapter in the saga, heading our way January 19, 2018.
8. Escape Room
This movie gives me major Saw feelings, except in an escape room. If you’ve never been in an escape room, it’s where you volunteer yourself (you usually have to pay) to be locked up in a room — usually a themed room, like Dracula or Sherlock Holmes — and you are given clues to figure out the room and escape before the time is up!!
But in this film, things turn dark. The room literally heats up, and the players realize that this just isn’t just a chance for them to win a million dollars, but it’s a very real challenge to see if they can get out alive. The cast includes some fresh faces, along with familiar ones like Logan Miller (The Walking Dead, Scouts vs Zombies) and the gorgeous and extremely talented Deborah Ann Woll (who fans will recognize as the baby vamp Jessica on True Blood).
Will you be seeing this film when it releases on January 4, 2019?
Now, this movie gives off some serious Final Destination vibes! A young woman discovers an antique camera at an old antique shop, and the pictures she takes of people seem to be haunted afterwards. Afterwards, her subjects all end up dead. She tries to warn the others that are in the photos, but they don’t believe her until it’s too late. Will they be able to figure out the curse in time?
Madelaine Petsch is the most popular face in the film because of the major success of Riverdale. Another familiar face is Grace Zabriskie. If you have no idea who she is, I highly suggest you do your horror homework — because she’s a big part of the horror genre!
Pushed back from its 2018 release date due to the Harvey Weinstein, rumors have it that Netflix is in talks to acquire this film and release it sometime in 2019. Stay tuned as we wait for an official release date on this one.
6. Child’s Play
I’m one of those people that don’t mind horror remakes, but I know a lot of people tend to hate them just because they think they’re being loyal to the original. The last few Chucky movies have been kind of horrible, despite the fact that you get to see Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly in the films. But I think it’s time to RIP that franchise and try something new, like Aubrey Plaza.
Not much has been released about the film or the plot. But instead of Chucky being a possessed doll by a criminal, he’s actually just a doll whose AI is tampered with. The movie is labeled horror on IMDb, however, you have to wonder with someone like Aubrey plaza in the film, will there be comedic aspects as well?
Either way, I’m excited, are you? The film is currently slated for a June 21, 2019 release date.
5. The Curse of La Llorana
This movie doesn’t have that much information on it yet, but it does have a trailer — and it’s absolutely horrifying. Iconic horror director James Wan produces this film, and it is suspected to have something to do with the Conjuring universe.
Father Perez was in Annabelle (2014), and he is reprising his role in this film. Anna Garcia, who is very famous for playing Velma in the Scooby-Doo movies, stars alongside the dark-haired beauty Patricia Velasquez, who we know and love from The Mummy movies as Anck Su Namun.
Whether or not this film is in fact related to the Conjuring universe, I’m excited to see it when it releases on April 19, 2019, as the trailer alone gave me goosebumps.
4. 3 From Hell
I’m a huge fan of Rob Zombie! And like any other Zombie fan, I have anticipated this movie for so long. Unfortunately the plot to the movie has not even been released, let alone a trailer. Rob was very open during the shooting of the film and shared a lot of pictures with his fans, but it remains unclear as to why the three from hell survived the ending of The Devil’s Rejects.
Regardless of the lack of details released, this film still lands so high on the list because of all the buzz it has generated. Of course, not all the buzz has bene positive, as Zombie has his fair share of detractors. But his dedicated fans will no doubt flock to the theaters to see this one, even knowing very little about it.
So far, we don’t even have an official release date on this one. But we do know that the original three main antagonists from the previous films will be returning: Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, and Bill Moseley.
3. The Conjuring 3
Here we have yet another film without an official plot synopsis or trailer. But, given that it’s a new film in James Wan’s extremely popular Conjuring franchise, we don’t really need to know much to get excited about this one.
The little bit of information about the film I can share is that the writer of The Nun (2018), David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, will be working on the script for this film — he also co-wrote the script for The Conjuring 2. James Wan will not be directing this one, but the director of The Curse of La Llorona will be.
Not even the cast has been confirmed yet, nor has an official release date. But expect to see this one headed our way sometime in 2019!
2. Pet Sematary
After the huge success of IT (2017), I wouldn’t be surprised if they remade every Stephen King movie based on his novels. The trailer for this film had us all on the edge of our seats because the original has frightened us all in some way. Stephen King himself has gone on record saying that, out of all his books, Pet Sematary honestly scared him.
John Lithgow is the most famous face in the film, and we also have a beautiful but creepy kitty taking on the role of Church. Honestly, the cat looked evil before they buried it.
On April 15, 2019, we’ll get a fresh reminder of why “sometimes dead is better”.
Before we get to our number one most anticipated film of 2019, let’s take a look at some important Honorable Mentions we’re pretty excited about: Happy Death Day 2, The Prodigy, Isabelle, and yet another film in the Conjuring universe, The Crooked Man.
27 years later, IT comes back to Derry — and the Losers Club will gather once more to fight the evil clown. Bill Skarsgard blew us all away with his performance in the first chapter, and the director Andy Muschietti is back to complete the story. It seems like the child actors will be making appearances as well, as they are on the casting list.
And did they ever pick some great actors to play their adult counterparts! Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader bring some major star power, and I can’t wait to see how they portray the older version of these characters we have come to adore. There isn’t a trailer for the film yet, but filming began June 19, 2018, and they officially wrapped on October 30,2018. Yes my precious, on Devil’s night.
Will you be enjoying the sequel when it emerges from the sewers on September 6, 2019?! I’ll be the psycho in the back row with clown makeup!