There’s a lot of great horrors set to be released this year, but I haven’t included the possibility of a Friday the 13th reboot which is currently in the works or a fourth instalment in the Insidious franchise, as we don’t know enough about them yet.
A Quiet Place: Part II (20th March)
A sequel to 2018’s hugely successful horror film, with John Krasinski returning to write and direct, this sequel will see Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe all reprise their roles, with Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou also joining the cast. The film will directly follow the first film as the Abbott family are forced to venture into the unknown to face the terrors of the outside world, as they realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.
I loved the first film but I’m a big believer of leaving a film alone if its unsuspected success is so huge. A second film rarely lives up to its predecessor, so let’s hope that we’re not left disappointed with this one.
The Grudge (24th Jan)
The Grudge is one of my favourite horror films because it is one of few films that truly terrifies me. And whilst I enjoy the 2004 original English-language remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-On: The Grudge (both of which were directed by Takashi Shimizu), I do feel like an update would benefit this one. And this reboot actually looks pretty good.
Directed by Nicolas Pesce, this film’s events take place at the same time as those of the 2004 film and will be the fourth instalment in The Grudge film series following on from all three English-language films. It stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver.
The Conjuring 3 (11th Sep)
Also known as The Devil Made Me Do It, The Conjuring 3 is the eighth instalment in the Conjuring Universe and is directed by Michael Chaves. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will be reprising their roles as paranormal investigators and authors Ed and Lorraine Warren. Not a lot is known by the plot yet, but it is set to follow a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life investigators, and marks the first time in US history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defence. Sterling Jerins, Julian Hilliard, Sarah Catherine Hook, Charlene Amoia and Ruairi O’Connor are also starring.
Whilst I haven’t enjoyed most of the films in the Conjuring Universe, I have enjoyed the Conjuring films themselves. I love a real-life twist and courtroom drama tie-in with horror films, as well, so this could be great.
Brahms: The Boy II (21st Feb)
This is another example of when a surprisingly decent first film should be left alone, I fear. I didn’t expect to like the first film as much as I did, but I’m not sure a plot like this can work a second time around, especially when none of the original cast are returning.
A sequel to the 2016 film, The Boy 2 follows a young family who moves into the Heelshire Mansion, unaware of the dark history. The premise will follow the story of the youngest son finding the porcelain doll, and befriending Brahms. Directed by William Brent Bell, it stars Katie Holmes, Ralph Ineson, Owain Yeoman, and Christopher Convery.
Halloween Kills (16th Oct)
A sequel to 2018’s Halloween reboot and the twelfth instalment in the Halloween franchise, the film will see Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprise their roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. The plot is unknown at this point, but director David Gordon Green always intended the reboot to be a two-part film and was only waiting to see the reaction to the first film. And since it was such a success, here we have the sequel. Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Dylan Arnold, Kyle Richards, Charles Cyphers and Nancy Stephens will also reprise their roles from the 2018 and 1978 films.
Candyman (12th June)
Directed by Nia DaCosta and written by Jordan Peele, who has had a number of successful horror films over the past couple of years, this is a direct sequel to original 1992 film and stars Tony Todd as the titular character, alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Colman Domingo in supporting roles. This is one of few classic horrors that I didn’t enjoy, so I’m interested to see how Peele will modernise the character.
Escape Room 2 (14th Aug)
I watched so many Escape Room films last year, but the one that I didn’t actually get around to watching was the latest 2019 release. This is a sequel to that version.
Adam Robitel is set to return to direct, but nothing is known about the plot as of yet. However, what we do know is that Taylor Russell and Logan Miller are set to return alongside Isabelle Fuhrman, Holland Roden, Thomas Cocquerel, Indya Moore, and Carlito Olivero.
The Invisible Man (28th Feb)
Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, the film is a very loose modern adaptation of both the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells and a remake of the 1933 film adaptation of the same name. I’ve been excited about this film since it was announced that The Haunting of Hill House‘s Oliver Jackson-Cohen was set to lead the film. He will star as Elisabeth Moss‘ abusive ex who takes his own life and leaves her fortune. But when she suspects that his death is a hoax, a series of coincidences turn lethal. Now, she must work to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
Johnny Depp was set to lead the film when Universal announced a shared classic monster cinematic universe in 2016, but after the negative reactions to The Mummy, Blumhouse Productions obtained the rights and produced a new film. I think this one definitely looks a lot better.
Underwater (7th Feb)
Directed by William Eubank, the film follows a crew of aquatic researchers who work to get to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. But the crew has more than the ocean seabed to fear. It stars Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, and T.J. Miller. I’m looking forward to seeing Stewart in this. She’s been in some great films recently so it will be interesting to see her in a horror film.
Fantasy Island (14th Feb)
Based on ABC’s 1977 television series of the same name created by Gene Levitt and directed by Jeff Wadlow, Fantasy Island follows an enigmatic man who makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.
With an Escape Room-type premise, I’m not sure how well this film will work but I am definitely intrigued by it. The film also stars Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Hansen, and Michael Rooker.
Gretel and Hansel (TBC)
Based on the German folklore tale by the Brothers Grimm and directed by Oz Perkins, Sophia Lillis and Sam Leakey portray the main characters as a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon the home of a witch. Set a long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, the film looks like it has a great spooky atmosphere.
Although the film has an early January release date for the US, it has yet to have one for the UK. Charles Babalola, Jessica De Gouw and Alice Krige also star.
The Turning (24th Jan)
Directed by Floria Sigismondi and a modern adaptation of the 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, the film follows a young governess who is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents. The film stars Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, and Joely Richardson and has already been praised for its great performances.
The Lodge (7th Feb)
Directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, the film follows a soon-to-be stepmom who is snowed in with her fiancé’s two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place. The film stars Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Alicia Silverstone, and Richard Armitage, and has also received great reviews.
Antebellum (24th April)
Written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, the film follows a successful author (Janelle Monáe) who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late. The film also stars Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, and Gabourey Sidibe.
Antlers (17th April)
Directed by Scott Cooper and based on co-writer Nick Antosca‘s short story The Quiet Boy, the follows a small-town Oregon teacher, Julia Meadows (Keri Russell), and her sheriff brother, Paul (Jesse Plemons), who become entwined with a young student in her school who is harbouring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.
Saw 9: The Organ Donor (15th May)
Currently under the working title of The Organ Donor, the film is set to be the ninth instalment in the Saw franchise. Based on a story by Chris Rock, it is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and stars Rock alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, and Marisol Nichols.
Now, we definitely didn’t need another instalment in this franchise, but doesn’t it sound interesting?