2019 is upon us and the world has not ended yet. Although I did spend the first two days of January at the doctors because spider bites….turns out I’m hella allergic. But I’m still alive. Thank God. Because there’s a lot of horror movies coming out this year that I’m super excited about seeing!
Let’s dive right into my Most Anticipated Films of 2019 list!
Glass – January 18th
The long-awaited end to the Shyamalan written and directed trilogy. It started with Unbreakable in 2000 and in 2016 we were all shocked to find that Split was a sequel. And now Shyamalan is wrapping it all up this January.
David Dunn, Elijah Price, and The Beast are all together in this flick and being held in a psychiatric facility by Dr. Ellie Staple. And that’s really all we know. How do they all end up there together? What’s going to happen when the three with their powers are put against each other? I DON’T KNOW BUT I’M SO FREAKING EXCITED!
Everyone is returning like Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy. We also have the incredible Anya Taylor-Joy reprising her role as Casey. And the angel straight from heaven Sarah Paulson will be playing Dr. Ellie Staple.
Happy Death Day 2U – February 14th
I watched Happy Death Day for the first time in 2018 and it immediately became a favorite of mine. It was originally released in 2017. This Valentine’s Day we’ll see the sequel hit theaters with Happy Death Day 2U.
Tree is back and so is the killer! I mean…what else did you expect from a sequel? And by the looks of the trailer we’ll have even more ridiculous deaths and that annoying ringtone going off again. It seems as if Tree, Carter, and his roommate are now stuck in the same loop AGAIN. But at least Tree’s not alone this time.
Of course, that also means there are more lives at stake!
It also looks insane. Very over the top, more humor, more kills. And it kind of looks like they’re going to be playing with time itself? Honestly this sounds like the perfect recipe for a sequel. I’m also curious if they’ll touch on the damage that Tree’s body takes when she keeps dying? That had me intrigued in the first flick.
Us – March 15th
After releasing a creepy poster in December and then dropping the trailer on Christmas Day, Jordan Peele is not kidding around with this terrifying new flick. It will be produced under Blumhouse. It stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker.
Nyong’o will play a Mother and Winston Duke will play a Father who take their kids to their beach house to hang with friends and relax. But in the night shocking visitors arrive uninvited. Four figures clothed in red. From the trailer it seems like the family are duplicates of the lead family and there’s a lot of killing going on. And some nightmare inducing imagery.
Peele said for his second feature he wanted it to be more rooted in horror and create his own monster mythology. WOAH.
Pet Sematary – April 5th
We’re getting a remake! Or a reimagining. Whatever word you want to use. This will obviously be based on the novel of the same name released in 1983 and written by Stephen King. In 1989 a film of the same name was released and the entire world became terrified of Zelda. The creepy sister in the basement. Not the video game. And good news you guys…Zelda is back!
Everything I’ve seen so far makes me incredibly happy and I’m just really stoked to see this flick. Directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch (Starry Eyes), Pet Sematary will star Amy Seimetz, Jason Clarke, and John Lithgow.
The Curse of La Llorona – April 19th
James Wan is producing another spooky flick that looks like it’s going to be an interesting and new urban legend for us to discover. It will be directed by Michael Chaves who is also directing The Conjuring 3.
Anna is a social worker and widow raising her kids in the 70’s in LA. When she discovers one of her cases might have something else going on, she digs deeper and finds something terrifyingly supernatural is involved. She discovers that La Llorona has latched herself onto Anna and is trying to take her children.
La Llorona is known as the Weeping Woman and is a Mexican folklore tale.
I just love all of this and the trailer shows a jump scare fest that should be very enjoyable. It stars Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, and Patricia Velásquez.
Grudge – June 21st
Another remake for the list. This one is the remake/reboot of Ju-on: The Grudge and the American remake The Grudge, released in 2004. This new one was written and directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) and produced by Sam Raimi.
We haven’t been told much and honestly I have no idea how steadfast they’ll stick to the original. But I love the Grudge series, I love Ju-on, and I’m happy this series is back. It will star Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir and John Cho.
Midsommar – August 9th
Ari Aster….Hereditary…that’s what I heard all of 2018. And with good reason. Hereditary was one of the most incredible movies I’ve EVER seen. Even though the Golden Globes didn’t seem to think so. And this was Aster’s first feature film. INSANE. Now we’ve got a new one to look forward to called Midsommar.
Aster describes this new film as “a dark break-up movie that becomes a horror film.” It’s also been described as a summer road trip movie where a young couple fall prey to a local pagan cult in Sweden.
CULTS CULTS CULTS CULTS CULTS CULTS!!!!!!!!!!!!
This flick will star Jack Reynor, Florence Pugh, and Will Poulter.
IT Chapter Two – September 6th
This might be my most anticipated sequel because GOD DAMN did I love that first flick. Chapter Two will pick up with the kids as adults returning to Derry because something’s come back…….
Pennywise is back you guys!
Folks like myself who have the read the book know that we are in for a world of pain and hurt. And a lot of scares. I’m so FREAKIN excited.
The cast is phenomenal as well – James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone and Andy Bean. Bill Skarsgård will also return as the terrifying Pennywise, and the kids from the first flick will be back as well in flashbacks.
I’m trying not to put too much weight and expectation on this film because I don’t want it to be ruined by my insanely high view of it. But the first one was just too good to even believe and so I really do have high hopes for this second one.
I’m putting my heart in your hands Andy Muschietti. As Rupaul says, don’t fuck it up.
Other notable mentions that don’t have set dates yet are The Boy 2. Which I hope will be sub titled “the boy’s back in town”. This will be the sequel to the 2016 doll flick starring Lauren Cohan that actually is super fun. Trust me. Go re-watch it without your “critic” eye glasses on and come and tell me you didn’t have a good time.
In the Tall Grass will be a Stephen King adaptation of his novella by the same name that he wrote with his son Joe Hill. Who liked my tweet one time. Seriously. This is my opening line at dinner parties that I don’t attend. It will be directed by Vincenzo Natali and starring Patrick Wilson.
And lastly, The Lighthouse. We know virtually nothing about this movie except that it stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. It was written and directed by Robert Eggers who brought us The VVitch. And apparently it will be in black and white? Regardless, I am so on board for this.
Obviously 2019 will bring us lots of amazing horror because the world is falling apart which usually means horror gets realllllly good.
But these are the ones I’m super hyped for!
What’s your most anticipated flick of 2019? Let me know in the comments below.