14 Horror Movies That Will Scare the Hell Out of You in 2019
Did you think you were safe, having left all the scary things behind after last year? Think again. Hollywood has a new slate of terrifying films headed our way in 2019—from clever reboots of classic horror flicks, twisty genre-bending films, to what looks like a new masterpiece from Oscar winner Jordan Peele. Prepare to be on the edge of your multiplex seat quite a few times this year, and scope out the best horror movies headed your way in 2019.
Release date: February 1
This horror satire from Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy is a mix of The Square and Eyes of Laura Mars, with Jake Gyllenhaal starring as an art critic who discovers that the mysterious paintings by an unknown artist have supernatural abilities—and take their revenge on anyone attempting to profit off of them.
Release date: February 8
What begins as your typical adolescent troubled behavior becomes much more sinister when a young boy begins to show signs not of hormones and puberty—but rather a terrifying demonic possession.
Happy Death Day 2U
Release date: February 14
A sequel to the 2017 box-office hit sees the original protagonist once again stuck in a Groundhog Day-style time loop—only instead of becoming a better person, she has to figure out who is killing her and her friends over and over again.
Release date: March 15
Jordan Peele's follow-up to the smash hit Get Out looks like another terrifying thriller. Starring an impressive cast that includes Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Elizabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, it follows a family who are stalked and terrorized by a mysterious group of doppelgangers.
Release date: April 5
Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow star in this remake of Stephen King's horror classic about a family who move into a New England house—only to discover some terrifying secrets about the backyard.
The Curse of La Llorona
Release date: April 19
The Conjuring cinematic universe expands once again, this time following Father Perez from the hit spin-off Annabelle as he combats the ghostly La Llorana from Mexican folklore.
Release date: May 24
What if Superman were, in fact, the bad guy? That's the twist in this anti-superhero tale about a pair of parents who adopt a gifted child who arrives from outer space—only he doesn't use his supernatural powers for good.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Release date: May 31
Godzilla is back again, and this time he brings with him Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah for an full-on kaiju war. Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Sally Hawkins, and Ken Watanabe round out the human cast if you're hoping for something beyond giant monsters fighting each other.
Release date: June 21
The Japanese horror classic Ju-on gets its second American remake, this time with Mandy star Andrea Riseborough as a woman haunted by a cursed entity from beyond the grave.
Release date: June 21
The maniacal serial killer doll Chucky returns for another new outing, this time in a full-fledged reboot that stars Aubrey Plaza as a young mother who gives her son a truly terrible and demonic-possessed toy to play with.
The New Mutants
Release date: August 2
Anya Taylor-Johnson and Masie Williams star in this X-Men-adjacent film, which will prove to be much darker and scarier than the other Marvel films as its young mutants must break free of a sinister secret facility in which they are contained.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Release date: August 9
Those creepy stories from your youth are brought to life in a feature film adaptation from Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (who produced the film and co-wrote the screenplay), which sees a series of mysterious and horrific tragedies befall a small, quiet town.
It: Chapter Two
Release date: September 6
Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader play the adult versions of the kids who were terrorized by Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise in the first half of Stephen King's epic. In the second installment, the shapeshifting entity proves he has some unfinished business to take care of.
Release date: October TBD
Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin will return for this sequel to the 2009 black comedy about an unlikely group of survivors struggling to stay alive after a zombie apocalypse.
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