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Horror Movies 2019 – Guide

New Best Horror Movies 2019Let’s look forward to the biggest and best horror movies 2019 has in store. The scary list features the usual mix of sequels (‘It: Chapter Two’, ‘Happy Death Day 2U’, ‘Zombieland Too’), remakes (‘Pet Sematary’, ‘Child’s Play’, ‘Grudge’), and original fare (‘Midsommar’, ‘Us’, ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’). While superhero-horror is surging (‘New Mutants’, ‘Brightburn’, ‘Hellboy’).

Based on anticipation, and the facts as they stand, these are the top 25 best horror movies 2019 has on the horizon. Get excited. Let me know your picks, or anything I’ve missed, in the comments. Come back to this page for updates as the year goes by.

25th  In The Tall Grass
Starring: Laysla De Oliveira, Harrison Gilbertson, Patrick Wilson
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Released: TBC 2019 (U.S. Dates)
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An inseparable brother and sister are driving through Kansas during a road trip when they hear a boy calling for help, from a huge field of very tall grass. Stepping inside to investigate, they end up lost in the labyrinthine, before encountering a stranger who may be able to show them the way… Based on the 2012 horror novella by Stephen King and son Joe Hill. Veteran director Vincenzo Natali (‘Splice’, and similar maze-nightmare ‘Cube’) tried and failed to get a studio production going in 2015, but Netflix took it up last year. Smaller King stories, when paired with an experienced horror director, can work great as Netflix productions, as ‘Gerald’s Game’ showed. But this is thinner material than ‘Gerald’s Game’, so will require more radical adaptation. In these days of Stephen King reboots, it’s nice to see some of his new stories come to the screen.

24th  Hellboy
Starring: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane
Director: Neil Marshall
Released: April 12, 2019

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Hellboy (Harbour, ‘Stranger Things’), a demon working for the government’s Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, seeks to destroy an ancient medieval sorceress (Jovovich, ‘Resident Evil’) before she obliterates mankind… Reboot of the Dark Horse comic character, which adapts the England-set Hellboy stories “Wild Hunt” and “Storm and the Fury”. Ian McShane (‘Deadwood’) plays Hellboy’s adoptive father (previously John Hurt) and founder of the Bureau. Daniel Dae Kim (‘Lost’) plays Ben Daimio, the Japanese-American B.P.R.D. soldier who, due to a supernatural encounter, can turn into a jaguar when angered or in pain. Ed Skrein was originally cast but on discovering that Daimio was Japanese-American in the comics, and under fan pressure, he dropped out to allow an Asian actor to be cast instead. It’ll already be 11 years since ‘Hellboy: The Golden Army’ came out and despite franchise director Guillermo del Toro’s efforts to make a third, he has stepped away, with loyal Ron Perlman following suit. This version is helmed by Neil Marshall, who made his name in horror with ‘The Descent’ and ‘Dog Soldiers’ before doing low budget grimy-actioners ‘Centurion’ and ‘Doomsday’ and moving into TV. He’s shifting Hellboy back to its R-rated horror roots, away from del Toro’s more fantasy approach, with creator Mike Mignola co-writing the script. New Hellboy David Harbour doesn’t have Ron Perlman’s charisma, he’s a half decent choice but footage shows he’s trying to stick close to Perlman’s voice and biting humour when he should be making the role his own. Overall the production team is a noticeable step down, and everything Marshall has directed so far has an air of cheapness to it, but it cooould be the time to change that. The trailer suggests terrible (crackpipe-smoking) Hellboy prosthetic, Dr. Who-level FX, and the tone of a lazy adventure-comedy, but I’m holding them to their horror word until release day (when it may well disappear from this list).

23rd  The Prodigy
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Colm Feore, Jackson R. Scott, Brittany Allen, Peter Mooney
Director: Nicholas McCarthy
Released: February 8, 2019

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A mother (Schilling, ‘Orange Is the New Black’) grows concerned about her young son’s (Scott, Georgie from ‘It’) disturbing behaviour, believing that something supernatural may be affecting him. She begins to investigates what – or who – is causing his dark turn, looking to the past for answers… The director’s previous film, ‘At The Devil’s Door’, took risks with its structure, had eerie scenes and effective jump scares, but was undermined by a half-hearted lead performance, clichéd villain intent, and deeply unsatisfying ending. ‘The Prodigy’ has a well-made, creepily effective metronome sequence trailer (one of the Blumhouse-era previews that plays like a short film with a jump scare). And scripting duties have been handed to the most in-demand horror screenwriter of the year, responsible for ‘Grudge’, ‘Pet Sematary’, ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, and this, in just 10 months. The overall plot seems disappointingly cliché, concerned with yet another possessed kid and a search for why. Hopefully there’s more to it.

22nd  Piercing
Starring: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa
Director: Nicolas Pesce
Released: February 1, 2019

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Reed (Abbott, ‘It Comes At Night’) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu of a suitcase filled with clothes, he’s packed a toothbrush and a murder kit. Everything is meticulously planned: check into a hotel and kill an unsuspecting victim. Only then will he rid himself of his devious impulses and continue to be a good husband and father. But Reed gets more than he bargained for with Jackie (Wasikowska, ‘Alice In Wonderland’), an alluring call girl who arrives at his room. First, they relax and get in the mood, but when there’s an unexpected disruption, the balance of control begins to sway back and forth between the two. Is he seeing things? Who’s playing whom? Before the night is over, a feverish nightmare will unfold, and Reed and Jackie will seal their bond in blood… From the director of ‘The Eyes Of My Mother’, this is based on the 1994 novel by the author of ‘Audition’. The movie version of ‘Audition’ (1999) is one of the most stomach-churning, cold-hearted horrors ever made. There’s something about the mixing of fetish and disfiguring mutilation that’s just too much. Even the red-band trailer for ‘Piercing’ is uncomfortable. But then being discomforted is a badge of pride in the genre. Festival critics have been singing its praises as complex, darkly funny, surreal, macabre and stylish.

21st  The Hole In The Ground
Starring: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Simone Kirby
Director: Lee Cronin
Released: March 1, 2019
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A mother (Kerslake) trying to escape her broken past, moves with her young son to a country home on the edge of a forest, which hides an enormous sinkhole. When the boy vanishes she is thrown into a panic, only for him to mysteriously reappear unharmed. As his behaviour grows increasingly disturbing, she is left to fear the worst – that the boy in her home isn’t her son at all. But could it just be her fragile insecurities creating the paranoia?… This Irish supernatural folklore horror is likely to be about the Changeling myth (covered nicely in ‘Christmas Horror Story’ a few years back). The director is making his feature debut, after an award-winning horror short. A24 has bought the distribution rights, and with their very strong track record (‘Hereditary’ and ‘The Witch’ were the best horrors of their respective years), this makes it one to sit up and take notice of. A24 call the movie “a richly evocative story about the primal fears of motherhood”.

20th  The Curse Of La Llorona
Starring: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velásquez
Director: Michael Chaves
Released: April 19, 2019

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In 1973, a social worker and widow (Cardellini, ‘A Simple Favour’) raising her two kids in L.A. is called to check on a case of child endangerment by a troubled mother, which turns fatal. As she digs deeper into the tragic situation, she notices striking similarities between the early signs and supernatural occurrences affecting her kids now. With the help of a disillusioned priest, she enlists a mystic faith healer, and discovers that evil entity La Llorona has latched onto her children and will stop at nothing to take them… The Weeping Woman, aka La Llorona, is a popular urban legend told by Mexican parents about a ghost who snatches lost children while searching for her own. She’s meant to haunt water (where she threw her kids) and its surrounding forests in Mexico, so many have wondered why the movie is set in America, have giggled at the trailer’s mispronunciation of her name, and rolled their eyes that the ghost appears to have been whitewashed. Michael Chaves has no feature directing track record (he was discovered from his horror short ‘The Maiden’), but producer James Wan was pleased enough with his work on ‘La Llorona’ to hand him next year’s ‘The Conjuring 3’. The spooky trailer was effective, taking the common Wan-produced tactic of devoting half the time to one real-time suspense scene. The movie will do well, but seems just like more of the same-old ‘Insidious’/’Conjuring’ school of horror.

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  • gd smith said

    I love the Brightburn trailer. I suspect the Bundy film will be more of drama than a horror movie

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      So far so great on Brightburn. Yeah Bundy could easily go the way of ‘My Friend Dahmer’, which didn’t have a drop of blood. It was still sinister and fascinating though.

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  • ReneCat said

    First of all I must disagree with what you said about Jarmusch as I LOVED Paterson and normally I hate those kinds of movies. But you are right about The Dead Don’ t Die having a stellar cast. Now I must REALLY disagree with what you said about Child’s Play! I believed there was NOTHING wrong with the back story and Chucky WON’T be Chucky without Brad Dourif. Just sayin’.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Fair enough. I haven’t seen ‘Paterson’ and am open to my mind being changed. Each to their own on Chucky, Dourif gave him a ton of character but there’s been enough comic Chucky movies for my liking, I’m hoping for something frightening this time out. I know I’m in the minority there.

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    • gd smith said

      Ghost Dog. A hip Hop samurai inspired gangster movie about being loyal to your master with an awesome Wu Tang soundtrack, cool plot, good shoot outs and some funny scenes.

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    Updated with: ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ trailer

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