While we’ve been treated to some spandex-clad superhero adventures and a wealth of live-action remakes in 2019 so far, but the remainder of the year and heading into 2020 is looking a little more horrifying – and in the very-best of ways. So whether you’re afraid of demonic clowns or spooky forests, you better brace yourself for these big-screen horror releases:
Release date: 2020
There have been a few creatures-from-the-deep films in recent times, with this year’s Crawl and 47 Meters Down: Uncaged reminding people why they should always be afraid to dip their toes in the water. But Underwater takes a sci-fi spin on the phobia, following a group of scientists on a drilling expedition at the bottom of the ocean who awaken some mysterious sea monsters. Directed by William Eubank (who helmed the brilliant yet underrated The Signal), the film also stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Charlie’s Angles), TJ Miller (Deadpool), Vincent Cassel, John Gallagher Jr., and Jessica Henwick.
IT: Chapter 2
Release date: 5 September 2019
Andrés Muschietti’s 2017 reboot of Stephen King’s It wasn’t only a terrifying horror film, it was a genuinely great movie in its own right. The Argentine director is back to showcase part two of his re-invisioning of the demonic clown who plagues the small town of Derry. This time around, the film jumps ahead 20 years after the first movie, where the original characters – now grown and who have seemingly moved on with their lives – return to Derry to face off against Pennywise to try and put an end to his hold over them once and for all. James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, and Jay Ryan join the cast, while Bill Skarsgård returns to take on the role of the shapeshifting clown.
Release date: 2020
Anything Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim, The Shape of Water) touches is going to feature frightening or monstrous creatures and a compelling story, and that seems to be the case with Antlers, which has received its first trailer. Del Toro is producer on the film, with Scott Cooper (Black Mass, Hostiles) directing; with the film follows a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, who discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harbouring a dangerous secret that places the entire town in danger. The script for Antlers was adapted from short story from Nick Antosca, creator of horror anthology series Channel Zero, although not much is known about Antlers other than the basic premise.
Release date: 30 October
IT Chapter 2 isn’t the only Stephen King adaptation arriving in 2019, as Doctor Sleep makes its big-screen appearance in November. Acting as a follow-up to The Shining (which was released 39 years ago), the film follows Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), the young psychic boy from the The Shining, who is now in his midlife suffering from alcoholism. Coming from Mike Flanagan, the man behind Netflix’s Gerald’s Game and The House on Haunted Hill, There’s no doubt that this will be full of mind-bending and haunting moments.
Release date: 27 September 2019
While Polaroid definitely leans on the ‘haunted-item-that-kills-those-who-use-it’ trope, it does look like its got some truly terrifying moments. It follows a high school loner, Bird Fitcher, who stumbles upon a vintage Polaroid camera. Bird soon learns that the camera houses a terrible secret, whoever has their picture taken by it meets a tragic and violent end. The girl and her friends must survive one more night as they race to solve the mystery of the haunted Polaroid before it kills them all.