Horror isn’t just for Halloween. The genre is bigger now than it has ever been, and there’s a horror film for everyone, whether you like yours flavored with gore or comedy or monsters, in every month of the year. 2019 got off to a strong start with horror, and things are only getting more intense — it might just be the biggest genre of the year.
Here are the best new horror movies currently in theatres and coming soon.
The greatest threat to a family is themselves in this chilling and completely surprising second movie from GET OUT writer/director Jordan Peele. As the Wilson family’s beach vacation is disrupted by twisted doubles of each family member (played by Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex), past traumas resurge, Biblical allusions cast a pall of terror, and the chattering, scissor-wielding doppelgängers drive the family far beyond the bounds of sanity. (March 22)
Stephen King’s novel of burial grounds and bad choices is given a new and slightly different adaptation starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow. Clarke and Seimetz play Louis and Rachel Creed, a Boston couple who move with their two young children to a rural home in Maine. Lithgow plays Jud, the kindly local neighbor who introduces the kids to a charming — and slightly creepy — nearby cemetery for pets. When tragedy strikes, however, Jud introduces Louis to another, older burial site, and this one has dark powers that no one should dig into. (April 5)
The Curse of La Llorona
If folklore is your thing, then you’ll love this story of a woman whose tragic life led her to drown her own children — and who now exists as a weeping, wailing ghost bent on pulling other youngsters into the underworld. (Bad choice of a nanny, in other words.) Linda Cardellini stars as Anna, a widow and social worker whose new case involves a family that believes themselves haunted by La Llorona. Soon, Anna begins to suspect that the very determined ghost may be fixated on her own children. (April 19)
What if Superman was the total opposite of a hero? GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY writer/director James Gunn produces this twisted riff on one of the most classic comic book storylines, turning it into a story of vicious horror. Elizabeth Banks and David Denman play the Breyers, who are astounded and delighted when a meteor crash near their rural home reveals an infant. They raise the boy as their son, Brandon (played by Jackson A. Dunn), but all of their parenting skills cannot hold back the evil growing within him. And since this alien child has incredible powers on Earth, no one else will be able to hold him back, either. (May 24)
A teen new to a small Ohio town asks the quiet, lonely Sue Ann (Octavia Spencer) to buy her booze, setting off an utterly insane chain of events. Sue Ann offers the basement of her home to the girl, Maggie, and her friends, as a sort of party pad. There are just a few rules: One person has to stay sober, and they can never go upstairs. Oh, and they have to call Sue Ann “Ma.” Still, it all seems like a good deal to the kids, until Ma’s obsessive and violent tendencies turn a great time into a total nightmare. (May 31)