How Many of 2019's Major Horror Movies Did You See? Here's the Full List
The year's biggest horror releases — Us! Midsommar! It Chapter Two! Doctor Sleep! — are behind us. As the cinematic year wraps up and we head into award season mode, we'd like to take a moment to highlight all the scary movies we've seen this year. Let's hope Netflix takes mercy on us and adds them to the streaming catalog soon. Until then, check out all the trailers below and cross your fingers that 2020's horror movies will be just as good!
— Additional reporting by Maggie Panos
If you've ever done an escape room, you know how claustrophobic and urgent it can feel. Toss in some Saw-like booby traps and a sadistic mastermind and you've got yourself a slam-bang horror movie. Daredevil's Deborah Ann Woll and New Amsterdam's Tyler Labine costar in this film, which is far smarter than its trailer gave it credit for.
Release date: Jan. 4
In the proud tradition of terrifying-child films like The Bad Seed, Children of the Corn, The Exorcist, and The Omen, meet The Prodigy, about a young boy (Jackson Robert Scott) whose mother (Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling) grows concerned about his disturbing behavior and wonders if there is something supernatural (and possibly evil) afoot.
Release date: Feb. 8
Happy Death Day 2U
This sequel to the 2017 surprise hit Happy Death Day sees Theresa "Tree" Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) re-entering the time loop to figure out why she ever ended up there in the first place. Science and Groundhog Day-worthy gags abound!
Release date: Feb. 14
This sci-fi thriller looks at the lives of a group of people in one Chicago neighborhood 10 years after an alien invasion. It stars John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, D.B. Sweeney, Alan Ruck, and Machine Gun Kelly, who sustained a sternum fracture on set while filming a fight scene.
Release date: March 15
Writer/director/producer Jordan Peele returned with another Get Out-style horror flick. Us and stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke as a mother-father pair trying to protect their children from another family that pops up looking exactly like them. The thriller had people talking and theorizing even more than Peele's first film.
Release date: March 22
If you count the original Stephen King adaptation among your favorite horror films, we hope you caught the remake starring Jason Clarke and John Lithgow. Whatever you do, don't go near the cemetery.
Release date: April 5
The Curse of La Llorona
Linda Cardellini stars in this eerie-looking film from producer James Wan. The title refers to a ghost who stalks children by night, and the trailer is particularly creepy given the '70s setting and the Los Angeles surroundings.
Release date: April 19
BrightBurn stars Elizabeth Banks as a woman who seems to get a gift straight from god when a baby from another planet crash-lands on her farm. Unfortunately as the years go by and her adopted son grows up, his true nature — and superhuman abilities — prove to be far more sinister than she or her husband (David Denman) ever could have imagined. What's worse? No one alive seems to be able to match his power.
Release date: May 24
What could be better than a middle-aged woman who lets teenagers throw parties at her house (especially when that woman is Octavia Spencer)? But like most things, if it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is, and you better believe that Sue Ann's hospitality takes a weird turn. Tate Taylor (who previously worked with Spencer for The Help) directed, and the trailer alone might just give you nightmares.
Release date: May 31
Chucky's back! Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) star in the reboot of the terrifying horror classic. The plot is similar to the 1988 original, which follows a single mother, her son, and their new killer doll. Wanna play?
Release date: June 21
Annabelle Comes Home
The movie follows the ominous events that occur after supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) lock away the Annabelle doll in their artifact room. In the new film, she's wreaking havoc by "awakening the room's evil," which sets its sights on a new target: the Warrens' 10-year-old daughter, Judy (played by McKenna Grace).
Release date: June 26
In this freaky American-Swedish horror film directed by Hereditary's Ari Aster, a couple vacationing in an idyllic-seeming Swedish village find themselves feeling increasingly uneasy as cult-like behavior becomes noticeable among the townspeople. If you missed it in theaters, check out the trailer to see how quickly the vacation goes awry when animal carcasses and blood smears start to appear.
Release date: July 3
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
This feature film adaptation of Alvin Schwartz's children's book series almost looked like it might be to intense for the books' target audience. Jessica Chastain stars as Sarah, the protagonist who has turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, which start to become real for a group of teenagers who find her book. Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro produced and also developed the screen story.
Release date: Aug. 9
47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter
Why yes, we were excited for this cheesy-looking followup to Mandy Moore's 2017 shark thriller. The film stars Corinne Foxx (Jamie's daughter) and Sistine Stallone as two of four teens whose dive into a ruined underwater city leads to horror when they learn they are not alone in the submerged caves. (Spoiler: there are sharks in there! Tons of sharks!)
Release date: Aug. 16
If you've seen Joon-ho Bong's other works (Snowpiercer, Okja, The Host), you know how powerful and disturbing his storytelling can be. This unsettling social thriller has a rare 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes after premiering around festivals worldwide, and it just might be good enough to get Oscar praise.
Release date: Oct. 11
Zombieland: Double Tap
Finally! The long-rumored sequel to Zombieland hit theaters, and the original cast returned. Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin are joined by Zoey Deutch this time around as they hit up a dilapidated White House and make a dangerous cross-country trek.
Release date: Oct. 18
Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe team up as lighthouse keepers in this tale of horror inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. This is the second feature film from director Robert Eggers, who previously freaked the hell out of us with The Witch.
Release date: Oct. 18
The tagline — "Death? There's an app for that." — should tell you everything you need to know about this movie. If the lead (Elizabeth Lail) looks familiar, it's because you've already seen her be terrorized by Penn Badgley in You on Netflix!
Release date: Oct. 25
Following in the footsteps of the new It films and 2019's Pet Sematary comes this adaptation of Stephen King's 2013 follow-up novel to The Shining. This tale picks up with Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), who was just a child in the original book/film, who is now an adult struggling with alcoholism as he attempts to save a young girl with similar powers.
Release date: Nov. 8
The directors of Goodnight Mommy are behind this chilly horror flick, in which we meet a soon-to-be stepmom Grace (Riley Keough) who finds herself snowed in at her fiancé's (Richard Armitage) remote Winter vacation home with his two young children. And then, as expected, all hell breaks loose.
Release date: Nov. 15
Blumhouse Productions updated the 1974 slasher film for a modern audience. The cast is obviously new, but the plot is the same: a group of college women are stalked by a shadowy killer right before Christmas break.
Release date: Dec. 13