Think you’ve left all the scary things behind in 2018? Well think again. Hollywood has a new slate of horror movies that are coming out later this year.

It may be only April so far, but we’ve already had several good scary films out. Netflix’s “Velvet Buzzsaw” and  Jordan Peele’s “Us” are fine examples. No matter what sort of horror you’re into (studio horror, indies, or campy B-movies), there’s something for everyone. Here’s a list to keep up:

1. “The Night Eats The World”

  • Date release: 4th April 2019
  • Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Golshifteh Farahani, Denis Lavant

Sam, a 36-year-old author, has his eyes set on a young woman named Fanny. However, he gets rejected by Fanny and goes to lock himself in a room. The next morning, he wakes up to zombies. Everyone has been turned into zombies. Now alone, Sam is forced to fight for his survival.

2. “Pet Sematary”

  • Date release: 4th April 2019
  • Cast: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow

Dr. Louis Creed has just relocated from Boston to rural Maine with his family. Creed’s daughter discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden in the woods. Tragedy strikes and Creed seeks help from his strange neighbour, Jud Crandall. Crandall introduces him to the burial ground and Creed’s actions afterwards unleashes an unfathomable form of evil.

3. “The Curse of Weeping Woman”

  • Date release: 18th April 2019
  • Cast: Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velásquez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Raymond Cruz

“Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona’s deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.”

4. “Redcon-1”

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  • Date release: 18th April 2019
  • Cast: Katarina Waters, Mark Strange, Carlos Gallardo

In one of the zombie-filled cities in Britain, a squad of special forces soldiers are on a mission to rescue a scientist who is racing against time to find a cure. Unlike in cliche zombie films, these zombies have adopted human traits like being able to fight back and use weapons.

5. “Polaroid”

  • Date release: 9th May 2019
  • Cast: Kathryn Prescott, Madelaine Petsch, Katie Stevens

Polaroid is styled in the vein of The Ring and Final Destination and centres on 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.”

6. “Brightburn”

  • Date release: 16th May 2019
  • Cast: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones

An object crash-lands on Earth, carrying with it a baby boy from another world. A couple raises the child as their own but as he grows older, he begins using the mysterious powers he possesses for evil instead of good.”

7. “Child’s Play”

  • Date release: 20th June 2019
  • Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, Tim Matheson

The story follows a mother named Karen (Aubrey Plaza) who gives her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll, Chucky, though both aren’t aware of its evil nature.”

8. “Grudge”

  • Date release: 27th June 2019
  • Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Lin Shaye, Jacki Weaver

A young detective, who is a single mother to a young son, has to save herself and her son from a curse house in her neighbourhood. The house is filled with demonic spirits and anyone who enters it will die a violent death.”

9. “Annabelle Comes Home”

  • Date release: 27th June 2019
  • Cast: Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga

“Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) bring the possessed doll to the locked artefacts room in their home, placing her “safety” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target- the Warren’s 10-year-old daughter Judy (Mckenna Grace), and her babysitters (Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife).”

10. “Ma”

  • Date release: 25th July 2019
  • Cast: Octavia Spencer, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis, Missi Pyle, Allison Janney

“The story follows Sue Ann (Octavia Spencer), a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie (Diana Silvers), a new teenager in town, to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger friends of her own. She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her own. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her “Ma.” But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorising nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.”

11. “The New Mutants”

  • Date release: 1st August 2019 (Postponed to 3rd April 2020)
  • Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Alice Braga

Five young mutants, Magik, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Cannonball and Mirage, are held against their will in a secret facility. There, they discover their unique abilities. As they come to grips with it, they fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

12. “Crawl”

Source: Coming Soon
  • Date release: 22nd August 2019
  • Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson, Anson Boon

The story follows a young woman attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane. Unfortunately, she gets trapped and finds herself in a flooding house where she is forced to fight alligators.

13. “IT: Chapter Two”

  • Date release: 5th September 2019
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgård

“27 years after the events of the summer of 1989, It (Bill Skarsgård) returns. The Losers’ Club fulfil their promises and return to Derry to put an end to the evil being once and for all. Unbeknownst to them, It has returned, stronger and crueler than ever.”

14. “Are You Afraid Of The Dark”

  • Date: 24th October 2019
  • Cast: TBA

Co-writer, Gary Dauberman has confirmed that this upcoming horror flick will not be adapting the Nickelodeon horror-fantasy- themed TV series of the same name. Speaking to /Film, he revealed that the movie will incorporate the element of fear even though it’s catered for kids. “I think it is scary and I think kids will be scared watching it at times, and also they’ll laugh at times. I think it’s got a great message,” he said. 

15. “Doctor Sleep”

  • Date: 21st November 2019
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson

A movie adaption of Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name, that serves as a sequel to his 1977’s novel “The Shining”. The story revolves around a man with psychic powers who struggles with alcoholism. He then meets a girl who possesses the same ‘shining’ ability and forms a psychic connection.

Which of these horror flicks are you most excited to watch?

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