We have trotted quite a way into the horror history of 2019.
With June on the horizon, the past few months have been gory and bloody but we are ready for more. Let’s just take Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile telling the vicious story of Ted Bundy, or the supernatural Velvet Buzzsaw from the Nightcrawler director. The first half of 2019 has additionally been nicely wrapped up with Jordan Peele’s Us, which has been widely acclaimed as a radical and trenchant critique of modern-day America.
Horror comes in a variety of shapes and forms, and whilst we all love a good bloody picture, there is some tastiness in the psychological thrillers merged into the main plot. Our list will cater for diverse tastes.
Now, depending on your preferred motion picture theatre, the movies from the list to follow might or might not have been released yet. The following collection is based on the eager anticipation we have noticed among horror buffs in general, and are not placed chronologically.
It: Chapter Two
Coming from the king of horror himself, the sequel to the globally praised reboot to the 90’s classic It, will be welcomed in cinemas worldwide in September this year. The second chapter to Andy Muschietti’s English firstborn will see the protagonists step into their adulthood whilst still battling the fears from their early age. The infamous creature comes back to haunt them in their dreams and their reality, while the humans attempt to come to terms with their traumas. Bill Skarsgård returns even more petrifying than before, having been featured as one of leading roles in Hulu’s Castle Rock, also based on Stephen King’s stories.
A revival of another King’s classic, the word-playing horror show has implemented a terrifying and surprising twist that – don’t worry – the writer had approved of. Similar to Peele’s Us, there is much more to the film than just jump scares and cold-blooded murder. The psychoanalytical segment of the films erases the superficial and excavates – mind the pun – a view on our history we have never thought about before. A true thought-provoking picture, Pet Sematary has already been seen by millions of cinemagoers and ranked 10/10 by the same amount of people.
The New Mutants
Starring Split‘s Anya Taylor-Joy and Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams, The New Mutants is quite a straightforward story of five mutant children and their journey of exploring their abilities and powers. And whilst Game of Thrones has been made into a video slot by Microgaming, Williams continues to break into other genres as well, expanding her filmography and influence, especially onto younger audiences. This John Boone-directed and written masterpiece scrutinises the peculiar link between shackles of education and mind control. Horrors are never what they seem on the surface. Produced by Marvel Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox, this metahuman release shows the eerie side to the relatively light-hearted Marvel movies.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
We will never get tired of genre-bending films. The comeback of Godzilla is more potent and more epic than most of similar releases. The Stranger Things‘ Eleven, Millie Bobby Brown, is in the spotlight again in the new take of the ancient monster. This merger between fantasy, adventure and horror makes the picture insomuch more appealing to a broader range of viewers, but its ambiguous identity does not take away from its horror qualities. Later this month we will all be choking on our popcorn watching this agitating adventure.
Chucky is resurrected and he is back to slay the Easter Bunny and make fun of children movies. What better way to welcome summer than hop into the theatre hall and join the maniacal serial killer doll in his heist? Starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky, Child’s Play is the reissue we all have been waiting for. The murderous toy returns stronger and more atrocious than ever. If you are prepared to get possessed by a demon and have some fun while hunting humans down, get set to be on the edge of your seat this June!