Summer Screams: The Horror Movies of Summer 2019
We all know that we automatically associate horror with fall, October is our month to have an excuse (as if we need any) to watch a horror movie all thirty one days of the month. That doesn’t mean that every other season is a dry spell though. So here we are, just a month removed from summer. Let’s check out some of our burning hot slate dropping during the hottest quarter of the year.
Also, listen, we know that summer doesn’t TECHNICALLY start until June 21st but we’re just going to lay out the whole month for you, okay?
The Cleaning Lady (VOD 6/4)
Genre label RLJE is putting out this quirky thriller based on the short film of the same name. When cleaning lady Shelly is hired by Alice, lines and boundaries are quickly crossed as Shelly confides some dark secrets to her new maid.
Boar (Shudder 6/9)
Shudder expands their ever growing roster of films with this Australian hybrid of creature feature and animals gone wild. Believed to be a legend, things go south for the locals once they discover that the hulking, razor-tusked beast is very, very real.
Head Count (VOD 6/14)
A teen scream with some millennial updates, Head Count finds a group of teens at Joshua Tree, looking to escape reality with drugs, booze and some good old fashion campfire stories. When one of the tales told summons forth an unknown evil, the teens start experiencing some truly weird things...and increasingly deadly.
The Dead Don’t Die (Theater 6/14)
Absurdist auteur Jim Jarmusch is back on the horror grind with obtuse zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die. When a small town is overcome with a zombie outbreak, it’s up to the local tiny police department and some oddball locals to overcome the growing horde of the undead. Mostly notable for Jarmusch’s involvement and the incredible roster: Carol Kane, Tom Waits, Rosie Perez, Danny Glover, Austin Butler, Caleb Landry Jones, Selena Gomez and Steve Buscemi round out the SUPPORTING CAST. Our leads are Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton and Bill FUCKING Murray.
Nightmare Cinema (VOD 6/21)
We’re all suckers for a good anthology and this one is stacked to the gills with behind the camera talent. It’s fun that Mickey Rourke will be playing our surrogate cryptkeeper character but what’s really fascinating are the directors helming the shorts. With relative new bloods David Slade Alejandro Brugues and Ryuhei Kitamura, genre veterans Joe Dante and Mick Garris are also both directing one of the segments. We’ve been hype on this project for a while and can’t wait to finally see it.
Child’s Play (Theaters 6/21)
Universal is looking to reboot one of the most well known and beloved slasher franchises in history. Don Mancini-less, the studio is looking to see what the modern age of technology can do for everyone’s favorite good guy. Chucky is back and we’re VERY intrigued by this new take on the character.
Annabelle Comes Home (Theaters 6/26)
As far as contemporary horror goes, few things exceed how much the fabled “Wan-iverse” has broken into the cultural zeitgeist. Say what you want, the shared universe that Wan has crafted is nothing if not entertaining and bountiful. With our third entry in the Annabelle franchise, we’re dipping into Conjuring territory by thrusting viewers straight into the danger zone by asking the most terrifying question possible: what if every haunted and cursed item in the Warrens home was suddenly active?
Midsommar (Theaters 7/3)
Ari Aster EXPLODED onto the scene with the instant classic Hereditary, a family drama laced with dread and some of the most haunting elements of witchcraft ever put to film. This has all of us eagerly anticipating his follow-up, the adversely very bright and colorful Midsommar. In spite of all the sunshine and flowers, those same feelings of gut-clenching fear are already creeping into our system from the trailer alone.
Crawl (Theaters 7/12)
If I can implore you to make it out for one movie this summer, it may just be crawl. Visionary director Alexandre Aja is finally back with this bonkers story of a flooded town but more specifically, people trapped in a house with a giant, man-eating alligator. Crawl looks to play to Aja’s strengths of tight-knight, blood soaked romps and we would love another run of animals-gone-wild similar to the Lake Placid/Anaconda run we got in the 90’s.
Critters Attack (VOD 7/23)
That’s right, you’re favorite malicious furry little aliens are back in another Critters film. When a babysitter is ambushed by the deceivingly dangerous creatures one night during a hike, she must step up and protect the children, but along the way get caught up in a strange plot of alien hierarchy and royalty. It will be exciting to see what Bobby Miller can do with the beloved franchise, as his The Cleanse was a similar flavor when released back in 2016. Plus, Dee Wallace is back!
Brahms: The Boy II (Theaters 6/26)
A sequel to sleeper hit The Boy, the sequel will see an unsuspecting family move into the estate from the first film. Their son quickly befriends Brahms, a creepy doll left behind by the prior tenants, and things get weird and fast. This is the sequel no one saw coming and it’ll be interesting to see what happens in this Kate Holmes led surprise sequel.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Theaters 8/9)
Perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated, Scary Stories has a lot going for it. The recent wave of hardcore nostalgia will have nineties kids piling out in droves to see this adaptation of the nightmare fuel of a generation, based on the works of Alvin Schwartz’s series of the same name. Andre Ovredal is in the director’s chair for this one, which is exciting considering he handled the insanely well done Trollhunters and The Autopsy of Jane Doe, plus it doesn’t hurt that everyone’s favorite monster kid Guillermo Del Toro was very hands on with production of the upcoming horror flick.
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (Theaters 8/16)
You might be sleeping on this shark thriller still and I get it. If you haven’t seen the first entry, you need to right that wrong immediately. The breath stopping claustrophobic nightmare scenario of the first film became one of the best horror films of the year and helped launch the shark craze that saw The Shallows and The Meg find a larger audience. Director Johannes Robertson, who has since tackled the long anticipated follow up to The Strangers, is back behind the camera and with his experience with this filming behind him, it’s exciting to see what he does in this follow up.
Ready or Not (Theaters 8/23)
Listen, this is a weird one. I’m pretty well versed in the realm of genre flicks and hadn’t even HEARD of this. But whoa. Samara Weaving, her more than proved her worth in films like The Babysitter and Mayhem, is starring alongside former The O.C. heart throb Adam Brody. When a bride is forced to spend her wedding night with her new in-laws, she discovers how strange they really are when she’s forced to play an odd and wicked game with her new mom and dad. Directing team Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Chad Villella are making their first feature with this one after segments in well received anthologies V/H/S and Southbound.
IT: Chapter 2 (Theaters 9/6)
Here it is. Suns out, guns out, am I right? This is the heavy hitter of the summer. It: Chapter One was destined to do well but no one anticipated how much the King adaptation would steamroll over everything in it’s path and put horror back in the mainstream in a huge way. Now, we’re going to get the insanely anticipated end of the story of our beloved Losers Club and the haunting Pennywise the Clown. While the youngsters from the predecessor stole our hearts, the pure talent in this cast is jaw dropping. James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader will help lead the other Losers against the primal evil that haunts Derry.