We here at iHorror have ranked our personal favorite horror films of 2018, but now that the New Year festivities are well-past done, it’s time to move into the next twelve months of terror. For the ake of convenience and curiosity, we’ve drafted a (somewhat) definitive list of the horror films we can expect to see in 2019.
As a disclaimer: we’ve included films that are expected to come out in 2019, but as we all know, delays happen.
Director: Adam Robitel Writer: Bragi Schut, Maria Melnik
Starring: Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine, Logan Miller
The Buzz: Director Adam Robitel blew us away with his impressive feature film debut, The Taking of Deborah Logan. In Escape Room, six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.
Release Date: January 4, 2019
Director/Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Sarah Paulson, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy
The Buzz: Critics and audiences alike were won over by Split and the reveal of the final scene sparked excitement for what might come next. This new chapter in Shyamalan’s superhero universe pits the “Unbreakable” David Dunn against the villainous Mr. Glass and the unpredictable yet powerful Kevin Wendell Crumb.
Release Date: January 18, 2019
Director/Writer: J.D. Dillard
Starring: Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Andrew Crawford
The Buzz: Sweetheart follows a young woman who has washed ashore on a small tropical island, completely alone. She must spend her days trying to survive the elements, but she must also fend off the malevolent force that comes out each night. Making its world premiere at Sundance, this Blumhouse feature has definitely piqued our interest.
Release Date: January 28, 2019 (Sundance Film Festival)
Director/Writer: Nicolas Pesce
Starring: Mia Wasikowski, Christopher Abbott, Laia Costa
The Buzz: Nicolas Pesce’s follow-up to the chillingly brutal The Eyes of My Mother. The psychological thriller is based on the novel written by Ryû Murakami (who also wrote Audition, later adapted by Takashi Miike). In the film, a man kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service, and kill an unsuspecting prostitute — but his chosen victim gives him more than he bargained for.
Release Date: February 1, 2019
Director: Nicholas McCarthy Writer: Jeff Buhler
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Brittany Allen, Colm Feore, Jackson Robert Scott
The Buzz: The director of The Pact, At the Devil’s Door, and that fantastically nightmarish Easter segment from Holidays shares a tale of a mother who thinks something supernatural may be affecting her brilliant (and terrifying) child.
Release Date: February 8, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U
Director/Writer: Christopher Landon
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Suraj Sharma
The Buzz: Death is making a killer comeback in this sequel to the Groundhog Day of horror. Directed by Christopher Landon – who wrote the script for the first film – Happy Death Day 2U seems to dive in head-first to embrace its madcap concept.
Release Date: February 14, 2019
The Hole in the Ground
Director: Lee Cronin Writer: Lee Cronin, Stephen Shields
Starring: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall, Eoin Macken
The Buzz: This R-rated Irish horror film follows a woman trying to escape her broken past. She builds a new life with her young son in a backwoods rural town, but after a terrifying encounter with a mysterious neighbor, she spirals into paranoia and mistrust, sure that changes in her child are connected to an ominous sinkhole buried deep in the forest. The Hole in the Ground premieres at Sundance in January.
Release Date: March 1, 2019
Director/Writer: Gaspar Noé
Starring: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub
The Buzz: From the writer/director of Enter the Void and Irreversible comes a new disturbing and twisted tale. A group of French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. But the all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.
Release Date: March 1, 2019
Director: Floria Sigismondi Writer: Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes
Starring: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, Barbara Marten
The Buzz: A modern take on the classic novella, The Turn of the Screw, from the director of The Runaways and Marilyn Manson’s The Beautiful People. The story follows a young governess, hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents.
Release Date: March 14, 2019
Director/Writer: Jordan Peele
Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker
The Buzz: From the first viewing of the trailer, we were hooked (we still can’t get “I Got 5 On It” out of our heads). Jordan Peele is poised to be a modern master of horror, and we cannot wait to see this one.
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Director: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska Writer: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, John Serge
Starring: Laura Vandervoot, Stephen Huszar, Greg Bryk, Stephen McHattie
The Buzz: The Soska Sisters put their fierce twist on a Cronenberg classic. The film follows Rose, an aspiring fashion designer who is left horrifically scarred after a terrible accident. She undergoes a radical, experimental stem cell treatment that transforms her beyond her wildest dreams – and nightmares.
Release Date: March 25, 2019
Director/Writer: Babak Anvari
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz, Karl Glusman
The Buzz: In Wounds, disturbing and mysterious things begin to happen to a bartender in New Orleans after he picks up a phone left behind at his bar. Babak Anvari’s feature debut, Under the Shadow, was fraught with tension and highly praised by critics. He’s certainly a name to watch.
Release Date: March 29, 2019