New Horror Movies Releasing in 2019

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2019 promises to be a busy year for new horror movie releases with the new adaptation of Pet Sematary, the conclusion of It, the reboot of Child’s Play and Jordan Peele’s newest horror film, Us. Here’s a great big list of movies coming to your screen (big or small) in 2019.

Escape Room

Release Date: January 4, 2019

I feel like this one will be “what it says on the tin.” A group of strangers must solve the puzzle or die. I don’t want to go to this escape room.

Velvet Buzzsaw

Release Date: February 1, 2019 (Premiering at Sundance in January)

Netflix is just killing it when it comes to horror and it looks like they have another potential hot offering this February with Velvet Buzzsaw. Featuring an all-star cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Daveed Diggs (for those Hamilton fans out there) and Stranger Things‘ Natalia Dyer, this story about a supernatural work of art that exacts revenge on those who let their greed consume them looks promising.

The Prodigy

Release Date: February 8, 2019

What’s wrong with Miles? Well, he may be evil and possessed, so let’s start with that. If you just can’t get your fill of nasty, possessed kids, The Prodigy looks like it promises all the creepy kid tropes you can handle.

Happy Death Day 2 U

Release Date: February 14, 2019

Tree is back and it looks like her nightmare was never over.


Release Date: March 15, 2019

Jordan Peele took the horror genre by storm with his 2017 Get Out. And if the trailers are anything to go by, he isn’t letting up. Us, featuring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, promises of a tale of a family terrorized by their worst enemies: themselves.


Release Date: March 29, 2019

According to the IMDb synopsis: “Disturbing and mysterious things begin to happen to a bartender in New Orleans after he picks up a phone left behind at his bar.” Stars Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey) and Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name).

Pet Sematary

Release Date: April 5, 2019

This 2019 adaptation promises to be the most horrific one, yet. Have fun, kids and keep your lights on.

The Curse of La Llorona

Release Date: April 19, 2019

If you love supernatural horror (I do!), then this telling of the Mexican folktale promises to bring the scares. This well-known tale has already made its Halloween Horror Night debut in years past as its own house, so look for Warner Brothers’ Horror Made Here to take their own turn at the tale with the release of the film (pure speculation, for what it’s worth).


Release Date: May 24, 2019

The premise of Brightburn – basically: What would happen if Superman had been evil instead of good – has been played with before in comics, but never truly given its due on the big screen (unless you count the brief turn of Supes as Mr. Rude and Mean in Superman III). But if the trailer is anything to go by, look for Brightburn to show us the truly dark (and terrifying) side of what someone like Superman could be.

Child’s Play

Release Date: June 21, 2019

Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees have all received the modern makeover via reboot, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before Chucky got his due. If any of the previously mentioned remakes are anything to go by, expect Chucky to get a much darker, grittier makeover.


Release Date: June 21, 2019

If you’re wondering if this is an American remake of the 2004 American remake of the original Japanese film: why, yes. Yes it is.

Untitled Annabelle Film

Release Date: July 3, 2019

According to James Wan (who won’t be directing), this story follows Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) after they acquire the Annabelle doll. While I’ve found the Annabelle movies to be hit or miss, I have enjoyed The Conjuring films, so I’m looking forward to this next release.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Release Date: August 9, 2019

Before there was Creepypasta, there was Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. People of a “certain age” remember these books and it will be interesting to see how it’s adapted for film. However, having Guillermo del Toro as both producer and script co-writer makes the venture seem promising.


Release Date: August 25, 2019

Directed by Lars Klevberg, Polaroid is a full-length feature based on his short film by the same name. The film tells the story of a young girl who finds a vintage Polaroid camera that kills those it photographs. Note the appearance of Mitch Pileggi, aka Agent Skinner from X-Files, in the newly released trailer.

It: Chapter 2

Release Date: September 6, 2019

It: Chapter One was pretty much a perfect film. It had heart, great performances and lived up to the hype King fans had built up in their minds (I speak as one of them). I’m pretty excited about Chapter Two and can’t wait to see how the adult Loser’s Club tackles Pennywise in this second part of the new adaptation.

Zombieland 2

Release Date: October 7, 2019

Lort have mercy. I am excited about this. Tallahassee, Wichita, Columbus, Little Rock and Bill Murray (WHAT?) return in this sequel to the popular horror comedy. And also in the cast list? Dan Ackroyd. Where’s Ernie Hudson? There’s not even a smidge of a publicity shot at this point, but the film does have a release date, so that’s something.

Little Monsters

Being billed as a “horror comedy,” some horror film buffs may scoff at its inclusion in the list. Personally, I love a good horror comedy and this one has not only a promising premise but also some stellar talent such as Lupita Nyong’o (who will also be starring in Jordan Peele’s newest horror offering this year) and Josh Gad. Nyong’o portrays a school teacher who has the misfortune of leading an elementary school field trip that happens to take place during a zombie outbreak. I thought I was kinda burnt out on zombies until I heard about this one. Unfortunately, while it will be premiering at this year’s Sundance, it doesn’t appear to have an official release date for the rest of us. Sad face.

In the Tall Grass

In the Tall Grass is a novella written by Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill. The movie adaptation is set to star The Conjuring’s Patrick Wilson and Saw 3D’s Rachel Wilson. Unfortunately, there’s no release date beyond “2019.”


Taking place in a small Oregon town, a school teacher, portrayed by Keri Russell, and a local sheriff (Jesse Plemons) become entangled with a mysterious kid with a dangerous secret. The premise sounds a little vague, but the film’s Instagram account promises, at least, a pretty creepy looking film. As of yet, no official release date has been announced.

3 From Hell

A sequel to Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, the film is still without an official release date, but promises to be released in 2019.

So there you have it. 2019 horror movie release. What are you looking most forward to? And how do you feel about all the reboots and remakes?

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