50 Biggest Upcoming New Horror Movies of 2019, 2020, & Beyond

Looking for 2019’s upcoming new horror movies? Look no further than the list below.

The 2018 year in horror is now behind us, and it was certainly one for the record books. We saw some absolutely fantastic horror movies make their debut last year, including A Quiet Place, The First Purgeand more.

Now, it’s 2019’s turn to blow us away, and there’s certainly a lot of potentially great upcoming horror films to look forward to.

Below, you’ll find a list of all of the upcoming new horror movies coming out in 2019 and beyond — many of which we’re anticipating here at Nerd Much?. So, if you’re looking to see what new scary movies are coming to scare your pants off this year, look no further than the list below.

Note: We’re going to be staying away from most of the direct-to-video horror movies that release because honestly, that’s a crapshoot/rabbit hole we don’t want to go down. We are including some that are on our radar, though. You can also see a full list of the upcoming new zombie movies here.

1 Escape Room

Escape Room

Release Date: January 4, 2019
Starring: Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine
Director: Adam Robitel

Escape Room gives off strong diet SAW vibes. It revolves around six strangers who signup for an escape room game in a mysterious building, but what starts out as a typical, fun escape room turns into a sinister living hell. Instead of family-friendly puzzles, each room is an elaborate trap involving life or death.

See our full Escape Room review here.

2 Blood Bound

Blood Bound

Release Date: January 15, 2019
Starring: Eden Brolin, Rosa Arredondo, Timothy Hughes
Director: Richard LeMay

Blood Bound follows the story of a group of powerful witches who return to a small rural town every 25 years to perform a horrific family ritual of human sacrifice. But, it’s a bit more sinister than it sounds. In the ritual, a girl is raped by one of the witches and becomes pregnant, people around her begin to die.

Essentially, it’s like Rosemary’s Baby meets Drag Me to Hell.

3 The Final Wish

The Final Wish

Release Date: January 24, 2019
Starring: Lin Shaye, Michael Welch, Melissa Bolona, Tony Todd
Director: Timothy Woodward Jr.

The Final Wish is set to release on January 24, 2019, and it looks pretty great. It follows Aaron, who returns home after the death of his father to help his grief-stricken mother and confront his past. But while going through his father’s things, he stumbles upon an urn that is more than it seems.

It’s from the creator of Final Destination, so you can expect some messed-up stuff. We’ll probably wait for this one to hit Cinema Paradiso so we can add it to our queue there, but it looks like a good horror flick to watch at home on the couch.

Watch the Final Wish trailer here.

4 The Drone

The Drone

Release Date: January 28, 2019
Starring: Anita Briem, John Brotherton, Christopher Matthew Cook
Director: Jordan Rubin

A sentient drone with the mind of a serial killer terrorizes a newlywed couple. No, seriously. That’s the plot.

Killer drone horror movie? It sounds like a ridiculously laughable horror flick — count us in!

5 Velvet Buzzsaw

Velvet Buzzsaw

Release Date: February 1, 2019
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton
Director: Dan Gilroy

Velvet Buzzsaw is a horror film that follows what happens when a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered and human greed tries to turn them into profit. Of course, a supernatural force gets revenge on those who stole the paintings and let their greed take ahold of them.

Now available on Netflix.

Watch the Velvet Buzzsaw trailer here.

6 Piercing

Piercing

Release Date: February 1, 2019
Starring: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa
Director: Nicolas Pesce

Piercing follows Reed, a man who checks himself into a hotel room only to try and achieve the perfect murder of a prostitute. Obviously, there are hiccups along the way, and things don’t go as planned.

7 The Prodigy

The Prodigy

Release Date: February 8, 2019
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Brittany Allen, Colm Feore
Director: Nicholas McCarthy

The Prodigy centers around a mother who is concerned about Miles, her son, and his disturbing behavior that she believes is influenced by the supernatural – a possession.

Spooky kid movies are always great for parents looking for a scare, and The Prodigy most certainly looks great.

Watch The Prodigy trailer here.

8 St. Agatha

St. Agatha

Release Date: February 8, 2019
Starring: Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman

A pregnant woman seeks refuge at a small convent in a Georgia backwoods town in the 1950s. However, the town has dark secrets, leaving Mary to find a way to save herself and her baby, or be trapped in the small-town forever.

9 Happy Death Day 2U

Happy Death Day 2U

Release Date: February 14, 2019
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine
Director: Christopher Landon

Cult hit Happy Death Day gets a sequel, properly named Happy Death Day 2U. It’s set two years after the original, when Tree Gelbman re-enters the time loop and tries to escape after she learns her friends are involved. With the original killer now dead, Tree will face a new killer.

You can check out our Happy Death Day 2U review here.

10 Nightmare Cinema

Nightmare Cinema

Release Date: February 14, 2019
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Richard Chamberlain, Adam Godley
Director: Alejandro Brugues, Ryuhei Kitamura, & More

Nightmare Cinema is a horror anthology movie that has Mickey Rourke telling five strangers in a movie theater five different tales through film, showing them their deepest and darkest fears and secrets.

The five films include:

  • The Thing in the Woods by Alejandro Brugues
  • Mirare by Joe Dante
  • Mashit by Ryuhei Kitamura
  • This Way to Egress by David Slade
  • Dead by Mick Garris

11 Climax

Climax

Release Date: March 1, 2019
Starring: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souhella Yacoub
Director: Gasper Noe

It’s a ’90s-set horror film that follows what happens after 20 French urban dancers on a 3-day retreat find themselves drugged, sending each person on a journey to hell (not literally, but mentally).

Watch the Climax trailer here.

12 The Hole in the Ground

The Hole in the Ground

Release Date: March 1, 2019
Starring: Seana Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Simone Kirby
Director: Lee Cronin

Lee Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground is about a boy who disappears into the woods behind his home one night and then returns with the same appearance but a much more sinister demeaner. His mother believes the boy who has returned is not her soon.

Another. Creepy. Kid. Movie.

Watch the trailer here.

13 Among the Shadows

Among the Shadows

Release Date: March 5, 2019
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Charlotte Beckett, Gianni Capaldi
Director: Tiago Mesquita

It has been a while since we’ve gotten a werewolf movie. Among the Shadows attempts to rectify that with its tale of a private detective (played by Lindsay Lohan) who has werewolf lineage uses her instincts to solve her uncle’s murder, which is wrapped in a conspiracy.

Watch the trailer here.

14 Us

Us

Release Date: March 15, 2019
Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Elisabeth Moss, Anna Diop
Director: Jordan Peele

New fan-favorite horror director Jordan Peele has another horror film on the way, set to release in March. It’s called Us, and it’s about a mother and father who take their kids to their beach house when some uninvited visitors turn their vacation into chaos.

It looks absolutely brilliant, and when that’s paired with a sinister remix of Luniz’s classic “I Got 5 On It”, it’s looking like Peele has another hit.

Watch the trailer here.

Update: Read our full Us review here — it’s a can’t-miss horror movie!

15 Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

Release Date: April 5, 2019
Starring: John Lithgow, Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Naomi Frenette
Director: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer

The Pet Sematary remake based on the works of Stephen King is set to release in April, starring John Lithgow. And, if you think this is going to just be another shitty horror remake, think again. According to the early reviews from its premiere at SXSW, it’s possibly even better than the original Pet Sematary movie, which to my memory has literally never happened in the horror genre.

For those unfamiliar with the original or the novel it’s based on, it follows the Creed family who moves to a small town in Maine to discover that there’s a Native American burial ground hidden in their backyard that defies death, setting off horrific events.

Of course, the movie is rated R for “bloody violence”.

16 The Silence

The Silence

Release Date: April 10, 2019
Starring: Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto
Director: John R. Leonetti

Netflix has a brand new original upcoming horror film revolving around bats (although they’re officially described as “a deadly, primeval species.” Essentially, The Silence looks like a more sinister, gore-filled version of The Birds, but with bats, meets A Quiet Place. It’s based on the book of the same name by Tim Lebbon, which in the description of that book reads, “to scream, even to whisper, is to summon death.”

We’re always down for creature features here at Nerd Much?, and The Silence looks like one of the better creature features we’ve seen in quite some time.

Watch the The Silence trailer above; it looks promising.

17 The Curse of La Llorona

Release Date: April 19, 2019
Starring: Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, Raymond Cruz
Director: Michael Chaves

The Curse of La Llorona is about a mother who ignores the eerie warning of another trouble mother about La Llorona (a folktale) while working a child endangerment case only to be thrown into a frightening supernatural realm with her own kids.

18 Brightburn

Brightburn

Release Date: May 24, 2019
Starring: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Meredith Hagner, Matt Jones
Director: David Yarovesky

Brightburn feels like a sinister Superman, and we’re absolutely okay with that. The film follows a husband and wife who find a child that has crash-landed on Earth from another world, but instead of using his superpowers for good, he becomes something much more sinister.

The film will star Elizabeth Banks and Roy from The Office David Denman. It’s directed by James Gunn

Watch the badass Brightburn trailer here.

19 Ma

Ma

Release Date: May 31, 2019
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Missi Pyle, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis
Director: Tate Taylor

Ma is an upcoming psychological horror film from Blumhouse that follows a lonely middle-aged woman who befriends a group of teenagers, allowing them to party in her basement whenever they want. But, as it turns out, the host is a bit off, and has more sinister plans for her house guests. The movie is directed by The Girl on the Train‘s Tate Taylor, and it stars Hidden Figures’ Octavia Spencer.

20 Child’s Play

Child’s Play

Release Date: June 21, 2019
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, David Lewis
Director: Lars Klevberg

The Child’s Play remake is set to release in Summer 2019, and it’ll star Aubrey Plaza, who gives her son the infamous toy doll for his birthday only to find out its truly f*cked up nature.

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21 Grudge

Grudge

Release Date: June 21, 2019
Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Jacki Weaver, Betty Gilpin
Director: Nicolas Pesce

The Grudge remake, now simply called Grudge, is being directed by Nicolas Pesce, director of 2016’s The Eyes of My Mother.

22 Annabelle Comes Home (Chapter 3)

Release Date: June 28, 2019
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Mckenne Grace
Director: Gary Dauberman

While the original Annabelle film was absolute trash, the Conjuring franchise has some wins under its belt. In fact, even the second Annabelle movie was better than the original. Maybe the third time’s the charm here, and newcomer director Gary Dauberman (responsible for writing It, The Nun, and It: Chapter 2) might surprise us.

The third Annabelle movie could make or break the series. If you want to see where it falls in The Conjuring universe, check out Screen Rant’s super helpful timeline.

23 The New Mutants

The New Mutants

Release Date: August 2, 2019
Starring: Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Anya Taylor-Joy
Director: Josh Boone

The New Mutants is basically said to be a horror movie set in the X-Men universe, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything that sounded as cool as that statement. And although we’re not expecting it to be truly scary, it deserves to be on our list of upcoming new horror movies of 2019 (you know, if it actually releases this year).

We know that New Mutants has gone through reshoots (with more planned) that almost put it in development hell. In fact, we’re at the point now where even star Maisie Williams is saying “who knows when the f**k that’s gonna come out.”

Essentially, the problem here is that Disney bought Fox and messed everything up for fans as it’s stuck in legal limbo. And if you look at Williams’ recent Rolling Stone interview, she even mentions that her co-star, Charlie Heaton, doesn’t have any clue what’s going on, either. Sounds to me like The New Mutants will likely be delayed into 2020, but here’s to hoping things clear up soon.

24 Midsommar

Midsommar

Release Date: August 9, 2019
Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor
Director: Ari Aster

A24’s Midsommar will follow a couple who travels to Sweden to visit some the rural hometown of some friends that is known for its mid-summer festival. Instead, they realize that a pagan cult is behind an increasingly violent and bizarre competition.

As you can see in Midsommer trailer above, there’s an interesting visual quality to the movie, which has a sort of bright and shiny vibe that you just don’t see in the horror genre. I think that’s going to work in the movie’s favor, and Midsommer is going to surprise us with a terrifying tale.

25 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Release Date: August 9, 2019
Starring: Gill Bellows, Dean Norris, Javier Botet
Director: André Øvredal

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is an upcoming horror movie based on the children’s books of the same name written by Alvin Schwartz, which draws heavily from legend and folklore.

The film will specifically deal with a group of young teens who attempt to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome deaths in their small hometown.

The reaction to the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trailer that just launched yesterday is overwhelmingly positive, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this film become a scary movie franchise that we’ll be seeing for many years to come.

26 47 Meters Down: Uncaged / 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter

47 Meters Down: Uncaged / 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter

Release Date: August 16, 2019
Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Nia Long, John Corbett
Director: Johannes Roberts

The original 47 Meters Down made a whopping $61.7M on a measly $5.3M budget — so, OF COURSE, we’re getting a sequel. The sequel is officially named 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, and it’ll tell the story of four teens who scuba in an underwater city only to find themselves in the company of the deadliest shark species in the ocean.

Unfortunately, the movie’s original June 28th release date was pushed back to August 16 to avoid going up against Annabelle in theaters. That makes sense, plus 47 Meters Down totally makes more sense to cap off the summer with a night at the drive-ins.

27 It: Chapter Two

It: Chapter Two

Release Date: September 6, 2019
Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy
Director: Andy Muschietti

27 years later, the Loser’s Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

It should be no surprise that New Line Cinema jumped on the It sequel as soon as they did, given the major success they are already seeing with the It reboot. We know nothing just yet, except for the fact that Muschietti will direct, Skarsgard will reprise his role as Pennywise, and the release date is set for September 6, 2019. It will be interesting to see who will sign-up to play the older counterparts of each character.

28 Zombieland Double Tap

Zombieland Double Tap

Release Date: October 11, 2019
Starring: Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg
Director: Ruben Fleischer

The makeshift family of Columbus, Little Rock, Tallahassee, and Witchita move to the American heartland to face off against more evolved zombies.

Not exactly true horror, per se, but it belongs on the list of upcoming horror movies of 2019.

29 Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Release Date: October 11, 2019
Starring: TBA
Director: D.J. Caruso

The horror fantasy film Are You Afraid of the Dark? is based on the Nickelodeon series of the same name. The plot and cast of the movie are currently unknown.

30 Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

Release Date: November 8, 2019
Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Jacon Tremblay, Ewan McGregor
Director: Mike Flanagan

31 Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder

Release Date: February 1, 2019 Release Date Pushed Back, Still Coming 2019
Starring: Michael Early, Jesse Williams, Joseph Sikora, Karla Souza
Director: David M. Rosenthal

The Jacob’s Ladder remake revolves around a veteran, Jacob, who struggles to maintain his sanity after returning home from the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he’s plagued by flashbacks and sinister hallucinations that morph the people around him into disturbing images.

32 In the Tall Grass

Release Date: TBA 2019
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Harrison Gilbertson, Rachel Wilson
Director: Vincenzo Natali

33 3 From Hell

Release Date: TBA 2019
Starring: Danny Trejo, Clint Howard, Matthew Willig
Director: Rob Zombie

34 Body at Brighton Rock

Release Date: TBA 2019
Starring: Casey Adams, Karina Fontes, Emily Althaus
Director: Roxanne Benjamin

35 Depraved

Release Date: TBA
Starring: David Call, Joshua Leonard, Alex Breaux
Director: Larry Fessenden

36 Eli

Release Date: TBA 2019
Starring: Kelly Reilly, Max Martini, Lili Taylor
Director: Ciarán Foy

37 Johnny Z

Johnny Z

Release Date: TBA 2019
Starring: Michael Merchant, Felix Cortes, Jason Delgado
Director: Jonathan Straiton

38 The Lighthouse

Release Date: TBA 2019
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson
Director: Robert Eggers

39 Rabid

Rabid

Release Date: TBA 2019
Starring: Stephen Huszar, Laura Vandervoort, Greg Bryk
Director: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska

40 The Silence

Release Date: TBA 2019
Starring: Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto
Director: John R. Leonetti

41 Single Family Home

Release Date: TBA 2019
Starring: Bel Delia
Director: Bel Delia, Tara C. Hall

42 Polaroid

Polaroid

Release Date: TBA 2019
Starring: Kathryn Prescott, Tyler Young, Samantha Logan
Director: Lars Klevberg

43 Antlers

Release Date: TBA
Starring: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas
Director: Scott Cooper

44 An American Werewolf in London

An American Werewolf in London

Release Date: TBA
Starring: TBA
Director: Max Landis

45 Train to Busan 2 (Bando)

Release Date: TBA
Starring: TBA
Director: Sang-ho Yeon

46 Bonejangles 2

Release Date: TBA 2019
Starring: Jeremy London, Jordan Phipps, Julia Cavanaugh
Director: Brett Dejager

47 Creep 3

Release Date: TBA
Starring: TBA
Director: TBA

48 Firestarter

Release Date: TBA
Starring: TBA
Director: TBA

49 Gretel and Hansel

Release Date: TBA
Starring: Sophia Lillis, Alice Krige, Jessica De Gouw
Director: Oz Perkins

50 The Conjuring 3

Release Date: TBA
Starring: TBA
Director: Michael Chaves

51 The Crooked Man

Release Date: TBA
Starring: TBA
Director: TBA

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