18 New Horror Movies of 2019: The Ultimate List (Updated!)

Looking for 2019’s 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 Purge, and more.

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

Below, you’ll find a list of all of the upcoming new horror movies of 2019 and beyond — many of which we’re looking forward to 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.

New Horror Movies 2019 

Escape Room

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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.

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.

Jacob’s Ladder

Release Date: February 1, 2019 Release Date Pushed Back, Still Coming 2019
Starring: 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.

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.

Happy Death Day 2U

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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.


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).


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.

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.

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.


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.

Child’s Play

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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 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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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.

The New Mutants

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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 that cool. 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.


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

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.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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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.

It: Chapter Two

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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.

Zombieland 2

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

The makeshift family of Columbus, Little Rock, Tallahasse, 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.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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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

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