Horror Movies Are Set To Dominate Theaters In 2019, Solidifying A New Golden Age [Opinion]

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It’s arguable where the new trend of wildly successful horror movies began. Some point all the way back to 2014 with the release of The Babadook, which received heavy attention, mostly by word of mouth. It was also widely praised by movie critics.

However, 2015 wasn’t without its own precursor to horror’s new golden age. It Follows was also heavily buzzed about online and even received praise from filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. It Follows took $23 million on a budget of a mere $2 million and currently holds an adjusted score of a whopping 105 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the eighth highest reviewed film of 2015.

Later came movies like Green Room, The Witch, Split, and Raw, all of which helped catapult horror into a notable revival, but 2017 was when horror’s inevitable return to prominence became palpable. The release of Jordan Peele’s Get Out not only scored well at the box office and with critics, but it also nabbed Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. A few month’s later, Stephen King’s classic novel IT officially came to the big screen for the first time, terrifying audiences, impressing critics, and ultimately becoming the single highest grossing horror movie of all time, dethroning M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 film, The Sixth Sense.

In 2018, horror didn’t slow down. Conversely, it picked up.

A Quiet Place was a commercial and critical darling, Hereditary traumatized audiences enough times to become A24’s highest grossing movie worldwide, and the return of Michael Myers in Halloween proved Michael Myers is still a bankable commodity.

But if you think 2018 was a good year for horror and wonder if things are going to finally begin dying down, think again. In fact, 2019 appears primed to blow the last two years completely out of the water. Not only are tons of horror movies coming to theaters, most of the forthcoming titles are verified money makers, if history is to be believed.

How many major horror movies are coming in 2019? Take a look.

IT: Chapter 2 is coming in September, 2019, which is all-but guaranteed to perform at the box office. Prior to the next entry to the IT saga, Stephen King fans will have something to tide them over, as Shudder is preparing to release a Creepshow series based on the 1982 movie next year, and Pet Sematary will be dropping to theaters in May, 2019. The same month will see the release of Happy Death Day 2 U, a sequel to Happy Death Day. Get Out director Jordan Peele will release his sophomore film, Us, which comes out in March. Child’s Play is getting a remake, though neither original creator Don Mancini nor Chucky voice actor Brad Dourif, will be returning, which could spell disaster for its June, 2019, release.

For those interested in taking a nostalgia trip, the popular children’s book Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark was recently given an August, 2019, release date. That nostalgia trip will be revisited when Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark comes to theaters in October, 2019.

Even Marvel wants a piece of the horror action, as the new X-Men movie, The New Mutants, is being marketed as a horror film. The Critters franchise is receiving a revival from Syfy next year and it appears Rob Zombie couldn’t have picked a better time to release a sequel to The Devil’s Rejects, as the followup, Three From Hell, is also due in theaters in 2019.

Other horror movies coming next year include Annabelle 3, Grudge, Jacob’s Ladder, Escape Room, The Gallows 2, The Boy 2, and Godzilla: King of Monsters.

To those wondering where the original horror movies are in a sea of remakes, sequels, and reboots, fear not. A24 Films has two new original horror films coming in 2019. The Hole in the Ground comes to theaters in March and Midsommar is rumored for a June release. Midsommar is directed by Ari Aster, who enjoyed much success after directing Hereditary in 2018.

Other original horror titles include Brightburn, directed by James Gunn, the Sam Raimi-produced horror film Crawl, In the Tall Grass, Escape Room, The Turning, and Ma.

So far it appears a minimum of 25 horror movies are planning to push the genre into further success next year. As for 2020? Let’s just say the year is getting kicked off with an adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, which is due in theaters January, 2020.

Will horror fans ever start experiencing horror fatigue? Don’t count on it.