One thing horror fans never find in short supply is a new horror movie to watch, and that holds true right now with several high-profile horror titles coming your way later this year.
Exactly what constitutes horror in the first place is still being debated to this day since it bleeds (sometimes literally) into other genres, but these are all movies that should scratch that itch.
From Stephen King adaptations to returning cinema maestros to sprawling epics with more than a touch of supernatural menace, scroll down for a few titles to watch out for… if you dare, that is.
Crimes of the Future
Directed by David Cronenberg
Taking its title from one of his earliest films, director David Cronenberg's long-awaited return to the director’s chair is also a revival of the body horror shocks with which he established himself with films like Scanners, Videodrome, and The Fly. Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart star in the story of a future society in which humanity’s evolution leads to art performances showcasing the morphing of the body itself. Judging by the trailer that recently dropped, audiences are in for a very wild ride.
Watch It: In theaters on June 2
Directed by Dario Argento
Italy’s most famous creator of cinematic chills, Dario Argento (Suspiria, Deep Red), returns with his first feature in a decade, a return to the stylish giallo (or Italian thriller) that influenced generations of filmmakers. Ilenia Pastorelli stars as a woman blinded in a car crash who teams up with another victim involved, a young Chinese boy, to find the serial killer who was responsible. With its propulsive electronic score and stylish visuals, this looks very much in the Argento wheelhouse for his many fans.
Watch It: Streaming on Shudder this Fall
Directed by David Slade
Already known to horror fans for 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy, director David Slade returns to the big screen with this adaptation of Norman Partridge’s horror fantasy novel. In a quaint Midwestern town, an annual tradition finds the more unruly boys ganging together to fight a spectral attacker known as Sawtooth Jack who rises up out of the cornfields. This time, the latest boys are undertaking a particularly intense rite of passage as they grow to manhood, one that will have them not only dealing with a supernatural foe but confronting the demons within themselves as well.
Watch It: In theaters on Sept. 9
Don’t Worry Darling
Directed by Olivia Wilde
After making a splash with her directorial debut, the 2019 comedy Booksmart, Olivia Wilde offers something completely different with her sophomore feature, written by Katie Silberman, Carey Van Dyke, and Shane Van Dyke. Set in the domestic world of American life in the 1950s, the film features Oscar nominee Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as a couple living in an experimental, seemingly utopian community where something is most definitely amiss. Co-starring Chris Pine and Nick Kroll, the film was shot by Oscar nominee Matthew Libatique (Black Swan, A Star Is Born).
Watch It: In theaters on Sept. 23 and streaming on HBO Max 45 days later
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Directed by Sam Raimi
Wait… a Marvel horror movie? With Doctor Strange? That’s the word about this second outing (in the title, anyway) for Benedict Cumberbatch’s reality-altering superhero in what’s been dubbed "the scariest Marvel movie" by its director, Sam Raimi. He should know since he made his career with the outrageous cult classic The Evil Dead and its multiple spin-offs. And, while Raimi famously went on to direct the beloved Spider-Man trilogy with Tobey Maguire, he reportedly injects Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with plenty of his classic spooky style.
Watch It: In theaters on May 6
Directed by Keith Thomas
First adapted for the screen 38 years ago, Stephen King’s fiery tale of a young girl with dangerous pyrotechnic gifts returns to the screen in this new reimagining from director Keith Thomas, following up his unsettling film debut, the 2019 supernatural thriller The Vigil. Ryan Kiera Armstrong stars as Charlie McGee, whose father, Andy (Zac Efron), keeps them on the run with dangerous covert government forces eager to harness her powers for very bad things. In an extra perk for horror fans, the score will be provided by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies.
Watch It: In theaters and streaming on Peacock on May 13
Directed by David Gordon Green
After the latest reboot for the unkillable Michael Myers revived the series in 2018, plans were immediately put into motion to spin it into a trilogy. Following last year’s Halloween Kills, the final showdown between the slasher icon and the determined Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) will be heading our way just in time for… well, exactly the holiday you’d expect. Director David Gordon Green returns along with several other collaborators, including co-writer Danny McBride. While details are still being kept very much under wraps, expect to see plenty of sneak peeks of all the stalking and slashing soon.
Watch It: In theaters on Oct. 14
Directed by Alex Garland
Following up its recent horror hit X this year, A24 is back with this latest offering from writer-director Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation). Recently nominated for an Oscar for The Lost Daughter, Jessie Buckley stars as a woman recovering from the inexplicable apparent suicide of her husband by taking a holiday at a small English village. However, it’s entirely populated by eccentric men – all of whom seem to have a secret that threatens her life.
Watch It: In theaters on May 20
Directed by Jordan Peele
If there’s anything we’ve learned by now it's that the trailers for Jordan Peele’s films never give us anything close to the complete story. That’s likely here as well as the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Get Out and Us switches gears for a saga about ranchers contending with a sprawling alien threat. A stacked cast including Keke Palmer, Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya, and Steven Yeun are among the residents dealing with this world-changing event, which we’re sure will keep us talking for quite a while.
Watch It: In theaters on July 22
Directed by Robert Eggers
After delivering two acclaimed mind-bending horror films with The Witch and The Lighthouse, director Robert Eggers expands his canvas considerably with this sprawling mixture of historical action, shocking violence, and Nordic witchery. Alexander Skarsgård stars as Amleth, a Viking prince whose quest to avenge the murder of his father (Ethan Hawke) leads him through a brutal series of adventures. Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Claes Bang, Björk, and Willem Dafoe also appear in this sprawling, primal epic.
Watch It: In theaters on April 22
Directed by Gary Dauberman
If you’re a Stephen King fan, there’s even more heading your way as this third go-round (and the first for the big screen) of his influential vampire novel hits theaters in time for Halloween. Lewis Pullman stars as Ben Mears, a writer who heads back to his hometown to confront his childhood fears for a new book, and witnesses a growing vampire plague stemming from a recently opened shop in town. The 1979 miniseries, directed by Tobe Hooper, was legendary nightmare fuel for an entire generation. We'll see if this adaptation of King’s second novel, directed by Gary Dauberman, spooks audiences in 2022.
Watch It: In theaters on Sept. 9 and streaming on HBO Max 45 days later.
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