To celebrate the 2019 Super Loot Halloween Theme, this month we’ve enlisted Super Looter, Joseph Gunn to take a closer look at the most anticipated horror movies for the rest of this year and into 2020. Happy Halloween Super Looters!
I love horror movies, slasher, gore, paranormal, sci-fi, comedy, POV, supernatural, thriller… I love it!
My journey with this genre began when I was 12 years old and I stayed up late to watch Event Horizon, a fantastic sci-fi horror starring Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne and Oscar Isaacs as they search for a long lost vessel in deep space with a dark secret. Now, this film is definitely not suitable for a 12-year-old but what do you expect to happen when you put a TV in my room Mum!?
Horror has a unique ability to test your senses and limits, providing a wonderful adrenaline rush that can haunt you for days. The Blair Witch Project was the first film that did this to me, I watched it on my own in the dark and it stayed with me for a long time when I was a young lad. It’s this feeling that keeps me coming back for more (not sure what that says about me, but there you go) and I want to take a look ahead at the ten movies with the potential for pants changing and mummy calling that are coming soon.
10. IT: Chapter Two – 6 September 2019
Tim Curry made an excellent IT back in the day, he set a fantastic tone for one of horror’s most iconic characters, Pennywise. Bill Skarsgard has taken on the mantle and has brought to the table, a wonderfully creepy rendition of the clown that haunts the inhabitants of Derry.
The first IT movie was well put together, and had some very creepy moments; the scene with the film projector comes to mind! I wouldn’t say it was the scariest horror film that I’ve ever seen but it was entertaining none the less.
IT: Chapter Two brings the Losers Club back to Derry all grown up 27 years after their last encounter with Pennywise, we will see the original cast in flashbacks and their adult counterparts played by actors including; Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader. At 2h 49mins… I’m slightly sceptical but if you’ve read the book or seen the original Tim Curry version, there’s plenty of content to work from to ensure that you’ll never look at a clown the same way again.
9. Mary – 11 October 2019
This could be an interesting one. A family buy their first boat as they look to start their own business and decide to take a trip to test out their sea legs. The boat has a terrifying history that haunts the family as they head out to the open waters. Sounds fairly basic right? Well, I thought that until I saw that Gary Oldman is playing the lead character and the director is Anthony Jaswinski, who wrote The Shallows (he must have a serious issue with water). This combination is enough to keep me interested and the trailer looks pretty good to me. Well worth checking out.
Fun fact: Did you know that Gary Oldman’s sister is Big Mo from Eastenders?…
8. Zombieland: Double Tap – 18 October 2019
The first rule of surviving a Zombie Apocalypse is cardio, I use this saying all the time when watching horror movies, cardio is vital to survival as there’s usually a lot of running involved. Those with the best cardio, more often than not, end up living. This being said, I’d be stuffed.
Zombieland was a wonderful comedy horror with a great cast and possibly the best cameo of all time from Bill Murray! The good news is that the original cast have all returned ten years later and they’ve barely aged a day… I mean I know make-up, lighting etc but they all look the same, Abigail Breslin looks a bit older but that’s only because she was a child in the first one! It’s just jealousy, it’s fine, I’m over it…
I’m very excited for this sequel, there’s an excellent dynamic between the title characters and I’m looking forward to seeing where their journey takes them. I’m also excited to see more Zombie kills of the week and Twinky’s.
7. Doctor Sleep – 31 October 2019 (UK)
This is the third sequel on this list already! Doctor Sleep is the sequel to The Shining, one of the most iconic horror movies of all time and one of my personal favourites. Stephen King wrote the critically acclaimed Doctor Sleep so we’re getting a story from the master himself, I’m still a tad nervous about this one, as surely it can’t get close to The Shining but the right parts are there to make this a success.
Ewan McGregor plays Danny from The Shining who comes across a young girl with powers, not unlike his own, as he aims to protect her from The True Knot, who hunt children with special abilities. Doctor Sleep is written and directed by Mike Flanagan who has brought us great titles like Oculus, Hush, Gerald’s Game, Absentia and The Haunting of Hill House series (watch this right now if you’re yet to do so) so I know this movie is in good hands, I just hope it delivers Johnny.
6. Grudge – Jan 2020
Ju-on: The Grudge is a great horror movie full of creepy moments and great sound effects that drill into your skull and just simply remain. This spawned sequels and American remakes galore, some good, some not so good and we’re back with another American offering with Grudge.
You’d think by now that people would’ve got the idea and wouldn’t go into that damn house! But alas, without dumb people, horror movies probably wouldn’t exist. This version has had a few issues with director changes and story changes so what was originally going to be a remake of sorts now looks like a sequel to the American franchise. This can point towards disaster but I’m willing to give this a chance as the source material always has the potential to scare the living daylights out of me!
5.The Invisible Man – March 2020
From the H.G. Wells novel comes this imagining from Saw legend Leigh Whannell. The Invisible Man has been made a few times in the past going all the way back to 1933! It’s a great tale that certainly has influence in The Fly starring Jeff Goldblum and there’s even a 50s Japanese movie titled Invisible Man vs Human Fly… I wouldn’t bother with that one.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House) and Elisabeth Moss (Handmaids Tale) star in this version after the proposed Johnny Depp version got shelved due to Tom Cruise’s The Mummy flopped at the box office. That could be a blessing as this is bound to be darker and more appealing to horror fans than the PG version that Johnny Depp would’ve no doubt brought to the table. The material, the cast and crew are more than enough to keep me interested in this one.
4. A Quiet Place 2 – March 2020
John Krasinski returns to the director’s chair for this anticipated sequel following the box office and critical success of the first movie. A Quiet Place is an excellent example of an atmospheric horror and fantastic use (or lack of) sound to create tension and terror. It’s these elements that makes me want more of the same from the second offering.
Emily Blunt returns and is joined my Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later) and Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator) as they try and keep the noise down. Something that I’d like to introduce to my household but I think telling a child that a giant horrific monster will come and take them away if they make too much noise is a tad harsh.
3. Saw – May 2020
The Saw franchise is my favourite. I loved waiting to see what diabolical games were coming next and the first movie is a classic in its own right. Now we have (another) reimagining written by Chris Rock… yes, that Chris Rock and starring Samuel L. Jackson. A combination that you’d expect to be associated with a comedy than a gross-out horror movie! I’m nervous…
There’s very little detail about the story at this stage but I’m very interested to see Chris Rock’s version. He could surprise us all and bring something to the table for fans old and new but there’s a part of me wondering if this film is necessary as the franchise only recently ended and it was pretty much done to death by the last entry.
Time will tell on this one but as a huge fan of the originals, I’m interested to see how this pans out.
2. Candyman – June 2020
The 1992 original is very good, check it out if you’re yet to do so. Tony Todd plays Candyman and he’s returning to the same roll in this ‘spiritual sequel’. We’re ignoring the current sequels as they just plain suck! The story goes that if you say ‘Candyman’ five times in front of a mirror, the Candyman will appear and cause havoc with his hook wielding right hand. I still don’t think I’d chance it, I don’t know why because it’s clearly a made up story but I’d rather not take the chance of being ripped apart by Tony Todd if it’s all the same with you.
Jordan Peele is on board taking producing and writing duties with relative newcomer Nia DaCosta directing. I’ve got high hopes for this one as I like the idea of Tony Todd coming back and Jordan Peele has got good taste when it comes to putting a decent horror together.
1. The Conjuring 3 – September 2020
I’ve really enjoyed the Conjuring series so far. I like that a lot of the stories are inspired by true events accounted by the Warren family and there have been some really great horror icons to come out of it so far! The Nun is the creepiest in my books. No details on the story thus far but Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as Ed and Lorraine Warren to investigate more paranormal goings-on as they continue to battle demons of their own. Hopefully, they’ll be in this one longer than Annabelle: Homecoming… They’re in the first 15 minutes and that was pretty much it! It was still a decent movie but I felt a bit conned after that one. The Conjuring 2 however is one of my favourite horror movies, it was intensely creepy and has all the right ingredients for supernatural horror. The Crooked Man and The Nun had my ready to call Mummy on plenty of occasions! Very excited about this one.
So there you have it, plenty of interesting horrors due over the next year or so to keep you occupied and I for one am excited about many of these. Horror has changed a lot of the years but regardless of the era, you can always find something that will shake you to your core. Enjoy horror fans!
Big thanks to our Super Looter comrade Joseph Gunn for pulling this fantastic Arnie feature together. In between geeking out over the latest movies and games, Joseph is a huge Trekkie and actually created this post sat next to his prized life-sized cut out of Leonard Nimoy! In addition to writing kick-ass articles, Joseph also runs the new Gunn Show YouTube channel with geek box unboxings plus plenty more, so be sure to check it out over at https://www.youtube.com/user/MrGunn86