Horror movies that will blow everyone away in 2019

Horror fans have a lot to look forward to over the next couple of years. We're already looking at a full slate of creepy fright flicks for 2018—and we can look even further into the future, as studios are starting to fill slots for the year after. Intriguing remakes, sequels to smash hits, awesome original projects from beloved filmmakers—let's look forward in prolonged anticipation to these horror films that will blow us all away in 2019.

An American Werewolf in London

John Landis' landmark 1981 film An American Werewolf in London is notable for several reasons. It established Landis as a daring filmmaker with a strong visual style, proved that you could successfully blend gut-wrenching horror with comedy, and more or less introduced the world at large to Rick Baker, the makeup effects genius behind what is still today the most convincing onscreen werewolf transformation ever (for which he won the first of seven Oscars). Remaking the film will be a tricky proposition, but fortunately, an eminently qualified filmmaker has come aboard to give it a shot: Max Landis, John's son and something of a fan of the original.

The younger Landis is most well known for writing the amazing found-footage superhero film Chronicle, and he'll be handling scripting duties on Werewolf as well. Asked about any involvement he might have by, the elder Landis told Collider, "I get money… My son is brilliant, he really is, and he wants to do it. So what am I going to say? No? I know it won't be as bad as (the awful 1997 sequel) An American Werewolf In Paris." It's unfortunate that Dad isn't a little more excited, but Max is sure to treat this update with the utmost respect. 

Firestarter

Stephen King has always been a hot Hollywood property, but he's particularly hot these days. With the success of It, the King-inspired Hulu series Castle Rock, and the heavily King-influenced Netflix series Stranger Things, executives have been scrambling to dig up King works ripe for adaptation or rebooting. Among them is an updated version of Firestarter, the 1980 novel which was adapted into a 1984 feature film starring a young Drew Barrymore. 

King's novel, the story of a pyrokinetic young girl on the run from nefarious government agents with her auto-hypnotic father, is a lean and mean thriller — which makes it potentially a great fit for director Fatih Akin (In the Fade), who has signed on to the project. He'll direct from a script by Scott Teems (That Evening Sun), with horror impresario Jason Blum producing under his Blumhouse banner. No cast details or release date are yet available, but so far, this one appears to be in good hands — and it's a good thing, since King himself was less than thrilled with the previous adaptation.

It: Chapter Two

From the moment that 2017's It revealed itself at the end to be Chapter One, speculation has been running rampant about Chapter Two — in particular, who would fill the roles of the adult versions of the Losers' Club, who must return to Derry to battle Pennywise in the present day. That speculation finally came to an end as production ramped up on the picture in mid-2018. Our adult Losers' Club will be Jessica Chastain (Beverly Marsh), James McAvoy (Bill Denbrough), Bill Hader (Richie Tozier), James Ransone (Eddie Kaspbrak), Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon), Jay Ryan (Ben Hanscom), and Andy Bean (Stan Uris). 

Also joining the cast are Will Beibrink (I Saw the Light), who will portray Beverly's abusive husband Tom Rogan, and Xavier Dolan and Taylor Frey as a gay couple involved in a tragic incident which heralds the killer clown's reappearance after 27 years. Of course, Bill Skarsgard will return as Pennywise, as will director Andres Muschietti and the entirety of the first film's young cast, who will appear in flashbacks. Considering that It shocked everyone by virtue of being one of the best horror films of the decade, It: Chapter Two is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year in any genre — but we've got a pretty long wait. The film is slated to hit theaters on September 6. 

The Conjuring 3

2013's The Conjuring was a surprise smash hit, and it further surprised by giving birth to the most successful cinematic universe this side of Marvel Studios. With multiple spinoff series in high gear, audiences have been awaiting a return to the main franchise since 2016's The Conjuring 2 — and in 2019, it looks like they'll finally get their wish. Producer/director James Wan confirmed in July 2018 that he was working on a script, and series regular Vera Farmiga has repeatedly expressed her excitement to anyone who will listen — and also, just possibly, dropped a hint as to the third installment's story.

Speaking with Metro, Farmiga let slip that she's pretty sure the new film will use werewolves to scare audiences. "I could be wrong," she said. "They could be scrapping it. But the last I heard it has something to do with some werewolf case." Wan has been tight-lipped about his script, saying only that he wants to take time to get it right in light of how much audiences loved the first two films. But it seems like the three-quel is definitely on track, although we may not get a release date for awhile.

The Crooked Man

Yet another entry in the Conjuring universe, The Crooked Man will be based on the character introduced in one of the freakiest scenes of The Conjuring 2. Details are extremely sketchy about how the Crooked Man's backstory will be filled out, but Variety reports that the script is being handled by up-and-coming screenwriter Mike Van Waes, while Wan and regular producing partner Peter Safran are on board as producers. More details will certainly trickle out over the next year, and perhaps we'll even get some idea of where the Crooked Man fits into this universe when The Nun is released in 2018.

Untitled Wizard of Oz horror movie

Warner Bros. and subsidiary New Line are doubling down on the horror over the next couple of years, and it appears they're using a lot of the same talent to develop multiple projects. Mike Van Waes, who's working on the screenplay for The Crooked Man, has another horror movie on his plate that sounds interesting indeed—it's set in the world of L. Frank Baum's Oz.

Van Waes came to the attention of Warner Bros. when the studio came across his Black List script titled Hammerspace, which they purchased and also have in development. They obviously think they have a hot young talent on their hands, as "Horror Film Set In Oz"—as fantastic an elevator pitch as that is—sounds like something that could either go spectacularly right or ridiculously wrong. Judging by the studio's recent winning streak, the former seems more likely, so it's probably not too early to get excited about what could be the most bonkers horror film of 2019. 

Untitled Joss Whedon World War II horror film

Joss Whedon is nothing if not an entertaining storyteller, but his film output has so far been limited largely to micro-indies and superhero blockbusters (which is not necessarily a bad thing). Fans waiting for an original Whedon project are going to get more than they bargained for in 2019, however: speaking to Complex, the writer/director not only revealed that he's been hard at work on a passion project, but also gave up a few details that make it sound pretty intriguing.

"It's definitely a departure from the things that I'm known for. It's as dark as anything I've ever written," Whedon explained. "It's a historical fiction-slash-horror movie about a time when the world was going insane, World War II." He went on to discuss the "eerie" parallels he uncovered between 1930s Germany and the modern-day United States in the course of his research. We'll have to wait to see what kind of craziness Whedon is crafting, but it sounds safe to say that cerebral scares and snappy dialogue will be involved.

The Blob

The 1958 low-budget horror classic The Blob (starring a very young Steve McQueen) has already gotten the remake treatment once, in 1988. That version was pretty inessential, and some horror fans may wonder whether another attempt at updating the material after another 30 years is really necessary. If you're one of those, then you should know that Samuel L. Jackson is starring in the forthcoming re-remake, which would make it very necessary indeed.

Speaking to the Toronto Sun on the press tour for Kong: Skull Island, Jackson strongly suggested he'd be participating in the film: "I've been running from or chasing King Kong, Godzilla, the Wolfman, whatever, since I was a kid… so I'm doing Kong for the same reason I'll probably be doing The Blob. I just got a call the other day, [and the producers] finally got their money from China to do Blob." 

His casting was later confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, and (unconfirmed) rumors have popped up online suggesting Halle Berry is joining the cast as well. Veteran action director Simon West (Con Air, The Expendables 2) has long been attached to the project, but his involvement is also unconfirmed. We'll have to wait to see how The Blob takes shape, but one thing seems certain: Mr. Jackson will have a few choice words for the monster.

Untitled Alien: Covenant sequel

Alien: Covenant offered a little more of what fans wanted from the Alien series than 2012's Prometheus, which is by design: director Ridley Scott heard their complaints, and for better or worse decided that if they wanted Xenomorphs, he would give them Xenomorphs. Covenant was a critical and box office success, but Scott hasn't forgotten about Prometheus' Engineers or the overarching story in which they play a part—he's recently teased that the creator race will be returning for the sequel to Covenant, which he's currently developing.

In an interview, Sir Ridley teased: "There will be three or four different players coming in… one of which will be the Engineers." When pressed for further details, he elaborated, "Where we go next is obvious. We're gonna actually go to the planet," before realizing what he was saying and cutting himself short with, "I'm not gonna tell you the whole story." Obviously, the venerated director has a tough time keeping his mouth shut, so we're certain to get more details before this sequel—which may or may not be called Alien: Awakening—hits theaters sometime in 2019.

Glass

2017's Split was a triumphant return to form for M. Night Shyamalan, following years of questionable choices and poor reviews. Telling the story of Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy, in a towering performance), a man with 24 distinct personalities — one of which is a vengeful, superhuman entity known as the Beast — it revealed itself at the end (via a well-placed Bruce Willis cameo) as a stealth sequel to Shyamalan's 2000 hit Unbreakable. Speculation immediately started running rampant that a third installment was forthcoming, and it didn't take Shyamalan to confirm that Glass — named for Samuel L. Jackson's villainous Unbreakable character — would reach theaters in 2019. 

Jackson himself didn't realize there'd be a need for him to reprise his role until he saw Split, but as he told a CinemaCon audience, he's thrilled about it for a specific reason: "It's about time I got the title role in my own motherf—ing movie," he said, apparently having forgotten about Shaft (along with most of us). The trailer features Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) as a psychiatrist specializing in patients who think they're superheroes, and she's certainly bitten off more than she can chew. It appears Jackson's Mr. Glass will once again be pulling strings, manipulating Willis' David Dunn into a confrontation with the Beast; McAvoy also returns, as does Split's Anya Taylor-Joy. Glass premieres on January 18, and if McAvoy gets his way, it won't be the last we see of these characters.

Eli

Paramount Pictures has been something of an also-ran at the box office in recent years, and their 2017 slate—which included Rings, Baywatch, and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage—underperformed severely. The venerable studio is seeking to remedy this with a brand-spanking new division, Paramount Players, which will be tasked with digging up the banner's next generation of franchise material. For their first effort, they'll be betting on the reliably profitable horror genre with Eli, an intriguing project with a script that's generated a fair amount of buzz.

Writer David Chirchirillo contributed one of the most brutally satisfying segments of the 2014 horror anthology ABC's of Death 2, and his screenplay for Eli—about a sick boy who experiences ghostly goings-on at a secluded clinic—garnered some attention after making the 2015 Black List. Ciaran Foy (Sinister 2) is attached as director, and also notable is the involvement of production house Intrepid Pictures, which has contributed to such recent creepy favorites as HushOculus, and the Netflix Stephen King adaptation Gerald's Game. All the right ingredients for a creepy good time are here, and we'll see how the recipe comes together when Eli hits theaters on January 4, 2019.

Untitled Van Helsing reboot

Universal's Dark Universe is slowly but surely wrangling updated versions of all their classic monsters together, so it only makes sense that the most famous monster hunter of all would be making his return as well. The 2004 Hugh Jackman vehicle Van Helsing was not particularly well-received, so there's a lot of leeway here for an updated take on the character, as evidenced by the fact that producers are currently taking a hard look at Channing Tatum for the lead role in a forthcoming reboot.

Of course, they'll first have to attach some talent behind the cameras. The script is currently being reworked by Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) from a draft by Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange, The Mummy). No other details are available, other than that producers intend for the new iteration of Van Helsing to be "as scary as possible," and that they are eyeing a 2019 release date.

Hellboy

Fans spent the better part of a decade pining for a third installment in director Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy series, but he broke their hearts in February 2017 with the announcement that a third outing "100% will not happen." It soon became clear why: studio Lionsgate was more interested in hitting the reboot button on the property, and shortly after del Toro's announcement, news broke that a new, R-rated version of Hellboy would be coming our way in 2019 with David Harbour (Stranger Things) in the title role.

The character's creator Mike Mignola has praised the direction of the new film (which he co-wrote), which was helmed by Neil Marshall (The Descent). "The idea with this one was to make it play much less like a superhero film, to downplay the superhero elements even more than del Toro did," he explained. "This one is much more folklore/mythology/horror." The production wrapped in December 2017, but its cast and crew have been stingy with details during post-production; in a Variety interview, Harbour stuck mainly to talking about Stranger Thingsonly saying of his Hellboy experience, "It was hard. I'm 40 years old, and I'm running around punching giants." So we know there will be giant-punching, but we'll have to wait and see what else Marshall and crew bring to the table when Hellboy hits theaters on January 11.

Us

When Get Out set Hollywood ablaze in 2017, newly-minted horror impresario Jordan Peele promised us he had more "social thrillers" on tap — and it was only a few months after that film's release that he announced his next project would drop in 2019. We now know a few details: the picture will be titled Us, and Peele teased it with a vague if stylish poster and absolutely zero plot details. This doesn't mean there's no reason for excitement, however: aside from being the follow-up to one of the greatest horror films of the past decade, Us is flush with one of the most killer casts in recent memory. 

The blazingly talented Lupita Nyong'o (Black Panther) was among the first to join the cast, followed by Winston Duke (Avengers: Infinity War) and Elisabeth Moss, the recent recipient of about a dozen various awards for her work as producer and lead on the acclaimed Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale. Peele wrapped up his casting with the addition of Tim Heidecker, half of famed comedy duo Tim & Eric, who will presumably provide a spot of comic relief among the terrifying proceedings. Peele has continued to keep the plot tightly under wraps, so we'll just have to wait and see what socially relevant scares he's cooked up for us when Us reaches theaters on March 15. 

Happy Death Day 2

2017's Happy Death Day was a surprise hit, a slasher-y take on Groundhog Day which cleverly milked its premise for scares and featured a winning lead performance from Jessica Rothe (La La Land). The film's ending sees our heroine's time loop finally being broken, but director Christopher Landon has teased the fact that he may have held back a few details — like how she got stuck in the loop in the first place — for a potential sequel, and since Happy Death Day cleaned up at the box office, he'll get a chance to tell that story.

Landon will also handle scripting duties this time around, with much of the cast — including Rothe and Ruby Modine, daughter of Matthew — set to return. In addition, Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Sarah Yarkin (American Horror Story) have joined the cast as science geeks attempting to help our hapless protagonist figure out the whole time loop thing. Rothe has confirmed that the sequel will indeed pick up right where the first film left off, comparing its aesthetic to the Back to the Future series (except, presumably, with a lot more gory murders). Happy Death Day 2 doesn't have an official release date yet, but the Blumhouse production is in full swing, so we can expect to see it hit theaters sometime in 2019.

47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter

2017's 47 Meters Down was a tense nail-biter of a deep-sea thriller, featuring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt as sisters who get way more than they bargained for while on a sketchy shark watching adventure in Mexico. The modestly budgeted production turned a respectable profit, so in 2019 Entertainment Studios will bring us 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter, featuring an all-new group of characters in a new Brazilian locale who run into some serious shark-based problems while searching for a lost underground city.

Director Johannes Roberts and screenwriter Ernest Riera will return, but there have been no casting news yet despite the release of an early teaser trailer. The film's premise sounds interesting, with an all-female main cast exploring underwater grottoes (echoes of The Descent), which should add a nice element of claustrophobia to the shark-infested proceedings according to producer James Harris, who has promised that "[47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter] will take the claustrophobia of cave diving and the thrill of shark encounters and move everything to the next level." We'll see exactly what level he's referring to when it swims into theaters on June 28.

You Should Have Left

David Koepp is a veteran Hollywood screenwriter, having penned such classics as Jurassic Park, Carlito's Way, the original Mission: Impossible, and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man. As a director, his output has been less widely seen; his most successful effort was 1999's Stir of Echoes, an underrated psychological thriller based on a story by the great Richard Matheson. In 2019, Koepp will reunite with that film's star, Kevin Bacon, for You Should Have Left, an adaptation of a 2017 novel by German author Daniel Kehlmann.

The Shining-flavored story of the novel focuses on a screenwriter who takes off with his wife and six-year old son for a retreat in the Alps, hoping to write the sequel to his breakout hit. But things quickly go awry as supernatural events start to manifest themselves, suggesting that this particular retreat may not exactly obey all the laws of reality. The film adaptation may nix the main character's screenwriter occupation (and thus, the writers' block which is the first chink in his psychological armor) to focus on the mistrust and suspicion between Bacon's character and his much younger wife (Amanda Seyfried) — but either way, plenty of mind-bending creepiness is sure to be on tap. Koepp adapted the novel for the screen himself (as he did with Stir of Echoes), and since this is yet another Blumhouse production with some serious star power in front of the camera, we could be looking at a massive sleeper hit.

Ma

It's not a remake, reboot or adaptation, but it is another Blumhouse picture — and the succinctly titled Ma will reunite the uber-talented Octavia Spenver with director Tate Taylor, making his first foray into horror. The two last collaborated on 2011's The Help, but they're taking a sharp turn from period drama to psychological thriller with the story of a lonely woman who befriends a group of teenagers, and who is not at all what she seems.

"It's dark material, but it's also really fun," Taylor said in a Variety interview. "Octavia is so damn likable that we usually see her in certain roles. But she's such a good actress and this is such a complex character that if I do my job right, people in the audience are going to want to push pause and say, 'Can we please take you out for coffee so you don't do what you're about to do?'" The script, penned by Scotty Landes (Workaholics), was snatched up by Jason Blum as part of his first-look deal with Universal; Juliette Lewis and Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) have also joined the cast. There is no official release date yet, but the Blumhouse pipeline is an efficient one, and we should see Ma hit screens sometime late in 2019.

Spawn

1997's Spawn can be seen as something of a precursor to the current golden age of comic book films, and it would probably be more widely recognized as such if not for the fact that it wasn't any good. It's known mostly for sporting some of the most ridiculous CGI 1997 had to offer, but the character has always been a compelling one. Created by legendary comic artist Todd McFarlane, Al Simmons is a former CIA mercenary whose soul is sent to Hell upon his death as punishment for his earthly misdeeds. But he's resurrected as the demonic anti-hero Spawn, in order to atone for said misdeeds by wreaking terrible vengeance on the criminal underworld.

In light of the debacle that was the 1997 version, the wise decision was made to place the rebooted Spawn into the surest of hands — those of McFarlane himself, who'll pen the script and also make his feature debut as a director. In a talk with AZ Central, he made clear where the film's sensibilities will lie. "It will be dark and heavy, serious, R-rated," he said. "It won't be a superhero movie. I don't think most people would categorize it as that. It will be a supernatural thriller, like a lot of good creep movies." With Oscar winner Jamie Foxx in the title role and Jason Blum once again producing, Spawn will begin shooting in early 2019 for a likely release later in the year.

Crawl

French director Alexandre Aja established his horror bonafides with the surprise 2003 hit High Tension and a 2006 remake of the classic The Hills Have Eyes. The director's been lying relatively low for a few years, but in 2019 he'll team up with producer Sam Raimi to bring us Crawl — a film with a premise that should have fright fans reaching for their wallets with all due haste. 

A young woman finds herself desperately attempting to reach her father during a deadly Category 5 hurricane, but there's a problem: she's trapped inside a house which is slowly flooding. Fortunately, she's not alone — the film takes place in Florida, and a bunch of ravenous killer alligators stop by to keep her company. Aja co-wrote the script with Shawn and Michael Rasmussen (The Inhabitants, John Carpenter's The Ward), and Kaya Scodelario of the Maze Runner series is in talk to star. The film is being fast-tracked by Paramount, which took a similar tack last year with John Krasinski's A Quiet Place — so while there is no release date yet, Crawl is likely to show up in theaters sooner rather than later. If that bonkers story and the film's sterling pedigree are any indication, the studio could very well have another gigantic hit on their hands.

New Mutants

Fox Studios' New Mutants, part of its Marvel/X-Men universe, has had a troubled history. Originally scheduled for release in April 2018, it was first pushed back ten months to February 2019 — and then an additional six months to August — after a series of test screenings didn't produce the reaction the studio had hoped for. Audiences responded well to the film, but Fox had been shooting for stellar scores, and decided to take extra time to make New Mutants as good as it could be.

Since it will be the first true horror film of the X-Men franchise, this seems like a reasonable approach. The trailer released ahead of the film's initial release date promised a claustrophobic, creepy good time, but this is a film in which tone will be everything. The recent deal between Fox and Disney — which will almost certainly see the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool end up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point — doesn't seem to have affected Fox's plans for New Mutants, which will appear in theaters too soon for any cross-pollination to take place. Despite rumors that the long delay and Disney deal meant the project might be shelved, it's been confirmed that New Mutants will arrive in theaters (and on IMAX screens) on August 2.

3 From Hell

Despite the characters' apparent deaths at the conclusion of 2005's The Devil's Rejects, fans of horror maestro/hard rocker Rob Zombie have been pining for the return of mass murderers Otis, Baby and Captain Spaulding ever since. It took over a dozen years, but in 2018, Zombie confirmed that he'd be bringing the murderous trio back in 3 From Hell, concluding the series he started with House of 1000 Corpses in 2003. 

The film has wrapped shooting, and while there's no firm release date, Zombie has said to expect it sometime in 2019. He's even started screening a teaser trailer for fans at his shows, grainy images of which have found their way online. There are thus far no plot details, but Zombie has assembled a respectable cast of horror and B-movie all-stars including Dee Wallace, Clint Howard (brother of Ron, recently seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story) and the great, grizzled character actor Danny Trejo. In a year rife with long-awaited horror sequels, 3 From Hell may be the longest-awaited of them all — here's hoping Zombie ups the disturbing, gory ante in that special way only he can. 

Zombieland 2

If you enjoy heavy doses of wit along with your buckets of gore, then the chances are good you're a fan of 2009's Zombieland. The film follows plucky college kid Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) as he navigates the aftermath of the Zombie Apocalypsepicking up the similarly regionally-named Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and sisters Wichita and Little Rock (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, respectively) as they attempt to find shelter from the roving hordes. Horror-comedies are traditionally a tough sell, but Zombieland was a surprise hit, improbably becoming the highest-grossing zombie movie of all time. A sequel had been speculated about for years, but apparently, the stars have now aligned in favor of director Ruben Fleischer returning, along with the entire cast, just in time for the tenth anniversary of the original.

Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick also return, having pumped up their stock considerably in the interim with their work on Deadpool and Deadpool 2. Plot details are scant; speaking with Vulture, Wernick said "We are sitting on information that we can't entirely share at this moment," but he did relate that the production is shooting for an October release. Fans of the original film have never stopped clamoring for more, so it's safe to say they'll be packing the theaters for another round of slapstick-inspired, zombie-killing mayhem — an experience they'll probably make it out of alive, so long as they don't forget the rules.

Grudge

2002's horror classic The Ring officially kicked off that decade's obsession with American adaptations of Japanese horror movies (colloquially referred to as "J-Horror"), a trend that produced decidedly mixed results. 2004's The Grudge (based on the 2002 Japanese effort Ju-On) didn't exactly wow critics, but audiences were scared out of their shorts by the film's insanely creepy imagery (and that one scene that made us afraid to shower for weeks). The film was one of the higher-grossing American J-Horror reworkings, and the only one besides The Ring to cement a place in American pop culture — so with the Ring franchise likely dead in the water, Sony is serving up a new Grudge for 2019.

This revival holds significant promise for one good reason: the involvement of writer/director Nicolas Pesce, whose 2016 debut feature Eyes of My Mother was a master class in suspense and atmosphere. Pesce will direct from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Buhler, who scripted Midnight Meat Train as well as one of the more disturbing segments from the 2014 anthology film ABC's of Death 2. John Cho (Star Trek Beyond) and Lin Shaye (the Insidious series) have joined the cast, and Sam Raimi (producing through his Ghost House Pictures imprint) has expressed a great deal of excitement, saying that the new adaptation will draw on the source material rather than the 2004 version. Grudge is scheduled to arrive on August 16; presuming a lawsuit filed by a producer of the original doesn't slow things down, you may want to get in a few weeks' worth of showers beforehand.

The Turning

If young actor Finn Wolfhard is at all concerned about becoming typecast in horror projects at such a tender age, you certainly wouldn't know it by his choice of projects. The breakout star of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things landed a plum role as Richie Tozier in 2017's It (a role he'll reprise, via flashbacks, in the sequel), and for his next trick, he'll be starring in Amblin's haunted house thriller The Turning, based loosely on the classic Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw.

Amblin's involvement means that none other than Steven Spielberg is on board as a producer; Wolfhard will star alongside Mackenzie Davis (Tully) and young actress Brooklynn Prince (Monsters at Large). Director Floria Sigismondi should bring an interesting visual aesthetic to the film; she made a name for herself directing striking music videos for the likes of Justin Timberlake and Marilyn Manson before moving on to visually sumptuous TV series such as Marvel's DaredevilThe Handmaid's Tale, and American Gods. The plot, updated from the 19th-century setting of the novella, involves a young woman charged with caring for a pair of orphans — only to be confronted with spooky, supernatural goings-on at their abode. Turning is slated for release on February 22.

Pet Sematary

Stephen King's 1983 novel Pet Sematary was written during a time when the author, at the time a new father, was struggling to balance his work and family responsibilities with a crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol. He channeled his fear of losing his family into much of his work during this period (including Cujo, released two years previous, which he famously doesn't remember writing), and in the case of Pet Sematary the result was perhaps the most purely terrifying novel of his career. The 1989 film adaptation served up a decent number of scares along with some truly disturbing imagery — but with the Master's work experiencing a bit of a cinematic renaissance, the time seems right for a new generation of filmmakers to take on the horrifying tale.

The directing team of Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes, Holidays) will helm the picture from a script by David Kajganich (the scribe behind the Suspiria remake) and Jeff Buhler. Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) will star as beleaguered father Louis Creed alongside Amy Seimetz (Stranger Things) as his wife Rachel, while the role of the Creeds' neighbor Jud Crandall will be ably filled by the great John Lithgow. Paramount has slotted the film for an April 5 release date; if you happen to have cats, you may want to go ahead and make plans to keep them indoors for awhile afterwards.

Annabelle 3

In April 2018, it was announced that a new Conjuring film was on tap for July 2019, leading to immediate speculation that Conjuring 3 or perhaps spinoff Crooked Man would be taking the spot. But just a week later, studio New Line revealed that the new entry would be — surprise! — Annabelle 3, the sequel to 2017's startlingly well-received Annabelle: Creation. That film's success apparently prompted New Line to fast track another entry in the saga of the supernaturally possessed porcelain doll, first introduced in 2013's original The Conjuring.

Returning screenwriter Gary Dauberman has been riding a ridiculous hot streak, having penned the first two Annabelle installments in addition to spinoff The Nun, not to mention Stephen King's It and its sequel. This time around, Dauberman will be taking over the reins as well in his directorial debut. James Wan will return to produce through his Atomic Monster production company; no plot details are yet available, but it's a safe bet that the story will involve another hapless family falling under the spell of the murderous doll. The as-yet untitled sequel will reach the big screen on July 3. 

The Curse of La Llorona

Speaking of the busiest man in Hollywood, James Wan somehow managed to take time out from overseeing the increasingly sprawling Conjuring universe to direct Aquaman for Warner Bros., and yet he still has projects unrelated to either of these on tap. Front and center is The Curse of La Llorona, another Atomic Monster production, based on a Mexican urban legend surrounding the ghost of a mysterious woman. Director Michael Chaves makes his feature debut, working from a screenplay by first-time feature writers Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, but don't let all this inexperience fool you — footage was screened for the crowd at San Diego ComicCon, where it brought down the house.

The cast is headed up by Linda Cardellini (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Raymond Cruz, a veteran actor who made an indelible impression as the psychotic Tuco Salamanca in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Set in the '70s, the film follows a widowed social worker (Cardellini) who begins to turn up unsettling similarities between her own family tragedy and that of a case she's investigating, both of which may have ties to the vengeful ghost. The legend of La Llarona is well-known in Mexican culture, but it's all set to go mainstream; during the ComicCon panel, Cruz told the audience that the story "scared [him] s—less" as a child, and "now we can share that with you."