It's a whole new decade folks, and weirdly it's the 6th decade I have experienced here on Earth, even though I'm only in my 40s. Go figure.
Sadly, we can't predict what movie releases are to come for the decade ahead, but we can tell you a little about the next 12 months. So now the silly season is out of the way and we are all getting back to some semblance of normality, let's dive right in and have a butchers at what lies ahead for us horror-loving folk in 2020.
The Grudge (31/01/20)
Directed By: Nicolas Pesce, Written By: Nicolas Pesce, Starring: John Cho, Lin Shaye, Andrea Riseborough & Betty Gilbin.
We know it has already been released Stateside, but we Limeys have to wait until the end of the month to get a look at the latest Grudge movie. Sadly, from what we have been hearing, it would seem that there isn't much to look forward to. Early word has it that this latest instalment in the oft remade Ju-On series is a bit of a turkey.
The Turning (23/01/20)
Directed By: Floria Sigismondi, Written By: Cary W Hayes & Chad Hayes, Starring: Finn Wolfhard, Mackenzie Davis & Brooklynn Prince.
This modern take on Henry James' book 'The Turn of the Screw,' Kate (Mackenzie Davis) is charged with the care of two disturbed orphans, Flora (Brooklynn Prince) and Miles (Finn Wolfhard). Quickly though, she discovers that both the children and the house are harbouring dark secrets and things may not be as they appear. Stranger Things fans may get a kick out of seeing Wolfhard take on a darker role.
Colour Out Of Space (24/01/20)
Directed By: Richard Stanley, Written By: Scarlett Amaris, Starring: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Q'orianka Kilcher & Tommy Chong.
Based on a story by HP. Lovecraft and directed by the guy behind Hardware (1990). What more could you want? The Colour Out of Space tells of an alien orb that crashes to Earth and infects a water supply used by Nicolas Cage and his family. The infected water soon starts having a weird effect on the family. It sounds to me as if this could be another wacky Cage vehicle, similar to Mandy (which I have to admit, I tried to watch twice but ended up turning it off every time).
Gretel & Hansel (30/01/20)
Directed By: Oz Perkins, Written By: Rob Hayes, Starring: Sophia Lillis, Samual Leakey & Alice Krige.
A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.
I'm sold on this idea. A horror retelling of the old fairytale, starring Alice (the Borg Queen) Krige as the Witch. Here, take my money.
Come To Daddy (07/02/20)
Directed By: Ant Timpson, Written By: Toby Harvard, Starring: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Garfield Wilson & Michael Smiley.
It would be easy to dismiss a horror movie starring everyone's favourite Hobbit, were it not for his wonderfully insane turn in the Maniac remake (2012).
Wood plays Norval, an alcoholic who is trying to sober up while living with his mother. One day Norval receives a letter from his estranged father inviting him to come and reconnect. Hoping for a father/son reunion, Norval goes along, but it isn't what he expected. Something is very wrong with daddy and Norval is heading into a waking nightmare.
The Lodge (07/02/20)
Directed By: Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz, Written By: Sergio Casci, Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz, Starring: Riley Keough, Richard Amitage, Alicia Silverstone & Jaeden Martell
A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé's two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.
Of all the films listed so far, this has grabbed my attention most. I have a thing for films that take place in isolated locations, and hopefully it delivers on the scares. Being directed by duo behind Goodnight Mommy (2014) doesn't hurt either.
After Midnight (14/02/20)
Directed By: Jeremy Gardner & Christian Stella, Written By: Jeremy Gardner, Starring: Jeremy Gardner, Brea Grant, Justin Benson & Ashley Song.
A cast of nobodies and a couple of fimmakers I have never heard of make up the crew of this Monster in the woods movie.
When his long suffering girlfriend disappears suddenly, leaving a cryptic note as her only explanation, Hank's comfortable life and his sanity begin to crack. Then, from the woods surrounding his house, something terrible starts trying to break in.
Fantasy Island (14/02/20)
Directed By: Jeff Wadlow, Written By: Jeff Wadlow, Jillian Jacobs & Christopher Roach, Starring: Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Michael Rooker & Kim Coates.
I have to admit, a Blumhouse horror adaptation of the popular '70s TV show about a magical island resort, has me intrigued.
The enigmatic Mr. Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.
Fantasy Island will either be an epic fail or the surprise hit of the year.
Brahms: The Boy 2 (21/02.20)
Directed By: William Brent Bell, Written By: Stacey Menear, Starring: Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman & Ralph Ineson.
I really disliked The Boy. I found its scares fell flat, and the less said about the end twist the better. I'm reasonably sure that I shall end up watching this second instalment but I can't promise that I will be doing so with any enthusiasm.
For those who have seen Part One, I can only imagine that we are in for more of the same, scary little doll shenanigans.
The Invisible Man (28/02/20)
Directed By: Leigh Whannell, Written By: Leigh Whannell, Starring: Elizabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen & Aldis Hodge.
Another Blumhouse offering. The trailer for this movie was released last year and I have to admit, it looked pretty good. Given the subject and the fact that it's written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious), The Invisible Man has all the potential to be a first-class fright fest.
Directed By: Carlo Mirabella-Davis, Written By: Carlo Mirabella-Davis, Starring: Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell & Elizabeth Marvel.
Now don't get excited you perverted bunch. Although the title would lead you to think otherwise, this french horror movie is not a porno. It's more a body horror about a woman who gains the awful sounding habit of trying to swallow inedible objects. It's also a social commentary on the oppressiveness of gender roles.
Early buzz suggests that Swallow is a compelling yet difficult watch. Count me in then.
The Vast of Night (13/03/20)
Directed By: Andrew Patterson, Written By: James Montague & Craig W Sanger, Starring: Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz & Bruce Davis.
In the twilight of the 1950s, at the dawn of the space race, two youths seek the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended upon a town in New Mexico. The Vast of Night plays out like a feature-length episode of The Twilight Zone, and given how much I loved that show, I'm not complaining.
A Quiet Place: Part 2 (18/03/20)
Directed By: John Krasinski, Written By: Scott beck & John Krasinski, Starring: Emily Blunt, Noah Jup & Cillian Murphy.
Probably one of the most anticipated movies on this list, and a follow up to one of my favourite films of 2018. A Quiet Place came out of nowhere to hit it big and force cinema audiences to shut the fuck up for once. Seriously, I have never sat in a cinema that has been so quiet. I was eating Minstrels and I felt guilty every time i took a bite.
The trailer looks pretty awesome so let's hope that this is a worthy sequel to what came before.
Saint Maud (27/03/20)
Directed By: Rose Glass, Written By: Rose Glass, Starring: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Knight & Lily Frazer.
Saint Maud follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient. More of a drama-horror than the other movies listed here, Saint Maud looks to be a dark, shocking, character-driven movie that promises to unsettle its viewers.
Directed By: Lorcan Finnegan, Written By: Lorcan Finnegan, Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Jonathan Aris & Shana Hart.
Starring Zombieland's Jesse Eisenberg, Vivarium tells the story of a young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighbourhood of identical houses.
It's an interesting premise. If only I can get through another Jesse Eisenberg movie without drifting into a dark fantasy world where I finally get to wrapped my hands around his throat and squeeze.
The New Mutants (01/04/20)
Directed By: Josh Boone, Written By: Josh Boone & Knate Lee, Starring: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Alice Braga & Charlie Heaton.
It seems like forever ago that the first trailer dropped for this X-Men spin-off. "X-Men?" I hear you ask. Well. yes, apparently it is an X-Men horror movie. Sound intriguing? I think so too.
For some reason I don't understand, The New Mutants has spent the last few years having its release date pushed back. Usually, this is a bad sign for a movie, but the trailer was far too impressive to write it off completely.
Directed by: Scott Cooper, Written By: C. Henry Chaisson, Nick Antosca & Scott Copper, Starring: Keri Russell, Scott haze, Jeremy T Thomas & Jesse Plemons.
To be honest, I know very little about this movie other than it's produced by Guillermo del Toro and the trailer looks fucking awesome. If you haven't seen it yet you should definitely check it out. It looks to be a typical del Toro, monster movie but darker than some of his recent movies have been.
Promising Young Woman (17/04/20)
Directed By: Emerald Fennell, Written By: Emerald Fennell, Starring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Clancy Brown & Jennifer Coolidge.
A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against men who cross her path.
It's too early to say for sure, but based on its synopsis, Promising Young Woman could be compared to American Mary and I spit On Your Grave. I'm looking forward to finding out.
Directed By: Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz, Written By: Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz, Starring: Janelle Monae, Eric Lange & Jena Malone.
Another film on this list that I know very little about. The plot details give us only this little tit-bit..
'Successful author Veronica finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late.'
If that's enough to grab you by the interest gland then great, but we will report more on this movie as we learn more.
Insidious: The Dark Realm (05/05/20)
Directed By: ?, Written By: Arman Whannell, Starring: Emma Brown, Noah Ferris & Ty Simpkins.
Let's be honest here. The only Insidious movie worth watching is the first one. The rest suck and should be avoided at all costs. As for this 5th instalment, Is it a joke? Given that it's due for release in May, IMDB doesn't even have a director listed.
Joke or not, I'm not really interested in this movie.
Untitled Saw Movie (15/05/20)
Directed By: Darren Lynn Bousman, Written By: Pete Goldfinger & Chris Rock, Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Chris Rock, Max Minghella & Marisol Nichols.
Does anyone else feel like they are being pranked? I'm half expecting somebody to jump out and shout "got ya." It's a Saw movie made by Chris Rock and starring Samuel L (muthafuckin) Jackson.
Before anyone starts harping on, yes I know comedians have turned their hand to horror in the past. Jordan Peele and Danny McBride being such examples. And yes they were successful. But this is a Saw movie made by Chris Rock and starring Samuel L Jackson.
Directed By: Nia DaCosta, Written By: Jordan Peele, Starring: Yahta Abdul-Mateen II, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett & Tony Todd.
Speaking of Jordan Peele, this summer we get his take on Candyman. Not much is known at present, but it would seem that this is more of a sequel than a reboot. Tony Todd is starring, but as to whether he will be playing the titular character, who knows. The Character of Helen Lyle is also back but this time played by Cassie Kramer rather than Virginia Madsen.
I'm interested to see what Peele brings to the table as I loved Get Out and Us.
The Empty Man (07/08/20)
Directed By: David Prior, Written By: David Prior, Starring: Stephen Root, Joel Courtney & Aaron Poole.
On the trail of a missing girl, an ex-cop comes across a secretive group attempting to summon a terrifying supernatural entity.
Directed by David Prior whose only directing credits to date seem to be documentaries on the films of David Fincher. There isn't much info floating around about The Empty Man at present, but we will report back when there is something worth reporting.
Escape Room 2 (13/08/20)
Directed By: Adam Robitel, Written By: Fritz Bohm, Will Honley, Christine Lavaf, Maria Melnik, Braga F. Schut & Daniel Tuch, Starring: Taylor Russell, Isabelle Fuhrman & Logan Miller.
Seriously, How many writers does a film need?
Escape Room was an enjoyable, but instantly forgettable film from (2018). The most we can hope is that the sequel offers more of the same.
Directed By: James Wan, Written By: Ingrid Bisu & James Wan, Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson & George Young.
I haven't been able to find any plot details at present. All I can tell you is that it's a horror movie, directed by James Wan and based on his graphic novel. That really is all I know. Whatever I'm being paid, it's not enough.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (10/09/20)
Directed By: Michael Chaves, Written By: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Starring: Vera Farmiga & Patrick Wilson.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is the third entry in the conjuring series and the eighth in the Conjuring Universe. Personally, I'm very excited for this movie as I'm a fan of the previous two and Vera Farmiga.
My biggest concern is that it is being directed by Michael Chaves who helmed The Curse of Llorona, which was arguably the worst entry in the series.
Last Night In Soho (17/10/20)
Directed By: Edgar Wright, Written By: Krysty Wilson-Cairns & Edgar Wright, Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith & Diana Rigg.
A young girl, passionate in fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
A horror movie, set in the swinging 60s and directed by the guy who helmed Shaun of the Dead and Baby Driver sounds like something we should all be excited for.
Halloween Kills (15/10/202)
Directed By: David Gordon Green, Written By: David Gordon Green,,, Danny McBride & Scott Teems, Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Nick Castle & James Jude Courtney.
I left the cinema having seen 2018s Halloween with the smile of 1000 orgasms plastered across my stupid face. I loved every second of it. So, it's safe to assume that I'm excited about this follow-up and seriously hope they don't drop the ball.
How did Michael escape the burning basement? Who the fuck knows?
Upcoming Films With No Release Date (TBD)
The Other Lamb
That's it for now folks. We will bring you more news and reviews of these movies throughout the year. Happy 2020 horror fans.