2019 Upcoming Horror Cinema Releases!
As we near the year’s halfway mark, we look to the remainder of 2019 to see what genre treats await a big screen release in Australian cinemas!
Thursday July 11th
CRAWL is a creature feature from director Alexandre Aja (PIRANHA 3D), written by Michael & Shawn Rasmussen (JOHN CARPENTER’S THE WARD) and produced by Sam Raimi (THE EVIL DEAD) & Craig J. Flores (IT). When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father (Barry Pepper). Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters. As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears.
Penny Lane’s award-winning documentary HAIL SATAN?, chronicles the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history. When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organise a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that you can speak the truth in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, HAIL SATAN? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.
Thursday August 8th
From the visionary mind of Ari Aster (HEREDITARY) comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight, MIDSOMMAR. Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing.
Thursday August 22nd
Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer stars in the psychological horror MA, from producer Jason Blum (GET OUT, HALLOWEEN). Sue Ann (Spencer) is a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town (Diana Silvers, Glass), to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own. She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her ‘Ma’. But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.
Thursday August 29th
THE NIGHTINGALE is writer/director Jennifer Kent long awaited sophomore feature following her 2014 multi-award winning THE BABADOOK and stars Aisling Franciosi (THE FALL), Baykali Ganambarr and Sam Claflin (ADRIFT). Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
Thursday September 5th
IT: CHAPTER TWO
Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club—young and adult—in a return to where it all began with IT CHAPTER TWO. Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, IT CHAPTER TWO brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.
Thursday September 26th
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
Produced by Guillermo del Toro (THE SHAPE OF WATER, PAN’S LABYRINTH) and directed by André Øvredal (THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, TROLL HUNTER), SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK is based on the popular children’s books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. It’s l968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome.
Thursday October 17th
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP
Following on from the success of VENOM, Rueben Fleischer returns to the director’s chair to helm a sequel to his 2009 feature debut, ZOMBIELAND, with the entire cast returning! Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahasse (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.
Thursday October 24th
THE DEAD DON’T DIE
Jim Jarmusch is no stranger to genre cinema, having taken familiar plot elements and conventions in the past and given them his own unique twist like 1995’s western DEAD MAN, 1999’s samurai feature GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI and 2013’s vampire film ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, so we’re very keen to see what he’ll do with zom-com! In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviors. No one quite knows why. News reports are scary and scientists are concerned. But no one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing Centerville: THE DEAD DON’T DIE — they rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living — and the citizens of the town must battle for their survival.
Thursday November 7th
Based off the 2013 Stephen King bestselling novel, DOCTOR SLEEP is directed by Mike Flanagan (Netflix’s THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, OCULUS) and acts as both an adaptation of King’s novel as well as a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 1980 film, THE SHINING. Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra (Kyliegh Curran), a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.
Thursday December 12th
Sophia Takal (ALWAYS SHINE) helms this latest remake of the seminal 1974 festive slasher, BLACK CHRISTMAS, produced by Blumhouse. A group of students are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break.