9 Horror Hits in 2019 that Will Blow up this Halloween
Finally, it’s Halloween season. Time to do binge-watching of these creepy horror movies. Believe me, your Halloween wouldn’t be completed without a horror movie. Here are my recommendations. Get ready to blow up this Halloween.
The Nun takes place in the 1950s, far removed from the other movies in this universe so far. The movie centers on the events that unfold after a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania who takes her own life. A priest with a haunted past and a young woman on the cusp of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the incident. Once on site, they uncover the order's unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront malevolent threats and, we can only assume and hope, a whole bunch of horror shenanigans ensue.
David Gordon Green's Halloween is only a few weeks away from hitting theaters and the studio has kicked the promotional campaign up a notch with the latest trailers. Michael Myers is on the hunt for Laurie Strode, and she is prepared for him, noting that she has prayed every day for 40 years that he would return so that she could kill him. Strode, who is played by Jamie Lee Curtis, is on the hunt this time around, instead of running from everything. Curtis says that new movie is "simple" and "terrifying," noting that it's very much like the first film.
Danny McBride and David Gordon Green decided to ditch all of the previous Halloween films when crafting the latest installment. They chose to make a direct sequel to John Carpenter's original, but they have included little tributes to the other installments in the series. An homage to Halloween III: Season of the Witch is clearly evident in the latest trailer, showing off three kids in masks, dressed as a witch, a pumpkin, and a skeleton. The addition of the masks from the third film in the franchise is a cool reference and an interesting choice since it's the only movie that doesn't feature Michael Myers.
The First Purge
Blumhouse managed to turn the micro-budget horror movie starring Ethan Hawke, originally released in 2013, into a massively successful franchise. The latest entry is set to take us back to the where this all started as it will document the events of the very first annual Purge, as the title implies.
Murderers in creepy, cool masks have been part of The Purge from the very start and, as we see in these new posters, that was a tradition that got going early. There are four posters in all, every one of them featuring a different masked figure looking ready to get violent without any legal consequences. The dude with the horns looks particularly geared for action. All of the posters boast the tagline, "Witness the birth of an American Tradition" and feature different shots of the city burning behind them. Let the annual Purge commence.
In The First Purge, we're set to witness the rise of our country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment but blossomed into something far more wide-reaching. The goal of this event is to push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year and the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, this event that was supposed to be contained will erupt into a nationwide night of violence.
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The Predator (2018)
After laying dormant for the better part of a decade, one of the great sci-fi franchises (well, great movie with sequels of varying quality) has returned. Director Shane Black was the man tasked with reviving the famed hunters with The Predator. So, how did he do? Well, it would be very fair to say that Black has crafted an entertaining movie that is very much on-brand for what he does and suits his sensibilities as a filmmaker. That said, the final product is also a complete and utter mess that ends up being quite a blast, almost despite itself. It's a mixed bag situation.
The movie kicks off with a Predator crash-landing on Earth. An unlucky soldier by the name of Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) who was just doing his job happens to witness the whole thing. He rightfully assumes nobody will believe him and decides to secure some proof. That turns out to be a decision that comes with consequences. His young son, who suffers from Asperger's, gets his hands on the alien gear and that leads the fight straight to the suburbs. All the while, a mysterious government body is very interested in what the Predators can teach us and what it is they want with our planet. It turns out that the already lethal hunters have been genetically upgrading themselves with DNA from other species. Now, it's up to McKenna and a group of battle-hardened and eccentric soldiers to save the day.
Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake finally screened and has left an interesting mark on its first audience. The horror movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and unlike First Man and A Star is Born, it did not receive a three-minute standing ovation at the end. Instead, more than one viewer reportedly walked out and some booed when the credits rolled. However, there were many in attendance at the premiere that loved Guadagnino's take on Dario Argento's Suspiria.
As for why there were walkouts at the Suspiria premiere, that may have been due to the graphic violence that was depicted on screen. When the first footage of the film was shown earlier this year, viewers gasped and some turned their heads. It appears that Luca Guadagnino has made something so terrifying that it is causing physical reactions. Some of the early reactions to the film have been polarizing, to say the least, with many viewers stating that Suspiria is the best horror movie of 2018 and then others who don't quite agree with that statement.
Aside for the gore and mayhem praise, lead actress Dakota Johnson has been getting rave reviews for her performance in Suspiria. One viewer says that the actress has "never been so glorious." Radiohead's Thom Yorke was also in attendance for the premiere and compared his work on the score of the film to making spells, which sounds almost too perfect for what we have heard about the project so far.
American Horror Story
I know! I know! AHS is not a movie. But nothing gets to a rabid fanbase like a crossover. Ryan Murphy's television anthology series, American Horror Story, is finally giving fans exactly that with Season 8, which features the long-promised and thus long-awaited crossover between Season 1 Murder House and Season 3 Coven while offering a new story — the apparent apocalypse in the connected world of AHS.
FX released the name of the new season through its social media accounts, officially subtitling Season 8 "Apocalypse" with creepy images of black, witchy-looking hands holding a red baby against a red (bloody?) backdrop.
The show premiered on September 12, 2018. Nuclear bombs are falling around the world. Interestingly, the news reporter says, "I can't believe we actually did it." This could just be him remarking that he can't believe humanity finally pushed the button to end human existence... or perhaps he knows of something much more sinister. In any case, we meet our main characters. Coco, a wealthy heiress; Mallory, her devoted assistant; Mr. Gallant, Coco's hairdresser; and Evie, Mr. Gallant's grand dame grandmother. Coco's father had paid a huge amount of money to guarantee his family would get to hide somewhere safe, but they are unable to get back to Los Angeles. Coco and Mallory go ahead, with Mr. Gallant and Evie forcing their way aboard.
Nicolas Cage’s newest movie Mandy is a bloody good time that’s been a surprise festival hit with its off-kilter take on the slasher genre. Director Panos Cosmatos’ revenge thriller is some simple run-of-the-mill cult madness that gets torn up by an ax-wielding (among other things) lumberjack out to make things right.
Mandy is set in the primal wilderness of 1983 where Red Miller, a broken and haunted man hunts an unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life.
Admittedly, Mandy is a bare-bones narrative essentially boiling down to revenge against a group of evangelical cultists and their summoned demonic biker gang associates, but writer and director Panos Cosmatos (alongside co-writer Aaron Stewart Ahn) imbues standard practices with heavy stylistic choices ranging from art-house horror sensibilities conjuring up the vibe of the set of an ’80s heavy metal music video, death sequences involving gallons upon gallons of fake blood and most certainly enough to make anyone that ever worked on The Evil Dead series smile with approval, scenery-chewing performances from everyone, especially the villains, comprised of lines that feel ripped out of the dark fantasy novels the titular Mandy reads or perhaps heavy metal reminiscent lyrics, and hypnotic visual trickery, specifically speaking a back-and-forth transformative image that had me questioning if I was going crazy and seeing things.
In Hell Fest, A masked serial killer turns a horror-themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. College student Natalie (Forsyth) is visiting her childhood best friend Brooke (Edwards) and her roommate Taylor (Taylor-Klaus). If it was any other time of year these three and their boyfriends might be heading to a concert or bar, but it is Halloween which means that like everyone else they will be bound for Hell Fest, a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. Every year thousands follow Hell Fest to experience fear at the ghoulish carnival of nightmares.
But for one visitor, Hell Fest is not the attraction - it is a hunting ground. An opportunity to slay in plain view of a gawking audience, too caught up in the terrifyingly fun atmosphere to recognize the horrific reality playing out before their eyes. As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowds continues to rise, he turns his masked face to Natalie, Brooke, Taylor and their boyfriends who will fight to survive the night.
Overlord, which recently held its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, centers on a team of American paratroopers who are tasked with dropping into Nazi-occupied France just hours before D-Day in order to carry out a very important mission that's crucial to the success of the invasion. The group is tasked with destroying a radio transmitter so that the Allies will be able to provide the troops on the ground with air support. Unfortunately, things don't go according to plan and the group of soldiers is whittled down to a small handful who must take on this task themselves. Desperate, scared, yet determined, they join up with a young French woman who aids them on their treacherous journey. Things get extra complicated when they discover a mysterious Nazi lab at the location of this radio transmitter. Outnumbered, outgunned and overmatched, the group will have to face down enemies the likes of which no man has ever seen in order to win the day.