We’ve put a wrap on 2018, now it’s time to look forward to 2019! Let’s hope we (Mike) are better prognosticators of what good movies are coming up.
One year in the books for the Scariest Things! It’s time to reflect on the year that was (which we have done with a number of our blog posts and Episode XLVII) and to gaze forward to see what’s coming. I’m banking on 2019 living up to 2018, but that’s a high bar to clear. There are a lot more horror movies coming out next year, but there area lot of dubious remakes and sequels. To wit, the following franchises are due to arrive in 2019:
- It the Second Chapter
- Child’s Play remake
- Jacob’s Ladder Remake
- Pet Sematary Remake
- Happy Death Day 2U
- Hellboy Remake
- Doom Remake
- The Grudge (Really?)
- Annabelle 3
- 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter
- Zombieland 2
- The Return of the Killer Klowns From Outer Space in 3D
- Trick r’ Treat 2
- Pumpkinhead Remake
- Van Helsing Remake
- Beyond the Green Inferno
- Firestarter Remake
- An American Werewolf in London (Max Landis directing)
- Mama 2
- Lights Out 2
- The Invisible Man (Though I suspect the Universal Dark Universe is D.E.A.D.)
- Don’t Breathe 2
- Gremlins 3 (Really?)
- The Conjuring 3
- The Blob
- Bride of Frankenstein (See Invisible Man…)
- Final Destination 6 (oh please no)
- I Know What You Did Last Summer Remake (Has it been that long already?)
Excepting It, Pet Sematary, Glass, and maybe Happy Death Day 2U, most of those announcements do not impress. I hope we are not back-sliding into the 1990’s-2000’s era of rinse and repeat. Notably, I really wish they would have stopped with Don’t Breathe as a stand alone. I know horror is a genre built upon the back remakes and franchise sequels, but I thought that the lessons of the recent horror trend was that original stories were popular and could generate big box office and critical adulation.
Fortunately, there are a lot of interesting original releases in the pipeline, and Mike and Eric are here to discuss them. Granted, we listed some stinkers when forecasting 2018, and were largely unaware of some of the great indie horror that would be released. It’s so hard to get the Indie information, but we’ve tried to pry up anything we could find of what’s coming soon.
So here’s hoping for more A Quiet Place and less Winchester this year!