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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Article: My top 10 most anticipated movies for 2019

Without a doubt, 2018 was a great year for horror movies. During this year, we had titles like “A Quiet Place”, “Hereditary”, “The Nun”, “Mandy” and “Apostle”, just to mention a few. But 2018 is gone now and expectations grow for the horror movies that 2019 will bring. Here I present a list  of the 10 horror movies that will be released in 2019 for which I have higher expectations:

10. “Polaroid”
A young woman finds a photo camera, but people who get photographed by it soon are followed by a supernatural presence and die. This movie seems like it will be presented in a Japanese horror style like “The Ring” or “The Grudge” and it seems like it will feed on jump scares. Advertisement for this movie has been around since 2017, but it looks like 2019 will be the year it will finally be released.

9. “Followed”
What is a Vlogger capable of doing to get more subscribers? In this case, to stay in a supposedly haunted hotel to document what happens there. Following the steps of “The Blair Witch Project” or “Paranormal Activity”, this movie will be presented in the found footage style allegedly based on real events and it seems like it will have great visuals and a lot of jump scares.

8. “Pet Sematary”
Recently, adaptations of Stephen King’s novels are giving a lot to talk about. Recent titles like “It” and “Gerald’s Game” managed a good reception by the public. In 2019, “Pet Sematary” will have the opportunity to prove itself. The original version was released in 1989 and is a horror movie classic. For what can be seen in the trailer, this new version will have a more sinister look. Another novelty is that the writer Stephen King will not be in charge of the screenplay, contrary to the 1989 version. We will see if this new approach will continue to elevate King’s name in horror cinema.

7. “An American Werewolf in London”
This year will bring another remake from another horror movie classic. The original version of “An American Werewolf in London” was released in 1981 and it won the audience, in particular, because of the great work of the director and screenwriter John Landis. In this new version, it will be his son, Max Landis, who will be in charge of this project. Needless to say that expectations for this movie are large, given the success of the original version, as well as that many will be watching if Max inherited his father’s talent behind the cameras.

6. “The Axiom”
“The Axiom” is the first full-length film from director and screenwriter Nicholas Woods, in which he combines science fiction with horror. This movie was already shown in the Ferratum Film Festival in Mexico, where it won the best science fiction movie award, which elevates the expectations for when it is released to the general audience. From the trailer, very interesting and promising images can be seen, particularly of a creature in the style of Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” (“El Laberinto del Fauno”).

5. “The Curse of La Llorona”
The first thing that caught my eye from this movie was to see the names of James Wan as a producer and of Michael Chaves as director. James Wan has been standing out in the horror movie business for a few years now as a producer, as well as a director, working in series like “Saw”, “Insidious” and “The Conjuring”. At the same time, Chaves will be in charge of directing the third entry to “The Conjuring” series. With these names on the table, I think my high expectations speak from themselves. The plot of this movie is based on the popular Mexican legend of La Llorona, and the trailer looks amazing.

4.  “The Crooked Man”
“The Conjuring” universe keeps expanding. As it happened with “Annabelle” and “The Nun”, another popular character from this series will have his own full-length movie. This character had a chance to shine in “The Conjuring 2”, giving way to a chilling scene. As it is expected, James Wan will be involved in this project as a producer. There is very little information around about this movie and there are chances that we do not manage to get it until 2020, alongside “The Conjuring 3”, but I will keep my hopes high that it will be done this year.

3. “Zombieland 2”
How long have we been waiting for a “Zombieland” sequel? 10 years, to be exact. “Zombieland” was released in 2009, and since we saw it we were wishful for a sequel, which we will get in 2019. This sequel will see back the original cast, as well as the original director (Ruben Fleischer) and screenwriters (Rheet Reese and Paul Wernick). Let’s hope that this long wait is worth it.

2.  “Us”
“Get Out” was one of the best movies of 2017. The debut of Jordan Peele as a director was a massive success and left us all fans of horror movies wanting more. Peele answered and returned to the director’s chair to bring us the movie “Us”. With the precedent of “Get Out” and what can be seen in the trailer, this is without a doubt one of the most anticipated movies of 2019, and I dare say that this will be one of the best horror movies of the year. I hope that Peele delivers and that I don’t end up looking bad.

1. “It: Chapter Two”
Definitely, my most anticipated movie for 2019 and in which I have my highest expectations is “It: Chapter Two”. After the success of “It” in 2017 arrives the sequel, which will explore the return to Derry of the kids from the first one, only that 27 years later when a series of disappearances confirms that Pennywise is again roaming the streets of the small town. Bill Skarsgård will return as Pennywise and Andy Muschietti as director. All points out that this will be a good year for fans of Stephen King’s work.

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