Those who read It’s A Stampede! on a regular basis will know I am a big fan of horror movies. So, I am overjoyed that 2020 is set to be another HUGE year for the genre.
Over the past few years, horror has continued to prove popular with audiences, so much so that along with comic book movies, horror films are pretty much the only bankable pictures right now. And with major (and minor) studios green lighting lots of horror, over the past few years we have been treated to the likes of Get Out, Midsommar, Us, Hereditary, IT (1 & 2), as well as various entries in The Conjuring Universe, amongst others.
In 2020, a whole wealth of horror is coming, including…
A remake/reboot of The Grudge, a sequel to The Boy in the form of Brahms: The Boy II, another Purge movie in the shape of the as-yet-untitled The Purge 5, and the next entry in The Conjuring universe with The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. Classic Grimm fairy tale, Hansel & Gretel is also getting a new adaptation in Orion Pictures’ Gretel & Hansel.
Some of the most iconic horror franchises will return in 2020 with The Organ Donor – the latest entry in the Saw series – and the Michael Myers-led, Halloween Kills. The Candyman series is also getting ‘a spiritual sequel’ (with involvement from Tony Todd no less), in Candyman.
A movie I’m really looking forward to this year is A Quiet Place: Part II, a follow-up to the 2018 hit. Emily Blunt reprises the role of Evelyn Abbott, and is joined by Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou in as-yet undisclosed roles.
Comic book movies head down the horror route this year with the James Wan-directed, The Malignant from Warner Bros., as well as Fox/Disney’s much-delayed The New Mutants – which is DEFINITELY coming out this April. From Sony we’re getting Venom 2, and the vampire adventure, Morbius.
Parts of Morbius were filmed in Manchester during spring 2019, and as I live in Manchester and was able to take a peak at some of the location shooting, this is a movie I’m very excited for. Plus, Jared Leto is taking on the title role and I’m confident he’ll deliver a great performance (hey, I don’t blame him for the Joker/Suicide Squad debacle).
Another film I’m looking forward to is Saint Maud. The film is from A24 – the studio behind modern classics Hereditary and Midsommar – and looks so creepy.
Meanwhile, over at Universal The Invisible Man is getting the remake/reboot treatment, with a new story focusing on the classic horror character. The studio originally eyed The Invisible Man as a Johnny Depp-led entry in the now aborted Dark Universe, but when that cinematic universe fell through, Blumhouse picked up the rights to the project and took it in a different direction.
And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s even more horror from Underwater, Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, Godzilla vs. Kong, The Empty Man, Escape Room 2, Monster Hunter, The Lodge, The Turning, and The Witches – an updated take on the Roald Dahl story. Oh, and Fantasy Island is getting a horror remake too!
That enough for you?
Oh, OK, well then how about Antlers from Fox Searchlight? Directed by Scott Cooper and produced by Guillermo del Toro, Antlers stars Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons.
And if that’s still not enough horror to satisfy anyone, then Lionsgate has a spooky offering called Antebellum. The film – from the producers of Us and Get Out – hits cinema screens in the spring and looks very interesting.
So, yeah, lots and lots and lots of horror for 2020.
All of the movies mentioned in this post are currently scheduled to appear throughout the year (unless they get a last minute reschedule), so if you are a big horror fan, you have plenty to keep you going over a 12-month period. But which film are you most looking forward to? Candyman? A Quiet Place 2? The New Mutants?
Sound off in the comments section below and share your thoughts about the horror schedule for 2020. Let me know what you think will be the big films of the year.