Those who read It’s A Stampede! on a regular basis will know I am a big fan of horror movies. So, much so that in January I published a post looking at all of the horror films heading our way in 2020.

Of course, I didn’t take into account the worldwide spread of COVID-19 or the vast closure of cinemas. And with no cinemas, this meant a big pause on new movies, including all those lovely horror films.

Oh, we got a few (The Invisible Man, The Hunt etc), but most were put to one side. And instead of entertaining horror, we got real-life horror instead.

So, as a reminder, I am republishing this run-through of 2020’s scheduled horror films, only with updates. This is the horror we should have got…


Horror films that were delayed in 2020

This year, we should have been watching another Purge movie in the shape of The Forever Purge – a film which currently does not have a new release date. I would expect this one to now land in 2021.

We should have also been watching the next entry in The Conjuring universe – the intriguingly titled, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. This film is currently still scheduled for a September release… but that might not happen due to a huge backlog of films all waiting on release.


As well as The Purge and The Conjuring, other iconic horror franchises were set to return in 2020 with Spiral – the latest entry in the Saw series – and the Michael Myers-led, Halloween Kills all due in cinemas. However, the release of Spiral has now been pushed back to 2021 and it is unclear if Halloween Kills had finished production before the mass lockdowns began, so it may get delayed until next year too.

The Candyman series was also set to get ‘a spiritual sequel’ (with involvement from Tony Todd no less), in Candyman. This has been rescheduled to September, but may still move.


A movie I was really looking forward to this year was A Quiet Place: Part II, a follow-up to the 2018 hit. The film was due to open mere days before all the lockdowns started, but is now tentatively set for a September debut. Although, as with the other films mentioned above, this one might also get moved again.


Comic book movies were heading 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, and Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Morbius.

The Malignant and The New Mutants are currently pencilled in for August, but Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Morbius are now set for a 2021 release.

Image: ©Sony Pictures/Marvel Entertainment

Another film I was looking forward to is Saint Maud. The film is from A24 – the studio behind modern classics Hereditary and Midsommar – and looks so creepy.

Saint Maud’s new release date is yet to be announced.

And if all that wasn’t enough, there was even more horror from Last Night in Soho, Godzilla vs. Kong, The Empty Man, Monster Hunter, Escape Room 2 and The Witches – an updated take on the Roald Dahl story. Some of these you may see this year, others will be 2021.


That enough for you?


Oh, OK, well how about Antlers from Fox Searchlight?

And if that’s still not enough, Lionsgate had a spooky offering called Antebellum.

But alas…

The release of both Antlers and Antebellum was postponed.

So, yeah, lots and lots and lots of horror for 2020. And lots of these films are currently sat on a shelf somewhere, gathering dust.


Sound off in the comments section below and share your thoughts about the horror films of 2020 you did want to see.

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