Jordan Peele returns, Pennywise lives, and scary stories are still best told in the dark
Horror isn’t just having a resurgence, it’s taken over. Blame it on nostalgia, chaotic times, or the fact that the genre is simply being appreciated by more and more visionaries, but spooky is in and spooky is what you’re getting.
According to CNBC, horror films garnered more than a billion dollars at the box office in 2017, and those dollars hardly shifted last year, thanks to unstoppable blockbusters like A Quiet Place, Halloween, and, yes, The Nun.
That momentum will certainly carry over into 2019 — and might very well ascend to new levels — as the current slate promises even more tricks and tricks for fans who love the macabre and all the things that go bump in the night.
As you’ll see ahead, Oscar winner Jordan Peele is back, Stephen King’s renaissance continues, Ari Aster already has a followup to last year’s best film Hereditary, and some familiar IP is evolving to new media for the first time ever.
So grab your flashlight, unwrap your calendar, and joiiiiiin ussssss.
Release: March 15th via Universal
Why We’re Excited: When Us hits theaters in mid-March, it’ll have been just over two years since Jordan Peele made his directorial debut with Get Out and set the already-returning horror genre ablaze. For his follow-up, Peele follows a vacationing family (Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) as their fun is suddenly and horrifically interrupted by a family of doppelgangers. Well, almost. The terrifying inversions of each family members soon begin to torture their matches, and surely audiences to boot. Peele ascended straight to the upper echelon of American filmmaking after one feature, so needless to say, we’re even more excited for this one. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer