Flicks that Frighten

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Nothing says Halloween like horror flicks. If you’re a scary cinema aficionado like myself, you’ll be relieved to hear that 2019 has some great nightmare fuel coming to a theater near you in addition to some of the great gems that were released earlier on.

Here we’ve picked a few of the year’s best to give you a jump-start. So, grab your popcorn, a friend for emotional support and a hoodie that can quickly provide you a visual fortress because things are about to get creepy (and maybe a little gross too).

Everything we’ve included on this list is a 2019 release – so be ready to expect the unexpected.

Out Now (in theaters and on demand)

“Us” (2019)

Starring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke

Comedian Jordan Peele stunned fans with his 2017 directorial debut, “Get Out,”and he’s back with more mind-bending frights that will leave you scouring for a deeper meaning. Watch as the Wilson family’s worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon their secluded cottage, transforming a family vacation into a fight for survival.

“It Chapter Two” (2019)

Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean and Bill Skarsgård.

You’ve probably heard of this sequel and for good reason. Its 2017 predecessor and adaption of the 1986 novel from Stephen King of the same name is highest-grossing horror movie of all time, with sales of $700 million during its run.

“Chapter Two”picks up right where we left off – sort of. Defeated by members of the Losers’ Club, the evil clown Pennywise returns 27 years later to terrorize the town of Derry, Maine, once again. Now adults, the childhood friends have long since gone their separate ways.

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” (2019)

Starring Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush and Austin Abrams

Like the bestselling series of books that inspired it, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”opens a creepy gateway into horror for younger genre enthusiasts.While the film doesn’t bring much new material to the stories you know and love, it doesn’t necessarily have to as the original spooky stories haven’t lost their edge. The faithful adaption is filled with great visuals, thanks to the involvement of the film’s producer: acclaimed visual effects influencer and Oscar-winning director Guillermo Del Toro.

Other notable mentions:

  • “Crawl” (2019)– video on demand
  • “Midsommar” (2019)– video on demand
  • “Ready or Not” (2019)– in theaters (may be gone by the time you’re reading this)
  • “Tigers are Not Afraid” (2019)– in theaters (may be gone by the time you’re reading this)
  • “Child’s Play” (2019)– in theaters (may be gone by the time you’re reading this)
  • “Pet Semetary” (2019)– video on demand
  • “Brightburn” (2019)– video on demand

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