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13 Horror Movies We’re Screaming to See in 2020

on January 15, 2020, 12:00am
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13. Fantasy Island

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Fantasy Island (Blumhouse)


Release Date: February 14th

In 2018, Lucy Hale made for one of the few bright spots in the otherwise drab, toothless Truth or Dare. We’re guessing both she and the audience will fare better with Blumhouse’s latest: Fantasy Island, a Jeff Wadlow-directed horror adaptation of the 1978 TV show of the same name. Hale joins a pretty sold cast, which includes Maggie Q, Michael Rooker, Michael Peña, and Ryan Hansen in full Ryan Hansen mode. Add in a lively trailer (with a top-tier Ariana Grande needle-drop deployment) and we’re not-so-cautiously optimistic.—-Allison Shoemaker

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12. The Turning

Finn Wolfhard in The Turning (Universal)

The Turning (Universal)

Release Date: January 24th

Henry James’ Gothic story The Turn of the Screw has long been fodder for the most intriguing works of cinematic horror — take Jack Clayton’s The Innocents for instance, or 2001’s The Others. But Runaways writer-director Floria Sigismondi comes to us with a slinky, modern-day adaptation starring Mackenzie Davis as a beleaguered nanny beset by dark forces in a spooky old house and two even spookier charges (Finn Wolfhard and The Florida Project’s Brooklynn Prince). January releases for horror are never a good sign, but the game cast and stylish visuals give us hope that this will be a step above the rest. –Clint Worthington

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11. Gretel and Hansel

Gretel and Hansel Trailer

Gretel and Hansel (United Artists)

Release Date: January 31st

Look, no matter how you spin it, Hansel and Gretel is terrifying. Witches eating kids? C’mon. So, you can only imagine what filmmaker Oz Perkins might do with his literal spin on the infamous Brothers Grimm tale. Based on its cloudy first trailer, Gretel and Hansel looks downright unnerving in the ways we love prestige horror. Sophia Lillis, fresh off of equally nail-biting turns in It: Chapter One and Sharp Objects, plays little Gretel, and while she’s out of the sewer, these woods don’t look so pleasant, either. That shot of the witch in the distance? Much scarier than Pennywise the Dancing Clown. –Michael Roffman

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10. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Release Date: September 11th

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return once more to bring our favorite cinematic demon-fighting couple to life in the next installment of the mega-popular Conjuring series. This time, James Wan has passed the baton to The Curse of La Llorona’s Michael Chaves. It’s not just behind the scenes that mark a shakeup for the series; the plot centers around one of the most sensational cases from the Warrens’ files in which an American murder suspect argued that they couldn’t be found guilty of the crime, as they were demonically possessed at the time. Demonic courtroom drama and the Warrens? Yes, please. –Meagan Navarro

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09. Halloween Kills

Halloween Announcement (Blumhouse)

Halloween Kills (Blumhouse)

Release Date: October 16th

When David Gordon Green’s Halloween conquered the box office in 2018, becoming the highest grossing slasher of all time, you just knew Michael Myers never perished in that fire. Well, he didn’t, at least not yet, as Blumhouse has dated two sequels for this year and the next. The first, Halloween Kills, hits theaters this October, and seemingly picks up right where the last left off. This time around, Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode isn’t the only familiar face in Haddonfield, Illinois as we’ll be seeing Anthony Michael Hall as not-so-bratty Tommy Doyle, Kyle Richards as not-so-little Lindsay Wallace, and Charles Cyphers as not-so-Sheriff Brackett. Trick or treat? We’ll find out. –Michael Roffman

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08. A Quiet Place 2

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A Quiet Place II (Paramount Pictures)

Release Date: March 20th

A Quiet Place didn’t need a sequel. The 2018 sci-fi thriller ended beautifully, leaving the fate of the surviving Abbots and the rest of that curious world up to our own imagination. Well, imagination got the best of writer and director John Krasinski because he’s back with a second chapter. This time around, we’re leaving the farmstead and venturing forth into the world, and Emily Blunt is at the front of the charge. Based on the synopsis (and the first trailer), it would appear there are more monsters due on this Maple street, and some of them may be from this world. Spooky. –Michael Roffman

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07. The Lodge

Riley Keough in The Lodge

The Lodge (Neon)

Release Date: February 7th

Those searching for some bleak winter horror should seek refuge in The Lodge. One of our favorite selections from last year’s Cinepocalypse Festival, this icy thriller follows a fractured family in a remote cabin amidst a brutal holiday storm. What’s under the Christmas tree? Dread! As they’re wont to do, Goodnight Mommy directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala relish every opportunity to send their characters further into a downward spiral, and Riley Keough burns brighter the deeper she goes. It’s claustrophobic, it’s often cruel, but it’s always riveting. Don’t sleep on this one. –Michael Roffman

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