A new year is here and that means more horror is on the line. 2020 seems to be a shining year for the genre, with quite a number of movies coming out for us fans. Horror is a genre which is in demand at the moment. With good thrills and scares galore, this list is a dream come true for genre-fans.
1. The grudge
The Grudge has always been a fan-favourite right from when it was first released in 2004 (a remake of the 2002 Japanese movie Ju-On: The Grudge). It is based on the lore that a curse is born when someone dies in the grip of extreme rage or sorrow. The 2020 movie, the fourth instalment of the series, revolves around a bunch of characters who are haunted by the curse, which has since travelled from Japan to American and is spreading rapidly.
Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Jacki Weaver.
Director: Nicolas Pesce
Release: 03 January
After an earthquake devastates their underwater laboratory, a crew must run to safety from the clutches of ravenous creatures who attack them.
The trailer for this movie is gorgeous and tense but also kind of imitative.
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr, Mamoudou Athie, T.J. Miller.
Director: William Eubank
Release: 10 January
3. The Turning
One of the most anticipated movies of the year, The Turning follows an au pair who is employed to take care of two children whose parents have died. What follows is a creepy take on a nanny job and has taken me off children forever.
Starring: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, Joely Richardson.
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Release: 24 January
4. Gretel and Hansel
A creepy take on a classic German folk tale. The official premise from Orion Pictures says:
The story is described as being set a long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside and focuses on a young girl who leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.
The trailer is all kinds of terrifying.
Starring: Sophia Lillis, Sam Leakey, Charles Babalola, Alice Krige.
Director: Oz Perkins
Release: 31 January
5. The Lodge
This psychological horror movie, is a chilling slow burn. A woman and her step-children reluctantly share the family’s isolated winter cabin in order to get to know each other. However, what starts off as an awkward family vacation, quickly turns into something much more sinister, as the ghosts of her past soon catch up to her.
Starring: Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Armitage.
Directors: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala.
Release: 07 February
6. The Invisible Man
A remake of the 1933 movie of the same name and loosely adapted from the novel The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells, the story follows Cecilia, who, after escaping from the clutches of her abusive boyfriend, is apparently haunted by his ghost after he commits suicide. She soon discovers that all is not what it seems.
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid.
Director: Leigh Whannell
Release: 28 February
7. A Quiet Place: Part II
The Abbott family must silently venture into the unknown after the events of the first movie where they discover that the creatures that they are familiar with are not the only threats beyond the sand path.
This is one of the most anticipated movies throughout the world after the huge success of the 2018 A Quiet Place. The trailer definitely packs a punch.
Starring: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou.
Director: John Krasinski
Release: 20 March
One of the creepiest trailers I’ve watched till now, the film follows a teacher who becomes entwined in the life of a student who is harbouring a dangerous secret. The atmospheric dread is evident from the trailer itself and I can’t wait for the movie!
Starring: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene.
Director: Scott Cooper
Release: 17 April
This is the craziest trailer of the lot and I couldn’t really figure out much from it. It’s definitely a stimulating and bizarre psychological thriller by the looks of it. However, this is how I like horror or thriller trailers to be. A lot of movies give out the entire plot in the trailer and thus it becomes kinda boring to watch it in the theatres.
According to IMDB, Successful author Veronica finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late.
Well, that’s really vague.
Starring: Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone.
Directors: Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz.
Release: 24 April
10. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
A biggie of the horror franchise, this one was long overdue. With 3 movies released in between this one and The Conjuring 2 (2016) from the same universe (also the 2019 The Curse of La Llorona, because let’s be real, that was from The Conjuring Universe too), expectations are surely very high.
When a murder suspect claims demonic possession as a defence during the trial of a young boy’s death, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren are called to provide their expert advice. However, what they come across shock them.
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sterling Jerins, Julian Hilliard.
Director: Michael Chaves
Release: 11 September
2020 looks bright already, doesn’t it?