Welcome to Horror News Network’s Ten Best Horror Movies of 2019, a series where our staff writers offer their top three picks of the year, which are then calculated using the data gathered to compile a ranked ultimate top ten list of 2019. Each entry below contains excerpts from the staff members who included each film in their personal top three individual picks. Some of the choices were clear cut, and some ties had to be broken, but what you have before you represents many of the best horror films of the year.
As 2019 was winding down, it dawned on me that I had not watched nearly as many new horror films as I had in years prior. There were several factors at work here, but the bottom line is that I slacked in the viewing department. I did see several horror films released in the past year and many that were very good, such as One Cut of the Dead, Depraved, and Brightburn. But for my list of “top horror of 2019”, I’m choosing to focus on a horror “moment” rather than the top films as I feel it would be more meaningful to me. read more
It’s that time of year again where we here at Horror News Network like to pick our top horror movies. Being tasked with a “Top Three,” for 2019, a year where there was no shortage of horror, was not easy. However, after doing so, I noticed the one commonality amongst these films is that they all featured relatable and strong characters. When characters are brought to life, and fans can connect with them and are actually invested in their well-being. This makes the film scarier, more enjoyable and the viewing experience more worth the time. To detail my choices, I may disclose some spoilers, so beware and enjoy. read more
We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!
Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of August 2019! read more
Every Toho fan worth their salt knows that Godzilla has atomic breath, but even the King of Monsters couldn’t ignite the box office this week, finishing with a disappointing $49 million.
A first place finish at the box office is usually cause for celebration, but when you enter the battle with expectations as tall as a skyscraper, you had better deliver on the hype. Unfortunately, the results look even worse when compared to 2014’s Godzilla which delivered almost double the amount of the sequel during its first weekend with over $93 million. As a set up for 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong showdown, the underwhelming return must have some studio executives more than a little worried at this point. read more
The highly-anticipated horror take on the Superman origin story, Brightburn, had trouble finding its footing at a crowded box office, finishing in fifth place with an estimated $7.5 million this weekend.
The James Gunn produced film (by director David Yarovesky) had a difficult time contending with a plethora of big budget studio hits such as Avengers: Endgame, Detective Pikachu, and this week’s Aladdin. Although those films are certainly not the intended audience for Brightburn, they do take up the majority of the screens at any given location. read more
The final trailer for Brightburn (the highly anticipate horror film from directed David Yarovesky (The Hive) and producer James Gunn) looks to capture the attention of any last horror fans unfamiliar with the “super-powered-creepy-kid-on-the-loose” story.
As described in Horror News Network’s Spring 2019 Movie Preview, “The obvious horror take on the Superman mythos (starring Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) is surprising for the very fact that no one has attempted to tell this version of the well-known story until now. Due to everyone’s familiarity with the tale of the orphan from Krypton’s upbringing, it seems like the right time to craft a more frightening version of the story (especially at a time when Superman can’t even sustain his own film franchise). The concept is an easy one to communicate and the trailers have generated a lot of good press and an increased interest from both horror and superhero fans.” read more
Spring brings warmer weather, longer days, and seasonal allergies to one and all, but it is also brings a healthy amount of horror films in the season of rebirth. While the fall is the traditional season for all things that go bump in the night, there are enough horror films in April and May to satisfy fans of all persuasions, whether you are in the mood for some highly anticipated remakes and reboots (Pet Sematary, Hellboy), ghostly women (The Curse of La Llorona), super-powered, evil children (Brightburn), stalkers (The Intruder, Ma), or giant lizards (Godzilla: King of the Monsters). read more
The new trailer for BrightBurn, a horror film directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and produced by James Gunn, imagines a very different kind of “Man” (or boy) with “Super” powers. The footage certainly calls into question the sanity of well-intentioned couples who adopt children that can fly and possess both unnatural strength and heat vision!
The film is written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn and stars Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman, Gregory Allen Williams, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, and Steve Agee. read more
What if a baby from another world, despite the best efforts of his adopted parents, turned out to be a little twisted? This is the premise of BrightBurn, a horror film produced by James Gunn and written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn. Frequent James Gunn collaborator David Yarovesky (The Hive) will direct the film which stars Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman, Gregory Allen Williams, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, and Steve Agee.
The former director of Guardians of the Galaxy, Gunn actually started his career in the horror genre with 2006’s Slither. He also explored odd super heroes in 2010’s Super, so Gunn is no stranger to either genre, and his role as producer is sure to rub off on his brother (Brian) and cousin (Mark), as well as Yarovesky. read more