This year is shaping up to be a horror film fan’s dream, and my teen, tween, and I are ALL THE WAY here for it!
We love horror movies, and one of our favorite ways to bond together is over a Friday night on the couch with Netflix, or going to the theater to watch horror movies.
In my family, it’s a tradition and right of passage to introduce our kids to horror films when their young. We all love them, and it’s one of the ways our family bonds.
The first time I remember watching a scary movie was 1990 (I was four), and my cousin Tara and I were spending the night at our grandmother’s house. That night, we watched Nightmare on Elm Street (on VHS, thankyouverymuch), and I fell in love the moment Johnny Depp was sucked into the bed, and spewed back out as a volcanic eruption of blood.
Since then, I have introduced my two oldest kids to the world of blood and gore, and the tradition continues.
I should also preface this list by saying that I don’t let ratings determine how appropriate a movie is for my children. I use my own discernment, based on the content of the film. Cursing isn’t a big deal to me, and there’s a ton of nudity and sexual themes on TV and the internet, so if there are scenes that I deem inappropriate, they cover their eyes. Judge me if you want, but this I how I choose to parent.
There are at least 50 new horror movies coming out his year, that we plan to see, but here are a few of the ones we’re most excited about.
1. Pet Sematary
Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbor Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.
Why We’re Seeing It: There are two reasons that we’ll be rushing to the theater on April 5th, to see this remake of one of Stephen King’s best stories. The first, is to make sure they didn’t screw it up. The second, is to see is the characters, story, and screams are as good as the first.
The original Pet Sematary is one of the first horror movies I remember seeing. In the 30 years since the original it was released, I’ve seen it hundreds of times, and it would be sacrilegious to miss this.
2. Doctor Sleep
Struggling with alcoholism, Danny Torrance remains traumatized by the sinister events that occurred at the Overlook Hotel when he was a child. He soon finds a new purpose when he forms a psychic connection with a girl who shares his shining ability.
Why We’re Seeing It: Stephen King makes a second appearance on the list with this sequel to The Shining. Why? Because he’s the king of horror, and I’m willing to see any movie adapted from one of his books. Not to mention, The Shining is one of the best horror films of all time!
3. It: Chapter Two
The evil clown Pennywise returns 27 years later to torment the grown-up members of the Losers’ Club. Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, it chapter two brings the chapters – who’ve long since gone their separate ways – back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.
4. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
It’s l968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities, is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome.
Why We’re Seeing It: I was a huge fan of the book series when I was a kid, and I’m dying to see what they do with the movie adaption. If it’s anything like the books, it’ll be a darker, much scarier than Goosebumps.
Brightburn follows a couple who adopts a child that crash-landed on Earth from another world, who is raised to use his powers as a hero for the betterment of mankind. However, as evil grows inside of him, the child uses his powers as a villain instead.
Why We’re Seeing It: You had me at evil Superman…at least that what this sounds like. Amiright?!
6. Happy Death Day 2U
Collegian Tree Gelbman wakes up in horror to learn that she’s stuck in a parallel universe. Her boyfriend Carter is now with someone else, and her friends and fellow students seem to be completely different versions of themselves. When Tree discovers that Carter’s roommate has been altering time, she finds herself once again the target of a masked killer. When the psychopath starts to go after her inner circle, Tree soon realizes that she must die over and over again to save everyone.
Why We’re Seeing It: I’m not even a little bit ashamed that I saw Happy Death Day, and liked it. It’s like a cross between Groundhog Day and Halloween I’m actually really looking forward to seeing what they do with the sequel.
7. The Curse Of La Llorona
In 1970s Los Angeles, the legendary ghost La Llorona is stalking the night — and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother, a social worker, and her own kids are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope of surviving La Llorona’s deadly wrath is a disillusioned priest who practices mysticism to keep evil at bay.
Why We’re Seeing It: Have you seen the trailer? This is my kind of movie!
8. St. Agatha
It’s the 1950’s in small-town Georgia, a pregnant con woman on the run seeks refuge in a convent hidden in deafening isolation. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a dark layer where silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked, and every bit of will power Agatha has is tested. She soon learns the sick and twisted truth of the convent and the Odd people that lurk inside its halls. Agatha must now find a way to discover the unyielding strength needed to escape and save her baby before she’s caged behind these walls forever.
Why We’re Seeing It: I know another horror film about nuns is cliche, but I just can’t resist the urge to see this one.
9. The Golem
During an outbreak of a deadly plague, a young woman, Hanna, must save her tight-knit Jewish community from invaders. Turning to Jewish mysticism, she conjures a dangerous entity to protect her and her people. However, the powerful creature she summons may be far more evil than anything she could have ever imagined.
Why We’re Seeing It: I like the idea of featuring a creature that hasn’t been overdone like vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and dolls — and the folklore of Golems has fascinated me for a long time.
10. Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Why We’re Seeing It: I’ve seen a hundred Godzilla remakes, but this one has Eleven from Stranger Things in it! That’s good enough for me.
11. Child’s Play
This rebooted story follows a mother named Karen, who gives her son Andy a high-tech toy doll, Chucky, with evil and deadly plans for their family.
Why We’re Seeing It: Honestly we were over the whole Chucky thing after The Cult of Chucky. I mean, how many damn times is the little possessed doll from hell, going to turn up in different situations? I can’t tell how stupid I’ve felt at the end of every Child’s Play since The Seed of Chucky.
That said, we’re willing to give this new, reimagined story a shot — although I’m not thrilled about the prospect of them going too high tech. I’m also kind of torn about this film being introduced while the original series still rages on.