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The Most Anticipated Horror Movies Of 2020

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BY January 3, 2020
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2020 will be a year of exciting films and new series releases. While we’re eager to share all of our anticipated movies that are coming out this year, we’re particularly excited about all of the new additions to the horror genre. The past decade has seen major improvements in these scary spectacles, so we’re hoping that 2020 also brings its A-Game. So, here are the movies in the horror genre that we’re most anticipated to see in 2020.

The Most Anticipated Horror In 2020

The Turning – January 24th, 2020

The Turning will star Mackenzie Davis (recently seen in Terminator: Dark Fate) and Finn Wolfhard (of Stranger Things). The plot follows a young governess after she is hired to care for a man’s niece and nephew after their parents pass. Sound familiar? That’s because it is. The film is going to be a more modern take on The Turn of the Screw, Henry James’ novella from 1898.

Color Out of Space – January 24th, 2020

Clearly this late-January weekend will be a good time for some spook. Color Out of Space has been a long-awaited, trippy tale. The film is an adaptation from one of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story of the same name. In the story, a meteorite crashes into the yard of the Gardner family, and an alien presence starts to stir up some strangeness. The film will star Nicolas Cage, with Richard Stanley serving as the director.

Fantasy Island – February 14th, 2020

The horror genre has always been a mix of genuinely frightening tales and fun popcorn flicks. Fantasy Island will likely be the latter. Though, fans were caught by surprise by just how neat the trailer looks. The film will use the premise of a popular 70s series but is being adapted by Blumhouse to be quite a bit darker. The film will star Lucy Hale and Michael Pena, among others. Its Valentine’s Day release might be a smart choice for the couples out there who like to get spooked together.

A Quiet Place: Part II – March 20th, 2020

We’ve already shared our thoughts on the trailer for the upcoming sequel to A Quiet Placebut honestly, we can’t contain just how eager we are for this one. The first film was so exciting and refreshing in the genre. So, the hopes for the sequel are high. The film will likely be giving us some more clues about the backstory of the creatures and their domination.

Saint Maud – March 27th, 2020

This upcoming horror may not be getting too much attention yet, but we’re sure to see some scares. The film has been acquired by A24, which we trust to produce some wonderful films in the genre (like 2019’s Midsommarwhich we’re sure people are still having nightmares over). This film will follow a nurse who falls into an obsession with saving her dying patient’s soul. Though it may sound like a typical horror plot, we’re looking forward to seeing how director Rose Glass terrifies us.

Antlers – April 17th, 2020

Antlers is a hot conversation piece amongst true horror fans. The film is produced by none other than Guillermo del Toro, who we’ve come to trust in his associations to fabulous filmmaking. The story is also based on The Quiet Boy, a short story by Nick Antosca of Channel Zero, a TV series that was pretty disturbing in all of the right ways. In the story, we see a small-town brother-sister combination as they fall into the mix with a younger student with a dangerous secret. This seems like the type of movie where we want to wait until we’re in the theatre to find out what’s to come.

Candyman – June 12th, 2020

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Candyman is being produced by Jordan Peele, who is also the co-writer (alongside Clive Barker and Win Rosenfeld). After Get Out and Us, we’ve learned to trust Peele’s mind. This film will serve as a type of sequel to the 1992 film of the same name, as characters return to the same Chicago neighborhood where the story began.

The Witches – October 16th, 2020

In 1983, Roald Dahl wrote the classic book The Witches. In 1990, that story was turned into the terrifying movie with the same name, starring Anjelica Huston. The bizarre world of witches and mice became an instant classic for the younger horror fans out there. And, I’m sure I’m not the only one who remembers it years later, despite only watching it once. The reboot has been keeping information under wraps, but it’s set to star Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, and Octavia Spencer.

Halloween Kills – October 16th, 2020

The Halloween franchise has become well-known in the seasonal horror world for producing Halloween related scares. This film will release at the perfect time for that! We can expect some similar themes of war between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. With so many stories already having been done, it’ll be interesting to see where this film takes the franchise.

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So, What Horrors Will You Be Watching?

What horror movies are you most anticipated for in 2020? And are there any other flicks that you think fit the genre that we missed on our list? Let us know!

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Meghan Hale is a graduate student living right outside of Toronto, Canada. She has always been the go-to gal for talking about anything film related and has a frustratingly long list of movie trivia up her sleeve. She is currently working on her first screenplay, as well as a horror novel, with the goal of publishing it while Stephen King is still around to read it.

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