Remakes seldom live up to the originals, that’s always been a given. Obviously there are exceptions. Not everybody would agree with me but I would say Evil Dead (2013) is a good example of that. Not better that its 1982/1987 parents by any stretch but as good and with enough of its own individuality to make it feel fresh.

I have high hopes for some horror movies coming up soon and regardless of how they turn out, I will be front of the queue for the following:

It Chapter Two (2019)

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

Jessica ChastainJames McAvoyBill SkarsgårdBill Hader

I learned my lesson with Chapter One. Don’t go and watch horror films at peak times or your entire experience will be ruined. Regardless, I enjoyed the first movie and am super pumped for the second, especially given the casting. The adult Loser Club are back, exactly 27 years after the first movie, united by one awful telephone call.

Will they keep their collective promise to finish off Pennywise once and for all? Well, you may be familiar with the story and the Tim Curry adaptation so the ending might not surprise you all that much – unless the creators throw something new into the mix. I think the story is perfect as it is but I’m looking forward to being seriously creeped out.

The teaser trailer has really whet my appetite – and it captures Beverly Marsh’s (Chastain) visit to her childhood home perfectly.

Black Christmas (2019)

A group of students are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break. A remake of the 1974 horror film ‘Black Christmas’.

Imogen PootsCary Elwes • Aleyse Shannon

I adore the original so I am in two minds about this remake. It doesn’t really need to be made, however a modern look at the subject matter could be very interesting (not that the original wasn’t progressive in its thinking in the first place). I just can’t forget that we’ve been here before and it wasn’t great.

There’s not much more I can add at this stage as I don’t know anything about it – but it’s coming this December and I’m all in. With fairy lights on.

Child’s Play (2019)

A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.

Aubrey Plaza • Mark Hamill • Gabriel Bateman

Chucky has forever been my homeboy so this is another one I approach with trepidation. I have high hopes that my boy is in good hands though – he joins a great cast, including Brian Tyree Henry, Plaza –  and of course, is voiced by Mark Hamill. It seems that Chucky has had a techno upgrade for 2019 which is kind of exciting and we do know he’s a Buddi doll, rather than the classic Good Guy.

Apart from that I’ve avoided the second trailer so as not to spoil anything. Recent horror movie trailers have really fucked with my experiences/desire to watch them (looking at you Pet Sematary/Brightburn).

Child’s Play opens tomorrow and I’ve got a ticket for Tuesday night. AKA learning my lesson and not going on opening night. Nice try, teenagers!

Grudge (2020)

A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.

Betty Gilpin • Andrea Riseborough • William SadlerJohn ChoLin Shaye

Again, I don’t know much about the 2020 remake and I didn’t even know there was going to be one until recently. The original is incredibly freaky with several truly terrifying (and often replicated) scenes so it never really needed a re-do – and yet, horror sweetheart Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s The Grudge 1 and 2 weren’t all bad.

Maybe this could be decent. I am always a sucker for haunted house horror and Andrea Riseborough is really good (hello, Mandy best movie ever made). We shall see.

Are there any horror movies you’re looking forward to?

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