With 2020 comes hope of another great year in horror. We had our work cut out for us last week when we had almost as many honorable mentions as entries in our top 10 lists for 2019, which is a testament to how awesome of a year it was across the spectrum of our favorite genre. On the surface, 2020 doesn't look quite as strong from an originality standpoint, but it has potential brewing nonetheless. Let's get to it!
Top 10 Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2020
The New Mutants
Nothing about this production nightmare invokes a sense of confidence. But that's half the fun of looking forward to this film riddled with poor private screenings and a massive amount of reshoots. A less-than-promising trailer is icing on the cake of the whole thing. So why is it in the top 10? Because it just might be MST3K-level bad, and that kind of a trainwreck could offer far more entertainment than a dull, formulaic teen scream with mutants.
Thankfully getting to see this tomorrow. I understand that the bane of all film is in it in the form of Kristen Stewart, but I'm willing to look past it/give her a chance given the nature of the film. Scifi/horror, particularly those containing a creature, alien, or monster, is arguably my favorite subgenre. So you'll get me naively in the seat based on premise alone.
Not much is known about this film beyond a vague synopsis about some people fighting monsters in a post-apocalyptic setting. It sounds like a goofy romp, but who knows? Either way, the title and synopsis is enough to grab my interest.
The trailer shows trends of formulaic tendencies, but the synopsis is pretty clever, flipping an old, forgotten show on its head. The "turning your fantasy into a nightmare" trope is as old as the monkey paw, but it looks like there might be a twist or two lurking in there that might make it worth it.
I love Spider-Man because he has the best rogues gallery in all of Marvel, but they don't quite hold up as well when separated from the web-slinger. Venom managed to survive because I love the character design that much, but I have reservations about Morbius working. Leto has had an up-and-down career, with mostly above average to stellar performances in my opinion, so it's hard to tell where he'll land here in his second attempt at a dark comic character. Morbius can be interesting, but he is a bit of a Blade rip-off at the bare bones of it all...wait...why did I put this on the list again?
Come to Daddy
Elijah Wood is the puppet master of indie horror, orchestrating some of the best low-budget movies we've gotten in the past decade. His commitment to the genre is a blessing to fans. It sounds like it continues with Come to Daddy, which has been repeatedly referred to as a "crowd pleaser"...almost to a fault...marketing ploy or just a curiously specific piece of word-of-mouth? We'll have to wait and see.
The Conjuring 3
This year seems to boast a lot of remakes and sequels, but I guess that's not unusual for this time of year, as those are the films that tend to shake out into the year's slate earlier than others. While I think the James Wan Universe as slowed with the past few entries, The Conjuring films have both been very strong, as I am willing to admit that I even liked the second more than the first. I simply hope the third entry continues to excel rather than become stagnant behind the previous successes.
A Quiet Place: Part II
I loved the first one. In fact, I'm pretty sure it was my number one movie of the year when it came out. But I do have some apprehension towards a sequel. It is promising that the original cast is returning, but the premise feels dangerously close to a Walking Dead episode, where the zombies are secondary and the remains of humanity have become the monster. It could end up being an overplayed concept, but at the very least the sequels of films like this tend to over-do the creatures, so there's at least that to look forward to if the rest sucks.
Last Night in Soho
Edgar Wright returning to his roots? Or is he taking it even darker? The horror comedy legend has a lot of great talk swirling around his latest project. I've learned next to nothing about it, but here's to hoping it lives up to the hype.
Easily my most anticipated horror film of 2020 in the early going, Antlers looks like a truly original tale with some gruesome creature effects and mayhem. I'm hoping it doesn't fall victim to the formulaic mainstream method, but it appears to be paving a path of its own. Guillermo del Toro hasn't been on fire as of late, but his name on a movie still holds weight for me. I really hope this frontrunner for 2020 doesn't disappoint.
Check out our latest podcast entry for more movies we're looking forward to in 2020, and some we think might be duds!
Bloodshot - While it seems like it could potentially be this year's Upgrade, the latest trailer makes it seem like a much tamer actioner.
The Invisible Man - While the creative take on the classic tale does interest me, there is something about the trailer that is making me nervous that I can't quite pinpoint.