Everything To Know About The Most Anticipated Horror Movies Of Summer 2019

Everything You Need To Know About The 8 Most Anticipated Horror Movies Of Summer 2019

For some of these, it's a definite no from me, but that doesn't mean you won't love them.

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As an avid horror movie lover, I am constantly on the lookout for upcoming movie releases. So far, 2019 has been a great year for horror movies.

We've seen amazing film releases ranging from "The Prodigy," following a young boy that seems to be haunted by something sinister, to the coveted "Us," written and directed by Jordan Peele and earned a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes before its theatrical release. The stream of non-typical and somewhat "creative" plots I've seen in scary movies this year led me to wonder if the rest of the year will bring us equally unique movies.

Sometimes, horror movies don't live up to the hype it gathers during the promotional stages of the movie. An example of this is "The Nun," which gained national attention following its trailers and theatrical posters. However, many were left disappointed leaving theatres. On the other hand, sometimes the quality of the movie trailer matches up to the quality of the movie. A remarkable example of this was the remake of "It," based off of a Stephen King novel that left fans more than satisfied.

I will be basing my judgments off of the most popular trailer of the movie, as some movies have several versions of trailers. Also, it should be noted that I will not be including indie movies, only those with a decent following already. The following movies are listed in order of the soonest anticipated release date to farthest.

1. "Brightburn"

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This film is anticipated to be released on May 23rd. This trailer reminded me of a darker version of Superman, one where Superman turns out to be a psychotic killer rather than a loving superhero. The trailer starts off as a bright tale of a couple who adopt a mysterious baby that arrives via a comet. Things become increasingly sinister as we witness the main character, young Brandon, begin his downfall. He is bullied and feels out of place and retaliates as a result.

He discovers his powers when he sticks his hands into a powerful fan and remains unharmed. He loses sanity and begins to attack seemingly random victims and then continues to terrorize his own mother.

The concept is interesting, especially following "Stranger Things," which also depicted a young child with uncontrollable superpowers. The movie doesn't contain traditional elements of horror. "Brightburn" comes off as more like a sci-fi horror film. The main source of horror comes from the idea of a couple bringing a child into their home, only to have him one day try to kill them. The trailer also has enough storytelling to have us rooting for young Brandon when he rebels against his bullies.

On a scale of 1 – 10, the likelihood of me seeing this movie is a 6/10. Although it does have an amazing concept, the lack of typical horror film elements draws me away.

2. "Ma"

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The anticipated release date for this movie is May 30th. The trailer starts off as a coming of age film and incorporates cliché concepts such as stranger danger and the party scene of teenagers. A group of teenagers befriends an older woman (played by Octavia Spencer), who allows them to party in her basement and buys alcohol for them. This alone seems completely unrealistic. If a woman were to invite me to throw a party in her basement, I would call the police. Not only that but seeing Octavia Spencer play this role almost adds a comedic factor to the film.

Another cliché concept we see is the "this thing is forbidden so don't do it or you will face trouble" when Ma tells the teenagers to not go upstairs, yet, of course, they do. We then watch as Ma grows creepier and creepier. We then see short teases of the despicable things she does, which includes kidnapping and drugging the teens, and painting one of their faces completely white.

Because of the sheer unrealistic plot of the film, the chances of me going to see this movie is 2/10.

3. "Dead Don't Die"

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"Dead Don't Die" will be released on June 14th. I'm getting "Zombieland" vibes from this Zombie film. Movies about the undead are typically played out in a horrific end-of-the-world manner, or, like "Zombieland" and "Shawn of The Dead" in a more comedic manner.

Of course, there is nothing unique about this plot except that the zombies can kind of talk. It's the same old story of a group of civilians fighting off the undead. However, we do see a familiar, yet random, cast. This includes Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Danny Glover and more.

This may be extremely biased because I am a sucker for zombie movies, but I will 10/10 go see this movie.

4. "Child's Play"

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This movie is going to be released on June 20th. I know Chucky is a classic horror movie icon, but I feel like we don't need eight movies dedicated to him. Not to mention, this is just a modernized remake of the original. We've seen too many remakes go down in flames. Not to mention that the new and improved Chucky now looks a tamer version of the original. On top of that, Aubrey Plaza plays a main role in the movie. She doesn't seem to fit into the horror movie mold, and it shows.

The trailer follows what seems to be a toy that connects to an app. This toy, as we discover, is Chucky. Of course, Chucky does evil things. Nothing about the trailer seems scary, or even creepy. At some points, it almost seems like a comedy.

The chances I would see this movie is 2/10.

5. Annabelle Comes Home

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The anticipated release date for "Annabelle Comes Home" is June 27th. I believe there have been two movies following Annabelle now, the original, and "Annabelle: Creation." The Annabelle story falls into the same universe as "The Conjuring," making it destined for success. However, I don't think there was a need for three Annabelle movies. I have only seen "Annabelle: Creation," although I couldn't remember if I had seen it at all before watching the trailer. Although the movie was unremarkable to me, I wouldn't say it was particularly bad. Annabelle is a doll that contains the spirit of something evil. The image of the doll is enough to send chills down my back and create nightmares.

I don't know the exact backstory of "Annabelle Comes Home," although the title suggests that the spirit of the doll will create terrors after being put down all those years before. The trailer begins with the familiar "this thing is forbidden so don't do it or you will face trouble" when a girl is told not to enter the room where Annabelle is contained. Of course, she enters the room and Annabelle's spirit returns.

I don't expect this sequel of Annabelle to be strikingly unique since there's only so many times you can reuse a concept of a haunted doll (cough, cough Chucky). However, certain images depicted in the trailers were truly disturbing, including one where we see people with what looks like coins attached to their eyes. The scene reflects the button eye concept from Coraline, a movie that terrified children when it was released. The trailer also contains 2-3 jump scares, which I think is a cheap way of convincing an audience that the film is scary. I've seen too many "horror" films where the only scary concept is something appearing so suddenly that you're taken aback.

Because the concept of the movie isn't refreshing or unique, there is a 7/10 chance I would go see it. I am drawn in to the classic horror film outline it follows, but I wish it did more to stand out.

6. "47 Meters Down 2"

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The anticipated release date for this movie is June 28th. I've noticed a recent trend of shark/predatory fish type movies in the past decade. We've seen the unfortunate "Sharknado" series, the equally tragic "Piranha" series, and we've seen "The Shallows," which was not as horrible as it's counterparts.

I haven't seen the first "47 Metres Down," although, after watching the trailer for it, I can predict how it ends (one of the two girls will die, there always has to be a survivor.) For a movie that must require a lot of CGI, the reviews for the first movie isn't horrible. However, I don't think we need a sequel to this overused plot.

This trailer doesn't show a lot, probably because it isn't set to be released for another couple of months. However, it does show short, supposedly terrifying scenes paired with heart jumping music. The idea of sharks just isn't scary enough for me, but paired with the claustrophobic factors we've seen in the first movie, this sequel may be horrifying to some.

I could just watch any of the other 100 shark movies out there. The likelihood of me seeing this movie is 4/10.

7. "Midsommar"

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The "Midsommar" release date is July 3rd, one day before Independence Day. It is directed by Ari Aster, the director of "Hereditary." If you haven't yet seen "Hereditary," you must. If I'm being completely honest, I would almost go see "Midsommar" based on the director alone.

The trailer reveals to us that a group of people go to a nine-day festival that occurs every 90 years. The trailer really doesn't tell us much, but I enjoy that about this trailer. It gives us just enough to be appealing. We see short clips of a deformed person, as well as a dissected animal, presumably used for sacrificial reasons. The trailer has bright and fun cinematography, which contrasts the ominous music playing in the background.

My guesses are that the plot of this movie follows a group of unknowing victims who show up to the festival, only the people running it have sinister plans for them. We see short clips of a girl escaping into the woods, which hints at this plot.

Because I'm not given much information on this film, I am intrigued to learn the plot. Because of that reason, as well as Ari Aster, there is a 9/10 chance I will go see this movie

8. "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"

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This movie is the one that I am the most excited for. Unfortunately, it has the furthest release date, August 9th. The film is based on the popular children's book series with the same name. A group of children finds a book of scary stories that, inevitably, come to life.

The trailer doesn't reveal much else, other than images of gory monster-like creatures that terrorize the children. Although the trailer does have some cringe-worthy moments ("you don't read the book, the book reads you"), one must keep in mind that the cast is mainly played by children.

Horror films have neglected monsters for years. They have opted for demon-possession films or zombies in many of the films we've seen this decade. A recent "monster" film I can think of is "The Babadook," although the Babadook isn't the typical "monster" you would envision for a horror film.

Based on the fact that the monsters in this film look satisfyingly grotesque and nightmare-worthy, I will 10/10 go to see this movie come August 9th.

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The 9 Eras Of Disney Animation

The evolution of Disney animation over the years
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As a kid I always loved movies, and no movies did it quite for me like Disney movies did. Whether they were old or new, there was something about Disney movies that just spoke to me. The music the characters, the stories-- they all helped to shape some of my fondest childhood memories and are responsible for many of my interests and beliefs today. But what I always found most interesting is the history behind these films, how the time they came out influenced their themes and meanings. So today I’ll be exploring just that-- the nine eras of Disney animations.

1923-1928: The Silent Era and the Origins of Disney

The history of Disney begins with the Silent Era. In 1923, Walt Disney, working for Laugh-O-Gram studios out of Kansas City, Missouri, created a short film called Alice’s Wonderland, which would serve as the first of the Alice Comedies. After the company declared bankruptcy, Walt moved to Hollywood, where he and his brother Roy formed Disney Brothers Cartoon Studios. They worked out a deal with Winkler Productions to produce the Alice Comedies and eventually, in 1926, moved their company to Hyperion Street, where it was renamed Walt Disney Studios. After the decline of the Alice Comedies, Walt created his first ever original character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and produced 26 short comedies starring the character before a falling out with Charles Mintz, who had by 1928 taken over Winkler Productions. Legally, Oswald belonged to Mintz and his company, so he took the character and four of Disney’s animators and started a new animation company, Snappy Comedies.

1928-1937: Pre-Golden Age and Mickey Mouse

The Pre-Golden Age saw Walt recovering from the loss of Oswald and also set the stage for Disney as we know it today. In 1928, Walt, in collaboration with Ub Iwerks, created a new character that he originally named Mortimer Mouse. However, his wife didn’t like the name, so he renamed him Mickey (I think we can all agree this name is much better). Mickey made his first appearance in 1928 in a test screening of the short film called Plane Crazy. However, the film failed to pick up a distributor, so Walt went back to the drawing board and created Steamboat Willie, which was released in 1928. The film was an immediate success due to the fact that it was the first cartoon to feature synchronized sound and established Mickey as the mascot of Disney. After this, a series of Mickey Mouse cartoons were released. This series also saw the introduction of many Disney staple characters, such as Minnie Mouse, Pluto, and Goofy. Donald Duck, another iconic Disney character, first appeared in Disney’s Silly Symphonies, a series of animated short films that were popular for their innovative use of Technicolor. With this, Walt had successfully bounced back from the hardships of the Silent Era and set the stage for the Golden Age of Disney.

1937-1942: The Golden Age

The Golden Age of Disney began in 1937 with the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The film was the first full-length feature film to use traditional animation and was an immediate commercial success, establishing Disney as one of the leaders of animated filmmaking. Other films that were released during this time include Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi. Although all of these films would go on to become considered classics, at the time of their release only Snow White and Dumbo were commercially successful. What made this time considered the Golden Age wasn’t the commercial success of these films though, but rather the trends they created in terms of Disney filmmaking. Snow White was the first of the fairytale-based movies that Disney is known for and established the “Disney Princesses,” Pinocchio started the concept of taking well-known literature and turning it into a child-friendly film and Bambi explored the possibilities of making a movie through the eyes of a non-human character. Other Disney staples such as exaggerated villains, the use of music and prominent, comedic sidekicks were first introduced during this time as well. Another key characteristic of the films of this time was the inclusion of many dark scenes, which were usually sandwiched between upbeat and light scenes in order to create a mood shift. A similar, toned down version of this techniques would also be used in later films.

1943-1949: The Wartime Era

With the U.S.’s entry into World War II, Disney Studios faced lower budgets and a smaller team of animators as it entered the Wartime Era. Also known as the Package Era, the films of this time included Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time, and The Adventures of Icabod and Mr. Toad. What made these films distinct from the Golden Age films is that instead of telling a single, continuous story, these films consisted of multiple short films within each. These films are largely ignored and widely unpopular, with fans criticizing them due to their lack of consistency and tone in each short. The Wartime Era also Disney Studios producing wartime propaganda, which included anti-Nazi commercials and flyers encouraging Americans to support the war.

1950-1967: The Silver Age and the Death of Walt Disney

Disney’s Silver Age, also known as the Restoration Age saw the return of many of the trends set forth by the Golden Age of Disney. Films released during this time include Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book. What made these films distinct from its predecessors was the use of more ornate backgrounds and softer colors. Furthermore, the Silver Age also saw the use of lighter themes balanced with more complex characters, creating many of the well-known characters that are still considered fan-favorites today. The Jungle Book was the last film that Walt himself worked on before his death in 1966, and the movie’s release marked the end of the Silver Age

1970-1988: The Dark Age and the Decline of Disney

Hope you guys have a flashlight ‘cos we’re about to enter a dark place, or rather a dark age (see what I did there?). The Dark Age of Disney, also known as the Bronze Age, saw Disney Studios struggle to find their footing without Walt there to hold the reins. This was a time of trial-and-error in which the animators shied away from traditional storytelling tropes seen in the Golden and Silver Ages and instead shifted toward darker and more secular stories. Films released during this time include The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, and Oliver and Company. With the exception of The Great Mouse Detective, which was both critically and commercially successful, most of these films only received little success, with The Black Cauldron being a box office flop. These films lacked Walt’s imagination and were criticized for only being intended to bring in money. The greatest criticism of these films was their departure from traditional animation and their use xerography. This saved both time and money, allowing animators to directly print their drawings onto cells. However, this process did have its limits and initially only black lines were possible using this method. As a result, films during this era are known as “Scratchy Films” because of the heavy black lines in their animation. While these films weren’t initially successful upon release, many have gone on to become cult classics. Also, the Disney Dark Age helped set the foundation for the pinnacle of Disney animation

1989-199: The Disney Renaissance and Birth of the Millennials

If you’re a millennial like me, then most of your favorite Disney moments and films likely come from the Disney Renaissance. The Disney Renaissance saw a return to the musical fairy-tale storytelling seen in the Golden and Silver Age while at the same time expanding on many of the themes and techniques introduced in the Bronze Age. Films released during this time include The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan. These films were also the first films that Howard Ashman and Alan Menken worked on, both of whom are key elements to Disney’s musical success. The films during this time also had many important themes that would influence the current views of millennials; Beauty and the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame taught us not to judge people by their appearances; Mulan and Hercules taught us the importance of making sacrifices; and Aladdin taught us that there’s nothing wrong with being ourselves and that the circumstances of our birth don’t have to dictate who we grow up to be.

2000-2009: Post-Renaissance Era

Also known as the Second Dark Age, the Post-Renaissance Era was unique in that whereas previous eras were marked with having a common theme about them, this era was defined as a time in which Disney tried their hands at new methods in storytelling, similar to the Bronze Age. Films from this time include Fantasia 2000, Dinosaur, The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo and Stitch, Treasure Planet, Brother Bear, Home on the Range, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, and Bolt. These films explored new storytelling elements marketed towards kids and more mature themes marketed towards the kids that had grown up during the Disney Renaissance that were now teenagers and young adults. While Lilo and Stitch was a commercial success, spawning several sequels and a T.V. show, most of the other films released during this time only received moderate success. This was in part due to the fact that they also had to contend with huge movie franchises like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Despite not doing as well as their predecessors, the films released during the Second Dark Age are well known for their innovation. Dinosaur was the first Disney film that used CGI animation, which would become a popular element of this era’s successor.

2010-present: Marvel, Star Wars, and the Second Disney Renaissance

Just as a Renaissance followed the first Disney Dark Age, a Second Disney Renaissance followed this Second Dark Age. Also known as the Revival Era, this era marked a return to the fairy-tale storytelling seen in the Gold and Silver Ages as well as the first Disney Renaissance. During this time, Disney bought the rights to Marvel and Lucasfilm, meaning they no longer had to worry about trying to market their films toward older audiences since the MCU and Star Wars did that for them. Films released during this time include Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. Like the first Disney Renaissance, the Second Disney Renaissance built off several things introduced by its predecessor. Tangled, for example, used the CGI techniques first used by Dinosaur. Most of the films of this era have been met with great popularity, with Frozen being the highest grossing animated film of all time and Big Hero 6 being the highest audience-rated film of this time period.

And there you have it, the nine eras of Disney animations. I hope you guys enjoyed reading about the history of Disney and its growth through the years. I personally loved writing this article and look forward to writing more like this one.

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7 TV Shows And Movies To Look Out For Summer '19

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I am thoroughly convinced that summer 2019 is THE season of new and highly anticipated content. If you don't believe me, just look at this:

1. Stranger Things ​​(Season 3) 

The third installment of the 1980s sci-fi thriller comes out this July 4th and fans are counting down the days as they wait. Need I say more?

2. Black Mirror (Season 5)

Head over to Netflix RIGHT NOW because the fifth season of the fan-favorite unnerving tech anthology just came out. I already binged the whole thing and I highly recommend. Plus, your old favorite pop princess might make an appearance. ;)

3. Men in Black: International

Oh yeah...your favorite alien franchise is back.

4. Toy Story 4

Let your inner-child shine as the fourth installment of the heart-melting toy-centric movie series comes back to grace all our movie theater screens.

5. Big Little Lies (Season 2)

FINALLY! This past Sunday, the 2nd season of the widely popular drama was released on HBO. Even though we've only seen 1 episode, it was amazing. Plus, Meryl Streep just joined the already star-studded cast -- how do you beat that?

6. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Your favorite Spiderman (Tom Holland) is back and better than ever. This time, Peter Parker sets off on a European adventure, and I don't know about you, but I can't wait.

7. The Lion King

Donald Glover, Beyoncé, and Seth Rogan...what could be better? The live-action remake of a childhood favorite is finally bound to hit theaters this July, and it's going to be epic.

So, get ready to plan your movie/TV binge days because you DON'T want to miss these.

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