The warmth and sun of summer is coming to an end, and soon, the leaves will turn and the air will turn cold. If you love this time of year, especially Halloween, what scary movies should you think about seeing? From a sequel to an iconic horror film to a remake of a holiday-themed slasher, here are the flicks to watch for:
Set for release later this month, “Villains” features the classic twist on home invasion films – the home owners are actually the scary ones. Bill Skargsard (“It”) and Maika Monroe (“It Follows”) play the unlucky burglars, while Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Donovan star as the sadistic “victims.”
The Lighthouse (October)
Director Robert Edggers first came to attention with “The Witch,” and he returns to the genre with “The Lighthouse,” starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. The plot of this Lovecraftian black-and-white film isn’t too clear, but it looks like it will be about the two men guarding a lighthouse and their descent into madness. Something supernatural may or may not be involved.
Doctor Sleep (November)
Based on the book of the same name, “Doctor Sleep” looks at what happened to Danny after the events of “The Shining.” Played by Ewan McGregor, the now-adult Danny meets a young girl who has also been blessed/cursed with psychic powers, or, “the shining.” The problem: a cult is after her. Mike Flanagan, who directed another Stephen King adaptation (“Gerald’s Game”) writes and directs.
Black Christmas (December)
Fall will have become winter by the time this remake comes out, so it’s a great way to cap off a season of horror. The original “Black Christmas” inspired “Halloween,” so there are some big shoes to fill. Directed by Sophia Takal, “Black Christmas” tells the tale of a sorority under siege by a masked killer, but instead of cowering in fear, these girls fight back.