January is usually the cinematic graveyard where bad films, typically horror movies that studios have deemed likely box office bombs, go to die a quick death. But next month’s horror line-up looks a bit busier (and could it be… even more promising??) than in recent years, with FIVE horror films hitting U.S. theaters over six consecutive weeks.

Let’s take a look:

The Grudge – opens January 3

Producer Sam Raimi (Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead) brings us this new sequel to the 2004 American remake that starred Sarah Michelle Gellar. This installment, which stars Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), John Cho (Searching) and Lin Shaye (Insidious: Chapter 3), is set during the same mid 2000s timeframe of the prior American and Japanese Grudge films. Early word is that is it VERY twisted:

Underwater – opens January 10

We’ve seen this sci-fi horror at the bottom of the ocean before – The Abyss, Sphere, Leviathan, Deep Star Six and most recently, 2018’s popular but terrible The Meg. Like the others, this knockoff features a racially-diverse group of researchers scrambling to save themselves after an earthquake unleashes something horrible near their underwater lab at the bottom of the ocean. It stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Charlie’s Angels), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Jason Bourne), and T.J. Miller (Deadpool 2, Cloverfield). 


The Turning – opens January 24

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Mackenzie Davis (Terminator: Dark Fate, Tully) stars in this supernatural horror as a young nanny who uncovers some horrifying secrets while caring for a couple of strange orphans at haunted mansion in Maine. The film is based on the 1898 Henry James horror novella, The Turn of the Screw.

Gretel & Hansel – opens January 31

Sophia Lillis (It, Sharp Objects) and newcomer Sam Leakey star in this new take on the classic fairy tale about siblings searching the forest for food who stumble upon a terrifying witch (Silent Hill‘s Alice Krige). Director Oz Perkins says this version, while faithful to the fairy tale, focuses on the story from the perspective of Gretel.

The Lodge – opens February 7

Okay, okay, technically, this psychological thriller, from the folks who brought us Goodnight Mommy, premieres the first weekend in February, but hey, close enough. Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road, It Comes at Night) stars as Grace, a woman caring for her boyfriend’s two children at a remote winter cabin after he gets called away for work. Trapped inside by a blizzard, strange things start happening when the kids snoop online and uncover details of Grace’s dark past. Early reviews at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival have been favorable:

So which of these will you be checking out? And which do you think will be the best of this bunch?

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