One of my favorite things about seeing horror movies within the theaters is the exciting previews that precede the film.
When I went to see Jordan Peele’s Nope in theaters, there were four horror/thriller previews, the particular fifth was for the movie Till, a biographical drama about Emmett Till, which, while a truly horrifying story regarding a mother’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, doesn’t fit into the scary genre.
Here are the four horror movies coming to theaters in August plus September in order of release date.
Beast opening Thursday, August 18
Idris Elba leads his teenage daughters in a fight for survival on the South African savannah
This is probably the particular one I am least excited about, except that Idris Elba ( The Wire, Suicide Squad ) is definitely a GOAT (Greatest of All Time) contender. It seems like a straightforward survival thriller, with the monster being nothing supernatural – but a still terrifying lion who has become a bloodthirsty apex predator after surviving poachers. I enjoy giant crocs, great white sharks, and anacondas as the monster, yet I’m not sure I can get behind the majestic lion as the animal that needs to be defeated.
Idris Elba plays a widowed doctor who, along with his teenage daughters (Ilyana Halley plus Leah Jeffries), returns in order to South Africa where he met his deceased wife on a trip that’s meant to be about healing and reconnecting. They go to a game reserve run by his friend and wildlife biologist Martin Battles, played by Sharlto Copely, the South African native exactly where they run afoul associated with a villainous lion. This looks like a straightforward predator vs. prey survival flick, and I kind of hope there’s more to it in order to justify the particular enormous talent within.
The Invitation, coming out on August 26
A survival thriller, vampire movie filled with beautiful people, plus I’m here for it
After the recent critical flop that was Morbius , I’m itching for a good vampire movie. This one stars Nathalie Emmanuel ( Game of Thrones ) as an Evie, a young woman that finds herself alone in the world when her single mother, who has been her only family, passes away. Seeking a connection, she uses one of those ancestry services and unearths an English cousin Oliver, performed by Hugh Skinner ( Fleabag ), who invites her to a wedding across the particular pond where everyone is “dying” to meet the girl. She arrives at a beautiful remote estate exactly where she is greeted simply by a supremely handsome buddy of the family, Walter played by Thomas Doherty ( Gossip Girl ).
Evie will be charmed simply by Walter plus the unfamiliar yet gorgeous and luxurious accommodations, but strange things start in order to cause her unease – and where is the bride for this wedding? The kindling romance between Evie and Walter is usually a distraction, but at a masquerade dinner where the particular servants turn out to be the meal, Evie realizes she has stuck the girl neck out there accepting this invitation from total strangers (see what I did there? ).
Directed by Jessica M. Thompson within her first full-length feature, The Invite looks highly stylized, visually stunning, and a bloody good time! This one looks like the bloodiest of these exciting previews, plus I say, bring this on!
Don’t Worry Darling, coming September 23
A new twist on Stepford Wives
The third of these fascinating previews is Don’t Be concerned Darling starring Florence Pugh ( Midsommar ) and Harry Styles ( Eternals ) as 1950s newlyweds who move to an idyllic, utopian community that will be the brainchild of Chris Pine’s ( Wonder Woman ) character Frank.
This community is definitely tight-knit with all the amenities, except, it appears, freedom. Reminiscent of The Great Gatsby in its luxury plus Suspiria with its disturbing imagery – director Olivia Wilde (who also plays Bunny) and her all-star cast take the plot that’s at the very LEAST a good homage to the Stepford Wives , if not a copy of it – and give us a sexy, twisty-turny roller coaster ride dominated by an oppressive, patriarchal control freak.
The previews with this have been around for a while, and have definitely piqued my interest – I’ll be seeing this one in the theater, while it appears grandiose enough to warrant a viewing on the particular big screen.
Smile, opening September 30
Possibly the film I am MOST excited about after seeing all of these exciting previews.
Smile was the last of the thrilling previews for upcoming horror movies before I settled in for Jordan Peele’s Nope – plus possibly the most exciting of all.
Psychiatrist Rose Cotter, Sosie Bacon ( 13 Reasons Why) , experiences a traumatic and inexplicable incident where her patient dies during a session (although dies seems like the wrong word with regard to what the preview implies happened), after which she starts experiencing the same bizarre phenomenon expressed simply by that patient – seeing people smile, or rather seeing a good entity showing itself through people’s smiles? What is scarier than a giant fake smile and dead eyes? Isn’t that giant fake grin part associated with the reason people are afraid of clowns?
Anyway, filled with frightening imagery plus horrific occurrences (a woman falling through a glass table, a man screaming she’s going to die, and someone engulfed in flames) – Rose has seven days (a la The Ring ) after the incident with the girl patient prior to she succumbs to this particular evil their self. There is a LOT within the preview, and I hope it doesn’t give away too much.
Written and directed by Parker Finn in their first full-length feature, the story appears somewhat inspired by It Follows , which We really liked. I actually hope this one is as great as this looks because it looks SCARY.