Summer is officially underway, and so is the scorching heat that comes with it. If you need an escape from the scorching sun through a cool, dark theater, there’s luckily plenty of horror on the way. Both on the big screen and of course, at home too.
But for now, let’s focus on this summer’s big-screen horror movies.
Here are seven horror movies to put on your radar, all hitting theaters only until summer officially bows.
Nope – 22nd of July
As is the trend, plot details remain elusive for writer/director Jordan Peele’s third horror flick. Daniel Kaluya (get out) re-teams with Peele on the enigmatic film, the cast also including Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”, Mayhem) and Keke Palmer (“Scream”). While marketing teases aliens, the final trailer promises it’s not what we think…
Body Body Body – 5 August
The latest horror film A24 revolves around a board game turned deadly for a group of wealthy 20-somethings trapped indoors by a hurricane. It’s biting social satire with body count, starring Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Pete Davidson, Rachel Sennott, Myha’la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders and Lee Pace. Read our review here.
The beast – August 19
This universal survival thriller finds the character of Idris Elba on a trip to South Africa, only to have him and his two teenage daughters hunted by a massive rogue lion bent on proving that the savannah has only one sole apex predator. And yes, Elba hits the lion.
The invite – August 26
Nathalie Emmanuel (“Game of Thrones”) stars as a woman invited by her new family to a lavish wedding in the English countryside, where she uncovers a vampire plot. The contemporary horror-thriller puts a new spin on the Brides of Dracula if this trailer is any indication.
Barbaric – August 31
Bill Skarsgård and Georgina Campbell star in this rental nightmare as strangers have twice booked into a house with an underground secret. There’s a lot more to worry about than an unexpected guest. Richard Brake and Justin Long also star.
Three thousand years of nostalgia – August 31
Idris Elba stars as a Djinn who grants a woman, played by Tilda Swinton, three wishes once she sets him free. The mythologist surprises them both with his wish. While not outright horror, expect a crossover of genres with supernatural creatures from director George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Salem Bundle – September 9
James Wan Produces New Take on Stephen King’s Vampire Story Salem Bundle for Warner Bros. and New Line, with Gary Dauberman (This, the nun, Annabelle Comes Home) attached to write and direct the film. The plot sees an author returning to his hometown, only to find it in the grip of a bloodthirsty vampire.