Horror can go deeper than just guts and gore. The best upcoming intelligent horror films of 2019 keep you thinking about the movie long after you've seen the end. Smart scary movies are different than your thoughtless run-of-the-mill horror films. They can be so intelligent that it's terrifying in a whole different way. Classic intelligent horror films range from The Silence of the Lambs to newer horror movies such as Get Out. 2019 has a lot to offer when it comes to smart new horror thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat and keep the intellectual viewer stimulated to the last scene, like Jordan Peele's Us and Velvet Buzzsaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The Hole in the Ground is also a promising debut film from director Lee Cronin.
Be sure to keep checking the list below for interesting horror movies coming out this year like Escape Room and Us. These are horror movies with smart characters that offer a far more engaging story than other mindless slasher flicks.
Don't see a film that you think is a cerebral horror movie on the list? Feel free to add it and vote up your favorite clever horror movies of 2019.
- Doctor Sleep is a 2019 American horror film directed by Mike Flanagan, based on the 2013 novel by Stephen King. Years following the events of "The Shining", a now-adult Dan Torrence (Ewan McGregor) meets a young girl (Kyliegh Curran) with similar powers as his and tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knots who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.... more on Wikipedia
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- Actors: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Bruce Greenwood, Zahn McClarnon
- Directed by: Mike Flanagan
- Midsommar (Swedish for "Midsummer") is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Ari Aster. A couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled mid-summer festival, an idyllic retreat, that quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.... more on Wikipedia
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- Actors: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper
- Directed by: Ari Aster
- 3Us is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A mother (Lupita Nyong'o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their children to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends (Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker), but as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.... more on Wikipedia
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- Actors: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph
- Directed by: Jordan Peele
It: Chapter TwoIt: Chapter Two is a 2019 American horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King. 27 years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.... more on Wikipedia
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- Actors: Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan
- Directed by: Andy Muschietti