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.
Us 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
Actors: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, + more
Directed by: Jordan Peele
Child's Play is a 2019 American horror film directed by Lars Klevberg, and a reboot of the 1988 film. A mother (Aubrey Plaza) gives her son (Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry
Directed by: Lars Klevberg
The Perfection is a 2018 American horror thriller film directed by Richard Shepard. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Allison Williams Logan Browning Steven Weber
Directed by: Richard Shepard
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a 2019 American horror film directed by André Øvredal, based on the children's book series by Alvin Schwartz. A group of young teens attempt to solve a mystery that involves a series of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small hometown. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, + more
Directed by: André Øvredal