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. 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.
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
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
Brightburn is a 2019 American superhero horror film directed by David Yarovesky. After adopting a baby that crash-landed on Earth, a couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) attempt to raise the boy (Jackson A. Dunn) to use his special abilities for good, but an evil begins to grow from inside that he unleashes. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner
Directed by: David Yarovesky
The Hole in the Ground is a 2019 Irish horror thriller film, directed by Lee Cronin. An unpleasant encounter with a mysterious neighbor throws Sarah O'Neill (Seána Kerslake) into an insane nightmare of paranoia and distrust as she tries to escape her broken past and build a new life with her little son Chris (James Quinn) on the edge of a rural town in the hinterland. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall, + more
Directed by: Lee Cronin