When the weather gets warmer, horror fans tend to retreat from the sun and beat a hasty retreat to the comforts of a dark movie theater. Fright flicks are the perfect medicine to deal with the symptoms of a summer cold, too, warding off illness with outright terror. Here are the scares to anticipate.
BRIGHTBURN (MAY 24)
What if Superman, but bad? In this sci-fi horror movie, an alien child with super powers arrives on Earth. That sounds like the origin of a certain iconic comic book hero, but the twist here is that the boy turns out to be evil instead a beacon of hope.
When the dead begin to rise from their graves and interrupt life in a peaceful small town, it’s up to the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled to save the day. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, The Dead Don’t Die stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane and Tom Waits.
Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, is the new voice of the Chucky doll in a reboot of the classic horror franchise. This time around, Aubrey Plaza plays the mom who inadvertently buys a killer toy for her son as a birthday present.
Another possessed doll returns in the latest installment of the 'Annabelle' series, itself part of 'The Conjuring' Universe. Also returning for this horror sequel are Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren, with 'Captain Marvel'’s Mckenna Grace in the role of their terrorized daughter.
Old dolls never die -- they just keeping coming back in sequels. In this fresh thriller, it's up to a young boy to engage in battle with a life-size doll with a mind of his own. Katie Holmes and Ralph Ineson provide unwary adult supervision.
From the director of 'Piranha 3D' comes a horror movie involving another kind of aquatic creature. 'Crawl' stars 'The Maze Runner'’s Kaya Scodelario as a woman trapped in a flooding house filled with ferocious alligators during a Category 5 hurricane.
'Game of Thrones' favorite Maisie Williams, 'Stranger Things' star Charlie Heaton and 'Glass' actress Anya Taylor-Joy are among the ensemble players in this horror-tinged X-Men spin-off based on the Marvel comic books about super-powered teens figuring out their new abilities.
Based on the terrifying children’s book series and their original, nightmare-inducing illustrations, 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' follows a group of teenagers who must overcome their greatest fears in order to save their small town. What if we want to watch this one not in the dark?
Acclaimed filmmaker Ari Aster follows his feature debut, 'Hereditary,' with another horrifying drama. This one follows a couple (Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor) on a summertime trip to their friend’s (Will Poulter) quaint but creepy and potentially sinister Swedish town.