Being scared when you’re on your own = rubbish. Being scared in a Vue screen (while sitting in a super comfy seat and eating all the popcorn) = unbeatable. From skin crawling (surround) sounds and extra tight close-ups that make everything even scarier, there’s nothing quite like watching horror supersized— which is why A Quiet Place II was the perfect film to welcome us back to the big screen recently. “You want to watch it in the dark,” said its star Emily Blunt. “Jump, leap and gasp together.” The film is already a massive hit (if you haven’t seen it yet...seriously, GO). But it was only the beginning. There are loads more horror films on the horizon. Get ready for a seriously scary summer...
Freaky (2 July)In ten words: It’s Freaky Friday the Thirteenth in this body swap horror
Why the buzz: A horror to make you scream and chuckle, the Guardian has called this film about a 17-year-old who swaps bodies with a local serial killer (Vince Vaughn) “wildly entertaining.”
See it on the big screen… because laugh out loud horror was made for cinemas
The Forever Purge (16 July)In a nutshell: All bets are off in final instalment of dystopian franchise
The buzz: This is the fifth and final instalment in The Purge series, which depicts a world in which one night a year, all crime is legal. This time though, The Purge does not end at daybreak. Expect chaos.
See it on the big screen... for the immense action scenes 😱
Escape Room 2 (16 July)In ten words: You’ve never experienced an Escape Room like this...thank goodness
Why the buzz? A simple but brilliant premise (what if escape rooms were life or death?) made the original a must-see...now the survivors are back to face a brand new challenge.
See it on the big screen… to feel like you’re in the game with them
Old (23 July)In ten words: It’s the world’s scariest beach...and we’re not talking jellyfish
Why the buzz? It’s directed by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Glass), the king of spooky supernatural thrillers and plot twists you don’t see coming. This time, a family end up on a cursed beach where things get weird (and wrinkly) very quickly.
See it on the big screen… to gasp in unison at the twists
Don’t Breathe 2 (13 August)In ten words: The victim becomes the monster again in cult horror sequel
Why the buzz? The 2016 original, directed by Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead), garnered rave reviews and a devoted fanbase for its creepy tale of teen burglars who pick the wrong house. This time, it's a kidnapping that backfires...
See it on the big screen… to level up the thrills
The Night House (20 August)In ten words: Widow is haunted by her husband’s ghost. Or is she?
What’s the buzz? It’s been described as the scariest ghost story in years — and Rebecca Hall’s emotional performance as widow Beth wowed critics when the film premiered at Sundance film festival last year.
See it on the big screen... and jump at every creaky, spooky footstep in the house
Censor (20 August)In ten words: Uptight film censor spots a chilling coincidence in video nasty
Why the buzz: Critics have praised this debut British horror within a horror — inspired by the 1980s moral and media panic over “video nasties” — for its originality and tense, atmospheric mood.
See it on the big screen... for super stylish visuals and shocking moments
Candyman (27 August)In ten words: Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman...yep, he’s back in town
Why the buzz: Jordan Peele of Get Out and Us fame wrote this “spiritual sequel” to the 90s horror classic, so expect a smart and totally fresh take on the slasher genre.
See it on the big screen... because director Nia DaCosta says so: “We made ‘Candyman’ to be seen in theatres,” she says. "It's about the collective experience of trauma and joy, suffering and triumph, and the stories we tell around it.”