There Are Seriously So Many Scary Movies Coming Out This Summer

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UPDATE: This article was originally published on June 10, 2019.
Last summer was full of scam, but this one is full of scares, which becomes quite obvious once you’ve seen the summer movie schedule. Seriously, once you see the lineup of scary movies in theaters this summer you’ll be wondering with so little time how can you see all these horror shows? Don’t worry, that’s where we come in to help you find the right summer scare for you, even if you’re watching them through your fingers. There’s definitely no shame in that.
The next three months are filled with more than a few sequels, a nasty (pseudo) mother, and bloodthirsty Florida gators. There’s also a creepy summer festival, a not so quiet cabin getaway, and a Joshua Tree seance that might make you want to forgo that upcoming camping trip. And there’s not one, not two, but three very scary dolls that will make you question the motive of all your toys. Seriously, American Girl dolls, we’re looking at you. Luckily, Toy Story 4 is also coming out this summer for those who need a murderous doll detox.
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For those that don’t, though, mark your calendars and start making time to read up on these horror movie Wikipedia pages. It’s going to be a very frightening three months.
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Ma, Released On May 31



At Ma’s (Octavia Spencer) house, it’s always happy hour, but she’s not just serving beer at her all-ages makeshift basement bar, she’s serving up nightmare fuel, too.
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Hallowed Ground, Released On June 7



When a couple, played by Sherri Eakin and Lindsay Anne Williams, take a trip to a secluded cabin to work on their relationship they’re met by the Native American owners and their feuding neighbors who are willing to take the most extreme of measures to keep people off their land.
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Head Count, Release Date June 14



A group of teens awaken a shape-shifting demon thanks to a viral ghost story in this debut feature from Elle Callahan that will make you think twice before heading to Joshua Tree.
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The Dead Don’t Die, Release Date June 14



Jim Jarmusch’s new horror comedy gives fans small town zombies, Selena Gomez, a katana-carrying Tilda Swinton, and a very large Adam Driver in a very tiny car. Seriously, what else could you ask for? It's got a pretty rotten Rotten Tomatoes score, but hey, the cast is still great.
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Child’s Play, Release Date June 21



Chuckie’s back and he’s ready to play. Unfortunately for Karen (Aubrey Plaza) and her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman), Chuckie also got an upgrade. No longer a plush toy, he’s now a smart device that is out to kill everyone. Sorry, not even Alexa will be able to help you this time. Its Rotten Tomato scores are middling, but hey, who can say no to Aubrey Plaza and a terrible doll voiced by Luke Skywalker himself (Mark Hamill).
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Annabelle Comes Home, Release Date June 26



The haunted porcelain doll, which first showed up in The Conjuring, was locked away by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. But when the parents are away Annabelle will play with their daughter and babysitter, who better be getting paid extra for this night of terror. The movie currently has a 70 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so fans will probably enjoy the new Annabelle entry.
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47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Release Date June 28



The sequel to 2017’s sleeper hit 47 Meters Down is once again taking a dive into shark-infested waters. This time it’s four teenage girls, including Corinne Fox, who are reminding theatergoers once again why they should stay out of the water.
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Midsommar, Release Date July 3



Director Ari Aster's follow-up to Hereditary, 2018's scariest movie, is all about a creepy summer festival that yes, includes flower crowns and a pagan cult that might make you think twice about attending next year’s Coachella. It's currently certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and if you're not sure you can handle it, we've got your mild Midsommar spoilers right over here.
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Secret Obsession (Netflix), Release Date July 18



Technically, the new Netflix movie is more of a thriller than a horror movie. But what could be more scary than watching Brenda Song lose her memory and lean on her seemingly perfect husband, only to find that he might not be who he says he is? Oh and he might also be a murderer.
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Crawl, Release Date July 12



A father and daughter are trapped in a house during a Florida hurricane, but it’s the alligators that they really have to watch out for. Especially since this film is from Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja.
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Brahms: The Boy II, Release Date July 26



While most people would want to say bye, to this boy, Katie Holmes is saying hello, making her debut in this sequel about an eerily human doll.
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The Nightingale, Release Date August 2



Director Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to The Babadook is a brutal story about a young woman (Aisling Franciosi) looking to avenge her murdered family. Don’t know if it’ll give the world memes like the Babadook, but The Nightingale is ready to bring the gore.
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Them That Follow, Release Date August 2



This gothic thriller starring Booksmart’s Kaitlyn Dever and The Favourite’s Olivia Colman focuses on a snake-handling Appalachian church turned sinister after a young follower questions its deadly traditions. No doubt ophidiophobics will be scared of this one, but for those freaked out by body horror this is also going to be a hard watch.
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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, Release Date August 9



Based on Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and produced by Guillermo del Toro, this scary movie focuses on Stella (Zoe Margaret Colletti), a young girl who discovers a book in a haunted house and asks a ghost to tell her a story. But as Stella and the rest of us soon learn, "You don't read the book, the book reads you." Spooky, right?
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Tigers Are Not Afraid, Release Date TBD



This dark fable from Mexican director Issa López, which is drawing comparisons to Guillermo del Toro, is about a little girl who’s being followed by the spirit of her dead mother. While there’s no release date yet for this one, it’s set to stream on Shudder this summer, so keep an eye out. Especially since Vulture has called it “a jewel of the summer.”
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It: Chapter Two, Release Date September 6



Pennywise is up to his old tricks in the second part of this Stephen King classic that introduces the now grown-up Losers’ Club, which features Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader.
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