Awards season is upon us, and while we're looking forward to see which of this year's movies are deemed the best by the voting members of the film industry, we're also looking ahead to 2019. From superhero flicks to live-action remakes of the Disney cartoons you loved as a kid, here are 15 of the most anticipated movies of 2019.
1. Captain Marvel
Marvel fans will get to see Brie Larson kick some major butt when she takes on the role of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel for the new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on March 8, 2019.
Shazam! will bring comedy to the DC film universe, as we’ll see Zachary Levi transform into the 14-year-old foster kid-turned adult superhero on April 5, 2019.
3. Pet Sematary
Another adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved novel Pet Sematary will hit theaters on April 5, 2019, starring Jason Clarke and John Lithgow.
4. Avengers 4
The as-yet-untitled fourth Avengers film is only months away, yet we still have no title, no trailer, and no plot summary. Marvel fans have been waiting for this film since Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters last year, and we’ll be waiting until May 3, 2019.
5. Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Ryan Reynolds will take on the comedic role of Pikachu in this upcoming animated film, which hits theaters on May 10, 2019.
The first live-action Disney movie to debut next year will be the remake of Aladdin, which stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith. It's coming to theaters on May 24, 2019.
7. Toy Story 4
Our favorite childhood story is far from over. You can catch Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Andy, and more when Toy Story 4 debuts on June 21, 2019.
8. Spider-Man: Far From Home
Next year is going to be a big one for Marvel fans. Tom Holland will be reprising his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man when Far From Home arrives in theaters on July 5, 2019.
9. The Lion King
Surely to get in all of our feels, the second live-action Disney film will be the remake of The Lion King, with an extremely star-studded cast consisting of Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, and many more. Don’t miss it on July 19, 2019.
10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino’s next feature, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, comes to theaters on July 26, 2019.
11. It: Chapter Two
Andy Muschietti’s next installment will conclude Stephen King’s It, as Bill Skarsgård reprises his role as Pennywise, and is joined by Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James McAvoy, and more. Catch it on September 6, 2019.
DC fans have been intrigued with the as-yet-untitled Joker movie since Joaquin Phoenix was cast. Various set photos and videos promise we’ll be in for a scare when it hits theaters on October 4, 2019.
13. The Addams Family
An animated remake of The Addams Family, starring Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Chloe Grace Moretz, debuts on October 18, 2019.
14. Frozen 2
Get ready for more music, cute one-liners, and obsessive fans when Frozen 2 hits theaters on November 22, 2019.
15. Star Wars: Episode IX
Arguably the most anticipated film of next year will be the final installment of the Skywalker Saga. We’ll see Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher (through reshoots) and more reprise their Star Wars roles when the as-yet-untitled Episode IX debuts on December 20, 2019.
Winter is Coming reports that Harington, who is best known for his role as Jon Snow in the hard-hitting HBO series Game of Thrones, spoke on a panel at ACE Comic Con this past weekend. Though he was there to discuss his upcoming role as Dane Whitman, a.k.a. Black Knight, in the upcoming Marvel Studios film The Eternals, his involvement in—and love for—other franchises came up during the conversation.
The moderator of the panel surprised the audience by bringing up Harington’s love for the Harry Potter series, and, of course, asked him which Hogwarts house he aligns with. The 32-year-old actor responded, “I am a Gryffindor. I’ve thought very deeply about it.” Though Harington himself identifies with the lion-hearted, he does believe that Jon Snow would be a Hufflepuff because of his undying loyalty.
Harington was then asked which character he would want to play in a hypothetical Harry Potter prequel movie about the Marauders—a group of Gryffindors that included James Potter (Harry’s dad), Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew, who attended Hogwarts a generation before Harry and his friends. And who were often at odds with Slytherin Severus Snape.
Harington's response was immediate, and enthusiastic:
“Severus Snape is the most tragic, wonderful, brilliant [character] ... He’s a character you hate, and then end up loving. He’s just phenomenal. I don’t think I’m right for him, so I’ll play Sirius. But, whoever gets to play Snape, that’s a great character.”
Lynn-Holly Johnson, Bette Davis, and Kyle Richards in The Watcher in the Woods (1980).
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Disney: Known for catchy songs, cute animal sidekicks, brave Princesses … and occasionally scarring children for life. A lot of Disney’s more famously upsetting moments have to do with death—Bambi’s mother and Mufasa’s father, for instance—but sometimes the studio goes plain horror movie with it. As Halloween approaches, here are 10 of Disney’s scariest movies.
1. Return to Oz (1985)
Return Oz establishes its “wait, what the hell am I watching?” cred early on, when Dorothy Gale—back in Kansas following her adventures in Oz—is shipped off to the doctor for a round of electroshock therapy to cure her insomnia and “delusions.” Dorothy is saved from her One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest fate and whisked off to Oz again, where she finds that the Nome King and Princess Mombi—Nicol Williamson and Jean Marsh, who also played the doctor and head nurse—have destroyed the Emerald City and turned most of its inhabitants to stone. Playing Dorothy in her first feature film role is Fairuza Balk, who would go on to star in perpetual Halloween favorite The Craft. Return to Oz is the only film directed by legendary editor Walter Murch, most famous for his work on Apocalypse Now.
2. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
The collected works of Ray Bradbury have been adapted into dozens of films, only a handful of which were written by the late author himself. The final feature film to be written by Bradbury is 1983’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, which in its first act is a typical, sweet—if somewhat dark—drama about two young boys growing up in a small town in the Midwest. Then a carnival rolls into town, and things get real messed up. Running the carnival is Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce), who grants the townspeople’s wishes in ways that … well, let’s just say they’re not very nice.
3. Mr. Boogedy (1986)
“Made-for-TV ‘80s movie about a gag gift salesman and his family” doesn’t scream terror, but Mr. Boogedy defies the odds to have some legitimately creepy moments. Granted, it’s not a subtle film: a family that moves into a dilapidated mansion in a town called called Lucifer Falls shouldn’t really expect to have an easy go of things. The mansion, believe it or not, is haunted by not one but three spirits: a widow, her child, and the eponymous Mr. Boogedy, who back in Colonial times sold his soul to Satan for a cloak that gives him magical powers. It’s Mr. Boogedy’s character design that gives the movie its biggest ick factor; the film’s makeup designer, Rick Stratton, would go on to win two Emmys. Mr. Boogedy’s cloak is eventually sucked into a possessed vacuum cleaner.
4. The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
Director John Hough’s The Watcher in the Woods isn’t only scary because it gives Bette Davis and current Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star (and then-child actress) Kyle Richards a decent chunk of shared screen time. Based on a 1976 novel, the film—like Mr. Boogedy—follows a family that moves into a mysterious house haunted by some mysterious presence. In The Watcher in the Woods, that presence is thought to be Karen, the long-disappeared daughter of the house’s owner, played by a collecting-those-paychecks Davis. Spoiler alert: There are actually two presences. One is Karen. The other is an alien. The original ending of The Watcher in the Woods actually showed the alien, but the effects were so bad that the premiere audience broke out laughing, causing Hough to reshoot the climactic final scene with the aliens as a vague blur of light.
5. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Released in 1949, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is made up of two half-hour, kid-friendly literary adaptations, the first from The Wind in the Willows and the second from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Neither segment is particularly scary … up until the last few minutes of “Sleepy Hollow,” when the animators went all-out to make schoolteacher Ichabod Crane’s flight from the Headless Horseman a contender for Disney’s scariest scene. Clyde Geronimi, who with Jack Kinney directed the “Sleepy Hollow” sequence, would go on to co-direct Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and 101 Dalmatians.
6. Pinocchio (1940)
Jiminy Cricket hopping around and The Blue Fairy singing “When You Wish Upon a Star” might be the most enduring images from Disney’s second-ever animated feature, but let’s not forget that Pinocchio could be scary when it needed to be. The film’s most potent bit of nightmare fuel comes in the scene where a bunch of children aremagically transformed into terrified, crying donkeys so they could be sold away as slave labor. Looks like Disney had a taste for causing childhood trauma early on.
7. “The Skeleton Dance” (1929)
Spooky and cute: Why not both? The 1929 short “The Skeleton Dance” threads the needle deftly, with its depiction of a quartet of skeletons dancing around a graveyard maintaining the goofy tone that marks most of the early Disney shorts while still providing an ample dose of the shivers. “The Skeleton Dance” was drawn by Ub Iwerks, who several years earlier had designed Mickey Mouse.
8. Fantasia (1940)
Most of the segments in Disney’s Fantasiaare markedly un-creepy—unless you consider ballet-dancing hippos disturbing, which makes a fair amount of sense—but with “Night on Bald Mountain,” Disney went full dark and stormy night. Set to the title song by composer Modest Mussorgsky, the film depicts the ancient Slavic deity Chernabog (whose name means “black god”) calling all sorts of assorted demonic creatures to him before being driven away by the rising of the sun. Bela Lugosi served as a live-action reference for Chernabog, spending a day at Disney Studios striking a series of ominous poses. Nothing that Lugosi provided was ultimately used, as animator Bill Tylta was unimpressed by it.
9. The Black Cauldron (1985)
The Black Cauldron was an infamous failure for Disney, earning a mere $20 million domestically against a budget that made it, at the time, "the most expensive animated feature ever made.” With the film, Disney ditched the songs and lighthearted feel that marked its animated features up to that point in favor of a darker fantasy epic; notably, The Black Cauldron was the first Disney animated feature to earn a PG rating. Though it’s notoriously regarded as a flop, there’s one area in which The Black Cauldron is quite successful: making its villain, the Horned King, absolutely terrifying. Even the way he dies is nightmare-inducing: The magical black cauldron that the Horned King hoped would give him power to take over the world with an undead army instead melts his flesh off. It’s a bit more gruesome than the typically death-by-falling most Disney villains get.
10. Hocus Pocus (1993)
Initially released in 1993 to middling box office returns (Disney made the odd choice to release this Halloween-themed movie in July), director Kenny Ortega’s Hocus Pocushas gone on to achieve cult status. Omri Katz, since retired from acting, stars as Max Dennison, who with neighbor Allison and younger sister Dani must defeat the Sanderson sisters, a trio of witches who were hanged during the Salem witch trials. One of the witches was played by Sarah Jessica Parker, whose ancestor Esther Elwell was accused of being a witch in 17th-century Salem; she escaped execution when prosecution from witchcraft was done away with.