Other sites are starting to put out their lists of movies for genre fans to look forward to this summer, so I reckon I’ll weigh-in. It’s going to be a busy, busy summer at the cinemaplex, that’s for sure. (We’ll talk about all the stuff coming out on video later.) We’ll begin with BRIGHTBURN on May 24th. This one has as its premise the story of Superman. Only, what if little Clark Kent, instead of being a good boy, was a sociopathic monster? Most intriguing. Then on May 31st we get the one movie I’m most excited for out of all of them this year, even the AVENGERS and STAR WARS sequels. I’m talking about GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. I’m still on the fence about MA, also releasing the 31st. Up against Godzilla though, it’s gonna get flattened.
THE DEAD DON’T DIE on June 14th, the creation of the guy who brought us ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, might just be the next SHAWN OF THE DEAD. I had no interest in seeing the new CHILD’S PLAY, out on June 21st, until I learned that Mark Hamill was voicing Chucky. Now I’m in. ANNABELLE COMES HOME on June 28th, and this sequel looks like NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM done as a Horror movie. It promises to be wicked fun.
I sure hope MIDSOMMER, the follow-up project from Ari Aster, the guy who did HEREDITARY, gets a full theatrical release, and its opening date of Wednesday July 3rd is just to allow it to get a coupla days’ jump on SPIDER-MAN. I hope the same for CRAWL, a killer alligator in a flooded house acid trip from Alex Aja, due on July 12th. The month ends with BRAHMS: THE BOY 2 on July 26.
Jennifer Kent of THE BABADOOK brings us her follow-up, THE NIGHTINGALE, on August 2nd, and it looks powerful. August 9th brings us SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, for which I admit I am giddily excited, and the sequel to 47 METERS DOWN arrives on August 16th. The first one was surprisingly good. Time will tell if this one rates or if the story should have been left on the bottom of the sea. Lastly, we get a little movie called IT: CHAPTER 2 on September 6th, closing out the summer season with a smile. Which of these offerings has you the most excited?