Many studios understandably wait to distribute many of their most prestigious movies closer to the end-of-the-year holidays, in hopes of garnering attention for the major awards season after the beginning of the new year. Fall 2019 is promising to be no different, as the remainder of the year guarantees to be the latest season set to release gripping, entertaining and memorable films.

The Fall 2019 movie season is set to begin with ‘Satanic Panic,’ which was written by Ted Geoghegan and Grady Hendrix, and directed by Chelsea Stardust. RLJE Films is set to distribute the horror comedy in theaters, as well as On Demand and digital, on September 6. The movie stars Hayley Griffith, Ruby Modine, Rebecca Romijn, Arden Myrin and Jerry O’Connell.

‘Satanic Panic’ follows Sam’s (Griffith) first day as a pizza delivery driver, which isn’t going according to plan. At the end of a long day and not enough tips, her last delivery turns out to be for a group of Satanists looking for someone to sacrifice. Now in a fight for her life, Sam must fend off witches, evil spells and demonic creatures, all while trying to keep her body – and soul – intact.

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The poster for director Chelsea Stardust’s horror comedy, ‘Satanic Panic,’ which stars Hayley Griffith, Ruby Modine, Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell.

The season’s next exciting release is ‘Haunt,’ which was written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, and produced by Eli Roth. Momentum Pictures is set to distribute the horror-thriller on Digital and On Demand on September 13. The film stars Katie Stevens, Will Brittain and Lauryn Alisa McClain.

‘Haunt’ is set on Halloween, and follows group of friends as they encounter an extreme haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night later turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some monsters are real.

Katie Stevens in Haunt
Katie Stevens as Harper in the horror-thriller, ‘Haunt,’ a Momentum Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures.

Another movie that’s set to garner attention is the horror drama, ‘3 From Hell,’ which was written, directed and and produced by Rob Zombie. The long-awaited follow-up to 2003’s ‘House of 1,000 Corpses’ and its 2005 sequel, ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ will be released by Lionsgate and Saban Films in nearly 900 select movie theaters nationwide on September 16, 17 and 18 through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. Tickets can be purchased through Fathom Events’ official website.

The movie features returning franchise stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley and Sid Haig as the title three from hell. ‘3 From Hell‘ also stars Richard Brake, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Dee Wallace, Emilio Rivera and Danny Trejo, who’s reprising his role from ‘The Devil’s Rejects.’

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The first look art for writer-director-producer Rob Zombie’s horror sequel, ‘3 From Hell.’

Historical fiction fans will be sure to find joy in the film adaptation of ‘Downton Abbey,’ which was written by the PBS television series’ creator, Julian Fellowes, and directed by Michael Engler. Focus Features is is set to distribute the drama in theaters on September 20. The movie stars Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

The ‘Downton Abbey’ film adaptation follows the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.

For more information on ‘Downton Abbey,’ visit the drama’s official website, as well as its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Jim Carter in Downton Abbey
Jim Carter stars as Mr. Carson in ‘Downton Abbey,’ a Focus Features release. Credit : Jaap Buitendijk/ © 2019 Focus Features,LLC

The season’s next exciting release is the horror thriller, ‘Bloodline,’ which marks the feature film directorial debut of Henry Jacobson, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Avra Fox-Lerner and Will Honley. Momentum Pictures will also distribute the Blumhouse-produced drama on September 20, in theaters and On Digital and On Demand. The movie stars Seann William Scott, Mariela Garriga, Dale Dickey and Kevin Carroll.

Seann William Scott (left) stars in co-writer-director Henry Jacobson’s horror-thriller, ‘Bloodline.’

Another intriguing film that’s garnering attention is the animated feature, ‘The Addams Family,’ which was directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. The family comedy, which is based on characters that were created by Charles Addams, is set to be released on October 11 by United Artists Releasing. The movie features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler and Allison Janney.

For more information about ‘The Addams Family,’ which is the first animated comedy about the title family, visit the film’s official website, as well as its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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The poster for directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan’s animated family comedy, ‘ Addams Family.’

Also set to be distributed on October 11 in theaters, as well as on VOD and Digital, is Gravitas Ventures‘ horror-thriller, ‘Along Came the Devil 2.’ The sequel to last summer’s ‘Along Came the Devil‘ features the return of director Jason DeVan, who also once again co-write the script with Heather DeVan. The film stars Bruce Davison, Laura Slade Wiggins, Mark Ashworth, Cassius DeVan, Tiffany Fallon and Heather DeVan, who’s reprising her role of Sarah from the movie’s predecessor.

‘Along Came the Devil 2’ follows Jordan (Wiggins), who has always been very protective of her younger sister, Ashley (who was played by Sydney Sweeney in the first film), who has been staying with their Aunt Tanya (who was portrayed by Jessica Barth in the original movie), while Jordan is away in college.

When she receives an unsettling voicemail from her aunt, telling her to come home, Jordan becomes very concerned. She arrives in her old hometown, only to be greeted by her estranged father and the town’s Reverend Michael (Davison, who also appeared in ‘Along Came the Devil’). Her aunt and sister have mysteriously disappeared, and no one seems to have any answers. Jordan is determined to find out what happened to them, and discovers a very dark, demonic secret along the way.

Heather DeVan in Along Came the Devil 2
Heather DeVan as Sarah Winbourne in the horror film, ‘Along Came the Devil 2,’ a Gravitas Ventures film. Photo courtesy of Gravitas Ventures.

Just in time for Halloween comes the horror feature, ‘Trick,’ which reunited Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, the writers of the 2011 action-adventure movie, ‘Drive Angry.’ The duo’s latest project, which RLJE Films is set to release in theaters on October 18, was directed by Lussier. Their new drama stars Omar Epps, Kristina Reyes, Jamie Kennedy and Tom Atkins, who also appeared in the scribes’ 2009 remake of ‘My Bloody Valentine.’

Set on Halloween night in 2015, ‘Trick’ follows Patrick “Trick” Weaver, as he massacred his classmates at a costume party. After being arrested, he managed to escape police custody, but not before being shot five times by Detective Mike Denver (Epps). Everyone believes Trick must be dead, but when a masked killer reappears the following Halloween, and every Halloween after that, they realize the nightmare is not over. With Trick wreaking havoc and killing innocent people in increasingly terrifying ways, Denver will stop at nothing to finish what he started, and bring the carnage to an end.

Another anticipated Halloween genre feature is the horror movie, ‘Girl on the Third Floor,’ which Queensbury Pictures will distribute the week before the holiday, on October 25. The film, which was written, directed and produced by Travis Stevens, stars Phil “C.M. Punk” Brooks, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks, Elissa Dowling and Travis Delgado.

‘Girl on the Third Floor’ highlights how bursting pipes, rotting walls and unidentifiable slime were not what Don Koch (Brooks) expected when he convinced his wife, Liz (Dunn), that he could rehab their new Victorian home himself. In over his head, under duress and tempted by his old weaknesses, Don soon discovers that the house has its own dark, sordid history, and won’t be so easy to renovate after all.

The Fall 2019 season is set to end on a pulsating note with the horror-thriller, ‘Daniel Isn’t Real.’ The movie was written by Brian DeLeeuw and Adam Egypt Mortimer, who also directed the drama. The movie is set to be released by in theaters, as well as on VOD and Digital, by Samuel Goldwyn Films on December 6. The feature stars Patrick Schwarzenegger, Miles Robbins, Sasha Lane, Hannah Marks and Mary Stuart Masterson.

‘Daniel Isn’t Real’ follows troubled college freshman, Luke (Robbins), who, after suffering from a violent family trauma, resurrects his childhood imaginary friend, Daniel (Schwarzenegger), to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him to the very edge of sanity and into a desperate struggle for control of his mind — and his soul.

Patrick Schwarzenegger in Daniel Isn't Real
Patrick Schwarzenegger as Daniel in the horror, thriller, ‘Daniel Isn’t Real,’ a Samuel Goldwyn Films release. Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films.

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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