A Circus of Doppelgangers, Ghosts, and Dead Pets: The Most Promising Upcoming Films of Spring 2019

Quentin Norris
6 min readMar 6, 2019
Photo by John Moeses Bauan on Unsplash

And just like that, the first two months of the year are already behind us, and the next 10 are screaming toward us before they too eventually rush by. But hey, let’s not get too existential about it and enjoy what we’ve got looking forward to. Some of the best things heading our way are, of course, movies. January and February have been pretty quiet so far, but that’s to be expected from these two months when we’re still catching up on everything from the previous year. Sure, there are exceptions like Get Out and Black Panther, but for the most part, there’s nothing coming out in the first two months of the year that’s going to rock the boat or change the landscape of cinema.

But now it’s March, and there’s a spark in the air. Winter is over (technically) and the weather may be cold, but the film season is beginning to warm up. It may not be summer quite yet, but there are some promising titles coming up on the horizon. There’s so many in fact, that it’s hard to keep up with everything. It’s easy to get lost in the glut of everything on the horizon, from blockbusters to the smallest independent film being released on three screens before quietly sneaking onto streaming services. Allow me to navigate these tricky waters for you, with a list of some of the most exciting and interesting titles on the horizon in the months of March and April, before things start getting really crazy when summer hits. These are titles that hold the most interest, the most promise, or are simply hidden gems that could get buried under the excitement of seeing Avengers: Endgame.

  1. Us (March 22nd): Jordan Peele blew our minds and made us scream in a way no horror director had in ages, and because of it, he’s already considered a modern master, with only one masterpiece under his belt. The end of March is here to continue that legacy. Not much else is known about this nightmare fantasy of a family being confronted by malicious doppelgangers while on vacation, and honestly, that’s the way I hope it stays until opening night. The film is set to open SXSW at the beginning of the month, so staying clear of spoilers will be difficult, but worth it, I think. Jordan Peele has hit a nerve that America has never needed more than right now. His films may entertain, but…
Quentin Norris

Writer, filmmaker, and comedy performer living in Winston-Salem NC. I write fantasy, horror, flash fiction, and film/television/music reviews.