Must-see horror movies this summer, from ‘Brightburn’ to …

A 12-year-old boy (Jackson A. Dunn) learns he has extraordinary abilities though harbors sinister tendencies in the superhero horror “Brightburn.” USA TODAY

Youve heard of Christmas in July? This weeks like Halloween in May.

While everyone is gearing up for the fall haunting season, when Pennywise hits the big screen again in Septembers It: Chapter Two,this weekendbrings James Gunns superhero horror flick Brightburn to theaters andmusically tinged psychological thriller The Perfection to Netflixto unnerve fright-festfans. This summer isactually pretty full of scares, from the return of not one but three killer dolls to a villainous Octavia Spencer.

Here are the horror movies to put on your must-see list the next three months, with something for every film taste.

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Brandon Breyer (Jackson A. Dunn) learns he’s not an ordinary 12-year-old in the superhero horror film “Brightburn.”(Photo: BORIS MARTIN)

This aint the Avengers, folks. Produced by James Gunn, the new film puts an evil spin on the Superman origin story as it centers on a Kansas farm couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) raising an alien boy (Jackson A. Dunn) who crash-landed on Earth as a baby. Unfortunately, this kid’s not down with truth, justice or the American way.

A former cello prodigy (Allison Williams, left) befriends her teacher’s star pupil (Logan Browning) in the Netflix horror thriller “The Perfection.”(Photo: NETFLIX)

The very twisty thriller stars Get Out actressAllison Williams as a one-time cello prodigy who befriends the star student (Logan Browning) of her former teacher (Steven Weber). A sinister symphony awaits this string duo, though, as things get seriously crazy quickly for both women.

Octavia Spencer stars as a middle-aged woman who becomes weirdly obsessed with the teens she befriends in the thriller “Ma.”(Photo: UNIVERSAL PICTURES)

Octavia Spencer isa cool lady known for playing kind, motherly types, which is why her role here is so intriguing: She plays a middle-aged Ohio woman who opens her home as a party place after local teens ask her to buy them alcohol, and the youngsters hanging out in her basement find out shes got a weird obsessive streak.

Iggy Pop stars as a coffee zombie in Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die.”(Photo: FREDERICK ELMES/FOCUS FEATURES)

Indie director Jim Jarmusch unleashes the walking undead on a sleepy small town with an absolutely stellar cast along for the ride, including Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloe Sevigny as embattled cops, Tilda Swinton as an oddball Scottish mortician, Iggy Pop and Carol Kane as zombies, and Tom Waits as a wise hermit.

Andy (Gabriel Bateman, left) makes friends with his new pal Chucky (voiced by Mark Hamill) in the new reboot of “Child’s Play.”(Photo: ERIC MILNER)

The infamous Chucky, who originally appeared in 1988, is reborn for a modern age as a robotic (and somewhat murderous) toy/new best friend for young Andy (Gabriel Bateman). None other than Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, voices Chucky he’s known for doing the animated Joker, so hes got evil cred and Aubrey Plaza co-stars as Andys frazzled mom.

The possessed doll from “The Conjuring” gets her third solo horror movie with “Annabelle Comes Home.”(Photo: WARNER BROS.)

The possessed plaything from The Conjuring gets her third solo movie, with paranormal experts Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) locking Annabelle in their room of occult artifacts. Unluckily for them, Annabelle awakens the other malevolent spirits in the place and they all turn their attention on the Warrens 10-year-old daughter (Mckenna Grace).

When his family moves into an old mansion, young Jude (Christopher Convery) makes friends with a life-like doll in “Brahms: The Boy II.”(Photo: DAVID BUKACH/STX FILMS)

Brahms, the porcelain child who looks way, way too real, returns in the sequel, which receives an infusion of star power: Katie Holmes headlines as the mom of a young family that moves into the super-creepy Heelshire Mansion, and Christopher Convery plays the real boy who befriends the eerie fake one.

Florence Pugh (from left), Vilhelm Blomgren and Jack Reynor are tourists who discover the terrifying secrets of the Swedish village they visit in the horror film “Midsommar.”(Photo: GABOR KOTSCHY/A24)

Director Ari Aster hailed demon king Paimon with Hereditary and takes audiences on a wholly different and strange trip with his new horror project. Florence Pugh stars as a young woman who travels to Sweden with her boyfriend (Jack Reynor) and his pals to a midsummer festival featuring a pagan cult and ultra-bizarre rituals.

Kaya Scodelario plays a young woman who has to avoid giant alligators in “Crawl.”(Photo: SERGEJ RADOVIC)

A Florida town is beset by a Category 5 hurricane but raging winds and rain have nothing on humongous chomping alligators. Kaya Scodelario stars as a young woman who ignores evacuation warnings to find hermissing father (Barry Pepper), and growing floodwaters bring some hungry, terrorizing reptiles.

Austin Zajur plays a teen who has to deal with the Pale Lady in “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”(Photo: GEORGE KRAYCHYK/CBS FILMS)

Monster-movie guru Guillermo del Toro is the co-writer and producer behind this adaptation of the childrens book series. Set in 1968, the film follows the teenagers of small-town Mill Valley, who find a tome of terrifying tales penned by a tortured young girl and deal with the consequences when the stories come alive.


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