Tarot and 4 new horror movies releasing this week (and 19 older titles hitting streaming), April 29

A new shark movie hits VOD and teens are terrorized by cursed tarot cards in Sony's latest film.
Adain Bradley as Grant and Avantika Vandanapu as Paige in Screen Gems TAROT - Cr: Slobodan Pikula
Adain Bradley as Grant and Avantika Vandanapu as Paige in Screen Gems TAROT - Cr: Slobodan Pikula /

The last few weeks of April might not carry much excitement in terms of new horror movies and shows, but May is shaping up to be a fantastic month with big films like I Saw the TV Glow, In a Violent Nature, and The Strangers: Chapter 1 on the horizon, in addition to the return of shows including Evil and Pretty Little Liars: Summer School.

To kick off the month, we have a bloody shark movie and Sony's PG-13 teen scream Tarot, plus several popular older titles are landing on streaming services like Netflix, Prime Video, and Starz.


  • Director: Spenser Cohen
  • Cast: Harriet Slater, Adain Bradley, Avantika Vandanapu, Wolfgang Novogratz, Humberly González, Larsen Thompson, and Jacob Batalon
  • Rating: PG-13 (horror violence, terror, bloody images, some strong language and drug content)
  • Release date: May 3 in theaters

This week's biggest horror debut is the new Sony flick Tarot, receiving a nationwide theatrical release on Friday, May 3. Since it's a Sony film, the movie will eventually stream on Netflix, but if you're looking for a fun PG-13 teen scream then this will be right up your alley. Spenser Cohen and Anna Halberg co-direct the movie in their feature directorial debut.

They also wrote the script alongside Nicholas Adams who penned the original 1992 novel Horrorscope that the movie is based on. Mean Girls breakout Avantika Vandanapu leads the film alongside Reginald the Vampire star Jacob Batalon, Harriet Slater, Adrian Bradley, and more. Tarot centers on a group of friends who accidentally unleash unspeakable evil while using a deck of cursed tarot cards.

I Saw the TV Glow

  • Director: Jane Schoenbrun
  • Cast: Justice Smith, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Ian Foreman, Helena Howard, Fred Durst, and Danielle Deadwyler
  • Rating: PG-13 (violent content, some sexual material, thematic elements and teen smoking)
  • Release date: May 3 (limited theatrical) - May 17 (nationwide)

One of this year's buzziest new horror movies is I Saw the TV Glow from writer/director Jane Schoenbrun (We're All Going to the World's Fair). After making its splashy debut at Sundance, the film is finally getting a theatrical release soon. It will open in a limited amount of theaters on Friday, May 3, followed by a wide expansion on May 17. When a television show beloved by two teenagers gets canceled, they notice that their reality has started to blur.

Something in the Water

  • Director: Hayley Easton Street
  • Cast: Hiftu Quasem, Lauren Lyle, Natalie Mitson, Nicole Reiko Setsuko, and Ellouise Shakespeare-Hart
  • Rating: Rated R (strong language throughout, some violence and bloody images)
  • Release date: May 3 on VOD

An idyllic destination wedding turns into a nightmare when five women are terrorized by a shark in the ocean. I recommend skipping the trailer on this one as it does appear to give away a lot of the movie, but if you're a fan of shark attack films then you'll probably want to check this one out when its VOD this Friday! Something in the Water will also be playing in select theaters.

New Life

  • Director: John Rosman
  • Cast: Sonya Walger, Hayley Erin, and Tony Amendola
  • Release date: May 3 on VOD

Sitting pretty with a 97% approval score based on 37 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, New Life is shaping up to be one of my most anticipated May titles! Premiering last year at the Fantasia Festival, New Life will land on VOD this Friday, May 3, and in select theaters.

Desperate to cross the Canadian border to escape her past, Jess (Haley Erin) must outrun the terrifying and resourceful agent Elsa (Sonya Walger) as she tails her through the Pacific Northwest.

Older titles hitting streaming this week

In addition to the new titles releasing this week, some streaming services are also adding horror movies to their line-ups. Fans of aquatic terror can check out Starz for all of the Jaws movies, while Prime Video is adding several Hellraiser movies and Max gets Poltergeist (though, sadly, not the original).

  • Hellboy (2019) on Netflix, May 1
  • Poltergeist (2015) on Max, May 1
  • Poltergeist II: The Other Side on Max, May 1
  • Poltergeist III on Max, May 1
  • The Lighthouse on Max, May 1
  • Black Christmas (2019) on Max, May 1
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer on Max, May 1
  • Hostel on Starz, May 1
  • Hostel: Part II on Starz, May 1
  • Jaws on Starz, May 1
  • Jaws 2 on Starz, May 1
  • Jaws 3 on Starz, May 1
  • Jaws: The Revenge on Starz, May 1
  • Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth on Prime Video, May 1
  • Hellraiser IV: Bloodline on Prime Video, May 1
  • Hellraiser V: Inferno on Prime Video, May 1
  • Hellraiser VI: Hellseeker on Prime Video, May 1
  • Hellraiser VII: Deader on Prime Video, May 1
  • Hellraiser VIII: Hellworld on Prime Video, May 1

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