Horror had one incredible ride in 2017, with films like Split, Get Out, and the remake of IT – all proving that audiences want smart, engaging stories out of the genre. Let’s see what scares 2018 has in store for us. We may even see some familiar faces along the way.
Insidious: The Last Key
Once again going back in time, the latest entry to the successful franchise follows a younger Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), whose home is overcome with a demonic spirit.
The story behind one of America’s most haunted houses, the Winchester Mystery House, is finally coming to the big screen. Starring Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, the woman who believed herself to be cursed by the spirits of those killed by her husbands guns. So convinced, she continuously built a maze of a home for nearly 40 years to please the ghosts haunting her.
The Cloverfield Paradox
Like the previous Cloverfield films, this one was shrouded in total mystery. Originally poised for an October 2017 premiere, the film was said to take place aboard a space station that finds itself within the Clover-universe. Starring Elizabeth Debicki, David Oyelowo and Chris O’Dowd, the movie ended up dropping its trailer during Super Bowl Sunday, announcing its release on Netflix, instead of theatrically released like the previous two. Netflix then released the film immediately following the game.
Rumors began to swirl in the last couple of weeks that this was going to be streamed on Netflix, so it may not have been such a surprise to some. Also rumored is that a possible completed 4th film, will also be released as a Netflix original later on.
The Strangers: Prey at Night
The long awaited sequel to 2008’s The Strangers is finally arriving. Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman star as a family who find themselves lost while taking a road trip. Staying in a trailer park for the night, they come face-to-face with the menacing masked killers from the first film.
A Quiet Place
Directed by and starring John Krasinski, this mysterious supernatural horror finds a family living in total silence – fearing something may hurt them if they make their presence known. The film also costars Krasinski’s real-life wife Emily Blunt.
Truth or Dare
Another Blumhouse Production slated for release in 2018, this film follows a college student who, after a game of Truth or Dare, finds herself plagued with a supernatural presence. Starring Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale and Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Posey.
The Secret of Marrowbone
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy (Split), Stranger Things‘ Charlie Heaton and Mia Goth, this Spanish horror drama set in 1969 is about siblings who have hid the death of their mother, in order to stay together. However, they are being tormented by a presence in the estate they share.
This British horror film follows Andy Nyman, a supernatural skeptic who finds himself entangled within three cases of supposed hauntings. The film also stars Martin Freeman.
Two thieves have a great set-up as valet drivers at a ritzy restaurant. When a guest is dining, one plays lookout while the other robs the home of the diner. They think they’ve hit the jackpot with one man (David Tennant), however they soon realize he isn’t so innocent.
Toni Collette stars in this ultra-creepy horror film that had an incredible response at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. She stars as a woman dealing with the recent death of her mother, feeling that a dark presence may have been left behind.
The First Purge
Originally subtitled “The Island”, this newest installment will continue the story as a prequel to the successful franchise. It will focus on how The Purge came to be and what led to such a horrific event being legalized.
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The controversial fictional character will be brought to theaters starring Joey King and The Affair‘s Julia Goldani Telles.
The Little Stranger
Domhnall Gleeson portrays Dr. Faraday, a respected doctor in 1947. When taking care of a patient at Hundreds Hall, he becomes acquainted with the woman’s grown children (Will Poulter and Ruth Wilson). Both convinced they are being haunted by something sinister.
The fifth installment in the successful Conjuring franchise will bring to life the story of that terrifying nun featured in The Conjuring 2, and briefly mentioned in Annabelle: Creation. Set in Romania during 1952, a mysterious death of a nun finds Father Burke traveling to Rome to investigate. Taissa Farmiga joins big sister Vera Farmiga (Lorraine Warren) in the series, portraying Sister Irene.
Matt Smith stars in this zombie-outbreak film as mankind’s only hope for a cure. After being bitten, he does not change, but can instead communicate with the infected and sets out to find patient zero.
The films release was originally slated for February 17, 2017, but was shelved for over a year without reason. If you can’t wait until September, the film will be released on Digital a month earlier.
The House with a Clock in its Walls
Director Eli Roth brings to life this gothic horror novel with stars Cate Blanchett, Jack Black and Kyle MacLachlan. The story tells the tale of witches and warlocks and their dark plan to bring about the end the world.
Blumhouse Productions is set to reboot the popular horror franchise Halloween. The film will take place after the second film from 1981, ignoring the sequels, and remakes, that followed. Fans were happy to see Jamie Lee Curtis returning as Laurie Strode to battle Michael Meyers once again.
A group of students at a prestigious boarding school find themselves in danger when a fracking site unleashes hell on earth. Led by their Professor, played by Simon Pegg, and the remainder of the schools staff, they must fight to stay alive. This horror comedy also stars Pegg’s longtime partner, Nick Frost, as well as Michael Sheen (Underworld, Masters of Sex) and Asa Butterfield (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children).
This remake of the 1977 Italian film stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Chloë Grace Moretz, among others. Johnson plays a young dancer who ventures to a European dance academy. She’ll soon learn the academy has a sinister secret.
DELAYED (Original Date: August 24)
Starring former Castle star Stana Katic, this film follows a fresh-out-of-rehab cop who takes the night shift at a city morgue. Soon discovering a violent entity has possessed one of the deceased.
Unfortunately, the films release was given to Slender Man and pushed back to an unknown date.
The New Mutants
DELAYED TIL 2019
The X-Men universe dives into the horror genre with this film about five young mutants, held in a secret facility and discovering their powers. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy (Split), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones).
This film was originally due out this year, however, reshoots have pushed it back to 2019.
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