Not everyone can stomach a horror movie, but those who can typically love them. Last year turned out to be one of the best years for the spookiest of genres in recent memory with the releases of films like Get Out and IT, and if 2018 turns out to be anything like the year that preceded it, then we think it’s safe to say that horror fans could once again walk away with smiles on their faces.
With horror on the mind, we have put together a list of all the horror movies that you should definitely keep an eye on in 2018! Make it a point to make sure to note these on your calendars as soon as possible. On that note, let’s dive into our first horror fest.
Starring Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester (of the Winchester firearm company fame), the film follows her as she begins to suspect a haunting in her house in the wake of the deaths of her husband and child. Getting all the more paranoid about the potentially supernatural phenomena taking place around her, Ms. Winchester eventually sanctions the construction of the labyrinthian Winchester Mystery House in Northern California. Winchester is loosely based on real-life events, so if you are into horror with an added element of historical fiction, then this should be right up your alley when it debuts on the big screen later this year.
Even though Bollywood does come up with decent horror movies from time to time, we have to agree that the industry is far behind the world in matters such as good storytelling.
Bollywood, despite all its more or less failed attempts at creating a blockbuster horror movie, is coming up with a movie where there is definitely more than just some stupid jump scares in the film. The trailer looks intriguing and having a good actor as it’s lead will only help the film. The film is all set to release on March 2, 2018.
3. The Strangers: Prey At Night
Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers developed a cult following in the ten years since it first debuted in theaters, and many fans have called for a sequel ever since its initial release. Finally, we will now get a sequel to the creepy home-invasion thrilled this year in the form of The Strangers: Prey at Night, and it definitely looks like we won’t come home disappointed. As of now, let’s just hope that this sequel can live up to the original’s legacy.
Release Date: March 9
Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane is tad bit different from the other films on this list. It is one of those fewest horror films that is all set to debut in 2018 and yet, has shown us absolutely no footage or early looks. All we really know is that the film centers on a young woman who confronts her worst fear after being involuntarily committed into a mental institution, and that the film stars Claire Foy, Juno Temple and Aimee Mullins. Even without much information, it’s hard to deny that Steven Soderbergh has been on a directing hot streak lately with films like Logan Lucky, and his work on something like Contagion showed how well he could make a realistic story undeniably terrifying. Unsane sounds like it’s going to be insane, and we’re totally up for it.
Release Date: March 23
5. A Quiet Place
You know, there are certain amazing horror movie that reply solely on the simplest of gimmicks for their respective premises, and that long tradition is in full display in John Kransinksi’s A Quiet Place. Jack Ryan and his wife, Emily Blunt are starting in this thriller which is about a family hiding out from a world that is full of unknown monsters. Here’s the catch: The threat that is lurking menacingly right out in the world can only hunt you by hearing you. The family remains safe as long as they stay quiet.
You know how it goes, right? Something eventually causes a ruckus, and the family finds itself in a fight for survival.
Release Date: April 6
6. New Mutants
Horror has seeped into our veins as well as into our collective pop culture mentality a lot more than ever before. That idea might be most prevalent in the fact that we are about to get a horror/superhero movie hybrid in the form of Josh Boone’s New Mutants. Unlike the traditional X-Men adventures that we have seen over the last two decades, New Mutants looks like it’s going to double as a proper young adult horror story about a group of troubled teenagers trying to cope with their abilities in a mental institution. Well, you know what? This is exactly how we avoid superhero fatigue.
Release Date: April 13
7. The Nun
Father Burke is sent to Rome to investigate the sudden mysterious death of a nun. Can you guess, who she is? Well, that’s our Valac from the Conjuring series! The movie is in the post-production phase and we are yet to see a trailer.
8. Truth or Dare.
We all know how it goes. This game is always up for a horror script, right? A group of youngsters play the game, only this one is a little twisted. You say the truth or you die. You do the dare, or you die. Horrifying yet?
9. Slender Man
Forget Freddy Krueger. Now we have a brand new haunting creature – a thin man with long arms without a face, who is responsible for the mysterious disappearances of innumerable children and teens.
10. The House That Jack Built
Before you sit to watch this movie, you might want to think a little. Capturing brutality in raw form, this one is an extremely disturbing serial killer fiction. The movie spans over a 12-year timeline, taking you through his work of art, his carefully performed murders. If that’s not scary, I don’t know what is.
11. I Know What You did Last Summer
So the original movie took the 90s by storm and became one of the most successful horror flicks. Followed by two sequels that didn’t really turn out to be that good and were huge flops and the series died a disgraceful death. Now Mike Flanagan has taken the challenge to bring a remake to the screens and stick to the original novel by Lois Duncan which seems like a great idea after those unsuccessful sequels.
12. The Cured
This pensive spin on the zombie genre takes place in an Ireland ravaged by years of a zombie-like plague that turns the infected into feral cannibals, but when a cure is invented, the survivors attempt to integrate into society with some surprising complications. The Cured earned strong reviews out of TIFF and Fantastic Fest, and promises a mature spin on the zombie genre rooted in personal and political allegory.
The film stars Bel Powley as Anna, a woman who spent her entire childhood locked in an attic, cared for by a mysterious man she knows only as “Daddy” (Brad Dourif), who warns her of a creature he calls the Wildling. When she’s rescued, Anna tries to start a new life but her nightmares of the Wildling return to torment her. IFC Midnight has been on a roll with their horror releases in recent years, so this pre-fest acquisition and swift release certainly perk up the ears.
So, tighten your seatbelts and use the toilet before you begin because you’re in for a long, scary ride!