We’re just barely over the hump of 2017 but some uber-eager horror aficionados like myself are already eyeing 2018 with greedy glee! It’s not that 2017 has been a bad year for our beloved genre; quite the contrary in fact. And we still have films like Annabelle: Creation, Jigsaw, and IT coming down the pike. Still, the number of major horror releases stacking up in 2018 is already substantial; in fact, there are already 20 we’re dying to see!
Below, in chronological order (to the best of our knowledge) are the Top 20 Horror Movies Being Released in 2018! Bookmark this page and check back often as we’ll keep a fluid tally of what we consider the most hotly anticipated. We’ll also be adding trailers as they are released. When possible, we’ve included the pertinent information we know at this time.
Insidious Chapter 4 (Adam Robitel)
January 5, 2018
Official Synopsis: Lin Shaye will reprise her role as Elise Rainier while other cast members are unknown at this stage.
The fourth installment in Blumhouse’s wildly successful Insidious franchise is being postponed until 2018 after originally shooting for an October 20th release date. Fans of the series’ hallmark supernatural metaphysics will have to wait until January 5th to see astral projectionist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reteaming with her ghost-busting sidekicks Tucker and Specs (played by Angus Sampson and franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell respectively).
Related Article: “Insidious: Chapter 4” Gets New Release Date
2018 Cloverfield Movie aka God Particle (Julius Onah)
February 2, 2018
Official Synopsis: Rumored to be the untitled Cloverfield prequel. Takes place on board a space ship where a shocking discovery forces a team of astronauts aboard a space station to fight for survival while their reality has been altered.
God Particle lead actor David Oyelowo recently sat down with the good folks at The Wrap to discuss what it’s like working on a film with such a rich and complicated backstory:
“Every single day we were on that set we were agog with the inventiveness and innovation, between the technology, the story and the audacity of what we were trying to accomplish. It’s an incredibly exciting and innovative piece of storytelling. It’s incredibly surprising.”
Winchester (Michael and Peter Spierig)
Official Synopsis: A woman comes to believe that she is being haunted by the souls of people killed by a Winchester repeating rifle. To star Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke.
Slender Man (Sylvain White)
Official Synopsis: A horror movie based on the internet meme of Slenderman.
EXCLUSIVE: Sylvain White has been set to direct Slender Man, the Screen Gems thriller that will begin production by the spring. White made his feature directing debut with Screen Gems on the sleeper hit Stomp the Yard, and also directed The Losers. Scripted by David Birke, Slender Man revolves around a tall, thin horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless fact, who is reputed to be responsible for the haunting and disappearance of countless children and teens.
Related Article: Slender Man Movie in the Works at Screen Gems
The Purge 4 (Gerard McMurray)
Official Synopsis: The 4th installment of the franchise will likely be a prequel focuses on how the new founding fathers came to power. James DeMonaco, director of the first 3 movies will not return.
The Purge is a series of American dystopian action horror films written and directed by James DeMonaco. It currently consists of three films: The Purge (2013), The Purge: Anarchy (2014) and The Purge: Election Year (2016). It is based on a future dystopic America where every year there is a 12-hour period during which all crime, including murder, is legal.
Related Article: “The Purge” TV Series to Coincide with “The Purge 4” in 2018
The Nun (Corin Hardy)
Official Synopsis: The Conjuring 2 spin-off which will focus on the demon nun character. Taissa Farmiga to star as the young nun.
The Nun is being directed by Corin Hardy from a script penned by IT scribe Gary Dauberman and franchise creator James Wan. The film is set to being filming in Romania this week with a target release date of Friday, July 18th, 2018. Currently in pre-production, is filling out nicely; we previously announced that Bonnie Aarons, who played the shocking demon nun Valak in 2016’s The Conjuring 2 is bringing the unholy terror back, along with franchise newcomers Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir. Charlotte Hope, and Jonas Bloquet.
Related Article: More Casting News for “Conjuring” Spinoff “The Nun”
The Predator (Shane Black)
Official Synopsis: Little known about the plot at this stage however it is more likely to be a sequel rather than a reboot. To be directed and co-written by Shane Black of Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang fame.
We’ve been following Shane Black’s The Predator, which just wrapped filming in Vancouver since the project was first announced in 2016. While we first described the film as a reboot, Black was quick to correct everyone, insisting his chapter in the franchise launched in 1987 was a continuation of the original. But hold the phone; in a recent interview with EW, Keegan-Michael Key (a member of the sizable ensemble cast) threw everything we thought we knew overboard [Follow Link Below].
Meg (Jon Turteltaub)
Official Synopsis: Jason Statham attempts to rescue the crew of a submarine being stalked by a giant 70-foot sea creature.
There’s already another big-studio shark-themed horror movie in the works set to debut in summer 2018: Meg (short for “Megalodon”) is being directed by Jon Turteltaub and is based on a series of bestselling novels penned by Steve Alten.
Goosebumps: Horrorland (Rob Letterman)
Official Synopsis: Sequel to the commercially successful 2015 film. Rob Letterman likely to return as director.
Goosebumps HorrorLand is the upcoming sequel to the 2015 Goosebumps film, coming to theaters September 21, 2018 by Columbia Pictures. Rob Letterman (director of the first film), Darren Lemke (screenwriter of the first film) are returning for the sequel, along with the producers of the first film, Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz. Jack Black is also set to respire his role as R.L. Stine. The film is currently in pre-production.(Source)
The Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space in 3D (Stephen Chiodo)
Official Synopsis: Sequel to the cult classic Killer Clowns from Outer Space. After 30 years since their last invasion, the clowns once again try to take over the earth. The humans must stop them
The Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space is the upcoming sequel to the 1988 film that will also be directed, produced and written by the Chiodo Brothers. It will be released in 3D. IMDB confirmed that the film will come out September 28th, 2018, which is slightly longer than 30 years after the first film’s release date. (Source)
Halloween (David Gordon Green)
Official Synopsis: The next installment in the Halloween franchise will likely be more of a sequel than a remake.
Per Dread Central:
“It’s not a reboot; it’s not gonna be a rehash,” said writer [Danny] McBride. “It’s a continuation of Michael Myers – where we’re choosing to continue it from, you’ll have to see when the movie comes out. I’d already seen all these movies, but I’ve really been studying them now and just thinking about all the people that have been hired to make a Michael Myers movie. Just trying to avoid any mistakes that those people might’ve made. The first Halloween is scary as shit. And the second Halloween is scary, but not as scary. And then from there, it isn’t as scary. And I really think that what happens with it is that he basically becomes Frankenstein. No matter what anyone hits him with, he’s not gonna die. There’s no suspense.”
Related Article: “Halloween” 2018 Filming This Fall; McBride Says “No Crazy Backstory” for Michael Myers
Overlord (Julius Avery)
Official Synopsis: This J.J. Abrams produced horror movie takes place during World War 2 and follows two paratroopers shot down over Normandy who uncover a sinister Nazi experiment. The movie is rumored to be in the Cloverfield universe.
The Strangers 2 (Johannes Roberts)
Official Synopsis: The film follows a family whose road trip takes a turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park and after the power goes out they decide to hunker down for the night in a borrowed trailer. Under the cover of darkness, three familiar masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit.
The Strangers 2 stars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.
Related Article: The New “Strangers” Revealed! Find Out Who’s Behind the Masks
Nosferatu (Robert Eggers)
The film is currently untitled and will be based on F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film, which followed the vampire Count Orlok of Transylvania, who wants to buy a house in Germany and becomes enamored of the real-estate agent’s wife. It was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” and Werner Herzog directed a 1979 remake.
The Grudge (Nicolas Pesce)
Some grudges never die; Ju-On aka The Grudge franchise is one of Japan’s most enduring horror series with 9 films total, not to mention a gaggle of comics, shorts, and even novels. An American remake launched during the J-Horror craze of the early 2000s was stretched into a trilogy; the first installment was very true to its source material, but the films were never as popular as their Japanese inspirations.
Related Article: No End to “The Grudge” with New Reboot from Sam Raimi & Ghost House
1974 (Casey La Scala)
Broad Green Pictures has signed on to make 1974, with Casey La Scala directing a thriller based on the true events behind the most famous haunted house in Amityville, Long Island. La Scala wrote the script, which takes its jumping off point from the factual tragedy where Ronald DeFeo was convicted of murdering his mother, father, two brothers and two sisters. That was the grounding for the fright franchise The Amityville Horror, which focused on the next family that bought what seemed like an idyllic house in the suburbs. Eli Roth and Todd Garner are producing a film that is expected to be ready for production by September.
Deep Blue Sea 2 (Darin Scott)
Official Synopsis: A brilliant billionaire named Carl Durant is experimenting on bull sharks, which soon rebel to cause havoc for a group of scientists.
“The script is about this scientific research ship that is seized by Somali pirates, and a team of Navy SEALs have to go in and take them out. The whole ship is basically a gigantic floating laboratory, with a maze of tunnels that the sharks can travel through that open up into tanks. My thinking was that this was Sgt. Rock vs. sharks, so I developed this platoon kind of based on my favorite ‘Sgt. Rock’ characters. To a certain degree, it was similar to what they did in ‘Predator’; there were definitely echoes of that sort of motley group.”
Firestarter (Akiva Goldsman)
Stephen King’s classic Firestarter will be ablaze on the big screen again in a remake with Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman behind the camera. Goldsman and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum announced the news tonight during the Overlook Film Festival at Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, OR, following the opening-night premiere of their latest collaboration Stephanie which Goldsman directed.
The Blob (Simon West)
The Simon West-directed sci-thriller is set to shoot this fall. Fresh from his lisp-heavy performance in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Samuel L. Jackson will now don a lab coat in Simon West’s remake of 1958 sci-fi classic The Blob. The thriller, which is set to shoot this fall, will see Jackson play a biochemistry professor attempting to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the Earth.
The Crooked Man (TBD)
The Conjuring franchise continues to expand, with New Line getting to work on a Conjuring 2 spinoff based around the character of the Crooked Man. Mike Van Waes has been hired to pen the script from a story by James Wan, who serves as the chief architect of the Conjuring universe.
Which horror movies are you most looking forward to in 2018? Sound off in the Comments section!