In addition to a slew of gruesome terror coming down the pike in the form of The Strangers: Prey at Night, The Nun, and Blumhouse’s Halloween, there are a ton of horror-adjacent films genre fans can look forward to. From a film populated by latex puppets to a UFO cult and mobile cities, there’s some incredibly diverse stuff headed our way.
Our friends at Looper have put together a video list horror fans will definitely want to peruse: The Most Bizarre Movies Coming Out In 2018! It’ll put some entries on your radar that we guarantee you haven’t heard of yet. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section.
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If you can’t stream, or if you want more information on any of the films discussed, we’ve included synopses and trailers (when available) for each one. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Sometimes we go to movies to laugh, sometimes we go to cry, and sometimes we want to have our minds melted. No medium like film can take you on a psychedelic trip, make you question the nature of everything around you, or get you inside the headspace of the truly deranged — and it appears that next year will bring a ton movies designed to blow everyone’s minds. Here are the 2018 movies that are bound to be weird in the very best ways…
Annihilation (Directed by Alex Garland)
Release date: February 23, 2018
Official Synopsis: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It was written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later).
A Wrinkle in Time (Directed by Ava DuVernay)
Release date: March 9, 2018
Official Synopsis: Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.
Ready Player One (Directed by Steven Spielberg)
Release date: March 30, 2018
Official Synopsis: From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Abruptio (Directed by Evan Marlowe)
Release date: TBD
Official Synopsis: Abruptio is a 2018 American surrealist horror film written and directed by Evan Marlowe (Horror House; Blood Rush). It stars James Marsters, Jordan Peele and Robert Englund. Les Hackel (James Marsters) is a guy down on his luck who wakes to find an explosive device has been implanted in his neck. He must carry out heinous crimes in order to stay alive while trying to identify the mastermind manipulating the now twisted and strange world around him.
Alita: Battle Angel (Directed by Robert Rodriguez)
Release date: July 20, 2018
Official Synopsis: Alita is a futuristic cyborg who wakes up in a doctor’s clinic with no memory of who she is. She must soon use her extraordinary fighting abilities to combat deadly forces while trying to uncover the truth behind her mysterious past.
Captive State (Directed by Rupert Wyatt)
Release date: August 17, 2018
Official Synopsis: Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, CAPTIVE STATE explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.
Mortal Engines (Directed by Christian Rivers) [Featured Image]
Release date: December 14, 2018
Official Synopsis: Thousands of years after a cataclysmic event, humans try to survive on a planet where gigantic moving cities ruthlessly prey upon smaller traction towns. When Londoner Tom Natsworthy encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw, he soon finds himself forging an unlikely alliance that changes the course of the future.
The Endless (Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead)
Release date: March 23, 2018
Official Synopsis: Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two brothers who receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier. Hoping to find the closure that they couldn’t as young men, they’re forced to reconsider the cult’s beliefs when confronted with unexplainable phenomena surrounding the camp. As the members prepare for the coming of a mysterious event, the brothers race to unravel the seemingly impossible truth before their lives become permanently entangled with the cult.
The House That Jack Built (Directed by Lars von Trier)
Initial release: November 29, 2018
Official Synopsis: The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer over the course of 12 years and depicts the murders that truly develop Jack as a serial killer.
Sorry to Bother You (Directed by Boots Riley)
Initial release: January 20, 2018
Official Synopsis: In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success – which propels him into a macabre universe.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Directed by Terry Gilliam)
Release date: TBD
Official Synopsis: An advertising executive jumps back and forth in time between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza.
Inversion (Directed by Peter Segal)
Release date: TBD
Official Synopsis: A street-wise American con man teams with a young Chinese physicist as they race against the clock to save the earth from a terrifying loss of gravity.
The Mandela Effect (Directed by David Guy Levy)
Release date: TBD
Official Synopsis: A man becomes obsessed with facts and events that have been collectively misremembered by thousands of people. Believing the phenomena to be the symptom of something larger, his obsession eventually leads him to question reality itself.
Night on Bald Mountain (Director TBA)
Release date: TBD
Official Synopsis: Disney is developing the animated Night on Bald Mountain segment from Fantasia as a feature-length movie with the writers of Dracula Untold.
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