While there won’t be many reasons for horror fans to head to theaters next month, there’s plenty of terror headed our way via VOD and Blu-ray/DVD, so it’ll be a good time for collectors and those who missed some of 2017’s best offerings. And since the weather is getting colder, it’s the perfect time to enjoy some compelling horror from the comfort of home, am I right?
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Below are all horror movies being released in January 2018; this included nationwide and limited theatrical releases, as well as VOD & Blu-ray/DVD releases. Bookmark this page, as we’ll be adding additional titles as announcements are made. Have a read and let us know what you think in the Comments section! What horror movies are you most looking forward to in January?
Psychopaths (Directed by Mickey Keating)
Release Date: January 2, 2018 (VOD)
Official Synopsis: In an unidentified prison, a madman is executed via the electric chair. This triggers a sort of Mischief Night for a group of serial killers out in the city. There’s Alice (Ashley Bell), an escaped mental patient who thinks she’s living in a 1950s glamour world; Blondie (Angela Trimbur), a beautiful seductress who lures men down into her suburban basement; a strangler (James Landry Hebert) who preys on unsuspecting women; and an enigmatic masked contract killer (Sam Zimmerman) whose next job sends him to seedy nightclub. As the night progresses, the body-count rises and the fate of these deranged murderers is sealed in blood.
The Houses October Built 2 (Directed by Bobby Roe)
Release Date: January 2, 2018 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: Five friends try to recover from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton – a group who takes “extreme haunt” to another level – by facing their fears in order to move on. As they go back out on the road to experience more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing and a new terror begins…
Day of the Dead: Bloodline (Directed by Hector Hernandez Vicens)
Release Date: January 5, 2018 (Theaters, VOD, Digital HD)
Official Synopsis: A small group of military personnel and survivalists dwell in an underground bunker as they seek to find a cure in a world overrun by zombies.
Insidious: The Last Key (Directed by Adam Robitel)
Release Date: January 5, 2018 (US Theaters)
Official Synopsis: In the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.
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Devil’s Gate (Directed by Clay Staub)
Release Date: January 5, 2018 (VOD)
Official Synopsis: Struggling to overcome a recent professional tragedy, a tough-as-nails FBI agent (Amanda Schull) relocates to a small North Dakota town to investigate the disappearance of a local woman and her young son. The search leads to the missing woman’s husband’s (Milo Ventimiglia) secluded farm, on which answers, new mysteries, and God-fearing terrors await… not to mention something locked and caged down in the basement.
Before I Wake (Directed by Mike Flanagan)
Release Date: January 5, 2018 (Netflix)
Official Synopsis: In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody’s imagination, and in the next, the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody’s nightmares.
IT: Chapter One (Directed by Andy Muschietti)
Release Date: January 9, 2018 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: Follows a group of kids called the “Losers Club” that encounter a creature called It, which preys on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise. When the creature resurfaces, the kids are called upon to regroup again, this time as adults, even though they have no memory of the first battle.
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Friend Request (Directed by Simon Verhoeven)
Release Date: January 9, 2018 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) is one of the most popular girls in her high school, seemingly adored by all. She is then sent a Facebook friend request by lonely Marina (Liesl Ahlers). Having initially accepted, Laura finds herself being obsessively pursued by Marina and not long afterwards hits the ‘unfriend’ button. When Marina apparently commits suicide in an online video, Laura’s life takes a turn for the terrifying, and she becomes the victim of a supernatural presence, attacked in her own home by a mysterious force. Is Marina responsible? And why does she refuse to disappear from Laura’s friend list, even as it increasingly diminishes in number?
Inside (Directed by Miguel Angel Vivas)
Release Date: January 12, 2018 (VOD)
Official Synopsis: Young mother-to-be Sarah is trying to rebuild her broken life: recently widowed in a shattering car crash that left her partially deaf, with her baby’s birth uncomfortably long overdue and alone, unpacking in unfamiliar surroundings having just moved home. She can only just stay afloat. As night descends on her deserted suburban street, there’s an unexpected arrival at the doorstep: Sarah receives a most unwelcome visitor.
Alone and carrying her baby, Sarah faces a calculating, cold-hearted and predatory woman – an adversary who will stop at nothing to snatch her unborn child. Trapped and disorientated, barely able to hear the evil that stalks her, Sarah must unleash all her reserves of strength to protect her baby and survive the night. Never underestimate a mother’s protective fury!
A Demon Within (Directed by Justin LaReau and Ayush Banker)
Release Date: January 12, 2018 (Limited)
Official Synopsis: A young girl dies in 1914 after a demonic spirit preys on her family. Decades later, a skeptical doctor must stop history from repeating itself by confronting his own demons to save the life of a possessed teenager.
Happy Death Day (Directed by Christopher Landon)
Release Date: January 16, 2018 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: Revolves around a woman who must relive the same day over and over again until she figures out who is trying to kill her and why.
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Mom and Dad (Directed by Brian Taylor)
Release Date: January 19, 2018 (Theaters, VOD, Digital HD)
Official Synopsis: The story follows a teenage girl and her little brother who must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids.
The Midnight Man (Directed by Travis Zariwny)
Release Date: January 19, 2018 (VOD)
Official Synopsis: Alex (Gabrielle Haugh) is a typical teenage girl who lives with her sick grandmother, Anna (Lin Shaye). While searching through the attic, Alex finds directions to a game, which played properly, will awaken “The Midnight Man” (Kyle Strauts), an evil being who will make your worst nightmare come true. At first, Alex and her friends think the game is harmless fun. It is—until The Midnight Man comes to play…for real. When Dr. Goodberry (horror legend Robert Englund) comes to the house to check on Anna, he can sense The Midnight Man’s presence, and warns the kids that when The Midnight Man comes to play, he plays to win.
The Open House (Directed by Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote)
Release Date: January 19, 2018 (Netflix)
Official Synopsis: A mother and her teenage son move into a new house and are harassed by threatening forces.
Jigsaw (Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig)
Release Date: January 23, 2018 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade. Or has an apprentice picked up the mantle of Jigsaw, perhaps even someone inside the investigation?
Primal Rage (Directed by Patrick Magee)
Release Date: January 26, 2018 (Limited)
Official Synopsis: A newly reunited young couple’s drive through the Pacific Northwest turns into a nightmare as they are forced to face nature, unsavory locals, and a monstrous creature, known to the Native Americans as Oh-Mah.
Death House (Directed by Harrison Smith)
Release Date: January 26, 2018 (Limited)
Official Synopsis: Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth.
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy (Directed by Don Michael Paul)
Release Date: January 30, 2018 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: Death Race 4 takes place after the events of Death Race (2008).