If you’re like me, your head is already deep into 2018. That’s not to say I won’t be making the most of these last few December days, but I’ve got places to go, people to meet, and (most importantly to this website) horror movies I can’t wait to see. The fact that December has been a relatively dismal month for horror movie releases has only intensified my cravings for what’s coming down the pike.
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Before, in no particular order, are my Top 10 most anticipated horror movies of 2018! Give them a look and let us know what you think in the Comments section! What horror movies are you most looking forward to next year?
Insidious: The Last Key (Directed by Adam Robitel)
Release Date: January 5, 2018 (USA)
Official Synopsis: Brilliant parapsychologist Elise Rainier receives a disturbing phone call from a man who claims that his house is haunted. Even more disturbing is the address — 413 Apple Tree Lane in Five Keys, N.M. — the home where Elise grew up as a child. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Rainier travels to Five Keys to confront and destroy her greatest fear — the demon that she accidentally set free years earlier.
James Wan and Leigh Whannell have been at the forefront of some of the most significant horror movie franchises of the 21st Century, and the duo will be delivering the fourth chapter of Insidious in just about 2 weeks. The Last Key has the potential to be the first horror blockbuster of 2018.
The Nun (Directed by Corin Hardy)
Release Date: July 13, 2018 (USA)
Official Synopsis: When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.
Also courtesy of James Wan and Leigh Whannell, The Nun is the latest spinoff from The Conjuring franchise launched in 2012. Featuring the demon Valak, a consummate scene-stealer in 2016’s The Conjuring 2, The Nun will be giving fellow franchise alum Annabelle a run for her money!
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The Meg (Directed by Jon Turteltaub)
Release Date: August 10, 2018 (USA)
Official Synopsis: A deep-sea submersible is attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer to save the crew from this prehistoric threat.
2016 brought us The Shallows; in 2017 we got 47 Meters Down. Continuing the trend of shark-themed horror movies in 2018 is The Meg, starring Jason Statham and based on the series of novels by Steve Alten, hits US Theaters this summer.
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A Quiet Place (Directed by John Krasinski)
Release Date: April 6, 2018 (USA)
Official Synopsis: A family live an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound.
This one has an instantly compelling hook; the idea of a family (perhaps an entire society) living in silence for fear of attack is riveting. A Quiet Place looks a lot like It Comes at Night except, in this case, it looks like there actually is some kind of monster lurking in the darkness.
The Predator (Directed by Shane Black)
Release Date: August 3, 2018 (USA)
Official Synopsis: Major Dutch Schaefer is the leader of a military rescue unit looking for allies captured by guerrillas in the Latin American jungle. At first, it seems like any other mission: Schaefer and his team of seasoned combat veterans spot a guerilla camp, destroy it, and find the men they were sent to rescue executed. But when Schaefer attempts to lead his unit out, with a captured guerrilla in tow, something horrifying and inexplicable begins to happen: One by one the men are killed by a mysterious adversary – a predator from another world.
Though advanced screenings were met with mixed responses from fans, Shane Black’s Predator reboot, The Predator, is already one of the most anticipated horror movie releases of 2018. We’ve been told that the intergalactic hunters will be wreaking havoc in suburbia—and that the extraterrestrials’ affinity for Earth will be explained.
Halloween (Directed by David Gordon Green)
Release Date: August 3, 2018 (USA)
Official Synopsis: Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
This is it: Timed to arrive to coincide with the original Halloween’s 40th Anniversary, Halloween 2018 is the most anticipated movie of next year. Though directed by genre newcomer David Gordan Green (known for his work in comedy), the film comes with John Carpenter’s stamp of approval, and a reunion between Jamie Lee Curtis and original Michael Myers actor Nick Castle has the potential to be legendary.
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The Strangers 2: Prey at Night (Directed by Laurent Briet and Johannes Roberts)
Release Date: March 9, 2018 (USA)
Official Synopsis: A road trip to visit relatives takes a dangerous turn when a family arrives at a secluded mobile home park that’s mysteriously deserted — until three masked psychopaths show up.
Nearly a decade after Bryan Bertino’s home-invasion masterpiece terrified a generation of genre aficionados, The Strangers: Prey at Night will catch us up with Dollface, Pin-Up Girl, and The Man in the Mask. The murderous trio will be tormenting a new batch of victims, and director Johannes Roberts has stated he drew inspiration from the works of John Carpenter and Steven Spielberg.
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Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built (Directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig)
Release Date: February 2, 2018 (USA)
Official Synopsis: After the sudden death of her family, firearms heiress Sarah Winchester becomes convinced that she’s haunted by the souls of those killed by guns. Winchester then decides to build an enormous mansion that’s designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. When skeptical psychiatrist Eric Price visits the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he soon discovers that her obsession may not be so far-fetched after all.
Starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren, Winchester looks like an incredible period-piece horror movie with legitimate scares. Best of all: It’s based on a true story! Haunted house fans will want to run, not walk, to check this one out the first week in February.
Death House (Directed by Harrison Smith)
Release Date: January 26, 2018 (USA)
Official Synopsis: During an exclusive tour, a power breakdown inside a secret prison known as the Death House sends two agents fighting through a labyrinth of horrors while being pursued by a ruthless army of roaming inmates. As they fight to escape, the agents push toward the lowest depths of the facility where they learn a supernatural group of evil beings are their only chance for survival.
Death House has generated an incredible amount of buzz, creating almost unheard-of hype for an indie movie. Based on a story by horror icon Gunnar Hansen and starring more famous and influential genre actors than could fit in a swimming pool, this one is getting a limited release in January. Genre fans will definitely want to keep this one on their radars.
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Before I Wake (Directed by Mike Flanagan)
Release Date: January 5, 2018 (Netflix USA)
Official Synopsis: Foster parents Mark and Jessie welcome 8-year-old Cody into their home. The boy tells Jessie that he’s terrified to fall asleep, but she assumes it’s just a natural fear for any young child. The couple become startled when their dead biological son suddenly appears in their living room. To their surprise, Cody’s dreams can magically become real but so can his nightmares. Mark and Jessie must now uncover the truth behind Cody’s mysterious ability before his imagination harms them all.
Pulled from theatrical release mere weeks before it was set to debut in 2017, genre fans have been waiting for what feels like an eternity to see Mike Flanagan’s Before I Wake. The filmmaker is a rising star in the horror community, having previously helmed Oculus, Ouija: Origins of Evil, and Gerald’s Game. Before I Wake is being released by Netflix; the streaming service is becoming a legitimate force to be reckoned with in the digital era of movie-watching.