It seems like we were just celebrating the New Year last week, but 2018 is already a quarter over. This makes it the perfect time to take a breath and assess the state of horror so far. While some of the year’s most anticipated films disappointed (I’m looking at you Insidious: The Last Key, The Strangers: Prey at Night, and The Cloverfield Paradox) others seemed to arrive out of nowhere to take the world by storm.
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Below, listed chronologically, are the 10 best horror movies of 2018 so far. While they’re all worthy of your attention, we can’t expect all of these films to make it a final list of the year’s Top 10. Time will tell!
Have a look-see and let us know what you think in the Comments section! What’s been your favorite horror movie of 2018 so far? Let the debates begin!
Before I Wake (Directed by Mike Flanagan)
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.
Robbed of a 2017 theatrical release, Before I Wake arrived on Netflix in January. It’s a great film with amazing visuals, suspense, and poignancy. It’s not a perfect film, but fans of dark fairy tales will love it.
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Mom and Dad (Directed by Brian Taylor)
Official Synopsis: A teenage girl and her little brother try to survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own children.
I don’t care what anyone says, I love Nicholas Cage and the actor is in prime form in the pitch-black horror comedy Mom and Dad.
Victor Crowley (Directed by Adam Green)
Official Synopsis: Ten years after the events of the original movie, Victor Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and proceeds to kill once more.
Though given a limited theatrical release in 2017, Victor Crowley was finally seen by the masses when the film hit Blu-ray/DVD in February. The 4th entry in Adam Green’s Hatchet franchise is probably the best of the bunch.
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The Ritual (Directed by David Bruckner)
Official Synopsis: Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn.
I definitely expect The Ritual to emerge as one of the absolute best horror movies of 2018. The film rocked horror fans to their cores when it arrived on Netflix last February.
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Hellraiser: Judgment (Directed by Gary J. Tunnicliffe)
Official Synopsis: Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to hunt down a gruesome serial killer who is terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a maze of horror, which may lead them into the depths of hell.
Perhaps it was low expectations, but Hellraiser: Judgment was a surprise hit, even among fans who had abandoned the Hellraiser franchise years ago. While it’s not the best Hellraiser movie ever, it’s worlds better than any of the other straight-to-DVD releases. The film succeeds in no small part thanks to the inclusion of a new brood of Hellions, led by The Auditor.
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The Cured (Directed by David Freyne)
Official Synopsis: After years of a zombie plague that ravaged Europe, humanity grapples with how to reintegrate the former zombies into society.
The zombie subgenre of horror may be getting stale, but The Cured gives established tropes a socially conscious spin that will devastate you. It’s a horrifying experience to be sure, but The Cured is anchored by compelling human drama and compelling performances from an extremely talented cast.
Annihilation (Directed by Alex Garland)
Official Synopsis: 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).
Annihilation is an alien invasion movie like nothing you’ve seen before; it’s also a beautiful addition to the body horror subgenre.
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The Lodgers (Directed by Brian O’Malley)
Official Synopsis: A family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel and Edwards to their home as punishment for their ancestors’ sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight.
The Lodgers is the best Gothic creeper since The Others.
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Unsane (Directed by Steven Soderbergh)
Official Synopsis: Sawyer Valentini relocates from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape from the man who’s been stalking her for the last two years. While consulting with a therapist, Valentini unwittingly signs in for a voluntary 24-hour commitment to the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. Her stay at the facility soon gets extended when doctors and nurses begin to question her sanity. Sawyer now believes that one of the staffers is her stalker — and she’ll do whatever it takes to stay alive and fight her way out.
I didn’t love Unsane, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days after I saw it; a film with the ability to inspire though is a success in my opinion. Unsane has a Polanski-esque aesthetic that makes it feel both retro and otherworldly. Not bad for a movie filmed on an iPhone!
Pyewacket (Directed by Adam MacDonald)
Official Synopsis: A frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl awakens something in the woods when she naively performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother.
Silly name; scary movie. Pyewacket is like The Babadook from a teenager’s point-of-view.