Looking for 2018’s new horror movies? Look no further than the list below.
The 2017 year in horror is now behind us, and it was certainly one for the record books. We saw some absolutely fantastic horror movies make their debut last year, including Get Out, It, and more.
Now, it’s 2018’s turn to blow us away, and there’s certainly a lot of potentially great horror films to look forward to. A Quiet Place, John Krasinski’s upcoming horror movie with a novelty premise that revolves around horrific entities that respond to the slightest noise, looks especially good. The First Purge will show us the origins of the Purge. And, of course, there’s the return of Halloween, complete with Jamie Lee Curtis in tow.
The New Mutants, coming in 2019, is said to be a “full-fledged” horror movie set in the X-Men universe — also looks great.
And, that’s just the start. Below, you’ll find a list of all of the upcoming new horror movies of 2018 and beyond — many of which we’re looking forward to here at Nerd Much?. So, if you’re looking to see what new scary movies are coming to scare your pants off this year, look no further than the list below.
Note: We’re going to be staying away from most of the direct-to-video horror movies that release, because honestly, that’s a crapshoot/rabbit hole we don’t want to go down. We are including some that are on our radar, though. You can also see a full list of the upcoming new zombie movies here.
New Horror Movies 2018
Insidious: The Last Key
Release Date: January 5, 2018
Starring: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson
Director: Adam Robitel
Insidious: The Last Key is the fourth installment of the the franchise, so you pretty much should know what you’re going into with it by now. This time, parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier is haunted in her own family home.
The film received mixed reviews, mostly saying that it doesn’t bring much new to the table for the franchise. Despite its mixed reviews, it still brought in over $165M on its $10M budget — needless to say, it’s a winner for Blumhouse. Because of its success, we are seeing reports of a fifth installment in the works. For now, you can check out #4 on video on March 20th.
Day of the Dead: Bloodline
Release Date: January 5, 2018
Starring: Sophie Skelton, Johnathon Schaech, Jeff Gum
Director: Hector Hernandez Vicens
Day of the Dead: Bloodline had all of the potential in the world because, let’s face it, we all love zombie movies. Unfortunately, remaking a George A. Romero classic turned out to be a bad idea.
The film is a remake of 1985’s Day of the Dead, following a small group of soldiers and survivalists who seek a cure for the world’s zombie problem. Day of the Dead: Bloodline was beat up hard by critics and fans alike, calling it standard fare and lacking anything worth watching. It has an approval rating of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s probably safe to skip it.
See Also: New Zombie Movies
Summer of 84
Release Date: January 22, 2018
Starring: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery
Director: Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell
The movie poster alone for Summer of 84 is enough to pique our interest here. The film follows a group of teenage friends who spend their summer spying on their suspected serial killer neighbor, a local police officer. As they begin unraveling the truth behind Officer Murder, things begin getting more dangerous.
It went for the Stranger Things vibe without the supernatural elements, but critics are saying it was pretty mild, and the movie’s direction was unclear.
Release Date: February 2, 2018
Starring: Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O’Prey
Director: Tom Vaughan, Michael Spierig
Another movie that got beat up by critics already this year is Winchester, starring Helen Mirren as an eccentric firearm heiress who believes she’s haunted by those who have been killed by the gun her family created.
Living Among Us
Release Date: February 2, 2018
Starring: Andrew Keegan, Esme Bianco, Thomas Ian Nicholas
Director: Brian A. Metcalf
After vampires have made themselves public to the rest of the world, a group of documentary filmmakers are invited to document how they live. Of course, things go as expected, and the crew realizes they’re not there to film a documentary at all. It looks like Blair Witch Project meets vampires but with a cheesier twist.
Release Date: February 3, 2018 (Straight to Video)
Starring: Damon Carney, Randy Wayne, Alexandra Harris
Director: Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Pinhead returns in this, the 10th installment of the Hellraiser franchise, which has clearly fallen from the grace of the original films, only warranting a straight-to-video release this time around.
Hellraiser: Judgment follows three detectives on the case to solve a diabolical murder that brings them into Pinhead’s realm.
Apparently, it was a good concept and decent low budget horror movie that was ruined by that budget and its police procedural aspects.
Release Date: February 23, 2018
Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Cody Longo, Dee Wallace, Sid Haig, Vernon Wells, Tony Todd
Director: B. Harrison Smith
Death House is aiming to play out like a horror version of The Expendables, and its cast certainly backs that up, with notable horror names like Vernon Wells, Tony Todd, and Sid Haig. The movie will follow a prison tour gone wrong when there’s a power breakdown inside the secret prison known only as the Death House. Two agents will fight through a labyrinth of horrors while being hunted by an army of ruthless roaming inmates. Deep within the prison’s walls, the agents will find a supernatural group of evil beings who are their only chance for survival.
Primal Rage: Bigfoot Reborn
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Starring: Casey Gagliardi, Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Eloy Casados
Director: Patrick Magee
This isn’t a Primal Rage movie based on the video game. Instead, it’s a creature feature revolving around Oh-Man, a monstrous creature in the Pacific Northwest that turns one couple’s drive into a nightmare. The couple is lost deep in the forest and are stalked by the creature, and they find themselves surrounded by a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Now, they must fight for their survival.
The Strangers: Prey at Night
Release Date: March 9, 2018
Starring: Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Martin Henderson
Director: Johannes Roberts
Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks in a horror movie seems like an obvious fit, which is why The Strangers: Prey at Night first caught our eye. It’s a movie that centers on a road-tripping family who are staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night and are visited by three masked psychopaths out to kill. Their objective: survive.
The film is said to be based on true events, and it looks absolutely brilliant.
Unfriended: Game Night
Release Date: March 9, 2018
Starring: Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Collin Woodell
Director: Stephen Susco
Unfriended: Game Night centers around a teen who gets a new laptop, only to soon discover that it may have been stolen and that its previous owner is watching him and will stop at nothing to get it back.
It’s a sequel to Unfriended that was filmed entirely in secret, and it uses the same computer screen format as the first one, according to Bloody-Disgusting.
Release Date: March 16, 2018
Starring: Zak Bagans, Jay Wasley, Billy Tolley
Director: Zak Bagans
Demon House is an upcoming documentary that explores the ‘House of 200 Demons’ in Gary, Indiana where former residents have supernatural experiences, including levitation and possession. The documentary also features Ghost Adventures‘ Jay Wasley and Billy Tolley.
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Starring: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah
Director: Steven Soderbergh
If you’re a frequent Hulu watcher, you’ve likely seen the Unsane trailers by now, as that’s where we first got wind of the film. The film will follow a young woman who is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, unable to get out of her circumstance despite her efforts. The movie stars The Crown‘s Claire Foy in the lead and The Blair Witch Project‘s Joshua Leonard.
Unfortunately, Unsane didn’t quite work out, as it felt like a half-written film without any pay-off. It’s just another one of the recent horror movies that didn’t live up to their potential.
A Quiet Place
Release Date: April 6, 2018
Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe
Director: John Krasinski
One of our most anticipated movies of 2018 comes from Jim Halpert of The Office (actor John Krasinski), and it’s A Quiet Place, a brilliant-looking horror movie based on a novel concept where monsters come at the slightest noise. Things get interesting, apparently, as it looks like the mother of the family that the film focuses on is pregnant and has to try to give birth in a bathtub while remaining entirely quiet — which means no screaming.
Everything we’ve seen about A Quiet Place so far looks promising, and it’s one of our most anticipated 2018 horror movies. Hopefully, it lives up to the hype that Paramount has been generating for the upcoming horror film.
Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare
Release Date: April 13, 2018
Starring: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale will star as Olivia, who finds herself apart of a deadly game of truth or dare when someone (or something) begins to take out those who lie or refused a dare. The film will release on the first Friday the 13th of 2018, April 13th. The trailer (which you can view on YouTube here) looks creepy enough, and it appears to have something to do with that dreadful possessed-looking smile.
Release Date: April 27, 2018
Starring: David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon
Director: Dean Devlin
We already know that David Tennant can play a good villain, thanks to his portrayal of Dr. Zebediah Killgrave in Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Now, he’s taking things a bit more sinister after a pair of car valets find a woman being held captive in his character’s home after intending to rob the place.
Incident in a Ghost Land
Release Date: April 2018
Starring: Rob Archer, Erik Athavale, Tony Braga
Director: Pascal Laugier
Bloody-Disgusting’s Brad Miska says that Incident in a Ghost Land was described to him as being ‘Stephen King-esque, and extremely dark and scary’. The film comes from Pascal Laugier (director behind Martyrs), and it follows the story of a mother of two who inherits a home from her aunt, but in their first night there, they’re confronted by murderous home invaders.
Sixteen years later, the daughters reunite at the house, and things get strange.
Release Date: June 8, 2018
Starring: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff
Director: Ari Aster
Hereditary revolves around a daughter unraveling cryptic and terrifying secrets about her family’s ancestry after the passing of the matriarch of the family. The sinister fate she uncovers begin unraveling the lives of those around her.
The First Purge
Release Date: July 4, 2018
Starring: Marisa Tomei, Patch Darragh, Melonie Diaz
Director: Gerard McMurray
The First Purge is the fourth installment of the Purge franchise, and it’ll focus on the origins of the Purge and how it started. The First Purge is easily one of our most anticipated upcoming horror sequels of 2018. Also, let’s go ahead and give an A+ to the marketing team for picking July 4th as a release date for the film, which serves as a commentary on U.S. society.
*Update July 5, 2018: Want to know if The First Purge is worth it? Check out our review here.*
Release Date: August 10, 2018
Starring: Bingbing Li, Ruby Rose, Jason Statham
Director: Jon Turteltaub
On the surface, The Meg looks like JAWS to the nth degree, but that’s apparently not the case. It will follow the tale of a surfer who must confront his fear of a 70-foot shark that once attacked him in order to save those trapped in a sunken submersible. It sounds like it’s going to be delightfully ridiculous, and absolutely terrifying.
Release Date: August 23, 2018
Starring: Stana Katic, Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon
Director: Diederik Van Rooijen
When a cop who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses.
Release Date: August 24, 2018
Starring: Joey King, Annalise Basso, Javier Botet
Director: Sylvain White
The story that shook the internet years ago revolving around a tall, thin, horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless face, the thing responsible for the disappearance of countless children and teens, will make its way to the big screen in August.
The Little Stranger
Release Date: August 31, 2018
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1947, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how terrifyingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.
Release Date: September 7, 2018
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Demian Bichir, Bonnie Aarons
Director: Corin Hardy
The Conjuring 2 spinoff is set to release in July 2018. It’ll follow Bichir’s character investigating a dead Nun in Rome, with Bonnie Aarons reprising her role as said nun.
Release Date: September 7, 2018 (UK)
Starring: Simon Pegg, Asa Butterfield, Michael Sheen
Director: Crispian Mills
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Starring: Jacon Tremblay, Sterling K. Brown, Yvonne Strahovski
Director: Shane Black
Shane Black’s R-rated Preddator reboot is set to release in September 2018, and it certainly looks like a doozy. We know quite a bit about the upcoming horror film already. First, we know it will have a few scenes in the suburbs but that’s it; it won’t be set entirely in suburbia as was previously rumored. Secondly, it’ll be a sort of amalgamation of sci-fi, thriller, and horror.
The reboot will be set 30 years after the original, and it’ll mix three different stories into one. We’re anxiously awaiting its debut in September, as it’s one of the most promising upcoming sci-fi horror movies on the calendar.
The House with a Clock in its Walls
Release Date: September 21, 2018
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jack Black
Director: Eli Roth
A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.
Release Date: October 19, 2018
Starring: Judy Greer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Virginia Gardner
Director: David Gordon Green
Rumor has it that the death of Michael Myers might be upon us. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as well, so there’s that.
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Starring: Wyatt Russell, Bokeem Woodbine, Pilou Asbaek
Director: Julius Avery
A supernatural story revolving around two American soldiers trapped behind enemy lines on D-Day.
The House That Jack Built
Release Date: November 29, 2018
Starring: Riley Keough, Uma Thurman, Matt Dillon
Director: Lars Von Trier
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.
Release Date: TBA 2018
Starring: Trin Miller, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
The former SAW director will helm a female-driven pscyhological horror film named St. Agatha that began shooting this week. We don’t know anything about the plot just yet, but at least we know the project is in the works. [via Deadline]
February 17, 2017 TBA
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Matt Smith, Stanley Tucci
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Patient Zero was our most anticipated film out of all of the upcoming zombie movies of 2018. It has a great cast, which includes Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) and Matt Smith (Doctor Who). The movie will follow a zombie plague that’s now a global pandemic, turning the majority of humankind into violent zombies. A man who is able to talk to the zombies leads the last survivors for the search for Patient Zero and a cure. Since its original announcement, it has been pushed back to a TBD date in 2018, and we can’t wait to check out this zombie flick, as it’s one of the new horror movies of 2018 we can’t wait to see most.
Release Date: TBD 2018
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton
Director: Luca Guadagnino
One of the most anticipated new horror movies of 2018 is Suspiria, which will follow a young ballet dancer who travels to a prestigious dance academy in Berlin only to find that it’s a front for a sinister and supernatural murder spree.
Tell Me Your Name
Release Date: TBD 2018
Starring: Sydney Sweeney, Madison Lintz, Bruce Davison
Director: Jason DeVan
After a troubled childhood, Ashley searches for a connection, and unknowingly invites in a demonic force, which leaves her loved ones fighting for her soul.
Release Date: TBD 2018
Starring: Lynn Collins, Rigo Sanchez, Josue Aguirre
Director: Max Pachman
Undocumented workers are lured into a wealthy woman’s home with the promise of work, only to discover the terrifying fate she has in store for them.
New Horror Movies 2019
The New Mutants
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Starring: Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Anya Taylor-Joy
Director: Josh Boone
The New Mutants is basically said to be a horror movie set in the X-Men universe, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything that sounded that cool. And although we’re not expecting it to be truly scary, it deserves to be on our list of upcoming new horror movies of 2019.
Release Date: April 5, 2019
Starring: Jason Clarke, John Lithgow
Director: Kevin Kolsch
The Pet Sematary reboot was moved up from April 12th and will now hit theaters nationwide on April 5, 2019. It’ll star the incredible John Lithgow, and really, that’s all you need to know about it.
It: Chapter Two
Release Date: September 6, 2019
Starring: Bill Skarsgard
Director: Andy Muschietti
27 years later, the Loser’s Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
It should be no surprise that New Line Cinema jumped on the It sequel as soon as they did, given the major success they are already seeing with the It reboot. We know nothing just yet, except for the fact that Muschietti will direct, Skarsgard will reprise his role as Pennywise, and the release date is set for September 6, 2019. It will be interesting to see who will sign-up to play the older counterparts of each character.
Release Date: TBD 2019
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