When all is said and done and the history books have been written, many will say that the year 2017 was one of the most successful years our beloved genre has had in box office history.
With such smashes as Stephen King’s IT, Jordan Peele’s Get Out, and David F. Sandberg’s Annabelle: Creation, 2017 will be a tough year to beat. Both in terms of domestic revenue and the sheer quality of the motion pictures themselves.
But 2017 is rapidly disappearing over the horizon and as killer as it was, we need to begin looking forward to horror in 2018. And thus we created this list.
The following collection of titles are all of the horror films set to hit theaters, VOD, and/or Blu-ray in the year 2018. Also included below are the films that currently have TBD 2018 release dates.
So give the list below a look through and start marking your calendars. Let’s hope 2018 Horror gives the amazing year that was 2017 Horror a run for its money!
Insidious: The Last Key – January 5
Usually, the fourth film in a franchise wouldn’t inspire much enthusiasm in me. But Insidious: The Last Key is bringing back the always reliable Lin Shaye, along with Speck and Tucker, for another entry – this time directed by The Taking of Deborah Logan‘s Adam Robitel – and I’m there. The trailers have been sufficiently creepy and I cannot wait to see what Robitel pulls off within the Insidious universe.
Day of the Dead: Bloodline – January 5
I know that I shouldn’t be looking forward to this (second) remake of George A. Romero’s classic as much as I am but I can’t help it. I’m intrigued by the film’s plot, and I’m loving Johnathon Schaech as Max the Zombie, aka New Bub. Don’t be surprised if this movie ends up being better than you expect… or worse than I expect. This could go either way. But it will not be a middle of the road film. We’re going to love it or hate it. I’m optimistic.
Mom and Dad – January 19
The new pitch-black horror-comedy by one half of the directing team behind Crank and Gamer has a killer premise involving a worldwide mass hysteria where, for 24 brutal hours, parents turn violently against their own children. Add crazy Nic Cage and underrated Selma Blair to the mixture, and I’m thinking Mom and Dad could be a fucking blast.
Death House – February 23
‘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.”
That synopsis should be enough right there. But if it wasn’t, there is also the fact that this film sports one of the most epic genre casts of all time, with Tony Todd, Adrienne Barbeau, Sid Haig, Michael Berryman, Dee Wallace, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Cortney Palm, Tiffany Shepis, Barbara Crampton, Felissa Rose, Camille Keaton, Larry Zerner, R.A. Mihailoff, and more lending their talents. This movie is a must-see. Plain and simple.
Winchester – February 23
We all know the history of firearm heiress Sarah Winchester and her infamous house. This true tale was made for the big screen and it blows my mind that it took so long for it to reach the screen in a substantial fashion. But the real draw here isn’t the Speirig brothers or the haunted house. It’s Dame Helen Mirren starring in a horror movie. Like the above entry on this list, Winchester is a must-see. Again, plain and simple.
The Strangers: Prey at Night – March 9
If it feels like we have been waiting for the sequel to Bryan Bertino’s home invasion thriller The Strangers forever now, that’s because it has been 10 goddamn years since the original hit screens back in 2008. All of that aside, even if this was just a flick called “Prey at Night,” after seeing that slick-ass trailer a few weeks back, I’d still be in line for director Johannes Roberts’ film. You had me at “I Think We’re Alone Now,” The Strangers 2. You had me.
A Quiet Place – April 13
I had already bought my ticket the moment I heard one of my favorite actors, John Krasinski (aka Jim from “The Office”), was directing a horror movie. Signed, sealed, and delivered. Then I heard his lovely wife and killer actress, Emily Blunt, was co-starring; and I had to call my little sister to share the wonderful news (not kidding btw). And this was all before the teaser trailer hit. You know the one. Intriguing as hell and showing us Kransinski going full Shyamalan. A Quiet Place just might be at the top of my Must-See 2018 List. Maybe.
The New Mutants – April 13
Truthfully, I’m kind of on the fence about director Josh Boone’s The New Mutants. On one hand, I feel like we already saw this plot play out in FX’s “Legion,” but on the other hand, the film sports a great cast and I’m loving the Nightmare on Elm Street vibes it is putting out there. Add in the mental institution, and I can’t help but hope the film captures even the slightest bit of the fun Chuck Russell’s Dream Warriors possessed. We’ll see…
Rampage – April 20
A gigantic monkey beats the absolute ass off a gigantic wolf with an entire city. Then a gigantic crocodile nightmares out of the river to join in on the party. I can live with the fact that the movie stars The Rock. I’m there.
Truth or Dare – April 27
Last month I would have had zero interest in this movie. Nothing against our buddies over at Blumhouse, but this flick will no doubt be a PG-13 romp for the kids. However, earlier this month I said the same thing about Blumhouse’s PG-13 slasher Happy Death Day. And that movie ended up being tons of fun. If Truth or Dare can match even half of the pacing, humor, or thrills found within Happy Death Day, I’ll be a happy camper. Oh, and the film stars Lucy Hale from Scream 4. Nice.
Tremors 6 – May 1
I haven’t been keeping up with my Tremors series like I should. But all the same, I’m hoping to catch up sooner rather than later so I can watch Tremors 6 without feeling like I missed something. It was the talk of the artic and milking Graboids that pulled me into this one. Plus I still have tons of love for the original and its blast of a sequel, Tremors 2: Aftershocks. Here’s hoping the film is as fun as it sounds. Finger optimistically crossed.
Slender Man – May 18
The Slender Man character is freaky as sh*t. There is a killer horror film to be made out of the modern day legends and creepypastas. Maybe this film will be it. I hope this film will be it. I mean, you can’t make a Slender Man film and not have at least SOME classic moments of pure terror, right? Let’s hope so.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – June 22
My Jurassic Park fandom was reignited in a big way with Jurassic World a few years back. I thought the franchise was as dead as…. well, you know. But then Jurassic World opened Paddock 9 on my ass and had me feeling like a kid again. At least for the final 10 minutes. Here’s hoping the new film will have more magical moments like the previous entry’s “Open Paddock 9” sequence. The fact that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is bringing back Jeff Goldblum is more than a step in the right direction. “Life… ah… finds a way, yes.”
The Purge 4: The Island – July 4
When I heard that the new Purge movie was going to take place surrounding the events of the first annual Purge Night, I was ready to buy my ticket and take the ride. After all, since the very first film – like many of you out there – all I’ve wanted to see has been how the event came to pass and how “successful” the first go was. The Purge 4: The Island promise to let us in on all of this backstory, and I’m on board. Plus, this being a prequel means we could see the return of Ethan Hawke. If even just in a cameo.
The Nun – July 13
The Conjuring universe series of films has been a mostly hit rather than miss, with this past year’s Annabelle: Creation being a big step up from the original film in a lot of people’s eyes. Let’s hope they keep the ball rolling with The Nun. It’s going to take a lot to make this film anything less than terrifying based solely on the titular entity, but add in Demián Bichir and Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”), and The Nun will no doubt be one of this year’s scariest roller coaster rides.
The Predator – August 3
Shane “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang” Black. Fred “The Monster Squad” Dekker. Tom “The Fucking Punisher” Jane. And the Predator. Need I say more? Okay, Yvonne Strahovski and Olivia Munn.
The Meg – August 10
Jason Statham kicks a giant prehistoric shark in the face for two hours. Sold.
Goosebumps: Horrorland – September 21
I’m a big fan of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps. I really enjoyed the hell out of the original film starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, and Ryan Lee; and I’m up for more adventures through the world of this kid-horror series. Hell, the original movie didn’t even touch on some of my favorite tales from the book series (at length) so here’s hoping the sequel will up the ante and bring our charming cast into the world of the books this time around. Sounds good to me!
The House With a Clock in its Walls – September 21
Eli Roth directs this kid-horror adaptation starring Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, and Kyle MacLachlan. For all the flack he gets, I’m still on board the Eli Roth train. One of these days he is going to make an(other) utter classic of the genre, and The House With a Clock in its Walls just might be that film. Plus, like Winchester mentioned above, it isn’t often such a top actress as Cate Blanchett stops by our beloved genre. And that alone deserves a viewing.
Venom – October 10
Tom “Gotham’s Reckoning” Hardy stars as Topher Grace — I mean Eddie Brock — in Ruben Fleischer’s take on Marvel’s (debatably) most badass character, Venom. What’s not to love? I’ve heard the film will be a mixture of John Carpenter and David Cronenberg, and if that’s even slightly true, then this film may finally be the Marvel movie we’ve all been waiting for. I just hope Carnage plays a larger role in the final film than a post-credits sting. Bring it on.
Halloween – October 19
Recently I wrote an article on the new Halloween film called “Blumhouse’s Halloween: True Sequel or H20 Remake?,” and if that article doesn’t let you know how excited I am about this film, I don’t know what a few more sentences here will do. So let me spell it out: The moment I heard director David Gordon Green (George Washington) was taking on Michael Myers and Jamie Lee Curtis was returning, I began camping out in from of my local multiplex. And here I will stay until October 19th is upon us. This could be the one, folks.
And there you have it. Those are all of the horror movies with specific 2018 release dates that we know of at the present time.
What follows here is a list of films that are currently listed as TBD 2018.
They include Mohawk, Nightmare Cinema, Rock Paper Dead, Stephanie, Polaroid, Suspiria, Children of the Corn: Runaway, Hellraiser: Judgment, Moose Jaws, Hold the Dark, The Endless, The Gallows 2, Nosferatu, and Deep Blue Sea 2.
We will let you guys know as soon as any of these dates change or any of the TBD films get more specific release dates. Until then make sure to hit us up and let us know which films you are looking forward to the most come 2018 in the comments below or on social media!
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