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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!

Enjoy.



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

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

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.

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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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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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