The Best, Scariest Upcoming Horror Movies Of 2018
Over the past couple of years, the horror genre has seen some truly remarkable films be released. Hollywood is finally taking it seriously again, and fans are getting some tremendous films because of it. In 2017, the most successful horror movie of all time, the Stephen King adaptation It hit theaters along with the Oscar-winning film Get Outboth made waves in terms of box office and critical reviews.
2018 is looking no different, as this year has already had one massive horror hit in the shape of A Quiet Place, with a worldwide gross of $214 million to date, and a sequel is already in the works. In all, it's a great time to be a horror fan, and there are plenty more terrifying treats to follow over the rest of the year.
So from serial killers and sinister cults to ghosts, zombies, and witches, here’s a look at the must-see chillers heading our way over the remaining three months of 2018...
Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans delivered two of the best, most exciting action movies of the past decade when he made the incredible Indonesian-set The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2. For his next film, Evans swaps bone-crunching action for unnerving horror with the spooky-looking period mystery Apostle. It's a Netflix Original that hits the service in October and stars Legion's Dan Stevens as a man who sets about trying to rescue his sister from a cult. The synopsis describes the movie as a "harrowing occult fable where the only thing more horrifying than madness is the sinister reality behind it." Yes please.
Release date: October 12
The Halloween series might be one of longest-running and most profitable horror franchises in movie history, but most fans would agree that every entry hasn't necessarily been a good one. The last time Michael Myers stalked the screen was in Rob Zombie's hugely divisive remakes a decade ago, but now, on the 40th anniversary of John Carpenter's original movie, the killer also known as The Shape is back. It's directed by acclaimed indie auteur David Gordon Green, with a script co-written by actor/comedian Danny McBride, and original star Jamie Lee Curtis has returned to the role that made her famous. The movie is a direct sequel to the original movie, and if that wasn’t enough, Carpenter himself is providing another iconic soundtrack. Could this be the Halloween reboot that finally gets it right?
Release date: October 19
There were rumours earlier this year that this JJ Abrams-produced World War II horror film would form the next part of the Cloverfield universe. After all, 10 Cloverfield Lane and this year's The Cloverfield Paradox started life as unconnected movies with different titles before being rewritten to form part of Abrams' loose sci-fi series, so it wouldn't be surprising if he had the same thing in mind for Overlord. Abrams has subsequently denied this is the case, but either way, the movie sounds like a chilling treat, and it arrives just in time for Halloween. Last month, Variety got an early look at some footage and stated that the movie features "eerie shots of dead soldiers hanging from trees, genetically modified Nazis, and disembodied and fanged heads." Count us in.
Release date: October 26
Halloween isn't the only late-70s horror classic getting a remake from an acclaimed director in 2018. Dario Argento's supernatural masterpiece Suspiria has been updated by Luca Guadagnino, the Italian filmmaker behind last year’s Oscar-nominated Call Me By Your Name. This is a tale of a ballet school run by ancient, evil witches, and it stars Dakota Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz as students who uncover the school's dark secrets. Argento's original movie is noted for its incredible visual style and thunderous soundtrack; we already know that Radiohead's Thom Yorke is providing the score for the remake, and hopefully Guadagnino will deliver something just as stylish.
Release date: November 2
5. The Clovehitch Killer
The question of what makes a serial killer commit such terrible crimes has long fascinated filmmakers, and Lars Von Trier's The House That Jack Built will attempt to answer it before the year is out. Before that, however, we have The Clovehitch Killer, which focuses on a teenage boy (rising star Charlie Plummer) who must come to terms with that fact his beloved father (American Horror Story's Dylan McDermott) might be the notorious murderer of the title, who has been responsible for at least 10 grisly killings. The movie is written by Christopher Ford, whose credits include Spider-Man: Homecoming, but don't expect much wise-cracking or wall-crawling.
Release date: November 12
6. Anna and the Apocalypse
Holiday horror has long been a staple of the genre, but Anna and the Apocalypse might just be the first holiday comedy horror musical. It's yet another zombie movie, but this time the undead action is punctuated by rousing song-and-dance numbers, as a young woman called Anna fights to save her loved ones. Based on an award-winning short film, Anna and the Apocalypse has been picking up rave reviews at various festivals over the past year and it looks like the perfect good-time Christmas zombiefest.
Release date: November 30
7. The House That Jack Built
Lars Von Trier remains one of the most provocative directors in the world, best known for such controversial, divisive films as Dogville, Nymphomaniac, Dancer In The Dark, and The Idiots. Von trier has made one horror movie to date--2009's harrowing Antichrist--and he returns to the genre in 2018 with The House That Jack Built. This is a '70s-set serial killer movie that follows the gory exploits of a man named Jack over the course of a decade. Matt Dillon plays the killer, and his victims include characters played by Uma Thurman and Riley Keough. Von Trier has said that the movie celebrates "the idea that life is evil and soulless," and its first screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May reportedly caused multiple walkouts. Expect something truly shocking.
Release date: December 28