Whether it is Strangers: Prey at Night or Hellraiser: Judgement, neither of these iconic franchises have a "been there, done that feel." If anything, these latest installments feel like fresh takes from the franchises from which they came. Heck, even the long awaited version of Suspiria feels...Well, so very 2018. All of this is a testament to the innate freshness of the horror genre.
Then you have films like The First Purge and The Predator. On the face of it, we should be very skeptical of these films. After all, The Purge films are, whether they realize it or not, making a very real statement about our world. And The Predator, that franchise has more baggage than Lufthansa. However, given the new takes on these iconic properties, there's reason to be excited. So sit back and enjoy 14 horror movies to scare you in the new year. Sure, the most ardent horror fan might scoff at 2018's ritualistic offerings. But for those that really love horror films, they understand that they will be getting an early dose of treats.
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Hellraiser: Judgement (February 13)
This is a Hellraiser movie, so it shouldn't be too hard to get any self-respecting horror fan to be pretty psyched about this one. The story follows two police officers who are hunting a serial killer. Soon they realize that what they are after might very well be supernatural in origin. Which inevitably leads them to the Cenobites. With the iconic Heather Langenkamp joining Hellraiser: Judgment, something tells us that this franchise could be back in a big way.
Annihilation (February 23)
Ex Machina helmer Alex Garland brings us this moody horror film that stars none other than Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Annihilation might be many things but pedestrian certainly isn't one of them. This tale of a biologist on an expedition into an environmental nightmare transcends the horror genre by becoming a film that defies everything we know about our world. If ever the horror genre was going to be classed up, Annihilation seems to be the film to do it.
The Strangers: Prey at Night (March 9)
The Strangers is so moody, so scary, and so perfect that a sequel has to be terrible, right? Prey at Night follows a family that are staying overnight in a mobile home park. While there, they are visited by three people that are hell bent on doing them harm. Okay, this doesn't sound as solid as the first film. However, the first film probably didn't read that well on paper either. Time will tell, but something tells us March 2018 is going to be remembered for being extra scary.
Unsane (March 23)
Unsane starts off as one movie and then soon becomes something else entirely. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, who is known for different kinds of films, Unsane has a Split vibe about it and that is a seriously good thing. It follows a woman who believes she sees her stalker everywhere. So she gets committed to an institution and ultimately has to confront the scariest thing she can imagine... herself. This seems like it is going to be seriously awesome.
The Endless (March 23)
The Endless is a very unique idea for a horror movie. These films usually showcase people leaving cults after a tumultuous escape. The Endless sees two brothers come back to a cult they left and suddenly realize that maybe they never should've gone in the first place. Cults, beliefs, oddness...Sounds like the perfect March horror movie to us!