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.
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!
A Quiet Place (April 6)
Of all the horror movies slated for release, A Quiet Place seems like it might be the best. Heck, A Quiet Place seems like it could win an Oscar. Directed by John Krasinski The Office, A Quiet Place turns its lens on a family that lives away from everything and never makes a sound. Apparently, there is some crazy thing around them that will attack if any noise is made. Based on the trailer, A Quiet Place looks AWESOME.
Truth or Dare (April 13)
Why is it that the game Truth or Dare makes for such ripe fodder for horror movies? Directed by Jeff Wadlow Kick-Ass 2, this film follows what happens when a game of truth or dare turns deadly. As you can guess there is a lot of cat and mouse, red herrings, and macguffins to make you truly wonder if the characters ever should have played at all. This film seems like it will stand out amidst the current horror offerings of 2018.
The First Purge (July 4)
The Purge was an amazing film that, like other great horror films, commented on the class system in our society. The sequels have continued this idea but The Purge: The Island is an origin story of sorts. It traces the very beginning of the whole purge system and how it came to be the event that it is. With marketing tools that are clearly a swipe at President Trump, The First Purge is either going to break new ground for this franchise, or be seen as a cheap shot to our beleaguered administration. Whatever The First Purge is, we will be watching.
The Nun (July 13)
When a nun mysteriously dies, Father Burke (Demián Bichir) heads to Rome to find out the cause of her death. By all accounts this film from director Corin Hardy seems like a fairly pedantic horror film. However, many a scary movie is presented that way on the surface, but when we dig a little deeper we uncover true horror. For those that doubt this remember a little film called The Exorcist before you dismiss The Nun!
The Meg (August 10)
Okay, here is The Meg in a nutshell. Jason Statham, with an assist from Ruby Rose, is starring in a shark movie. Need we say more about The Meg? Probably. Most of the movie takes place underwater, if that weren't claustrophobic enough for you. And it will see Jason Statham fighting one of the biggest sharks ever committed to celluloid. Bruce the Great White from Jaws has got nothing on this guy. This is one movie that has been long in the making, and we can't believe it's almost here. Let's hope the movie lives up to the hype.
The Predator (August 13)
Okay, Predator 2 was a unique follow-up to 1987's Predator. The other Predator films (with the exception of the AVP: Alien vs. Predator) left a lot to be desired. So when The Predator was announced it was easy to be dubious. However, with Shane Black directing and handling writing duties with Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad), that changes a lot about how The Predator will be received. Look, we know the 1980s are never coming back, but it is it too much to ask for a good movie that is worthy of The Predator franchise?
Halloween (October 19)
The iconoclastic David Gordon Green Pineapple Express will be directing Jamie Lee Curtis in her final confrontation with Michael Myers. This film is being called by Green and producer Danny McBride a "continuation of the original Halloween." Okay, there are a lot of questions to be asked but as far as Halloween movies go, this one had us from the jump. An added bonus, John Carpenter, who directed the first movie, is back as a producer, and he will be providing the score.
The House That Jack Built (November 29)
Matt Dillon is playing a serial killer in a film directed by Lars Von Trier. Von Trier is a brutal filmmaker in subject matter and tone. Matt Damon is a very solid actor. Something tells us The House That Jack Built is not going to be easy to sit through. In a good way. With a cast that also includes Riley Keough and Uma Thurman, it is sure going to be interesting and terrifying watching Matt Dillon evolve as a killer over this film's 12 year period.
Suspiria, a remake of Dario Argento's cult classic, stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton. The film follows an American ballerina (Johnson) who travels to Germany to dance in a respected performing academy. She unwittingly starts investigating the disappearance of ballerina and finds herself in the midst of a secret she never could've imagined. Remakes are always tough to pull off but with a cast this solid, and director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) at the helm, something tells us we might be seeing the next Black Swan.