2017 has been an awesome year for the genre. We’ve seen some stellar commercial features released, and we’ve seen a number of amazing indie films creep onto the market, as well. What will 2018 do to outshine 2017? From the look of things, a lot!
Check out 20 new horror films slated to arrive in 2018.
Story follows a man who has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into a reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on brutality and destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to realize an unknown strength to keep his family safe from harm.
Pacific Rim: Uprising (tentatively booked for a March 23rd release)
All we know about this film, thus far, is that it will serve as a direct follow-up to Guillermo del Toro’s robots versus kaiju flick from 2013.
Rampage (tentatively booked for an April 20th release)
Primatologist Davis Okoye shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (tentatively booked for a June 22nd release)
Unfortunately, we’ve still got no plot details for this highly anticipated sequel, but we’re betting Chris Pratt will make plenty of jokes and kick some dino ass in the process.
The Purge: The Island (tentatively booked for a July 4th release)
The film will be a prequel that will focus on the events that lead up to the very first Purge event.
The Nun (tentatively booked for a July 13th release)
Here’s a vague plot synopsis for you: A priest named Father Burke is sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of a nun.
The Crooked Man
The movie, a spin-off of The Conjuring franchise, focuses on a character from an English nursery rhyme called “There Was a Crooked Man”.
The Predator (tentatively booked for an August 3rd release)
We’ve seen plenty of conflicting details emerge about the plot of this one, so we’re still not entirely certain if this is a simple reboot, a direct sequel, a prequel… we just don’t have the 411 quite yet!
Meg (tentatively booked for an August 10th release)
Five years ago, expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encountered an unknown danger in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench that forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. Though the tragic incident earned him a dishonorable discharge, what ultimately cost him his career, his marriage and any semblance of honor was his unsupported and incredulous claims of what caused it – an attack on his vessel by a mammoth, 70-foot sea creature, believed to be extinct for more than a million years. But when a submersible lies sunk and disabled at the bottom of the ocean – carrying his ex-wife among the team onboard – he is the one who gets the call. Whether a shot at redemption or a suicide mission, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life and the lives of everyone trapped below on a single question: Could the Carcharodon Megalodon – the largest marine predator that ever existed – still be alive … and on the hunt?
Venom (tentatively booked for an October 5th release)
No plot details have been released for the upcoming Venom flick, but given the dark tones the character was birthed with, and his naturally horrific look, we’re hoping director Ruben Fleischer gives us the straight horror film that’s been hinted at.
The Strangers 2
When their road trip takes a turn, a family arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay in a borrowed trailer for the night, until three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit.
Hotel Transylvania 3 (tentatively booked for a September 21st release)
All we know about this one is that it will pick up after the events of the second Hotel Transylvania film. While these movies aren’t exactly edgy, or frightening, they constantly pay loving homage to horror works of the past, and they’re guaranteed to keep your little ones out of your hair while they fix their eyes on this ever-growing franchise.
Pennywise: The Story of IT
From Dead Mouse Productions Ltd and Cult Screenings UK Ltd, makers of Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, You’re so cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night and RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop and John Campopiano, director/writer of Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary comes this brand-new documentary Pennywise: The Story of IT. A fully independent retrospective into the making of Stephen King’s IT and its cultural impact over the last 28 years. Supported by dozens of the original cast and crew including Tim Curry, Tommy Lee Wallace and Bart Mixon Pennywise is made by fans of the IT for fans of IT. The crew have already received support from over 20 of the cast and crew, including acquiring over 2 hours of never-before-seen set footage from SFX wizard Bart Mixon, as well as loads of archival and behind-the-scenes photos and there is no doubt that by the time of production many more key players will be attached to share their amazing stories about one of the most iconic movies ever-made.
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (tentatively booked for a December 26th release)
Recently divorced and reeling, Edgar returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash. Girl-next-door Ashley and and comic book pal Markowitz join Edgar for a doomed road trip to an auction at a convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time.
Here’s yet another film in which we know very little about. Devin Hansen will direct the film, and of course the sensation known as Slenderman will be at the heart of the tale… which we really hope isn’t found footage.
Insidious: Chapter 4
The fourth film in the Insidious franchise was expected to arrive this year, but that’s not happening. So, naturally, we’re really hoping the movie makes its way to the big screen in 2018, and we’re not forced to deal with any further delays.
The Wolf Man
As of now, Universal’s new Dark Universe is on shaky legs. The Mummy flopped terribly, and really wasn’t a very good film. The Mummy still looks to be on Universal’s slate, but if Universal backs away from their Dark Universe idea, this one may end up scrapped entirely. As for the plot, that’s anyone’s guess, though after The Mummy, we’re not confident that it will have too many similarities to the classic we all love.
Of course we’re really, really hoping this one actually finds its way to the masses next year. Plans are to see the film arrive in 2018, but with the film not currently in production (rumors are it isn’t even close to moving forward), that may end up being nothing more than a pipe dream. We can dream away, right?
Story centers on a disgraced ex-cop and recovering addict (Shay Mitchell) who takes a job in a graveyard shift at the morgue of the hospital in which she got sober. Soon after a mysterious and brutally massacred body is delivered to the morgue, the woman begins to witness terrorizing and violent murders, leading her to face off against an evil entity.
On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.