The Most Exciting Horror Movies Of 2018

by @Daisy Naylor

2018 is looking like it’s going to be a good year for fans of the horror genre.

With numerous movies slated for release, there’s going to be plenty to keep you all busy.

Check them out here: 

God Particle 

The third Cloverfield movie, God Particle was originally supposed to hit screens in November 2017, but it’s had its release pushed all the way back to February 2018. It’s a shame, because we’re excited…

Starring Gugu Mbatha Raw, David Oyelowo, Chris O’Dowd, Daniel Bruhl and Elizabeth Debicki, it apparently sees a group of astronauts fighting for their survival when a scientific experiment aboard their space station goes badly wrong.


9th February 

Insidious 4

Starring Jerrika Hinton and Tessa Ferrer (both from Grey’s Anatomy), the fourth Insidious movie will be another prequel, and will delve more into the past of demonologist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye).

Viewers will apparently get to meet her family, and fans have been warned that it’ll be scary “on levels that they won’t expect…”


12th January

The Predator 

A sequel to the hit 1987 sci-fi Predator, The Predator has one hell of a cast. Starring Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Keegan Michael-Key (Keanu), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) and Jacob Tremblay (Room), it’s set in the present day and will see a new extra-terrestrial being hunt humans.

While we don’t yet know much about the plot, the film is reportedly “an attempt to ‘event-ise’ the Predator again… [an attempt to] make it more mysterious.”


3rd August

The Something

The writer of 21 Jump Street is having a go at a comedy/horror hybrid with The Something – a space thriller that sees a group of astronauts come across another mysterious spacecraft.

While the studio are keeping tight-lipped, the idea is apparently to make a horror that’s also funny (think somewhere in-between Zombieland and Get Out). We’re definitely intrigued…



The Purge: The Island

This latest Purge movie will be a prequel, looking at how the New Founding Fathers of America came into power, and how the purge came to be.

As writer James DeMonaco (who also directed the first three movies) explained, “Let’s go back and see how the fuck all this came about. How did this country get to a place where we were now accepting this kind of atrocity, this terrible thing, each year? I think there’s something interesting in that.”


Expected July


It looks like the wait for shark horror Meg might actually be nearing its end… While originally scheduled to drop in Summer 2017, it’s now been pushed back a year, and will hit cinemas next August.

Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait. Starring Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson and Ruby Rose, it’s the story of an ex-naval captain who survives an encounter with a 70-foot megalodon shark. No one believes him, or at least not until a group of Chinese scientists on a deep sea mission have their submarine attacked by the same creature….


2nd March 

The Nun

Another film in Warner Bros’ horror cinematic universe, The Nun is a spin-off of The Conjuring 2. Starring Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) and Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), it will see a priest sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of a Nun. 

Corin Hardy will direct.



The Strangers 2

The masked intruders from The Strangers will return to terrorise another family, ten years after the original movie hit our screens.

Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) has signed up to star, and 47 Metres Down director Johannes Roberts will be at the helm. There are also rumours that Liv Tyler will return, although in what capacity, we have no idea…



Nightmare on Elm Street

Yes, Nightmare on Elm Street is getting a reboot. Based on the original 1984 movie, this will see a cruel serial killer hunt his victims in their dreams.

While there’s no word on who’ll be starring, David Leslie Johnson (who penned The Conjuring 2, Orphan and various Walking Dead episodes) has written the script.




Staying with reboots for a minute, and Nosferatu – the 1922 classic – is getting remade. Robert Eggers (whose first film was 2016’s super scary The Witch) is going to be both writing and directing.

As of yet, there’s no word on who’ll star.




Okay, we’re really excited about this one. Produced by J.J. Abrams and written by the guys who did Captain Phillips and The Revenant, it’s a horror that takes place during the Second World War. It sees a group of American soldiers paratroop behind enemy lines to carry out a top-secret mission, but quickly realise that the Nazi-occupied village they’re tasked with infiltrating is housing something a lot more sinister than they expected…

Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones), Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street), Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) and Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) star.


Expected October

Slender Man 

Based on the infamous internet meme, Slender Man will be about a supernatural creature that stalks and abducts people, particularly children. He’s the subject of numerous internet myths, and found real-world infamy when two schoolgirls attempted to murder one of their friends, and cited the Slender Man as their inspiration.

Julia Goldani Telles (from The Affair) will be starring alongside Javier Botet (The Conjuring 2, Mama), Joey King (The Conjuring, Independence Day: Resurgence, Fargo) and Jaz Sinclair (Paper Towns, Easy).


18th May


Just out of rehab, a cop agrees to take the graveyard shift in a morgue, thinking that it’ll be easy. She couldn’t be more wrong. Not long after she arrives, a butchered body – clearly the victim of a violent, inhuman crime – is dropped off, and left to wait for the coroner.

In the hours that follow, it becomes apparent that the body is possessed with some kind of evil spirit, and the cop must contend with a whole host of horrors…

Stars Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) and Grey Damon (Aquarius).


24th August

A Quiet Place

We only really know two things about A Quiet Place. That it’s going to be a drama/horror/thriller, and that it’s going to star husband and wife team John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

To be honest, that’s enough to get us excited…


4th May

The Darkest Minds

With Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg and Gwendoline Christie in the cast, The Darkest Minds will examine a world in which 98% of America’s children have been killed by a vicious disease, and the remaining 2% have been put into internment camps.

One 16-year-old will escape her camp and go on the run, but perhaps find out that she would have been better off staying inside…


14th September

Summer of the Piranha 

If you love the Piranha movies, then you’ll probably be pleased to hear that 2018 will see the latest – working title Summer of the Piranha – hit our screens.





In Winchester, the heiress to the firearm fortune comes to believe that she’s being haunted by the ghosts of people killed by the Winchester rifle. After the sudden death of her husband and child she becomes obsessed, building an elaborate mansion that she hopes will keep the angry spirits at bay.

Thinking that she’s just insane and eccentric, a psychiatrist visits, but quickly realises that it isn’t all in her head…

Saw: Legacy directors Michael and Peter Spierig are writing and directing, and Helen Mirren stars.


Expected February


After an explosive device is implanted in his neck, a man is forced to complete a variety of sick and depraved crimes to stay alive. All the characters will be “played” by “life-sized, realistic latex puppets.”

James Masters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Jordan Peele will star


Expected May


This solo Venom movie will not have anything to do with the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starring Tom Hardy, it will reportedly be a genuinely scary (rated R) sci-fi.

We’re certainly intrigued…

Tom Hardy

5th October

(via The Hook Mag)

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