2017 has been one of the greatest years in horror history, and while you’re sure to be reading several top ten lists over the next few days that will attest to this notion, we’re already looking forward to the genre prospects of 2018. Today we’re counting down horror movies that are scheduled for release in the new year (some with trailers, some without) that we can’t wait to check out. Let us know which films you’re most excited for in the comments and on social media!

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Insidious: The Last Key

The Insidious franchise has remained incredibly solid through three films and a director change, so we can’t wait to see how the fourth installment (the 2nd chronologically) turns out when it’s released on January 5th. For the second consecutive film, there has been a shakeup behind the camera, this time with Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan) taking the reins from Leigh Whannell, who has penned each film of the series, including The Last Key. The new film follows franchise heroine Elise Rainier fresh off the events of Chapter 3 as she investigates the home of a family in New Mexico- a home in which she used to live- and dives deeper into the mythology of The Further. Check out the trailer here.

Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built

If you follow horror pages on social media, chances are that you’ve seen the trailer for Winchester in circulation. Directed by the Spierig Brothers (Predestination, Jigsaw), the film stars acting heavyweights such as Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke- which is honestly intriguing enough to put our asses in a seat when the film releases on February 2nd. The House That Ghosts Built tells the story of Sarah Winchester as she begins building the Winchester Mystery House after the sudden deaths of her husband and child. You can check out the trailer here.

The New Mutants

The X-Men franchise has been doing interesting things as of late. With Logan, audiences were treated to one of the greatest cinema Westerns in recent memory, and now studios have opted to try their hand at a horror flick. Scheduled for release on April 13th, the film stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as mutants who are being held in a secret facility and must fight to save themselves. On the surface, The New Mutants is much different than the other horror movies on the list, but after watching this trailer, you’ll likely be sold as well.

The Little Stranger

Scheduled for release in late August, The Little Stranger was directed by Lenny Abrahamson- his first film since the release of Oscar-winning The Room– and stars Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, and Will Poulter. Based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Waters, the film tells the story of a doctor in 1947 who is called to help a patient in the place that his mother once worked. While there, he discovers that the patient and her family are haunted by something sinister, and that their story is closely, and terrifyingly, entwined with his own.

The Meg

I’ve been pleased by the upswing in theatrically released shark movies, so The Meg has been on our radar for quite some time. The Jason Statham-starring film follows a former Naval captain who is recruited to help save Chinese scientists who have come under attack by a 70-foot megalodon. The action horror film swims into theaters on August 10th.

The House That Jack Built

Set for release in late-November, The House That Jack Built follows a highly intelligent serial killer named Jack over the course of 12 years, depicting the murders that develop him into a feared murderer. Set in the 70’s and 80’s, the period piece psychological horror film stars Matt Dillon as the titular Jack, and is directed by Lars von Trier, who extensively researched serial killers while writing the script.

The Nun

Save for the first Annabelle prequel, The Conjuring franchise has been one of modern horror’s greatest. 2017 brought us the incredibly fun Annabelle: Creation, and on July 13th, we’ll see the series’ horrific nun in action. Written by Gary Dauberman (It), the film takes place in 1950’s Romania as a nun and priest investigate the mysterious death of a nun. Directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), The Nun is a lock to be one of the most successful horror movies of 2018.

Annihilation

Alex Garland was already renowned as a masterful screenwriter before making his directorial debut with Ex Machina in 2015. Now, he’s poised to continue his dominance with Annihilation, the science fiction horror film based on the novel of the same name. Scheduled for release of February 23rd, the film features an all-star cast of Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, and Oscar Isaac. The trailer is AMAZING, and you can watch it here.

A Quiet Place

Michael Bay-produced horror films are a scary thing, and not usually in a good way. With that being said, A Quiet Place looks fucking horrifying. Directed by John Krasinski and starring both he and wife Emily Blunt, the film follows a family who live silently on a farm so not to attract a supernatural evil. The film is being released on April 6th, and if it’s half as great as this trailer, it’ll be well worth the price of admission.

Halloween

Halloween may be our most anticipated film of 2018, regardless of genre. The film has remained in the news ever since it was announced that David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are the masterminds behind the sequel, and the return of Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers only adds to our interest. Though it’ll be acting as if none of the other sequels in the iconic franchise exist, we’re damn excited to see Michael Myers on the big screen for what could be the final time.

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