2018 has been a particularly strong year at the movies so far, with Black Panther, Black Panther, and Black Panther dominating the box office. While we certainly encourage you to continue basking in the glory of Marvel‘s latest juggernaut, there are also a few March movie releases that we can’t wait to check out.
The Strangers: Prey at Night (March 9)
I know I’m in the minority, but I don’t love The Strangers. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that I don’t even really like it. I’ll acknowledge that the atmosphere provided by the isolated location and creepy oldies music was effective, and the premise is one that everyone is terrified of, but the characters were ANNOYING and so caught up in their own drama that it made them difficult to root for- especially when you consider that they constantly made dumb decisions and fell into standard horror tropes time and time again. Sigh.
Prey at Night, though, appears to boast bolder stylistic choices (which we’re always excited to see play out on the big screen), and is a chance to right the wrongs of the first film. Rather than just a soap opera couple, the sequel follows a family, kids and all, as they are terrorized by the killers. If the film can capitalize on this and up the emotional investment, it could prove to be the rare horror sequel that improves upon the original.
Thoroughbreds (March 9)
Thoroughbreds premiered at Sundance in January of 2017 to generous reviews, and now it’s finally going to be available to the general public. Already drawing comparisons to American Psycho and Heathers, the film follows two upper-class teenage girls who rekindle their unlikely friendship and come up with a dark plan to solve all of their problems.
The film stars Olivia Cooke (who is in another film on this list); Anya Taylor-Joy, who has been on a roll since the release of The Witch two years ago; and Anton Yelchin, who tragically passed away in 2016, in his final role.
Pacific Rim Uprising (March 23)
Though Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim wasn’t a perfect movie, it was a hell of a lot of fun- which is really all you can ask from a film about humans in enormous robot suits fighting monstrous creatures to be. If the sequel follows the same path, it’ll be a worthwhile trip to the movies.
Uprising returns characters played by Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, and Rinko Kikuchi, but will largely feature a new cast of characters, led by Star Wars‘ John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, and Cailee Spaeny. The film takes place ten years after the events of the original, and follows the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba‘s character in the first movie, for those who aren’t die-hard fans).
Unsane (March 23)
Remember when Steven Soderbergh retired from film-making? Yeah, that didn’t last long. Last year, the director returned with Logan Lucky, a heist comedy, and now he’s keeping the ball rolling with a horror/thriller that he filmed in secret on an iPhone 7 Plus. That’s one way to save money.
The film follows a troubled young business woman who is being stalked by her estranged ex-boyfriend. She signs up for a support group in hopes of remaining safe, but she soon finds out that she involuntarily placed herself in a strict mental institution that doesn’t allow contact with the outside world. “Alone and trapped against her will, Sawyer must fights her own demons within the twisted asylum as the visions of her stalker begin to take over.” Sign us up.
Ready Player One (March 29)
Ready Player One isn’t only one our most anticipated March movie releases, it’s one of our most looked forward to of the entire year. Directed by cinema master Steven Spielberg, the film is based on the popular novel of the same name which is set in a dystopian future that sees the majority of the population participating in a virtual space called the OASIS.
Like the novel, the film is filled with Easter eggs of cinema and gaming. Just in the trailer alone, there are more visual references than we can even begin to keep up with. When you factor in the cast of Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance, the exciting premise sounds like it will lend itself to something special.