Horror movies that will blow everyone away in 2018

Hollywood lined up plenty of high-profile horror projects in 2017, from a revival of the Saw franchise to a very creepy-looking take on Stephen King's It — but even after that banner year, fans don't need to worry that the genre's tapped out; instead, the movie industry's major players have ensured that there are plenty  of quality scares on tap for 2018. In fact, the year's horror calendar got off to an early start, and there's no end in sight — after looking over the movie release schedule for 2018, we've come to the inescapable conclusion that filmgoers have a wealth of fright to choose from during these 12 months. From fact-based stories to supernatural action and the chilling reemergence of at least one classic character, the future looks very dark indeed — in the best possible way. Here's a look at the horror movies that will blow everyone away in 2018.

Mandy — Summer 2018

Fans of over-the-top horror who also enjoy the over-the-top acting stylings of Nicolas Cage have already gotten a treat this year in the form of the well-received, supremely weird Mom and Dad — but it turns out that that film was just a warm-up. Writer/director Panos Cosmatos established his intention to screw with the heads of audiences with his debut feature Beyond the Black Rainbow, and for his follow-up Mandy, he's enlisted Cage and Andrea Riseborough (Birdman) for a bizarre tale of backwoods revenge that critics are saying pushes the horror envelope in ways few filmmakers would even attempt. 

Red (Cage) and Mandy (Riseborough) are a couple who lead an isolated existence deep in the woods, until Mandy attracts the unwanted attention of a psychotic cult leader (Linus Loache, Homeland). Needless to say, things get real bad for the couple, leading Red to embark on a spree of drug-fueled vengeance in which reality becomes increasingly tough to tell apart from the surrealist paintings created by Mandy. The film debuted at Sundance to stunned, appreciative reviews: Vulture explains that Cage's performance works "precisely because there is a great actor underneath it all and because he does tap into something so ferocious that other people wouldn't dare to touch." IndieWire similarly reports that Cage has finally found the material appropriate to his uninhibited style; we can all witness Peak Cage for ourselves when Mandy hits theaters sometime this summer.

The First Purge - July 4, 2018

The ending of 2016's The Purge: Election Year, the third installment in the series, seemed to shut the door pretty firmly on the idea of more sequels. But the series has garnered a huge fanbase while earning a combined $315 million worldwide on tiny budgets, so to simply end it would be against everything Hollywood stands for. Creator James DeMonaco has indicated he will likely expand the property to television, but in the meantime, the franchise is moving ahead — by going back.

A prequel installment in the series, The First Purge sends viewers to the beginning of the titular phenomenon, depicting how a authorities dreamed up "a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community" — only to see it spiral beyond the gates and take over the entire country. The series will also see a change in director, as DeMonaco (who still contributed the script) will step aside for Gerard McMurray, whose debut Burning Sands was snapped up by Netflix after a strong showing at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Fans of summertime scares, take note: The First Purge is set to hit theaters on July 4, 2018.

Unfriended: Dark Web — July 20, 2018

2014's Unfriended put a novel spin on the found-footage genre by having its entire supernatural murder-mystery plot play out on the protagonist's laptop via social media, Skype, and email. Despite its unintentionally chuckle-inducing title, it was a shockingly lean, mean, and effective chiller — and after posting a $64 million take against its $1 million budget, the only question was when, not if, a sequel would hit screens. That question was answered at this year's SXSW, with horror maestro Jason Blum's surprise reveal that the untitled Blumhouse production on the program was actually Unfriended: Dark Web, sending fans of the original over the moon.

Colin Woodell (Unsane) stars as Matias, a teen who discovers a laptop whose previous owner is a denizen of the nastiest reaches of the fabled Dark Web — and who, presumably, wants his computer back. Early reviews are encouraging, with io9's notice calling the film "terrifying," and suggesting that "you'll find yourselves looking suspiciously at every new friend request for a long time after seeing the movie." Veteran horror scribe Stephen Susco (The GrudgeTexas Chainsaw 3D) makes his directorial debut, working from his own screenplay (based on a treatment by original writer Nelson Greaves); Chelsea Alden (13 Reasons Why) and Betty Gabriel (whose unnerving turn as brainwashed "maid" Georgina was a highlight of Get Out) round out the supporting cast.

​Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich - August 2018

Puppet Master didn't seem destined to crank out sequel after sequel when it made its direct-to-video debut in 1989, but the franchise has proved to have remarkable staying power. Focusing on evil puppets animated by an ancient curse and the man who created them, the film has already spawned no fewer than ten sequels (and one crossover with the similarly themed Demonic Toys series), plus multiple comic books. This year's Puppet Master: Axis Termination—the first installment since 2012—debuted in September 2017 on Amazon.

The film will star stone-faced veteran actor Udo Kier as the deranged puppet maker Toulon, and genre queen Barbara Crampton (You're Next) will also make an appearance. S. Craig Zahler, the scribe behind the critically acclaimed horror western Bone Tomahawk, contributed the screenplay, with the team of Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund (Wither) handling directorial duties. The film's logline states that most of the action will take place at a convention, where killer puppets will run amok—a convention not unlike the one where filmmakers recently showed off some of the new movie's dastardly dolls. Producers promised a bloody good time with plenty of practical gore effects.

Summer of '84 — August 3, 2018

After premiering at Sundance to generally favorable reviews, the throwback serial killer thriller Summer of '84 awaits general release later this year. It's the story of four young friends who suspect that their neighbor, a cop, is actually responsible for a string of local murders — and decide to spend the summer investigating, which of course leads them straight into potential victim territory.

The directorial trio knows as RKSS (Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell, also responsible for Turbo Kid) are back with another nostalgia-charged romp, this one just a bit darker than their last. The up-and-coming young cast, led by Graham Verchere (Fargo) and Judah Lewis (The Babysitter), just might give you a touch of deja vu while watching the trailer (Collider deadpanned that the flick "looks like Stranger Things with a serial killer"), but those early reviews indicate that if retro horror is your bag, you could do much worse. Plus, according to Sundance's official synopsis, the period setting isn't just throwback for throwback's sake: "the '80s setting is less about the nostalgia… than an essential parallel of that Reagan-era American fear that we are not as safe as we think."

The Meg - August 10, 2018

The Meg is a joint American/Chinese production that doesn't give away a whole lot with its title—unless you know that the 1997 source novel was subtitled A Novel of Deep Terror, and that Meg is short for Megalodon, which is a giant prehistoric shark. The film's international cast will portray a deep-sea research team that comes nose-to-nose with the terrifying creature when their submersible craft is disabled, and if that doesn't sound pulse-pounding enough, the American cast seems absolutely pitch-perfect.

Jason Statham heads up the cast as a Navy captain and expert diver, with the always excellent Rainn Wilson and Orange is the New Black's Ruby Rose standing out among a strong supporting ensembleNational Treasure vet Jon Turteltaub will handle directing duties, while the screenplay's final draft was turned in by Zodiac and Amazing Spider-Man writer James Vanderbilt. Chinese lead Li Bingbing is a veteran actress making a name for herself in the States, having last been seen in the most recent installments of the Transformers and Resident Evil series. Originally slated for a March release, Meg was pushed back to avoid competition with Fox and Marvel's New Mutants, which was later pushed back itself. Regardless, we'll have to wait until August 10, 2018 to get a look—but that look will be in 3D IMAX and will involve Jason Statham fighting a giant shark, so it should be worth the wait.

Slender Man - August 24, 2018

Veteran TV director Sylvain White gets a third crack at a feature film with an adaptation of one of the most well-known internet memes of all time. Slender Man sees the Stomp the Yard and The Losers helmer working from a script by David Birke, the scribe behind the excellent 2016 Paul Verhoeven feature Elle

Lovers of creepy internet memes have a pretty good idea what to expect. The Slender Man has stalked the Web since 2009, when a Photoshop contest produced a picture of the tall, thin, faceless stalker of hapless children. The forum poster who made the image, Eric Knudsen, even has a writing credit on the film (under his forum handle "Victor Surge")—a development he probably didn't expect when he set out to freak out a few people with his Photoshop skills. 

The cast now includes Joey King (Wish Upon, Independence Day: Resurgence) and Jaz Sinclair (When the Bough Breaks, upcoming Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina). The plot involves teen girls performing rituals related to the Slender Man, and also features Kevin Chapman (Sneaky Pete) as an alcoholic, negligent father and Javier Botet, the actor portraying the Crooked Man in the Conjuring series, as the titular fiend. Sony/Screen Gems has slated Slender Man for release on August 24, 2018.

Cadaver - August 24, 2018

Shay Mitchell makes the jump from TV's Pretty Little Liars to horror with Cadaver, an intriguing project in the works at Sony's Screen Gems division. Veteran Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen, working from a script by Teen Wolf and Scream: The TV Series writer Brian Sieve, makes his Hollywood debut with this feature; Mitchell stars as a morgue technician and disgraced former cop with a drug problem, whose late-night shifts at the morgue take a turn for the sinister when she receives a badly brutalized body.

Along with the creepy setting and interesting premise, Mitchell seems like an oddly inspired choice for the lead role. Although the film has wrapped principal photography, audiences will have to wait until August 24, 2018 to get a look. Van Rooijen is already onto his next project—he's been tapped by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production company to handle an upcoming remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic The Birds.

The Little Stranger - August 31, 2018

Writer/director Lenny Abrahamson spent several years quietly making a name for himself in his native Ireland before making a huge splash with the 2015 international production Room, which—despite receiving only a limited release in the U.S.—was nominated for a slew of awards and snagged a Best Actress Oscar for lead Brie Larson. For his follow-up project, Abrahamson has taken on an adaptation of the well-received 2009 Sarah Waters novel The Little Stranger—a film which took about ten seconds to get snapped up by Focus Features for worldwide distribution after going into production last summer.

The post-WWII ghost story, in which a doctor must deal with a strange family and seemingly malevolent ghost while revisiting the home where his mother once worked as a maid, boasts an interesting cast which includes Domnhall Gleason (The Revenant, Ex Machina), Ruth Wilson (I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House) and Will Poulter, who just missed out on landing the role of Pennywise in the monster smash hit 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's ItThe Little Stranger should be opening against sparse competition—it's currently slated for release the Friday before Labor Day Weekend, traditionally one of the lightest weekends of the year for new releases.

The Nun - September 7, 2018

The series that New Line is now officially calling the "Conjuring Universe" scored another box office hit with Annabelle: Creation, a pre-prequel exploring the origins of the sinister doll from The Conjuring 2, pushing the series' worldwide box office take up over the $1 billion mark. Hitting those kinds of numbers can only ensure plenty more films in the pipeline, and first up is another spinoffThe Nun, which will add some backstory to one of Conjuring 2's most terrifying characters.

Variety has reported that the story "centers on a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania taking her own life, with a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order's unholy secret and confront a malevolent force." American Horror Story's Taissa Farmiga (the younger sister of main Conjuring series star Vera) has been cast in the lead, with Bonnie Aarons reprising her role as the demonic nun Valak. Creatively, the spinoff appears to be in good hands as well—Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation screenwriter Gary Dauberman penned the script, and Corin Hardy (who may or may not be helming the forthcoming reboot of The Crow) has been tapped to direct. 

Hardy used practical effects whenever possible on the shoot, portions of which took place on location in Romania and Transylvania. "I always want to say, 'Let's do everything as much as we possibly can for real,'" he told Entertainment Weekly. "'Including in-camera stunts, effects, and then use the CGI to be a beautiful, original, invisible tool.'" The Nun will return to scare your pants off on September 7, 2018.

Slaughterhouse Rulez - September 7, 2018

Horror comedy is notoriously difficult to pull off, but if any filmmakers have earned the benefit of the doubt, it's Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their 2005 classic Shaun of the Dead remains a sterling example of the genre, and Slaughterhouse Rulez — the first effort from the pair's new Stolen Picture banner — promises to deliver shocks and laughs in equal measure.

The film's official synopsis sums up its premise succinctly: "An illustrious British boarding school becomes a bloody battleground when a mysterious sinkhole appears at a nearby fracking site, unleashing unspeakable horror." While Pegg and Frost will only be serving as producers (the inevitable cameos notwithstanding), the film is in good hands creatively; writer/director Crispian Mills directed Pegg in 2012's bonkers horror comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything, and the talented Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game, Hugo) gets a shot at displaying his comedy chops in the lead. The film is backed by Sony Pictures, which should ensure a fairly wide release when it hits theaters September 7. 

The Predator — September 14, 2018

Attempts to reinvigorate the Predator franchise have not historically fared well, with the Alien vs. Predator mashup series failing to do justice to either franchise and the 2010 sequel Predators garnering mixed reviews. But forthcoming sequel The Predator appears to be in very good hands — those being the hands of Shane Black, the writer/director most recently responsible for Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys. Black, who had a supporting role in the 1987 original, will direct from a script he co-wrote with Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad, Robocop 3). 

Black has promised that his "inventive sequel" will carry a hard R rating (by way of a rather profane tweet), and the film's suburban setting — with Boyd Holbrook as an ex-Marine who discovers an alien presence in his neighborhood — will provide ample opportunity to pour on the terror. Also featured in the cast are Jacob Tremblay (Room, The Book of Henry), Keegan-Michael Key and Olivia Munn, and if all of this isn't enough to get fans excited, perhaps the words of 20th Century Fox CEO Stacy Snider will be: "We've got a Predator film coming out that is unexpected and utterly fresh. I just imagined… that it would be interior jungle, exterior more jungle and then fighting happens, but Emma [Watts, Fox Chairman and VP of production] went out and recruited Shane Black. From the first page, it didn't read like a Predator film." We'll see what Black and Dekker's (no power tool jokes, please) take looks like on September 14.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls - September 21, 2018

It sounds like a rather Harry Potter-esque premise: a 10-year-old boy moves in with an eccentric uncle, only to find his house full of secret passageways and strange and creepy goings-on; it's eventually revealed that his uncle (Jack Black) is a warlock, a witch (Cate Blanchett) lives next door, and the house is a conduit for weird black magic rituals. But J.K. Rowling won't be calling her lawyers anytime soon—this is the plot of the 1973 gothic horror novel The House With a Clock In Its Walls, and an adaptation is forthcoming with some serious talent on board.

Notorious goremeister Eli Roth will direct a cast that includes Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) along with Blanchett, Black, and Renee Elise Goldsberry (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks). Timeless and Supernatural scribe Eric Kripke has written the script, and among the producers are James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and Brad Fischer (Shutter Island). This has out-of-left-field horror smash written all over it, as long as Roth can keep his more exploitative tendencies in check.

Hold the Dark - Fall 2018

Jeremy Saulnier has quickly established a reputation as a purveyor of mercilessly tense films punctuated with bursts of shocking violence, and his fans have been waiting anxiously to see what color he'd take on next after the one-two gut punches of Blue Ruin and Green Room. True to form, the director has chosen to keep us off-balance by not only ditching the naming convention, but also by releasing his new thriller Hold the Dark directly to Netflix.

Penned by reliable collaborator Macon Blair (whose excellent debut directorial feature I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore likewise found a home on the streaming giant), Hold the Dark is adapted from William Giraldi's 2014 novel, and tells the story of a wildlife expert who gets into more than he bargained for when he's summoned to Alaska to investigate the killing of three local children by a wolf. Blair will of course make an appearance onscreen, with Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) and Riley Keough (Logan Lucky) also having joined the cast. Saulnier's fans won't need any coaxing, but for the uninitiated in need of a nerve-jangling thriller, Hold the Dark is virtually guaranteed to satisfy when it drops on Netflix this year. 

Venom — October 5, 2018

When Sony announced in early 2017 that they would be moving forward with multiple Spider-Man-related projects apart from Marvel Studios, fans were understandably a bit puzzled as to the appeal of a Spider-Verse without Peter Parker, who has taken up residence in the MCU after Sony and Marvel's historic deal allowed for the rights to the character to be shared. One of Sony's announced projects, Silver and Black — featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat, two Spidey associates — has been put indefinitely on hold, but the other — Venom, based on the classic villain/antihero — has gone full speed ahead.

Its impressive cast includes Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, as well as Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea) and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). The first teaser trailer is noticeably light on alien symbiotes and heavy on Hardy in serious distress, but sets a tone appropriate for what will be the first true horror film adapted from a beloved Marvel property (Blade notwithstanding). Adding to fans' excitement: a rumor, as yet unsubstantiated, that Tom Holland's Peter Parker will indeed make an appearance. In an episode of podcast Collider Heroes, Jon Schnepp reported that Holland was on set for two days filming scenes as Parker (and pointedly not as his web-head alter ego). All signs point to Sony getting it right with their second crack at the deadly symbiote, and we'll see just how right when Venom hits theaters on October 5.

Hellfest - October 12, 2018

Hellfest is set at a Halloween-themed amusement park where phony blood and guts and gore are all part of the holiday fun. This means the park's patrons don't immediately realize anything is amiss when a psycho slasher decides to have a little holiday fun of his own. Blumhouse standby Gregory Plotkin (Happy Death Day) took over as director from original helmer Jennifer Lynch, and Amy Forsyth (Hulu's The Path), Reign Edwards (Snowfall) and Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow) have joined the cast. "We are going to take audiences on a wild and terrifying ride," promised Plotkin, "and Amy, Reign, and Bex are exactly the talented energetic heroes we have been looking for to face off against our killer." Expectations are high for this one: former James Cameron partner and Walking Dead producer Gale Ann Hurd is involved through her own production company, and CBS Films president Terry Press has been championing the film for years, believing it has the potential to start a new Purge-like horror franchise. You can judge for yourself when Hellfest debuts on October 12, 2018.

Something in the Dark - October 15, 2018

This tech-based thriller has a unique premise: a blind woman has her sight restored by a pair of high-tech eyeglasses, and unfortunately, her vision may now be a little better than she bargained for, as she can now see ghosts. Further complicating matters, they look just like normal people—meaning she can't tell the difference between the dead and the living. Even worse, she begins to suspect that a lurking entity she keeps glimpsing might be coming for her. 

The film's website states that it will contain no dialogue, with the goal of creating "a more involving and creepy experience which plays exactly the same to any audience, regardless of what language they speak." The first feature for visual effects artist turned debuting writer-director Steven Aguilera, it already boasts a super-creepy trailer—and if that clip is any indication, Something in the Dark could be a breakout horror hit along the lines of It Follows. It's currently slated for release on October 15, 2018.

Halloween - October 19, 2018

Remakes and reboots of classic horror franchises haven't exactly been cinematic gold in recent years, with dead-on-arrival reboots of the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises leaving fans and producers alike wondering where the franchises have left to go. With yet another Nightmare reboot struggling to get off the ground and a planned second Friday re-imagining having been unceremoniously axed (which at least seems fitting), fans could be forgiven for not getting too excited about the prospect of a new Halloween—but they should be, for one key reason.

Eastbound & Down star Danny McBride and producer David Gordon Green came together to work on the concept for the new film, which they pitched directly to original director/co-writer John Carpenter. Carpenter's reaction, posted to his Facebook page, was enough to get any fan's heart racing: "David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and…WOW. They get it. I think you're gonna dig it." For further proof, Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode) and Nick Castle (Michael Myers) are reprising their roles from the original. Castle has said that the filmmakers "honor the tradition of original movie" and that "everyone who is a fan, of the original especially, should look forward to it."

McBride has explained to CinemaBlend that the new film won't be a remake or a reboot, but will instead serve as a sequel to the first film: "(I)t's gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we're focusing mainly (on) the first two movies and what that sets up." Miramax will release the Blumhouse production on October 19, 2018, just in time for the scariest night of the year.

Overlord - October 26, 2018

There is some formidable talent on both sides of the cameras for Overlord, a World War II-set horror flick from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company. Sophomore director Julius Avery, whose first feature was the underrated genre film Son of a Gun, directed from a script co-written by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), with a fascinating logline: "Set on the eve of D-Day, a group of American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion's success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation."

The cast includes Wyatt Russell (the lead in the stellar Black Mirror episode "Playtest") and Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) along with veteran character actor Bokeem Woodbine (last seen in theaters in Spider-Man: Homecoming). Since this is a Bad Robot production, speculation has been heavy that Overlord may be yet another stealth entry in the Cloverfield universe, which was confirmed in January. How will it tie into the franchise? We can all find out when Overlord debuts in theaters on October 26, 2018.

Suspiria - November 2, 2018

Dario Argento's 1977 masterpiece Suspiria is an exercise in pure, nightmarish atmosphere, which may be the reason it's avoided the remake treatment for four decades. But Italian director Luca Guadagnino (the man behind Sundance darling Call Me By Your Name) has taken his best shot—his modern re-imagining of Suspiria wrapped filming in March of this year, and if the lengthy post-production and interesting cast are any indication, we could be getting a fever dream for the ages.

Dakota Johnson stars opposite Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth (A Cure For Wellness) and Tilda Swinton, lending her otherworldly presence. Also appearing in a small role will be the original film's star Jessica Harper, and none other than Radiohead's Thom Yorke will attempt to outdo the original's classic score. Much has been made of the fact that no remake can possibly match the bizarre color palette and singular tone of the original, but Guadagnino seems quite confident in his approach. Speaking with Variety, he said, "It's a movie about guilt, and it's about motherhood. It has no primary colors in its color palette… [it's] winter-ish, evil, and really dark."

The House That Jack Built — November 29, 2018

Few filmmakers have the ability to get under one's skin quite like Lars Von Trier, he of Nymphomaniac, Antichrist and numerous other such provocations. For his next trick, Von Trier has recruited Matt Dillon and previous collaborator Uma Thurman for The House That Jack Built, the story of the development of serial killer Jack (Dillon) throughout his career in the 1970's. 

Von Trier has gone on record warning potential viewers that Jack may be his most brutal film to date, which is really saying something: "There were so many people we sent the script to, who said they would do anything to work with me, except this script," he said during a press conference at Cannes. "And then there were two [Dillon and Thurman], who said yes and I asked, 'Are you sure?' And they said, 'Yeah yeah yeah.' I think we should make a little test of their reading abilities." The film's official synopsis states that it will be told from the point of view of Jack, who views each of his murders as a work of art and take ever greater risks in pursuit of the ultimate artwork. If you're not among the faint of heart or weak of stomach, The House That Jack Built is shaping up to be a late-season treat; distributor IFC Films has slated it for release on November 29.

Nosferatu - TBA

The Witch is widely considered to be among the scariest films of 2015, a unique and ambitious picture that was the directorial debut of production designer-turned-director Robert Eggers. The film grossed ten times its budget, and for his follow-up, Eggers isn't scaling back on his ambition. He'll be helming a remake of the seminal 1922 horror classic Nosferatu, an undertaking only attempted once before—in 1979, by acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog. 

Eggers' gift for atmosphere should serve him well on this project, which even he admits is daunting. Briefly tempted to table the remake, he told Collider that he reconsidered: "It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do Nosferatu next. I was really planning on waiting a while, but that's how fate shook out."

Eggers is a lifelong fan of the original film, and has even mounted stage productions twice—once as a senior in high school, and later professionally, which helped guide him toward his eventual career. It's safe to say the remake is in very good hands—and if The Witch is any indication, fans might be in for the creepiest vampire flick in years. 

Monster Party - TBA

From writer/director Chris von Hoffman comes another high-concept thriller that sounds like a potential home run: Monster Party follows a trio of teenage hoodlums who break into an upscale mansion with thievery on their minds. However, the mansion happens to be host to a gathering of social elites who are all part of a cult of serial killers.

Veteran actress Robin Tunney heads up a cast that also includes John Wick's Lance Reddick, Captain Fantastic's Erin Moriarty and YouTube star Kian Lawley, who's quietly building a respectable acting portfolio. Producer Eric B. Fleischman is high on the project, saying in a statement: "I think Monster Party serves as a testament to not only Chris' ability to blend genres together (until they bleed) but a commentary on the growing social issues in today's society and just how violent some people actually are." No firm release date has been set, but look for Monster Party to reach theaters sometime in 2018.

Piranha JPN: Teeth of the Piranha - TBA

1978's Piranha has the distinction of being hands-down the best Jaws ripoff in a sea of them (no pun intended), and it also launched the career of director Joe Dante in much the same way that its less-loved sequel gave a boost to future Hollywood titan James Cameron. The modern reboot series, which began with Piranha 3D in 2010, has nobly carried on the tradition of delivering maximum cheese along with copious amounts of gore and nudity, so we're pleased to report that the next installment—titled Piranha JPN: Teeth of the Piranha—is currently in production in Japan.

As always, the seemingly ageless Roger Corman will be an executive producer, but no further cast and crew details are available yet. According to Dread Central, the fish are undergoing a bit of a redesign due to the locale, looking like more of a hybrid of piranha and tuna—the joke being that since many Japanese people are so fond of eating that particular fish, the fish ought to get a chance to return the favor. Nobody ever accused Roger Corman of being too subtle.

Fun House - TBA

Writer/director Jason William Lee hit the nerve-jangling mark with his 2016 debut feature The Evil In Us, and his sophomore effort for production house Sandcastle Pictures is currently in development. Little is known about Fun House aside from one incredibly creepy teaser image and this insanely awesome synopsis: "When 8 celebrities from around the globe are invited to compete in an online reality show, they soon realize that they are playing for their very lives, as those voted off suffer horrific torture and death, broadcast live to the world."

Sandcastle has announced on their Facebook page that Fun House will be shot in early 2018 in Vancouver, with an eye toward release later in the year—but so far, no other details have emerged. Here's hoping Lee builds on the promise he showed with his first feature, as it sounds like he's working with a truly killer premise.

Polaroid - TBA

The Weinstein Company has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons, and prominent subsidiary Dimension Films hasn't escaped mention amid allegations of years of sexual impropriety by co-founder Harvey Weinstein. A fair amount of turmoil at Dimension is one factor affecting the release date of Polaroid, a supernatural thriller originally slated for a Thanksgiving 2017 release, but which has now been pushed back to an unspecified date in 2018—hopefully sooner than later, because it looks absolutely bonkers.

First-time feature director Lars Klevberg adapts from his own short film, telling the story of a teenage loner who discovers an old Polaroid camera in a mysterious store. The budding vintage photo enthusiast soon finds that anybody she takes a picture of is in line for a horrific death at the hands of some malevolent force. While the premise might seem a touch familiar—or, specifically, like a mashup of The Ring and Final DestinationKlevberg's short won Best Short and Best Cinematography awards at the prestigious Los Angeles Horror Competition, and all signs in the trailer point to a stylishly shot and creepy flick.  

Camp Cold Brook - TBA

Scream queen Danielle Harris (of the Hatchet and Halloween film series) returns with Camp Cold Brook, starring opposite Chad Michael Murray (Marvel's Agent Carter) in a thriller with an intriguing premise: a reality TV show producer (Murray), with his show Haunt Squad threatened with cancellation, brings his team of paranormal investigators to Camp Cold Brook, the site of a mass murder 20 years earlier. They're hoping for a killer episode that will save their sinking show, but they'll end up having to save themselves instead.

Notably, it's being produced by the legendary Joe Dante, the man behind such classics as Gremlins and The Howling. Director Andy Palmer (The Funhouse Massacre) directs from a script by first-time screenwriter Alex Carl; the Oklahoma-based production has wrapped shooting, but no release date has yet been announced.

Haunt - TBA

The creative team of Scott Beck and Bryan Woods are gearing up for a breakout year in 2018. Their script for the forthcoming A Quiet Place has generated massive amounts of buzz, and Haunt—which the duo will also direct—sounds every bit as creepy as that highly anticipated project. The official synopsis: "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."

The Bold Type star Katie Stevens (who is also starring in the forthcoming chiller Polaroid) leads, opposite Will Brittain (Kong: Skull Island) and Andrew Caldwell (M.F.A.). Eli Roth is among the film's producers, so it's safe to say that a fair amount of shocking gore will be on tap. No release date has yet been announced.

KillRoy Was Here- TBA

Love him or hate him, Kevin Smith has a distinct sensibility that isn't open to compromise. The first two entries in his "True North" Canadian horror trilogy, Tusk and Yoga Hosers, weren't exactly lavished with praise—and the third, Moose Jaws (like Jaws, but with a moose) is still nowhere to be seen on the horizon after supposedly being in development for years. But Smith seems determined to earn his bona fides as a horror filmmaker, and he just might accomplish that goal with KillRoy Was Here.

Speaking with Variety, Smith described the project as "a monster movie in the sense of a classic morality tale … no one wants to see you spill the blood of innocents, but when someone crosses the line and goes bad, you get to make them pay in horrible ways, and the audience cheers. We wanted to make an anthology film in the vein of Creepshow. Killroy is like the Golem, the Boogeyman and the Grim Reaper combined." Smith will also act in the film, with practical creature effects being provided by Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps. 

Mary - TBA

Fresh off his critically acclaimed turn as Winston Churchill in the historical drama Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman will return to genre films with Mary, a supernatural thriller from American Horror Story cinematographer and director Michael Goi. Goi will direct from an original screenplay by The Shallows scribe Anthony Jaswinski, who seems to be on a singular mission to make us all terrified of the ocean.

Oldman stars as the patriarch of a family looking to start a charter boat business—but their first investment, the titular vessel, holds dark secrets that only reveal themselves on isolated waters. Owen Teague (who had a brief but memorable turn as Patrick Hockstetter in 2017's It) and Stefanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3) co-star along with veteran actress Emily Mortimer. No release date has been announced, but the presence of Oldman alone—not to mention a creepy and original premise—make this a flick worth looking out for.

Only You - TBA

Blumhouse looks to keep serving up the scares with Only You, a thriller with a (perhaps deceptively) innocuous title whose plot is being kept tightly under wraps. Writer/director Jacob Estes, who most recently wrote the 2017 threequel Rings, will direct the film from his own original screenplay—and while we may not know much about the plot yet, he is certainly assembling an absolutely killer cast.

David Oyelowo, who earned critical raves for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in the historical drama Selma, heads up the cast; also on board is young actress Storm Reid (12 Years a Slave, Sleight), who's poised for a breakout year with this film as well as Disney's forthcoming adaptation of the classic YA novel A Wrinkle in Time. The story is said to focus on a police officer whose family is killed, and the rumor mill has also suggested that there may be a time travel element—but this is unconfirmed, as is the release date, so we'll just have to wait and see what creepy surprises Estes and Blumhouse are cooking up with this one.

Seven in Heaven - TBA

Blumhouse is at it again with Seven in Heaven, which was shot last summer in Ontario, Canada. The story concerns a pair of teens who, while playing the titular game, discover that their closet happens to be a gateway to an alternate reality. But the gateway doesn't stay open forever, and the pair must navigate unknown perils to make it home before they're stuck.

Actor/director Chris Eigeman is helming the flick, which will feature Travis Tope (Independence Day: Resurgence) and Haley Ramm (Red State, X-Men: The Last Stand) as its two leads. Little information is available at this time, but there's little doubt Blumhouse is capable of making good on this mind-bender of a premise.

St. Agatha - TBA

Saw series director Darren Lynn Bousman (who is responsible for the second, third and fourth installments) returns with St. Agatha, a female-centric psychological horror film with a truly weird synopsis: "Set in the 1950s in small-town Georgia, the film centers on a pregnant con woman named Agatha who is on the run and seeks refuge in a convent. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a dark layer where silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked, and every bit of willpower Agatha has is tested as she learns the sick and twisted truth of the convent and the odd people that lurk inside its halls."

The film has four credited screenwriters and doesn't exactly feature a big-name cast, but early images suggest a creepy atmosphere with a distinctly Dario Argento-inspired color palette. The movie is completed, awaiting distribution; Jack Campbell, president of distributor Octane Entertainment, positively raved about the film, calling it "a cut above anything [he'd] seen in a long time." 

Sweetheart - TBA

Yet another mysterious Blumhouse project, Sweetheart went into production after the House of Blum acquired writer/director JD Dillard's previous film, Sleight, after its Sundance debut. The horror thriller will star Dope and The Flash actress Kiersey Clemons along with Emory Cohen (War Machine), and while the studio is keeping mum about the plot, Dillard himself spilled a few details in an interview with Slashfilm.

He describes the film as being light on dialogue—the script is only 68 pages—and as being "a pure exercise in tone and terror" with a heavy survival horror vibe. He also just barely holds himself back from revealing some sort of unique device—something he describes as a "plus one"—that he can't say anything about until the film's promotional materials appear. With no release date yet announced, we'll just have to wait and see what he means, unless someone can pry it out of him sooner.

Dead AfterLife - TBA

The premise of Dead AfterLife is completely bonkers, yet it's hard to believe it hasn't been done before: a man lingers on Earth as a ghost after his murder, only to see his body become a zombie and start attacking his friends and family at his funeral. To complicate things, he's a pharmaceutical scientist whose reanimation is a result of his being administered his own experimental drug, he knows the identity of his killer, and the "gatekeeper" (St. Peter, presumably) has given him a limited amount of time to get his roving, undead body safely back in its grave—or he'll punch his own ticket to hell.

Veteran low-budget horror director Jared Cohn is attached, but the real good news for horror fans is the cast. None other than Kane Hodder, the man behind the hockey mask for four installments of the Friday the 13th film series, is set to star; horror icon Dee Wallace (The Howling, House of the Devil) is also attached. Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes) and Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects) round out a cast fully stocked with horror vets; director Cohn thinks the project has "got cult classic written all over it," and it's tough to disagree.

The Haunting of Sharon Tate - TBA

Hilary Duff may not be the most obvious choice for the lead role in a psychological horror film, unless it's this one. Duff has signed on to portray the lead in The Haunting of Sharon Tate, in all likelihood due to her rather unsettling similarity to the late Tate, who was the most famous victim of Charles Manson's murderous "family." The film portrays Tate as tormented by visions of her own demise in the weeks leading up to her murder, and is based on remarks that she allegedly made in an interview a year before her death. 

Tate's family has taken slight issue with this, but the filmmakers aren't exactly presenting their work as factual, and it could be an interesting opportunity for Duff to show off her acting chops. It's the debut feature for writer/director Daniel Farrands, who has helmed several well-received horror documentaries (including the essential Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th), and the supporting cast includes Lydia Hearst (#Horror), the daughter of famed kidnap-victim-turned-terrorist Patty Hearst. Currently in post-production, The Haunting of Sharon Tate will hit theaters sometime this year.

Nightmare Cinema - TBA

The horror anthology has a rich tradition, but such projects tend to be rather hit-or-miss. Nightmare Cinema is off to a promising start with its awesome title, but there are even better reasons to get excited about the five-segment feature — not the least of which is the presence of the always-intense Mickey Rourke as the film's creepy framing device. He portrays the projectionist at the titular cinema, and the things he has to show the lost souls unfortunate enough to enter his theater are the stuff of… well, nightmares.

The film includes segments by horror legend Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling) and Stephen King favorite Mick Garris, who has adapted a number of the author's works including The Stand and The Shining for television. Also contributing are Argentinian director Alejandro Brugues (From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series), Japanese filmmaker Ryuhei Kitamura (Midnight Meat Train), and British director David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night), lending the whole thing an international feel. If the film is well-received, producers are interested in spinning it off into a Twilight Zone-style TV series — which, if you ask us, is the kind of thing that feels like it's due for a revival.

He's Out There — TBA

There's no question that He's Out There has a wealth of talent assembled on both sides of the camera. Director Dennis Iliadis already has one highly anticipated fright flick on the way this year with Delirium, and he directs from a screenplay by Mike Scannell (who worked on See No Evil) under the eye of producers Brian Bertino (director of The Strangers and its sequel) and Adrienne Biddle (Stephanie). Throw in stars Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter) and the young-but-accomplished Abigail Pniowsky (Arrival), and you've got a team more than capable of bringing this tense, throwback thriller home.

The official synopsis: "On vacation at a remote lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath." Iliadis proved himself to be adept at jangling nerves with the 2009 remake of Last House on the Left, and he looks to cement his reputation with this year's one-two punch of psychological horror.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle — TBA

Author Shirley Jackson only published six full-length novels (alongside a slew of short stories, including The Lottery, which you probably read in high school) before her death in 1965, but her influence reaches far and wide. Stephen King has often cited her work as an inspiration for himself and many of his contemporaries, and her final novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle is widely regarded as her masterpiece. Her surreal, atmospheric writing style is seen by some as defying adaptation — but the one currently in the works boasts a sterling cast and crew, and just might emerge as this year's sleeper horror hit.

The story follows a pair of sisters who may or may not have played a role in the poisoning of their entire family, who must use supernatural means to protect themselves from suspicious townspeople. Scream queen Taissa Farmiga (American Horror StoryThe Nun) appears in a lead role, along with Sebastian Stan (best known for his role as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and the great Willem Dafoe. At the helm is Stacie Passon, directing her second feature (after 2013's Concussion) from a script she co-wrote with Mark Kruger, who has done solid work in television on shows like The 4400 and Teen Wolf. Here's hoping they've cracked the code of adapting Jackson to the screen; a certain Master of Horror will be watching, and he's not known for gentle criticism.

The Shadow Within — TBA

Lindsay Lohan has been notoriously hit-or-miss as an actress, from the highs of her well-received starring role in 2004's Mean Girls to the lows of 2007's spectacularly ill-conceived I Know Who Killed Me, which is often cited as being among the worst films of all time. But at only 30 years old, Lohan is attempting a comeback by way of The Shadow Within, another horror-thriller with a totally insane premise.

The official synopsis reads, "In a world where supernatural creatures roam amongst us, Kristy Wolfe, a tough private investigator, tries desperately to keep her secret hidden. She has descended from a long line of werewolves. When her uncle is brutally murdered, Wolfe must use her natural instinct and risk her secret to unravel the mystery before she becomes the next victim." Charlotte Beckett (Penny Dreadful) appears in the lead, while longtime producer Tiago Mesquita makes his directorial debut. The film was shot in 2015 and is currently awaiting distribution; Lohan began teasing it to her fans on Instagram late last year, so we can expect to see a release date soon.

Slice — TBA

Production house A24 has offered up a diverse slate of interesting films over the last five years, but they're beginning to develop a reputation as having a nose for a great horror script. Recent efforts such as It Comes At NightKilling of a Sacred Deer, and Hereditary have all hit the critical sweet spot — but the forthcoming Slice, starring Chance the Rapper in his feature film debut, represents a bit of a departure for the studio with its horror-comedy feel and utterly insane-sounding plot.

Chance finds himself caught up in a string of murders of pizza delivery drivers, who are being targeted for unknown reasons by assailants who might be drug dealers — but then, they might also be werewolves. The film's secretive marketing has done little to fill out the plot's details, instead playing up its comedic slasher-movie vibe and Chance's affable onscreen presence. Writer/director Austin Vesely, who has previously worked with Chance on numerous music videos, makes his feature film debut; the supporting cast includes comedian Paul Scheer (The Disaster Artist) and Zazie Beetz, whose star is on the rise thanks to her recurring role on the TV series Atlanta and her recent high-profile supporting gig as Domino in Deadpool 2