The Last Horror Blog: Our Most Anticipated 2018 Horror Films

The Last Horror Blog: Our Most Anticipated 2018 Horror Films

Jan 04, 2018

Insidious: The Last Key

As I pointed out in my last column, 2017 was a good year for horror films. Now the question becomes can 2018 continue the trend? A quick perusal of the release calendar for the next 12 months points to yes. There are some intriguing horror titles already looming on the horizon (some coming as soon as tomorrow…), plus it’s always good to remember that some of the best films of the upcoming year will be titles we don’t yet know much about – festival darlings that seemingly come out of nowhere, etc.

So, with that in mind, here are the 10 of the horror films I’m most looking forward to seeing in 2018.

 

Insidious: The Last Key – Opening January 5

The fourth installment in the Insidious franchise (pictured at top) once again finds Lin Shaye -- can I just say how awesome it is that Lin Shaye has finally become a genre icon? -- battling supernatural forces, this time in her childhood home. Based on the trailer, it appears as though Shaye returns to the supernatural world of The Further, which should be a creepy good time. Adam Robitel takes over the directorial duties, but based on his previous work in the underseen The Taking of Deborah Logan, the series appears to be in good hands.

 

Mom and Dad – Opening January 19

This horror-comedy hybrid comes to us from Crank director Brian Taylor, and features what appears to be yet another classic over-the-top performance from Nic Cage. Cage and Selma Blair are murderous parents out to do in their offspring after some strange event causes all the parents in their town to go nuts. The trailer looks frenetic and fun – and if it’s anything like Taylor’s previous work on Crank, we should be in for a good time.

 

Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built – Opening February 2

Inspired by real-life events, this new feature from directing duo Michael and Peter Spierig looks pretty creepy – and it features Helen Mirren in a leading role. Basically, the film tells the tale of how Mirren’s Sarah Winchester becomes convinced she’s being haunted by the spirits of people killed by guns – and to help keep the ghosts at bay, she builds an insanely bizarre mansion filled with hallways and doors that lead to nowhere. Naturally, the skeptics who show up to investigate the house are in for a rude awakening…

 

Annihilation -- Opening February 23

Ex Machina writer and director Alex Garland is back, and this time he’s adapting the first novel in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy: Annihilation. Based on the clips we’ve seen so far, the film looks amazing. It follows a team of female scientists (including Natalie Portman) as they enter this strange area known simply as Area X. Previous expeditions into the abandoned region have not ended well – but perhaps our heroines can get to the bottom of what’s going on inside the strange, shimmering dome. No word yet on whether or not we’ll see the other two installments of VanderMeer’s trilogy on the screen, but it seems likely if Annihilation is a hit with audiences this February.

 

The Strangers: Prey at Night – Opening March 9

It’s been 10 long years since Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers took the American box office by storm, but after many (many…) false starts, we’re finally getting a sequel – although Bertino isn’t directing. Creepy home invaders Dollface, Man in the Mask, and Pin-Up Girl are back to once again wreak havoc on a new group of unfortunate people. Christina Hendricks is the big-name addition to the cast, but can a sequel a decade in the making actually live up to the expectations of fans? We’ll find out in March.

 

A Quiet Place – Opening April 6

John Krasinski directs and stars in this feature about a family hiding in silence (literally – they communicate using only sign language) to avoid attracting the attention of a supernatural menace. The small ensemble cast features not only Krasinski, but Emily Blunt as well, and the trailer is fraught with tension.

Beyond this, details about the film are pretty scarce. The trailer has me convinced it’s going to be one of the films horror fans will want to check out this year, though. Have a peek and see for yourself.

 

The Nun – Opening July 13

A few years ago, after the release of Annabelle, I’d have probably been pretty down on the idea of another spinoff from The Conjuring universe. However, Annabelle: Creation was actually pretty decent, and I find the idea of a demonic nun way more interesting than a possessed doll. So, I’m definitely intrigued by The Nun – which will feature a performance from Taissa Farmiga (sister of Vera Farmiga, who plays Lorraine Warren in the series). Can James Wan and company keep The Conjuring magic going? I kinda hope so – there aren’t enough evil nuns in modern horror cinema.  

 

The Predator – Opening August 3

We can argue whether or not The Predator is actually a horror movie or not (I lean towards “not” most of the time), but there’s a lot of horror fans who love these movies (like me…). Plus, The Predator not only has Shane Black returning to direct, but it’s got a script from Black and Monster Squad/Night of the Creeps filmmaker Fred Dekker. That’s enough to have me booking my tickets now. Anyway, the new film takes place in the present day, somewhere between Predator 2 and Predators. Expect lots of cool death scenes.

 

Meg – Opening August 10

Look, I’ll be honest – I know Meg is probably going to be terrible. The Steve Alten book that inspired it is hardly a literary masterpiece, and no one’s made a genuinely great killer shark film since Jaws, and this will almost assuredly feature loads of dodgy CGI, but it’s got Jason Statham squaring off against a gigantic Carcharodon Megalodon – the big brother of the great white shark. That alone guarantees my butt will be in a chair on August 10. Plus, it’s August…what else are you gonna go see?

 

Halloween – Opening October 19

Easily the most anticipated horror release of 2017, David Gordon Green’s Halloween could also be the most divisive. Green and writing partner Danny McBride (with an assist from John Carpenter himself) will attempt to sort of reboot the franchise (something Rob Zombie already attempted, with mixed results) in a new film.

Working in their favor? Carpenter’s involvement and a plan to make a sequel to the original film that ignores all the other sequels (that’s right – no stupid Thorn cult, potentially no “Laurie Strode was his sister” angle, no Samhain, no Busta Rhymes, no Paul Rudd…none of that). Potentially working in their favor? The return of Jamie Lee Curtis (potentially, because we saw Halloween: H20 totally botch this idea…).

I have no idea if this will actually work, but I’m intrigued by the concept. Green and McBride might not be the first names that spring to mind when you think “who should revive Halloween?”, but that could work in the project’s favor. We’ll know one way or the other in about 10 months…

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