From Five Nights at Freddy’s to Shelby Oaks, these are all the upcoming horror movies we’re keeping our eyes peeled for, in 2023, 2024.
So far, 2023 has been a great year for horror. From indie horrors like Infinity Pool, Huesera: the Bone Woman, and Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey to successful studio flicks like Megan, Beau is Afraid, and Scream VI, the genre has seen a terrific revival. The Boogeyman, The Blackening, Skinamarink, and Renfeild are some other notable horror flicks of the year so far. Of course, there have been awkward failures like Evil Dead Rise and Snow Fall. But for every film that falls short, and every clumsy horror sequel and remake, we’ve also had a diverse roster of original horror films. Additionally, streaming services allow us to enjoy new horror movies from around the world.
The promising 2024 lineup only looks to maintain the growing trend. While well-known horror series like A Quiet Place, Saw, Silent Hill, The Exorcist, and Alien is making a comeback to frighten us, there are also some originals on their way from filmmakers like Jeff Wadlow (Truth or Dare, Kick-Ass 2) and the daughter of M. Night Shyamalan, Ishana Night Shyamalan, who helped as the assistant director for 2021’s Old. Once the official release date is established, there will be a ton of new horror movies set to arrive. Until then, save these dates to get your fill of thrills and chills.
Here are 21 upcoming horror movies we’re excited about:
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Upcoming Horror Movies
1. Shelby Oaks – July 2023
Popular YouTuber and film critic Chris Stuckmann makes his directorial debut with the crowd-funded horror film Shelby Oaks.
The narrative revolves around a young woman named Mia (Camille Sullivan), who is obsessively investigating the disappearance of her sister Riley. Riley is a paranormal investigator and she spearheaded a group called Paranormal Paranoids. The unsettling leads in the case push Mia to remember a monster from their childhood.
2. Haunted Mansion – July 28, 2023
The Haunted Mansion ride opened in Disneyland in 1969, and the first movie was made in 2003. This 2023 reimagined version has a cut-throat cast, including LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Owen Wilson, and Jared Leto.
It takes place in New Orleans as a family moves into a spooky mansion. The family, a professor, a paranormal investigator, and a priest team up as they encounter the paranormal.
3. The Passenger – August 4, 2023
Veteran of the genre Kyle Gallner (Smile) stars alongside Johnny Berchtold (Gaslit) in Blumhouse’s TV movie The Passenger. It also features Liza Weil who is known for her work in Gilmore Girls and How to Get Away with Murder.
It follows Randy who is forced into a hostile situation when his coworker snaps and starts a killing spree. He must confront his past and face his fears if he wants to make it out alive.
4. The Last Voyage of Demeter – Aug 11, 2023
Andre Ovredal’s The Last Voyage of Demeter promises to deep dive into Dracula’s savagery. The ‘Demeter’ is the name of the fictional merchant ship featured in Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.
Demeter is chartered to carry a strange private cargo of fifty unmarked wooden crates from Carpathian to London. During the voyage, the ship’s crew is unsettled by a strange, mysterious presence. When Demeter finally arrives in England, there’s no trace of the crew.
5. The Strangers – August 17, 2023
Renny Harlin (director of The Exorcist: The Beginning ) is directing the semi-remake of the 2008 thriller of the same name. This iteration is also being called The Strangers 3, so the jury’s out on whether it will be a direct remake.
Starring Riverdale’s Madeline Petsch and Super 8’s Gabriel Basso, The Strangers is about a couple being terrorized by three masked strangers who show up at their secluded Airbnb.
6. The Nun 2 – Sept 8, 2023
The Conjuring universe has created its own set of films, but the demon nun in Conjuring 2 is the most sinister character in the horror verse. Set in 1952 Romania, The Nun had plenty of good jump scares but suffered from weak writing.
Nun 2 is set in 1956 France and revolves around the brutal murder of a priest. Director Michael Chaves has previously helmed The Conjuring 3 and Curse of La Llorona.
7. It Lives Inside – September 22, 2023
Short film writer and director Bishal Dutta has been honored at many film festivals over the years, so expectations are high for his new feature-length film It Lives Here. Megan Suri (Never Have I Ever) stars and Betty Gabriel will be featured.
Samidha is an Indian-American high school student who is trying to find her cultural identity. When she has a fight with her best friend, she unknowingly releases a demon that feeds on her loneliness. Try not to cover your eyes while watching the trailer.
8. The Exorcist – Oct 13, 2023
Fifty years after the release of boundary-pushing horror, David Gordon Green and Blum House Productions are revisiting the premise. Green’s Exorcist is supposedly a sequel to the original, and to everyone’s surprise, Ellen Burstyn will reprise her role as Chris MacNeil, the celebrity mother of possessed teenager, Reagan MacNeil.
David Gordon Green has planned to release the new iterations of Exorcist as a trilogy. The other two films are still in the pre-production stage.
9. Saw X – Oct 27, 2023
It seems we aren’t done with the Saw franchise yet. In this tenth installment, Tobin Bell will reprise his role as John Kramer. The Saw sequels have garnered mixed to negative reviews. Nevertheless, the films have either been box-office successes or sleeper hits.
Besides, the franchise fans have always been on the lookout for twisted traps of its psychopathic villain. It’s confirmed that Kevin Greutert, who directed Saw VI and Saw 3D, will also direct Saw X. Here are all the Hollywood movies we’re excited about in 2023, 2024.
10. Five Nights at Freddy’s – October 27, 2023
Five Nights at Freddy’s took over the world in 2014 when Scott Cawthon created the original video game in which the player must survive until 6 A.M. while being stalked by animatronics trying to get into your office.
FNaF stars Josh Hutcherson as the security guard who starts working in a local play place called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria when the animatronic mascots are found to kill everyone. It also features horror legend Matthew Lillard as William Afton.
11. Iron Lung – November 12, 2023
Mark Fishbach, also known as Markiplier, is creating his first feature film called Iron Lung. Based on the horror game of the same name released in 2022, Mark will be spearheading the film as director, writer, and star.
The plot hasn’t been revealed yet, but the game is about a convict being sent in a submarine into a blood ocean on a distant planet. The developer David Szymanski is also a writer on the film.
12. Thanksgiving – November 17, 2023
Eli Roth is directing a new holiday film based on the parody trailer featured in the 2007 movie Grindhouse. It’s about a serial killer who travels to a town that makes a huge fuss over the holiday and carves them up as if they were a Thanksgiving turkey.
It’s set to star well-known actors, such as Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy), Addison Rae (He’s All That), Rick Hoffman (Suits), and Gina Gershon (Bound).
13. Night Swim – January 5, 2024
Night Swim is a thriller that revolves around a woman who is being terrorized by an evil spirit in her backyard swimming pool. The film will star Oscar-winner Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin) as well as Marvel alum Wyatt Russell (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier).
Director Bryce Mcguire made a short film of the same name a decade ago in 2014. This is his second feature-length film after 2018’s Unfollowed.
14. Imaginary – February 2, 2024
Imaginary is directed by Fantasy Island’s Jeff Wadlow via Blumhouse and Lionsgate.
It’s about a woman who goes back to her childhood home and discovers that her imaginary friend isn’t “imaginary” at all. In fact, he’s still there, and he isn’t very happy he was forgotten and left behind. Starring the award-winning and distinguished Betty Buckley, this movie is sure to have you feeling nostalgic.
15. A Quiet Place: Day One – March 8, 2024
In 2018, John Krasinski showed us a post-apocalyptic world where humans have to be silent to avoid sound-driven aliens. The original movie and its sequel were both huge hits.
While the plot is still under wraps, the cast has been confirmed. Audiences can be excited to see Lupita N’yongo (12 Years a Slave), Joeseph Quinn (Stranger Things), and Alex Wolff (Hereditary).
A third installment in the Quiet Place series, with Krasinski again at the helm, is scheduled for 2025.
16. Untitled Universal Monster Movie – April 19, 2024
The Scream resurgence came to be with Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin at the helm. After that huge success, the two have been signed on to direct a new Universal monster movie. The plot hasn’t been divulged yet, but this news is beyond exciting.
It also stars Scream star Melissa Barrera along with Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens and Freaky’s Kathryn Newton.
17. Return to Silent Hill – April 26, 2024
Silent Hill is yet another video game that has been made into a movie. While the films weren’t well received by critics, the games have a devoted fan base who love the films as well.
Our main character, James Sunderland, returns to the town of Silent Hill, hence the title, in search of his lost love. He runs into old and new faces that cause him to question his sanity.
18. The Watchers – June 7, 2024
Ishana Night Shyamalan is set to direct The Watchers, and we love to see a woman of color in the director’s chair. Dakota Fanning (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) will play Mina, an artist lost in a forest in western Ireland. She and three other strangers find shelter, but they soon discover mysterious creatures are hunting them.
Fanning stars alongside veterans of the genre Olwen Fouéré (Mandy) and Georgina Campbell (Barbarian).
19. Horrorscope – June 28, 2024
Based on Nicholas Adam’s 1992 novel, Horrorscope follows a group of college students that go to a horoscope reading. Soon enough, they begin getting killed in ways that relate to their readings. Audiences will be excited to see Spider-Man‘s Jacob Batalon and trailblazer Avantika.
It follows the same vein as movies like Urban Legend and Final Destination.
“Did you read your horoscope today?”
20. Alien: Romulus – August 16, 2024
Alien: Romulus’ plot is still a mystery, but the title alone is enough to get fans excited. It will feature all-new characters played by actors such as Cailee Spaeny (The Craft: Legacy), Isabela Merced (Dora), and Archie Reneaux (Shadow and Bone).
New to the Alien franchise is director Fede Álvarez, be he is no stranger to directing horror (Don’t Beathe, Evil Dead 2013). Ridley Scott will produce alongside him.
21. Beetlejuice 2 – September 6, 2024
“Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!”
Tim Burton’s 1988 classic is finally getting a sequel to the cult classic. Fans will see Michael Keaton, Catherine O’Hara, and Winona Ryder all reprising their roles. Other featured actors include scream queen Jenna Ortega, Willem Dafoe, and Mulholland Drive‘s Justin Theroux. Burton is set to direct the revival of this horror comedy as well.
These are all the upcoming scary movies that have us excited. There are a few other horror movies expected to release in 2024 that don’t yet have a release date. Ti West’s X finale Maxine, Final Destination 6: Bloodlines and an unnamed film by Jordan Peele are some other horror movies with no official release date.
Honorable mention goes out to M3GAN 2.0 which is set to come out in 2025.
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