The Most Anticipated Horror Films Of 2018

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2017 was a very successful year for horror movies and Hollywood definitely seems to be taking notice. With the social commentary Get Out premiering in early February to the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, the horror genre finally seems to be resurrected from the endless stream of recent absurd possession movies and cliche home-invasion films. With the horror genre’s newfound success, more spine-chilling horror films are being produced for 2018 and there’s already a lineup of great contenders.

  1. Slender Man

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Recently, creepypastas, popular horror myths that are shared on the internet, have been making their way onto television with the new horror anthology Channel Zero, and now they’re creeping onto the big screen. Based off of the legend created by Eric Knudsen, Slender Man is a creepypasta about a very tall, thin, faceless man who may dress like a gentleman in a snappy suit, but he also stalks children. Slender Man, which will be distributed by Sony Picture’s Screen Gems and directed by Sylvain White, will make history by being the first creepypasta adapted to film. With a whimsical quality that hasn’t been seen in a horror film since The Babadook, Slender Man will surely be one of the best horror films of 2018. Slender Man premieres in theaters on May 18th, 2018.

2. A Quiet Place

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A Quiet Place has been receiving a lot of buzz lately as one of the most anticipated movies for next year, not only because of its star-studded cast, but for the creepy teaser trailer that was recently released on November 16th. The plot for A Quiet Place, which is directed by John Krasinski, has been kept under-wraps, but after watching the trailer, it seems to center on a family, with real-life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt at its helm. The family is forced to live in perpetual silence, using sign language to communicate, for fear of attracting a monstrous unseen entity that will hunt them down if it hears them. Apart from Hollywood’s power couple, Millicent Simmonds, a deaf actress, has also been cast in the film. A Quiet Place is a film where you’ll be tempted to scream, but just remember, if they can’t hear you, they can’t hunt you.

3. Nosferatu

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Attention Dracula fans, a new adaptation of Nosferatu is on the way. Based off of the 1922 classic silent film directed by FW Murnau, Nosferatu follows Count Orlok as he shops around for a summer home with the help of his real estate agent, Hutter. Unfortunately for Hutter and his wife, Count Orlok is a vampire who’s not only interested in the new locale, but the fresh set of victims who live there. For those who don’t know, Nosferatu is basically the story of Dracula, which was made without the authorization of Bram Stoker’s family. While the movie faced a lawsuit, it ended up becoming one of the classic movies of the silent film era. The director of the new adaptation, David Lee Fisher, is also known for directing The Witch, which was one of the most disturbing (in a good way) horror films of 2015. With a master of horror such as Fisher on board, Nosferatu is bound to be another horror classic.

4. Halloween 

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You may be thinking that the world doesn’t need another Halloween adaptation added to the long list of films that make up the classic horror series. However, the new adaptation entitled Halloween, may just be what’s needed to resurrect the Halloween series, especially for fans of the original 1978 version. The plot of Halloween will take place after the first film, effectively cutting the many disastrous remakes of Halloween and focusing on the origins of the series. Blumhouse Productions, the same company that brought us the brilliant film Get Out and the Insidious franchise, will be producing Halloween, which will star Jamie Lee Curtis in her last portrayal of Laurie Strode.

For those who are worried that comedic writers Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, who also had a hand in the creation of HBO’s Vice Principals and Your Highness, will find a way to make the film more comedic than scary, don’t fret because McBride has stated that there is “maybe one joke on the page.” Halloween premieres in theaters on October 19th, 2018, just in time for All Hallows Eve.

5. Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built

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Based on real events, Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built follows Sarah Winchester, an heiress to a firearms company who begins to believe she is being haunted by the souls of those who were killed with Winchester rifles. Possibly the most appealing aspect of the Winchester film is the fact that the gigantic mansion which is the focal point of the film actually exists in San Jose, California, which is known as the Winchester Mystery House.

Sarah Winchester was the wife of the gun magnate William Wirt Winchester, who died in 1881. Supposedly after the death of her husband, Sarah Winchester was told by a medium to leave her home in Boston and move out West where she would need to continually build a house to appease the evil spirits that haunted her. Winchester continued construction on her mansion until her death in 1922. If that intriguing tale won’t get you into the theaters come February, you should also know that Sarah Winchester will be portrayed by the Oscar award-winning actress Helen Mirren. Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built will premiere in theaters February 2, 2018.

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