2017 had been a fantastic year for horror cinema, in terms of both indie movies and mainstream blockbusters. 2018, however, might be on par – here a list of films I can’t wait to check out. As you will see, I tried to mention mostly lesser-known upcoming projects, in order to provide you with some titles you might be unaware of, presented to you in chronological order according to the expected release date:
- Cloverfield Movie aka God Particle (Julius Onah; February, 2)
“After a scientific experiment on a space station – which involves a particle accelerator – has unexpected results, the astronauts find themselves isolated. Following their horrible discovery, the space station crew must fight for survival” (IMDb). Third instalment in the unofficial Cloverfield franchise, I expect this film to be on par with Cloverfield (2008) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016).
- Winchester (Michael and Peter Spierig; February, 23)
Set in 19th century, this movie tells the real story of an eccentric firearm heir who believes to be haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle. Despite Jigsaw (2017) not impressing me, the Spierig Brothers are among my favourite horror directors working today. Also, they’ve written the script for Winchester. Could this be a candidate for best horror movie of 2018?
3. Los Olvidados (What the Waters Left Behind, Luciano Onetti, Argentina; March, 8)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, asado style! This upcoming Argentinian gore fest tells the story of a group of teenagers who found an abandoned village on a road trip. Little that they know, they find out that someone is still living there. Brutal, violent and gruesome, this movie promises to follow the formula of the French extremity wave of horror.
4. A Quiet Place (John Krasinski; April, 4)
A family is isolated from the rest of the world and carries on a lonely existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound. I have the feeling that this movie might have a The Village (2004) or It Comes at Night (2017) type of vibe: disappointing for those of you who expect a creature-feature, very fulfilling for a fan of unconventional filmmaking like me. Cast and people involved in the project, however, make me believe this film will turn out amazing regardless what your tastes are.
5. New Mutants (Josh Boon; April, 13)
Five young mutants discover their abilities – which could be both very useful and extremely dangerous – while held in a secret facility against their will. This nightmarish version of the X-Men aims to combine horror, action and Sci-Fi: the overused superhero sub-genre had been mixed with horror before (Chronicle, 2012 and Split, 2017) with a positive outcome. If New Mutants gets an R rating, this movie might be a blast, considering the all-star cast involved.
6. Ghosts of War (Eric Bress; May, 1)
During the last days of World War II, five American soldiers are commanded to hold a French castle previously occupied by the Nazi army. Their assignment takes a turn towards madness when the group begins experiencing a nightmare comparable to the ones they’ve seen on the battlefield. A combination between real-life and supernatural horror? That will be great!
7. Abruptio (Evan Marlowe; May, 31)
Les Hackel is a guy down on his luck who wakes up only to find an explosive device has been implanted in his neck (Suicide Squad anyone?): he must commit inhuman crimes in order to stay alive. An easy set-up that can make for an extremely intense flick. The cast includes Robert Englund, Jordan Peele, Sid Haig and Christopher McDonald! Described as a mixture of gore and psychological thriller, this film will be…performed by life-sized, realistic latex puppets. As though puppets are not scary enough without being voiced by Freddy Krueger!
8. Annihilation (Alex Garland; August, 20)
From the writer/director of the surprisingly effective Ex Machina (2014), this movie is being kept under wraps due to its obscure trailer and non-existent synopsis, which is something I can’t praise enough. What I’m rather sure about is that Annihilation is a genre-bending project aimed to combine horror, drama, Sci-Fi and fantasy: starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaacs, what can go wrong with the film?
9. The House With a Clock in its Walls (Eli Roth; September, 21)
Any fan of Eli Roth here? He’s going back behind the camera to direct Cate Blanchet and Jack Black in this film about a young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt who aids his uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. A combination of fantasy, mystery, horror and comedy that might overcome the disappointment stirred by Roth’s latest flicks.
10. The Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space in 3D (Stephen Chiodo; September, 28)
When I was a young, silly kid, Killer Klowns (1988) was one of the first films to scare the bejesus out of me. Purely out of nostalgia, I’ll be in the theatre to check out this unnecessary sequel. I might like it on a guilty pleasure level!
11. Something in the Dark (Steven Aguilera; October, 10)
This Spanish movie revolves around a blind woman who can see ghosts through mysterious eyewear. Rumours state that this film will have no dialogues or any spoken words to enhance the experience of total isolation. I’m already getting goosebumps at reading the premise.
12. Halloween (David Gordon Green; October, 18)
The forthcoming Halloween (1978) reboot will be a direct sequel to the original movie, according to series creator John Carpenter, who will closely supervise the project. I hope this film will be as close as possible to the vibe and impact delivered by the original, as I stated in my Thoughts on Halloween 2018.
13. Nosferatu (Robert Eggers; TBD)
It’s the remake of the iconic – and still effective – 1922 Marnau’s horror film and it’s directed by the creator of The Witch (2016). Do you need any other reason to watch it?
14. Buzzard Hollow Beef (Joshua Johnson; 2018 TBD)
“A psychedelic horror that follows a family, who after experiencing vivid hallucinations, believes that they have been poisoned by cannibalistic hillbillies” (IMDb). A serious candidate for ‘goriest film of the year’, BHB is set to blend together violence, blood and comedy.
15. The Grudge (Nicolas Pesce; 2018 TBD)
Remake of a remake, this version of the notoriously scary Japanese Ju-On (2002) will be directed by Nicolas Pesce, who brought us the best horror film of 2017 – The Eyes of My Mother. Will Hollywood change Pesce or will it be the rising star to change the industry with his interpretation of this Asian urban legend?
What about you? What upcoming horror films are you most excited about? Cheers!
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