Upcoming Horror Movie Release Dates

The great thing about being a horror fan is that it’s always your season. Of course, Halloween time is the annual horror bonanza, but the release calendar is always packed with new additions, which means that whether you’re in the thick of summer blockbuster territory or the peak of awards season, there’s always a new horror movie release just around the corner. THe only downside is that all that content can be hard to keep up with. That’s where we come in!

Below you’ll find a regularly updated horror release date calendar. We’ll update with all the major studio projects, sequels, remakes and buzzy festival hits as they’re announced, but trying to sort through every unreleased and upcoming indie horror movie is a bit of an unwieldy feat, so we’ll add those films when they land an official distributor and release date.

Get caught up on all the major new and upcoming horror movies for the next few years, and if you’re looking for more horror recommendations, take a look at some of our regularly updated guides and lists below.

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The Endless

Release Date: March 23, 2018

Director: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

CastJustin Benson, Aaron Moorhead,  Callie HernandezEmily MontagueTate Ellington

What We Know So Far: This weirdo little cult movie from Spring and Resolution directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead has been earning a pretty intense buzz out of early festival screenings. Per the official synopsis, “writer/directors Moorhead and Benson star as two brothers who return to the death cult from which they fled a decade ago, only to find that there might be some truth to the group’s otherworldly beliefs.”

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Release Date: March 23, 2018

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Juno Temple, Claire Foy, Jay Pharoah, Amy Irving, and Aimee Mullins

What We Know So Far: Soderbergh shot this movie on his iPhone in just over a week. Unsane stars Foy as a young woman involuntarily committed to a mental institution who comes face to face with some deep dark fears that may or may not be a delusion.

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A Quiet Place

Image via Paramount

Release Date: April 6, 2018

Director: John Krasinski

Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe,

What We Know So Far: The first on-screen team-up between real-life husband and wife do John Krasinski and Emily Blunt is unexpectedly enough a horror film and one with a great hook. A Quiet Place centers on a family who lives in utter silence in order to evade a mysterious threat that attacks at any sound, a clever concept rich with set-piece potential, but perhaps challenging to sustain in a full feature. All the same, it’ll be exciting to see how Krasinski utilizes the sense-stimulating concept in his first directorial go at genre filmmaking.

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Image via IFC Midnight

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Director: Fritz Böhm

Cast: Bel Powley, Liv Tyler, James Le Gros, Collin Kelly-Sordelet, Mike Faist

What We Know So Far: IFC Midnight scooped up this horror fantasy ahead of its SXSW debut. The film stars Bel Powley as Anna, a woman who spent her entire childhood locked in an attic, cared for by a mysterious man she knows only as “Daddy” (Brad Dourif), who warns her of a creature he calls the Wildling. When she’s rescued, Anna tries to start a new life but her nightmares of the Wildling return to torment her. IFC Midnight has been on a roll with their horror releases in recent years, so this pre-fest acquisition and swift release certainly perk up the ears.

Truth or Dare

Release Date: April 27, 2018

DirectorJeff Wadlow

Cast:  Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk, Hayden Szeto Sophia Taylor Ali

What We Know So Far: Say no to a dare and this game and it’ll cost you more than your pride. A game of truth or dare goes wrong when someone starts punishing people who break the rules. The pic comes from Blumhouse, who are no doubt looking to carry their winning streak over to 2018.

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Image via A24

Release Date: June 8, 2018

DirectorAri Aster

Cast: Toni Collette, Zachary Arthur, Mallory Bechtel, Gabriel Byrne, Ann Dowd

What We Know So Far: Hereditary took Sundance 2018 by storm, gripping audience by the throat and becoming the big genre breakout from the festival. A24 has demonstrated a commitment to thoughtful genre films since they entered the game, and when you combine their track record with the rapturous reviews surrounding Ari Aster‘s filmmaking debut, Hereditary is shaping up to be the buzzy horror movie of 2018.

The First Purge

Release Date: July 4, 2018

Director: Gerard McMurray

Cast: Marisa Tomei, Luna Lauren Velez, Melonie Diaz, Mo McRae

What We Know So Far: The Purge creator James DeMonaco is handing over the franchise reigns for the first time to Burning Sands director Gerard McMurray. DeMonaco returns to pen the script, and the prequel film will head back to the very first experimental Purge on Staten Island.

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The Nun

Release Date: July 13, 2018

Director: Corin Hardy

Cast: Demien Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Charlotte Hope

What We Know So Far: You get a Conjuring spinoff! And you get a Conjuring spinoff! New Line and Warner Bros. are gearing up for the third film in the Conjuring mothership franchise, but they’re also hard at work on their spin-off universe. The Hallow director Corin Hardy is directing The Nun, which explores the origin of the horrifying sister of the cloth that tormented Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring 2. The script comes from Gary Dauberman and James Wan.

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The Predator

Release Date: August 13, 2018

Director: Shane Black

Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Trevante Rhodes, Sterling K. Brown, Yvonne Strahovski

What We Know So Far: Look at that cast. Just look at it! Now look at who is directing this movie. Now look at me and just try to tell me you’re not excited for this movie. The return of 20th Century Fox’s extra bloody, high-body count action franchise is packing some serious talent across the board. Plot details are still under lockdown (unless you’ve been indulging in spoilery set photos), but with Shane Black behind the camera and a cast like that in front of it, The Predator has the potential to be — dare I say it? — the best film in the franchise.

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Slender Man

Image via Screen Gems

Release Date: August 24, 2018

DirectorSylvain White

CastJoey KingAnnalise BassoJavier Botet, Julia Goldani Telles, Kevin Chapman

What We Know So Far: It was only a matter of time before Hollywood caught wise and made a horror movie about the most famous Creepypasta of all time. The Slender Man has held the internet in its clutches for years, and now he’s ready to torment the mainstream. The first trailer looked fairly fun and Javier Botet is an ideal pick for the titular terror, and hey, if it doesn’t turn out, we can always just go watch Channel Zero for a Creepypasta fix.

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Release Date: October 19, 2018

DirectorDavid Gordon Green

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Nick Castle, Virginia Gardner

What We Know So Far: The hype is so real. Blumhouse threw a real curve ball by recruiting genre chameleon David Gordon Green to direct their reboot of the classic horror franchise and co-write alongside Danny McBride. You don’t hire a duo that unexpected to be a studio hand and Blumhouse is known for giving their filmmakers a lot of creative control, which means these guys brought a pitch to the table so good it not only won them one of the most high-profile horror gigs in Hollywood, but an endorsement from John Carpenter himself.

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Release Date: TBD

DirectorLuca Guadagnino

CastTilda SwintonDakota Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper

What We Know So Far: Luca Guadagnino is an excellent filmmaker and the moment he got involved, the Suspiria remake went from a bad idea to a fascinating and intriguing project. And he brought freaking Tilda Swinton with him. Guadagnino has said he’s veering away from the iconic technicolor palette of the first film, refraining from primary colors entirely. He’s also recruited Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke to compose the score, his first time writing music for a film. With no official images or footage released yet, this one’s still a big question mark at the moment, but we’ve heard very promising things.

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IT: Chapter 2

Release Date: September 16, 2019

Director: TBD

Cast: The original cast is expected to return alongside their adult counterparts, but nothing is confirmed.

What We Know So Far: IT: Chapter 2 will chronicle the other half of Stephen King’s epic novel absent from the first film — the Losers reteaming as adults to battle It once again. Writer Gary Dauberman is back for the sequel and director Andy Muschietti is expected to return and has spoken openly about his plans for the sequel, but it’s not official yet.

World War Z 2

Release Date: TBD

Director: David Fincher

Cast: Brad Pitt

What We Know So Far: David Fincher is directing a zombie movie. Take a moment to let that sink in. Somehow Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt might turn their big blockbuster zombie mess into one of the most exciting genre projects of all time. World War Z landed in theaters back in 2013 and the sequel was originally scheduled arrive this year before it dropped off the schedule. For a minute there, it looked like the sequel might be doomed to the production issues that plagued the first film, but now that Fincher is attached, the project is moving toward a possible 2019 release.

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