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New Horror Movies Coming Out in 2023 & 2024

New Horror Movies Coming Out in 2023 & 2024

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What’s left of 2023 and the upcoming 2024 promises to deliver some scream-worthy new horror films that will have horror hounds gripping at their armrests. From haunting ghost stories to disturbing psychological thrillers, blood-soaked slashers to creature features, there’s something bone-chilling for every horror fan to look forward to.

One thing is for sure: the future of horror cinema is shaping up to be bloody good fun. A barrage of new films awaits to quicken your pulse, shake your soul, and remind you why we love to be scared.

Without further ado, here is a list in release order of the upcoming horror films to look forward to in 2023 and 2024!

Thanksgiving (November 17 – 2023)

Thanksgiving (November 17 – 2023) movie poster

Thanksgiving proves Grindhouse‘s still Quentin Tarantino’s most overlooked film. Continuing with the gritty Grindhouse universe (along with Machete and the amazingly-titled Hobo with a Shotgun,) Thanksgiving brings a dash of slasher action to theaters this November.

Directed by Eli Roth, the movie tells the story of a serial killer who nearly slaughters an entire town on Thanksgiving. Straight to the point and full of gratuitous violence, Thanksgiving proves that B-movie horror never dies.

Night Swim (January 5 – 2024)

Night Swim movie image from the official trailer

The first horror flick of 2024 revolves around a woman terrorized by her backyard pool. Actually, it’s not the pool that scares her – but rather the ghost possessing it.

The unique premise comes from director Bryce McGuire, who previously worked on a similar short film. Online fans loved the short’s handling of suspense and the minimalist presentation, so let’s hope McGuire keeps those same dynamics intact for his feature film debut.

Imaginary (February 2 – 2024)

Imaginary (February 2 – 2024) movie poster

Yet another film from Blumhouse, Imaginary is set to prove why Jason Blum has a monopoly on mainstream horror. The film tells the story of a woman who comes back to her childhood home. In there, she remembers the time she used to spend playing with her imaginary friend. The only problem is that her “imaginary” friend might be realer than she thinks – and they’re not happy after being neglected.

Some bad news for horror fans: Imaginary‘s directed by Jeff Wadlow, who you might remember at the helm of the Fantasy Island reboot. Other than that, he also directed…Bloodshot. And Kick-Ass 2, Truth or Dare, and even True Memoirs of an International Assassin. Maybe Imaginary will break away from the mold? We’ll have to wait and see.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 (February 14 – 2024)

Promotional image for Winnie-the-Pooh Blood and Honey 2

The sequel to one of the weirdest slashers ever made, Blood and Honey 2 will continue the legacy of its strange predecessor. With a mostly new cast – and the same killer bear – the movie is set to be released on Valentine’s Day next year. Director Rhys Frake-Waterfield returns for a movie that promises to be bloodier than the original, while also introducing new characters into the mix.

Tigger and Owl will now join Pooh and Piglet in the carnage, as the outlandish premise sees the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood become bloodthirsty killers. The sequel, however, aims to develop the relationship between Christopher Robin and Pooh. Still, expect the same cheesy mayhem we saw in the first Blood and Honey film to return tenfold for the sequel.

Learn more in our ultimate guide on Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2.

A Quiet Place: Day One (March 8 – 2024)

Black actress Lupita Nyong'o in A Quiet Place Day One horror movie

No one could have predicted that John Krasinski’s action-packed 2018 film about aliens who hate loud noises would become such a massive franchise. Now on its third film, the world of A Quiet Place seems louder than ever. Day One, as the name implies, will be a prequel to the events of the first movie.

The film stars Lupita Nyong’o and will also feature Emily Blunt returning to her usual role. Newcomers to the series include Hereditary‘s Alex Wolff and Denis O’Hare. Djimon Hounsou will also reprise his role as the “Man on the Island,” though the plot still remains mostly a mystery.

If you liked the story of the first two A Quiet Place movies, don’t worry! Day One is intended as a spin-off, with Part III coming to theaters in 2025.

Untitled Universal Monsters Movie (April 19 – 2024)

Image from the Untitled Universal Monsters Movie coming out in April 19, 2024

Remember when Universal tried to launch their Dark Universe? The ill-fated franchise failed to find its footing after the box office bomb that was The Mummy remake. Now, a new Universal monster film is coming to theaters. We still don’t know precisely which monster, but we know it’s coming in April next year.

We also know who’s at the helm of this project. After successfully resurrecting the Scream series, directing duo Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin will be the ones tasked with bringing a Universal classic to the silver screen once more. It also features Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito, so it’s already one of the best films of 2024.

Considering we’ve already seen our fair share of vampiric tales this year, there’s a high likelihood of the “Untitled” monster being Frankenstein’s creature, but that’s yet to be confirmed.

Return to Silent Hill (April 26 – 2024)

Return to Silent Hill movie image

First Five Nights at Freddy’s and now Silent Hill, video game adaptations are in vogue once more! Return to Silent Hill promises to be the sequel we never got to the 2006 original. No, 2012’s Silent Hill: Revelation never happened and you can’t convince me otherwise.

The film will see the return of the original film’s director, Christophe Gans. While the 2006 film provided a somewhat altered version of the first Silent Hill game, and revelation more or less adapted Silent Hill 3, Return will use fan-favorite Silent Hill 2 as its source material.

Fans of the legendary Konami franchise know that 2 is one of the best-written entries in the saga, so all we can do is cross our fingers that the adaptation lives up to its source material. And even if it doesn’t, nothing can be as bad as Revelation.

The Watchers (June 7 – 2024)

The Watchers (2024) movie poster

In a twist that would rival that of The Sixth Sense, 2024’s The Watchers is an M. Night Shyamalan movie not directed by the iconic filmmaker. Instead, his daughter, Ishana Shyamalan, will be the one at the helm.

Starring Dakota Fanning and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, the movie will follow a young artist who gets lost in an Irish forest. The artist comes across other wanderers, who all find out it’s impossible to escape the twisted woods – and that they’re not the only ones roaming about.

It will be interesting to see how Ishana Shyamalan tackles the horror genre after what we’ve come to expect from her father. Will there be plot twists and M. Night cameos? Most likely.

Horrorscope (June 28 – 2024)

Horrorscope horror movie poster

Spider-Man‘s Jacob Batalon is ready to face off against one of the most fearsome threats humanity has ever faced: horoscopes. Horrorscope feels like an 80s horror flick made for modern audiences. However, don’t let the silly title fool you: Horrorscope promises to be as shocking as it can be.

The movie follows the Final Destination formula of having a group of people die in increasingly complex ways. Instead of Death itself chasing the cast, this time the forces of the horoscope itself’ll besiege them. Horrorscope will be the feature film debut of directors Spenser Cohen and Anna Halberg.

Trap (August 2 – 2024)

Scene from the Trap horror movie coming out in August, 2024

Following in her daughter’s footsteps, M. Night Shyamalan will also bring us a horror movie next year. Trap is a psychological thriller set at a concert – and that’s everything we know so far. Shyamalan has kept most of the details about Trap tightly under wraps.

We know that this is the first film Shyamalan will be produced with Warner Bros. Now that his partnership with Universal has run its course, this is the beginning of a new chapter for Shyamalan. Expect to see more of his signature plot twists coming to theaters in the coming years.

Speak No Evil (August 9 – 2024)

Speak No Evil (2024) movie poster

Not to be confused with the amazing Danish film of the same name, Speak No Evil is a psychological thriller directed by The Woman in Black‘s James Watkins. Why would two films released so close to each other share the same name? Why because this is a remake of the 2022 original, of course.

The American adaptation of Speak No Evil will feature James McAvoy and Mackenzie Davis in the lead roles. The story remains the same as it was in the Danish original. Speak No Evil reuses the infallible horror trope of having a dream vacation turn into an unspeakable nightmare.

If the film manages to be as shocking as the Danish original, this might be one of next summer’s best horror flicks.

Alien: Romulus (Working Title) (August 16 – 2024)

Remember when Alien‘s tagline used to be “In space, no one can hear you scream?” That iconic line lives rent-free in the minds of every horror fan, so who better than the director of Don’t Breathe to direct a new entry in the claustrophobic horror saga? Alien: Romulus promises a return to form for the series, with a twist.

Instead of the usual ragtag group of scientists and occasional space prisoners, Romulus will focus on a younger cast. While this might sound like a disaster waiting to happen, the actors tied to the project have more than proved their talents before. With names like Isabela Merced and Cailee Spaeny (who did an amazing job in Priscilla,) Romulus might be the breath of fresh air the franchise needed.

Beetlejuice 2 (September – 2024)

Beetlejuice 2 fan poster

Depending on who you ask, Beetlejuice may or may not qualify as a horror flick. If anything, the Tim Burton classic is just horror-adjacent. Still, it’s a great Halloween watch, and we’re finally getting the long-awaited sequel in 2024.

Sadly for fans of Burton, this is not the fabled Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian. Still, the sequel promises to reunite the cast from the original movie, along with some new faces. One newcomer that modern Burton fans will be happy to see is Jenna Ortega, who comes after her success as the new face of Wednesday Addams.

Releasing just in time for the spooky season, Beetlejuice 2 will be Burton’s first film in four years – one of the lengthiest hiatuses in the filmmaker’s career.

Terrifier 3 (October 25 – 2024)

An image from the Terrifier 2 movie

One of the greatest success stories in modern horror, the Terrifier keeps getting bigger. And bloodier. Terrifier 3 will deviate a bit from the usual formula, introducing a holiday-themed gorefest into the mix. Art the Clown himself has dropped his characteristic hat in favor of a Santa one, so we know they’re serious with the Christmas theme.

The series is well-known for two things: its microbudget and its unrelenting violence. Seriously, the Terrifying franchise is not for the faint of heart. With Terrifier 3, Damien Leone will raise the bar even more, as the sequel will continue Art’s killing spree.

After the bloodbath that was Terrifier 2, the series has now become an iconic part of slasher horror. With Terrifier 3, the franchise is sure to reach new heights, as the movie will be released just in time for Halloween 2024.

And that’s all for the “confirmed” releases, but more frights are coming next year! Due to the recent SAG-AFTRA strike, many slated films missed their release dates. That said, let’s take a quick look into some of the upcoming horror films without a release date coming our way.

Down Below (TBA 2024)

Christmas-themed horror movies are more common than one might think. Down Below joins the long list of these holiday horrors, reuniting a sheriff and a criminal suspect on one terrifying Christmas Eve.

The movie stars Eric Roberts. Yes, the Eric Roberts, the man with over 700 acting credits. Also joining the cast are Zombeavers‘ Hutch Dano and Mindhunter‘s Christopher Livingston. Recently, Hocus Pocus‘ Doug Jones also confirmed he’ll be in the film.

Down Below will be helmed by Spyder Dobrofsky, who has previously written a fair number of horror shorts. Dobrofsky also directed the mystery thriller Spiral, so his ties to the horror genre are undeniable.

Fear Street 4 (TBA)

R. L. Stine’s Fear Street will get another installment soon. That’s what both Netflix and Stine confirmed in early November. We still don’t know much about the upcoming film, other than it will expand the confines of the original trilogy.

The release of Fear Street 4 marks an important milestone for R. L. Stine. The Goosebumps writer is riding the wave of his revitalized popularity, thanks to the success of the recent Disney+ Goosebumps revival.

While he’s mostly renowned for his soft approach to horror, every Fear Street film has been R-rated. Knowing this, we can expect Fear Street 4 to be as visceral as its predecessors.

The Strangers 3 (TBA)

The third entry in the home invasion series, The Strangers 3 (not the actual title) is just the beginning for the franchise. We’ll see a fourth and a fifth film in the coming years. You’d think people would just begin locking their doors a bit better at this point.

I Saw the TV Glow (TBA)

Another A24 horror classic in the making, I Saw the TV Glow has been in the making for some time now. Principal photography ended in August of 2022, so this might be one of the first horror films arriving in cinemas next year. The film stars Justice Smith and Brigette Lundy-Paine as teenagers enamored by a canceled TV show.

Nightbitch (TBA)

Based on the novel of the same name, this is a dark comedy starring Amy Adams. Don’t let the crass name deceive you, Nightbitch has some serious pedigree behind it, including the director of the underrated dramedy, Can You Ever Forgive Me, Marielle Heller.

The First Omen (TBA)

A prequel to The Omen; not much is known yet about the plot of the film. Considering Damien wasn’t born before the first film, The First Omen will likely focus on the story of his mother, who died shortly after childbirth.

Nosferatu (TBA)

Starring Bill Skarsgård as the legendary Count and directed by Robert Eggers, Nosferatu aims to bring the cinematic classic to modern theaters. With a star-studded cast featuring the likes of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicholas Hoult, and the unparalleled Willem Dafoe, this is one serious contender for the crown of best horror flick of 2024. Yes, we can call that already.

They Listen (TBA)

Not much is known about They Listen, yet. Initially slated for release this August, the strike moved this film’s release date indefinitely. All we know is that it’s produced by Blumhouse and directed by The Golden Compass‘ Chris Weitz.

Salem’s Lot (TBA)

An adaptation of the classic Stephen King story about a vampire on the loose. Directed by Anabelle Comes Home‘s Gary Dauberman, who also produced a good number of films in the Conjuring universe.

MaXXXine (TBA)

The third and potentially final entry in Ti West’s X trilogy. The movie multigenerational story set by X and Pearl. Again, Mia Goth will play the leading role, with Elizabeth Debicki and singer/songwriter Halsey joining the cast.

That wraps up our look at the spine-tingling horror films slated to hit screens over the next two years. But with many movies still in the early stages of production, this is just a taste of the terror yet to come.

New nightmares could be announced at any moment, so horror buffs need to stay tuned! As more details and release dates are confirmed for upcoming horror releases, we’ll continue to update this list.