Horror lovers, now that the spooky season has arrived, you'll want to know which upcoming horror films are the greatest to keep you entertained until Halloween and beyond. There are a ton of new horror films available for you to watch in theaters and online, as well as some old favorites that are returning for your watching (dis)pleasure.
The iconic summer camp slasher Friday the 13th (1980), which will be re-released on, you guessed it, Friday the 13th, as well as Disney's witchy Halloween must-watch Hocus Pocus (1993), John Carpenter's incredible adaptation of Stephen King's killer-car tale Christine (1983), and William Friedkin's terrifying 1973 masterpiece The Exorcist are all returning to the big screen.
Included in this list of current and upcoming horror films are the prequel to Pet Sematary, Bloodlines, the newest installment of The Exorcist franchise, Believer (from director David Gordon Green), and the supernaturally shocking film It Lives Inside. We're preparing for a memorable October with the addition of Blumhouse's video game adaption Five Nights At Freddy's, Heather Graham's new adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft, Suitable Flesh, and the time-traveling slasher comedy Totally Killer.
Let’s dive into a few of the top ones we can't wait to watch!
Top Horror Movies Coming Out In 2023
Are you excited about all the horror movies coming out in 2023? Well, we are too! We have compiled a list of the most anticipated ones that are sure to chill our bones!
1. Totally Killer
The long-awaited Blumhouse film adaptation of Five Nights at Freddy's is now almost here. These hideous fuzzy animatronics are not something we would want to touch with a ten-foot pole. Ever consider what may be the polar opposite of a cuddle? If you've been living under a pizza-shaped rock, FNaF was originally a survival horror game in which you had to work as the overnight security guard at a well-known pizza restaurant.
The only issue is that the supposedly innocent animatronics used to entertain youngsters are actually homicidal monsters. You will need to keep a watch out for them on various surveillance monitors. There have been other iterations of this game over the years, each with its own layers of lore. However, Scott Cawthorne, the designer of the original game, collaborated with Emma Tammi, the director of The Wind, on the screenplay for the film. The trailer gives a preview of the serious fuzzy fear to come thanks to the animatronics created by none other than Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
2. Suitable Flesh
The latest dark occult horror from director Joe Lynch (Mayhem), based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, stars Heather Graham and Barbara Crampton and follows a psychiatrist who becomes fixated on helping a young patient suffering from extreme personality disorder but is put in danger as she tries to avoid a terrible fate. On October 27, it will be available on VOD and in theaters.
3. Salem’s Lot
When you thought the list of Stephen King adaptations was at an end, another book is added to the "time for a remake" shelf. And it's a big hitter this time. One of the most horrific horror scenes for people of a certain age can be found in Tobe Hooper's Salem's Lot TV series from 1979 when a vampire child knocks on a window and begs to be let inside. This relieves Gary Dauberman, a stalwart of the Conjuring Universe, of the burden of both directing and screenwriting. The plus side is that Dauberman already possesses great King conversion skills, given that he also wrote the screenplay for both parts of IT.
Salem's Lot's comparable 'horror in a tiny town' concept, where a vampire hides out in the ancient house on the hill, could portend extremely positive developments. The artworks found online related to the movie on the internet were made public after a tie-in version of the novel was discovered online. Yet neither a poster nor a trailer has been officially unveiled. Originally scheduled for release in 2022, New Line has cruelly introduced a new release date of 2023 and removed it once more. You currently have a bit more time to prepare your garlic.
4. Poor Things
Although it's certainly not really horror, very few of the films of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos are content to fit into a particular category. This is the same director who gave us The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer; his most recent film stars Willem Dafoe and Emma Stone as the revived creation of the Frankenstein-like Doctor Godwin Baxter.
Poor Things appears to be an intriguing coming-of-age tale with a Mary Shelley-esque twist when Mark Ruffalo is added along with some incredibly bizarre images. This obviously won't be as silly as some of the trailer visuals suggest, given that it has already been given an R certificate. Expect a change from light to dark at some point.
5. The Exorcist: Believer
David Gordon Green, who remade Halloween, seems like he needs a break. Maybe having a cocktail out of a Tiki glass styled like Michael Myers' mask while relaxing on a beach somewhere. He has instead committed to a massive classic horror reboot trilogy. Yes, The Exorcist will make a full comeback, with the first movie scheduled for release on Halloween 2023 by Universal and Blumhouse. They also appear to be following necessary procedures. One of the reasons is that Ellen Burstyn will reprise her role as Chris MacNeil, Regan's mother, in the first film.
Gordon Green has remarked, “[I’m] honored to step into something that’s so valuable within cinema history,” he told Variety back in October. “And knowing that there is a fanbase that is curious, aware, alert, potentially concerned to see what we’re up to. What I like is, people say, ‘Is it stressful?’ No, it’s exciting because I spent so much of my life making movies, and you’re just begging an audience to tune in, or see what’s going on, or buy tickets to the movie. With these, I’ve got stories to tell, I’ve got an imagination to express, and the way I can do that within these movies is an incredible opportunity.”
On October 6, the well-known horror anthology series V/H/S will make a comeback on the niche streaming platform Shudder, setting up the horrors in the middle of the 1980s. Unseen snuff footage, nightmare newscasts, and unsettling home videos are combined in a sinister mixtape to create a bizarre, analog mashup of the long-forgotten 1980s. David Bruckner (The Ritual, The Night House), Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Black Phone), Gigi Saul Guerrero (Bingo Hell), Natasha Kermani (Lucky, Imitation Girl), and Mike Nelson (Wrong Turn) make up the remarkable list of directors for this most recent installment.
What is it about horror movies that attract us so? Horror movies are a testament to how individuals have tried to adapt their lifestyles. The numerous motivations for watching horror films that I have mentioned demonstrate how society today internalizes everything rather than just looking at it from the outside.
Therefore, these great works of literature and art have a significant impact on the lives of people of both sexes and age groups. We should consider their good contributions to life rather than simply seeing them as agents of social vices.
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