Home » Horror Movies

Top 25 Best Horror Movies Of 2018

19th – The Meg
Starring: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Cliff Curtis
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Released: August 10, 2018
best horror movies 2018

Former Naval captain and expert diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited for a deep-sea mission to rescue Chinese scientists in a disabled submersible under attack from supposedly-extinct 70-foot white shark Carcharodon megalodon… For comparison, the biggest great white sharks are 20 feet. The observational vessel is stuck in the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific, the deepest part of the oceans, which explains where the species was hiding the last 2 million years. Based on the 1997 novel, the movie adaptation has been stuck in development since the book’s release. The budget is reportedly a whopping $150 million, and it’s being directed by Jon Turteltaub, of ‘National Treasure’ and ‘Sorcerers Apprentice’, a helmer of adventure films rather than horror. However the image of a perfectly-rendered megladon shark can’t help but be terrifying in anyone’s hands. Jason Statham vs a prehistoric shark on a big budget (in 3D) is going to be so much fun, while providing moments of nightmare fuel along the way.

18th – The Secret Of Marrowbone
Starring: George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth
Director: Sergio G. Sánchez
Released: April 13, 2018
Top Horror Films 2018

 -Seen It-  A dying mother takes her kids to her abandoned childhood home, to escape their murderous father, instructing then them to stay until the oldest is 21 or risk losing it. When the father shows up with a gun, the story jumps forward six months. Eldest Jack (MacKay, ‘Captain Fantastic’) now leaves only for essential trips to town, or to see his new girlfriend (Taylor-Joy, ‘Split’). But when a local lawyer starts poking about, the secret of the house and what happened to the father threatens to come out… Think ‘The Others’ meets Hitchcock. The Hitchcockian suspense feel is reinforced by the ’60s era, fedora hats, pretending mother is still alive (to keep the house), and the Bernard Herrmann-inspired soundtrack. It’s less straight horror than mystery-thriller interspersed with creepy scenes of the ‘presence’ in the house. The dark, messed-up twist is good enough to warrant the buildup and despite overused tropes makes the rest of the film significantly cleverer in retrospect. Some of the acting is a bit forced, but there you go.

17th – Unsane
Starring: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Released: March 23, 2018
good horror movies 2018

A bright but troubled business woman (Foy) is being stalked by her sinister ex. But she’s the one who is involuntarily committed to a mental institution. Alone, she must battle her demons within the twisted asylum as the visions of her stalker begin to take over. But are they real or a product of her delusion?… Risk-taking director Steven Soderburgh (‘Contagion’, ‘Magic Mike’) shot the movie entirely on an iPhone camera (iPhone 7 Plus in 4K), the first major film to do so, and a stunning sign of the times. To anyone who’s watched ‘The Crown’ it’s hard to shake Queen Elizabeth when looking at Clare Foy, but maybe that just adds a layer to the plot here. Critics say ‘Unsane’ does a good job of cranking up the paranoia and is the first psychological horror of the #metoo era.

16th – Incident In A Ghost Land
Starring: Emilia Jones, Crystal Reed, Taylor Hickson, Mylène Farmer
Director: Pascal Laugier
Released: June 22, 2018
Best Horror 2018 Movies

 -Seen It-  Teenager Kate (Jones, ‘Brimstone’) and her sister are moving into an inherited house with their mother when they are attacked by a pair of serial killers. Years later grownup Kate is the successful horror author she always wanted to be but her perfect life is disturbed by a phone call from her traumatised sister begging her to come back to the house. There she finds her sister reliving the horrible attack and her mother hopelessly standing by. Soon Kate will be back in the abusive clutches of killers… From the writer-director of French classic ‘Martyrs’. ‘Ghostland’ doesn’t start well: They’re not convincing as a family unit, and ‘Kate’ isn’t plausible as a typewriter-using H.P. Lovecraft tribute author. The film doesn’t reveal what it’s up until half way through, so the first half can mistakenly come across as a bad movie thanks to seemingly baffling motives, illogical details and disjointed flow. But the narrative is actually working on an interesting and original structure (too spoilerish to discuss here). This premise leads to the most powerful character-choice scene of the year, and a moving, involving ending. ‘Ghostland’ is full of hysterical screaming and grim, depressing content. But it’s also intense, with a subtext inviting deeper reading. The costuming, set design and lighting combine to good effect, while the younger-older actress transitions are remarkably seamless. (…p.s. Everything is tarnished knowing the actress playing the young sister suffered serious facial injury during filming.)

15th – Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile
Starring: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Jim Parsons, Haley Joel Osment, John Malkovich
Director: Joe Berlinger
Released: TBC 2018
best horror film 2018

A chronicle of the crimes of serial killer Ted Bundy (Efron) from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer (Collins), who refused to believe the truth about him until his pre-execution confessions… Likely it will be more about the terror of living with a secret serial killer than it will be about the actual killing. Bundy, who was also a necrophile, murdered at least 30 young women across 7 states between 1974 and 1978. His looks, charm, intelligence (he was a law grad) and apparant normalcy made him the most chilling of killers (there was a good film of his life made in 2002). Director Joe Berlinger has been a prolific documentary filmmaker for decades, often covering very dark material including the child murders of ‘Paradise Lost’. He famously stepped into narrative filmmaking with the misjudged ‘Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2’, but doubtless learnt a lot from that experience, and this is more in his wheelhouse. Zac Efron does have the range and determination to pull this off, and it’s a brave role to take on. Combined with Lily Collins (‘Mortal Instruments’, ‘Love, Rosie’), it’ll be fascinating to see a gold Hollywood pairing tackle the most depraved of subject matter. Hopefully too much sugar coating won’t be involved.

Horror Movies 2018 (14th Place) >

Best Horror Films 2018

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

Share This Post




From Around The Web

14 Comments »

  • gd smith said

    There are some good ones on here.
    I don’t know about the Suspiria remake. On the one hand the teaser trailer is quite good. On the other, it isn’t really a story. So much of it is the visuals and sound, that it seems odd to look at it as any kind narrative fiction. The remake sort of comes across like the Herzog version of Nosferatu. It’s very classy but it simply isn’t Nosferatu, which taken as a story is just Dracula anyway. The actual narrative part of Suspiria is pretty much like any number of kids books where a girl finds out her teachers are witches or maybe the Demon Headmaster or something like that. Some films are just exist in their final form as what they are rather than as stories to be retold.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      I wrote this before the teaser trailer was released and was very impressed by the footage, matched my high expectations. Narratively it doesn’t say much but it is only the teaser and horror narratives often just set up a thin premise and then leave the rest to visual mood and suspense (eg Halloween). For me the trailer captures that unsettling dream-like quality of Argento at his best. There’s also something just so creepy about the ’70s aesthetic for horror, starting with the wallpapers.

      Which ones on here are you anticipating the most, or are there any I didn’t include?

      Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • gd smith said

    I’ve seen Some of them and liked.
    Looking foreword to Ghost Stories, Heredity, Slice, House that Jack Built, Extremely Wicked and Suspiria, which I think will be good, but it just isn’t Suspiria. The point to me is that you can remake anything, but if you remade say Eraserhead it would not be Eraserhead because it’s not primarily a story in the first place. Suspiria to me is the same kind of thing. It’s too much about authorship and too tied to an aesthetic that only really exists as the 1977 film. From what I gather the director of the new one doesn’t think of it as a remake, but more as separate film with the same title. Really it’s about name recognition being used to green-light an intriguing project. Less interested in things like The Nun.
    Most of them I will watch. I’m a horror nut. The one I’m most doubtful of is Halloween. I love slasher films, but I tend to like the knock-offs more than the sequels. So I’d rather watch a film a bit like Halloween with a masked killer and a different title than another Halloween sequel. But I will absolutely watch the sequels anyway.They’re a bit like nature-run-amok or monster movies, generally, in that respect. Just having a new beast or new killer refreshes the formula.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      For me this Halloween is the last hoorah for John Carpenter (it seems he is fairly closely involved), my favourite horror director. It’s just an essential event, one that’s making all the right noises (pre-trailer). Though it will be a major challenge to instill fear again after 40 years of the Myers mask in pop culture.

      Susperia sounds like a genuine passion project from a filmmaker of a superior intellect. If it ends up feeling like its own thing, I’m totally fine with that.

      Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • gd smith said

    Having seen the trailer for Halloween, it looks better than I expected.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Seems it’s practically a remake, but it has captured the vibe of the first film very well. Is Myers still scary? Jury’s out on that. Hereditary will almost certainly be the better/more terrifying film, but can’t wait to see it.

      Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • putch said

    I watched Suspiria in LA this past weekend and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! It’s top of my list of 2018 horror films (and in all time along with the original). I’m so glad they didn’t copy and paste like Other remakes. This version is definitely more grim and evil. Both are great. Don’t compare. Just love both! You could tell Luca Guadagnino put his heart and soul into this film and it shows. He’s been wanting to make Suspiria since he was a kid. Bravo on a great retelling Luca! Go see it everyone! Don’t believe the bad reviews calling it the next “Mother!”.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • 80sLiveThroughMe said

    Summer of 84 is great. It’s funny all these people calling this a Disturbia ripoff when that film was a ripoff of Rear Window. Fright Night? The Burbs? Who cares. I loved every scary creepy minute of it. Total 80s vibe. Absolutely creepy. The quality is great, the story line is interesting. U are connected to all the kids.. The villain is a nightmare. Watch it. Total recommend as best horror movie of 2018.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • ancient cat said

    the Ritual i wasnt very encouraged to watch cause of the mixed reviews it received, but in the end its bloody brilliant, the monster that appears is something else.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • Manor said

    Mandy – best horror movie of 2018 so far.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • MeglaDissapoint said

    I can imagine Jason Statham having a drink with the shark at the end of a day’s filming. Whole thing just piss take of Jaws with no crimson goo.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • butchrmeo said

    The 2018 horror movies I would recommend are A Quiet Place & Pyewacket. nothing is as frightning as what you can’t see just sense..

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • Woodv said

    Annihilation is my 1. An acid trip of a movie. That motherf**king wall in the pool… I’ve never seen body-horror so disturbing yet so beautiful. I felt an insane amount of dread and uneasy

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • speeddemon said

    some good choices but scariest movies of 2018 are hereditary + veronica watch if you don’t believe me………

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Leave A Comment

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

Pin It on Pinterest