10 terrifying horror movies we're excited about this year

Craig David Dowsett as Winnie the Pooh in "Blood and Honey," Alyssa Sutherland as Ellie in "Evil Dead Rise," and Dave Bautista as Leonard in "Knock at the Cabin."
Craig David Dowsett as Winnie the Pooh in "Blood and Honey," Alyssa Sutherland as Ellie in "Evil Dead Rise," and Dave Bautista as Leonard in "Knock at the Cabin."Altitude Film Distribution/Warner Bros. Pictures/Universal Pictures
  • 2023 is already looking like a good year for horror fans.

  • Paramount is back with another "Scream" movie, and Warner Bros. has "Evil Dead Rise" on the way.

  • But there's also a new M. Night Shyamalan movie and Ti West's "X" sequel, "MaXXXine."

"Infinity Pool" — January 27

Alexander Skarsgard wearing a mask in "Infinity Pool."
Alexander Skarsgard wearing a mask in "Infinity Pool."Neon/Topic Studios

David Cronenberg might be the master of body horror but his son, Brandon Cronenberg, is equally talented. He's delivered a number of captivating movies in the last decade, like "Antiviral" and "Possessor," and he'll soon deliver another chilling tale in "Infinity Pool."

The first trailer sees author James Foster (Alexander Skarsgard) accidentally kill someone on holiday with his wife, Em (Cleopatra Coleman), and is sentenced to death for the crime.

However, the other guests at the resort have a seemingly different approach to life and death, and James pays a lot of money for a clone to be executed instead of him. It looks like a chaotic, unhinged story that will definitely get film Twitter talking. And "X" star Mia Goth is in it too!

Although since this is a Cronenberg film, it's probably not for the faint-hearted.

 

"Knock at the Cabin" — February 3

Nikki Amuka-Bird as Adrianne, Dave Bautista as Leonard in "Knock at the Cabin."
Nikki Amuka-Bird as Adrianne, Dave Bautista as Leonard, and Rupert Grint as Redmond in "Knock at the Cabin."Universal Pictures

It hasn't been long since M. Night Shyamalan's previous movie, "Old," arrived in theaters, but the director is already back with another intense horror flick with a simple premise in "Knock at the Cabin."

The film follows Andrew (Jonathan Groff) and Eric (Ben Aldridge) who are staying at a remote cabin with their daughter Wen (Kristen Cui) when four strangers break in and hold them hostage. They demand that the family has to make a "horrible decision" to prevent the apocalypse.

The first trailer shows Dave Bautista leading this group of doomsday prophets, although it's not clear why, or how, they know about the impending apocalypse.

Although "Old" was met with mixed reviews from audiences and critics, it still made $90 million (via Box Office Mojo) against an $18 million budget, proving that Shyamalan is still a name that resonates with theatergoers. Hopefully "Knock at the Cabin" doesn't disappoint.

 

"Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey" — February 15

Craig David Dowsett as Winnie the Pooh in "Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey."
Craig David Dowsett as Winnie the Pooh in "Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey."Altitude Film Distribution

Alright yes, this does feel like a joke answer, but there's definitely a morbid curiosity around "Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey."

The story sees Winnie and Piglet go on a killing spree when Christopher Robin leaves for college, as they're angry that he's left them to starve.

It's worth pointing out that the two leads are essentially just actors wearing masks, rather than an actual giant yellow bear and his pig sidekick. But it still looks undeniably wacky. In fact, that's the tone director Rhys Waterfield was going for.

He told Variety: "When you try and do a film like this, and it's a really wacky concept, it's very easy to go down a route where nothing is scary and it's just really ridiculous and really, like, stupid. And we wanted to go between the two."

If "Terrifier 2" can earn millions off of its shoestring budget, then "Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey" also deserves plenty of attention.

 

"Scream 6" — March 10

Stuntman Keith Ward as Ghostface in 2022's "Scream."
Stuntman Keith Ward as Ghostface in 2022's "Scream."Paramount Pictures

Yes, Paramount is taking another stab at Ghostface: "Scream 6" is on the way!

This time the story is steering away from the troubled town of Woodsboro, as the survivors from 2022's "Scream" move to New York for a fresh start.

Unsurprisingly, their peace is disrupted by the arrival of a new Ghostface who starts another reign of terror. Sam (Melissa Barrera) and Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega) are back for more alongside twins Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and Chad Meeks-Martin (Mason Gooding).

And "Scream 4" star Hayden Panettiere is reprising her role as Kirby Reed, confirming that she did survive the events of the 2011 sequel.

There's also some exciting fresh blood in the sequel, with the likes of Samara Weaving, Tony Revolori, Josh Segarra, and Harry Czerny joining the potential victim list.

Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) will also be reporting from the scene, although she won't be joined by Sidney Prescott since Neve Campbell declined to reprise her role over a pay dispute.

"Renfield" — April 14

"Renfield" logo.
Universal Pictures"Renfield" logo.

Nicolas Cage has had something of a resurgence in the last few years after "Mandy," "Pig," and "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent," and he'll next be seen as Dracula in Chris McKay's "Renfield."

Yes, you read that right. Cage is playing Dracula. The story is about one of the count's henchmen, Renfield (Nicolas Hoult), who decides to stop working for the vampire when he falls in love with traffic cop Rebecca Quincy (Awkwafina) in New Orleans.

Okay, so this is more of a horror comedy, but it's hard to deny that that's a great premise. The first photos of Cage in costume blew up online, so clearly audiences are excited to see what McKay has in store for the film.

"Evil Dead Rise" — April 21

Alyssa Sutherland as Ellie in "Evil Dead Rise."
Alyssa Sutherland as Ellie in "Evil Dead Rise."Warner Bros. Pictures

The Deadites are coming back to theaters after nearly a decade away from the big screen with "Evil Dead Rise." It's going in a completely different direction from previous "Evil Dead" movies since it takes place in a Los Angeles apartment block, rather than an isolated cabin in the woods.

This time, it won't be Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) or Mia Allien (Jane Levy) fighting hordes of the undead, but a new set of siblings. It'll see Beth (Lily Sullivan) visit her sister Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland) and her children, who all have to fight to survive in an apartment complex.

The synopsis teases that  Beth will be thrown "into a primal battle for survival as she is faced with the most nightmarish version of motherhood imaginable." Oh, dear.

If the director's bloody behind-the-scenes photos are anything to go by, "Evil Dead Rise" is going to be an utter treat for gorehounds.

"The Last Voyage of the Demeter" — August 11

The Demeter ship wheel.
The Demeter ship wheel.Universal Pictures

Audiences have seen the "Dracula" story brought to life a number of times on the big screen, with stars like Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman, and Luke Evans becoming the legendary vampire over the decades.

But Universal Pictures is focusing on a very particular chapter of the villain's life in "The Last Voyage of the Demeter."

In Bram Stoker's original "Dracula" novel, the titular vampire leaves his castle in Transylvania and stows aboard the Demeter, which takes him to England. The movie from director André Øvredal depicts the journey as Dracula picks off the crew one by one.

It has the potential to be a truly creepy movie, and a talented cast is aboard for the terror, especially since Javier Botet is playing Dracula himself. He previously played the Crooked Man in "The Conjuring 2," the diseased leper in "IT," and the Slender Man in "Slender Man." So he knows how to creep audiences out.

"Game of Thrones" alum Liam Cunningham will play the ship's captain, with "The Suicide Squad" and "Dune" star David Dastmalchian as his first mate, Wojchek. Corey Hawkins is also set to play Clemens, the ship's doctor, and Aisling Franciosi will play Anna, a stowaway.

"The Boogeyman" — expected mid-2023

Stephen King signing books in 2014.
Stephen King signing books in 2014.Rick Kern/WireImage

Movies based on Stephen King stories typically do pretty well in theaters (aside from "Firestarter" of course) and director Rob Savage is looking to scare audiences with "The Boogeyman."

Based on King's 1978 short story in which children shout "Boogeyman!" before randomly dying alone in their bedrooms, the film stars Madison Hu, David Dastmalchian, Chris Messina, Sophie Thatcher, Marin Ireland, and "Obi-Wan Kenobi" star Vivien Lyra Blair.

Anyone who's read "The Boogeyman" knows it hides a killer twist that could work excellently on the big screen.

And if that wasn't enough, Savage is responsible for the scariest film of 2020: "HOST." Oh, yes. If that's what he can do at home in lockdown, then imagine what he has in store for this.

"MaXXXine" — expected late 2023

Mia Goth as Maxine Minx in "X."
Mia Goth as Maxine Minx in "X."A24

Director Ti West delivered a surprising slasher story in "X," which sees a film crew shoot an adult movie on a farm, enraging the elderly couple that owns the property, and causing them to go on a bloody rampage.

Mia Goth pulled double duty in "X" by playing both Maxine, an up-and-coming porn star, as well as the elderly killer, Pearl.

West shocked audiences again with a follow-up about Pearl (aptly titled "Pearl") only a few months later, with Mia Goth returning to play the younger version of the titular killer as a young woman.

But West has quickly turned his period slasher franchise into a trilogy with "MaXXXine," which is set to follow Goth's surviving porn star from the first film as she tries to make it big in the 1980s. If it's anything like the previous two films, audiences are in for a treat.

"Adrift" — expected late 2023

Jared Leto and Darren Aronofsky.
Jared Leto and Darren Aronofsky.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Unique Nicole/FilmMagic

If "Requiem For a Dream" and "Mother!" prove anything, it's that Darren Aronofsky knows how to unsettle audiences in the most bizarre ways possible. So, it's incredibly exciting that his next project is a horror movie set at sea, "Adrift."

Although there's only a brief synopsis available at the moment, it sounds very promising. It sees a fishing boat find an abandoned yacht in open water, and a deckhand (Jared Leto) volunteers to keep control of it while it's towed back to the port.

Unfortunately for Leto's character, the ship is apparently haunted. So that'll be fun! As per Deadline, it's based on a short story by "The Ring" scribe Koji Suzuki, and Leto has spent a decade trying to get the rights for it.

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