The box office is dominated by superheroes and horror films at the moment and that shows no sign of changing, unless something like 500 Days Of Summer 2 comes out… 501 Days Of Summer or 500 Days Of Autumn? The latter makes more sense.
But that’s an article for another day as horror films are still all the rage. People moan that there are too many comic book films still to come this year but we’ve got, like, 20 horrors to come yet, compared to around 5 superhero films, one of which could be considered a horror or sorts.
So what horrors can we expect to see us out until 2019? Glad you asked. Here’s a list…
1. Unfriended: Dark Web (20th July, 2018)
In a world where young people use group video messaging, a teen comes into possession of a new laptop with access to the dark web. He shows it off to his mates over video chat and they soon realise that something’s very off. Soon, the previous owner gets a hold of them and things start going wrong for the gang.
Apparently it has Jake Paul in it?
Looks alright, really. Will probably turn out to be one of them behind it.
2. The Meg (10th August, 2018)
We’re going to need a bigger… shark!
Sorry. You don’t really need a description for this one, do you? Jason Statham is a veteran diver…
No not that type of diver. Years ago he saw a big ol’ sharky boi and now some divers think they’ve seen it again. Statham returns for “one last ride” to take it out before it kills too many people.
My guess is that it ends with him doing a Jack Sparrow/Will Smith in I Am Legend and driving a submarine/swimming into the Meg’s mouth with some kind of explosive.
3. The Predator (14th September, 2018)
A young boy accidentally triggers the Predators return to our world (fuck being him once it’s all over) and down they come, bringing terror to the good people of Earth. However, Predators are now bigger and better after genetically engineering themselves to be, mixing their DNA with other creatures. So a Suicide Squad style team is assembled to kill them…
I couldn’t really get much from the trailer but it looks like the humans might end up teaming up with the OG Predators to kill the new, bigger Predators.
4. Summer of ’84 (24th August, 2018)
Four nerdy young teens in the early 80s going around suburbia on their bikes, uncovering a mystery surrounding a missing child or two. No-one saw it coming!
Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbour is the serial killer he’s heard about on the news. With that, he gathers his three obliging friends to find out what’s going on. There’s also a cool girl who he fancies who is inexplicably paying attention to him even though he’s totally weird with her and spies on her…
They could throw a curveball here and have young Davey right. It could be the officer. That would be sort of a shock.
5. Slender Man (24th August, 2018)
Four girls in a small USA town conduct a ritual to debunk the myth of the silly old Slender Man (rookie error), which in turn leads to one of them going missing. The remaining three then suspect that their friend has become the titular Slender Man’s latest victim.
Don’t. Summon. Demons. It seldom goes well.
This one actually looks scary.
6. Boarding School (31st August, 2018)
I can see this one being slightly controversial.
A “troubled” young man is sent to a weird boarding school where there’s only six teenage students and two very odd teachers. Murdery things happen and it’s all less than ideal.
The reason I think this one will be controversial is because the blurb itself says the boy is “troubled” when apparently all he does is dress in his mother’s clothes from time to time. That’s not being troubled and it’s certainly not worth being sent to a murder school by your father for.
Looks like a Disney film.
7. The Little Stranger (31st August, 2018)
In 1948, a doctor takes on a patient at the old house where his mother used to be a maid. When there, he finds that the people living within are haunted by the potential presence of an ex-inhabitant.
Wonderful cast here, including Domhnall Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Will Poulter and Ruth Wilson.
8. Blood Fest (31st August, 2018)
Ned from Spider-Man and his friends go to a festival celebrating iconic horror characters only to find out that the organisers want to kill everyone there? Obviously this leads to a fight for survival.
9. The Nun (7th September, 2018)
Remember the nun from that silly Conjuring film? Well gee, she’s back and Vera Farmiga – who seems to work exclusively in B-list horror films now – has nothing to do with it. It’s a prequel. Apparently:
A priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
I mean shit, yeah, it looks scary. Although not a single person has even the slightest hint of the correct accent.
10. Mandy (14th September, 2018)
I’ve watched the trailer like five times and honestly I don’t have a clue. It looks like a Queens of the Stone Age music video.
Nicholas Cage lives a peaceful live with his love, Mandy, when a sadistic cult leader ruins all of that, presumably kills Mandy, which leads Cage down a path of bloody vengeance. Really bloody vengeance.
It’s a shame that you just can’t seem to take Nicholas Cage seriously these days. He is a genuinely good actor when he tones it down a notch.
11. Venom (5th October, 2018)
Tom Hardy, doing whatever bullshit accent he likes once again, is Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who has NOTHING to do with Spider-Man, thank you very much. Sony really wants you to know that.
An evil corporation is using an alien race/substance known as symbiotes to test on humans, though it isn’t going well and, soon enough, Brock gets the short end of the stick. Thus ensues a game of cat and mouse between the corporation who want the symbiote back and to kill Eddie, and Eddie, who can now do things he couldn’t before.
It’s hard to tell what’s going on here. First of all I’m not sure why it’s classified as a horror, and secondly I don’t know if it’s all going to be as cartoonish as that little motorcycle stunt.
12. Halloween (19th October, 2018)
Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode, who’s set to have her final confrontation with Michael Myers, as he escapes from prison.
13. Suspiria (2nd November, 2018)
From Amazon studios, this one. I actually can’t tell what this one’s about even slightly so here’s the description:
“A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe’s artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.“
Looks good. Great cast of Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper and Chloe Grace Moretz.
14. Anna and the Apocalypse (7th December, 2018)
There had to be a zombie one, didn’t there? That’s how film studios work – they get bored of thinking of decent threats so they always fall back on the faceless, hive-mind zombie army.
This one is slightly different though, since it’s a Christmas-themed musical.
The narrator says “t’was the night before Christmas” but I’m guessing t’wasn’t, since the kids are all in their school uniform.
And that’s it. There’s your list. That should see you out until January.
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