It’s often argued real life is scarier than fiction, but 2018 has brought a number of horror films to make you reconsider what being scared really means. From films following haunted house narratives to slasher or monster themes, horror movies have run the gamut this year, and there are more scares on the horizon. The year isn’t over yet.
Whether you're in the mood for a flick where the main characters are trapped in a space or controlled by a villain that plays with their heads, there’s a film for it in 2018. There are epidemics and classic demon possession. If that’s not enough, there’s always the case of never-before-seen monsters run amok. This year, there’s a proper scare out there for everyone. To prove our point, we’ve compiled the 10 best horror movies of 2018.
A Quiet Place
In A Quiet Place, a family is forced to live in silence in a post-apocalyptic world because monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing have wiped out most of the other humans and animals on the planet. To make matters more complicated, the wife is in the final stages of pregnancy. Once the family comes into contact with one of the monsters, they must try to outsmart it.
In Hereditary, Annie’s family begins to discover terrifying truths about their ancestry after the death of the family’s matriarch, her grandmother. As they continue to discover their truth, they also try to escape it. But will they be able to?
The Little Stranger
In The Little Stranger, Dr. Faraday travels to Hundreds Hall, which has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. While the home is obviously in decline, the family is haunted by an ominous presence. Once Faraday takes a new patient there, he’ll find out how much his world is intertwined with theirs.
The 11th installment of the franchise, 2018’s Halloween is a direct sequel to its 1978 counterpart, in which a 6-year-old boy brutally murders his 17-year-old sister one Halloween night. After Laura Strode escaped the masked boy’s killing 40 years ago, she comes face to face with him once again. The film will be released six days before the 40th anniversary of the original flick, on October 19, 2018.
Overlord starts like any other World War II film. The intense battle scenes with helicopters, bombs and emergency parachuting. Only once D-Day paratroopers reach a Nazi-occupied village, they realize there’s more than a military operation going on.
Anna grows up in captivity, under the care of a man who teaches her to fear the outside world in Wildling. At 16, she’s freed by a sheriff to begin life as a typical teen. After a series of startling events, her newfound freedom is compromised.
In The Nun, when a nun based in a Romanian abbey takes her life, the Vatican sends a priest and a novitiate to investigate. The pair discovers the abbey’s unholy secret and is faced to deal with a demonic nun. In the process, they risk their lives and their faith.
The First Purge
The First Purge follows the push to lower the crime rate below 1% by testing a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one community. The New Founding Fathers of America testing the theory will find when violence meets rage, it can’t be contained. Instead, it will spread throughout the nation.
In Slender Man, small-town best friends get together and try to conjure up Slender Man, a tall, thin figure whose face has no discernible features. They think he doesn’t exist and that he’s just a part of internet lore. Two weeks later, when one of the girls disappears during a class trip to a graveyard, the friends suspect the horrifying figure is to blame.
When a young man finds a laptop in Dark Web, he starts using it to play online games with his friends. Once he discovers a folder on the device, he finds its full of disturbing videos of people in harm and tells his friends. Then comes the message: If they disconnect or call the police, they will all die.