20 Most Anticipated Upcoming Horror Movies

2017 is already regarded a vintage year for the genre; will 2018 follow suit?

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The horror genre has rarely looked healthier than it does right now in the early days of 2018, from both a commercial and critical standpoint.

2017 saw the R-rated Stephen King adaptation It just barely miss out on being one of the top ten box office hits of the year, with takings of almost $700 million worldwide. Meanwhile, the success of Annabelle: Creation (global box office $306.5 million) pushed the overall takings of The Conjuring series over $1 billion; a rare milestone for a horror franchise.

On top of commanding audience attention, recent horror films have also been getting a fair bit more respect from critics. It scored 85% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, whilst Get Out proved one of the best reviewed films of the year, scoring 99% fresh, as well as garnering a few Golden Globe nominations - and Oscar nominations seem feasible.

2018 is already off to a reasonable start for horror, with Insidious: The Last Key doing fair business at the box office, though not necessarily going down a storm with critics. Still, critical approval tends to be a very minor concern for horror fans, so long as the films hit that right nerve.

Here's how the year ahead is looking horror-wise, at least as far as theatrically released films go. Some are big-budget films with well-established actors and directors, others much cheaper productions from comparative unknowns; but all should at least warrant curiosity from devotees of the genre.

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Writer from Northern England. Co-editor of cult film site Warped Perspective. You may have read him at Yahoo Movies UK or Age of Dad. You might even have seen his short horror fiction anthology From The Gut on Amazon. Insert glib witticism here.