In the past twelve months we were treated to a subversive, award-baiting instant classic (Get Out), the highest-grossing horror movie of all time (It), some Netflix nasties (Gerald’s Game, 1922), superb sequels (Annabelle: Creation, The Cult Of Chucky), the return of some old favourites (Jigsaw, Alien: Covenant) and a film that made absolutely no sense whatsoever (Mother!) – put simply, there wasn’t a month that went by where we weren’t being scared out of our wits.
While 2017 will be a tough old act to follow, 2018 is already shaping up to be a different beast altogether. As you read this article, Insidious: The Last Key is scaring the box office into submission with a worldwide gross of almost $100 million, but the best is yet to come.
Not only does this list include a horde of creepy sequels, long-awaited returns from franchises of old, and those haunted house features we all rely on, the year will also introduce new properties that seem hell-bent on becoming towering franchises in their own right.
So, let 2017 be a fond memory of the past and focus on what is going to be a ghost train-like ride to remember.
Shaun is a former contributor for a number of Future Publishing titles and more recently worked as a staffer at Imagine Publishing.
He can now be found banking in the daytime and writing a variety of articles for What Culture, namely around his favourite topics of film, retro gaming, music, TV and, when he's feeling clever, literature.