As the horror genre continues to evolve, it’s always exciting to see what new terrifying stories filmmakers have in store for audiences. In 2023, there are plenty of horror movies to look forward to, from sequels to original tales of terror. Here are the top 10 horror movies to keep on your radar for 2023.
1. “The Conjuring
The Devil Made Me Do It” Director: Michael Chaves Release Date: June 2, 2023
The third installment in “The Conjuring” franchise follows paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they try to uncover the truth behind a murder case that involves demonic possession. With the Warrens facing their most dangerous case yet, this film promises to deliver all the jump scares and haunting visuals fans have come to expect from the series.
2. “Halloween Ends” Director
David Gordon Green Release Date: October 13, 2023
The third film in the “Halloween” reboot trilogy, “Halloween Ends,” promises to be the conclusion to Michael Myers’ story. Set four years after the events of “Halloween Kills,” Laurie Strode and her family must face off against Michael one final time in a battle that will determine the fate of Haddonfield.
3. “Salem’s Lot” Director
Gary Dauberman Release Date: September 15, 2023
Based on the same-named Stephen King book, “Salem’s Lot” tells the story of a writer who returns to his hometown only to discover that vampires have taken over.With Gary Dauberman, the writer of “IT” and “The Nun,” at the helm, this film is sure to bring King’s chilling story to life.
4. “Malignant” Director
James Wan Release Date: August 4, 2023
From the mind of horror master James Wan comes “Malignant,” a new original story about a woman who begins to experience terrifying visions that lead her to uncover a sinister conspiracy. With Wan’s signature style of horror, this film promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
5. “The Black Phone” Director
Scott Derrickson Release Date: February 10, 2023
Based on a short story by Joe Hill, “The Black Phone” follows a young boy who is kidnapped and held in a basement, where he discovers an old rotary phone that allows him to communicate with the dead. With Scott Derrickson, the director of “Sinister” and “Doctor Strange,” at the helm, this film promises to be a terrifying and unique take on the horror genre.
6. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Director
David Blue Garcia Release Date: July 7, 2023
A direct sequel to the 1974 classic, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” follows a group of friends who visit the site of the original massacre and encounter Leatherface and his family. With David Blue Garcia, a rising star in the horror genre, directing this film, fans can expect a fresh take on a horror icon.
7. “Don’t Breathe 2” Director
Rodo Sayagues Release Date: August 18, 2023
In this sequel to the hit 2016 film, blind veteran Norman Nordstrom returns as the target of a group of criminals who break into his home. With Rodo Sayagues, the co-writer of the original “Don’t Breathe,” taking on the director’s chair this time around, fans can expect more intense suspense and thrills.
8. “Antlers” Director
Scott Cooper Release Date: April 28, 2023
Based on the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Nick Antosca, “Antlers” follows a small-town teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, as they investigate a young student’s alarming behavior and discover a terrifying creature lurking in the woods. With Guillermo del Toro as a producer and Scott Cooper directing, this film promises to be a dark and unsettling experience.
9. “The Nighthouse” Director:
David Bruckner Release Date: May 19, 2023
Starring Rebecca Hall, “The Nighthouse” follows a widow who begins to unravel the mystery behind her husband’s death and discovers dark secrets about their home. With David Bruckner, the director of “The Ritual” and “V/H/S,” at the helm, this film promises to be a chilling and atmospheric horror experience.
10. “The Bride” Director
Ari Aster Release Date: December 1, 2023
From the director of “Hereditary” and “Midsommar” comes “The Bride,” a new horror film about a young woman who enters into an arranged marriage with a wealthy family, only to discover their dark secrets and supernatural powers. With Ari Aster’s unique and unsettling style of horror, this film is sure to leave a lasting impression on audiences.
2023 promises to be an exciting year for horror fans, with plenty of new terrifying movies to keep us on the edge of our seats. From sequels to original stories, these films offer a variety of scares that will appeal to different tastes within the horror genre. Make sure to mark your calendars and prepare for a year of nightmares.