It’s safe to say that 2023 will be another excellent year for horror movies. This year’s crop of horror films, from the modern retelling of Salem’s Lot to revivals of iconic series like The Exorcist, will keep you enthusiastic and eager for months to witness them on the big screen.
For hardcore horror enthusiasts out there, we have compiled a list of the most anticipated horror movies of 2023. Just like we saw in 2022, Halloween is not your only chance to watch a scary movie, because 2023 has lots to offer for you all horror fanatics.
Most Anticipated Horror Movies In 2023:
Directed by: Brandon Cronenberg
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth, and Cleopatra Coleman.
Movie Synopsis: Infinity Pool is a science fiction horror movie in which while on vacation, a couple is lured away from the resort by a strange woman into a world of violence, hedonism, and unspeakable terror. A fatal event leaves them facing a zero-tolerance policy for a crime: either you’ll be executed or, if you’re wealthy enough, you can watch yourself die.
Release Date: January 27, 2023
Knock at the Cabin
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn, and Rupert Grint.
Movie Synopsis: The novel The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul G. Tremblay, published in 2018, serves as the basis for the film. The movie tells the narrative of a family of three who are kept hostage by four strangers who demand that they make the ultimate sacrifice in order to prevent the end of the world.
Release Date: February 3, 2023
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey
Directed by: Rhys Frake-Waterfield
Cast: Craig David Dowsett, Chris Cordell, Natasha Tosini, Amber Doig-Thorne, Richard D. Myers, and Nikolai Leon.
Movie Synopsis: This independent slasher film is a horror adaptation of A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard’s Winnie-the-Pooh books. It follows Pooh and Piglet, who have now gotten feral and bloodthirsty, who go on a deadly rampage when an adult Christopher Robin comes to the Hundred Acre Wood years later after going for college, and a group of young university women at a secluded house.
Release Date: February 15, 2023
Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet
Cast: Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Hayden Panettiere, and Courteney Cox.
Movie Synopsis: Serving as a direct sequel to 2022’s Scream, the film follows the survivors of the last Ghostface killings, sisters Samantha and Tara Carpenter and twins Chad and Mindy Meeks, as they leave Woodsboro and begin a new chapter in their lives in New York City, only to be plagued by a new Ghostface killer’s string of murders. Scream fans are eager to witness this horror flick, which is one of the most anticipated movies of 2023.
Release Date: March 31, 2023
Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, and Adrian Martinez.
Movie Synopsis: Renfield, a reboot of Universal’s Dracula series, follows Renfield, the tortured servant of his narcissistic lord, Dracula, who is forced to procure his master’s victim and carry out his every command. But after decades of service, he is now prepared to test the waters and see if there is existence beyond the Prince of Darkness’s shadow.
Release Date: April 14, 2023
Evil Dead Rise
Directed by: Lee Cronin
Cast: Lily Sullivan, Alyssa Sutherland, Morgan Davies, Gabrielle Echols, Nell Fisher, Mia Challis, Tai Wano, Jayden Daniels, and Billy Reynolds-McCarthy.
Movie Synopsis: It’s no secret that Evil Dead Rise is a cultural phenomenon in the horror subgenre. The Evil Dead V is the fifth film in the franchise. In the fifth Evil Dead film, a road-weary Beth pays an overdue visit to her older sister Ellie, who is raising three kids on her own in a cramped L.A. apartment. The sisters’ reunion is cut short by the discovery of a mysterious book deep in the bowels of Ellie’s building, giving rise to flesh-possessing demons, and thrusting Beth into a primal battle for survival as she is faced with the most nightmarish version of motherhood imaginable.
Release Date: April 21, 2023
Insidious: Fear the Dark
Directed by: Patrick Wilson
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, and Rose Byrne.
Movie Synopsis: Insidious is another well-known movie in the horror genre. Insidious: Fear the Dark is the fifth installment in the Insidious franchise, and it serves as the direct and chronological sequel to 2013’s Insidious: Chapter 2. In this third horror movie, set ten years after the events of the first two, Josh Lambert takes his son Dalton to an idyllic, ivy-covered university in the East. However, when Dalton’s repressed demons from his past unexpectedly return to stalk him and his new roommate, college turns from a dream into a nightmare.
Release Date: July 7, 2023
Directed by: Chris Stuckmann
Cast: Camille Sullivan, Brendan Sexton III, Michael Beach, Robin Bartlett, Keith David, Charlie Talbert, Emily Bennett, and Sarah Durn.
Movie Synopsis: The film follows Mia as she desperately searches for her sister Riley, who went missing along with her friends, a group of paranormal investigators called The Paranormal Paranoids who were very active on youtube in the 2000s. As her obsession for the truth grows, Mia begins to discover evidence of a hidden supernatural evil dating all the way back to her and Riley’s childhood, as in, the imaginary demon from their childhood may have been real.
Release Date: July 2023
The Nun 2
Directed by: Michael Chaves
Cast: Storm Reid, Taissa Farmiga, and Anna Popplewell.
Movie Synopsis: Obviously, Nun, another terrifying demonic entity, returns to cinemas. It is the sequel to The Nun (2018) and the ninth chapter in The Conjuring Universe franchise. The film takes place in 1956 in France. A priest has been murdered; evil is spreading like a virus. In the sequel to 2018’s The Nun, Sister Irene must once again confront the demonic entity Valak.
Release Date: September 8, 2023
Directed by: David Gordon Green
Cast: Leslie Odom, Ellen Burstyn, Ann Dowd, and Nedim Jahić.
Movie Synopsis: The Exorcist (1973), a cinema that radically reimagined the horror genre and went on to influence countless directors around the world, is getting a reboot. This horror movie will pick up right where William Friedkin’s 1973 version left off. The film will have an effect on the franchise’s continuity in the past, although the prior films are still canon to the series’ overall story.
It will be the sixth film in the Exorcist franchise and the first of three planned sequels. The film tells the story of the father of a possessed child who, desperate for help, seeks out Chris MacNeil, whom we met in the original film, who has experienced similar experiences. It is clearly one of the most anticipated horror movies in 2023.
Release Date: October 13, 2023
Directed by: Kevin Greutert
Cast: Tobin Bell, Synnøve Macody Lund, Steven Brand, and Michael Beach.
Movie Synopsis: The Saw series, widely considered among the most terrifying and revolting in the horror genre, returns with Saw 10. It is the tenth installment in the Saw film series overall, and the ninth main installment in the franchise. Details about the plot are still being kept under wraps.
Release Date: October 27, 2023
Directed by: Rob Savage
Cast: Madison Hu, Vivien Lyra Blair, Sophie Thatcher, David Dastmalchian, Chris Messina, and Jaynie Verdin.
Movie Synopsis: The Boogeyman is based on Stephen King’s short novel of the same name, published in 1978. It tells the story of a teenage girl and her younger sister who, still grieving the loss of their mother, are terrorized by a malevolent presence in their home and must try to convince their grieving father to pay attention before it’s too late.
Release Date: TBA 2023
Directed by: Gary Dauberman
Cast: Lewis Pullman, Makenzie Leigh, Bill Camp, Pilou Asbæk, Alfre Woodard, and William Sadler.
Movie Synopsis: ‘Salem’s Lot,’ Stephen King’s personal favorite of his own works, is back in a brand new, updated reboot. This horror movie revolves around Ben Mears, a writer who returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem’s Lot in quest of inspiration, only to discover that his hometown is being preyed upon by a vampire, prompting him to come together with a ragtag bunch to combat it.
Release Date: TBA 2023
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