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6 Horror Films I'm Excited for in 2018

 Photo courtesy of ComingSoon.net

Photo courtesy of ComingSoon.net

I can't in good conscience say that I am a huge horror fan, even though I'd like to pretend I am. Compared to the many die-hard fans of the genre that I've met, I consider myself more of a neighboring cubicle to the fandom; often popping my head in to see what's new on Dave's desk or what's so damn funny about the meme on Neil's computer. 

Having said that, My favorite film of all time is a horror film (Martyrs) and I thoroughly enjoy them. That's why today I've decided to start the new year with a cliche countdown of the six horror films I am most excited about in 2018. Let's dive in.

1. Annihilation

This movie initially reminded me of Stranger Things, but it seems like this movie could go in a different direction than the upside down (down upside?) Either way, this movie looks really interesting. It's almost a mix of Stranger Things and the movie Arrival. I also love Natalie Portman, so even if the film sucks, her acting will more than likely still be phenomenal. 

2. A Quiet Place

This movie has me excited in all the right places. I love movies with small bits of dialogue, especially horror films(House of the Devil). With John Krasinski and Emily Blunt as the lead characters, I'm really rooting for this one. It seems intense (well actually in a house) and hopefully it'll be well-paced. I can see how a movie like this could be really amazing or dull as hell, depending on the writer, director, and all around cast. 

3. The Strangers: Prey at Night

Generally, sequels to great horror films fall flat as the pressure of finding a balance between the same tone and something as fresh as the original is a hard task to accomplish. Though one could argue The Strangers movie that came out in 2008 isn't necessarily untypical, it was incredibly well made.

One of my favorite scare tactics in the original film was how silence was used during what could have easily been cheap jump scares. A character would slide into the room as the watcher gasps and spills their popcorn, screaming at the screen. Oh, wait, that was just at the AMC 30 in Mesquite, Texas. (Please don't scream or talk to characters on a screen. We all hate you.)

I can't wait to see what early 20th century LP record is used to scare us this time around.

4. The New Mutants

Up until now, Marvel films have explored a variety of comic book characters. While most are still stuck in the same superhero-type movie tropes, the new Marvel film "The New Mutants" is ready to explore horror and it looks fantastic.

The movie has a great cast including Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams and Stranger Things actor Charlie Heaton. I really hope this turns out as good as the last time Marvel tried their hand at a little horror with Legion. It's also exciting to see Marvel characters like these finally getting screen time. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.

5. The House That Jack Built

This movie actually hasn't released a trailer yet, but going off the description and cast, I'm incredibly excited for The House That Jack Built. The story follows Matt Dillon (Jack), a highly intelligent serial killer. The movie will take place over a twelve year span as we watch Jack develop into a master at his art. It releases in December 2018, so we'll probably be waiting awhile for a trailer.

 Photo courtesy of IMDB

Photo courtesy of IMDB

6. The House With a Clock In Its Walls

I'm eagerly awaiting to buy this book this weekend as I've heard nothing but good things about it. Although the book released in 1973, the movie is slated to premiere this year under the helm of gory director Eli Roth (Hostel, The Green Inferno, Cabin Fever). I've always enjoyed Eli Roth's movies so when I heard he was adapting this story to the big screen AND Jack Black was in it...needless to say, I was and am interested. 

This movie hasn't released a trailer yet, but you know damn well that when it does, I'll be writing a post about it.

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Honorable Mention (because I'm not sure how to feel)

Halloween is one of those franchises that I love the originals of and have a hard time wrapping my head around for the new ones. I loved the original and it's awesome to see Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter returning, but I could see this flopping just as hard as I can see this soaring to the top of the box office like IT did. (Well, maybe not that high up.) I suppose we'll have to wait and see.

What movies are you guys excited about?

Let me know!