Who doesn’t love a good scare? Luckily for you, last year has delivered plenty of them—and not just in real life. From brooding, indie horror films to bloody, fright-filled sequels, the year delivered some spooky, freaky, downright chilling movies that might make it a little bit more difficult to sleep at night.
Here are the best horror movies from 2018.
The simple truth is that this is one of the iciest, creepiest supernatural thrillers in quite some time. It’s about a family that discovers some distasteful things after their estranged matriarch passes away, and those old secrets quickly blossom into all-new horrors that you simply won’t see coming. This is fantastic piece of horror, especially considering it comes from a first-time feature director.
2. A Quiet Place
The world has been overrun by creatures who are completely blind, but have uncanny hearing and will kill anything they sense nearby. So how does a family with small children survive in a forcibly silent world? Find out in this unexpectedly excellent chiller that doesn’t need a whole lot of dialogue to deliver tons of suspense, tension, and plain old scariness. See this one with a bunch of friends, and make sure they all stay completely quiet. It’s part of the fun.
There are countless movies out there about the cyclical nature of violence and revenge — just last year alone we got a Death Wish remake and a virtual remake called Peppermint — but it’s safe to say you’ve never seen one quite like Mandy. Of course we get to see the always-intense Cage lose his mind more than once as he sets out to avenge the horrific misdeeds, but we also get a surprisingly touching love story, a whole lot of insane carnage, and a freaky visual sensibility that we’ve simply never seen before.
Natalie Portman teams up with a team of women who venture in a territory known as The Shimmer, a mysterious area surrounding a meteor landing where animals have evolved into unrecognizable creatures.
Michael Myers is back—and this time, so is Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, who is flipping the script and hunting down the masked killer in David Gordon Green’s sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic.
We’ve been told to ignore all the previous sequels before walking into this latest chapter, and that’s fine by me. Aside from the underappreciated Halloween 2 and the bizarrely awesome yet unrelated Part 3 (Season of the Witch), none of the other franchise entries are all that memorable. In many ways, this long-awaited follow-up sticks to the same formula as Halloweens 4 through 8, but this flick has the added bonus of Jamie Lee Curtis, front and center, anchoring not only a defense against the seemingly unstoppable Michael Myers, but also a surprisingly effective tale of three women coming to terms with some very old fears. Plus it’s one of the most beautifully shot slasher movies you’ll ever see, and that’s not something I ever thought I’d say.