12 Spine-Chilling Horror Movies Releasing This Year

2024 is shaping up to be a thrilling year for horror fans. Jordan Peele is set to release his fourth, currently untitled horror project.

Ti West will complete his Pearl trilogy with “MaXXXine,” and the ’80s occult classic “Witchboard” is getting a remake.

Additionally, Alexandre Aja will release “Never Let Go,” starring Halle Berry.

Although these films don’t have confirmed premiere dates yet, they are definitely worth keeping an eye on. Fans of controversial and extreme horror might also be interested in our list of banned horror movies that were too disturbing.

In the meantime, there are plenty of horror films with set release dates to look forward to. Sydney Sweeney stars in the faith-based horror “Immaculate,” while Zoë Kravitz headlines the psychological thriller “Blink Twice.”

Along with various Blumhouse productions, these upcoming horror movies, creature features, supernatural scares, slasher films, and survival stories promise to be a horror enthusiast’s dream.

When you’re done, explore our lists of the scariest horror movies of all time, the best classic horror films, and the funniest horror movies ever.

1. The Watchers

Shadowing her father, M. Night Shyamalan, as a writer, director, and producer on Apple TV+’s “Servant,” Ishana Shyamalan makes her big-screen directorial debut this summer with “The Watchers.” She and her dad adapted the screenplay from A.M. Shine’s 2021 novel of the same name.

The story follows a young artist who seeks shelter from night monsters with three strangers in Ireland.

The film stars Dakota Fanning, Georgina Campbell, and Hannah Howland.

  • In theaters June 7.

2. A Quiet Place: Day One

John Krasinski, who directed the previous two “Quiet Place” films, returns to the series with this prequel, this time as a co-writer and co-producer.

Directed by Michael Sarnoski (known for “Pig”), the film introduces a new cast of characters.

Set on the first day of the alien invasion, it explores the origins of the horror that has captivated audiences since 2018.

The cast includes Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, Alex Wolff, and Djimon Hounsou.

  • In theaters June 28.

3. Longlegs

A master of the slow burn, Oz Perkins returns this summer with “Longlegs,” a procedural thriller that promises to be something special.

Known for his atmospheric and psychological horror films like “Gretel & Hansel” and “The Blackcoat’s Daughter,” Perkins directs Maika Monroe (“It Follows,” “The Guest”) as Lee Harker, an FBI agent investigating a serial killer case with ties to the occult.

The film also stars Nicolas Cage, Alicia Witt, and Blair Underwood.

  • In theaters July 12.

4. Trap

We can always count on the details surrounding an M. Night Shyamalan release to be kept under lock and key, but the master of the twist ending has dropped a couple of breadcrumbs for us to snack on while we wait for August to arrive.

“Trap,” a psychological thriller set in Philadelphia (like most of Shyamalan’s films), takes place at a concert and promises to be “very unusual.”

The film stars Josh Hartnett, Hayley Mills, and Vanessa Smythe.

  • In theaters August 2.

5. Alien: Romulus

The Alien universe has seen its fair share of captains, but 2024 will see its most relentless auteur yet: Fede Alvarez. Known for “Don’t Breathe,” the brutal 2013 “Evil Dead” remake, and the abstract Apple TV+ series “Calls,” Alvarez is set to deliver a cosmic nightmare in the sci-fi series originated by Ridley Scott.

A well-deserved opportunity for the Uruguayan filmmaker, “Romulus” stars Cailee Spaeny, Isabela Merced, and David Johnson, and is rumored to be the darkest installment yet.

  • In theaters August 16.

6. Blink Twice

Zoë Kravitz’s directorial debut has been rebranded from its original NSFW title, “Pussy Island,” to the more family-friendly “Blink Twice”—though it’s still not one for the kiddos.

This genre-blending film combines horror, drama, and suspense.

Described by its star, Channing Tatum, as “a crazy thriller,” it follows a tech billionaire who whisks a waitress away to his private island, where she must fight to survive.

  • In theaters August 23.

7. Beetlejuice Beetlejuice

It’s showtime! After decades of delays, the sequel to Tim Burton’s cult-classic 1988 afterlife comedy finally has a release date.

Michael Keaton returns as the crass “bio-exorcist,” alongside Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara, reprising their roles as Lydia and Delia Deetz.

New additions to the cast include Jenna Ortega as Lydia’s daughter and Willem Dafoe as a dead cop. The plot details remain shrouded in mystery.

  • In theaters September 6.

8. Speak No Evil

Too often, remakes of brilliant foreign horror films miss the mark. In 2022, Christian Tafdrup made one of the most brutally unsettling films of all time: a slow-burner about a couple whose good manners cost them everything.

It’s so good that under normal circumstances, we’d tell you to ignore any impostors.

But this remake has James Watkins—known for “Eden Lake” and Black Mirror’s “Shut Up and Dance”—in the director’s chair, with James McAvoy and Mackenzie Davis leading the cast.

The potential here is palpable, and you can bet we’re buying a ticket.

  • In theaters September 13.

9. Saw XI

Behold, another notch in the Saw franchise! Due to the positive reactions for “Saw X”—a pseudo prequel focusing on Jigsaw’s cancer diagnosis and treatment—studios are continuing the series.

The 10th installment returned to the original torture-porn essence created by James Wan.

With Kevin Greutert at the helm, there’s hope he can keep reinvigorating a franchise that was once on its last leg.

  • In theaters September 27.

10. Smile 2

Though the 2022 breakout hit “Smile” is so scary it might make you cry, news of its sequel should make horror buffs very, very happy.

Writer-director Parker Finn returns to continue his spine-chilling story about an evil entity that preys on its victims’ trauma.

While the plot for the sequel is still under wraps, the cast includes Lukas Gage (“The White Lotus,” “Euphoria”) and Naomi Scott (“Aladdin,” “Anatomy of a Scandal”).

  • In theaters October 18.

11. Wolf Man

One of the original Universal Classic Monsters, the Wolf Man has been reborn many times, but perhaps never quite like this.

Directed by Leigh Whannell, known for his work on the Saw franchise with James Wan, this Blumhouse film focuses on a man, his family, and the terrifying predator that haunts them.

Ryan Gosling, initially set to star, now serves as an executive producer, with Christopher Abbott stepping into the lead role alongside Julia Garner.

  • In theaters October 25.

12. Nosferatu

Robert Eggers, known for highly conceptual films like “The Witch,” “The Lighthouse,” and “The Northman,” is set to deliver another haunting masterpiece this Christmas.

Eggers’s remake of the 1922 silent film “Nosferatu” tells the story of a vampire who becomes obsessed with another man’s wife.

The gothic tale stars Bill Skarsgård, famed for his role as Pennywise in the new “It” films, as the Count, and Lily-Rose Depp as his infatuation. We can’t wait to sink our teeth into this one.

  • In theaters December 25.