Friday, May 24, 2024

The Scariest Horror Movies in theaters of 2024 (So Far)

Attention horror fans! We’re currently experiencing a thrilling resurgence in the horror genre. Fans of supernatural tales, artificial gore, and startling surprises, rejoice! A thrilling lineup of horror films is scheduled for release over the coming years, ensuring chills are always in season. From sequels to beloved series such as A Quiet Place and I Saw the TV Glow, to brand new frights from emerging directors, there’s a plethora of eerie adventures to anticipate.

An exciting selection of horror movies will haunt our screens starting in 2024, and more titles are still awaiting their premiere dates. As these new films vie for a spot among the greatest horror movies ever, we eagerly await to see which will win.

The First Omen

The First Omen
The First Omen

Launched in 1976 as a chilling enigma, “The Omen” series gradually transformed into a more mystical saga. For those seeking the best horror movies, this classic franchise is a must-watch, especially if you’re searching for some spine-tingling thrills on Netflix. The 2006 film was released as a sequel yet it disappointingly continues the narrative from the earlier films. “The First Omen,” a prequel to this acclaimed horror series, is set to premiere on Netflix amid much excitement, raising anticipation among its ardent followers.

In this upcoming film, Arkasha Stevenson not only directs but also co-writes the story, following Margaret, a youthful American who moves to Rome with aspirations of dedicating her life to the church, embracing her new path with joy. However, her encounter with several unnerving events exposes a sinister secret that ties her fate to the emergence of pure evil.

Tarot

Tarot
Tarot

In May, horror enthusiasts will be treated to “Tarot” from Screen Gems, featuring Jacob Batalon from “Spider-Man,” along with Alana Boden, Adain Bradley, and Avantika. The movie, which was previously known as “Horrorscope”—a title some fans favored—follows a group of college friends who face their demise in manners eerily similar to their astrological forecasts after having their horoscopes read. Adapted from Nicholas Adams’s 1992 novel, this film marks the inaugural directorial venture for Anna Halberg and Spenser Cohen, according to Deadline.

I Saw The TV Glow

I Saw The TV Glow
I Saw The TV Glow

Jane Schoenbrun made a splash among horror enthusiasts with their indie production, “We’re All Going To The World Fair,” released in 2021. Following this success, Schoenbrun has collaborated with A24 on the film “I Saw The TV Glow.” This latest work is a spine-tingling coming-of-age story infused with horror elements, rather than following the conventional horror film format. It has certainly earned the approval of genre fans, garnering a commendable 91 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes after premiering at Sundance.

Sting

Sting
Sting

This weekend promises an exciting lineup at movie theaters, featuring an array of monster movies! Get ready for “Sting,” a thrilling giant spider film that’s sure to make you nervously scratch the back of your neck repeatedly.

Wt Workshop created the incredible monster spider in the movie, making it look incredibly realistic. Don’t miss our upcoming interview with Richard Taylor from Wētā Workshop. Meanwhile, enjoy an exclusive sneak preview of “Sting,” a film that’s poised to join the ranks of popular horror movies with its spine-chilling plot and gripping suspense.

Imaginary

Imaginary
Imaginary

“Imaginary” marks the latest installment in the Blumhouse series, under the direction of Jeff Wadlow, known for his work on “Truth or Dare.” The Blumhouse portfolio is known for its inconsistent quality, and “Imaginary” appears to be yet another in its series of less impactful movies. The film’s downfall is its complex storyline, presented through oversimplified techniques: straightforward narrative dialogue, visuals reminiscent of a car advertisement, and an underdeveloped creative idea that remains flawed.

Longlegs

Longlegs
Longlegs

“Longlegs” is shaping up to be the best horror movie for 2024, potentially one of the scariest yet. Featuring the talents of Maika Monroe and Nicolas Cage, both known for their impressive horror film performances, the plot centers around a rookie FBI agent in the year 1974, played by Monroe. She has a mission to find Cage’s serial killer. Throughout her investigation, she uncovers a personal connection with the murderer, which becomes crucial in her attempts to prevent further killings. The visual previews released so far display a chilling yet fashionable aesthetic for the film.

A Quiet Place: Day One

A Quiet Place: Day One
A Quiet Place: Day One

John Krasinski has masterfully crafted a captivating and eerie universe in the Quiet Place films, where silence is paramount for human survival against alien occupants on Earth. Following the success of A Quiet Place Part II, which thrived in theaters despite pandemic hurdles, a new installment is slated for release in 2024.

Michael Sarnoski, best known for his work on the movie Pig, will direct this upcoming Quiet Place standalone movie, which is likely going to explore the beginnings of the alien invasion. Additionally, another sequel to the main Quiet Place saga is anticipated to follow but is still in the planning stages. Fans can glimpse what’s to come by watching the premiere trailer for A Quiet Place: Day One, set to debut this summer.

Immaculate

Immaculate
Immaculate

“Immaculate” strikes as a nostalgic nod to classic Italian horror and also offers a contemporary critique of women’s rights over their bodies, yet it falls short of capturing the essence of the former and fails to deliver a powerful message on the latter. Sydney Sweeney, following her achievements in “Anyone but You” and her stint as a host on “Saturday Night Live,” stars in this horror flick under the esteemed banner of Neon, known for its prestigious status in distribution.

She flawlessly executes her role, hinting at a promising addition to her career portfolio as a horror icon, yet the film itself collapses under its own limited aspirations. For those seeking good horror movies on Netflix, “Immaculate” might not meet your expectations, but it’s still worth a watch for its captivating performance. While “Immaculate” appears to be a labor of love for Sweeney, who also produced the film, it seemingly fails to inspire the rest of the team, draped in the mediocrity of straight-to-video quality and leaving Sweeney marooned in a disappointing venture that hardly meets expectations. I found myself wishing for Russell Crowe to appear on his “Pope’s Exorcist” scooter and rescue her from a superior script.

Cuckoo

Cuckoo
Cuckoo

This year, alongside Sydney Sweeney and the unforgettable Angus Cloud, who took on scary roles, Euphoria’s Hunter Schafer dives into the horror scene with her film titled Cuckoo. In this suspenseful movie, Schafer portrays a teenager compelled to relocate with her family to a seemingly charming resort, where they face hidden horrors. Featuring Dan Stevens and Jessica Henwick as co-stars, the film debuted at the South by Southwest festival in March and hit cinemas.

Abigail

Abigail
Abigail

Viewers often have a fondness for modern versions of beloved classic horror movies that remain faithful to the original works. The movie “Abigail” is one of the eagerly awaited horror releases of 2024 and is set to excite viewers with its enthralling mix of terror and anticipation. Featured actors include Giancarlo Esposito, Kathryn Newton, and Alisha Weir, and the film draws inspiration from the 1936 movie “Dracula’s Daughter.”

In this film, villains kidnap a young girl called Abigail, who is the renowned dancing offspring of a notorious crime boss. They fantasize about changing their fortunes with the ransom money upon reaching the mansion where they’re holding Abigail. However, they soon find themselves in a precarious situation when they uncover the chilling secret of the little girl.

Late Night With the Devil

Late Night With the Devil (April 19 on Shudder)
Late Night With the Devil

David Dastmalchian stars as Jack Delroy, the engaging counterpart to Johnny Carson on the late-night circuit. His broadcast, ‘Night Owls,’ consistently provided solace to night-time viewers across the nation. Tragically, following his wife’s death, there has been a sharp decline in viewership for his program. In an attempt to reclaim his prior success, Jack plans an innovative Halloween special set to air on October 31st, 1977. Unbeknownst to him, this event will trigger a series of sinister occurrences in households throughout America.

Night Swim

Night Swim: January 5, 2024
Night Swim

Night Swim is the first of many good horror movies set to hit theaters in 2024. It is based on Bryce McGuire’s 2014 short film of the same title. The story of Night Swim centers on a woman who goes swimming at night while experiencing ghostly apparitions, played by Oscar-winning Kery Condon. In supporting roles, Wyatt Russell, Nancy Lenehan, and Ben Sinclair appear. Night Swim debuted in theaters on January 5, 2024.

Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead
Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead isn’t director Zack Snyder’s first dance with the undead. His feature debut, 2004’s Dawn of the Dead, had him remaking the George A. Romero horror classic. 17 years later, after spending a significant portion of his filmmaking career chronicling the ups and downs of costume-wearing men and women, Snyder has returned to the genre where he got started. In this case, however, instead of desecrating a mall, he desecrates the United States’ mecca of greed and immorality, Las Vegas.

The problem with making a zombie movie in 2021 is that, during the shambling undead craze of the 21st century, no cliché has been left unturned. Snyder’s “spin” is to merge undead horror with a heist movie—something that might have worked had the latter been engineered with more verve. The heist aspects of Army of the Dead are perfunctory and the zombie elements are overly familiar.

 That’s not to say the film is boring, although the unnecessarily long running time gives birth to occasional bouts of tedium. Although trapped in a wave of predictability, Snyder delivers enough gore to keep zombie movie fans happy and enough adrenaline-driven action to maintain a high level of suspense. Despite the apocalyptic elements, the tone is more flippant than in the darker-than-dark DC movies. There’s even an effective father/daughter emotional component for those who want a little bit more.

Antlers

Antlers
Antlers

Nick Antosca, who is well-known for “Brand New Cherry Flavor,” C. Henry Chaisson, and Scott Cooper wrote the screenplay for “Antlers,” which Cooper also directed. The renowned Guillermo del Toro and David S. Goyer have created a brand-new horror film masterpiece. The movie draws its inspiration from the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Nick Antosca.

In this eerie narrative set in a quaint Oregon town, Keri Russell (from “The Americans”) and Jesse Plemons (from “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”) are cast as siblings. Plemons takes on the role of Paul Meadows, the local sheriff, while Russell plays a middle-school instructor. The duo finds themselves tangled in a peculiar case involving a strange child in Russell’s class.

As their investigation widens, they encounter unsettling supernatural—or perhaps ancient—forces that echo through traditional tales of terror. Audiences are urged to watch one of the intriguing trailers that hint at the film’s chilling suspense and richly woven ambiance. With the premiere date fast approaching, make sure to look up where you can catch “Antlers.”

Nosferatu

Nosferatu
Nosferatu

Robert Eggers, known for directing films such as The Witch and the Lighthouse, is putting a new spin on the horror classic Nosferatu this holiday season. The 1922 German expressionist vampire movie served as inspiration for the film, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Emma Corrin, Willem Dafoe, Nicholas Hoult, Bill Skarsgard, and Lily-Rose Depp. In a gothic setting, Nosferatu tells the eerie tale of a vampire who becomes enamored with a young woman whom he haunts.

Frequently asked questions

How do horror movies affect the audience?

To appreciate horror films, viewers must be conscious that they are in a safe atmosphere. Horror films may elicit the fight-or-flight response, which includes an increase in adrenaline, endorphins, and dopamine.

What makes the best horror movie?

In recent years, there has been a tendency for frightening films to be loaded with jump scares, but the true key to excellent horror filmmaking is to first establish tension and suspense. Suspense is created when the viewer understands or guesses more than the protagonists.

What is the purpose of horror?

The goal of horror films is to expose latent anxieties, desires, drives, and primitive archetypes that are buried deep in our collective subconscious; imagery of mothers and shadows plays essential roles since they are universal.

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