The horror genre has become big business in the past decade. Gone are the days when horror movies only did well in theaters in the month of October or in cheap direct-to-video slashers. Horror movies are now a year-round success, and the past few years have seen a renaissance for the genre. 2022 was a great year for horror, whether in theaters or on streaming, and this year is even better. From sequels of huge horror franchises to twisted takes on children’s tales, 2023 has plenty of horror movies for those who love scary flicks.
Here are all the biggest horror movies hitting theaters in 2023.
M3GAN – Release Date: Friday, January 6
Gemma is a brilliant roboticist and engineer who pioneers the A.I. companion, M3GAN, a doll that’s programmed to be a child’s best friend and protector and a helper to parents. When Gemma finds herself suddenly the guardian of her traumatized 8-year-old niece, she decides to gift M3GAN to her to help her niece come out of her shell. However, M3GAN soon goes rogue and takes on a mind of her own, and her desire to protect the girl starts to go way too far and turn deadly.
The Offering – Release Date: Friday, January 13
In The Offering, the son of a Hasidic funeral director returns home with his pregnant wife in the hopes of making amends and reconciling with his estranged father. However, it coincides with the eerie disappearance of a girl from their Jewish community. Soon, the young family learns that an ancient evil lurks in the family morgue below them, and it has plans for their unborn baby. As the demon works to destroy them from the inside, they must fight back, but it may not be enough.
Infinity Pool – Release Date: Friday, January 27
James and Em Foster are enjoying an all-inclusive beach vacation in the fictional island of La Tolqa, when a fatal accident exposes the resort’s perverse subculture of hedonistic tourism, reckless violence, and surreal horrors. With Brandon Cronenberg at the helm of Infinity Pool, expect a lot of body horror and existential terror.
Knock at the Cabin – Release Date: Friday: February 3
A young girl and her parents go on a relaxing vacation in a quaint cabin in the woods in M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin. They expect it to be a relaxing time for family bonding. But when a group of armed strangers barge in and take them hostage, their world is turned upside-down. The strangely charismatic leader puts before them a terrifying reality: They must make an impossible choice in order to prevent the apocalypse.
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey – Release Date: Wednesday, February 15
A twisted take on the classic children’s tales, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey shows the beloved bear in a completely new light. When Christopher Robin grows up and heads to college, his childhood friends Pooh and Piglet feel abandoned. Simmering with fury and resentment, they go on a murderous and bloodthirsty rampage of killing in order to express their feelings of frustration. Suffice it to say, this is not the Pooh or Piglet you know.
Cocaine Bear – Release Date: Friday, February 24
When its trailer came out, Cocaine Bear quickly rocketed to the top of a number of must-see lists. The movie is based on true events that took place in Kentucky in 1985 when a bear found and ate 70 lbs. of smuggled cocaine. Unfortunately, the bear died of a drug overdose (as one would after ingesting 70 pounds of pure coke), but the focus of the film is said to be on the frantic search for the missing drugs. However, that doesn’t stop the movie from taking some creative liberties and ramping up the killer aspect of the coked-up and angry ursine. Expect lots of fun kills.
Scream VI – Release Date: Friday, March 10
Following the latest Ghostface killings, the four survivors leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter. In Scream VI, Sam Carpenter, Mindy Meeks-Martin, Chad Meeks-Martin, Tara Carpente, Kirby Reed, and the original Gale Weathers return to their roles in the franchise alongside Jack Champion, Henry Czerny, Liana Liberato, Dermot Mulroney, Devyn Nekoda, Tony Revolori, Josh Segarra, and Samara Weaving. However, their new start is upended when the murders start again and a new serial killer is on the loose.
Renfield – Release Date: Friday, April 14
As a true horror comedy, Chris McKay’s Renfield brings together Nicolas Cage as the infamous Dracula and Nicholas Hoult as his beleaguered henchman, Renfield. When he finds himself having a midlife crisis, Renfield starts to wonder what life would be like if he didn’t have to serve his demanding dark lord. However, he learns it’s not so easy to leave his toxic and codependent relationship when he falls in love with a cop and runs afoul of some dangerous mobsters in modern-day New Orleans.
Evil Dead Rise – Release Date: Friday, April 21
Rather than unfolding in the expected rustic cabin setting, Evil Dead Rise transports the terror to an apartment building in the middle of the city. The story is a twisted tale of two estranged sisters whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable. Though they may not be appearing or directing, original star and director Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi are producing, so the project is in good hands.
Insidious Chapter 5: Fear the Dark – Release Date: Friday, July 7
Set 10 years after the events of 2018’s Insidious: The Last Key, the upcoming Insidious: Fear the Dark finds the Lambert family back in the nightmare they thought they’d left behind. The story will find Dalton, the son of Josh and Renai Lambert, now almost an adult and heading off to college. Just as Dalton prepares to embark on a new life, he finds the figurative – and literal – demons of his past coming back to haunt him.
The Last Voyage of the Demeter – Release Date: Friday, August 11
Based on a single chilling chapter from Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, The Last Voyage of the Demeter tells the terrifying story of the merchant ship Demeter, which was chartered to carry private cargo – fifty unmarked wooden crates – from Carpathia to London. Strange events befall the doomed crew as they attempt to survive the ocean voyage, stalked each night by a merciless presence onboard the ship. When the Demeter finally arrives off the shores of England, it is a charred, derelict wreck. There is no trace of the crew.
The Nun 2 – Release Date: Friday, September 8
After The Conjuring spinoff The Nun became a hit, The Nun 2 is sure to bring an equal amount of scares. While little is known yet about the sequel, the synopsis alone is chilling: “France, 1956. A priest is murdered. An evil is spreading. The sequel to The Nun (2018) follows Sister Irene as she once again comes face to face with the demonic force Valak, the Nun.”
The Exorcist – Release Date: Friday, October 15
The reboot sequel of The Exorcist is one of the most mysterious horror movies of 2023. Nothing is known about it thus far, only that it’s set to be a direct sequel to the 1973 horror classic and that it’s begun filming with plans to wrap early this year. However, the project is being helmed by David Gordon Green, who won over horror fans with his excellent reboot sequel of the Halloween series. If he can bring that same sort of magic to the Exorcist universe, we could be in for a wild and terrifying ride.
Saw X – Release Date: Friday, October 27
Much like the previous two movies, we have absolutely zero details on the plot of Saw X. However, if we were a betting site, we’d put our money on it involving Jigsaw’s legacy, some nightmarish traps, and a lot of blood. Tobin Bell’s Jigsaw killer may have been killed off at the end of the third movie, but with Bell confirmed to be returning to the tenth movie, it’s anyone’s guess what could happen.