The first half of 2023 has offered some excellent horror movies, from big franchise hitters to creepy indie fare. The second half of the year is just as promising, with a spread of horror movies hitting theaters. The variety and range is sure to offer something for every horror fan – even those just dabbling their toes in the horror waters. Here are the horror movies hitting theaters through the rest of 2023.
Insidious: The Red Door – Friday, July 7
In Insidious: The Red Door, the horror franchise’s original cast returns for the final chapter of the Lambert family’s terrifying saga. To put their demons to rest once and for all, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and a college-aged Dalton (Ty Simpkins) must go deeper into The Further than ever before, facing their family’s dark past and a host of new and more horrifying terrors that lurk behind the red door.
Cobweb – Friday, July 21
Eight-year-old Peter is plagued by a mysterious, constant tap, tap from inside his bedroom wall – a tapping that his parents insist is all in his imagination in Cobweb. As Peter’s fear intensifies, he believes that his parents (Lizzy Caplan and Antony Starr) could be hiding a terrible, dangerous secret and questions their trust. And for a child, what could be more frightening than that?
Talk to Me – Friday, July 28
When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand in Talk to Me, they become hooked on the new thrill. However, with the potential for spirits to possess their bodies, there are certain rules that must be followed. It’s simply a fun, daring game for them – until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.
Haunted Mansion – Friday, July 28
Inspired by the classic theme park attraction, Haunted Mansion follows a woman and her son, who enlist a motley crew of so-called spiritual experts to help rid their home of supernatural squatters. While the Disney movie isn’t going to be a pure horror movie, it has the potential to provide a few spooky thrills for kids in between the laughs.
The Last Voyage of the Demeter – Friday, August 11
The Last Voyage of the Demeter, due out later this year, dropped its first trailer earlier and it’s a doozy. Based on a single standalone chapter of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, “The Captain’s Log,” it tells the story of what happened to the crew of the Demeter, the ship that unknowingly carried Dracula’s coffin from Romania to the shores of England. Spoilers: it does not go well for them.
The Strangers – Friday, August 18
In The Strangers, a young couple drives cross-country and decide to stop at an Airbnb in Oregon. Unfortunately, they find themselves trapped in a night of terror when three masked strangers break into their vacation home.
The Nun II – Friday, September 8
In the sequel to the Conjuring franchise spinoff The Nun, The Nun II is amping up the horror. The story will reportedly take place in 1956 France, when a priest is murdered under ominous circumstances. Once again, Taissa Farmiga’s Sister Irene must face down a demonic entity and banish it from the world.
A Haunting in Venice – Friday, September 15
In post-World War II Venice, detective Hercule Poirot is now retired and living in his own exile in A Haunting in Venice. The reclusive sleuth reluctantly attends a seance at the behest of a friend. But when one of the guests is murdered, it is up to the former detective to once again uncover the killer.
The Exorcist: Believer – Friday, October 13
Original Exorcist star Ellen Burstyn returns for The Exorcist: Believer, this time joined by Leslie Odom, Jr. The sequel to the 1973 original will be directed by David Gordon Green, and is expected to be the first in a new trilogy for the franchise.
Five Nights at Freddy’s – Friday, October 27
In Five Nights at Freddy’s, a troubled security guard begins working at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. While spending his first night on the job, he realizes the night shift at Freddy’s won’t be so easy to make it through. Based on the cult hit horror game, horror fans have been anticipating this one for a while.
Saw X – Friday, October 27
Not much is known about Lionsgate’s upcoming Saw X. But one thing has horror fans incredibly excited: Tobin Bell, who famously played Jigsaw in previous installments, will be returning. Seeing as how Jigsaw died, does this make Saw X a prequel – or does it mean he never died in the first place?
The First Omen – Tuesday, October 31
As with a few others on this list, details are scant regarding The First Omen. It’s reportedly a prequel story to The Omen. Considering it’s already landed two wildly talented actors in Bill Nighy and Ralph Ineson, however, count us in.
Thanksgiving – Friday, November 17
Way back when Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez made Grindhouse, the movie included a trailer for a fake movie, made by Eli Roth. That movie, Thanksgiving, is now being made into a full-feature movie. A small town in Massachusetts finds itself terrorized when a serial killer moves in, planning to carve up the people of the town like a Thanksgiving dinner.