One thing horror fans never find in short supply is a new horror movie to watch, and that holds true right now with several high-profile horror titles coming your way later this year.
Exactly what constitutes horror in the first place is still being debated to this day since it bleeds (sometimes literally) into other genres, but these are all movies that should scratch that itch. From the latest Stephen King adaptations to sprawling epics with a touch of supernatural menace, scroll down for a few titles to watch out for… if you dare, that is.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Wait… a Marvel horror movie? With Doctor Strange? Benedict Cumberbatch's superhero sorcerer returns in what's been dubbed "the scariest Marvel movie" by its director, Sam Raimi. He should know since he made his career with the outrageous cult classic The Evil Dead and its multiple spin-offs. And while Raimi famously also directed the beloved Spider-Man trilogy with Tobey Maguire, he reportedly injects Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with plenty of his classic spooky style.
Watch It: On Disney+ streaming now
First adapted for the screen 38 years ago, Stephen King's classic tale of a young girl with dangerous pyrotechnic gifts returns to the screen in this reimagining from director Keith Thomas (The Vigil). Ryan Kiera Armstrong stars as Charlie McGee, whose father (Zac Efron) keeps them on the run with dangerous covert government forces eager to harness her powers for very bad things. In an extra perk for horror fans, the score will be provided by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies.
Watch It: On Peacock streaming now
A24, the studio behind this year's surprise hit horror flick X, now offers up more scares in the form of Men, from writer-director Alex Garland (Ex Machina and Annihilation). Oscar nominee Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter) stars as a woman recovering from a recent tragedy by taking a holiday in a small English village. However, the town is entirely populated by only men — all of whom seem to have a secret that threatens her life.
Watch It: In theaters on May 20
Crimes of the Future
Director David Cronenberg's long-awaited return to the director's chair is also a revival of the body horror genre that he birthed with films like Scanners, Videodrome, and The Fly. Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart star in a saga about performance art and the metamorphosis of human organs. "At this critical junction in human history, one wonders — can the human body evolve to solve problems we have created?" Cronenberg says of the film.
Watch It: In theaters on June 2
The Black Phone
Bestselling horror writer Joe Hill's spooky story arrives by way of Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, with Ethan Hawke cast as a serial killer called The Grabber, whose latest victim has a telepathic link to the killer's previous victims. The movie premiered during last year's Fantastic Fest and marked a return to horror films for Hawke (The Purge) and for Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister).
Watch It: In theaters on June 24
The Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Get Out and Us switches gears for the next great American UFO story. A stacked cast including Keke Palmer, Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya, and Steven Yeun are among the residents of a small California town dealing with a threat from above. Nope is being hailed as a "new pop nightmare," which we’re sure will keep us talking for quite a while.
Watch It: In theaters on July 22
Following 2020's The Night House, Rebecca Hall is returning to the genre, playing a single mother who finds her life upended by the unwelcome arrival of a man (Oscar nominee Tim Roth) from her past — a man she worked very hard to escape. Resurrection, from writer-director Andrew Semans, premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and was hailed as "one of the more intrinsically frightening evocations of a traumatized mind" and "stone-cold bonkers horror."
Watch It: In theaters on July 29 and on-demand on August 5
Bodies Bodies Bodies
Light as a feather, stiff as a board has nothing on "Bodies Bodies Bodies," the party game at the center of A24's upcoming slasher. Set at a mansion during a hurricane, the film follows a group of privileged Gen Zers whose binge drinking and general debauchery leads to one helluva deadly game night. The film stars Amandla Stenberg, Rachel Sennott, Chase Sui Wonders and Oscar nominee Maria Bakalova, plus Pete Davidson and Lee Pace, and hails from Dutch actress-turned-filmmaker Halina Reijn.
Watch It: In theaters on August 5
Hailing from Blumhouse and producer Jason Blum, They/Them (pronounced "They Slash Them," get it?) follows a group of LGBTQIA+ teens sent away to a week-long conversion therapy camp run by Kevin Bacon's Owen Whistler. If that weren't bad enough, a masked axe murderer is on the loose. The flick marks the directorial debut of John Logan, the three-time Oscar-nominated writer of Gladiator, The Aviator and Hugo.
Watch It: On Peacock streaming August 5
Family weddings are their own kind of horror, but in The Invitation, it's of the gothic variety. After her mother dies, Evie (Nathalie Emmanuel) takes a DNA test and discovers a long-lost cousin, who invites her to a lavish wedding in the English countryside to meet the rest of the family she never knew. Unfortunately for Evie, it's an occult wedding involving human sacrifice and she's the bride. Jessica M. Thompson directs from a script she co-wrote with Blair Butler.
Watch It: In theaters on August 26
Home share horror has become a subgenre of its own in recent years, with films like The Rental and You Should Have Left. Writer-director Zach Cregger's Barbarian is the latest addition, about a young woman (Georgina Campbell) who discover her rental home has been double booked when a strange man (Bill Skarsgård) is already staying there. When she decides to stay the night, she makes some unsettling discoveries that were not mentioned in the house listing.
Watch It: In theaters on August 31
Best known to horror fans for 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy, director David Slade returns to the big screen with this adaptation of Norman Partridge's award-winning horror fantasy novel. In a quaint Midwestern town, an annual tradition finds the more unruly boys ganging together to fight a spectral attacker known as Sawtooth Jack. This time, the boys aren't just dealing with a supernatural foe but confronting the demons within themselves.
Watch It: In theaters on September 9
Don't Worry Darling
Following 2019's buddy comedy Booksmart, director Olivia Wilde returns with something completely different. Don't Worry Darling is set the seemingly idyllic suburbia of the 1950s, where Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (Little Women) and Harry Styles are a married couple living in an experimental community. Not everything is as it appears, as Pugh's character soon discovers. Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll and KiKi Layne also star.
Watch It: In theaters on September 23
Finally, a horror movie that will make us afraid of smiles. Writer-director Parker Finn's movie is like The Ring but with pearly whites: When an unseen presence smiles upon its victims, their faces twist into a malevolent grin before they die a gruesome death. When Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick) encounters the smile, she has one week to find answers or meet the same fate.
Watch It: In theaters on September 30
The unkillable Michael Myers returned in 2018's Halloween, the first installment in a blood-spattered new trilogy. Following last year’s Halloween Kills, the final showdown between the iconic masked slasher and the ultimate final girl, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), arrives just in time for… well, exactly the holiday you'd expect. Director David Gordon Green once again directs, with Kyle Richards' Lindsay Wallace and Andi Matichak's Allyson also returning to take on Michael Myers one last time.
Watch It: In theaters on October 14
Foodies are having quite the year, between Hulu's cannibal black comedy, Fresh, and the upcoming The Menu. Whether or not what's on said menu is also people remains to be seen, but Anya Taylor-Joy will make some unappetizing discoveries when she travels to an elite island with her boyfriend (Nicholas Holt) for an exclusive dining experience from a sinister-seeming chef (Ralph Fiennes). John Leguizamo, Judith Light and Hong Chau also star in the horror flick from director Mark Mylod.
Watch It: In theaters on November 18
You thought you could escape Pinhead? More than 30 years after director Clive Barker brought Hellraiser to the big screen, director David Bruckner (The Ritual and The Night House) is rebooting the scary story with a new adaption of Barker's original novella, The Hellbound Heart. This time Jamie Clayton stars as Pinhead, the leader of the extradimensional, sadistic Cenobites summoned by a mystical puzzle box.
Watch It: On Hulu streaming in 2022