There’s no denying that horror had a remarkable comeback year in 2022 — from the new Scream to X — there were plenty of thrills and chills to be had. But horror fans can rest easy in knowing that 2023 is set to be another stellar year for the genre. From dark takes on classic children’s stories to reboots of hit horror franchises from the ’70s, this year will have you peeking out from under the covers for months to come. Here are HUNGER’s top horror picks for 2023.
The Pale Blue Eye
The Pale Blue Eye follows a detective named Augustus Landor (Christian Bale), who is investigating the homicide of a West Point cadet. When he realises the victim’s fellow cadets won’t help him solve the case, Augustus enlists the help of one cadet, a young man known as Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling). And yes, that Edgar Allan Poe.
If you’re a fan of the Child’s Play movies or that creepy Black Mirror episode with Miley Cyrus and the doll, then this is the movie for you. What happens when a robotic, unsettling doll becomes a little girl’s new best friend? Nothing good.
Infinity Pool (January 27th)
If you missed seeing Mia Goth play super creepy in films like X and its prequel, Pearl, then this sci-fi thriller is for you. Featuring Goth and Big Little Lies star Alexander Skarsgård, this film follows a wealthy couple enjoying a vacation on an island resort. However, after an accident happens outside the resort grounds that turns their happy world upside down, they must fight for survival.
Knock at the Cabin (February 3rd)
A vacationing family of three minding their own business are soon taken hostage by a gang of four mysterious strangers. According to them, the family must make a choice to stop the apocalypse from happening. This M. Night Shyamalan-directed movie that stars Harry Potter‘s Rupert Grint is based on Paul Tremblay’s 2018 novel, The Cabin at the End of the World.
Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey (February 15th)
Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet are not your friends in this slasher movie about the beloved children’s characters. After Christopher Robin (Nikolai Leon) leaves his childhood friends to go to college, they feel abandoned and quickly turn murderous. Their rampage hits a new high, though, when Christopher eventually returns to the forest to introduce his old friends to his new wife.
The Exorcist (October 13th)
Fifty years after the original The Exorcist premiered in theatres, a new sequel is joining the franchise. This particular film will be a direct sequel to the 1973 classic, according to Bloody Disgusting. After a 12-year-old girl becomes possessed by a demon, her mother frantically tries to get help from someone who’s gone through the same experience.
Scream VI (March 10th)
A follow-up to the 2022 smash hit Scream, this sixth instalment follows the four survivors who ditch the fictional town of Woodsboro to start a new life in New York City. Naturally, though, they can’t escape Ghostface’s clutches. Wednesday star Jenna Ortega reprises her role as Tara, and Scream 4‘s Hayden Panettiere returns to the franchise as Kirby. Unfortunately, the saga’s beloved final girl, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), will not return due to disagreements over salary.
Evil Dead Rise (April 21st)
The fifth instalment in the Evil Dead franchise, this movie is about two estranged sisters whose reunion is cut short when they’re forced to battle sinister creatures known as Deadites. With Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan starring, let’s hope this franchise takes it back to the glory days.
The Haunted Mansion (August 11th)
Inspired by the classic Disney Parks ride of the same name, this flick follows a single mom and her son who (somehow) buy an affordable mansion but quickly realise their new home is haunted. This movie is seemingly unconnected to the 2003 Disney movie, The Haunted Mansion, which starred Eddie Murphy.
Cuckoo (September 29th)
The plot of this horror film is currently being kept under wraps, but with Euphoria‘s Hunter Schafer starring in it, you know it’s going to be good. So far, all we know is that it follows a 17-year-old girl called Gretchen who moves to an alpine resort after her mother’s death and finds herself being followed by a mysterious and creepy woman. With a September release, expect to see more news on this highly anticipated flick in the coming months.