Exciting horror films waiting for release in 2024

June 05, 2024

There are a lot of exciting horror movies on the way for genre fans in 2024. Whether you’re aching for original screamers, franchise thrillers, or even a reboot or two, chills are definitely incoming, and we have all the release dates to look out for right here!

A Quiet Place: Day 1 (June 28)

The first installment of the Quiet Place franchise put emotional stakes over exposition, relying on newspaper clippings and a marker board to explain how aliens with sensitive ears decimated the planet. A Quiet Place: Day 1 promises to fill in those gaps, with director Michael Sarnoski coming off his wonderful debut Pig to take over for John Krasinski. Along with Sarnoski comes a fantastic cast, including Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, and Alex Wolff.

MaXXXine (July 5)

“You’re a fucking movie star,” Maxine Minx told herself at the start of X (2022), the first Mia Goth and director Ti West’s trilogy about sex and cinema. Goth played the younger version of the X antagonist in 2022’s Pearl, but returns to Maxine again for part three. MaXXXine takes Minx to 1985, where her attempt to crossover into mainstream movies occurs alongside a string of killings. West gets a flashier cast for MaXXXine, including Elizabeth Debicki, Giancarlo Esposito, Kevin Bacon, and pop star Halsey.

Longlegs (July 12)

Longlegs comes from horror royalty in the form of director Oz Perkins, son of Psycho star Anthony Perkins. Osgood helmed the excellent horror pictures The Blackcoat’s DaughterI Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, and Gretel & HanselLonglegs appears to continue that tone, with a story about serial killings and occult practices. It Follows and The Guest alum Maika Monroe plays the FBI rookie assigned to the case and the great Nicolas Cage plays the serial killer, threatening to blow apart the low-key vibes that made Perkins’s previous movies so great.

Trap (August 9)

While certainly a proud papa, M. Night Shyamalan isn’t about to let Ishana have all the fun. Dad’s back with Trap, which takes place at a pop concert, where a loving father/serial killer (Josh Hartnett) tries to evade the police while giving his daughter the night of her life. And who plays that pop star? Saleka Shyamalan, who actually has an album and several tours to her name.

Alien: Romulus (August 16)

Fede Álvarez has made some fun horror movies, such as the remake of Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe. But he doesn’t have quite the same resume as the guys who directed the other mainline Alien movies. So as great as the trailer looks, Alien: Romulus is still a big question mark, especially since it’s the first Alien film released since Disney bought 20th Century Fox. Taking a sharp turn from Ridley Scott’s heady Prometheus and Alien: Covenant prequels, Alien: Romulus returns to a more familiar point in the timeline between Alien and Aliens.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice (September 6)

Director Tim Burton is finally making the long-rumored sequel Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, nearly thirty years after the original’s release. It’s impossible not to be a bit suspicious about this nostalgia play, especially following a couple of not-so-memorable outings from Burton. But at least he’s bringing back favorites from the first cast, including Catherine O’Hara and Winona Ryder, and teaming them with Jenna Ortega and Willem Dafoe. And even at 72, it’s clear that Michael Keaton’s the same live wire he’s always been.

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