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The Best Horror Movies Of 2018 

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Updated January 9, 2020 37.1k votes 6.4k voters 130.8k views 41 items

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If you're looking for a good scare, why not check out some of the best horror movies of 2018? Scary movies have the ability to get under a person's skin, and the creepiest stories often stick with audiences for months. This is why horror films have remained a staple of the film industry. The best new horror movies of this year are the ones that terrified viewers on a deep psychological level. 

Good 2018 horror movies include Insidious: The Last Key, A Quiet Place, The Strangers: Prey at Night, and The Cloverfield Paradox

What were the scariest movies of 2018? Consider which 2018 horror films left you checking under your bed and sleeping with the lights on for months on end. Which movies made you think, bothered you in a very fundamental way, and made you scream in the theater? Browse this list of 2018 horror movies and vote up your favorites.

Can't get enough horror? Check out this list of 2020 horror movies.

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Ryan Oliveira added John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe

Released: 2018

Directed by: John Krasinski

A Quiet Place is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by John Krasinski. A family living on a farm hides from a supernatural evil attracted to sound by avoiding making sound and ...more

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Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ari Aster

Hereditary is a 2018 American horror film directed by Ari Aster. As an overwhelming terror takes over their household, the Graham family's peaceful existence is ripped apart, forcing their ...more

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Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak

Released: 2018

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Halloween is a 2018 horror film directed by David Gordon Green, and the 11th film in the Halloween franchise. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers ...more

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Insidious: The Last Key Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell

Released: 2018

Directed by: Adam Robitel

Insidious: The Last Key is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Adam Robitel, and the fourth installment in the Insidious franchise. Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) goes on to ...more
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Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier

Released: 2018

Directed by: David Bruckner

The Ritual is a 2017 British horror film directed by David Bruckner, based on the novel by Adam Nevill. A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing ...more
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ScribbleScrabble added Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar

Released: 2018

Directed by: Susanne Bier

Bird Box is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic film directed by Susanne Bier, based on the novel by Josh Malerman. A woman (Sandra Bullock) and a pair of children are blindfolded as they make ...more

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Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Iain De Caestecker

Released: 2018

Directed by: Julius Avery

Overlord is a 2018 American horror film directed by Julius Avery. In 1944, two American paratroopers are going down over Normandy in the midst of the D-Day invasion, and they soon discover that ...more

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The Nun Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, Charlotte Hope

Released: 2018

Directed by: Corin Hardy

The Nun is a 2018 American horror film directed by Corin Hardy, and the fifth installment in The Conjuring series. In 1952 at the Cârța Monastery in Romania, a nun (Charlotte Hope), a ...more

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Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Leigh Whannell

Upgrade is a 2018 Australian science fiction action horror film directed by Leigh Whannell. A self-identified technophobe (Logan Marshall-Green) in a near-future world uses an experimental ...more

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Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez

Released: 2018

Directed by: Alex Garland

Annihilation is a 2018 science fantasy action horror film directed by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer. A biologist (Natalie Portman) signs up for a dangerous, secret ...more

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Suspiria Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth

Released: 2018

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

Suspiria is a 2018 horror film directed by Luca Guadagnino, and a remake of the 1977 film. A young American aspiring dancer (Dakota Johnson) begins attending a prestigious dance academy, only to ...more

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The Strangers: Prey At Night Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison

Released: 2018

Directed by: Johannes Roberts

The Strangers: Prey at Night is a 2018 American horror film directed by Johannes Roberts, and the sequel to the 2008 film. A family staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night are ...more
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Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Lucy Boynton

Released: 2018

Directed by: Gareth Evans

Apostle is a 2018 period thriller film directed by Gareth Evans. When his sister is kidnapped by a religious cult, a mysterious man (Dan Stevens) travels to the remote island where he digs ...more

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Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery

Directed by: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell

Summer of 84 is a 2018 horror film directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell. After suspecting that their police officer neighbor (Rich Sommer) is a serial ...more
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Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache

Released: 2018

Directed by: Panos Cosmatos

Mandy is a 2018 American action horror film directed by Panos Cosmatos. When a vile band of ravaging cultists and supernatural creatures desecrate his idyllic home with vicious fury, Red ...more

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Shay Mitchell, Stana Katic, Grey Damon

Released: 2018

Directed by: Diederik Van Rooijen

The Possession of Hannah Grace is a 2018 American horror thriller film directed by Diederik Van Rooijen. When a cop (Shay Mitchell) who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city ...more
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Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah

Released: 2018

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Unsane is a 2018 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. A young woman (Claire Foy) is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is then ...more
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The House That Jack Built Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman

Released: 2018

Directed by: Lars von Trier

The House That Jack Built is a 2018 psychological horror-thriller film directed by Lars von Trier. The story follows Jack (Matt Dillon), a highly intelligent serial killer over the course of 12 ...more

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Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook

Released: 2018

Directed by: The Spierig Brothers

Winchester is a 2018 American-Australian supernatural horror film directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), whose husband William and their child died suddenly, is ...more
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Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

The Meg is a 2018 American science fiction action horror film directed by Jon Turteltaub, based on the book by Steve Alten. Former Naval captain and expert diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is ...more

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The First Purge Y'Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade

Released: 2018

Directed by: Gerard McMurray

The First Purge is a 2018 American dystopian action horror film directed by Gerard McMurray, and the fourth installment in the series. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of ...more
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Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus

Released: 2018

Directed by: Gregory Plotkin

Hellfest is a 2018 American horror film directed by Gregory Plotkin. A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends ...more
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Truth Or Dare Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jeff Wadlow

Truth or Dare is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Jeff Wadlow. College students are haunted by spirits after playing the supernatural version of Truth or Dare.
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Cam Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters

Released: 2018

Directed by: Daniel Goldhaber

Cam is a 2018 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Daniel Goldhaber. A young camgirl (Madeline Brewer) discovers that she’s inexplicably been replaced on her site with an ...more
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The Predator Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes

Directed by: Shane Black

The Predator is a 2018 American science-fiction action horror film directed by Shane Black. It is the fourth installment in the Predator film series, set to take place between Predator 2 (1990) ...more