The 23 Best Horror Movies of 2024 (So Far)

In case your life needed more nightmare fuel.

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Many of today's most innovative, heart-racing stories are being told in the horror genre, and so far, 2024's terror slate is full of the most anticipated slasher flicks in recent years. There's something for everyone, from horror-thrillers that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats, to campy monster stories set to give M3GAN a run for her money. From the return of beloved franchises like Saw, Beetlejuice, and A Quiet Place, to the debuts of festival darlings like I Saw the TV Glow, here are the best horror movies of 2024 to add to your watchlist. (If you just can't wait for your next scare, check out the best horror movies of 2023 to watch now on streaming.)

'Out of Darkness'

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Release Date: February 9, 2024

Starring: Kit Young, Chuku Modu, and Iola Evans.

This acclaimed horror indie, set 45,000 years ago, follows a community of prehistoric humans searching for a new home in an inhospitable tundra. When night falls, the group is stalked by a terrifying enemy.

Trailer: HERE


a brown teddy bear is sitting propped up in a wooden chair

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Release Date: March 8, 2024

Starring: DeWanda Wise, Pyper Braun, Tom Payne, Taegen Burns, Veronica Falcon, and Betty Buckley.

When Jessica (Wise) and her family moves back into her childhood home, her stepdaughter Alice (Braun) befriends a seemingly cuddly bear named Chauncey that she finds in the basement. "As Alice’s behavior becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be," per the film's description.

Trailer: HERE


a woman (sydney sweeney) in a nun's habit walks through a hall

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Release Date: March 22, 2024

Starring: Sydney Sweeney, Simona Tabasco, Álvaro Morte, and Benedetta Porcaroli.

This chilling horror film follows a devout American nun (Sweeney) who joins a remote convent in the picturesque Italian countryside. Per the film's description, "Cecilia's warm welcome quickly devolves into a nightmare as it becomes clear her new home harbors a sinister secret and unspeakable horrors."

Trailer: HERE

'The First Omen'

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Release Date: April 6, 2024

Starring: Nell Tiger Free, Tawkeef Barhom, Sonia Braga, Ralph Ineson, and Bill Nighy.

The latest film in the supernatural horror franchise The Omen will be its first prequel story. "When a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her own faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate," per the film's description.

Trailer: HERE


a woman (avantika) in a green shirt sits at a tarot table, with a man sitting in the background

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Release Date: May 10, 2024

Starring: Harriet Slater, Adain Bradley, Avantika, Wolfgang Novogratz, Humberly González, ​​Larsen Thompson, and Jacob Batalon.

This film follows a group of friends who break a cardinal rule of Tarot readings and "unknowingly unleash an unspeakable evil trapped within the cursed cards. One by one, they come face to face with fate and end up in a race against death to escape the future foretold in their readings," per the film's description.

Trailer: HERE


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Release Date: April 19, 2024

Starring: Melissa Barrera, Dan Stevens, Kevin Durand, Kathryn Newton, Angus Cloud, William Catlett, and Giancarlo Esposito

The directors of 2019's horror-comedy Ready or Not are back with a new terrifyingly funny tale, following a group of kidnappers who take the 12-year-old daughter of a crime boss. "In an isolated mansion, the captors start to dwindle, one by one, and they discover, to their mounting horror, that they’re locked inside with no normal little girl," per the film's description.

Trailer: HERE


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Release Date: April 26, 2024

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Emily Hampshire, Peter Gallagher, and Enrico Colantoni

Caitlin Cronenberg's (daughter of David Cronenberg) feature-length debut takes place soon after "a global ecological collapse has forced world leaders to take extreme measures to reduce the earth’s population," per the film's description. "In a wealthy enclave, a recently retired newsman has invited his grown children to dinner to announce his intentions to enlist in the nation’s new euthanasia program. But when the father’s plan goes horribly awry, tensions flare and chaos erupts among his children."

Trailer: HERE

'I Saw the TV Glow'

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Release Date: May 3, 2024

Starring: Justice Smith, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Danielle Deadwyler, Phoebe Bridgers, Helena Howard, Fred Durst, Amber Benson, and Conner O’Malley.

Another buzzy hit out of Sundance, Jane Schoenbrun's acclaimed film follows teenagers Owen (Smith) and Maddy (Lundy-Paine) as they bond over their love of a television series. After the show is mysteriously canceled, their reality begins to blur.

Trailer: TBA

'The Strangers: Chapter 1'

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Release Date: May 17, 2024

Starring: Madelaine Petsch, Froy Gutierrez, and Gabriel Basso

This year marks the start of an all-new trilogy set in the world of the 2008 psychological slasher by the same name. When a longtime couple's car breaks down in the middle of a cross-country road trip, they’re forced to spend the night in a secluded cabin rental. "They become the prey of a vicious gang of masked strangers who attack without warning or reason, and must use courage and cunning to survive one long, terrifying night," per the film's description.

Trailer: HERE

'In a Violent Nature'

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Release Date: May 31, 2024

Starring: Ry Barrett, Andrea Pavlovic, Cameron Love, Reece Presley, Liam Leone, Charlotte Creaghan, Lea Rose Sebastianis, Sam Roulston, Alexander Oliver, and Lauren Taylor

This brutal slasher—which was an instant hit at Sundance—is sure to turn stomachs, as it follows an undead serial killer through his point-of-view. Per the official descripton, "When a locket is removed from a collapsed fire tower in the woods that entombs the rotting corpse of Johnny, a vengeful spirit spurred on by a horrific 60-year old crime, his body is resurrected and becomes hellbent on retrieving it. The undead golem hones in on the group of vacationing teens responsible for the theft and proceeds to methodically slaughter them one by one in his mission to get it back – along with anyone in his way."

Trailer: HERE

'The Watchers'

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Release Date: June 7, 2024

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Olwen Fouéré, Georgina Campbell, Hannah Howland, Alistair Brammer, and Siobhan Hewlett.

M. Night Shyamalan's daughter, Ishana Night Shyamalan, is set to make her directorial debut this year, based on author A.M. Shine's 2022 novel by the same name. Per Deadline, when a 28-year-old artist named Mina gets stranded in an "expansive, untouched forest in western Ireland," she "unknowingly becomes trapped alongside three strangers that are watched and stalked by mysterious creatures each night."

Trailer: TBA

'A Quiet Place: Day One'

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Release Date: June 28, 2024

Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Joseph Quinn, and Djimon Hounsou.

This prequel spin-off to the hit horror-thriller franchise by John Krasinski will bring the initial chaos of the society-ending alien invasion to the big screen, showing a group of strangers banding together as the sound-sensitive monsters touch down in NYC.

Trailer: HERE


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Release Date: July 12, 2024

Starring: Nicholas Cage and Maika Monroe

While investigating a serial killer, a young FBI agent (Monroe) discovers the murderer's sinister links to the occult. At least, that's as much plot as we can decipher from the film's excellent, super-cryptic teasers.

Trailer: HERE


Josh Hartnett attends the "Oppenheimer" UK Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 13, 2023 in London, England

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Release Date: August 2, 2024

Starring: Josh Hartnett, Hayley Mills, and Marnie McPhail

The plot of M. Night Shyamalan's next film is still top secret, but odds are the acclaimed director has prepared another chilling, mind-blowing flick.

Trailer: TBA


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Release Date: August 9, 2024

Starring: Hunter Schafer, Jessica Henwick, and Dan Stevens

This long-awaited indie flick is expected to receive a release date after making its festival debut at SXSW. It follows Gretchen (Schafer), a 17-year-old who's visiting in the German Alps with her father and her new step family. "Something doesn't seem right in this tranquil vacation paradise, [as] Gretchen is plagued by strange noises and bloody visions until she discovers a shocking secret that also concerns her own family," per the film's description.

Trailer: HERE

'Alien: Romulus'

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Release Date: August 16, 2024

Starring: Cailee Spaeny, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Isabela Merced, Spike Fearn, and Aileen Wu

Two things we know about the next Alien film's top-secret plot: It's a standalone story set in the timeframe between the franchise's first and second films, and it centers on “a group of young people on a distant world, who find themselves in a confrontation with the most terrifying life form in the universe," per Variety.

Trailer: TBA

'Beetlejuice Beetlejuice'

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Release Date: September 6, 2024

Starring: Michael Keaton, Jenna Ortega, Monica Bellucci, Justin Theroux, Willem Dafoe, Winona Ryder, and Catherine O'Hara.

The plot of this highly-anticipated revival is tightly under wraps, but all we need to know is that Keaton (Beetlejuice), Ryder (Lydia Deetz), and O'Hara (Delia Deetz) are all returning in their original roles, with Wednesday Addams herself leading the new cast.

Trailer: HERE

'Speak No Evil'

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Release Date: September 13, 2024

Starring: James McAvoy, Mackenzie Davis , Scoot McNairy , and Alix West Lefler.

This remake of the acclaimed Danish horror film Gæsterne, per Deadline, follows "a family invited for a weekend at an idyllic country house—a dream holiday that warps into a snarled psychological nightmare."

Trailer: TBA

'Saw XI'

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Release Date: September 27, 2024

Starring: TBA

The long-running horror franchise isn't stopping any time soon. We'll be on the lookout for cast and plot details throughout the year.

Trailer: TBA

'Smile 2'

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Release Date: October 18, 2024

Starring: Naomi Scott and Lukas Gage

Smile was one of the biggest box-office horror hits of 2022, and a sequel was quickly greenlit. While plot details are under wraps, it's likely that Scott's character will be terrorized by the same trauma monster.

Trailer: TBA

'Wolf Man'

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Release Date: October 25, 2024

Starring: Christopher Abbott and Julia Garner

Invisible Man director Leigh Whannell will put his own spin on the titular classic movie monster, starring Abbott as "a man whose family is being terrorized by a lethal predator," per The Hollywood Reporter.

Trailer: TBA


a woman (Lily-Rose Depp as Ellen Hutter) has a scared expression on her face as the shadow of a clawed hand washes over her

Lily-Rose Depp stars as Ellen Hutter in director Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu.

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Release Date: December 25, 2024

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bill Skarsgård, Nicholas Hoult, Lily-Rose Depp, Emma Corrin, Willem Dafoe, Simon McBurney, and Ralph Ineson.

The Witch and The Lighthouse director Robert Eggers will helm this "gothic tale of obsession between a haunted young woman and the terrifying vampire infatuated with her, causing untold horror in its wake," per the film's description.

Trailer: TBA

'Handling the Undead'

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Release Date: TBA

Starring: Renate Reinsve, Bjørn Sundquist, Bente Børsum, Anders Danielsen Lie, Bahar Pars, and Inesa Dauksta.

This Norwegian zombie horror is set to hit theaters this year after earning rave reviews at Sundance. "On a hot summer day in Oslo, the newly dead awaken. Three families faced with loss try to figure out what this resurrection means and if their loved ones really are back," per the film's description.

Trailer: HERE

Quinci LeGardye
Contributing Culture Editor

Quinci LeGardye is a Contributing Culture Editor who covers TV, movies, Korean entertainment, books, and pop culture. When she isn’t writing or checking Twitter, she’s probably watching the latest K-drama or giving a concert performance in her car.