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2023 New Best Scary Movies to Watch in Theatres

8/11/2021 • 4 min read

(Updated 11/20/2023)

Horror might be the most robust movie genre around, and it keeps going and growing. There are more horror movies of different tones and ambitions than ever before. Big and small, loud and quiet, there's a horror movie for pretty much everyone. Zach Cregger, the director of BARBARIAN, recently noted that horror "hasn’t abandoned its core, it’s just attracted a lot more people that would not necessarily think about horror movies to get on board and get on the horror train."

And the train keeps gaining momentum! A wide range of horror movies is set for release in 2024. There are new stories, sequels, reimaginings, horror comedies, and some reissued classics.

In short, the theatrical horror scene is going to be great going forward. As Cregger says, "Horror offers this collective experience, the vibration in the room when you’re all together feeling fear, and it’s so much more powerful than when you’re just watching it at home on your TV." Here are the scary movies in theatres now, and the new horror movies coming to theaters in 2024.

Scary Movies Out Now

Want to know what scary movies you can see right now in movie theatres?

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After a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts - the birthplace of the infamous holiday. [Now Playing]





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The hit survival horror video game is adapted to film, and the FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S movie looks like it preserves all the scares of the game as it creates larger than life versions of the story's nightmares. Josh Hutcherson stars as a man desperate for work, who takes a job as a night watchman at a once-popular pizza parlor full of creepy mascots — think of a nightmarish Chuck E. Cheese where the animatronic characters are murderous monsters. [Now Playing]

Horror Movies Coming Soon

Are there any horror movies coming out in 2024? Are there ever! You can watch the following movies in movie theatres in 2024. We expect many more to be announced, too.

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No running. No diving. No lifeguard on duty. No swimming after dark. Atomic Monster and Blumhouse, the producers of M3GAN, high dive into the deep end of horror with the new supernatural thriller, NIGHT SWIM. Based on the acclaimed 2014 short film by Rod Blackhurst and Bryce McGuire, the film stars Wyatt Russell as Ray Waller, a former major league baseball player forced into early retirement by a degenerative illness, who moves into a new home with his concerned wife Eve (Kerry Condon), teenage daughter Izzy (Amélie Hoeferle) and young son Elliot (Gavin Warren). Secretly hoping, against the odds, to return to pro ball, Ray persuades Eve that the new home’s shimmering backyard swimming pool will be fun for the kids and provide physical therapy for him. But a dark secret in the home’s past will unleash a malevolent force that will drag the family under, into the depths of inescapable terror. [January 5]


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A woman returns to her childhood home to discover that the imaginary friend she left behind is very real and unhappy that she abandoned him. [February 2]





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A coming of RAGE love story from acclaimed writer Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body) about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse. After a set of playfully horrific circumstances bring him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness…and a few missing body parts along the way. [February 9]



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Gil Kenan, who wrote the most recent GHOSTBUSTERS movie with director Jason Reitman, takes over as filmmaker for this sequel. The Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age. [March 29]


Terrifier 3

Things are just coming together for the sequel to the surprise horror hit of last fall. TERRIFIER 3 will likely pit franchise villain Art The Clown (David Howard Thornton) and returning heroine Sienna (Lauren LaVera) against one another in a rematch that somehow moves forward from the bizarre ending of TERRIFIER 2. Director Damien Leone returns with a much larger budget — oh, and based on the first teaser, it looks like this might be set at Christmas. [October 25, 2024]


In 2018, Tilman Singer released his first movie, the audacious and very odd LUZ. We don't know a lot about his second feature, CUCKOO, coming this year from INFINITY POOL distributor NEON, but it stars Hunter Schafer of "Euphoria," and Dan Stevens, Jessica Henwick, Marton Csókás, and Greta Fernández. Frankly, the weirdness of LUZ is enough to have us excited to see what Singer does next. [2024 Release Date TBA]


Director Ti West and writer/star Mia Goth team up a third time for the closing chapter in their fame-focused horror trilogy that began with X and PEARL. The third film follows Goth's character Maxine as she seeks her fortune in 1980s Los Angeles. [2024 Release Date TBA]


Filmmaker Robert Eggers (THE WITCH, THE LIGHTHOUSE, THE NORTHMAN) reveals his take on the vampire classic. “It’s a scary film," Eggers told Empire. "And I do think that there hasn’t been an old-school Gothic movie that’s actually scary in a while. And I think that the majority of audiences will find this one to be the case." NOSFERATU stars Bill Skarsgård, Nicholas Hoult, Lily-Rose Depp, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Emma Corrin, and Willem Dafoe. [2024 Release Date TBA]

Salem's Lot

Haunted by an incident from his childhood, author Ben Mears returns to his hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot. He's looking for inspiration for his next book but discovers that the town is being preyed upon by a bloodthirsty vampire and his human servant. Based on the novel by Stephen King. Read more about SALEM'S LOT here. [2024 Release Date TBA]




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