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2024 New Best Scary Movies to Watch in Theatres

8/11/2021 • 3 min read

(Updated 04/22/2024)

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?

AbigailAbigail | Cinemark

Children can be such monsters. After a group of would-be criminals kidnap the 12-year-old ballerina daughter of a powerful underworld figure, all they have to do to collect a $50 million ransom is watch the girl overnight. 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. [April 19]


The First OmenThe First Omen | Cinemark

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. THE FIRST OMEN stars Nell Tiger Free, Tawfeek Barhom, Sonia Braga, Ralph Ineson, and Bill Nighy. [April 5]

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.

And in addition to the new titles below, we have the Fantastic Films series running from April 12 to April 17, with six vampire classics back on the big screen for one night each.

Get more details on our week of Fangtastic Films!


TarotTarot | Cinemark

When a group of friends recklessly violates the sacred rule of Tarot readings – never use someone else’s deck – they 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. [May 3]


The Strangers: Chapter 1The Strangers: Chapter 1 | Cinemark

Madelaine Petsch ("Riverdale") stars as a young woman on a road trip with her fiancé. But when they stop at a remote vacation rental in the woods, 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. [May 17]


The WatchersThe Watchers | Cinemark

Follows Mina, a 28-year-old artist, as she gets stranded in an extensive, immaculate forest in western Ireland. After finding shelter, she becomes trapped alongside three strangers, stalked by mysterious creatures each night. [June 7]


A Quiet Place: Day OneA Quiet Place: Day One | Cinemark

Experience the day the world went quiet. Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, Alex Wolff and Djimon Hounsou star in the movie that explores what happened in New York City when the QUIET PLACE aliens first arrived — and offers a startling POV on how the world changed forever. [June 28]


MaXXXineMaXXXine | Cinemark

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. [July 5]


LonglegsLonglegs | Cinemark

FBI Agent Lee Harker is assigned to an unsolved serial killer case that takes unexpected turns, revealing evidence of the occult. Harker discovers a personal connection to the killer and must stop him before he strikes again. [July 12]



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. [August 9]


Alien: RomulusAlien: Romulus | Cinemark

The new ALIEN movie has more of a horror angle than previous films in the series — it's likely to be the most chilling and gory entry since the original ALIEN mixed horror and sci-fi in shocking ways. Cailee Spaeny stars, and the cast also includes Isabela Merced, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Spike Fearn, and Aileen Wu. Read more about ALIEN: ROMULUS here. [August 16]


Speak No EvilSpeak No Evil | Cinemark

When an American family is invited to spend the weekend at the idyllic country estate of a charming British family they befriended on vacation, what begins as a dream holiday soon warps into a snarled psychological nightmare. [September 13]


Smile 2Smile 2 | Cinemark

SMILE writer/director Parker Finn follows up his horror hit. We don't know much about SMILE 2 at this point, but Kyle Gallner, Naomi Scott, Lukas Gage and Rosemarie DeWitt are all in the cast. [October 18]


Terrifier 3Terrifier 3 | Cinemark

Things are just coming together for the sequel to the surprise horror hit fall 2022. TERRIFIER 3 will pit franchise villain Art The Clown (David Howard Thornton) against returning heroine Sienna (Lauren LaVera) 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 this one is set at Christmas. [October 25]


NosferatuNosferatu | Cinemark

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. [December 25]


We'll add more new horror movies as they're announced!


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