Prepare yourself for an electrifying escapade as we delve deep into the world of spine-chilling cinematic creations in the year 2023. This remarkable year promises an array of petrifying movies that will undoubtedly leave you perched at the edge of your seat. Get ready to be haunted by unforgettable scares and unsettling narratives as we embark on a journey through the most highly anticipated horror films set to release this year. From otherworldly terrors to psychological phantasmagorias, we are about to step into a realm that will guarantee sleepless nights and an abundance of skin-crawling sensations. Let us brace ourselves for a bone-chilling voyage into the grotesque as we unveil the terrifying chronicles awaiting within the realm of horror cinema in 2023.
Knock at the Cabin (M. Night Shyamalan) – A group of friends go on a weekend trip to a remote cabin, but they soon realize that they are not alone.
Infinity Pool (Brandon Cronenberg) – A group of wealthy friends go on vacation to a remote infinity pool, but they soon find themselves trapped and hunted by a mysterious force.
The Boogeyman (Rob Savage) – A group of friends decide to play a game of hide-and-seek in an abandoned house, but they soon realize that they are not alone.
Insidious: The Red Door (Patrick Wilson) – The Lambert family returns for another round of supernatural scares, this time as Dalton, the oldest son, heads off to college.
Evil Dead Rise (Lee Cronin) – Two sisters go on a road trip to a remote cabin in the woods, only to discover that they are not alone.
Renfield (Chris McKay) – A new take on the Dracula story, with Nicholas Hoult as Renfield, Dracula’s loyal servant.
The Pope’s Exorcist (Mark Neveldine) – The true story of Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s chief exorcist
Beau Is Afraid (Kevin Lewis) – A young man with a fear of the dark is forced to confront his fears when he is trapped in a dark basement
Saw X (James Wan) – The tenth installment in the Saw franchise, with Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson in the lead roles.
M3GAN – M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a life-like doll programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally.
Knock at the Cabin
Audiences’ mileage may vary with M. Night Shyamalan depending on the film, but this intimate apocalyptic thriller benefits from great ideas and the director’s keen eye. Evil lurks around every corner as a small family (beautifully played by Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge and Kristen Cui) has their vacation in the woods interrupted by four desperate strangers, all claiming that the apocalypse will happen unless one of the family members kills another. Dave Bautista is a standout as a gentle giant teacher trying to convince the couple using his brain versus brawn. A cerebral event with a controversial ending, “Cabin” is Shyamalan’s most impactful work in years.
An underseen gem, “Influencer” smartly skewers social media culture in ways that are surprising, with twists that are impossible to predict. Emily Tennant stars as Madison, an influencer who travels to Thailand for a paid vacation. To say anymore would ruin the nasty tricks, but the film is kept on the tracks via realistic views of technology and influencer economy. MVP goes to Cassandra Naud, a fellow traveler who has secrets of her own. Sexy and shocking, this sun kissed mystery is twisted enough to search out.
A sugary treat for horror fans, “The Blackening” is one of the best genre comedies since 2000’s “Scary Movie.”
One of the freshest chapters in the long-running slasher series is the most recent, a big surprise filled with lots of great setpieces, nods to previous installments, and wonderful actors. Picking up after 2022’s “Scream,” the main two sisters (Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega) have moved to New York City, only to be pursued by yet ANOTHER Ghostface. The cast rocks, with some welcome returns (Ortega, now in movie star mode; “Scream 4” alum Hayden Panettiere) and new players (“The Other Two” charmer Josh Segarra; a game Samara Weaving; Dermot Mulroney, acting to the cheap seats). It’s rare that the sixth installment of a slasher franchise can get pulses moving, but some great fight scenes and lore building make for an electric watch.