9 horror movies we're excited to see in theaters in July 2024

Maika Monroe in LONGLEGS, courtesy of NEON
Maika Monroe in LONGLEGS, courtesy of NEON /

July has gotten off to a great start with the release of MaXXXine in theaters, and there are still so many more new theatrically released horror movies to look forward to throughout the rest of the month. Below, we shared a list of nine must-see horror flicks that are showing in theaters this July.

Note: Some of the titles listed below aren't exactly of the horror genre but have horror elements to them or are horror-adjacent. That's why we included them on the list.


Serving as a direct sequel to X, MaXXXine takes place six years after the events that happened in the first film. Adult film star and aspiring actress Maxine Minx has left Texas behind and all the trauma she went through there to live in Los Angeles, California. She still hopes to make it big one day, but her dream of becoming a star is threatened when she becomes the target of a mysterious killer. MaXXXine is now in theaters.


Release date: July 12, 2024

Longlegs takes place in 1990 and centers around new FBI agent Lee Harker as she works to solve a case involving a Satanic serial killer known as Longlegs. Harker must put an end to Longlegs killing spree, but the case becomes more complicated when occult evidence is uncovered and Harker discovers a personal connection to the killer.


Release date: Open in select theaters on July 12, 2024

Lumina is a sci-fi thriller following a group of friends who embark on a quest to find one of their own when said friend suddenly disappears in a mysterious flash of light. Their desperate search leads them to an underground military base, where they encounter an alien menace that threatens their lives.

The Beast Within

Release date: Opening theatrically nationwide on July 26, 2024

The Beast Within follows a 10-year-old girl named Willow, who begins to question her unusual life in her family's fortified compound deep in the forest after a series of strange events. One night, she secretly follows her parents on one of their late-night treks in the forest and witnesses her father undergo a horrifying wolf transformation. Now, she knows the dark ancestral secret that her family has been trying so hard to keep hidden.


Release date: July 19, 2024

Oddity is a paranormal horror film about a blind medium and curio shopkeeper who uses a wooden mannequin, her most dangerous item from her cursed collection, to help uncover the truth behind her sister's murder.

The Last Breath

Release date: Open in select theaters on July 26, 2024

Shark attack! Shark attack! The Last Breath follows a group of old college friends who decide to go on a Caribbean scuba diving trip exploring the wreckage of a WWII battleship, only to soon find themselves trapped in a labyrinth of rusted metal, surrounded by bloodthirsty great white sharks.

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Starve Acre

Release date: Open in select theaters on July 26, 2024

We provided the official synopsis below via a press release:

"When their son starts acting strangely, a couple unwittingly allow dark and sinister forces into their home, awakening a long-dormant ancient evil rooted deep in the countryside."

The Inheritance

Release date: Limited theatrical release on July 12, 2024

Here's what the movie is about via IMDb:

"A billionaire on the eve of his 75th birthday, invites his estranged children back home out of fear that tonight someone or something is going to kill him. He puts each of their inheritances on the line, to make sure they'll help."


Release date: July 19, 2024

Here's the movie's official synopsis via the Universal Pictures official website:

"Edgar-Jones stars as Kate Carter, a former storm chaser haunted by a devastating encounter with a tornado during her college years who now studies storm patterns on screens safely in New York City. She is lured back to the open plains by her friend, Javi (Ramos) to test a groundbreaking new tracking system. There, she crosses paths with Tyler Owens (Powell), the charming and reckless social-media superstar who thrives on posting his storm-chasing adventures with his raucous crew, the more dangerous the better.

As storm season intensifies, terrifying phenomena never seen before are unleashed, and Kate, Tyler, Javi and their crews find themselves squarely in the paths of multiple storm systems converging over central Oklahoma in the fight of their lives."

Will you be going to the movie theater to see any of these horror flicks?

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