We cannot wait to watch these 19 horror movies this summer

This year has had several horror hits already, but there are many more to come!
Xenomorph in 20th Century Studios' ALIEN: ROMULUS. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2024 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Xenomorph in 20th Century Studios' ALIEN: ROMULUS. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2024 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved. /

We're more than halfway through 2024, and this year has already been a fantastic one for horror, with excellent films like The First Omen, Immaculate, and Abigail already being released. But there's so much more to come! This summer is packed with exciting titles, both original and from returning franchises. Here are the ones we are most excited to see! (For reference, summer is from June 20 to September 22.)

*All of these are theatrical releases unless otherwise noted.

The Exorcism (June 21)

Not to be confused with last year's The Pope's Exorcist, also starring Russell Crowe (though I'm still not entirely convinced this isn't a stealth sequel), The Exorcism features Crowe playing an actor who starts to unravel while filming a horror film. His daughter begins to wonder if past addictions are catching up to him or if more sinister forces might be at play. Chloe Bailey also stars.

A Quiet Place: Day One (June 28)

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o and Stranger Things breakout Joseph Quinn star in this spinoff prequel film set in the A Quiet Place universe. Nyong'o plays a woman named Sam, who is trying to survive an invasion by alien creatures who hunt using ultrasonic hearing.

MaXXXine (July 5)

The third film in Ti West's X trilogy is a follow-up to the first movie in the series. Mia Goth returns as adult film star Maxine Minx, desperate to get her big break and become a star. Set in the 1980s, Maxine finds herself in the path of a terrifying killer stalking Hollywood starlets.

Longlegs (July 12)

Critics have been raving over this upcoming horror film from The Blackcoat's Daughter director Osgood Perkins. Maika Monroe plays an FBI agent investigating the case of an unsolved serial killer. While digging through the evidence, she uncovers a disturbing connection to her personal life. SlashFilm calls it "the most terrifying horror movie of 2024."

Twisters (July 19)

It's not technically a horror movie, but still a big disaster film, Twisters is a sequel to the classic 1996 movie and this one stars Hit Man's Glen Powell, Daisy Edgar-Jones, and Anthony Ramos. It sounds like a great crowd-pleasing mid-summer blockbuster.

Oddity (July 19)

Currently sitting at a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, Oddity is a horror-mystery film about a brutal murder in an isolated country house. One year after the murder takes place, the victim's blind twin sister, a self-proclaimed psychic, visits her late sister's husband to convince them that there is more to her sibling's murder than they realize. And she wants revenge. Oddity is coming to theaters on July 19 and will stream on Shudder later this year.

Cuckoo (August 2)

Euphoria and The Hunger Games star Hunter Schafer leads this disturbing outing about a teenage girl who moves to a mysterious resort in the German Alps to live with her dad. Soon after arriving, she starts witnessing weird visions that lead her to a dark secret connected to her own family.

Trap (August 9)

M. Night Shyamalan's latest twisted horror film is all about a serial killer who gets lured to a concert as part of an elaborate trap for the FBI to finally catch him. Josh Hartnett stars.

Alien: Romulus (August 16)

Fede Álvarez takes a stab at the iconic Alien franchise with this highly-anticipated new movie starring Cailee Spaeny, Isabela Merced, Archie Renaux, and David Jonsson. While exploring a derelict ship, a group of space colonizers stumble upon one of the scariest life forms in the universe.

Stream (August 21)

Stream is one to keep on your radar as the film stars a lot of horror genre icons like Danielle Harris, Tony Todd, David Howard Thornton, Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace, and more. The film was financed via a crowdfunding campaign and features many of the same team behind the Terrifier trilogy, like Thornton, who plays Art the Clown in all three movies! It will finally be released in theaters on August 21. A twisted home invasion tale taking place inside a hotel, Stream follows a family trying to relax on a peaceful vacation, only to get terrorized by four roaming murderers.

The Crow (August 23)

A dark superhero film based on the classic comic book series from James O'Barr, this will be the fifth installment in the franchise and serve as a reboot/remake of the 1994 movie. Bill Skarsgård plays Eric Draven/The Crow alongside FKA Twigs. When he and his lover are both murdered, Eric gets a chance to return to life and pledges to avenge both his death and hers.

Blink Twice (August 23)

Channing Tatum and Naomie Ackie are the stars of this psychological thriller that sounds like a mixture of The White Lotus and The Menu. Billionaire tech mogul Slater King (Tatum) invites Frida (Ackie) and her friends to join him for a dream vacation on a secluded, private island. But then weird stuff starts going down, as is often the case around billionaires, and Frida desperately tries to survive. Zoë Kravitz makes her directorial debut.

Strange Darling (August 23)

Premiering at last year's Fantastic Fest, Strange Darling starring Willa Fitzgerald and Kyle Gallner is finally releasing in theaters this August! The film is described as a "cat-and-mouse" thriller that's all about a serial killer's twisted love life. If you haven't seen Gallner's other 2023 movie, The Passenger, I highly recommend it.

They Listen (August 30)

Little is known about this film from Blumhouse and Sony's Screen Gems starring John Cho and Katherine Waterston. I wouldn't be surprised if this one has its release date shuffled, but for now, They Listen is scheduled for an August 30 release date in theaters.

The Deliverance (August 30)

Based on a frightening true story, The Deliverance is a modern exorcism story about a struggling single mother and her family who become plagued by demonic entities after moving to a new home. Directed by Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels. This one will be in select theaters and on Netflix.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice (September 6)

Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Catherine O'Hara return to reprise their roles from the original 1988 film in this long-awaited sequel film. Set 36 years after the original movie, we follow the Deetz family as they return to Winter River after a sudden tragedy. Lydia is shocked when her teen daughter (Jenna Ortega) finds something connected to Betelgeuse in the attic, leading to a portal to the Afterlife re-opening.

The Front Room (September 6)

Brandy Norwood leads this upcoming A24 horror film based on Susan Hill's short story of the same name. The film also marks the directorial debut of The Eggers Brothers, who also wrote the script.

Speak No Evil (September 13)

This (unnecessary) American remake of the excellent 2022 Danish film of the same name looks pretty much identical to the original movie, except this time it stars James McAvoy. Speak No Evil is about a couple who makes friends with another couple while on holiday, but after getting invited back to their new friends' home, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare. But seriously, just watch the 2022 film, which is streaming on Shudder right now.

The Substance (September 20)

This body horror movie starring Demi Moore and Margaret Qually has been garnering plenty of rave reviews and attention since its Cannes premiere. Those waiting expectantly for their chance to see it only have a couple more months to go!

The Substance is about an aerobics star (Moore) who gets fired due to her age and then gets offered a supposed "miracle" cure that makes her look younger and more beautiful. Remember "The Outside" episode of Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities? The Substance sounds like it has a similar storyline but goes to the extremes I wanted and didn't get from the anthology.

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