Original ideas stand out among 2018 horror films

by Life Editor Tyler Hargett

It can be scary to think about not only the horror films coming out this year, but also that several of them are franchise continuations instead of original movies.

One of the first releases of the year was a horror movie, but it is the fourth entry of the “Insidious” franchise.

Also planned for this year are “The Strangers: Prey at Night,” “The First Purge,” “The Nun,” a continuation of a popular character from “The Conjuring” franchise, and “Halloween,” a direct sequel to the 1978 classic.

However, horror fans should not worry, as there are also some new ideas being brought to film this year. Here are some of 2018’s upcoming original horror films to check out.

1. Winchester

Feb. 2

The only way to make a ghost story scarier is to base it off true events.

The film follows Sarah Winchester (with Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren in the role), who was known for marrying William Winchester, manufacturer of the gun brand of the same name.

Sarah, then one of the richest women in the world, began construction on a mansion in San Jose, California after the death of her daughter and husband. However, despite construction beginning in 1886, the house was never officially finished, as Sarah continued adding on to it until her 1922 death.

According to legend, she did so because she believed her family was cursed by all the people who died by a Winchester weapon. She was to build a house for them and, if construction ever stopped, they would murder her.  

The house, now a popular tourist attraction, is known for its unusual architecture, including a staircase that goes nowhere and doors that open into walls.

2. Unsane

March 23

This movie is not only scary, but also simple and secret, with director Steven Soderbergh filming it on an iPhone without Hollywood reporting its production.

The film stars Golden Globe-winning actress Claire Foy (who previously played a young Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix drama “The Crown”) as a woman involuntarily committed to a mental institution.

She will face her greatest fear while locked up, but it is uncertain if the threat is real or part of her alleged insanity, according to the film’s official synopsis.

While details of the project are limited, the movie already has a group of fans, who have come to enjoy his previous hits, which include the “Ocean’s” trilogy, “Magic Mike” and “Logan Lucky.”

3. A Quiet Place

April 6

Any Platinum Dunes production has a chance of being a hit or miss, with former films including the “Purge” and “Ouija” franchises and several critically-hated horror reboots.

However, with the starring roles going to actor John Krasinski, known for playing Jim Halpert on “The Office,” and actress Emily Blunt, the project has potential star power.

Centered on a family residing on a farm, the film follows them being hunted by a supernatural being attracted to sound. In order to stay hidden, the family avoids talking and communicates through sign language.

While a movie that will most likely have minimum dialogue may not sound engaging enough for some, horror fans might remember 2016’s “Don’t Breathe,” which was praised by critics for its tension through lack of sound.