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The 32 Best Horror Movies of 2023 to Get Your Heart Racing

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If you’re a horror movie fanatic, get ready for an electrifying year of chilling releases. The genre is set to thrill audiences once again with a new slew of films that promise to be amongst the greatest in the genre. The secret to a successful horror movie lies in its ability to captivate fans and draw in audiences from all walks of life. As director Edgar Wright passionately shared in an interview with Ratingperson, “We live in an era where it feels like we have a good horror movie every week.”

And indeed, that couldn’t be truer. The previous year bid farewell, at least for now, to the iconic ‘Halloween’ franchise with its latest installment, ‘Halloween Ends,’ bringing an end to Michael Myers’ reign of terror. We also witnessed the return of Leatherface in a new sequel to ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ and the alien race of Predators in ‘Predator: The Prey,’ which ranks among the best horror movies of 2022. The Spanish film industry also made its mark in the genre with several outstanding Spanish horror films, including Paco Plaza’s ‘La abuela,’ Jaume Balagueró’s ‘Venus,’ Álex de la Iglesia’s ‘Veneciafrenia,’ and Carlota Pereda’s ‘Cerdita,’ which expanded on the universe created in her award-winning 2018 short film with a captivating new interpretation by its lead actress, Laura Galán. Spanish cinema is set to continue its conquest with some of the most eagerly awaited Spanish movies of 2023.

This year, the trend continues with iconic horror franchises returning to our screens. ‘Scream,’ ‘Insidious,’ ‘The Conjuring Universe,’ and ‘Evil Dead’ are all receiving new installments, ensuring that horror enthusiasts will be on the edge of their seats. The Spanish film industry is doubling down on the genre, with ‘Anatema,’ a new film from The Fear Collection, Alex de la Iglesia’s production company, helmed by director Jimina Sabadú. Meanwhile, ‘La niña de la comunión,’ a homage to the curse-laden movies of the late 90s and early 2000s, directed by Víctor García, is sure to send chills down audiences’ spines.

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M. Night Shyamalan, one of the most intriguing and original voices in the genre, responsible for some of the best recent horror movies, is back with a promising new film titled ‘They’re Knocking,’ featuring Dave Bautista as the stellar attraction. Another horror heavyweight, James Wan, is making his mark as a producer with three upcoming movies: ‘Insidious 5,’ ‘M3GAN,’ a nightmarish tale about a diabolical digital doll, and a new version of ‘Salem’s Lot,’ a remake of the 1979 miniseries based on Stephen King’s acclaimed novel. And let’s not forget that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of ‘The Exorcist,’ the most terrifying movie of all time, which will be rebooted by the team behind the recent ‘Halloween’ trilogy, director David Gordon Green and production company Blumhouse.

If you’ve already caught up on the most highly anticipated movies on Netflix for 2023, as well as the most exciting action movies and TV shows of the year, it’s time to immerse yourself in the very best horror movies 2023 has to offer. Get ready to scream, jump, and be thoroughly terrified by a stellar lineup of spine-tingling films that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the year.

So grab your popcorn, turn off the lights, and get ready for an unforgettable journey into the world of horror cinema. Keep an eye out for updates on Ratingperson, where you’ll find all the latest news, reviews, and rankings of the best horror movies of 2023.


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