The most anticipated horror films of Autumn 2023

This Autumn is looking to be the season of the horror movie, with several new blockbusters set to hit the silver screen and streaming services in the upcoming months. Here are just a couple of the most highly anticipated horror films releasing in the upcoming months.

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines

Steven King is known as the king of horror, the novelist having written many of the stories that have been adapted into iconic horror movies. King’s success in both novels and films just highlights the popularity of the horror genre across all media. The popularity of the horror genre has generated music (Pet Semetary itself inspired an iconic song by The Ramones), TV shows, and even online casino games. When playing slots online, for example, users can choose from a range of spooky games such as Ghost of Dead, Devils Number, Monsters Unchained, and Deals With The Devil, which riff off the themes seen in the horror movies we all know and love.

The 1983 novel Pet Sematary has already inspired two hit films and the third’s release is highly anticipated. Said to be the prequel to the 2019 film, Bloodlines is an adaptation of an unpublished chapter from King’s original novel, tackling the backstory of the Creed Family’s neighbour, Jud Crandall. As Jud uncovers an ominous event from his family’s past, he must fight an all powerful evil that is older than time itself.

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines will be available on Paramount+ from 6 October.

Saw X

In the late 90s, two aspiring Australian filmmakers had the idea to shoot a low budget horror film, set in just one room, with only two actors. Those two filmmakers were James Wan and Leigh Whannell – and, their 2004 feature film, Saw, became a massive hit, originating an epic franchise that has grown exponentially over the decades.

With nine films now under their belts, the story loops back to where it all began, setting the tenth film between Saw I and Saw II. Of course, the most obvious reason for this is to bring back the notorious John Kramer as Jigsaw, giving us a more in depth and emotional look at the killer’s perspective.

With plenty of gore and jump scares, you can catch Saw X in cinemas from 29 September.

The Exorcist: Believer

The Exorcist is often hailed as the scariest movie ever, changing the horror genre forever after its release in 1973. 50 years later, and this sequel to the cult classic original revisits the same characters as they struggle with the continued threat of demonic possession. The filmmakers are so confident about the Believer living up to the hype that a third film in the franchise has been greenlit, set to be released in spring 2025.

Believer follows Chris MacNeil, as she attempts to warn others and save families from the same fate that she received. She battles the demonic beings with more ferocity than ever before, directly following on from the events of The Exorcist and setting up the trilogy finale, Deceiver. With big boots to fill, the anticipation for Believer is palpable.

The Exorcist: Believer is set to be released in cinemas on 6 October.

And there you have it – just a couple of epic horror films set to be released this autumn. With The Nun II, Satanic Hispanics, and A Haunting in Venice also in the mix, this is sure to be the season of good scares.