2017 was a great year for the horror genre, with the likes of Get Out, The Belko Experiment, The Babysitter, The Transfiguration, Annabelle: Creation, Raw, The Cult of Chucky, Happy Death Day and ‘It’ all terrifying audiences and bringing in dollars to boot! Not surprisingly, Hollywood noticed this huge appetite for horror and this year has served up another dose of spine-tingling delights.

So, could this be another great year for horror?

It’s looking very likely.

Already this year we’ve had the excellent A Quiet Place, as well as Unsane, The Cloverfield Paradox, Ghost Stories and Insidious: The Last Key. Moving forward we’ve got the likes of The Meg, Down a Dark Hall, Goosebumps: Haunted HalloweenThe House with a Clock in its Walls, Halloween and Suspiria, amongst others.

And let’s not forget that this week, Hereditary opens in the UK. The film has already received a LOT of positive buzz and quite frankly looks creepy as heck.

I’ve previously covered the critical response to Hereditary, in a past edition of The Great Stampede, but here’s just one little excerpt from the Hereditary review from A.A. Dowd of AV Club. He said: “Like some of the best horror, Hereditary claws at deeper anxieties; it’s a serious, adult psychological study that also happens to double as impeccably crafted haunted-house ‘entertainment.'”

Sounds pretty good, right?

Another horror movie I’m looking forward to this year is The Nun – the fifth entry in The Conjuring Universe. I really like the way Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema are building up this little horror universe and I thought the two most recent entries – The Conjuring 2 (2016) and Annabelle: Creation (2017) – were pretty damn good.

Will The Nun be just as good? We’ll find out in September, but either way, I’m excited to see how this universe unfolds.

With all this plus a few more treats that will no doubt pop up around Halloween time, 2018 sure looks like it’s going to be another great year for horror. And long may it continue.

So, what are you most looking forward to? Halloween? Suspiria? Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween? Whatever horror movie tickles your pickle, let me know in the comments.