The Best Horror Movies 2023

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With Halloween merchandise beautifying store shelves and back-to-school supplies long gone, 2023 has been a year of delight for horror movie enthusiasts. From killer robot dolls that have become internet memes to embalmed hands serving as an eerie alternative to a séance, this year has offered an array of hair-raising tales.

Scream VI

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Another Ghostface killer is on the prowl in “Scream VI.” Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera’s survivor sisters find themselves hunted by the relentless Ghostface, who has followed them from Woodsboro to the bustling streets of New York City. The film brims with meta references and self-awareness, making it one of the most ruthless entries in the “Scream” franchise.

Skinamarink

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“Skinamarink” offers a polarizing and unsettling found-footage experience. When two young kids wake up in the middle of the night and can’t locate their father, they embark on a nightmarish journey, questioning their mother’s bizarre behavior. Even a child’s toy phone becomes a source of spine-tingling unease.

Brooklyn 45

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Set in the aftermath of World War II, “Brooklyn 45” is a blend of supernatural thriller and locked-room mystery. A widowed colonel, played by Larry Fessenden, invites friends, including an interrogator and an accused war criminal, to participate in a seance to communicate with his deceased wife. The evening takes a chilling turn, unearthing past sins and wartime ghosts.

 

The Pope’s Exorcist

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Russell Crowe takes on the role of Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s real-life exorcist, in “The Pope’s Exorcist.” In this gripping franchise opener, set in the 1980s, Crowe’s Italian holy man travels to Spain to confront a potentially possessed boy, uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy in the process.

Final Cut

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Michel Hazanavicius and Bérénice Bejo, director and supporting actress of the Oscar-winning “The Artist,” return with the uproarious French meta zombie comedy “Final Cut.” Romain Duris portrays a filmmaker tasked with creating a live, one-take 30-minute horror show, resulting in comedic mayhem, including camera mishaps and an undead extra’s diarrhea ordeal.

Evil Dead Rise

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“Evil Dead Rise” delivers another gleefully deranged installment in the beloved franchise. The film centers on an LA family, where teenage curiosity leads to the unleashing of dark demonic forces. Alyssa Sutherland’s possessed and tormenting mom takes center stage in this blood-soaked horror delight.

Cobweb

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In “Cobweb,” Lizzy Caplan stars as a mother to an 8-year-old boy troubled by inexplicable tapping sounds from inside his bedroom wall. The family horror show unfolds as the mysterious presence inside the wall begins to communicate with the young boy, leading to violent outbursts and a chilling revelation.

Halloween

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Halloween enthusiasts have much to taste in 2023 with a rich array of horror films. Whether you’re in the mood for relentless slashers, supernatural thrills, or chilling family tales, this year has something to send shivers down your spine.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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