2018 Thriller Movies

Ready Player One (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

The latest film from legendary director Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One is based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name. The book was originally published in 2011 and received much acclaim, taking home an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association and the Prometheus Award in 2012. Critics enjoyed its nostalgic and heartfelt elements, with many feeling it has a fun and engaging narrative. Its story is noteworthy for making references to 1980s pop culture, including several movies Spielberg was involved with earlier in his career. Ready Player One‘s OASIS virtual reality also inspired the real-life Oculus system.

The film is set to have some clear differences from its source material. Spielberg has mentioned he is going to tone down the ’80s references (though there are plenty in the trailer), and Ben Mendelsohn said his character in the movie is not loyal to the version from the novel. The intent appears to be crafting a story that maintains the spirit of Ready Player One, but has the leeway to go off in its own directions if need be.

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A Quiet Place (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

A family lives an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound.

Director John Krasinski got a hold of the script in 2016, finding the concept appealing since he and wife Emily Blunt (who stars opposite him in the film) just had their second child. A key component of the plot is parents protecting their children from a mysterious threat. It was Blunt who encouraged Krasinski to direct the project, making this his third feature film – and first for a major studio. Paramount acquired the rights in 2017 and had Krasinksi work on a script rewrite before production. Principal photography ran from May to November 2017. Krasinski cited films like Don’t Breathe and Get Out as part of his research during development.

A Quiet Place premiered at the SXSW 2018 festival, where it received rave reviews for Krasinski’s prowess behind the camera and the story.

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Red Sparrow (2018)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Thriller

Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.

Red Sparrow is based on the 2013 book of the same name written by former CIA operative Jason Matthews. The novel was acclaimed upon its release, taking home the ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. Matthews sold the movie rights to the book prior to its publication, agreeing to a seven-figure deal. In addition, he received a contract to write a Red Sparrow sequel. Production on the film started in January 2017.

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Mute (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender has one reason and one reason only for living here, and she’s disappeared. But when Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most

This is the latest film from director Duncan Jones, who made a name for himself with high concept sci-fi films like Moon and Source CodeMute was in development hell for several years, but Jones finally announced it would be his next movie in November 2015. He drew inspiration from Blade Runner while crafting its world, and started production in September 2016.

Jones previously described Mute as a “spiritual sequel” to Moon and envisions it as the second part of an unofficial trilogy. He has expressed a desire to see Sam Rockwell cameo in Mute as his Moon character, Sam Bell. In addition to being released on Netflix, there is a plan to give Mute a limited theatrical release. It was originally to premiere in 2017, before being pushed back to 2018.

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Mute was inspired by Blade Runner

Insidious: The Last Key (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy return for Insidious: The Last Key. The franchise welcomes back standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist who faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.

This film is the fourth overall installment in the Insidious horror film franchise, which began with the original movie back in 2011. The previous three films have all been moderate box office successes, with the property peaking in 2013 with Insidious: Chapter 2 ($83.5 million). The Last Key is second in regards to the in-universe chronology, following the events of Insidious: Chapter 3. It was originally going to be released in October 2017 for Halloween, but studio Blumhouse Productions pushed it back for Happy Death Day instead. Principal photography took place in 2016.

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Far Cry 5 (2018 Video Game)

  • Rating: M
  • -Genre: Action, Thriller

Set in America, a first for the franchise, Far Cry 5 offers players total freedom to navigate a serene-looking yet deeply twisted world as the new junior deputy of fictional Hope County, Montana. Players will find that their arrival accelerates a years-long silent coup by a fanatical doomsday cult led by “The Father” Joseph Seed, the Project at Eden’s Gate, igniting a violent takeover of the county. Under siege and cut off from the rest of the world, players will join forces with residents of Hope County and form the Resistance, including some local wildlife.

Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Romance, Thriller

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the third chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon.

This is the final chapter in the Fifty Shades trilogy, which is based on the series of novels by E.L. James. Though the franchise has been widely panned by critics, the movies are financially successful. The first film, Fifty Shades of Grey, was released in 2015 and earned $571 million at the worldwide box office. Sequel Fifty Shades Darker fared worse commercially, but still brought in $381.1 million. With Fifty Shades Freed, the franchise should pass the $1 billion mark collectively. This film was shot back-to-back with Fifty Shades Darker, with director James Foley beginning production in 2016. Production ran from February to July that year. Universal will release Fifty Shades Freed in IMAX theaters.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Sequels filming back-to-back

Fifty Shades Freed poster

Sicario: Day of the Soldado/Sicario 2 (2018)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

The drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.

This is the sequel to the hard-hitting crime drama Sicario, which was directed by Denis Villeneuve and released in 2015. Though the original was a modest box office success ($84.8 million worldwide), the enthusiastic response led to the creation of a followup. Soldado was first announced in 2015, and the plan was for the film to center around Benicio del Toro’s acclaimed hitman character. The creative team has described this as a “standalone spinoff” as opposed to a sequel or prequel, fleshing out the Sicario universe. Villeneuve was unable to return to direct due to his commitment to Blade Runner 2049. There has been talk about a third film.

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Truth or Dare (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Horror, Thriller

A harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends turns deadly when someone – or something – begins to punish those who tell a lie – or refuse the dare.

This film was first announced in March 2017, with Blumhouse and Universal announcing Jeff Wadlow as director. Wadlow previously made the comic book adaptation Kick-Ass 2. Principal photography began in June 2017 after the cast was assembled. Blumhouse, who had a banner 2017, is hoping this film continues their hot streak into the next year.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Horror, Thriller

A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive.

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The First Purge/The Purge 4 (2018)

  • Genre: Horror, Thriller

Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.

To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) returns alongside the producers of this worldwide phenomenon: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).

The First Purge is directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands), working from a screenplay once again written by DeMonaco.

15: 17 to Paris (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Drama, Thriller

Based on the true story of three Americans who were tasked with stopping a terrorist attack, while aboard a train bound for Paris.

The film draws from a real-life incident in 2015, in which Americans Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos thwarted the Thalys train attack. Clint Eastwood signed on to direct the picture in April 2017, with the intention of starting filming shortly after. In July, he announced that Stone, Sadler, and Skarlatos would portray themselves in the film – an element that has been a key part of the marketing campaign. Principal photography started in July 2017. Originally, the MPAA had rated The 15:17 to Paris R, but after an appeal, it was taken down to a PG-13.

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Unsane (2018)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Horror, Thriller

A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear–but is it real or is it a product of her delusion?

The is the latest movie from Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, who returned last year after a brief retirement from feature filmmaking. Unsane was first revealed in July 2017, when it was announced Soderbergh had shot the film in secret. The project generated headlines for Soderbergh shooting the picture on an iPhone.

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Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane was shot completely on iPhone

The Darkest Minds (2018)

  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

20th Century Fox acquired the film rights to Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds book series in 2015, with Shawn Levy producing alongside Dan Levine and Dan Cohen through his 21 Laps Entertainment. Filming began in Atlanta, Georgia in April of 2017.

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Proud Mary (2018)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Action, Thriller

Taraji P. Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.

Henson became involved with the movie in January 2017, before Proud Mary had found a director. Helmsman Babak Najafi signed on to call the shots in February 2017, before principal photography started in April of that year. The title of the film seems to be taken from the song “Proud Mary,” which was originally recorded by Credence Clearwater Revival in 1969. Tina Turner did a cover version in 1988, which was used in the trailer for Proud Mary.

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BlacKkKlansman (2018)

  • Genre: Crime, Thriller

From visionary director Spike Lee comes the provocative story based on Ron Stallworth’s real life as Colorado Springs’s first African-American police officer who went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Unbelievably, Detective Stallworth (John David Washington) and his partner Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) penetrate the KKK at its highest levels to thwart its attempt to take over the city. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award winning Get Out, Spike Lee uses his trademark take-no-prisoner style and humor to tell this story often missing from the history books.

Spike Lee signed on to direct BlacKkKlansman in September 2017, with Jordan Peele producing via his Monkeypaw Productions banner. Focus Features announced an official release date for the film in April 2018. The movie is adapted from the book of the same name by Stallworth and is set open in theaters in time to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the white supremacist march and subsequent protests in Charlottesville.

Under the Silver Lake (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Crime, Thriller

Sam, an affable but aimless young man, becomes an unwitting detective who quickly finds himself in over his head as he investigates the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful neighbor, with whom he has fallen in love. As he combs through East Los Angeles searching for any kind of clues he can find, he stumbles upon a larger, more sinister conspiracy than he ever imagined, involving billionaires, celebrities, urban myths, and even pop culture as we know it.

This is the latest film from It Follows director David Robert Mitchell. It was first announced in 2016, with stars Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, and Topher Grace joining the cast. Principal photography began in October 2016, months after A24 acquired the rights to distribute.

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You Were Never Really Here (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

The film is based on the novella by Jonathan Ames. An adaptation was announced in 2016, with director Lynne Ramsay and star Joaquin Phoenix onboard. Principal photography began in August 2016. An unfinished version of the movie was screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actor.

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A Simple Favor (2018)

  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Adapted from the novel of the same name, A Simple Favor follows a small town mommy blogger who discovers that her best friend has vanished.

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively joined the project in June 2017, with Paul Feig directing. Lionsgate then scheduled the film for a September theatrical release date in February 2018.

Chappaquiddick (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Drama, History, Thriller

n 1969, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy drives his car into the water in Chappaquiddick. His passenger, the young campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne, is trapped in the car and left to die alone. Kennedy does not immediately call the police. He instead returns to his hotel, sobers up, attempts to establish an alibi, and calls in the help of his dominant father to save his political career. This film is based on a true story.

The film has been in development since 2015, when Sam Taylor-Johnson signed on to direct. She ultimately passed and the project lingered until 2016 when Jason Clarke and the rest of the cast came onboard. Director John Curran began principal photography in September 2016. Chappaquiddick held its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival. Distributor Entertainment Studios originally had it pegged for an awards season run, but decided to push the film back to a spring 2018 release.

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7 Days In Entebbe (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

This is the fourth time this particular event has been made into a film, following three projects in the 1970s. Entebbe was officially announced in February 2016, with Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl joining the cast in July of that year. Principal photography began in November, taking place in the U.K. and Malta.

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Superfly (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

This film is a remake of the 1972 movie, Super Fly. The original Super Fly was about an African-American cocaine dealer who looks to quit the drug business.

Super Fly is regarded as one of the most prominent blaxploitation films of its era. A pair of sequels to the original film were made following its success. Arguably, the property is better known for its soundtrack. The album actually outgrossed the movie, which rarely happens in the industry.

Filming on the remake began in January 2018.

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Beirut (2018)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Drama, Thriller

A U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

This film has been in development since 2015, when Hamm originally signed on to star. Rosamund Pike also joined in 2015, but the rest of the supporting cast did not sign on until 2016. Filming started in June 2016. Beirut held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, months before its U.S. theatrical release.

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