It’s hard to believe that 2018 is officially upon us, but with a new year (and month) comes brand new horror and sci-fi films arriving on VOD and various digital platforms to get genre fans through the winter doldrums. On the 2nd, the year kicks off with a bang, as we have a handful of movies making their digital debuts, including Mickey Keating’s Psychopaths, No Solicitors, Bigfoot Country, Cannibal Farm, The Rizen, and Death Island: Paranormal Retribution.

Both Day of the Dead: Bloodline and Devil’s Gate are being released on the 5th, and for those who missed playing his game in theaters this October, Jigsaw makes its digital bow on January 9th. The Inside remake is coming our way on the 12th, Happy Death Day brings home some unique slasher-fied fun on January 16th, and both Mom and Dad as well as Delirium are being digitally released on the 19th.

January 2018’s VOD and Digital titles wrap up with The Midnight Man on the 22nd, and then both Death Race: Beyond Anarchy and Tyler Perry’s Boo! 2 A Madea Halloween come home on the 30th.

Bigfoot Country (Reality Entertainment) – January 2nd

Some say Bigfoot is just a hoax, but when a group of hikers go deep into the woods after being warned by a guide that has encountered a Sasquatch, they begin to realize that they are not alone.

Cannibal Farm (High Octane Pictures) – January 2nd

The Harver family head out on an idyllic summer camping trip where they can bury past tensions and enjoy some family bonding. But when their camp is sabotaged by an unseen intruder in the night, they head to the nearby creepy old farm desperate for help, where vengeful farmer Hunt Hansen and his hideously deformed son aren't farming animals... 

Death Island: Paranormal Retribution (Cinedigm) – January 2nd

Despite repeated warnings from locals, a team of supernatural researchers provoke the spirits of the dead and find themselves stranded and trapped in a vortex of paranormal retribution.

No Solicitors (Cinedigm) – January 2nd

Lewis Cutterman, a well respected brain surgeon is married with two beautiful children. A visit to their home by a solicitor is greeted by an invitation to dinner; except it takes a macabre turn. The Solicitor is the one on the menu.

Psychopaths (Samuel Goldwyn Films) – January 2nd

The paths of multiple serial killers cross over one single, blood soaked night. Which psychopath will survive through to morning? Follow the soul of a recently executed serial killer as he descends back to earth and possesses his many followers beneath the full moon. There’s Alice, an escaped mental patient who thinks she’s living in the 1950s glamour world, Blondie, a beautiful seductress who lures men down into her suburban basement, the Midnight Strangler, first seen claiming a victim in a seedy hotel, and an enigmatic masked contract killer who stalks the city with his own deadly agenda.

The Rizen (Uncork’d Entertainment) – January 2nd

The year is 1955. NATO and the Allied Forces have been conducting secret, occult experiments in a bid to win the Arms Race. They have finally succeeded, but what they have unleashed could tear our world apart. Now one woman must lead the only other two survivors past faceless horrors that threaten to kill or capture them at every turn. They are the only ones left who can fight to close a door that should never have been opened.

Day of the Dead: Bloodline (Saban Films) – January 5th

A reimagining of George A. Romero’s cult classic, DAY OF THE DEAD: BLOODLINE is set in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled world where a former med school student is tormented by a dark figure from her past. The only thing is, he’s a half-human, half-zombie hell-bent on destroying her world.

Devil’s Gate (IFC Midnight) – January 5th

What unholy force lies locked away in a crumbling, booby-trapped, middle-of-nowhere farmhouse? When a woman and her son mysteriously vanish, FBI agent Daria Francis (Amanda Schull) is dispatched to the small town of Devil’s Gate, North Dakota to investigate the number one suspect: religious fanatic Jackson Pritchard (Milo Ventimiglia), husband and father of the missing persons. But when Francis and local deputy Colt (Shawn Ashmore) arrive at Pritchard’s foreboding property, they discover much more than they bargained for lurking in the basement. Unfolding over the course of 24 delirious hours, this head-spinning sci-fi creature feature hits viewers with a bonkers blitzkrieg of genre-bending twists and turns.

Jigsaw (Lionsgate) – January 9th

Bodies continue to turn up when the notorious Jigsaw killer returns for the eighth installment of one of the most successful horror franchises in history!

A Demon Within (Blue Fox Entertainment) – January 12th

In 1914, Crestwick, a demonic spirit named Nefas surfaced to prey on a family, ending with the death of an innocent young girl. The mysterious events haunted the mid-western community for years. Now, decades later, a skeptical doctor must stop history from repeating itself by confronting his personal demons and fighting to save the life of a teenage girl who has become possessed in his family’s old house.

Inside (2017) (Embankment Films) – January 12th

Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated.

Happy Death Day (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) – January 16th

Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, The Purge) produces this original and inventive rewinding thriller in which a blissfully self-centered co-ed Tree (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) is doomed to relive the day of her murder unless she can identify her masked assailant and hopefully stop the madness. If she can't, she will be stuck in an insane loop, reliving a ghoulish nightmare that has become her death day. The thrills continue with an alternate ending never-before-seen in theaters.

Delirium (Gravitas Ventures) – January 19th

A group of young men dare a classmate to reach the porch of a legendary house that is said to be haunted by the thirteen victims of a family massacre. In hopes of making a viral video, they arm him with a video camera to prove he was there or to capture him fleeing terror as others have. When he doesn't return, the guys must go in to get him. Inside the mansion, they discover the truth about the family that died there, the fate of their friend and what their own fate will be.

Mom and Dad (Momentum Pictures) – January 19th

Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in this pitch-black horror-comedy about a worldwide mass hysteria where, for 24 brutal hours, parents turn violently against their own children. Your parents brought you into this world and they most certainly can take you out of it…even if they have to hunt you down first.

The Midnight Man (IFC Midnight) – January 22nd

It was supposed to be just an urban legend… On a snowy night in her grandmother’s sprawling mansion, teenage Alex (Gabrielle Haugh) and her best friend Miles (Grayson Gabriel) discover a mysterious box hidden away in the attic. Inside are instructions for The Midnight Game, an ancient Pagan ritual said to summon the players’ greatest fears. It all seems like harmless fun—until they unleash the terrifying spirit of The Midnight Man, an unholy force who pits them against their darkest demons and dares them to survive. Horror legends Robert Englund and Lin Shaye costar in this terrifying, supernatural game of cat and mouse. Play at your own risk…

House of Salem (Wild Eye Releasing) – January 23rd

A group of kidnappers become a child's unlikely protectors after discovering they have unwittingly been set up to take part in a satanic ritual. As they begin to uncover the truth of the house they find themselves trapped, they must battle demonic forces and uncover a legacy ofover a hundred years of murder in the name of the Devil.

Death Race: Beyond Anarchy (Universal Studios Home Entertainment) – January 30th

The wildly anticipated next installment of the popular Death Race franchise, this Universal 1440 Entertainment original production brings fans along for the deadliest competition on wheels, where brutal fights and explosive car races abound. An action-packed thrill ride, this all-new movie is the grittiest and bloodiest installment yet!

Tyler Perry’s Boo! 2 A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate) – January 30th

Madea and friends scare up big laughs on a hell-arious journey to rescue her niece from a haunted campground in this screamingly funny follow-up to Tyler Perry's comedy hit.

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    About the Author - Heather Wixson

    Heather A. Wixson was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, until she followed her dreams and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. A 14-year veteran in the world of horror entertainment journalism, Wixson fell in love with genre films at a very early age, and has spent more than a decade as a writer and supporter of preserving the history of horror and science fiction cinema. Throughout her career, Wixson has contributed to several notable websites, including Fangoria, Dread Central, Terror Tube, and FEARnet, and she currently serves as the Managing Editor for Daily Dead, which has been her home since 2013. She's also written for both Fangoria Magazine & ReMind Magazine, and her latest book project, Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume One will be released on October 20, 2021.