The Best New Family Movies Coming Out in 2023
By: Joey Richards, 03 March 2023
If there’s one thing most parents look forward to at the culmination of yet another year of parenting, it’s not a long and luxurious end-of-year holiday (when do parents ever get a holiday?), it’s the list of new family movies coming out!
Family movies are our saving grace when it comes to rainy weekends, school holidays, or just a day when you need the kids to focus their attention on something other than you. The list of new family movies coming out in 2023 is a pretty exciting one if we do say so ourselves, so get ready to mark your calendars for all the trips to the cinema you’ll be making in 2023!
New Family Movies Coming out in 2023
Release date: 5 January 2023
All chaos breaks loose when three ancient mummies who have been living underground surface in modern-day London in search of a long-lost ring belonging to the Royal Family and stolen by archaeologist Lord Carnaby!
The Amazing Maurice
Release date: 12 January 2023
The first new family movie to hit cinemas in 2023 is The Amazing Maurice.
Hugh Laurie voices the animated character of Maurice, a streetwise cat who’s out to make a quick buck with what he believes to be a genius money-making scam. All he needs to do is trick some gullible townsfolk with the help of a band of rats, that is, until book-smart Malicia shows up.
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3. The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Release date: 6 April 2023
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It’s the first time the Super Mario Bros. have hit our screens since 1986, so needless to say, Australian families are pretty excited about The Super Mario Bros. Movie!
Get ready for non-stop adventures as plumber, Mario travels through an underground labyrinth with his brother, Luigi, trying to save Princess Peach.
4. Peter Pan & Wendy
Release date: 28 April 2023
Peter Pan & Wendy (2023)
Another brilliant re-imagining of a classic Disney movie, Peter Pan & Wendy is set to take viewers all the way back to Neverland with the adventures of your favourite Peter Pan characters.
Mark your calendars for Peter Pan & Wendy will be available to stream only on Disney+ from 28 April 2023.
Make sure to check out the official trailer here to ramp up the excitement!
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Release date: 4 May 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
The latest installation from Guardians of the Galaxy is hitting cinemas in 2023 with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Produced by Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will see all your favourite characters back for a nail-biting mission to defend the galaxy and rescue one of their own. If they’re not successful, it could spell the end of the Guardians forever!
6. The Little Mermaid
Release date: 25 May 2023
The Little Mermaid 2023
Ariel is back in another one of the most highly-anticipated family movies coming out in 2023, but not how you remember her.
The 2023 remake of The Little Mermaid is swapping animation for live-action, so we get to see what our favourite under-the-sea characters look like in real life. Favourite characters Sebastien, Flounder, Eric, and Scuttle will be along for the journey, plus evil Ursula, of course.
7. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Release date: 1 June 2023
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
It seems 2023 is the year of sequels, with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse hitting cinemas to take us on another adventure with teen Spider-Man, Miles Morales.
The sequel to the 2018 smash hit follows Miles and Gwen as they traverse the multiverse with a new team of Spider-people in order to defeat the newest villain wreaking havoc across the city.
Release date: 15 June 2023
Pixar’s Elemental (2023)
Mark 15 June 2023 on your calendars, as that’s the date when the next adorable Pixar movie will be hitting our screens.
Pixar’s 27th animated feature film, Elemental, follows Ember Lumen and Wade Ripple, two opposing elements who live in a city where fire, water, land, and air elements all live together, but do they live in harmony?
9. The Flash
Release date: 15 June 2023
The latest from DC Studios promises to be a serious hit during the school holidays.
A great family movie on the agenda this year is The Flash. When Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past, his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future.
In this nailbiting tale, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to turn to.
10. Cats in the Museum
Release date: 22 June 2023
Cats in the Museum
New family movies coming out in 2023 don’t get more adorable than Cats in the Museum.
The famous museum cats from the St. Petersburg Winter Palace will hit our screens in June, taking us on a crazy adventure as they do everything in their power to protect the territory of the State Hermitage from rats and mice.
Release date: 20 July 2023
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It’s the moment all Barbie fans have been waiting for! The new Barbie movie hits Australian cinemas on 20 July!
Starring our very own Margot Robbie, Barbie is suitable for kids aged eight and up and follows the tale of Barbie and Ken living their best lives in Barbie Land, that is until they get the chance to visit the real world where life is not always picture-perfect.
12. The Marvels
Release date: 27 July 2023
Another one of the top new family movies coming out in 2023 for the older kids, The Marvels is the sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel and a continuation of the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel.
The Marvels picks up after the events of Ms. Marvel and sees Carol Danvers, Kamala Khan, and Monica Rambeau swapping places every time they use their superpowers yet they have no idea why.
13. Haunted Mansion
Release date: 10 August 2023
Haunted Mansion (2023)
Although also a spooky family movie, Haunted Mansion is not a sequel, prequel, or re-imaging of the 2003 hit of the same name. Haunted Mansion takes inspration from the popular theme park ride and follows the tale of a single mum who moves into a new home that, surprise, surprise is haunted by ghosts!
14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
Release date: 7 September 2023
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
It’s cowabunga time in the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Mutant Mayhem.
Mutant Mayhem follows everyone’s favourite crime-fighting ninja heroes, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo, as they one again try to battle against their arch nemesis, the evil Shredder.
15. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
Release date: 14 September 2023
One of the best new movies coming out in 2023 for teens whose parents just don’t get them, Ruby Gillman, the once sweet and awkward high school student discovers that she’s a direct descendent of the Kraken warrior queens.
Find out what happens when Ruby takes to the throne to protect the oceans and defeat the power-hungry mermaids, all at the age of 16!
Release date: 23 November 2023
One of the most highly-anticipated new family movies coming out in 2023 from the Walt Disney franchise, Wish follows the tale of 17-year-old Asha and her goat Valentino as they navigate through the Kingdown of Wishes, where literally any dream can come true.
The fantasy film is an original from Disney and is set in a dreamy watercolour animation style and is rumoured to be based on the iconic Disney Wishing Star — we can’t wait!
17. Trolls Band Together
Release date: 30 November 2023
Trolls Band Together
If you have a few Trolls fans living in your household, you’ll want to add Trolls Band Together to your list of must-watch new family movies coming out in 2023!
Very few details of Trolls Band Together have been released, but we do know that the DreamWorks film is set to be released in November 2023, is the sequel to Trolls World Tour (2020), and will include everyone’s favourite trolls, Queen Poppy and Branch.
18. Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie
Release date: 7 December 2023
Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie
Everyone’s favourite crime-fighting pups are back for the third Paw Patrol movie, Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie.
Adventure Bay is thrown into chaos when a meteor crashes and gives the Paw Patrol pups superpowers, transforming them into The Mighty Pups!
Release date: 14 December 2023
One of the most highly-anticipated new family movies coming out in 2023, Wonka, is set to hit Australian cinemas in December 2023.
The latest remake of the world-famous Roald Dahl tale is a musical fantasy starring Timothée Chalamet as the beguiling Willy Wonka, but this time around, we’re going back in time to when Willy Wonka first meets the Oompa Loompas.
Release date: 26 December 2023
From the same studio that has gifted us with our favourite Minions movies, Migration follows the tale of a family of ducks that try and convince their overprotective father to leave the nest and go on a family holiday of a lifetime.
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Despicable Me 4
Despicable Me 4 is coming to Australian cinemas in 2024.
The next installation from the hugely popular Despicable Me franchise is set to drop in Australian cinemas in June 2024!
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10 Children Movies We Enjoyed in 2022 – Fandads
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As a parent, we are always looking for movies that we can watch with our entire family. As much as we love watching superhero movies in our household, sometimes we want to see something that is a little different. We compiled a list of family movies that we enjoyed this year and can be something for you to watch during this holiday season.
Here they are in no particular order.
Belle was one of those movies that I kept hearing about but never got the chance to see. Thanks to our friends at Shout! Factory we were sent a copy and this movie was beautiful.
This story will resonant with many families and the music is just amazing!
A high school student becomes a globally beloved singer after entering a fantastic virtual world. She soon embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of a mysterious beast who’s on the run from ruthless vigilantes.
Turning Red was such a great movie about friendships, mother-daughter relationships, and puberty. Yes, this movie went there and it was refreshing to see something on the screen that has not been covered before.
Lovingly told, this movie gives us an inside look at a young girl going through changes both internally and physically.
A thirteen-year-old girl is torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the changes of adolescence. And as if the challenges were not enough, whenever she gets overly excited she transforms into a giant red panda.
THE BAD GUYS
What happens when you mix Ocean’s Eleven with animated animals? You get The Bad Guys! This movie is such a great caper movie and all of the voices involved are fantastic. Just the opening scene with Wolf and Snake talking in the diner reminded me of the dialogue in Reservoir Dogs.
Families will enjoy this fun movie and hopefully, we will get more adventures with these characters in the years to come. Read our full review here.
After a lifetime of legendary heists, notorious criminals Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula are finally caught. To avoid a prison sentence, the animal outlaws must pull off their most challenging con yet — becoming model citizens. Under the tutelage of their mentor, Professor Marmalade, the dubious gang sets out to fool the world that they’re turning good.
MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON
Who knew a movie about a talking shell would pull us in and make us feel so good after it was over. Marvel the Shell with Shoes on is such a great movie but might be a little slow for younger kids. There are some Youtube shorts that might be their speed if they can’t watch this full movie.
Read our review here along with our interview with Jenny Slate.
Marcel, a 1-inch-tall shell, lives with his grandmother, Connie, the only residents of their town after their neighbors’ sudden, mysterious disappearance. When discovered by a guest amongst the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans and a new hope of reuniting with his long-lost family.
THE SEA BEAST
The Sea Beast is one of those Netflix movies that I wish was released in the theaters. This on an IMAX screen would have been fantastic! I really enjoyed this one. The movie has great themes about breaking traditions, finding family, and some amazing-looking monsters.
A young girl stows away on the ship of a legendary sea monster hunter, turning his life upside down as they venture into uncharted waters.
WENDELL & WILD
This movie should have a lot more hype than it did. You have Jordan Peele, who is hot right now, and Henry Selick, who directed the iconic Coraline and this movie came and went.
This movie was a great ride and the animation in it was top-notch. This could become a Halloween tradition in our household.
The two devious demon brothers Wendell and Wild have to face their arch-enemy with the help of the nun Sister Helly, who is notorious for expelling demons. However, the brothers are not only plagued by her, but also by her altar boys.
A CHRISTMAS STORY CHRISTMAS
Every now and then a sequel/prequel comes out for a movie and you think to yourself, “Do we really need this?” In the case of A Christmas Story Christmas, the answer is yes.
There are a lot of feel-good moments in this and some moments that hit you in the feels. This is definitely a great follow-up and a great movie to watch together with your family.
Read our review and interview with Peter Billingsley
Ralphie returns to give his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had as a child. Long-awaited follow-up to holiday classic A Christmas Story starring Peter Billingsley.
BLUE’S BIG CITY ADVENTURE
If you are a fan of any version of Blue’s Clues then you will love this movie. From the singing to the dancing this movie has it all. Not only do you have great cameos from some of Broadway’s best but you get all 3 hosts from Blue’s Clues in one movie.
It seems that a common theme in a lot of children’s movies is to believe in yourself and this one enforces that theme too. Read our full review here and watch our interviews with the stars of the movie here and the director here.
Josh and Blue travel to New York City to attend an audition, hoping to star in a major Broadway musical while being a part of the cast.
PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH
Puss In Boots; The Last Wish is another one of those sequels that we did not know we needed. This movie looks great and the story about living your life is one that will be relative to anyone.
Read our full review to see why this made the list.
Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: he has burnt through eight of his nine lives. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.
MY FATHER”S DRAGON
I will not say much about this movie but I want more people to see it and talk about it. Yes, there will be some laughing and some crying while watching this movie. If your children have read the books they will enjoy this movie a lot.
Elmer, who is having trouble adjusting to his new life, decides to set out to find a wild island and rescue a young dragon. His adventures will lead him to encounter ferocious beasts, discover a mysterious place and make a new friendship.
LIGHTYEAR – This story about the Buzz Lightyear character was an interesting take.
STRANGE WORLD – This movie fell flat in the theaters but it was a fun adventure nonetheless.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 – So many easter eggs and where are we going to go next?
MINIONS: RISE OF GRU – It is always fun to see the adventures of Gru and his minions.
LYLE, LYLE CROCODILE – A great movie about believing in yourself and those around you.
22 Soviet children’s films that even adults love
May 22, 2022
Fantasy and adventure, stories of first love and instructive parables from our past.
22. Chuk and Gek
- USSR, 1953.
- Comedy, drama.
- Duration: 48 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.3.
A still from the film «Chuk and Gek»
A film adaptation of the story of the same name by Arkady Gaidar is dedicated to two very young boys. Chuk is seven years old, and his brother Huck is six. On New Year’s Eve, together with their mother, they are going on a long trip from Moscow to Siberia — to visit their father, who works as a geologist. Here are just little tomboys accidentally threw a telegram out the window with very urgent information.
Despite the difficulties that the characters have to overcome, the whole film is a bright and kind story, imbued with the spirit of the New Year holiday and the expectation of a miracle.
21. Fifteen-year-old captain
- USSR, 1946.
- Duration: 82 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.5.
After the disappearance of the captain and a significant part of the crew, fifteen-year-old cabin boy Dick Sand has to take command of the ship and lead it to America. But because of the cook’s betrayal, they get into a dangerous situation.
Compared to Jules Verne’s original book, the film adaptation was made lighter and more childish. And they even changed the ending a little, taking pity on some of the characters who died in the novel.
20. A dog walked along the piano
- USSR, 1979.
- Melodrama, comedy.
- Duration: 69 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.5.
Still from the film «A Dog Walked on the Piano»
Fifteen-year-old Tanya Kanareikina from the village of Bersenevka falls in love for the first time in her life. She really liked the charming and talented helicopter pilot. But next to Tanya lives a tractor driver Misha Sinitsyn, who is unrequitedly in love with a girl.
This picture shows the love dreams of a young heroine very brightly and ironically. Fantasies are mixed with reality, and even the viewer can sometimes get confused about what is really happening and what is only in Tanya’s head.
19. The Tale of the Star Boy
- USSR, 1984.
- Duration: 129 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.7.
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The inhabitants of a distant planet once freed themselves from emotions and live based only on the mind. Frightened by the incomprehensible energy of love emanating from the Earth, they send a boy there. He is taken in by a simple huntsman. The child grows up incredibly beautiful and talented, but very cold.
Two-part film based on Oscar Wilde’s two stories «The Boy Star» and «The Infanta’s Birthday». But in the adaptation, the magical component was replaced with fantasy, slightly modernizing the theme.
18. Girl and echo
- USSR, 1965.
- Duration: 67 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.7.
A shot from the film «The Girl and the Echo»
Young Vika spends a lot of time alone, wandering among the seaside rocks and communicating with the echo. But one day she meets a friendly newcomer Roman. But in a difficult situation, he turns out to be a coward, for which he receives punishment.
It was in this film that the talented Lina Braknite first appeared. Then the audience saw her in «Three Fat Men» and «Dubravka». The young actress was predicted a great future, but soon she abandoned the shooting.
17. New Year’s adventures of Masha and Vitya
- USSR, 1975.
- Adventure, musical.
- Duration: 71 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.7.
Young friends Vitya and Masha are strikingly different in character: the boy relies only on science and technology, while the girl believes in miracles. It is this couple who will have to save the Snow Maiden from the evil Koshchei.
Screenwriter Pavel Finn personally adapted his play «Masha and Vitya against the Wild Guitars» for the film adaptation. And the main thing that he added to the plot is the New Year’s atmosphere. In the original, the heroes saved Snow White.
16. Summer is gone
- USSR, 1964.
- Comedy, adventure.
- Duration: 79 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.8.
A shot from the film «Summer Is Gone»
Schoolboy Valera has to go to the village to see his three aunts, whom he has never seen. But this idea seems boring to the hero, and he tries to get on a real expedition. Instead of Valera, his friend Zhenya goes to the village, who pretends to be his nephew. But the expedition turns out to be very boring, and the summer in the countryside is amazingly fun.
This film is the debut work of the famous Rolan Bykov. Initially, another director worked on the picture, but he got very weak material, and Bykov was asked to reshoot the picture. True, due to various difficulties, “Summer Is Gone” was released later than the master’s next film.
- USSR, 1965.
- Duration: 69 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.8.
Still from the film «Dreamers»
Four friends, Stasik, Mishutka, Seryozha and Yasha, like to invent different stories. And they always get into funny situations. Heroes exchange values, quarrel, sometimes deceive each other, but always correct.
The film is based on several stories by the famous author of «Dunno» Nikolai Nosov, who himself collected the stories into a single script.
14. Tale of lost time
- USSR, 1964.
- Fantasy, comedy.
- Duration: 85 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.8.
A shot from the movie «The Tale of Lost Time»
Lazy Petya Zubov wastes his time for nothing — this is what the evil wizards decide to take advantage of. They find three more idlers and turn them all into old men, while regaining their youth. Now Petya and his new friends need to get their time back.
The instructive children’s film was staged by the famous Alexander Ptushko, the creator of Ilya Muromets, Ruslan and Lyudmila and other well-known fairy tales. Moreover, “The Tale of Lost Time” based on the work of Yevgeny Schwartz is his only work where the action takes place in modern times.
13. Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors
- USSR, 1963.
- Duration: 75 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.8.
The capricious pioneer Olya, chasing the cat Barsik, passes through a magic mirror and finds herself in a fairyland, immediately getting acquainted with her reflection — Yalo. It turns out that in this world, the evil rich have seized power. Now the girls need to release the boy Gurd from prison and restore justice.
The film was directed by the great Soviet storyteller Alexander Rou. And they found two real twins for the main roles — Olga and Tatyana Yukiny.
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12. Adventures of Petrov and Vasechkin, ordinary and incredible
- USSR, 1984.
- Comedy, musical.
- Duration: 134 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.9.
Still from the film «The Adventures of Petrov and Vasechkin, Ordinary and Unbelievable»
Shy Vasya Petrov and energetic Petya Vasechkin study in the same class. Despite the difference in temperaments, they are friends and get into various funny stories together. And both characters are in love with the same girl.
In this film, the future famous choreographer Yegor Druzhinin appeared for the first time in the role of Vasechkin. And the hero was voiced by Igor Sorin, the future vocalist of the Ivanushki International group.
11. Adventures Electronics
- USSR, 1979.
- Fantasy, adventure, comedy.
- Duration: 215 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.9.
Still from the film «The Adventures of Electronics»
Engineer Gromov creates an android Electronics that looks like a school hockey player Seryozha Syroezhkin. Soon the original meets its copy, and they switch places. But bandits are already hunting for Electronics to use him for criminal purposes.
Initially, the authors planned that both main roles would be played by one actor. But that made filming a lot more difficult. Then they found the young twins Volodya and Yura Torsuev, which not only simplified the work, but also helped to make the characters at least similar, but at the same time possessing features.
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10. Spring shifters
- USSR, 1975.
- Duration: 85 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.9.
One spring, thirteen-year-old Dyushka Tyagunov was reading Pushkin and noticed that his neighbor looked like Natalia Goncharova. But with the first love, the first disappointments also came into the life of romance: local hooligans turn out to be very cruel, and parents do not care about the worries of children.
A film based on a story by Vladimir Tendryakov tells incredibly touchingly about growing up, drawing parallels between the collapse of the hopes of a young Dyushka and the tragedy of a weak adult.
9. A secret around the world
- USSR, 1977.
- Drama, comedy.
- Duration: 119 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 7.9.
A still from the film «A Secret Around the World»
A collection of short stories dedicated to Denis Korablev. He quarrels with a classmate because he hit him with a pencil case, is going to the country with his mother’s friend, and even makes a bicycle with his friends.
The film is based on the famous collection «Deniska’s Stories» by Viktor Dragunsky. At different times, stories were transferred to the screens a dozen times, both in full-length versions and in short films. But «Secret Around the World» is the most famous version, loved by both children and adults.
8. Eccentric from the fifth «B»
- USSR, 1972.
- Duration: 90 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 8.0.
The hooligan and dreamer Borya is assigned as a first-class counselor. At first, he does not take seriously the position, which requires discipline and responsibility. But gradually, Borya is imbued with important ideas and learns to take care of others.
Director Ilya Fraz greatly softened the literary original by Vladimir Zheleznikov, turning a teenage drama into a children’s comedy. However, he retained the main ideas.
7. Lullaby for brother
- USSR, 1982.
- Drama, adventure.
- Duration: 70 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 8.0.
After Kirill helped his new friends build the Captain Grant sailboat, he returned to school a little different — more courageous and self-confident. When the hero finds out the circumstances under which his classmate was forced to steal the girl’s wallet, he does not betray his friend, but decides to help him in confronting local hooligans.
The works of the wonderful children’s author Vladislav Krapivin have been repeatedly transferred to the screens. But even the writer himself considered “Lullaby for a Brother” the best, although he criticized a lot.
- USSR, 1974.
- Adventure, detective.
- Duration: 210 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 8.0.
In the early 1920s, a dagger belonging to an officer from a sunken battleship fell into the hands of three schoolchildren. The commander of the Red Army helps his friends to unravel the mystery associated with this weapon — after all, the White Guard villain is also looking for a dagger.
Children’s detective film of three episodes was very much enjoyed by both Soviet children and their parents. That allowed the authors to shoot two sequels: «The Bronze Bird» and «The Last Summer of Childhood.»
5. First grader
- USSR, 1948.
- Duration: 68 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 8.0.
Still from the film «First Grader»
Marusya Orlova is a kind, but too spoiled and capricious girl. But now it’s time to go to first grade. Getting acquainted with the teacher and finding new friends, she gradually becomes more disciplined and responsive.
A film by Ilya Fraz based on a play by Evgeny Schwartz is imbued with nostalgia for the school. It was even regularly shown before the First of September, after which many children ceased to be afraid to go to first grade.
4. One hundred days after childhood
- USSR, 1975.
- Melodrama, drama.
- Duration: 94 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 8. 0.
Mitya Lopukhin goes to a pioneer camp for the whole summer and falls in love with her classmate Lena Yergolina. Meanwhile, the girl Sonya is dreaming about Mitya himself. The staging of Lermontov’s Masquerade helps them to understand and express their feelings. Pioneer leader Sergey is watching all this.
Sergei Solovyov made one of the most touching films about growing up. The picture was very fond of the audience and critics, and two sequels were shot for it: «The Rescuer» and «The Heiress in a Straight Line.»
3. Republic of SHKID
- USSR, 1966.
- Drama, comedy.
- Duration: 103 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 8.1.
Still from the film «The Republic of ShKID»
In post-revolutionary Petrograd, the police catch underage homeless children and send them to boarding schools. Some end up in the “Dostoevsky Communal School” (“SHKID”), which is run by the director Viktor Nikolayevich Sorokin, or Vikniksor. Teachers find it difficult to keep the young tomboys in check, and then self-government is introduced at the school.
Grigory Belykh and Aleksey Yeremeev, the authors of the book of the same name, based on which the film was based, recounted their own memories in it: they were brought up in the same “SHKID”. And director Gennady Poloka only reverently transferred the story to the screens, diluting the original plot with urban folklore and other bright elements.
2. Guest from the future
- USSR, 1984.
- Fantasy, adventure.
- Duration: 317 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 8.2.
A shot from the film «Guest from the Future»
Sixth grader Kolya from a simple Soviet school goes to get kefir and, together with his friend Fima, ends up in an abandoned house. Fast forward to the future, Kolya ruins the plans of space pirates who wanted to steal a mind-reading device. Now the villains are hunting for Kolya, who has returned to the past. And they are followed by a young, but very smart Alisa Selezneva.
After the release of the cartoon «The Secret of the Third Planet» Alisa Selezneva fell in love with the whole country. And in the middle of 19In the 80s, the first game film adaptation of one of the works about this girl was released. After that, the lead actress Natasha Guseva again played Alice in the feature film «Purple Ball», but it was not so successful.
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1. Welcome, or no outsiders allowed
- USSR, 1964.
- Duration: 71 minutes.
- KinoPoisk: 8.2.
Still from the movie «Welcome or No Trespassing»
Just after arriving at the pioneer camp, Kostya Inochkin already committed a fault — he swam across the river without permission. Manager Dynin immediately excludes the boy so that he does not set an example for the others. But Kostya secretly returns to the camp, where his comrades feed him. It’s just that a parent’s day should take place soon, where the deception will be revealed.
Elem Klimov’s first film is actually a satire on the entire Soviet system of education. However, the caustic story is tucked into the shell of a children’s comedy, so the film is adored by viewers of all ages.
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There are quite a few interesting horror movies coming out in 2022. I recall the prequel «Child of Darkness: The First Victim», the apartment horror «The Barbarian», the anxiously paranoid «Observer», the psychological «Smile», the Texas bloody horrors of unfulfilled hopes «X» and «Pearl» by Ty West, the creepy Mexican «Witch: Reincarnation» , but the depressing reincarnation of Jeepers Creepers: Reborn did not remain forgotten either. It’s good to see that directors are now more relaxed about the formulas and conventions of the horror genre, freely flirting with tradition, discovering new techniques, plunging smartly into retro style and continuing to invent new scary stories and disturbing narratives. 2023 promises and already shows many interesting genre projects for horror fans: from dark interpretations of classic children’s fairy tales, avant-garde indie horror films, to reboots of hit franchises of the 70s and new versions of beloved horror films of the 00s.
The editors of Kanobu have compiled a list of the most anticipated scary movies that will or will premiere in 2023. We will update this article from time to time, so be sure to save and check this page for the best horrors of 2023!
World Premiere : February 2, 2023
Director : Kyle Edward Ball
Where to watch? Shudder
In February, an indie horror came out on streaming Shudder and immediately became a sensation, replicated in social networks, albeit loved by a few. This movie does not use the composition familiar to horror lovers: the whole film consists of gritty deserted plans and liminal spaces of one locked house. The camera is fixed under the roof, near the walls, looks into the void, hides in children’s toys, lies idle on the floor and captures the blue darkness of the night, while the microphone records rustles and quiet sounds that envelop the viewer with a long-forgotten experience of children’s fear of the dark.
Two children were left alone at night: their father disappeared, and all the windows and lights from the house were gone. They decided to turn on the TV and stare at the screen. We hardly see children, but occasionally we hear their whispers. Almost nothing happens in this movie, but, perhaps, its artistic value is manifested here: long static shots catch the eye, the texture of the frame motivates the experience of horror. This strange, uncharacteristic emptiness, solitude produces a vague memory of childhood, when on a sleepless night every corner of the room seemed like a refuge for monsters.
The Pale Blue Eye
World Premiere : January 6, 2023
Director : Scott Cooper
Where to watch? Netflix
A twisted gothic thriller about Detective Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) who comes to West Point Military Academy to investigate the murder of a cadet. But the case is hampered by the silence and secrecy of the fellow students of the deceased and his teachers. Only one of the cadets is ready to secretly help in the search for the truth — Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling). As Allan Poe and Landor try to identify the perpetrator, one murder turns into a series: another cadet goes missing and is later found hanged and with his heart cut out.
There’s Something Wrong with the Children
World Premiere: January 17, 2023
Director: Roxanne Benjamin 90 003
Where to look? Apple TV+
Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, best known for directing such projects as Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Nancy Drew. Two couples and their daughters once went on a cozy autumn trip to relax in a cabin in the woods. While walking around, they discover a mysterious cave. The next day, the parents cannot find their daughters, they have already managed to escape into a rocky gorge, but returned completely different. Something supernatural has enveloped their souls, now the girls are terrorizing their parents and testing their patience. Horror, dissecting the fears of parents.
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World Premiere : January 13, 2023
Director : John Hyams
Where to watch? Peacock
The girls Parker and Miri decided to quarantine during the pandemic in a secluded beautiful lake house. But as soon as they get to the place, Parker receives an ominous message on the phone, and then another, and another. It soon becomes clear that someone is watching her friends. This movie is a classic slasher, created exclusively for those who like to tickle their nerves and fans of the Scream franchise, by the way, Sick has something in common with it — screenwriter Kevin Williamson.
World premiere: January 27, 2023
Director: Brandon Cronenberg
90 002 Where to look? Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video
Horror queen Mia Goth, after phenomenal roles in «X» and «Pearl», returned to the screen in Brandon Cronenberg’s fantasy film. Writer James (Alexander Skarsgård) and a rich girl (Cleopatra Coleman) arrive at a luxury hotel on a fictional island and meet an intriguing resident (Mia Goth) there, who invites the heroes to take a ride with her and her boyfriend to a secluded beach. But on the way back, on a dark night, James knocks down a man, and he is faced with a choice: serve time or pay a decent amount of money to watch his clone being killed by the jailers. Choosing the second option, James falls into ecstasy at the sight of his own death, and the heroine of Mia Goth opens the door for him to a closed society of hedonists who enjoy the spectacle of death.
This movie is difficult to describe in two sentences — in a couple of decades, «Endless Pool» will be considered a textbook horror and an unquestioning classic of the genre. The younger Cronenberg managed to combine avant-garde and political thought, surrealism and the expression of body horror in his cinema, and cameraman Karim Hussain offered virtuoso aesthetic solutions when building space and psychedelic experience. A talented film crew, Tim Hecker’s hypnotic soundtrack and an all-star cast did everything to make the film surprise scene after scene.
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Knock at the Cabin
World Premiere : February 3, 2023
Director : M. Night Shyamalan 900 03
Where to look? Peacock
M. Night Shyamalan made an apocalyptic horror film in his own way: skeptics and religious fanatics were locked together in a philosophical film-text about the death of humanity, time and religion. The story begins with a little girl, Wen, meeting Leonard (Dave Bautista) on the lawn near her parents’ summer home. Leonard asks the girl for forgiveness for what will soon happen to her and her family, and then his associates come out of the forest with axes and weapons. Leonard once had a vision of the approaching end of the world, the same dreams in a dream and in reality came to several more people. They learned about each other and decided to follow the mysterious signs to prevent the apocalypse — intuition led them to a hut in the forest, one of the inhabitants of which will have to die in order to save humanity and the planet from death.
This movie is distinguished not only by an almost theatrical production (everything takes place in one small space), conciseness of the plot and a burst of suspense, but also by Dave Batista’s amazing emancipation on the screen. The former wrestler proved to be an actor of great talent. His outward inconsistency with the image of a teacher who believed in the end of the world, smooth restraint and stateliness add to the action the necessary dose of drama, energy and internal conflict. Cast also graced the participation of Rupert Grint, who played a nervous and anxious suicidal.
World Premiere : January 6, 2023
Director : Gerard Johnstone
Where to watch? Peacock
Jema makes advanced toys for kids. Together with the development team, she plans to release a unique anthropomorphic doll with artificial intelligence capable of learning on the go, an impenetrable titanium body and human-like skin. But the high cost of development prevents her from enlisting the support of her superiors. After her sister’s death, Caddy’s niece moves in with Gemma, and the developer decides to test her innovative creation on her. She assigns a smart M3GAN doll to Caddy as a nanny and best friend so that she herself does not worry too much about her upbringing and entertainment. But the girl becomes unhealthy attached to the robotic creature, and the doll turns on an enhanced hyper-custodial mode. Looking at people, the doll gradually turns into a vengeful Terminator, who does not know moral protocols, and turns the life of her best friend and Jema into a sci-fi violent techno-horror.
After the success at the box office, the second part of the film «M3gun 2.0» was sent to development, the premiere of which is scheduled for 2025. Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey
: Rhys Freik-Waterfield
This slasher is already too weird to miss. Famous characters from Alan Milne’s story come to life here as cruel sadists. Once upon a time, Christopher Robin left his friends, Winnie and Pyatak, alone in the forest. For many years they wandered alone, in cold winters they did not have enough food, so they had to eat Eeyore himself, which corrupted and deformed their consciousness. When Winnie the Pooh and Pyatak went completely wild, Christopher, who had matured, appeared on their horizon, who even more inflamed rage in their hearts. An anthropomorphic bear and pig went hunting and began a brutal series of violence and murder.
- Kanobu spoke with the director of Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey: an interview with Rhys Frake-Waterfield
Children of the Corn
World Premiere : March 16 (theater), March 21 (digital)
Director : Kurt Wimmer
9000 2 Where to look? Shudder
The film was first shown in 2020 in Florida, but only recently it was released in wide American cinemas, on March 16 in Russian box office, and on March 21 on Shudder streaming. This movie is based on the book of the same name by Stephen King and echoes the original movie.84 years old — not the most skillful television-quality horror craft, but definitely worth a look. In a small town in Nebraska used to live peacefully, but the city’s economy is declining, so the residents decide to cut a loss-making cornfield. Suddenly, the destruction of the crop leads to the irrational cruelty of children: they organize a massacre, causing pain and suffering to adults. Such a terrible metaphor for children’s protest and rebellion against adults who, by their actions, destroy the hopes of children for prosperity — they cut out all the corn sprouts.
Scream 6 / Scream VI
World Premiere : March 10, 2023
Director : Matthew Bettinelli, Tyler Gillett 9000 3
Continuation of last year’s sensational hit «Scream» with another queen of horror — Jenna Ortega («X», «Vensdi» / «Wednesday») in the title role. A year has passed since the massacre in the fictional suburb of Woodsboro. The Carpenter sisters moved to New York to start life from scratch. But last year’s survivors are starting to get threatened again: Ghostface is in town and already sharpening his death tools.
The sixth part has become a resilient continuation of the bloody youth slasher, once again fingering the key segments of the subgenre. True, in this part you will not meet Neve Campbell — the performer of the role of Sidney Prescott, the actress was not satisfied with the fee. But the absence of an actress does not reduce this movie to unnecessary mediocrity: fans of the slasher will be able to see the sea of blood and cruelty, and connoisseurs of grotesque suspense will also have something to worry about. Cinema in the spirit of the entire franchise exaggerates the formula of the genre, periodically switches to meta-language and sometimes laughs at itself to its fullest.
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The Pope’s Exorcist
World Premiere: April 14, 2023
Director: Julius Avery 9 0003
Exorcism mystical horror after the release of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist in 1973 became a mandatory part of the annual horror program. Children become infected with demons, and a hero or heroine rushes to their aid, embodying several roles at once: detective-priest-lawyer. This time the priest was Russell Crowe, who embodied on the screen a real historical character — Father Gabriel Amort, a priest who performed more than one hundred thousand exorcism rituals in his entire life. But this time, the archetypal horror character is concerned not only with the diabolical violence against the human body and soul, but with a detective investigation of the centuries-old conspiracy of the Vatican, the curse of the religious community.
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World Premiere : April 14, 2023
Director : Chris McKay
We mentioned this film is in the selection of the main comedies of 2023. This movie plans to balance on the borderline between comedy and trashy horror. Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) is tired of the monotony of his life, he is tired of working for Count Dracula (Nicolas Cage). He lives in the hope of better prospects, but he still fails to change his life. Finally, Renfield found a good reason to leave: he fell in love with highway cop Rebecca Quincy (Awkwafina). The girl betrayed him the strength to quit his unloved job, but the great Dracula is unlikely to come to terms with such a betrayal. It may not be the most obligatory horror of the year among all the new ones, but the films with Nicolas Cage have long turned into a separate genre with their own playful energy. For fans of Cage, there is another good news, around 2023, a horror movie with his participation will be released: Sympathy for Devil.
Beau Is Afraid
World Premiere: April 21, 2023
2 In the Russian box office from May 4!
Ari Astaire — screenwriter and director, author of the horror films «Reincarnation» and «Solstice». He was able to correct the rules of the horror field by turning to the creation of elevated horror (elevated horror). Astaire simultaneously relies on the classics, revives little-known cinema, for example, films in the folk-horror genre, but weaves complex dramatic lines into the construction of horror, aestheticizes audio-visual material with the help of ornamentalism, symbolism and complex sound solutions. But, as he himself repeatedly noted in his interviews, his horrors primarily reflect on the topics of traumatic family relationships, the search for a home and intimacy. Bo’s All Fears also revolves around family fears, living somewhere on the borderline between horror and surreal comedy. The traumatized protagonist (Joaquin Phoenix) is used to living as a recluse, afraid of meeting the environment. But when his domineering and cruel mother dies, he has to open the door and go to his hometown, but the path is filled with frightening surprises.
Evil Dead Rise
World Premiere : March 15, 2023
Director : Lee Cronin 900 03
The film has already had its world premiere on 15 March. On the IMDb website, the film received an outrageous rating for the genre, equal to 8.4 out of 10, and on The Rotten Tomatoes, film critics rated the film at 94% freshness. The fifth installment in the Evil Dead franchise is terrifying and revels in the quality of its visual style. The main character Beth returns to her older sister Ellie in a small Los Angeles apartment where Ellie lives with her three children. But they come across a strange book that awakens flesh-possessed demons. One of the biggest horror movies of 2023.
World Premiere: May 31, 2023
Director: Rob Savage
Rethinking the story of the same name by Stephen King and reflecting on the theme of children’s fairy tales and horror stories — the film «Bogeyman» starring Sophie Thatcher (Hornets) explores the horrors of childhood experience: loneliness, loss and the inability to express one’s pain. Sisters Saddy and Sawyer experience the loss of their mother. Their psychotherapist father is heartbroken and unable to give his daughters the care and love they need. After a strange acquaintance with a frightened patient of their father, the girls begin to notice an ominous presence in the house — if you peer into the darkness of open cabinets, you can see something terrible. An entity that can absorb.
World Premiere : June 16, 2023
Director : Tim Story
impatiently goes on a weekend to a luxurious house in the middle of the forest. Suddenly, one of them is kidnapped, and in order to save their buddy, the friends must play a twisted game with a sadistic killer. This horror comedy makes fun of several tropes from slasher films, the characters will sneer at the current circumstances, remember all the racist horror films about maniacs and murderers they once watched in order to understand how they can survive and get out. But obviously knowledge of the history of horror cinema is unlikely to help them, but the audience will be able to deliver a lot of pleasure.
World Premiere : July 26, 2023
Director : Justin Simien
9 0002 In 2003, the fantasy-horror «Haunted Mansion» was released with Eddie Murphy in main role. In 2010, Guillermo del Toro took on the reboot of the project, but the film fell into production hell, changing several directors and screenwriters, until young director Justin Simien, who has been waiting for a response from the studio for over a year (from 2020 to 2021), and a screenwriter Katty Diepold (who directed a not so good femme reimagining of Ghostbusters in 2016). This horror attraction does not pretend to create genuine horror and fear, the concept of the film gravitates towards a nostalgic recall of all the horror classics about haunted houses, children’s horror stories and the cult object of Disneyland amusement parks — haunted houses. New Orleans. A single mother moves with her son to a mansion bought almost for nothing, but quickly realize that their new home is haunted.
Talk to Me
World premiere : 28 July 2023
Director : Danny Philippu, Michael Philippu
9 0002 An Australian supernatural horror film about a group of friends who have a séance with using an embalmed hand so that the girl Mia (Sophie Wilde) can make contact with her dead mother. But the thrill of communicating with spirits and the release of adrenaline provoke addiction and uncontrollable excitement in friends. The other world turns out to be too interesting, the heroes get closer and closer to the gates of the spirit world. But its inhabitants decide to cruelly play a trick on the living. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2023 to positive reviews from critics, describing the film as playful, unpredictable suspenseful horror action. The film has a rating of 9 on The Rotten Tomatoes.6% freshness is a very good indicator.
World Premiere : October 12, 2023
Director : David Gordon Green
Nearly 50 years after the original film The Exorcist is getting a new sequel in 2023 , continuing the story of infernal infection. A 12-year-old girl is possessed by a demon and her mother seeks help from a grown woman, Chris McNeill (Elaine Burstyn), who had the misfortune to go through a similar experience many years ago. The writing team also has two more sequels in development, tarnishing the massive expansion of the franchise. The 2023 version promises viewers a rethinking of the blurred trope, a lot of drama and mysticism.
World Premiere: October 27, 2023
Director: Kevin Grothert onellom continues to live its own separate life. Kevin Grothert, editor of the first five Saw films and director of the fourth part, directed the tenth chapter. This film will become a «midquel» — the events will unfold between the first and second «Saw». Plot details are being kept under wraps, but everything that audiences love about Jigsaw will remain in place: the sadistic quest, gore, and ultra-violence.
World Premiere : Estimated 2023
Director : Gary Dauberman
Re-enactment of Mini-TV Series 19 ’79 Salem Vampires, based on the book of the same name by Stephen King. The town of Jerusalem’s Lot in New England has been invaded by vampires in the stillness of the night. Writer Ben Meirs travels to a mysterious area in search of inspiration and learns that missing people have become a matter of habit in these parts. Together with the outcast residents of Jerusalem’s Lot, Meirs decides to confront the supernatural threat and declare war on the vampires. In the producer’s chair is James Wan, a key writer and director of modern horror films, who always lives up to the audience’s expectations.
World premiere : 30 December 2023
Director : Renny Harlin 2023 may be very unsettling, but reimagining a classic and rolling a familiar story over new cinematic rails can give new sensations. While the 2008 remake of The Strangers doesn’t seem to have been that long, one hopes for a strong alternative to the original. Studio Liongate has taken up the revision of the film in order to create a full-fledged trilogy. After the success of The Barbarian, the AirBnB apartment failure will be a frequent theme in the horror movies of the future: the 2023 version of The Strangers also draws on this scenario trope. A young couple in love in search of a new life set off to travel around the country, but the journey forced the heroes to make a stop in Oregon and rent housing for the night. The stop turned into a fatal mistake — the heroes were attacked by a group of cruel strangers in masks.
Child of Darkness (Huesera)
World Premiere: June 9, 2022, in Russia March 30, 2023
Director: Nur Rubio Sherwell
900 02 Penetrating from the brain to the bones psychological horror took first place in the top of the best films horror 2023 according to The Rotten Tomatoes. Critics gave the film rave reviews, praising its unpredictability, feminine perspective, and virtuosity in its use of body horror elements. The story is dedicated to the pregnant woman Valeria. As uncomfortable sensations in her body grow, the pressure of edifying conversations with adult family members and experienced mothers, Valeria becomes anxious. She begins to suspect that she is harboring a terrible essence in her body: evil is about to burst into the light from her womb. Full of mysticism and dark magic, psychoanalytic leitmotifs and realism, the film brings down on the viewer a heavy load of horrors, a wave of meanings and a genuine experience of awe.
World premiere of : September 23, 2022, in the Russian box office — February 9, 2023
Director : Olive er Park
Not the highest rated on IMDb, but a hit in the top of The Rotten Tomatoes with a rating of 77% freshness. The Conjuring of Abizu, on the one hand, is similar to many other horror films, but still uses not the most typical plot twist. Arthur, the son of the owner of a Jewish funeral home, returns to his father with his pregnant wife: for his father, this becomes a reason for joy, for many years of separation, he managed to get bored and grow old. And the son pursues his own interests — he really needs money. Selfish motives fade into the background when a corpse with a demon locked inside, who wants to take possession of Arthur’s unborn child, enters the family morgue, located in the basement. 9(Double Blind) The quest sub-genre thriller offers a tense story about a failed pharmaceutical experiment. Seven volunteers are testing a drug that has a strange side effect: they can’t sleep, and if they do, it’s forever.
World premiere of : Summer 2023, Russia September
Directed by : Joe Stephenson
A new version of the classic story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson’s story was often filmed: at least six films were produced between the 1900s and 40s.