In 2018, MOTELX opened the Festival with "The Nun" by Corin Hardy and was graced with Leigh Whannell's presence as the guest of honour. "The Strange House in the Mist" by Guilherme Daniel won the MOTELX Award for Best Portuguese Horror Short, while the Best European Feature Film was awarded to "Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse" by Lukas Feigelfeld. For the first time this year, there was an Audience Award - Room Service Section that went to Shinichirou Ueda's "One Cut of the Dead". The movies of the Festival were screened in the following categories:
MOTELX Award - Best European Horror Feature Film / Méliès d'argent
Leigh Whannell Special
MOTELX Award - Best Portuguese Horror Short Film / Méliès d'argent
Big Bad Wolf
Celebration of the Bicentennial of "Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus"