It may seem a little early to start thinking about horror movies coming out in 2017. After all, there's a whole bunch of great horror movies yet to come in 2016. Still, as diehard horror fans, we know that half of the fun is talking about the movies we're waiting for, getting excited in eager anticipation for the return of a horror hero, or something new to expand our horizons. Check out 17 horror movies coming at you in 2017!
1. Friday the 13th
Released: January 13, 2017
Oh, we've been through the full gamut of emotions waiting for our beloved Jason Voorhees to return to us. After 12 movies and even a lovably odd TV show, the latest Friday the 13th reboot has been kicked around for a while now. First it was a found-footage horror, then a TV show on The CW, and now it's been bumped to 2017. Don't worry Jason — horror fans will always wait for you.
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Released: September 8, 2017
The update of the beloved IT TV miniseries starring Tim Curry as Pennywise has also had development problems. The full cast list for the movie has been revealed. It's tricky to take on a horror classic, but the new Pennywise look is pretty cool!
The original Flatliners claimed "some lines should never be crossed," but a Flatliners remake is clearly an exception to this rule. Vampire Diaries's Nina Dobrev and Hard Candy's Ellen Page will take the lead roles, and it'll be interesting to see how this decidedly '90s movie, made famous by Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon, will adapt to fit with the 2017 box office.
Dario Argento's original Suspiria is one of the finest horror movies of the 20th Century, so the team behind the 2017 reboot have a tough task ahead of them. Fifty Shades of Grey's Dakota Johnson will take the lead role, and although that seems an odd combination, Johnson is very close to the nubile feminine aesthetic that Argento adored. We'll wait and see.
5. The Dark Tower
Released: February 17, 2017
Stephen King began his Dark Tower novels back in 1982 with The Gunslinger, and the series has only snowballed in popularity. Not since Game of Thrones was brought to life on HBO has a dark fantasy screen adaptation been so hotly anticipated, and with the True Detective complexity of Matthew McConaughey and stalwart presence of Thor's Idris Elba, The Dark Tower has every possibility of living up to expectations.
6. Death House
Long touted as "The Expendables of Horror," Death House certainly boasts an impressive cast of horror movie greats. 2017 will see Death House unite Candyman's Tony Todd, Friday the 13th's Kane Hodder, Re-Animator's Barbara Crampton, The Devil's Rejects' Sid Haig and Bill Moseley, The Hills Have Eyes' Dee Wallace and Michael Berryman, and my personal favorite, Sleepaway Camp's Felissa Rose. With a cast this thrilling, Death House is an appealing prospect no matter what ends up on the screen!
Sure, we were led to believe that horror giant Eli Roth was going to direct this slice of enormous shark cinema, but Meg is a cool prospect whoever is at the helm. Meg has actually been in the works for twenty years, but has been repeatedly sidelined to make room for other shark movies such as Deep Blue Sea at the box office. Based on Steve Alten's Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, expect 2017's take on the Jaws phenomenon with some killer effects to match.
Released: May 31, 2017
Les Hackel (Buffy's James Marsters) wakes up to find an explosive device has been implanted into his neck, and he must complete a series of increasingly unpleasant tasks or risk the device destroying him. Abruptio has the distinction of featuring Nightmare on Elm Street legend Robert Englund, so will be received with open arms from the horror movie community.
9. The Chair
The Chair is an adaptation of the Alterna Comics graphic novel of the same name, and follows an innocent man trapped on Death Row, forced to commit increasingly brutal acts to protect himself from the sadistic prison warden. The latter is played by Bill Oberst Jr., and ever-reliable villain and star of Take This Lollipop, possibly the scariest thing I've ever seen on the internet.
10. Sky Sharks
Released: September 1, 2017
Look, it's not going to win any César awards, but this is a movie that has Nazis and sharks flying around in the sky! Approach this peculiar beast with the same drunken wide-eyed optimism you would employ towards Sharknado or Zombeavers and get a bunch of horror fan buddies over to watch the totally ridiculous events unfold.
11. Saw Legacy
It may be the eighth installment of the Saw series, but that doesn't mean that we've seen the last of Billy the creepy-ass puppet. Sure, a few major deaths within the series may have hampered future plotlines for certain characters, but there are many loose ends to tie up in Saw 8. Who knows where Jigsaw's fiendish legacy will take us?
12. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Released: January 27, 2017
Since the first Resident Evil film in 2002, fans of horror movies have adored the franchise. Milla Jovovich returns as our indefatigable heroine for what is currently claimed to be The Final Chapter, but remember that this is the horror genre we're talking about; the Final Friday for Jason Voorhees was only the ninth movie of 12 Friday the 13th movies and counting.
13. World War Z 2
Released: June 9, 2017
Horror fans are always receptive to movies about zombies, especially when those zombies are taken from much-loved horror novels. Max Brooks's World War Z saga continues June 9, 2017, and it's the magnificent set-pieces that display the scale of the zombie takeover that horror lovers will be looking forward to, especially if the World War Z 2 keeps to the rather bloodless PG-13 approach of the first movie.
14. Annabelle 2
Released: May 19, 2017
It's a pity that sentient dolls are invariably evil. It'd be kind of cool to have one of the lil critters to chat to, but less cool when they tried to gouge out one of your eyes with their fiendish doll claws... but I digress. Annabelle 2 will be the sequel of the spin-off of The Conjuring, proof if it were needed that the Blumhouse horror empire is going from strength to strength. No doubt the freaky accursed doll will be up to more hellish hijinks in Annabelle 2.
15. Hellraiser: Judgement
Hellraiser: Revelations came in 2011 but it feels like forever since we got our last hot Cenobite injection. The news that Doug Bradley would not be returning as Hell Priest "Pinhead" was met with some dismay by horror fans, but images of Paul T. Taylor (see above) promise a striking vision in keeping with Clive Barker's murky underworld creation. The addition of Nightmare on Elm Street Final Girl Heather Langenkamp only makes this horror movie all the more enticing.
16. Insidious 4
Released: October 27, 2017
Yup, we're off into The Further once more! While Insidious 3 focussed mostly on Elise Rainier, it's expected that Insidious 4 will take a different tack. Fans are keen to see the cliffhanger ending of Insidious 2 expanded upon, and with a world as fantastical and limitless as The Further there's no doubt that Blumhouse will dream up something weird and wonderful for us.
17. Amityville: Awakening
Released: January 6, 2017
If you're a little confused that Amityville: Awakening is only released in 2017, that's understandable — the movie was originally set for release January 2, 2015! For various film industry reasons beyond my understanding, it's been pushed to early 2017, making this long-awaited Amityville installment the only movie on this list with a viewable trailer available. Amityville: Awakening is directed by P2 and Maniac helmer Franck Khalfoun, so this is one to watch out for.
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