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 40 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. Maniac Cop
Released: October 1st, 2017
As far as reboots go, this one is pretty legit: original director William Lustig is co-producing with Drive and Neon Demon creator Nicolas Winding Refn (which perhaps explains the neon color scheme of the poster). Comic book hero Ed Brubaker has penned the script, so expect a slick-yet-gritty movie that'll tickle your noir side.
6. Tower of Terror
Here's a reboot that may not immediately conjure the original to mind: in 1997, a young Kristen Dunst starred in a straight-to-TV movie inspired by Disney's hit theme park attraction, the Tower of Terror. Twenty years later, the first movie-based-on-a-ride is getting a new lease of life, following a group of people who disappear in an upmarket hotel when the building is hit by lightning. Disney will be hoping for a Pirates of the Caribbean level of success, so expect this to look expensive.
7. 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.
8. 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.
Release: February 17th, 2017
The double-X belies a quadruple threat: XX is an anthology of some of the greatest horror directors working today. We're promised segments from The Invitation's Karyn Kusama and How We Die's Jovanka Vuckovic. Kristen Stewart's current squeeze and killer guitarist St Vincent also features in a role that's something of a departure from her previous work.
11. A Cure for Wellness
Released: February 17th, 2017
The Ring's Gore Verbinski returns to horror with a strong cast including Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth and Jason ''Lucius Malfoy'' Isaacs. Wellness rocked a beautifully designed viral marketing campaign to promote its futuristic cult vibe, with stark imagery serving some Alien 3 / Black Mirror realness. The trailer is worth it for Mirel Wagner's life-sucking cover of The Ramones's 'I Wanna Be Sedated' alone.
12. Patient Zero
Released: February 17, 2017
At last, a movie that considers the linguistic impact of a zombie apocalypse! Dr Who's Matt Smith stars as a man who is able to speak to the infected after a deadly pandemic transforms masses of humanity into a catastrophic killing force. Game of Thrones's Natalie Dormer and Brit model Agyness Deyn also star, which earns a massive YASS PLS from me.
13. Personal Shopper
Release date: March 10, 2017
Kristen Stewart is teaming up again with French director Oliver Assayas to bring more breathtakingly chic, sharp-edged style into our lives. Maureen (Stewart) experiences bizarre events when her recently dead brother starts sending her signs. The movie earned a four-minute standing ovation at its official premiere, so this may be one to watch out for.
14. Cage Dive
After Blake Lively's magnificent The Shallows delighted fans and critics alike, the shark horror genre tasted new blood. Cage Dive doesn't feature any enthralling avine performances but it does offer a solid boost of shark-fueled terror when a group of attractive youngsters are stranded in shark-infested waters.
15. Safe Neighborhood
Candyman's Virginia Madsen leads this colorful home-invasion-with-a-twist, which is best viewed knowing as little as possible about the premise. Spoiler-free, Safe Neighborhood takes place in silent suburbia, when a lone babysitter is forced to protect a young boy from an unconventional home invasion. Expect fireworks.
Released: March 10, 2017
The infamy of Julia Ducournau's cannibalistic tale may have produced the kind of hype it's impossible to buy, but Raw doesn't disappoint with its visceral, gore-splattered energy. You may want to check your Gore Level before attempting this thinking-fan's bloodbath.
Katrina Bowden shines in this one-woman drama about a young mother who accidentally locks her toddler in her car. Problem is, this is no ordinary car: the Monolith is designed to be completely impenetrable, bullet-proof and sealed against any form of attack. With her little boy rapidly succumbing to heat exhaustion in the middle of hundreds of miles of desert, can she work out how to save him in time?
The Witch and A Field in England showed that there is still a great audience for period horror, and The Seasoning House's Paul Hyett is dishing up some good old evil nun action with Heretiks. A young woman is rescued from execution, but encounters something far more terrifying in the depths of a 17th century convent.
A mature couple move to rural France only to find their picturesque retirement shattered by a gang of local thugs. When it becomes clear that the petty hooliganism is turning deadly, this mild-mannered elderly couple have no choice but to take their bloody revenge. A vicious, gory battle of the generations ensues.
Released: January 20, 2017
Multi-talented James McAvoy gets to really flex his skill in M. Night Shyamalan's new thriller about an individual with over 20 multiple personalities. Unfortunately for the three young girls he abducts (including The Witch and Morgan's breakout star Anya Taylor-Joy) his most dangerous personality is only growing stronger... Boasting such highly scientific statements as ''an individual with multiple personalities can change their body chemistry with their thoughts,'' Split is the jolliest split-personality romp since Brian DePalma's Raising Cain, i.e. it's awesome.
21. Keep Watching
Released: March 24, 2017
In a twisted psychopath plotline that'd make Rob Zombie proud, Jamie (Bella Thorne) is caught in a deadly game of survival when she is forced to protect her family from a trio of lunatics named Mysterious, Terror and Creator. Saw's Leigh Whannell and The Walking Dead's Chandler Riggs also appear, making what sounds like a common or garden ''deadly game of cat-and-mouse'' a more enticing prospect.
22. The Bye Bye Man
Released: January 13, 2017
Three college kids are pursued by a paranormal entity known only as The Bye Bye Man, who seems to have been possessing people and making them carry out horrific crimes. Can the kids work out how to stop this vicious force before it's too late? Fans of retro found-footage like The Collingswood Story will enjoy this one.
23. Get Out
Released: February 24th, 2017
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner as envisaged by Madame Delphine LaLurie, Get Out combines slick scares with biting social commentary to produce a horror movie quite unlike anything you've seen before.
24. The Belko Experiment
Released: March 17th, 2017
The viciousness of office politics reaches sickening new heights as 83 desk drones are imprisoned in their office and forced to make increasingly cruel and deadly decisions. Moral ambiguity is soon tossed out the window as Wolf Creek's Greg McLean's sadistic movie reaches its inevitably nasty, blackly comic crescendo.
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.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. Saw Legacy
Released: October 27th, 2017
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?
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. Annabelle 2
Released: August 11, 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 Annabelle's horror empire is going from strength to strength. No doubt the accursed doll will be up to more hellish hijinks in Annabelle 2.
32. 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.
33. Insidious 4
Released: October 20th, 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.
34. 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.
35. Deathgasm Part 2: Goremageddon
If you loved the gore and twisted metal of Deathgasm, the sequel has promised to go harder, better, faster, grosser with ''more gore in the first 10 minutes than the entire first Deathgasm.'' Finally, a well-deserved follow-up to one of the greatest horror movies of 2015.
36. Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich
The puppets are back! A young divorcee trying to sell a mint condish Blade doll finds himself in the center of unstoppable carnage when the puppets at a toy convention simultaneously come to life with murderous intent. Think Toy Story but more Chucky than ''you got a friend in me.''
37. Re-Animator: Evolution
Released: February 7, 2017
Another year, another ambitious scientist who never stopped to ask whether he should... if another Re-Animator movie is being gifted to the universe, I'm cool with that, I just hope that it re-animates the humor and energy of Stuart Gordon's original masterpiece.
38. Jeepers Creepers 3
After a rocky start, Jeepers Creepers 3 seems to be fully on its way, with a plotline focussing on original Jeepers Creepers character Trish. She desperately tries to prevent her son meeting the same fate as her brother, and sets out to stop The Creeper once and for all.
Released: February 3rd, 2017
Years after The Ring 2 (March 18, 2005) Samara will crawl back out of her accursed well and wreak havoc on a bunch of teenagers with bad taste in unmarked VHS tapes. There may be a few more techy twists in the 2017 edition, but it's the good ol' Ring action that'll keep fans wanting more.
40. Children of the Corn: Runaway
If you misread the title and were expecting a Children of the Corn fashion extravaganza with the rural cult strutting their stuff on the runway, then I'm not alone. Expect more mischief from the malevolent kiddies in the tenth installment of the phenomenally successful series. Hopefully it'll be a RUNAWAY success (sorry).