19 Confirmed Horror Films for 2017
19 Confirmed Horror Films for 2017
No matter which way you look at it, 2016 was a real bad year for film. Batman fought Superman in a dire fist fight, four annoying women put on proton packs and Harry Potter was reduced to a farting corpse, Yes, 2016 was a real rotten year for everyone, so it is that we dip our toes into 2017 with trepidation of what may come. However, there are a few rays of light in an otherwise cloudy view, films we think will be realm crowd pleasers.
Some familiar faces are returning to the silver screen, Such as the Rings Samara (who’s still crawling out of Wells and TV screens.), Kick Ass “Resident Evil’s” Alice and good old Jigsaw (Who’s still dead?!). Amongst your usual sequels (and they are a few this year) there are a number of surprising films, Stephen King delivery two of which we had never thought would make its way onto the big screen, IT and The Dark Tower. Lets also not forget the resurgence of franchise such as The Mummy and Alien which are sure to please, with big budgets and awesome casts. And finally, a few curve balls such as The Belko Experience and Baby Driver, which are sure to draw big crowds to the cinema.
Before you is a list of18 films that you should look out for in the new year, films which should entertain even the most hard core Horror Fan. From killer Clowns to Haunted houses, we bring you 19 Confirmed Horror Films for 2017.
Underworld: Blood Wars – January 6th
The Fifth instalment of the Underworld series sees the return of Death Dealer Selene struggling against the Lycans. Whilst reviews are poor for this vampire vs werewolves film, we can’t wait to see more of Kate Beckinsale clad in tight leather kicking ass in Underworld: Blood Wars . The film released in many countries last year but the US release is just days away. It’s not Shakespeare but you may just get a kick out of it.
The Bye Bye Man – January 13th
Another film that’s been moved forward several times is the Jonathan Penner written thriller the Bye Bye Man. Whilst the formula is familiar, this supernatural film tells the story of a creature that haunts you only when you think about it. There is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t say or think his name, because once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control.
Split – January 20th
James McAvoy gets to really let his hair down (or not, as he’s still rocking his Professor X look) and show us his wider range with this film about an individual with over 20 multiple personalities. Don’t let the fact that writer director M. Night Shyamalan is behind the camera, as this stylish thriller is bound to please.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – January 27th
Being the final part of Paul W. S. Anderson zombie action romp, expect to see many more mind-blowing set pieces and explosions as humanity finds itself on its knees after being betrayed by the umbrella corporation. The film picks up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution and is set to see Alice return to Raccoon City. More zombie killing is just fine in our books.
Rings – February 3rd
Set 13 years after the previous Ring films, Samara is back and wreaking havoc on more people still rocking VHS players. But with the promise of a film within a film, this dated formula may spring a few surprises on us. Being the series that started the whole cursed objects genre, fans still can’t get enough of the tale of a cursed video tape.
A Cure for Wellness – February 17th
This highly anticipated American-German psychological thriller sees a young executive trapped inside a wellness center. Director Gore Verbinski, (pirates of the Carreban and The Ring) looks to be on top form in a film filled with beautiful cinematography and imagery.
Get Out – February 24
When a young black man visits the rich parents of his white girlfriend, he begins to suspect that he was brought here for another reason entirely. Get Out is a suburban horror doused in racial discrimination and brainwashing. With strong visuals and a dark tone, Get Out is sure to shock.
The Belko Experiment – March 17th
One to watch out for earlier in the year, The Belko Experiment looks to fill that Hunger Games hole. Unsuspecting employees are thrown into a twisted experiment where they’re forced to kill each other or else an explosive in their heads will be detonated. With Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn on screenplay duties and Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) directing, this shocker should be a blast.
Keep Watching – March 24th
Sean Carter’s Keep Watching (formerly Home Invasion) missed its December 2 (2016) release date, and now has a shiny new date in March. Whilst we all might be a little tired of Home invasion films, Keep Watching promises a twisted game thrown in as Bella Thorne plays a life-and-death game with three psychopaths.
Alien: Covenant – May 19th
Probably the most anticipated film of the year is Ridley Scott’s second attempt at making an Alien sequel. Alien: Covenant is the sequel to the 2012 film Prometheus and the sixth instalment overall in the Alien film series. Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) is on board as the film’s new female lead Daniels and Michael Fassbender returns as David. Though it’s exciting to get another Aliens film, we have been burnt before from Scott over selling.
The Mummy – June 9th
The Mummy is both a reboot of The Mummy franchise but also the studios attempt at a shared Universal Monster Universe. Whilst the first attempt at launching a shared universe crashed out, with Dracula Untold, Universal have gone all out this time, with a huge budget and big star names. Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe star in this action-packed adventure about a malevolent ancient Mummy brought to life in modern times.
Amityville: The Awakening – June 30th
Being the seventeenth instalment of the of The Amityville series, the tale of a possessed house is still keeping audiences hooked. This film was original set for release in 2015 after years of rewrites and changing concepts. A trailer was even released in early 2014, but the film fizzled out and was soon undergoing reshoots. Amityville: The Awakening’s January 5th date was pulled just weeks ago, so expect to see something polished when it comes out in June.
The Dark Tower – July 28th
It’s amazing that Stephen King’s epic Saga The Dark Tower is even getting made, after years of false-starts and financing hell held the production up. The film is a continuation (of sorts) from Kings books which sees a Gunslinger (Idris Elba) tracking down his arch nemesis (Matthew McConaughey) in the hopes of saving mid-world from extinction. A lot is riding on the success of this film, including a spin off TV series.
Baby Driver – August 11th
Edgar Wright takes a different approach with his first non-comedy film Baby Driver. The film stars Ansel Elgort who plays a near-mute, tinnitus-suffering getaway driver who gets into trouble when a robbery goes wrong. The films action is choreographed to the music “Baby Driver” listens too making the film an interesting experiment in film. With a cast including Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey, this crime thriller should be amazing.
Annabelle 2 – August 11th
A sequel to The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle, this film could be the very first prequel, prequel, as the film concentrates on how the doll was made.
Annabelle was a disappointing affair that that managed to score big at the cinema (a whooping $246 million on a $6 million budget) so it was only a matter of time before they managed to squeeze another sequel. The story is focused on a dollmaker and his wife, whose daughter tragically died twenty years earlier. Fill in the blanks and I’m sure you’ll have the entire plot.
IT – September 8th
Our second Stephen King Entry is an adaptation of King’s 1986 horror novel IT. The film tells the story of seven children as they are terrorized by a child eating creature which takes the form of a creepy clown (Coulrophobia sufferers beware). Directed by Andrés Muschietti, and starring Bill Skarsgård as IT, the film is the first of two parts, the second part arriving in 2018. Based more on the novel than the original 90s TV-Mini series, this adaption looks like it could be much darker and scarier.
Flatliners – September 29th
Flatliners is a sequel to the amazing 1990 film of the same name, and stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons, and Kiefer Sutherland. As a good piece of continuity, Sutherland returns as Dr. Nelson Wright. The film will follow a group of medical students who experiment with near death experiences goes tragically wrong.
Insidious: Chapter 4 – October 20th
Leigh Whannell continues his Insidious series with his script for the fourth film, with directorial duties handed to Adam Robitel. Yet again returning to Elise Rainier before the events of the first film, Insidious: Chapter 4 will explore Elise’s past and introduce viewers to her family. More of the fantastic Lin Shaye could never be a bad thing.
Saw: Legacy – October 20th
Saw: Legacy is the eighth instalment in the Saw franchise and will continue directly after the events of Saw 3D. No word on what the film will be about, but it’s a good guess that it will involve lots of people being stuck in killer traps and lots with gore (We hope!).
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Morti the Mortician (Editor Chief)