The Conjuring 2, Don’t Breathe and The Shallows were just some of the successful horror movies from 2016, and the genre doesn’t look set to be slowing down anytime soon, here are the horror movies not to miss in 2017.
There’s a wide range of classic monster movies scheduled for this year, The Mummy, War for the Planet of the Apes, Alien: Covenant and Kong: Skull Island, and whilst they’re bound to draw big audiences, we’re saying these are more action movies than flat-out horror, so we haven’t included them in this round up.
But there’s definitely plenty of horror to hide behind your hands for in the cinema this year, here’s the ones not to miss.
The Bye Bye Man
Saying the name of a ‘monster’ can lead to disastrous things (Candyman comes to mind), but in The Bye-Bye Man even thinking it can summon the scary being, he possesses people, forces to see things and commit killing sprees. Watch the trailer below, it’s sure to terrify you.
In cinemas January 13
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We’d class this more of a thriller than horror, but we didn’t really want to miss it off the list. James McAvoy plays Barry who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, with more than 20 personalities. He kidnaps three teenagers from a parking lot and the story follows them as they try to escape.
In cinemas January 20
Rings is the third instalment of the series, taking place thirteen years after the events of the original film, the only returning character is the dreaded Samara, whose video tape once again wreaks havoc and costs people their lives. Let’s hope this lives up to the first film.
Julia is a high school student whose college boyfriend, Holt, has grown distant. Fearing they’re drifting apart, she travels to see him and finds out that he’s part of a club of college students who pass Samara’s tape between each other. Julia discovers Holt watched the cursed tape six and a half days ago, meaning that by the end of the day, he would die. The curse is what brought them back together, but it’s also what threatens to kill them.
Don’t Knock Twice
For Jess, life has never been better. A successful American sculptor, she has recently returned to the UK, where she spent much of her troubled youth. Now happily married, wealthy and settled, all that remains to make her life complete is to rebuild her relationship with Chloe, the daughter she was forced to give up nine years ago. So when Chloe agrees to come and live with her, Jess is optimistic that she can make amends and be a good mother once more.
What Jess doesn’t know is that Chloe has not come to stay because she wants to get to know her mother again. She has come because she is scared that a supernatural curse has claimed the life of her boyfriend, Danny, and is now coming for her. Chloe and Danny made the mistake of revisiting an abandoned house, once home to ‘Ginger’, a mysterious old woman said by some to be a witch. Local legend says that if you knock on her door then the vengeful ghost of Ginger will snatch you away to her hellish limbo.
At first Jess puts Chloe’s erratic behaviour down to the trauma of her past and the resentment she still feels for being abandoned. But soon Jess comes to realise that she is all that stands between her daughter and a formidable and terrifying supernatural force. Thrown into a battle for survival, Jess must learn the truth behind the legend of the witch and ultimately make the bravest sacrifice of all and knock on Ginger’s door herself…
In cinemas March 31
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A spin-off from The Conjuring, the first Annabelle film didn’t perform as well as expected, but hopefully, this one will fare better, this time the doll-maker that created her decides to take in a number of orphan girls. The trailer certainly creeped us out.
In cinemas May 26
Stephen King’s ‘IT’ has terrified readers since the novel came out in 1986, and then since the original film premiered in 1990. In this big-screen version Bill Skarsgard plays Pennywise the horrifying evil clown.
A Cure For Wellness
The Gore Verbinski-directed psychological horror film certainly caused quite a stir on social media when the first full-length trailer landed. The film is based on an employee who is sent to bring the company’s CEO back from a mysterious spa in the Swiss Alps, where nothing is like it seems and leaving is not an option.
Friday The 13th
The Friday the 13th franchise spans 12 films over the course of 30 years so we’re not exactly sure what else can be brought to the table, but we’ll hold out hope for something scary. It was first scheduled for release in January, but it was pushed back to, wait for it, Friday 13th October. Let’s hope it’s more to do with the significant date rather than reshoots or a whole load of work needed on it.
Directing the new chapter are Peter and Michael Spierig, while Gregg Hoffman and Oren Koules are returning to the franchise as producers.
The seven parts of the existing franchise became increasingly complicated and twisty towards the end – original baddie John Kramer, aka Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), died in Saw 3 but continued to haunt the franchise via flashback.
At the end of the saga, it was clear that a cult of followers had built up around Jigsaw’s ‘work’ so it would make sense if this new instalment followed his, well, Legacy.
In cinemas October 20
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Insidious: Chapter 4
Lin Shaye reprises her role of parapsychologist Elise Rainier, shown beside franchise newcomer Tessa Ferrer (Grey’s Anatomy) as Audrey. Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan) helms the next instalment based on a screenplay by Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell.
In cinemas November 4
Amityville: The Awakening
Horror fans are getting another instalment of the Amityville horror story in 2016, thanks to director Franck Khalfoun. This film will follow a single mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who moves into the haunted abode to care for her sick son (Cameron Monaghan), unknowing of its deadly past. Bella Thorne also stars.
The trailer for this will certainly leave you on edge, with an intense look at what happens when a man meets his girlfriend’s family.
Don’t be taking snacks when you go to see this film, the French-Belgian horror movie about a vegetarian who turns cannibal, the graphic scenes were reportedly so disturbing that some fans fainted at early showings.
The Belko Experiment
The new film from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is a psychological thriller set in the headquarters of the fictional non-profit Belko Corporation, based in Colombia.
Employees turn up for work for what looks like just another ordinary day at the office – unless all hell breaks loose. A voice over the loudspeaker informs them they are locked inside the building and they have 30 minutes to kill three of their co-workers – or six of them will die.
God Particle isn’t being released with little notice like ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ but the third entry in the franchise has the same aura of mystery around it. Daniel Bruhl stars in this film, which follows a team of astronauts aboard a space station find themselves alone after a scientific experiment causes Earth to disappear. When a space shuttle appears, the space station crew must fight for survival following their horrible discovery.
The Dark Tower
Based on Stephen King’s seven-book series, The Dark Tower film has been a long time coming. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey take on the main roles of the gunslinger (Roland Deschain) and the man in black (Walter Padick), respectively.
King has described The Dark Tower as his magnum opus, wherein he created a world that ties together many of his novels. The Dark Tower is said to take place during the events of just the first book in the series.
King told EW The Dark Tower is just one film for now, but they do “hope for the best,” and there’s a possibility for more.
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We’re intrigued with this anthology film that’s made up of multiple horror stories directed by four women. The four stories are, The Birthday Party, The Box, The Fall and Her Only Living Son.
What do we know about Blumhouse’s new Halloween film? It’s scheduled for an October 2017 release, John Carpenter will be heavily involved in the production and he may very well score the film with his son Cody Carpenter. John wants to take the series back to its dark, mysterious roots, all explanations and subplots cast aside.