Heads up, genre fans. There’s all sorts of horror coming to a theater near you this year. From intriguing remakes to some seriously visceral fare, we’ve got the nightmares you need to see. Herewith: 13 of the most exciting upcoming horror movies of 2017.
1. Friday the 13th
Having been through the ringer that is the film industry, the venerable Jason Vorhees, his machete, and his bad intentions are finally returning to the big screen, with the franchise’s 13th (ha) chapter. Rumor has it, the film just may offer an explanation as to how and why the logic-defying slasher is still alive: something we’re very interested to know.
Update: The release date for Friday the 13th has been pushed back to October, 2017.
2. Split (January 20)
If there’s anything we love more than a surprise hit, it’s a surprise redemption. M. Night Shyamalan was just about written off after The Happening, but with 2016’s sleeper hit The Visit and now Split, a psychological horror starring a completely nightmarish James McAvoy as a captor with a bit of a personality disorder, Shyamalan might be on his way back to the upper echelons of horror.
3. A Cure for Wellness (February 17)
The Ring director Gore Verbinski returns to the genre after a long hiatus in the Caribbean. In this thriller, a young executive makes some chilling discoveries while on a mission to retrieve his CEO from a mysterious “wellness center” in the Swiss Alps. The trailer alone calls to mind Scorsese’s Shutter Island and has fans and critics harboring extremely high expectations. We’ll soon see how it all pans out.
4. XX (February 17)
Riding the wave of success offered by such anthology horrors like The ABCs of Death and V/H/S comes XX, an all-female-directed collection of nerve-rattling horror. V/H/S producer Roxanne Benjamin and The Invitation’s Karyn Kusama will show their work, though we have to say we’re most excited to see what Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, has in store for us.
5. Get Out (February 24)
When the trailer dropped for Get Out, it had people freaking the fudge out. In this racially charged thriller, a black man visits his white girlfriend’s cursed family estate. Who’s behind the horror, you ask? It’s none other than Jordan Peele: yes, that Jordan Peele, of Key and Peele. Don’t expect too many chuckles from this movie though.
6. Raw (March 10)
Vegetarianism has a nasty bite in this meaty French gore fest from filmmaker Julia Ducournau. It’s about a vegetarian student, who, after being forced into eating raw liver in a hazing ritual, learns she has an intense craving for flesh. It been touted as the most shocking flick at TIFF 2016’s Midnight Madness, and we can’t wait to see if it lives up to the hype.
7. Hellraiser: Judgment (March 28)
When the return to the world of the Cenobites was announced, fans were *pricked* off that their beloved Doug Bradley wouldn’t return to play Pinhead. However, with the addition of a familiar Wes Craven scream queen, Heather Langenkamp, and the unveiling of a monstrous cast of new villains—the Auditor, the Butcher, and the Stitch Twins, among others—they pretty much got over it.
8. The Dark Tower (July 28)
Based on the highly adaptable narrative from—who else?—Stephen King, The Dark Tower is garnering serious buzz for its above-the-line talent. Not only do you have The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo screenwriter Nikolaj Arcel taking care of the script and the direction, but Idris Elba is your gun-slinging Roland Deschain, and a Southern-twanged Matthew McConaughey as your man in black.
9. Annabelle 2 (August 11)
In this follow-up to 2014’s Annabelle—a prequel to the narrative that’s central to James Wan’s The Conjuring—you have the same creepy doll doing the same freaky things. Only this time, you have insta-hit Lights Out director David F. Sanberg running the show. You can bet the tension will be off the charts.
10. It (September 8)
Hard to believe that what is now heralded as a landmark in horror movies debuted on the small screen. Mama director Andres Muschietti’s remake of the 1990 miniseries covers the same ground: the Losers Club, scary clown sightings. This time, though, Pennywise has a new look. Imagine that popping out of your tub drain.
11. Suspiria (Rumored October 13)
The film has Luca Guadagnino signed on to direct and Italian studio First Sun to produce, so here’s hoping the giallo style of Argento’s arthouse original stays intact, too. Dakota Johnson takes the lead as Susie, an American dancer in a Berlin company where something very sinister is afoot. Tilda Swinton, no stranger to Guadagnino films, also stars.
12. Chucky/Child’s Play 7 (TBD 2017)
If Tom Holland’s 1988 devil doll movie didn’t keep you awake on school nights, then you have problems. We’ve been tracking the details of this new installment via Twitter. Here’s what we know: Don Mancini is confirmed to direct, and the action takes place three years after the events in the 2013 installment. Also, we may learn more about Chucky’s kids, Glen and Glenda.
13. Halloween (TBD 2017)
There’s not much information about the next installment in this infamous franchise. We know John Carpenter is coming back as executive producer. We think 2017 is its projected release year, though Blumhouse Productions suggested there may be some production issues. As for who’s going to direct: well, Movie Pilot has an educated guess…
Editor’s note: an earlier version of this article had incorrect information about “Halloween.” It has since been fixed.
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Still from "It" via KatzSmith Productions