2017 has already been a great year for horror. With films including #GetOut and #Split gaining critical and commercial acclaim, not to mention grossing over $300,000,000 at the box office between them, the #horror genre looks to be producing some great flicks nowadays. In the last quarter of the year, we also have the confirmed release dates for the highly anticipated #SawLegacy and #GodParticle (#Cloverfield Movie) to look forward to.
#JeepersCreepers3, #KeepWatching, #Suspiria, #TheTwin, #HellraiserJudgment and #WorldWarZ2 are among some of the films that have also been slated for a 2017 release too, so there are a lot more films to have us wetting our pants.
Below is a list of confirmed horrors that have an official release date this summer. But which one are you most looking forward to? Vote in the poll below, and don't forget to sound off in the comments section too!
It Comes at Night - June 9 (Theatrical Release)
#ItComesAtNight is an upcoming horror/mystery film, written and directed by #Krisha star Trey Edward Shults. Featuring Riley Keough (#MadMaxFuryRoad, #TheGirlfriendExperience), Joel Edgerton (#Warrior, #Loving), Carmen Ejogo (#AlienCovenant, #FantasticBeasts) and Kelvin Harrison Jr. (#StartUp, #Roots), the story follows a father and his family who must fight for survival when a malevolent entity starts terrorizing their home. Their struggle is made even more difficult when a desperate family arrives at his home seeking refuge. As the terror outside intensifies, so does the mood in the house, as tensions and paranoia start to boil over.
The Mummy - June 9 (Wide Release)
#TheMummy franchise is soon to be resurrected, with the latest incarnation intended to be the first installment in the Universal Monsters shared universe. Starring #TomCruise (#MissionImpossible, #TopGun2), Sofia Boutella (#StarTrekBeyond) and #RussellCrowe (#TheNiceGuys), the film follows that good ol' formula;
An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. (SOURCE: Universal Pictures)
If you've been looking forward to the film, you may recall that it was originally due for release back in 2016, but was pushed back to June 9 this year. Not only this, but when IMAX released the trailer for the film, the wrong audio track was attached, with nothing more than Tom Cruise screaming and grunting throughout.
Resident Evil: Vendetta - June 19
The latest full-length CG anime offering based on the Resident Evil horror game franchise is set to be #ResidentEvilVendetta (A.K.A. #BiohazardVendetta). Although it is due for release in Japan on May 27, it is not due for a more wide release until it hits North American audiences on June 19. Reports suggest that the film will have a completely original story, although it will feature characters from multiple games in the series such as Chris Redfield, Rebecca Chambers, and Leon Kennedy.
The plot is set between the events that occurred in #ResidentEvil6 and #ResidentEvil7 and will see Chris Redfield enlisting the help special government agent Leon S. Kennedy and Professor Rebecca Chambers. Their mission is to stop a vengeful death merchant, Glenn Arias, from spreading 'The Trigger Virus' throughout New York City.
47 Meters Down - June 23 (Theatrical Release)
Originally titled 'In The Deep', #47MetersDown is an upcoming survival horror film starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt. Directed by Johannes Roberts (#TheStrangers2), the film follows two sisters, (Moore and Holt), who go vacationing in Mexico. Whilst there, they decide to go shark cage diving, only for their cable to snap, sending them careering 47 meters down beneath the surface, and surrounded by sharks.
Dimension Films had the right to distribute the film, which they were originally going to release on August 2, 2016. However, Dimension Films sold the rights to Entertainment Studios who pushed the release back to June 23, 2017.
Amityville: The Awakening - June 30 (Theatrical Release)
With an all-star cast of up-and-coming young talent including Jennifer Morrison (#OnceUponaTime), Bella Thorne (the TV Series #Scream), Cameron Monaghan (#Shameless, #Gotham), Thomas Mann (#Kong #SkullIsland) and Taylor Spreitler (#KevinCanWait), #AmityvilleTheAwakening was originally going to be entitled Amityville: The Lost Tapes, and have a completely different slant to it, including it going along the lost footage angle. Initially the plot was described as:
An ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, who leads a team of journalists, clergymen and paranormal researchers into an investigation of the bizarre events that will come to be known as The Amityville Horror, only to unwittingly open a door to the unreal that she may never be able to close
However, following several rewrites, The Weinstein Company were provided with a final draft and gave the following plot summary:
Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother's expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn't telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.
Wish Upon - July 14 (Theatrical Release)
The plot revolves around 17 year old Clare (King) who is constantly bullied by her classmates, embarrassed by her father Jonathan (Phillippe), and ignored by her long term crush. However, when her father returns home with an old music box, Clare's life is about to change. With a strange inscription which grants its owner seven wishes, Clare finds that she soon has the life that she always dreamed of. However, she soon comes to realize that after every wish, the people closest to her in her life start to die in violent ways after every wish is placed. Can Clare get rid of the box for good, or will her new and improved life prove more tempting? Whatever the outcome, it leads Clare down a very dark and dangerous path.
The Dark Tower - July 28 (Theatrical Release)
The first of two Stephen King movie adaptations on this list, #TheDarkTower boasts a pretty impressive cast including Katheryn Winnick (#Vikings), Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (#ThorRagnarok, #StarTrekBeyond, #FindingDory) and Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (#Sing, #Interstellar).
The plot involves an eleven year old boy who is spirited away to another dimension called 'Mid-World'. Whilst there, he comes across a knight (Elba) who is travelling to 'End-World in search of the Dark Tower which is the connection point linking time and space. Hoping that the Dark Tower will save 'Mid-World' from extinction, the pair must face numerous monsters and an evil sorcerer named Walter Padick (McConaughey) if they are to successfully complete their mission.
Annabelle: Creation - August 11 (Theatrical Release)
#AnnabelleCreation is a prequel to the original #Annabelle film that explains the doll's dark origins. Starring Miranda Otto (#24Legacy, #Homeland), Philippa Coulthard (#HowardsEnd, #TheCatch), Alicia Vela-Bailey (#UnderworldBloodwars, #AgentsOfSHIELD), and Anthony LaPaglia (#Sunshine, #TheCode), the film we be directed by #LightsOut creator David F. Sandberg.
The film follows the events of a dollmaker and his wife, who's young daughter had dies twenty years previously. When they welcome a nun and several girls from an orphanage into their home after it closes, the dollmakers possessed creation, Annabelle, decides to target one of these new arrivals.
Polaroid - August 25 (VOD)
#Polaroid has been described as being in similar vein to #FinalDestination and #TheRing, where a lone high-schooler discovers a polaroid camera that results in the horrific deaths of anyone who gets snapped by it.
The film was written by Blair Butler (#Halo4, #TalkingDead) and stars Javier Botet (#TheRevenant, #TheConjuring2, #InsidiousChapter4) and Kathryn Prescott (#24Legacy). In 2015, Norwegian director Lars Klevber wrote and directed the short film of the same name and this will be the feature-length version co-produced by Dimension Films, Eldorado Film and Vertigo Entertainment.
Death Note - August 25 (VOD) (Netflix)
Due to be released on August 25 on Netflix, #DeathNote is a live-action incarnation of the Death Note manga. The film will star Margaret Qualley (#TheLeftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (#GetOut, #ThePurgeAnarchy) and Willem Dafoe (#Aquaman, #OpusZero), and has been a highly sought-after adaptation. Back in 2007, it was reported that ten different film companies had stated their interest in remaking the franchise, with the production rights eventually going to Lin Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment.
The plot of the film was provided by Warner Bros. Pictures as follows:
Light Turner, a bright student who stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L.
Sky Sharks - September 1 (VOD)
Naomi Grossman (#AmericanHorrorStory), Dave Sheridan (#HorribleBosses) and horror legend Tony Todd (#TheFlash, #Candyman) star in the newest so-bad-it's-good shark movie, #SkySharks. How could you improve on #Sharknado I hear you yell, well this film involves flying super-mutant zombie sharks ridden by genetically mutated, zombie Nazi's! The plot goes as follows:
A team of Arctic geologists stumble across an abandoned laboratory in which the Nazis developed an incredible and brutal secret weapon during the final months of WW2. Deep in the ice, they accidentally awake a deadly army of flying zombie sharks ridden by genetically mutated, undead super-humans, who are unleashed into the skies, wreaking their bloodthirsty revenge on any aircraft that takes to the air. An elite task force is assembled to take on this deadly threat and stop the Sky Sharks from conquering the air, but as time runs out, the task force realizes they will have to fight fire with fire, and the stage is set for the greatest flying super-mutant zombie shark air battle the world has ever seen…. SOURCE: Dread Central
It - September 9 (Wide Release)
Probably THE most anticipated horror movie of 2017 is the long awaited remake of the 1990 film #It. Based on a 1986 #StephenKing novel, the film is set in Derry, Maine, during the summer of 1989 and follows a group of seven kids who encounter a creepy clown know as Pennywise. As the group realize that the shape-shifting entity may be responsible for children going missing in the town, they set out to destroy it once and for all, before it destroys them.
Cary Fukunaga, who wrote the screenplay, went on to say;
I am in the midst of rewriting the first script now. We're not working on the second part yet. The first script is just about the kids. It's more like The Goonies (1985) meets a horror film [...] We're definitely honoring the spirit of Stephen King, but the horror has to be modernized to make it relevant. That's my job, right now, on this pass. I'm working on making the horror more about suspense than visualization of any creatures. I just don't think that's scary. What could be there, and the sounds and how it interacts with things, is scarier than actual monsters
The official title of the film is It: Part 1 – The Losers' Club, as the movie is planned to be the first installment in a duology. In the book, it is mentioned that "It" returns to Derry approximately every 27 years, and the remake is set 27 years after the original. Not only this, but Bill Skarsgård, who plays Pennywise, will be 27 years old when the film is released, and in a cruel turn of events, Jonathan Brandis, who played the young Bill Denbrough in the original film, died at the age of 27.
Friend Request - September 22 (Wide Release)
Starring Alycia Debnam-Carey (#The100, #FeartheWalkingDead), William Moseley (#TheLittleMermaid, #TheRoyals) and Connor Paolo (#Revenge), #FriendRequest is an upcoming supernatural horror directed by Simon Verhoeven. The plot revolves around Laura (Debnam-Carey) and the repercussions she faces after unfriending a mysterious girl online, which inevitably leads to mayhem and carnage.
The film has already been released in Germany back on 7 January 2016, and was originally due to have a wider release in late 2016. Having been pushed back from October 7 to November 18 and then to December 9 2016, the film is now set for release on September 22, 2017.
So there you have it, a comprehensive run-down of the best horror coming your way over the next few months. But which one are you most looking forward to watching? Let me know by voting in the poll below, and don't forget to sound off in the comments section too!