April showers will bring May flowers as we leave the cold winter of 2017 in the rearview and look forward to those lazy days of summer. It’s been a great year for horror movies so far, and we’ve got another slew of hotly anticipated genre offerings coming down the pike for Blockbuster Season. Below, in order of release, are 11 films we’re literally chomping at the bit to experience. Have a read and let us know which upcoming horror movies you’re most looking forward to in the Comments section!
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Alien: Covenant (Directed by Ridley Scott)
Release Date: May 19, 2017 (USA)
Official Synopsis: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.
Chances are Ridley Scott’s Alien-prequel/Prometheus-sequel will be one of the highest-grossing films of the year. To say Alien: Covenant is hotly anticipated is an understatement. Franchise fans who were disappointed by the cerebral, somewhat detached Prometheus are excited for what looks like a return to the series’ horror roots with a return of the familiar (and dreaded) Xenomorph.
It Comes at Night (Directed by Trey Edward Shults)
Release Date: June 9, 2017 (USA)
Official Synopsis: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous order a man (Joel Edgerton) has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within the man as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.
A24, the studio that brought us The Witch, is bringing their trademark brand of cerebral and unnerving horror with It Comes at Night. There’s obviously a mystery at the core of this creeper, which seems to blend supernatural and slasher tropes into a unique genre experience.
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47 Meters Down (Directed by Johannes Roberts)
Release Date: June 16, 2017 (USA)
Official Synopsis: Two sisters vacationing in Mexico become trapped in a shark cage on the ocean floor. As their oxygen starts to run out and with great white sharks circling them, the sisters must find a way to get to the surface alive.
With a release planned to coincide with Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, 47 Meters Down is hoping to duplicate the success of last year’s summer blockbuster The Shallows. Hopefully, this will launch an annual tradition of big-budget shark-centric horror movies, with the prehistoric shocker Meg is already scheduled for summer 2018.
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Amityville: The Awakening (Directed by Franck Khalfoun)
Release date: June 30, 2017 (USA)
Official Synopsis: A single mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) moves into a new home with her three children, but the miraculous recovery of her previously comatose teenage son (Cameron Monaghan) leads to a series of sinister events that leave the frightened family fighting for their lives. Bella Thorne and Kurtwood Smith co-star.
Many of film in the Amityville Horror franchise that took the terror beyond the established geography, but Amityville: The Awakening brings the horror back to the infamous house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Long Island. The film has been postponed and delayed half-dozen time since it was completed over 5 years ago. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that The Awakening won’t get another last minute reshuffle.
Wish Upon (Directed by John R. Leonetti)
Release Date: July 14, 2017 (USA)
Official Synopsis: Jonathan Shannon (Ryan Phillippe) gives his 17-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) an old music box that promises to grant its owner seven wishes. Skeptical at first, Clare becomes seduced by its dark powers when her life starts to radically improve with each wish. Everything seems perfect until she realizes that every wish she makes causes the people who are closest to her to die in violent and elaborate ways.
With shades of The Craft, this reimagining of The Monkey’s Paw looks like perfect bubblegum horror aimed at millennials who may not realize how overused many of the tropes presented are. Still, I can’t help but look forward to seeing mean girls and power-hungry underdogs alike getting their comeuppance.
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The Dark Tower (Directed by Nikolaj Arcel)
Release Date: August 4, 2017 (USA)
*At the time of posting, we still don’t have a trailer for The Dark Tower. The video below, however, is a reaction to a trailer shown to industry insiders and theater owners at CinemaCon 2017, courtesy of Geek Tyrant.
Official Synopsis: Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.
One of two feature films based on bestselling novels by Stephen King, The Dark Tower is said to be an FX heavy adaptation that stays very true to the source material. Considering this is the first of many books in The Gunslinger franchise, The Dark Tower has the potential to launch an enduring and profitable film franchise—if it can connect with horror audiences. Time will tell.
Annabelle: Creation (Directed by David Sandberg)
Release date: August 11, 2017 (USA)
Official Synopsis: A nun (Stephanie Sigman) and a group of orphans become the target of a doll maker’s possessed creation.
Chucky may be the king devil doll of the 20th Century, but Annabelle rules the new millennium. The second feature film starring the diminutive automaton, who stole the show as a side character in 2012’s The Conjuring, will reveal her origins; some are also hypothesizing Annabelle: Creation will also serve as a prequel to fellow Conjuring spinoff The Nun, slated for release in 2018.
Polaroid (Directed by Lars Klevberg)
Release Date: 25 August 2017 (USA)
*The Trailer Below is for the 2015 short film Polaroid upon which this feature film is based; at the time of this posting, there is no trailer for the 2017 feature film.
Official Synopsis: Polaroid is styled in the vein of The Ring and Final Destination and centers on a high school loner, Bird Fitcher, who stumbles upon a vintage Polaroid camera. Bird soon learns that the camera houses a terrible secret: whoever has their picture taken by it meets a tragic and violent end. The girl and her friends must survive one more night as they race to solve the mystery of the haunted Polaroid before it kills them all.
Polaroid looks like it treads familiar territory, but I have a soft-spot for techno-based horror along the lines of The Ring and Shutter. Body actor Javier Botet will play the film’s terrifying apparition, meaning we can expect plenty of chilling creature FX.
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IT (Directed by Andres Muschietti)
Release Date: September 8, 2017 (USA)
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
The only film poised to top Alien: Covenant at this summer’s Box Office is Andres Muschietti’s IT, which will feature Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise. Even old-school IT fans who loathed the idea of anyone besides Tim Curry playing the evil clown were blown away by the trailer (above). This summer’s release is the first in a 2-part saga; IT 2 is said to be in pre-production, but we don’t have a release date for that one yet. Stay tuned.
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Friend Request (Directed by Simon Verhoeven)
Release Date: September 22, 2017 (USA)
Official Synopsis: A demonic presence starts to kill a college student’s (Alycia Debnam-Carey) confidants after she unfriends a mysterious girl online.
When I first saw the trailer for Friend Request, I thought we were getting a sequel to 2015’s Unfriended. I joke, but I’m still looking forward to this one.
Flatliners (Directed by Niels Arden Oplev)
Release date: September 29, 2017 (USA)
*At the time of posting, we don’t have a trailer for 2017’s Flatliners. We do, however, have video of star Ellen Page discussing details with ET Canada.
Official Synopsis: Five medical students embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.
Little is known about this summer’s Flatliners at this time, but fans of gloomy early 1990s horror are excited to see this classic getting new life.