As 2016 draws to a close and Horror Freaks assess the best and the worst genre offerings of the year, we’re getting our first look at what 2017 has in store for us. We’ve got a few major releases arriving in January, as well as some hotly anticipated DVD releases and some lesser known films coming to VOD. Bookmark this page, and we’ll keep it updated as additional releases are announced. While 2016 will be a tough year to beat, 2017 will kick off with a bang—and a shriek!
Blair Witch (Directed by Adam Wingard)
January 3, 2017 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.
Underworld: Blood Wars (Directed by Anna Foerster)
January 6, 2017 (Theatrical)
Official Synopsis: Follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Attack Of The Lederhosen Zombies (Directed by Dominik Hartl)
January 13, 2017 (VOD)(Limited)
Official Synopsis: Steve, a young professional snowboarder, ruins a high-paying photoshoot with a silly prank, causing him, his girlfriend Branka and fellow snowboarder Josh to be left behind on the mountain. They seek shelter in a garish, loud aprés-ski tavern that is hosting an all-night party for the longest night of the year. Things go from bad to worse when a scientific experiment conducted by a local entrepreneur unleashes an epidemic of zombies and mutant wildlife, but this is mostly lost on the local drunkards as they themselves are not always so easy to distinguish from zombies. Steve, Branka and Josh have to find a way to survive this hellish night.
Bad Kids of Crestview Academy (Directed by Ben Browder)
January 13, 2017 (VOD)(Limited)
Official Synopsis: A group of spoiled “bad kids” have been placed in Saturday detention at the prestigious Crestview Academy. After one of the kids locks away their teacher, they find themselves trapped in school with no way out, wondering who (or what) set them up. Their ranks quickly dwindle as each falls victim to a gruesome “accident” while trying to escape.
The Bye Bye Man (Directed by Stacy Title)
January 13, 2017 (Theatrical)
Official Synopsis: Set in 1990s Wisconsin, the film follows three college students who move into an old, off-campus house, where they find themselves preyed on by a malevolent supernatural entity called “The Bye Bye Man.” They must find a way to save themselves while keeping the whole thing secret to protect anyone else from becoming the entity’s next victim.
Ouija: Origin of Evil (Directed by Mike Flanagan)
January 17, 2017 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Train to Busan (Directed by Sang-ho Yeon)
January 17, 2017 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.
The Axe Murders of Villisca (Directed by Tony E. Valenzuela)
January 20, 2017 (VOD)(Limited)
Official Synopsis: The Axe Murders of Villisca focuses on the paranormal repercussions of what many consider to be the most horrifying unsolved murders in the United States. Now used as a tourist destination, the Villisca Axe Murder House has terrified visitors from around the world and is considered one of the most haunted houses in America. The film follows the present day story of three troubled teens who decide to break in and spend the night at the house, forever changing who they are and what is known about the original murders.
Split (Directed by M. Night Shyamalan)
January 20, 2017 (Theatrical)
Official Synopsis: While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
The Monster (Directed by Bryan Bertino)
January 24, 2017 (DVD)
Official Synopsis: Mother and daughter trapped and tormented in a black forest by a screeching creature – it is unlike anything we have heard before. Not human. Not animal. Like a thousand horses, like a mother’s clamour, a baby’s wail, a father’s howl. Their relationship at breaking point, 10-year-old Lizzy is all out of faith in her mother Kathy (Elisabeth Moss) but tries to stay brave and fearless. Kathy, on the edge, barely keeping it together, knows that only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, can save her daughter from what’s lurking in the darkness…
Sadako vs Kayako (Directed by Koji Shiraishi)
January 26, 2016 (US)(Shudder)
Official Synopsis: After watching a cursed videotape, Natsumi has only two days before she will be killed by demonic entity Sadako. Her only hope is to pit Sadako against Kayako, a menacing spirit that inhabits a haunted house.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson)
January 27, 2017 (Theatrical)
Official Synopsis: Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.
What horror movies are you most looking forward to seeing this January? Sound off in the Comments section!