20 horror films to put on your to-watch list in 2017

Horror films 2017

Horror fans have reason to get excited in 2017 with an abundance of freaky films heading to the big screen. 

The new year brings with it reboots and sequels galore, with a sprinkle of new horror titles. 

If you like the sound of epic slasher reboots, creepy clowns, demonic dolls and of course grotesque Alien Facehuggers, check out our list of 24 date-sorted horror films to put on your 2017 to-watch list.

 The Bye Bye Man –  13 January 2017

With a name like that who could resist. The film follows a group of three friends who discover that The Bye Bye Man is ‘the root cause of evil behind man’s most unspeakable acts.’

The mantra for the film is “Don’t say it. Don’t think it.” In short, the premise kind of resembles ‘The Game’ if, every time you lost, a killer with a coat came after you.

Sure the film sounds incredibly cheesy, but sometimes it’s nice to get lost in a little bit of mindless horror. 

Directed by Stacy Title, the film stars Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinthas The Bye Bye Man, alongside Douglas Smith (OuijaVinyl) and Lucien Laviscount (Scream Queens).

Split –  20 January 2017

M. Night Shyamalan is at it again but don’t run away just yet, this upcoming film has already picked up a number of overwhelmingly positive critic ratings. In what is being dubbed by some as Shyamalan’s return, Split might just be a reason to forgive and forget. 

Split follows James McCovy as Kevin and his 24 alternate personalities. Diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, Kevin and his alters capture three girls and hold them captive. 

Rings  – 3 February 2017

Don’t have a VHS player? Never fear the girl from The Ring has adapted to the modern age – well kind of.

In The Ring franchise’s newest chapter a spam email could mean Julia’s demise. That’s right in 2017 The Ring girl hopes that you are silly enough to open an email titled ‘Urgent!!!’ before she decides to hunt you down.

Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before I fall), Rings follows Julia (Matilda Lutz) who sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend, after he researches a subculture surrounding a video that kills the watcher within 7-days. 

A Cure for Wellness –  17 February 2017

A Cure for Wellness follows an ambitious executive who is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic cult-like spa called ‘wellness centre’. Set in the remote Swiss Alps the spa’s miraculous treatments aren’t what they seem. His sanity is tested when he finds himself with the same illness that keeps all the guests longing for a cure.

Directed by Gore Verbinski, the mystery/thriller stars Jason Isaacs (The OA, Harry Potter series), alongside Dane DeHaan (Amazing Spider-Man, Chronicle) and Mia Goth (The Survivalist, Everest).

Patient Zero –  17 February 2017

The star-studded film Patient Zero takes place after an unprecedented global pandemic turns the majority of humankind into violent ‘infected’. A man who has the ability to speak the infected’s new language leads the remaining survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. 

Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, the film stars Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Clive Standen (Vikings, Everest), and John Bradley (Game of Thrones). 

Get Out –  24 February 2017

Get Out follows a young African-American man named Chris and his girlfriend, Rose. When Rose invites Chris for a weekend getaway to meet her parents all hell breaks loose.

While Chris may think the family’s overly accommodating behaviour is a nervous attempt at coming to terms with their daughter’s interracial relationship, he comes to discover a truth he had never imagined.

Directed by Jordan Peele the film stars Catherine Keener (Into The Wild), Allison Williams (Girls) and Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12, The Purge: Anarchy).

Personal Shopper –  10 March 2017

Have you been craving a ghost story? Personal Shopper looks like an odd, but worthwhile choice.

The film, which stars Kristen Stewart and Lars Eidinger (Clouds of Sils Maria), is a ghost story that takes place in the fashion underworld of Paris, where a woman named Maureen Cartwright seeks a sign from her dead brother. 

The Belko Experiment –  17 March 2017

If you like a little black humour with your gory horror, The Belko Experiment has your back.

Directed by Greg McClean (Wolf Creek) and written by James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead), the film follows 80 Americans locked in a high-rise corporate building as part of a twisted social experiment.

In their Bogotá, Colombia office, they are ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom to participate in a brutal game of ‘kill or be killed’. 

The film stars a host of well-known names such as Josh Brener (The Internship), Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls), Tony Goldwyn (Ghost), and John C. McGinley (Scrubs).

Alien: Covenant – 19 May 2017

In case you haven’t already heard, the sequel to Alien: Prometheus is almost here. Directed by Ridley Scott, the newest installation in the Alien franchise is bringing back some well known Aliens and a hard R rating. 

According to Scott, the film will blow the iconic Alien ‘chest buster scene’ out of the water.

Starring Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus), Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), and Guy Pearce (Memento, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), Alien: Covenant is the sixth film to be produced under the Alien title.

Amityville: Awakening – 30 June 2017

If you have been keeping tabs on Amityville: The Awakening you will be aware that the film, which is loosely ‘inspired-by-true-events’, has had its release date pushed back on multiple occasions.  

Starring Bella Thorn (Shake it Up, The Duff) and Cameron Monaghan (Gotham, Shameless), The film follows a family who relocate to a more affordable house in order to pay for medical expenses. Belle, her little sister and her comatose twin brother move to a house picked out by their single mother Joan. But when her brother makes a miraculous recovery and the family begin to experience strange phenomena, Belle suspects that her mother isn’t telling her everything, and soon realises they moved into the infamous Amityville house. 

Annabelle 2 –  11 August 2017

The creepy demonic doll is back in the sequel to the 2014 film, Annabelle. The second film in the Annabelle franchise is sure to give anyone who can’t stand beady-eyed porcelain dolls the heebie-jeebies. 

Directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) and written by Gary Dauberman (Anabelle), the film stars Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), and Lulu Wilson (Ouija 2, Deliver Us from Evil).

IT – 8 September 2017

In 2017 Stephen King’s IT will finally return to screens, following the novels 1990 mini-series stint.

Directed by Andrés Muschietti, the film follows a group of seven children who are prayed on by a shapeshifting, manipulative dancing clown who exploits children’s fears. 

The newest King reboot stars Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise (Hemlock Grove), Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) as Bill Denbrough leader of The Losers, and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as The Losers’ member Richie Tozier.

Flatliners –  29 September 2017

Directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the sequel to the 1990 film Flatliners follows a group of Medical students who experiment with “near death” experiences that involve past tragedies. Until, of course, the dark consequences begin to jeopardise their lives.

While little information has been released about the upcoming film, we do know that it stars Ellen Page (Inception, Juno), Diego Luna (Rogue One), and Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries, The Perks of Being a Wallflower).

Friday the 13th –  13 October 2017

It has been almost a decade since we saw the release of a Friday the 13th film. While there are a lot of details still to come, here are a few tidbits of information dropped about the October 2017 film:

  1. It has been revealed that Friday the 13th won’t be a found-footage film, which I think we can all be thankful for.
  2. Friday the 13th won’t be set in the modern age, it has been confirmed that the film will be a period piece. We are thinking the eighties (which would be awesome) but the set date has yet to be revealed.
  3. For those new to the franchise you will be able to watch this film without confusion, and for those familiar with the franchise you will get something refreshing and new.
  4.  The film will have a hard R rating.

Insidious: Chapter 4 – 20 October 2017

The plot of the 4th chapter of Insidious has been kept under tight wraps. All we know for now is that we can expect to see the film’s release on the 20th of October. 

Saw: Legacy – 27 October 2017

The eighth film in the Saw franchise is on its way. Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, the upcoming film also has its plot under wraps. 

Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral – Unknown 2017

Fans of the Jeepers Creepers franchise will finally get a third film. Set to release sometime in 2017 the film follows Trish Jenner, played by original Jeepers Creepers actress Gina Philips, and her teenage son Darry who was named after the brother she lost 23 years ago. 

Trish has a recurring nightmare where her son suffers the same fate as her brother by the hands of creeper (played by veteran creeper actor, Jonathan Breck.) Determined to prevent those traumatic events from happening again, the now rich and powerful Trish sets out on a final quest with Jack Taggart Sr. and Jr. to end the Creepers reign of terror once and for all. 

Keep Watching –  Unknown Date 2017

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Keep Watching follows a family imprisoned by intruders and forced to play a game of “Kill, Or Be Killed”. As the night unfolds, the game’s rules become clear and the family realise they are being live streamed to a world compelled to watch, not knowing if what they are seeing is real or staged. 

Directed by Sean Carter (The Killing Room), the film stars Bella Thorn (Shake it Up, The Duff), Jared Abrahamson (Hello Destroyer), and Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead). 

Chucky 7: Cult of Chucky – 2017

The seventh film in the possessed doll franchise Child’s Play makes its debut this year. 

Chucky 7: Cult of Chucky will star the veteran voice of Chucky Brad Dourif, as well as his daughter Fiona who will once again take on the role of Nica Pierce.

Suspiria – Unknown Date 2017

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