Overall it has just been an okay year for horror in my opinion – but some of the best stuff is still ahead of us. While films like The Conjuring 2, 10 Cloverfield Lane and Carnage Park provided some thrilling scares it was Stranger Things, the sleeper series of the Summer, that has stole the show.
8.) Death House
Touted as The Expendables of horror it features an all-star cast of horror legends. Including; Tony Todd (Candyman), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees), Heather Langenkamp (NOES), Adriene Barbeau (The Fog), Dee Wallace (E.T., Cujo, Critters), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Sid Haig (Devil’s Rejects), Bill Moseley (House of 1000s Corpses), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave), Felicia Rose (Sleepaway Camp)
Synopsis: During an exclusive tour, a power breakdown inside a secret prison known as the Death House sends two agents fighting through a labyrinth of horrors while being pursued by a ruthless army of roaming inmates. As they fight to escape, the agents push toward the lowest depths of the facility where they learn a supernatural group of evil beings are their only chance for survival.
7.) The Void
THE VOID is an original horror film from writer/director team Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie. Best known for their work as part of the Astron-6 collective (MANBORG, FATHER’S DAY), they are also design and FX veterans of major Hollywood productions (PACIFIC RIM, ROBOCOP, NBC’s HANNIBAL).
As with any horror re-imagining or reboot IT has come with some criticism and maybe rightfully so after what we saw out of the Poltergeist remake. Maybe it is just the marketing and posters but they feel like they have an eerily similar aesthetic in the early stages. That being said I think IT has some real potential to be one of the more creepy clown films in recent memory.
Synopsis: In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.
Released: September 8, 2017
When the American remake of Ringu first came out in 2002 I knew little about it going into the theater. When I exited the theater images of Samara and video tape and left a lasting impression on me. The legend goes that if you watch a mysterious video tape you would get a phone call from Samara herself saying “Seven Days.” It was an ominous warning that she would be coming after you and the countdown had begun. At any moment she would spring from your TV full of static and petrify you into a static hollow corpse. Yikes. Let’s see if they can recapture the magic from the original with Rings – previously known as Rings 3D. I personally think they should have called it “Seven Days.”
Synopsis: Samara returns with a familiar video tape to strike terror again in the third film of the Ring series, Rings.
Released: February, 2017
4.) The Dark Tower
The much anticipate film adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is finally almost here. It features Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in the two lead roles. With these two powerhouse actors it’s hard to think the series will disappoint.
Synopsis: A gunslinger (Idris Elba) and an evil sorcerer (Matthew McConaughey) embark on a journey to reach a mystical tower that can save their decaying world.
Released: February 17, 2017
This on again off again reboot is now on again and they have a new lead actress. Originally the Isabelle Furhman (Orphan) was suppose to be the leading lady but now it is 50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson who takes over. In addition to Johnson, Chole Grace Mortez, Tilda Swinton and Roman Bloodworth round out the cast. It will be hard to live up to the stunning visuals featured in the Argento’s original but not entirely impossible.
A young ballet dancer travels to a prestigious dance academy in Europe, only to discover it is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of increasingly grisly murders.
2.) Insidious 4
Blumhouse confirmed that franchise regular Lin Shaye will be return as Elise Rainer, along with announcing a fall 2017 release date. A video from Blumhouse earlier this year showed Lin Shaye playing with a deck of tarot cards, when she’s joined by Leigh Whannell in producer Jason Blum‘s office. The actress, pouring over the cards, says she’s “getting something” before flipping them over to reveal that Insidious Chapter 4 will be written by Leigh Whannell, directed by Adam Robitel.
One potential backstory I heard for the forth installment was exploring the background of the creepy 50’s family we saw in The Further. It was the creepiest part of the second film and could provide some spooky scenes.
Released: October 27, 2017
Synopsis: Once more into the further dear friend.
1.) Saw Legacy
Heeeeeeee’ssss baaaaack! SAW 3D: The Final Chapter was suppose to be just that – the final film in the franchise. Much like Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, but we all know we’ll see another Resident Evil film in 5 years. As with most successful franchises these days the villain never truly dies and nor does the franchise. The plot is still unknown but we are sure Jigsaw will have plenty of games to play.