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Previewing One of the Most Exciting Halloween Seasons in Horror History

Previewing One of the Most Exciting Halloween Seasons in Horror History

Strap yourselves in. The next two months are going to be AWESOME.

When does the Halloween season officially begin? Is it when all the big stores start putting out their Halloween stuff? Maybe it’s when General Mills unleashes their Monster Cereals? If you’re asking me, the season officially kicks off proper in September, giving us two whole months to fully embrace the spirit of the season.

And between September 1st and October 31st of this year, oh boy do horror fans like ourselves have a whole lot to look forward to.

Whereas some years provide us with little to no new horror in the weeks leading up to Halloween, the 2017 season is jam packed with awesome, kicking off with a bang thanks to Andy Muschietti’s IT. Headed to the big screen on September 8, the new adaptation is one the most hotly-anticipated horror movies in many years, and all signs point to it doing Stephen King’s novel the terrifying justice it has long deserved. All signs also point to IT smashing box office records, which is needless to say going to be huge for horror.

Hitting the big screen just one week later, on September 15, is the mysterious mother!, the brand new horror film from the Oscar-nominated Darren Aronofksy. We know almost nothing about the film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, but it’s drawing favorable comparisons to Rosemary’s Baby and we can be pretty sure that we’re in good hands with Aronofsky at the helm. After all, the last horror film Aronofsky made, 2010’s Black Swan, was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards!

Another big source of big screen excitement this Halloween season is Jigsaw, the return of the Saw franchise that’s headed to theaters on October 27. It’s the eighth film in the series, and the first new Saw sequel in seven years. There was a time when Saw movies were a Halloween tradition, so it’s pretty exciting that the tradition is being restored so many years after the final nail was seemingly hammered into its coffin. How the hell is Jigsaw back? Personally, I can’t wait to find out.

On the small screen, a host of new horror movies look to potentially outshine this year’s theatrical offerings. First up, sequel The Houses October Built 2, arriving on September 22, should be the perfect film to get us all into the Halloween spirit. Like the first film, it looks to be a virtual visit to the most extreme of haunted attractions.

Also in September, Hush and Ouija: Origin of Evil director Mike Flanagan’s Gerald’s Game will premiere on Netflix on Friday, September 29. The film is of course an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1992 suspense thriller, a novel that was previously considered to be unfilmable. King himself recently called Flanagan’s film “horrifying, hypnotic and terrific,” so it sounds like Flanagan has done right by the horror master with this one. Flanagan is himself becoming a master of horror, so new projects from him are always exciting.

Several of our favorite franchises are being revived this Halloween, including the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside), Leatherface will hit DirecTV on September 21, followed by a proper VOD roll-out on October 20. This one is a prequel to Tobe Hooper’s original classic, telling the origin story of the Gunnar Hansen iteration of the hulking, chainsaw-wielding brute. You could argue that such a film is unnecessary, but hey, I’m always happy to have a horror icon back.

Speaking of which, everyone’s favorite killer doll is also coming back, with Don Mancini’s Cult of Chucky being released direct to home video on October 3 – along with the Unrated Blu-ray, DVD and Digital release, the complete 7-film Blu-ray collection is being released same day. The new film, a direct sequel to Curse of Chucky, sounds absolutely bonkers, and we’ve got a good feeling that Mancini is going to blow some minds with this one. The fact that he’s remained the franchise’s architect after all these years is a true gift to us all.

Oh and there’s also fourth franchise installment Victor Crowley, going on tour in October, and Happy Death Day, releasing Friday, October 13!

Of course, movies are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this year’s Halloween season thrills and chills. In the world of television, “American Horror Story: Cult” premieres on FX September 5, the hit series’ seventh season exploring the horrors of a post-Trump America. Then, FOX’s “The Exorcist” returns for its second season on September 29, pitting Tomas and Marcus up against a brand new evil. On October 22, “The Walking Dead” kicks off all-out war with its eighth season.

Just in time for Halloween, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” premieres its entire second season on October 27. Halloween weekend binge party, anyone?

And let’s not forget “Fear the Walking Dead, returning for Season 3.5 on September 10, and “Channel Zero: No-End House, premiering September 20!

As for the third season of “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” we assume at this point that it’s been bumped to 2018. And that may be for the best, as the schedule is already so packed.

What are YOU most looking forward to this Halloween season?

Stranger Things Season 2 via Netflix



  • ThunderDragoon

    And Jeepers Creepers 3 is finally releasing. There’s a screening of it on September 13 in L.A.

    • Travis_Bickle

      And nobody cares!

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Ughh……Just walk away ThunderDragon…..just walk away………

  • I’m looking forward to haunted houses the most, filled with actors and supposedly real haunted places both.

    • MODOK

      “and supposedly real haunted places both.”

      Do tell! Where are you going?

      • First on our list is Hill View Manor in New Castle, PA. I’m pretty excited to see if anything happens!

        • MODOK

          Cool! I had never heard of the place but just looked it up.

  • 2017 is being a weak year for the cinema (full of bad blockbusters, box office flops, annoying movies,…) however the horror genre is getting strong and better.

  • michaelmyers

    niiiiice! what a great Fall it is going to be! fave time of year for more reasons than one, but being prime Horror season is definitely one of them!


    Gosh, when you put it all together, it does seem like a pretty great Halloween season for horror.

    However, the correct answer to the question of when Halloween season begins is the end of July! That’s when craft stores start bringing out their merchandise, catalogs begin sending their fall/Halloween issues and Spirit and Grandin Road roll out their preview videos.

    (Okay, maybe if you’re not quite as obsessed with Halloween the season starts a little later than the end of July, but I’m sticking with my answer.)

  • slayer929

    niiiiice! what a great Fall it is going to be! fave time of year for more reasons than one, but being prime Horror season is definitely one of them!

  • Darcy Williams

    They forgot one movie that comes out in October and that’s happy death day. It’s looks like it going to be good.

    • Micah Unice

      Yessssss. I’m looking forward to that one almost as much as to IT.

      • Darcy Williams

        Me too.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      I added it to the my list that looks awesome thanks!

  • Cult of Chucky is getting great reviews so far. That’s seemingly one down (of course, I’ll save my opinion for when it comes out).

  • Bunny Darko

    Isn’t there also a new film in the Cloverfield franchise competing directly with Jigsaw? Did it get cancelled?

    • Mayday

      It’s called God Particle (we think) and has been moved to Feb. 2, 2018, so not competing with Jigsaw anymore.


        Is that really cloverfield?

  • Matt Graupman

    “IT” looks really, really promising but I think I’m most excited for “Gerald’s Game” because (a) I’ll watch anything that Mike Flanagan does, (b) the cast looks solid, and (c) I already have Netflix so it’s basically free (but I will pay to see “IT” in the theater anyways).

  • Travis_Bickle

    It’s the most wonderful time…of the year!

  • Mayday

    Plus Supernatural returns on Oct. 12, Channel Zero: No-End House premieres Sep. 20 and the day after Halloween Stan Against Evil Season 2 premieres.

  • Elizabeth

    I get to wear a costume to work and surprise the hell out of everyone (everyone thinks I’m this adorable mild-mannered accountant–they are so confused).

  • Pluto Hiller

    I too begin celebrating Halloween Sept. 1st. I break out my department 56 Halloween villages for display on the 1st.

    I’m looking forward to Chucky and Leatherface (I have faith it will be impressive) ‘Saw’ might not be amazing, but is always fun. Wish Jeepers was made by someone else, and can’t wait to take my kids to ‘IT’ on the 8th. Annabelle was fun for them.

    I watch ‘Stranger Things’, but I’m not sure why it gets so much hype. Not really one of my favorite shows, but it is enjoyable.

    • Joris Westerdaal

      Stranger Things is way over-hyped. It’s too kid friendly I think. I wanted to see that Demogorgon do some serious damage for instance. Could have been great.. still enjoyable though.

  • Hardcore F’n Mudd

    And to think, a F 13th and Halloween film were originally scheduled for this year too

  • Meisha’s Taint

    Here’s my list so far:

    It Comes At Night
    Get Out ( I know, I know, still haven’t seen it )
    A Ghost Story
    Houses That October Built 2
    Victor Crowly
    Cult Of Chucky
    Leather Face
    Stranger Things
    American Horror Story
    Maniac Cop 2 ( Been meaning for years to catch this one )

    Any suggestions for any good indie flicks or horror movies that take place during Halloween are greatly appreciated!!

    • Joris Westerdaal

      Looking forward to seeing A Ghost Story too. Looks very moody and desolate. Hits vod somewhere next month.

      You might want to ad The Void and Raw to your viewing list:-)

    • Anna Xenophon

      Snowman – Michael Fassbender detective movie, serial killer thriller. Indie vibes. I’d take a chance on it.

    • ToryK

      Maniac Cop 2 was part of my marathon last year, and it was definitely in the top 5 of the 31+ I watched that month. Absolutely KILLER.

  • Joris Westerdaal

    You forgot Victor Crowley and Jeepers Creepers 3 (by everyone’s favorite director).. and what’s happening with the Hellraiser rights retainer? I wouldn’t be surprised if that gets dumped on vod at some point during the next two months too.

    Personally looking forward to Brawl in Cellblock 99 the most.. not horror but bound to deliver some of the most brutal on-screen violence this Halloween. It and Mother should be pretty great too.

    Good to see R-rated horror dominating 2017 with strong box office returns and lots of love from critics and audiences all round. Our cult grows stronger with each day (evil laughter)

  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    Victor Crowley and Stranger Things season 2 have me extremely excited. Leatherface…eh, maybe? The rest though are pretty meh honestly

  • Jesse Sikora

    IT and Stranger Things!!

  • Anna Xenophon

    IT, mother! maybe Leatherface.

  • Kvngbalor

    Wow no one mentioned haopy death day which comes out Friday 13th



    • Travis_Bickle

      Only one of those franchises revolves around Halloween, and there hasn’t been a Friday/Nightmare/Halloween movie in many many years….so…..

  • ChaosHD

    Also of note: This is not a new movie but Innocent Blood is finally coming out on blu-ray, on my birthday september 19th.

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