This year was an awesome one for horror. Will 2017 be even better?
The end of the year is a time to look both backwards and forwards, reflecting on the best that the year gave us and looking ahead to all that awaits in the twelve months to come. As a movie fan, a new year is particularity exciting because there’s always so much to look forward to on screens both big and small. And 2017, particularly for the horror genre, is damn sure no exception.
Today we wanted to shine the spotlight on ten horror movies we cannot wait to see in 2017, but before we begin, a quick note. You won’t see upcoming films such as Leatherface, the so-called Chucky 7, or the new Halloween reboot on the list, and that’s simply because we currently have no idea when they’re actually going to come out. So please don’t yell at us for “forgetting” them!
Oh and these are ordered by release date, rather than level of excitement.
Get it? Got it? Good. Let’s begin!
A big horror movie is going to be hitting the big screen nearly every single week of January, the month kicking off with Underworld: Blood Wars and ending with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Nestled in-between those two franchise films is M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Split, which stars James McAvoy as a man with 24 different personalities inside of him. Shyamalan proved with The Visit that he can still craft a compelling horror story, so we’re excited about this one. It feels safe to expect a great performance from McAvoy and of course, some kind of twist. Cause duh.
Comedian Jordan Peele heads into the horror genre next year with directorial debut Get Out, and if the trailer is any indication, it’s set to be the most timely horror movie released in 2017. The film, which looks to be laced with social commentary, stars Daniel Kaluuya as a black man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate and discovers a sinister reason behind the invitation. Horror movies have never shied away from tackling cultural issues and making topical statements about the real world, and we’re happy to see Peele bringing that to the genre next year.
A trailer or plot wasn’t even required to get me excited about The Belko Experiment, and that’s because of the two creative forces behind the “Office Space meets Battle Royale” horror flick. Written by James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy) and directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), Belko is set in a high-rise corporate office and centers on a group of employees who have been tasked with killing their co-workers or, well, being killed themselves. Joe Lipsett already reviewed the film for BD, calling it a “cocktail of murder and laughs.” Yes please.
Personally speaking, there’s no movie I’m more excited about in 2017 than Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, which looks to be way more of a direct Alien prequel than the Prometheus sequel it was originally billed as. Michael Fassbender reprises the role of android David in the new franchise installment, set on an uncharted planet that’s infested with familiar-looking monsters. Early footage was recently shown off to the press and the reactions have indicated that Covenant will be dark, terrifying, and incredibly violent. Say no more. My ticket is already bought.
Universal’s rebooted monsters universe kicks off this coming summer with the Tom Cruise-starring The Mummy, and at this moment in time, we have our doubts about how much of a horror movie it will be. Judging by the trailer, it looks like Universal is rebooting their iconic monster movies as blockbuster action flicks, but we’re willing to give this one a chance before rushing to judgement. If nothing more, Sofia Boutella looks totally badass as the film’s female mummy, and I suppose it’s nice to see so much money and star-power being pumped into monster movies.
Here’s hoping they’re, ya know, at least sort of horror films.