The beginning of 2017 has treated horror fans well, from Get Out to The Devil’s Candy. The next six months? They’re only going to get scarier. Get your tickets and popcorn ready for the most anticipated horror movies coming out in the second half of 2017.
The Dark Tower (August 4)
The long awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s Western horror series is finally here. Originally to be written and directed by the Lost team in 2005, this adaptation stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Elba, playing the gunslinger, must save Earth from the Man in Black.
Annabelle: Creation (August 11)
A prequel to a prequel, Annabelle: Creation promises to amp up the scares of its predecessors. Annabelle the doll has been frightening filmgoers since 2013’s The Conjuring, and the pint-sized terror shows no signs of stopping.
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It (September 8)
It has some big clown shoes to fill—including Tim Curry's unforgettable performance as Pennywise. However, production stills and trailers for the 2017 adaptation have looked incredibly promising. And supposedly Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise is so terrifying that children on set couldn’t stop crying.
Friend Request (September 22)
There have been a number of movies that try to make something scary out of Facebook, Skype, AIM, etc. This new take, starring Fear the Walking Dead's Alycia Debnam Carey, looks like it may actually succeed.
Flatliners (September 29)
A reboot/sequel of the 1990 Kiefer Sutherland vehicle, this new release promises all the adrenaline of the original. Kiefer Sutherland will reprise his role, while Ellen Page and Rogue One's Diego Luna take on starring roles.
Happy Death Day (October 13)
Happy Death Day combines slasher sensibilities with the nausea of a Groundhog Day-style time warp. After Tree Gelbman is murdered during her birthday party, she must relive the day repeatedly until she finds her murderer.
The Snowman (October 20)
The seventh installment in Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series is getting the big screen treatment with Michael Fassbender portraying the famous investigator. The cast also includes Rebecca Ferguson, J.K. Simmons, and Chloë Sevigny. While billed as a crime thriller, The Snowman's grim atmosphere—and the twisted nature of its serial killer—promise plenty of chills.
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Jigsaw (October 27)
The latest entry in the Saw franchise, this film picks up 10 years after the supposed death of Jigsaw. A copycat killer is terrorizing the city, and, once again, innocent lives are at risk. Director Michael Spierig says, “[Jigsaw is] still full of good fun gore, that’s for sure. And, on top of that, it’s got a really great mystery, and there’s very interesting twists.” We’ll be there with popcorn.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (November 3)
This psychological horror, starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, won the Best Screenplay prize at the 2017 Cannes Festival. Farrell plays a surgeon who gets a little too close to a teenage boy who has a few too many secrets. Based on clips that have managed to make their way to YouTube, this film looks like it will be quietly but intensely creepy.
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He's Out There (December 1*)
Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski plays a mother taking her two young daughters on what should be a relaxing lake vacation. Unfortunately, a madman who lurks in the woods has different plans. Strahovski must now fight for her daughters’ lives—and her own. *Keep your eye on this release date, as it may change. Cinema Blend reports it will hit theaters nationwide on 12/1/17; as of May 2017, IMDb lists the movie as still in post-production.
Polaroid (December 1*)
Sure, Polaroid bears a lot of similarities to other teen horror movies. But it looks well-acted and is inspired by an award-winning short film. We’ll see if the short has enough steam for a full movie. *As of 7/27/17, Deadline reports that Polaroid's original August 25 release date has been pushed to December 1.