Horror Movies 2017 Preview: Scary Films Heading to Theaters in 2017


The horror genre will be well represented in 2017 with new offerings from the Alien, Amityville, Annabelle, Insidious, Resident Evil, The Ring, Saw, and Underworld franchises. Three films based on Stephen King books – It, The Dark Tower, and Gerald’s Game – will be released in 2017, along with a new film from M. Night Shyamalan.

The Mummy is being revived without Brendan Fraser and with Tom Cruise, and 2017’s releases also include remakes of Flatliners and Suspiria. Here’s a look at some of what horror fans can expect in 2017, listed in alphabetical order.

2017 Horror Movies:

Bloody Scene from 'Alien: Covenant'

A scene from ‘Alien: Covenant’ (Photo Credit: Mark Rogers © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

Alien: Covenant (May 19, 2017) starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Guy Pearce, and Noomi Rapace

The Plot: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

Amityville The Awakening Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne stars in Blumhouse Productions’ ‘Amityville: The Awakening’

Amityville: The Awakening (June 30, 2017) starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Morrison, Thomas Mann, and Kurtwood Smith

The Plot: Belle (Thorne), her little sister, and her comatose twin brother (Monaghan) move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.

Annabelle 2 Director David F. Sandberg

Director David F. Sandberg on the set of New Line Cinema’s ‘Annabelle 2’

Annabelle 2 (August 11, 2017) starring Stephanie Sigman, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Philippa Coulthard, Grace Fulton, Lou Lou Safran, Samara Lee, Anthony LaPaglia, and Miranda Otto

The Plot: In Annabelle 2, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

The Babysitter Bella Thorne

The Babysitter (TBD 2017) starring Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Samara Weaving, Andrew Bachelor, Hana Mae Lee, and Emily Alyn Lind

The Plot: Bella Thorne plays a hot babysitter who is part of a satanic cult that wants to kill the 12 year old boy she’s babysitting.

The Bye Bye Man Cast Photo

Lucien Laviscount, Douglas Smith, Jenna Kanell, and Cressida Bonas in ‘The Bye Bye Man’ (Photo © 2015 STX Productions)

The Bye Bye Man (January 13, 2017) starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Faye Dunaway

The Plot: People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we’re asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what…but who? From the producer of Oculus and The Strangers comes The Bye Bye Man, a chilling horror-thriller that exposes the evil behind the most unspeakable acts committed by man. When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t think it, don’t say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control. Is there a way to survive his possession?

The Dark Tower Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in Columbia Pictures ‘The Dark Tower’ (Photo by Ilze Kitshoff © 2016 CTMG)

The Dark Tower (July 28, 2017) starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Katheryn Winnick, and Tom Taylor

The Plot of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Series: The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

Eloise star Chace Crawford

Chace Crawford stars in Vertical Entertainment’s ‘Eloise’

Eloise (February 3, 2017) starring Chace Crawford, Eliza Dushku, Robert Patrick, Nicole Forester, and Brandon T. Jackson

The Plot: Four friends break into an abandoned insane asylum in search of a death certificate which will grant one of them a large inheritance. However, finding it soon becomes the least of their worries in a place haunted by dark memories.

Flatliners (September 29, 2017) starring Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, Kiefer Sutherland, and Ellen Page

The Plot: The 2017 horror thriller is a remake of the 1990 film directed by Joel Schumacher. The story centers around medical students who experiment with life after death but temporarily flatlining a subject.

Gerald's Game by Stephen King

Gerald’s Game (TBD 2017) starring Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas, Carel Struycken, Kate Siegel, and Chiara Aurelia

The Plot: Gerald’s Game follows Gerald and Jessie Burlingame, who have gone to their summer home on a warm weekday in October for a romantic interlude. After being handcuffed to her bedposts, Jessie tires of her husband’s games, until things take an unexpectedly tragic turn. Still handcuffed, she is trapped and alone. Painful memories from her childhood bedevil her. Her only company is a hungry stray dog and the voices that populate her mind. As night comes, she is unsure whether it is her imagination or if she has another companion: someone watching her from the corner of her dark bedroom.

Get Out Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams

Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams in ‘Get Out’ (Photo by Justin Lubin © 2016 Universal Studios)

Get Out (February 24, 2017) starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, LilRel Howery, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson, and Keith Stanfield

The Plot: When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation. Now that Chris (Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Keener) and Dean (Whitford). At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Insidious Chapter 4

Lin Shaye and Tessa Ferrer in ‘Insidious: Chapter 4’

Insidious: Chapter 4 (October 20, 2017) starring Lin Shaye

The Plot: The creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy will return for Insidious: Chapter 4. The supernatural thriller—which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as brilliant parapsychologist Elise Rainier.

It Pennywise Clown Bill Skarsgard

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in New Line Cinema’s ‘It.’

It (September 8, 2017) starring Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton

The Plot: New Line Cinema’s horror thriller It, directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

The Mummy star Annabelle Wallis and Tom Cruise

Annabelle Wallis and Tom Cruise in ‘The Mummy’ (Photo © 2016 Universal Studios)

The Mummy (June 9, 2017) starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe

The Plot: Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Patient Zero Matt Smith and Stanley Tucci

Matt Smith and Stanley Tucci in Screen Gems’ ‘Patient Zero’ (Photo © 2015 Screen Gems)

Patient Zero (February 17, 2017) starring Natalie Dormer, Matt Smith, Clive Standen, Agyness Deyn, John Bradley, and Stanley Tucci

The Plot: In the pandemic thriller, Patient Zero, humanity is battling intelligent, adrenaline-fueled creatures born from a viral super-strain. After being bitten, human survivor Morgan (Smith) realizes he is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leading the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.

Resident Evil Final Chapter star Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich stars in Screen Gems’ ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ (Photo by Ilze Kitshoff © 2016 Davis Films/Impact Pictures (RE6) Inc. and Constantin Film International GmbH)

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (January 27, 2017) starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, Rola, Lee Joon-Gi, William Levy, and Iain Glen.

The Plot: Based on Capcom’s hugely popular video game series comes the final installment in the most successful video game film franchise ever, which has grossed over $1 billion worldwide to date. Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Rings Matilda Lutz

Matilda Lutz stars in ‘Rings’ (Photo by Quantrell Colbert
© 2016 Paramount Pictures)

Rings (February 3, 2017) starring Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, and Bonnie Morgan

The Plot: A new chapter in the beloved Ring horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

Saw The Final Chapter

A scene from the 2010 film, ‘Saw 3D: The Final Chapter’ (Photo Credit: Lionsgate)

Saw: Legacy (October 27, 2017) starring Tobin Bell

The Plot: The story and cast have not yet been revealed, however it appears Tobin Bell will be reprising his role as John Kramer for the eighth film of the Saw franchise.

Split star James McAvoy

James McAvoy stars in ‘Split’ (Photo © 2016 Universal Pictures)

Split (January 20, 2017) starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, and Haley Lu Richardson

The Plot: While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being. Though Kevin (McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Taylor-Joy), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

Suspiria (TBD 2017) starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, and Jessica Harper

The Plot: A remake of the 1977 horror film that starred Jessica Harper as Suzy, a young ballet dancer who arrives in Germany to attend a prestigious school and immediately believes there’s something sinister about the Tans Academy. After a series of gruesome murders, Suzy slowly discovers the school’s connection to a powerful witch.

Underworld Blood Wars Theo James and Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale and Theo James in Screen Gems’ ‘Underworld: Blood Wars.’

Underworld: Blood Wars (January 6, 2017) starring Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Bradley James, and Tobias Menzies

The Plot: Underworld: Blood Wars follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (James) and his father Thomas (Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Also in Theaters in 2017:

Sci-Fi Films / Animated Films / Romantic Comedies / Comic Book and Superhero Movies

Rebecca Murray

Rebecca Murray

Editor in Chief at Showbiz Junkies
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