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: Creation’

Annabelle: Creation (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: Creation, 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: There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter, also known as the Man in Black (McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

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 Cast
Jamie (James Norton), Courtney (Ellen Page) Ray (Diego Luna), and Marlo (Nina Dobrev) hear something in Columbia Picutres’ ‘Flatliners’ (Photo Credit: Michael Gibson © 2017 CTMG)

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

The Plot: In Flatliners, five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.

Gerald's Game by Stephen King

Gerald’s Game (September 29, 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.

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.

Jigsaw star Laura Vandervoort
Laura Vandervoort as Anna in ‘Jigsaw’ (Photo by Brooke Palmer)

Jigsaw (October 27, 2017) starring Tobin Bell, Laura Vandervoort, Hannah Emily Anderson, and Matt Passmore

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.

Mother! Teaser Trailer Starring Jennifer Lawrence

mother! (September 15, 2017) starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer

The Plot: A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

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…

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.

2018 Horror Films: Scary Movies Opening in 2018

Also in Theaters in 2017:

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