Upcoming New Horror Movies of 2017 & 2018
Oh, the horror!
One of our most popular posts on this site is a post detailing all of the upcoming zombie movies of 2017 and beyond, and while we obviously love zombies and zombie movies, we realize there’s more to horror than just the undead.
2016 was a great year for the horror film industry, with many groundbreaking releases like the new Blair Witch, Don’t Breathe, and one of our personal favorites, Train to Busan. And looking at the horror landscape ahead of us in 2017, we’re in for quite a few scares at the theater.
So if you’re interested in what upcoming horror movies lie ahead in 2017 and beyond, we’ve got you covered with our mega list of new horror movies below:
**Note: We decided not to include every low-budget, straight-to-DVD horror romp on this list, since, well, there are so many that come out each year. If anything good catches our eye, we’ll add it below. But for now, we’ll keep it to just theater releases.**
*Updated 9/25/17* The It sequel release date has been set for 2019.
World War Z 2
June 9, 2017 Delayed out of 2017
Starring: Brad Pitt
Director: David Fincher (rumored)
The World War Z sequel will star Brad Pitt yet again, but we don’t know much more than that. For now, just know that it’s on the way, and it’s going to try to be one of the summer blockbusters of 2017.
See Also: Best New Horror Games 2017
2. Underworld: Blood Wars
Release Date: January 6, 2017
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Charles Dance
Director: Anna Foerster
While we consider Underworld 5 more action than horror, it does have some horror elements, which is why we’re including it on this list. And we can’t do what we want because this is our site, so neener, neener. Kate Beckinsale will return to reprise her role as Selene, and that’s always worth the watch. It’ll undoubtedly be 1 hour 33 minutes of Beckinsale kicking ass. Count us in.
**Updated: Unfortunately, Underworld 5 turned out to be one of the worst new horror movies of 2017 so far. Bummer.
3. The Bye Bye Man
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Starring: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas
Director: Stacy Title
One of the creepiest-looking 2017 horror films on this list is The Bye Bye Man from director Stacy Title. It’s a supernatural horror thriller that will follow three college students who move into an old, off-campus house to find themselves hunted by The Bye Bye Man, a supernatural entity who possesses his victims to coerce them into committing killing sprees. It’s an interesting premise, and one that could be a lot of fun in theaters. We’ll find out when the film releases in January 2017. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man’s most unspeakable acts.”
Release Date: February 3, 2017
Starring: Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden
Director: F. Javier Gutierrez
Rings is the third movie in the Ring series, and it will bring about Samara’s return. Oddly enough, the film will star Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki, as well as The 5th Wave‘s Alex Roe and Friday Night Lights‘s Aimee Teegarden (she was the coach’s daughter, FYI). The first Ring movie was very well-done, but the second coming wasn’t as good. Hopefully, Rings can bring back some of the original’s appeal. It was one of our most anticipated horror films of 2017, but it’s currently slated for February 2017. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t see another delay.
Unfortunately, the new Rings film didn’t live up to the expectations. You can read our review here.
5. Patient Zero
February 17, 2017 TBA
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Matt Smith, Stanley Tucci
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Patient Zero was our most anticipated film out of all of the upcoming zombie movies of 2016. It has a great cast, which includes Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) and Matt Smith (Doctor Who). The movie will follow a zombie plague that’s now a global pandemic, turning the majority of humankind into violent zombies. A man who is able to talk to the zombies leads the last survivors for the search for Patient Zero and a cure. Since its original announcement, it has been pushed back to February 2017, and we can’t wait to check out this zombie flick, and it’s one of the new horror movies of 2017 we can’t wait to see most.
6. Get Out
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Starring: Allison Williams, Lakeith Stanfield, Catherine Keener
Director: Jordan Peele
From the mind of Jordan Peele, Get Out looks to be an incredible upcoming horror movie that could be a stand out in 2017. Here’s the official synopsis, but we highly suggest you check out the trailer above as well:
“A young African American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s cursed family estate.”
7. The Belko Experiment
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Starring: Josh Brener, Adria Arjona, Michael Rooker
Director: Greg McLean
From the mind of James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Dawn of the Dead) comes The Belko Experiment, an upcoming horror thriller that revolves around a twisted social experiment in which 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Colombia when they’re ordered to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. The film has some notable names attached to it, including John C. McGinley (Scrubs), Tony Goldwyn (Ghost, The Last Samurai), and Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy).
8. Keep Watching
Release Date: March 24, 2017
Starring: Chandler Riggs, Bella Thorne, Ioan Gruffudd
Director: Sean Carter
Chandler Riggs (Carl on The Walking Dead for those keeping score at home) will star alongside Bella Thorne in Keep Watching, a film that will see a family imprisoned in their own home by intruders who force them to play a life-and-death game with mysterious rules.
9. Amityville: The Awakening
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Kurtwood Smith
Director: Frank Khalfoun
Amityville: The Awakening follows a single mother who moves her three children into the haunted house, obviously without the knowledge of the house’s bloody history. The film will star Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight, The Machinist), Cameron Monaghan (The Giver, Vampire Academy) and
Red Foreman Kurtwood Smith. It has the makings of a middling experience, but it could surprise us when it hits theaters in January 2017, making it (so far) our most anticipated horror movie of 2017.
10. Wish Upon
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Starring: Sherilyn Fenn, Joey King, Ryan Phillippe
Director: John R. Leonetti
When a father brings home an old music box with an inscription that promises the owner seven wishes, Clare (his daughter) finally gets the life she’s always wanted — until the people closest to her begin dying in violent ways. But can she get rid of the music box causing all of the hell in her new life?
11. The Dark Tower
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Starring: Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
One of Stephen King’s masterpieces will get the big screen treatment, featuring his character Roland Deschain who roams the old-west landscape in search of the Dark Tower. The film has some popular names attached to it, including Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Check out IGN’s discussion on Why You Should Care About the Dark Tower.
12. Alien: Covenant
Release Date: August 4, 2017
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Noomi Rapace
Director: Ridley Scott
We frequently hear the argument that the Alien franchise doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in horror conversations, but we entirely disagree. While it is, of course, heavy on the sci-fi, it’s also absolutely terrifying. In Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott will return to continue the story, which will follow the events of 2012’s Prometheus, with the crew of the colony ship discovering an uncharted paradise but soon discover it’s actually a dangerous world with one sole inhabitant, the synthetic David, survivor of the Prometheus expedition. It’s one of our most anticipated must-see movies of 2017, AND one of the upcoming horror movies we’re most excited about.
Check out the very first Alien: Covenant trailer here.
13. Annabelle: Creation (Annabelle 2)
Release Date: August 11, 2017
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Stephen Sigman, Miranda Otto, Lulu Wilson
Director: David F Sandberg
“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.”
14. It Comes at Night
Release Date: August 25, 2017
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott
Director: Trey Edward Shults
The film will follow a father who will stop at nothing to protect his wife and son from a malevolent, mysterious presence that’s terrorizing them in their own house. The film hails from A24, and it has a pretty impressive cast that we’re excited to see onscreen together. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the It Comes At Night movie soon. For now, check out the trailer here.
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher
Director: Andrés Muschietti
We’re all familiar with the original It movie, based on the works by Stephen King. Now, it’s getting a reboot for the new generation of moviegoers. Here’s the official description:
In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.
We’re always a bit skeptical of horror movie remakes because they typically don’t live up to the originals. But, admittedly, the first image of Pennywise the clown does look delightfully creepy.
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Starring: Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna, Kiefer Sutherland, Ellen Page
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
The Flatliners remake will follow the story of medical students who experiment on “near death” experiences involving past tragedies until the dark consequences of doing so begins to jeopardize their lives. The film has some notable names attached to it, including Ellen Page, Kiefer Sutherland, and Diego Luna, as well as director Niels Arden Oplev, best known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Dead Man Down.
17. Friday the 13th
October 13, 2017 Delayed out of 2017
Director: Breck Eisner
Little information is currently known about the upcoming Friday the 13th movie, but we’re told (by producer Brad Fuller) that they’re toying with the idea of exploring Jason’s supernatural side (i.e. why he gets killed in every movie yet comes back alive in the next one). It’s certainly an intriguing concept that we’d like to see explored. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the project soon and have something more concrete.
18. Insidious: Chapter 4
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Starring: Javier Botet, Kirk Acevedo, Lin Shaye
Director: Adam Robitel
We don’t know much about the upcoming 4th installment of Insidious, properly titled Insidious: Chapter 4. However, we know that it is one of October 2017’s upcoming horror movies
19. Saw: Legacy
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Starring: Tobin Bell
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
The plot for Saw: Legacy is unknown.
Release Date: 2016
Starring: Ryan Kelley, Jessica Morris, Peter Murnik
Director: Tiffany Castro
We’re still wondering if this Lucifer movie is still even coming, and if it does, will it keep the plain name? The plot follows a young caretaker who believes her family is being tormented by Lucifer after she agrees to write a story of a patient haunted by the relentless demon.
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Starring: Lili Taylor, Stephen Dorff, Nicole Andrews
Director: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
The Leatherface prequel movie is a cool concept. It’ll follow a teenage Leatherface after he escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates. While kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a hellish road trip, they find themselves being hunted by an equally deranged lawman seeking revenge. The film will star Stephen Dorff as the Texas Ranger on the hunt and Nicole Andrews as the kidnapped nurse.
Thanks to Bloody Disgusting, we learned that we’ll meet Sally and Franklin’s father in the upcoming horror reboot.
22. The Babysitter
Release Date: October 13, 2017 (Netflix)
Starring: Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee
The Babysitter involves a boy, Cole, who is madly in love with his babysitter, Bee. After staying up late one night to creep on her, Cole finds out that Bee’s secretly a cold-blooded killer who’s in a league with the Devil. But Bee and her crew of cold-blooded killers are aware they’re being watched, and they’ll stop at nothing to prevent Cole from spilling their dark secret, tasking Cole with surviving the night. It’ll star The Flash‘s Robbie Amell, so there’s that. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the movie soon, but we’re told it has more of a horror comedy vibe than a straight up horror film.
23. Cult of Chucky
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Starring: Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Jennifer Tilly
Director: Don Mancini
Our favorite murderous toy doll will return at some point in 2017 in Cult of Chucky, which is written and directed by Don Macini (the man behind the previous two Chucky movies). Cult of Chucky will get an unrated direct-to-home video release with a Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD version. The film will follow Fiona Dourif’s character as she’s been locked in an insane asylum after being wrongfully convicted for the murder of her entire family (the crime which good ole’ Chucky, himself, actually committed). Her therapist introduces Chucky as a new therapeutic tool, which coincidentally, begins a string of grisly deaths in the asylum. Chucky will bring along Tiffany, his beloved bride, to help reign terror.
Release Date: TBA 2018
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton
Director: Luca Guadagnino
One of the most anticipated horror movies of 2017 is Suspiria, which will follow a young ballet dancer who travels to a prestigious dance academy in Berlin only to find that it’s a front for a sinister and supernatural murder spree.
25. Day of the Dead
Release Date: TBA 2017
Starring: Sophie Skelton, Johnathon Schaech, Jeff Gum
Director: Hector Hernandez Vicens
Day of the Dead sounds like a run of the mill zombie movie, in which a group of survivalists seeks shelter from the world overrun by zombies.
26. Jeepers Creepers III
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Starring: Gina Phillips, Meg Foster, Jonathan Breck
Director: Victor Salva
Patricia Trish Jenner comes together with witnesses to a murdering spree by the winged flesh-eating monster we’ve all come to love over the years. They’ll attempt to end his horrific killing once and for all.
27. Mom and Dad
Release Date: September 24, 2017
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Theresa Cook
Director: Brian Taylor
At some point in 2017, we will be blessed with a Nicolas Cage horror movie by the name of Mom and Dad, stemming from director Brian Taylor (Crank, Gamer). Mom and Dad will follow a teenage girl and her little brother as they try to survive during a crazed 24 hours in which a mass hysteria causes parents to violently turn on their own kids. So in other words, Nicolas Cage killing kids.
28. Death House
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Cody Longo, Dee Wallace, Sid Haig, Vernon Wells, Tony Todd
Director: B. Harrison Smith
Death House is aiming to play out like a horror version of The Expendables, and its cast certainly backs that up, with notable horror names like Vernon Wells, Tony Todd, and Sid Haig. The movie will follow a prison tour gone wrong when there’s a power breakdown inside the secret prison known only as the Death House. Two agents will fight through a labyrinth of horrors while being hunted by an army of ruthless roaming inmates. Deep within the prison’s walls, the agents will find a supernatural group of evil beings who are their only chance for survival.
29. Cage Dive
Release Date: August 11, 2017
Starring: Megan Peta Hill, Joel Hogan, Suzanne Dervish-Ali
Director: Gerald Rascionato
A shark horror movie of sorts. Cage Dive will follow three friends who are filming an audition tape for an extreme reality game show in which they’re shark cage diving. Things go wrong, turning their recording attempt into a bloodbath in great white infested water.
30. St. Agatha
Release Date: TBA 2017
Starring: Trin Miller, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
The former SAW director will helm a female-driven pscyhological horror film named St. Agatha that began shooting this week. We don’t know anything about the plot just yet, but at least we know the project is in the works. [via Deadline]
31. The Nun
Release Date: July 18, 2018
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Demian Bichir, Bonnie Aarons
Director: Corin Hardy
The Conjuring 2 spinoff is set to release in July 2018. It’ll follow Bichir’s character investigating a dead Nun in Rome, with Bonnie Aarons reprising her role as said nun.
32. It: Chapter Two
Release Date: September 6, 2019
Starring: Bill Skarsgard
Director: Andy Muschietti
27 years later, the Loser’s Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
It should be no surprise that New Line Cinema jumped on the It sequel as soon as they did, given the major success they are already seeing with the It reboot.
We know nothing just yet, except for the fact that Muschietti will direct, Skarsgard will reprise his role as Pennywise, and the release date is set for September 6, 2019.
It will be interesting to see who will sign-up to play the older counterparts of each character.