Six months into 2017, and so far it has been a pretty successful year for horror. We got the very talented Jordon Peele’s directorial debut “Get Out”, the sci-fi 80’s inspired horror film “The Void”, the much awaited sequel to “Prometheus” “Alien: Covenant”, and the newly released “It Comes At Night”. There’s still quite a bit more we have to look forward to in these last 6 months of 2017—which I’ll give a small list of the many to be excited for.
5. Death House (TBA)
When an exclusive tour goes wrong at the secret prison known as “Death House” two agents must find a way out of the labyrinth of horrors, all while having to fight against the extremely dangerous and psychotic inmates running around freely.
This movie has a fantastic ensemble cast of horror icons—starring Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Sid Haig, Bill Mosley, Barbara Compton, Dee Wallace, and many more. There’s no official release date on this one yet, but its being labeled under 2017, and the trailer premiered at the Days of the Dead convention back in September, so that should be a pretty good indicator for a late 2017 release date.
4. It (September 8)
This one probably doesn’t need a synopsis, but just in case you are unaware: “It” follows a group of outcast kids who discover an entity who may be linked to the recent missing children in Derry, Maine. When news broke out that there would be a new adaption to Steven King’s classic novel—there was a plethora of mixed emotions. Some people have grown to be excited for this movie after the teaser trailer was released, and others are still skeptical of this, but I think we should all wait to see it for ourselves . I, myself, wasn’t too happy when the news first erupted—especially seeing stills of Pennywise, but c’mon, that trailer looked awesome, and I am looking forward to this one now. I think it’s an interesting new direction they are taking.
3. Leatherface (October)
Finally, the big fella with a chainsaw gets an official origin story. This is a direct prequel to the original, and will show exactly how Thomas Sawyer was molded into the beast we know as “Leatherface”. Teenaged Leatherface and 3 other inmates escape a mental hospital with a nurse they kidnapped, and take her on a nightmarish road trip—all while being pursued by an equally deranged lawman. There’s a “Devils Rejects” vibe to it for sure. Something I can get behind.
2. Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral (TBA)
The highly anticipated and long awaited third installment in the franchise, will serve both as a sequel to the first one, and a prequel to the second one. Taking place immediately after the events of the “Jeepers Creepers”, Sargent Tubbs teams up with a task force hellbent on taking down the Creeper. According to Salva (director and writer) we will learn the origin of the Creeper, and also sets us up for a fourth movie. Which takes place 23 years after the events of the second movie, and will follow Trish and her son Darry. Now, I was hesitant on putting this one on the list—since the studio didn’t confirm an official release date, but according to one of the stars (Justin Hall) in a recent interview, it will be released on Labor Day (September 4th). So let’s just hope for the best.
1. Kuso (July 21)
A body horror comedy that chronicles the lives of the mutated survivors of Los Angeles’s worst earthquake through short stories that sort of connect to each other. The movie premiered at Sundance this past January, in which about 20 or so of the 400 people watching walked out of, because of how gross it was. This one right here is probably the most interesting one on the list. No, not because people couldn’t handle it—there’s always a movie people can’t handle at a film festival. It’s because of how truly bizarre, and bat-shit crazy it is. The best way to describe this film: Something out of Tromaville. Yes. It’s that type of movie. So I’ll let you watch the trailer for it—to see for yourself.