Thus far, 2017 has already seen a good number of surprising and entertaining horror movies, but only now are we moving into the part of the year where the genre truly thrives. The Halloween season has been providing energy to cinematic scares for decades now, and this year is no exception, with an impressive line-up of terrifying-looking films set to make their way into local theaters over the next few months.
Of all of the horror titles set to come out, however, which are the ones that we are particularly most excited for? That's exactly what we're here to discuss today, and the good news is that there is a solid number of them on the way. So sit back, relax, and get ready for eight films that are going to scare the pants off you in the back half of 2017 and beyond!
IT (September 8)
The year 2017 hasn't been an amazing one for Stephen King fans, what with the disappointing release of The Dark Tower and all -- but the good news is that it looks like things are about to make a serious turnaround on that front. After many years of waiting and too many starts and stops, director Andres Muschietti's vision of IT is finally getting ready to head to theaters, and it not only looks like it could be truly phenomenal, but it has all the makings of becoming one of the biggest horror event titles in recent memory.
From a pop culture perspective, the new take on IT looks like it is picking up and running with the same ball that made Stranger Things such a big hit last year, and it's just impressive how wonderfully balanced the movie looks. The trailers already have us wanting to hang out and ride bikes with the lovable Losers club, but far more important is the fact that Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise looks straight-up terrifying -- and that's saying a lot given the high bar set by Tim Curry. This one is going to be a massive hit, and hopefully one that we will want to see over and over again.
mother! (September 15)
Most cinefiles probably wouldn't categorize Darren Aronofsky as a "horror director," but any that would deny his ability to make piss run down your leg is a fool. He doesn't play much in the realm of blood and gore, but Pi, Requiem For A Dream, and Black Swan are unequivocal mind-fucks that are designed to remain in your nightmares for days. Naturally, this makes us over-the-moon excited for mother!, which very clearly is a return for the filmmaker to that kind of storytelling.
The hypnotic and enigmatic trailers make it hard to get a full grasp on the plot driving things in mother!, but the marketing has made some very broad promises about escalating tensions and both Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem look wonderfully manic in their own special ways. This one is also coming up very soon, set to hit theaters September 15th -- but we'll get an early preview of the buzz thanks to its premieres at both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals next month.
Flatliners (September 29)
I'll be blunt: in this day and age, reboots are stupid. As demonstrated by many, many different franchises to this point, it's a lot better to pick up and continue an established continuity than to just try and demolish it and pretend that it doesn't exist. Thankfully, this is the approach that has been taken for director Niels Arden Oplev's upcoming Flatliners, and on beyond that it's a nice return to a concept that did legitimately work back in the 1990s.
Much like the Joel Schumacher-directed original (which teamed Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt) this new take on the near-death experience thriller also sports a legitimately impressive cast, including Ellen Page, Kiersey Clemons, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev and James Norton. Plus, it will be exciting to see how the original Flatliners idea works with better digital effects, and how Sutherland's original character, Nelson, factors into the story.