15 of 2017's Buzziest Horror Movies

6:00 AM 1/4/2017

by Ashley Lee

New haunts and classic villains hit the big screen for supersized scares throughout the entire year.

'Get Out', 'Split', 'Raw', 'Friday the 13th: Part VII — The New Blood' and 'Insidious: Chapter 3'
'Get Out', 'Split', 'Raw', 'Friday the 13th: Part VII — The New Blood' and 'Insidious: Chapter 3'
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For what to watch all year, see 2017’s most anticipated movies and trailers here. Plus, a special list of 2017's animated movies for kids.

  • The Bye Bye Man

    Jan. 13

    The STX thriller follows three college students who move into an old house and unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity who preys upon them once they discover his name. Faye Dunaway stars in the Stacy Title film.

  • Split

    Jan. 20

    M. Night Shyamalan wrote and directs the Universal thriller, which stars James McAvoy as a creepy kidnapper who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and takes three high school girls captive with his 23 distinct personalities. The supernatural film co-stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson.

  • Rings

    Feb. 3

    The Paramount threequel — to 2002’s The Ring and 2005’s The Ring Two — resumes the tales centering on a mysterious cursed videotape that threatens to take viewers’ lives. F. Javier Gutierrez directs the third installment of the hit horror franchise, this time starring Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Vincent D’Onofrio and Laura Wiggins.

  • A Cure for Wellness

    Feb. 17

    Dane DeHaan stars in the Fox psychological thriller as an employee who is sent to rescue his boss from a European “wellness spa” but soon realizes he's trapped, and discovers that the facility has a more sinister purpose than just serving the health needs of its patients. Also featuring Mia Goth, the film is director Gore Verbinski’s first horror film since 2002’s The Ring.

  • Patient Zero

    Feb. 17

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    The Screen Gems title stars Matt Smith as a man who can communicate with the zombie-like creatures who are taking over the planet. Hoping to find the cure, he tracks down Patient Zero (Stanley Tucci), who for some reason does not exhibit the usual symptoms of the virus. Stefan Ruzowitzky directs the film, also featuring Natalie Dormer, Clive Standen and John Bradley.

  • Get Out

    Feb. 24

    Comedy Central breakout Jordan Peele wrote and directs the Universal release, following a young black man who visits his white girlfriend's family estate and uncovers a sinister, racially-charged conspiracy. Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams star as the young couple, alongside Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford and Keith Stanfield.

  • Raw

    March 10

    Julia Ducournau wrote and directs the French-language coming-of-age film about a vegetarian college student who slowly becomes a cannibal. The Focus World title notably led multiple audience members to pass out during a fest screening last year.

  • The Belko Experiment

    March 17

    Tony Goldwyn is among those trapped in a high-rise corporate office in Bogota, Colombia as part of a twisted social experiment, which asks 83 Americans to kill three of their coworkers or those running the experiment will kill six of them. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn penned the BH Tilt release, directed by Greg McLean.

  • Sleight

    April 7

    JD Dillard’s directorial debut centers on a young street magician who is left to care for his little sister after his mother's passing and turns to illegal activities in the Los Angeles party scene to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets into trouble with his supplier, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to rely on both his sleight of hand and brilliant mind to save her. The BH Tilt release stars Jacob Latimore, Dulé Hill and Seychelle Gabriel.

  • Amityville: The Awakening

    June 30

    Bella Thorne and Jennifer Jason Leigh are among those in the 14th installment of the classic horror franchise. Directed by Franck Khalfoun, the latest entry from Dimension and Blumhouse follows a young girl who moves into a new home with her single mother and comatose young brother, who makes a miraculous recovery as other strange phenomena occurs.

  • Annabelle: Creation

    Aug. 11

    Miranda Otto is featured in the New Line sequel to the doll-centric 2014 hit. David Sandberg directs the spinoff of the Conjuring franchise, which follows a dollmaker and his wife who, 20 years after the tragic death of their little girl, welcome a nun and several orphans into their home, only to see them targeted by the possessed titular creation.

  • Cadaver

    Aug. 25

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    Shay Mitchell stars as a disgraced ex-cop and recovering addict who takes a job at the morgue of the hospital in which she got sober. Soon after a mysterious and brutally massacred body is delivered, she begins to witness terrorizing and violent murders, leading her to face off against an evil entity. Diederik Van Rooijen directs the Screen Gems release, also featuring Stana Katic.

  • Polaroid

    Aug. 25

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    Lars Klevberg directs Dimension’s feature adaptation of his short film, which centers on two women who discover a Polaroid camera and the horrible past it hides. 

  • It

    Sept. 8


    The first of New Line’s two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s landmark novel follows a group of teens who defeat the titular creature, who then returns years later to torment the adults who now have no memory of the first battle. Andy Muschietti directs the horror pic starring Bill Skarsgard and Jaeden Lieberher.

  • Flatliners

    Sept. 29

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    Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev and Ellen Page star in Screen Gems’ retelling of the '90s sci-fi thriller, which starred Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland and followed a group of medical students who conduct near-death experiments to explore the afterlife to disastrous consequences. Niels Arden Oplev directs the Screen Gems release.

  • Friday the 13th

    Oct. 13


    The legendary hockey mask-wearing, machete-wielding mass murderer Jason Voorhees is back on the big screen in Paramount’s retelling of the classic horror film, and on the film’s titular date. Breck Eisner directs the horror pic, which is expected to answer the decades-old question of why the slasher can't be killed.

  • Insidious: Chapter 4

    Oct. 20

    Adam Robitel directs the fourth installment of the Universal franchise, which first zoomed in on a family whose young son was possessed by demons and is reluctantly helped by a gifted psychic. The latest entry is rumored to continue the prequel tale of the third film, which centered on the medium’s mysterious ability to contact the dead.

  • 2017 Cloverfield Movie

    Oct. 27

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    Details about Paramount’s next Cloverfield entry are under wraps, but it may be the now-unscheduled God Particle, the Julius Onah film (also from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions) that stars David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, Daniel Bruhl, Zhang Ziyi and Elizabeth Debicki as space station crewmembers who find themselves meeting new explorers after a scientific experiment causes Earth to disappear. A similar switch occurred when the studio dated 2016's 10 Cloverfield Lane

  • Saw: Legacy

    Oct. 27

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    The long-running Lionsgate franchise — which sees the titular serial killer Jigsaw subjecting people to fatal puzzles — gets a fresh makeover, with a new story line and new characters. Michael and Peter Spierig direct the seventh film, again featuring a score by Nine Inch Nails musician Charlie Clouser.

  • He’s Out There

    Dec. 1

    Dennis Iliadis directs the Screen Gems pic, which follows a vacationing mother and her daughters as they fight for survival upon stumbling into a psychopath’s bizarre nightmare.

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