Cult of Chucky
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Director: Don Mancini
Cast: Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Grace Lynn Kung, Elisabeth Rosen
What We Know So Far: Some poor folks get locked up in a mental hospital with a wild Good Guy Doll on the loose and the usual chaos ensues. This one looks like a blast, promising combo of the self-aware humor that has taken over the Chucky franchise and the childhood-scarring scares of the first film.
Better Watch Out
Release Date: October 6, 2017
Director: Chris Peckover
Cast: Dacre Montgomery, Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Patrick Warburton, Virginia Madsen, Ed Oxenbould
What We Know So Far: This holiday horror is a strange brew of Christmas spirit, home invasion thrills, and a nasty little mean streak. The film earned a vocal set of fans when it debuted at Fantastic Fest last year under the title Safe Neighborhood.
Brawl in Cell Block 99
Release Date: October 6, 2017
Director: S. Craig Zahler
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, Udo Kier
What We Know So Far: As a title, Brawl in Cell Block 99 pretty much lets you know what your in for. The film stars Vince Vaughn as a former boxer who turns to a life of crime and finds himself thrown in prison “where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.” The follow-up film from Bone Tomahawk writer-director S. Craig Zahler has screened at festivals and it’s already earned a reputation as a stomach-churning exploitation flick with a knockout performance from Vaughn.
Happy Death Day
Release Date: October 13, 2017 (Friday the 13th, no less)
Director: Christopher Landon
Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews
What We Know So Far: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse director gets back behind the camera for this Blumhouse pic, which follows a college student he relives the day of her death until she discovers her killer’s identity.
Release Date: October 20, 2017 (On digital platforms)
Director: Patrick Bice
Cast: Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan
What We Know So Far: The follow-up to the unnerving 2014 found footage horror Creep, Creep 2 finds another foolish party lured into Josef’s (Duplass) tricky terrors via online adds. This time, it’s Sara (Akhavan), a video artist who created intimacy with lonely men and can’t resist the opportunity to create a shocking piece of art when she meets a man who claims to be a serial killer.
Release Date: October 20, 2017 (Netflix)
Director: Zak Hilditch
Cast: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Brian d’Arcy James, Kaitlyn Bernard, Dylan Schmid, Neal McDonough
What We Know So Far: Yet another Stephen King adaptation in 2017, 1922 premiered at Fantastic Fest to largely positive reviews (read our full review here). The film pulls from King’s Full Dark, No Stars novella of the same name about a man who has a Tell-Tale Heart trip through guilt and consequences after he murders his wife in cold blood.
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Director: Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo
Cast: Finn Jones, Lili Taylor, Stephen Dorff, James Bloor, Nicole Andrews, Vaness Grasse, Sam Coleman
What We Know So Far: Inside directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo take on the iconic Texas Chainsaw Massacre character with a prequel investigating the young man’s bloody path to becoming a cannibalistic human butcher. The first looks have been especially brutal and blood soaked, so unlike the goofy Texas Chainsaw 3D, expect a new installment that pulls no punches.
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Directors: Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig
Cast: Laura Vandervoort, Tobin Bell, Mandela Van Peebles, Hannah Anderson, Brittany Allen, Callum Keith Rennie
What We Know So Far: The Saw franchise is returning ot theaters for the first time in nearly a decade with Predestination and Daybreakers directors Michael and Peter Spierig behind the camera. The filmmakers have teased a more “fun” spin on the franchise, which could be just the jolt it needs to resurrect it from its nihilistic early-aughts slumber.
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Director: Joachim Trier
Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen
What We Know So Far: Louder than Bombs director Joachim Trier takes a turn towards the supernatural with Thelma, a story of sexual awakening and coming-of-age drama about the terrifying power of discovering your true self. Wrapped up in themes of religion, fundamentalism, and patriarchal rule, Thelma uses witchcraft and paranormal powers as a means of exploring the character drama that has become Trier’s calling card. Read our full review here.
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Director: Joe Lynch
Cast: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Caroline, Chikezie, Steven Brand, Kerry Fox, Dallas Roberts
What We Know So Far: Everly director takes on the realm of corporate satire with his horror comedy about what happens when a virus erodes all impulse control in the fiercely competitive walls of a white collar firm. Mayhem has been making the festival rounds over recent months, earning a steady buzz as an energetic, blood-soaked popcorn flick.
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Director: Lars Klevberg
Cast: Madelaine Petsch, Javier Botet, Kathryn Prescott, Grace Zabriskie, Katie Stevens, Mitch Pileggi
What We Know So Far: Not much, except that we’re going to see Cheryl Blossom die.
Insidious: Chapter 4
Release Date: January 5, 2018
Director: Adam Robitel
Cast: Lin Shaye
What We Know So Far: The Taking of Deborah Logan director Adam Robitel steps in for the fourth Insidious film, scripted by Leigh Whannell. The film will bring back franchise regular Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier and will reportedly see the parapsychologist investigating a haunting in her own family home.
Release Date: February 23, 2018
Director: Alex Garland
Cast: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Gina Rodriguez
What We Know So Far: Ex Machina writer-director Alex Garland is venturing into a new type of sci-fi thriller with the eco-horror, Annihilation. Garland adapts from Jeff Van Der Meer‘s novel of the same name, which is the first book in the author’s Southern Reach trilogy about a team of scientists who venture into the nightmarish, deadly territory known as Area X.
The Purge 4
Release Date: July 4, 2018
Director: Gerard McMurray
What We Know So Far: The Purge creator James DeMonaco is handing over the franchise reigns for the first time to Burning Sands director Gerard McMurray. DeMonaco returns to pen the script, and he recently revealed that the fourth film, subtitled The Island, will take place during the very first experimental purge on Staten Island.
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Director: Corin Hardy
Cast: Demien Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Charlotte Hope
What We Know So Far: You get a Conjuring spinoff! And you get a Conjuring spinoff! New Line and Warner Bros. are gearing up for the third film in the Conjuring mothership franchise, but they’re also hard at work on their spin-off universe. The Hallow director Corin Hardy is directing The Nun, which explores the origin of the horrifying sister of the cloth that tormented Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring 2. The script comes from Gary Dauberman and James Wan.
Release Date: August 13, 2018
Director: Shane Black
Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Trevante Rhodes, Sterling K. Brown, Yvonne Strahovski
What We Know So Far: Look at that cast. Just look at it! Now look at who is directing this movie. Now look at me and just try to tell me you’re not excited for this movie. The return of 20th Century Fox’s extra bloody, high-body count action franchise is packing some serious talent across the board. Plot details are still under lockdown (unless you’ve been indulging in spoilery set photos), but with Shane Black behind the camera and a cast like that in front of it, The Predator has the potential to be — dare I say it? — the best film in the franchise.
Release Date: October 19, 2018
Director: David Gordon Green
What We Know So Far: The hype is so real. Blumhouse threw a real curve ball by recruiting genre chameleon David Gordon Green to direct their reboot of the classic horror franchise and co-write alongside Danny McBride. You don’t hire a duo that unexpected to be a studio hand and Blumhouse is known for giving their filmmakers a lot of creative control, which means these guys brought a pitch to the table so good it not only won them one of the most high-profile horror gigs in Hollywood, but an endorsement from John Carpenter himself.
Release Date: TBD (Well Go USA)
Director: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Cast: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie Hernandez, Emily Montague, Tate Ellington
What We Know So Far: This weirdo little cult movie from Spring and Resolution directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead has been earning a pretty intense buzz out of early festival screenings. Per the official synopsis, “writer/directors Moorhead and Benson star as two brothers who return to the death cult from which they fled a decade ago, only to find that there might be some truth to the group’s otherworldly beliefs.”
Release Date: TBD
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper
What We Know So Far: Luca Guadagnino is an excellent filmmaker and the moment he got involved, the Suspiria remake went from a bad idea to a fascinating and intriguing project. And he brought freaking Tilda Swinton with him. Guadagnino has said he’s veering away from the iconic technicolor palette of the first film, refraining from primary colors entirely. He’s also recruited Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke to compose the score, his first time writing music for a film. With no official images or footage released yet, this one’s still a big question mark at the moment, but we’ve heard very promising things.
Release Date: TBD
Director: Johannes Roberts
Cast: Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Martin Henderson, Lewis Pullman
What We Know So Far: It finally actually happened. The Strangers 2 sequel is a go with 47 Meters Below director Johannes Roberts behind the camera.
World War Z 2
Release Date: TBD
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Brad Pitt
What We Know So Far: David Fincher is directing a zombie movie. Take a moment to let that sink in. Somehow Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt might turn their big blockbuster zombie mess into one of the most exciting genre projects of all time. World War Z landed in theaters back in 2013 and the sequel was originally scheduled arrive this year before it dropped off the schedule. For a minute there, it looked like the sequel might be doomed to the production issues that plagued the first film, but now that Fincher is attached, the project is moving toward a possible 2019 release.