There’s a lot of movies and TV to look forward to this year, from a slew of superhero movies (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Wonder Woman) to the second-last season of Game of Thrones. But if you’re a horror fan like me, these are the movies & TV shows you’re most excited about.
Stephen King’s story about a murderous clown terrorizing children is ready for an update. The novel and subsequent film gave children in the 80s and 90s nightmares and a lifelong fear of clowns (yes, I’m talking about myself), so it’s time for millennials to suffer the same fate! Stranger Thing‘s Finn Wolfhard stars as the leader of the neighbourhood kids trying to escape Pennywise’s wrath, while Hemlock Grove‘s Bill Skarsgard plays the killer clown himself. Those of us with coulrophobia might want to stay away.
The Belko Experiment
I caught this one at TIFF and it was an absolute blast! The James Gunn horror movie sees workers at an international corporation locked in their office building and forced to kill each other to survive. Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, John C. McGuinley, Tony Goldwyn and Melonie Diaz all star as office workers who take to the bloody, Battle Royale-esque challenge in different ways.
You won’t have to wait long for this one! The latest from M. Night Shyamalan opens in theatres this January. Three teen girls (including The Witch‘s breakout star Anya Taylor-Joy) are kidnapped by a strange and mysterious man (James McAvoy) who they quickly discover has Dissociative Identity Disorder — aka split personality. He’s got 24 different personas in there, and the girls have no way of knowing which ones are dangerous, or if any will help them escape. This one got great reviews out of Fantasia Fest, which is rare for a Shyamalan film these days!
The fifth and final season of Bates Motel is coming this year. The horror TV show follows the early days of Norman Bates and his beloved mother, played by Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga respectively. This season is finally leading into Psycho territory with none other than Rihanna tapped to play Marion Crane, the role originated by Janet Leigh. Sure, we know how it’s going to end, but I can’t wait to watch.
What is the fourth installment in the Insidious franchise going to be about? No one knows. Seriously — they’ve kept the plot completely under wraps so far. All we know is that Lin Shaye is back so it must be a prequel. Early rumours include an origin story for Shaye’s psychic Elise, and that the film takes place just before the first Insidious started.
While Prometheus left a lot to be desired, I can’t help but still be excited for Alien: Covenant. Katherine Waterston stars as Ripley-look alike (according to the promotional stills, anyway), and Michael Fassbender’s robot David makes a reappearance. Considering David was the best character in Prometheus, it’s a good thing they brought him back. Noomi Rapace’s Shaw might also have a small role in the film, but it looks like it’s mostly a new crew facing off against the xenomorphs.
I’m a sucker for a horror-comedy. Shaun of the Dead, Cabin in the Woods, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil: all classics. Considering Get Out comes from one-half of the best comedy duo of our time (Key and Peele’s Jordan Peele), I’m expecting big things. Peele wrote and stars in the film as a young man meeting his white girlfriend’s family for the first time. All other African-American people in this white, Stepford-esque town have gone missing and left one warning: get out.
The Dark Tower
Science fiction, fantasy, western, horror: The Dark Tower series has it all, and now the well-loved Stephen King books are coming to the big screen. Idris Elba stars as the Gunslinger and Matthew McCounaghey as The Man in Black.
Based on the sci-fi/horror novel of the same name, Annihilation has got an all-star cast and a great genre director, so I’m on board! Natalie Portman stars as a biologist going to an environmental disaster zone where strange and dangerous occurrences have been happening. The rest of her team consists of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson. Ex Machina’s Alex Garland directs. This sounds completely up my alley!
American Horror Story 7
Season six practically just ended and I’m already waiting for season seven news! The show will be back in the fall, as always, with a whole new premise. With witches, asylums, haunted houses, haunted forests, haunted hotels and freaky circuses already covered, your guess is as good as mine as to what will be the next theme.