Be afraid. Here's your ultimate guide to the horror movies and TV of 2017

2017 has already been a great year for horror movies but don't worry, the best isn't over by a long shot. Whether you're looking for the return of old franchises - oh hello, Saw - or a long awaited adaptation, there's a gory trickle of intriguing scares on the way to both the big and small screens. Here are the best upcoming horror movies and TV, and a few highlights that you might have missed so far. Fasten yourself in for a whistle stop tour of 2017's horror highlights and where to find them. Think of it like a log flume. With blood. 

The horrors you might have missed...

  • '80s horror meets Jumanji, Beyond the Gates is out on VoD and home release
  • The blood-covered Santa Clarita Diet, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, is streaming on Netflix now
  • Get Out might be the horror movie of the year with its exceptionally dark racially-charged horror comedy
  • Feeling hungry for some coming-of-age cannibalism? Raw ticks that box nicely

Annabelle: Creation

Release date: August 11, 2017

Where can I watch it? Cinemas

Ever wonder how a doll could get quite as evil as Conjuring star Annabelle? Well let Creation answer that for you. While the poster image above looks like it ticks every horror trick in the book - creepy well, horrible doll, child in night dress and ominous house - there might still be some hope for the china doll's origins story. Lights Out's David F Sandberg is on directing duties and horror maestro James Wan is producer, making a combo that definitely knows fright from wrong. Early reviews from the LA Film Festival in June were generally positive and everyone knows a critical 7 means a rare treat for horror movie fans. Even 6/10 makes for entertaining viewing these days so this might just be worth a trip to the cinema to spill popcorn over your human of choice. 

Death Note 

Release date: August 25, 2017

Where can I watch it? Netflix

Even if you haven't read the manga that this Netflix Original movie is based on,  it's time to care about Death Note. From Blair Witch, The Guest and You're Next director Adam Wingard, this is the story of a high school student who gets his hands on a supernatural notebook that he can literally use to kill people by just jotting down their name and willing it to happen. Predictably, he doesn't just put it down and get on with his life.  Starring Willem Dafoe and Nat Wolff from The Fault in our Stars, Death Note sounds like it could be a genuinely brilliant horror addition to the Netflix Original slate. 

American Horror Story season 7

Release date: September, 2017

Where can I watch it? FX 

We've had Murder House, Asylum, Cover, Freak Show, Hotel and Roanoke and it's finally time for American Horror Story to go political. Kicking off on election night, the anthology series will have a distinctly current feel to it, with Trump and Clinton both starring via TV screens but by the looks of showrunner Ryan Murphy's Instagram, there's going to be all manner of completely grim monsters too - see above for a handy clue for this season. The political theme will apparently be more 'allegorical' and will tie into previous seasons. Rumour has it that Lady Gaga won't be starring in this season but we will be getting some of our favourite cast members back in all new roles. Sarah Paulson is back and Evan Peters is returning but no news as yet on Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe or Taissa Farmiga. Fingers crossed. 

IT

Release date: September 8, 2017 

Where can I watch it? Cinemas 

If you go down to the sewers today, you're sure of a big surprise... Looking like the adaptation of Stephen King's masterwork that we truly deserve, IT is the first of a planned two movies about the shape shifting evil that lives beneath Derry. From Mama director Andy Muschietti, this first slice of clown-starring terror moves the action from the '50s of the book to the more accessible '80s where a group of misfit kids band together to take on Bill Skarsgård's Pennywise.  With it's blend of love for the source material and a clear passion for new kinds of horrific scares, this looks like it'll be a terrifyingly enjoyable adaptation. 

Cult of Chucky

Release date: October 23, 2017 

Where can I watch it? VOD, Blu-ray, DVD

Despite transforming into a comedic character a few movies into his own franchise, the possessed Good Guy doll is back for even more horrific antics this year. Brad Dourif returns as the foul-mouthed toy for the seventh in the franchise along with a stack of the original cast. If the doll didn't give it away, we're firmly in trash territory as a girl in a mental institution is given Chucky to 'help' with her trauma. Unsurprisingly, he doesn't help and a new series of murders take place around the asylum as the doll restarts his villainous ways. Also starring Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif, Cult of Chucky is a straight-to-video job but the return of original director and writer Don Mancini  means there should be a few chuckles in there even if this franchise could have done with having the batteries taken out a long time ago. 

Jigsaw

Release date: October 27, 2017 

Where can I watch it? Cinemas 

Thought Jigsaw was dead? Well, so did I to be honest, but that doesn't seem to be stopping Lionsgate from churning out another probably exceptionally crunchy release in the long running franchise. Unsurprisingly we've already got another R rating for 'grisly, bloody violence and torture' and a cast that's never appeared in a Saw movie before. On the up, Jigsaw has been penned in blood by the talent behind Piranha 3D, Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, so there might be some dark laughs as someone mysterious starts replicating the grisly DIY murders of Tobin Bell's Jigsaw. It won't be pretty but at least this one isn't in 3D... 

Insidious: Chapter 4

Release date: January 5, 2018 

Where can I watch it? Cinemas 

As announced last year, Insidious: Chapter 4 is being directed by Paranormal Activity writer Adam Robitel and stars the ever brilliant Lin Shaye as we return to The Further. There's something ridiculously watchable about the Insidious movies and Chapter 3 proved that we don't need to have Patrick Wilson on screen for success. There's not much info regarding the plot but rumour has it that it's a prequel that takes place a number of years before the first films and follows a younger Elise as she starts to realise that she's not like everyone else. No, not everyone can see dead people and wear gas masks to contact the other side...