Good news horror fans, we're only a few months into 2017 and between regular cinema releases, Netflix, Amazon Prime, VoD and new horror streaming service Shudder, the year is already looking like the battery you find just as the torch you’re using to explore a haunted house is running out. Here's 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
Still to come
Out this month, we've got what could officially be the horror of the year in the shape of Get Out. Already out in the US with spectacular box office takings with over $100 million in under 3 weeks and a remarkable Rotten Tomatoes score of 99%, Get Out is truly exceptional tense comedy horror. The less you know about this satire, the better but once again horror deals with the politics of the day with far more smarts and savvy than any other genre. Director Jordan Peele's tale of Chris meeting his white girlfriend's parents for the first time quickly descends into equal hilarity and nail-searing tension as all is clearly not as it seems. Miss at your peril, when it's out in cinemas on Friday March 17 in the UK.
Also this week we've got Kristen Stewart Parisian ghost story Personal Shopper in the UK and, in the very lucky US, the French-Belgian cannibalism horror, Raw. The UK has to wait until April 7 for this coming-of-age drama with serious bite but it's absolutely worth your patience. While you'll read that Raw had audiences at film festivals literally requiring ambulances and retching in the aisles, don't be put off. Having actually seen the movie, it's far more subtle than you'd think from the headlines. Powerful and evocative, this is growing up seen through a twisted horror lens as young vegetarian Justine makes her way through a mysterious initiation at her new veterinary school. There's more than a few similarities to Ginger Snaps and director Julia Ducournau has expertly woven an unpredictable tale with heart as well as brains. There's some crunchy body horror but nothing horror fans won't chuckle darkly at.
If all of this wasn't enough, March 17 sees the US release of Wolf Creek director Greg Mclean and Guardians of the Galaxy writer James Gunn’s grim horror, The Belko Experiment where 80 people are locked in their office and ordered to kill one another. Mclean isn’t known for pulling his punches so this should be interesting.
Looking forward to May - perhaps April is telling you to go outside and get some fresh not blood-scented air - we’ve got Alien Covenant on May 19 as Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston learn the hard way that they really shouldn’t land on strange planets.
Early summer is pretty sparse other than Amityville: The Awakening out on in cinemas on June 30 in the US as Jennifer Jason Leigh moves into the infamous haunted murder house. Expect chaos to duly ensue.