7 upcoming horror films to watch with the lights on
From the latest 'Insidious' to a surprise sequel to a horrifying classic, these are the films we're eagerly awaiting to scare us next.
If the summer belongs to films about invading aliens and inspiring superheroes, than the fall truly belongs to those things that go bump in the night. Below are just a handful of the terrifying, the creepy and the downright go-away-I'm-never-sleeping-again films we're looking forward to watching through our fingers.
'Five Nights at Freddy's'
Based on the celebrated point-and-click survival video game of the same name, "Five Nights at Freddy's" is headed for the big screen under the guidance of Israeli-British-American director Gil Kenan. While plot details are thin, we expect the film will encapsulate some of the themes from the game, which involved possessed animatronic animals in a pizza parlor and the night security guard tasked with keeping them at bay.
Kenan, who grew up in the Mediterranean coastal Israeli city of Tel Aviv, told one fan through Twitter: "The story is what makes me most excited about this one. The mythology runs deep, and is truly scary."
Taking a page out of the most recent "Star Wars" trilogy, Kenan has vowed to use almost no computer-generated effects, with the frightening animatronics coming straight from the legendary Henson Creature Shop.
"I want this to be crazy practical," he shared. "That's what makes animatronics so unnerving – they're REAL."
Expect "Five Nights at Freddy's" to scare us all silly sometime late 2017 or early 2018.
Directed by Spanish filmmaker F. Javier Gutiérrez, "Rings" is the third film in a celebrated horror franchise about a cursed VHS tape and the evil spirit that haunts it. Once a viewer watches the disturbing footage on the tape, they'll have seven days to make a copy and pass on the evil. If they fail to do that, a monstrous little girl named Samara appears to haunt them.
According to Gutiérrez, "Rings" will take place in modern times, with a current synopsis putting the focus on a group of high school students who pass the evil tape between themselves. The film will star Italian actress Matilda Lutz, British actor Alex Roe and "Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki.
How kids these days even know what a VHS tape is will all be revealed on Oct. 28.
'Amityville: The Awakening'
Are you ready for a return to Amityville, NY? The small village, about an hour's drive east of New York City, is famous not for its bucolic setting, but for a single residence that gained notoriety in the late 1970s as a haunted house. Almost 40 years since the first horror film about a cursed home debuted, Hollywood is returning for a stunning 17th entry in the Amityville saga with "Amityville: The Awakening."
Produced by Israeli Hollywood legend Avi Lerner and directed by French filmmaker Franck Khalfoun, "Awakening" centers on a family who move into a new home and immediately begin experiencing strange phenomenon. Only later do the children realize their mother has not been completely truthful with them and they're living in the infamous Amityville home.
According to American actor Cameron Monaghan, who plays a possessed comatose teenager in the film, the role offered a unique challenge.
"It was fun to be a monster, a creature, something villainous and evil," he told Hero Magazine. "Every day I was wearing all of these prosthetics and every morning I’d spend hours in the make-up chair. It was wild and an odd challenge which I’d never come up against before, trying to act through make-up and all of that."
"Amityville: The Awakening" is slated to be released on January 6, 2017.
'Insidious: Chapter 4'
Fans of the "Insidious" film series who thought the supernatural horror franchise would end after three films can happily look forward to 2017. Australian co-creator Leigh Whannell has announced that he is writing a fourth chapter, with up-and-coming U.S. filmmaker Adam Robitel set to direct. And yes, the main character of Elise Rainie, a medium played by American actress Lin Shaye, will once again go toe-to-toe with evil in this next chapter.
"I’ll say that I’d like to explore the time between this film and the first film," Whannell said in an interview last year. "That whole area there where Elise has rediscovered her gift, I think you could have a lot of adventures before she arrives. So I think there is a lot of room there."
Need another reason to have faith in this new adventure? Oren Peli, the Israeli producer behind such horror classics as the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, is once again on board for "Insidious: Chapter 4." The film is slated for release in October 2017.
The biggest surprise at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego – in addition to just how great the new "Wonder Woman" film looks – is that the world unexpectedly received a sequel to one of the greatest horror films ever made.
For the last year, Lionsgate has been teasing a new horror production called "The Woods" – with all signs pointing to another heart-stopping found footage film. During a screening at Comic-Con, the studio unveiled that "The Woods" was actually just a working title. The trailer that was about to screen for the crowd, revealed as "Blair Witch," was a direct sequel to the 1999 horror classic "The Blair Witch Project." The place, crammed to the walls with fans of the horror genre, understandably went nuts.
"Blair Witch," directed and written respectively by American filmmakers Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, takes place 15 years after the original. "If the original 'Blair Witch Project' is about being lost in the woods," Wingard posted to social media, "then 'Blair Witch' is about being chased."
The film isn't set for release until Sept. 16, but already has some very fresh buzz from critics.
'Stephen King's It'
If you have a healthy fear of clowns, you're going to want to stay away from the promotional campaigns next year for American author Stephen King's horror classic "It." The movie, directed by Argentine filmmaker Andrés Muschietti, tells the story of a murderous supernatural force that takes on the phobias of its victims. Most of the time, however, it's a just a creepy, devilish clown.
“It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane,” Bill Skarsgård, the Swedish actor taking on the evil menace, told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s beyond even a sociopath, because he’s not even human. He’s not even a clown. I’m playing just one of the beings It creates.”
In terms of how the film will diverge from the book and 1990 miniseries, we know that the timeline will be updated from the late '50s to the late '80s. The story will also be divided into two parts, with the first tackling the kids going up against It, and the (potential) sequel dealing with the group returning to finish it off as adults.
"It" is set to freak us out all over again in September 2017.
'A Cure for Wellness'
American film director Gore Verbinski's return to filmmaking involves a very creepy take on the growing popularity of wellness centers. The psychological thriller, produced by Israeli filmmaking legend Arnon Milchan, revolves around a young executive sent to retrieve his company's CEO from a rest and relaxation rehabilitation center in the Swiss Alps. Once there, he discovers that things are not as they appear, with a sinister force using patients for an ulterior motive.
"It’s set in the real world, but you go back in time a bit when you visit this health spa that might not be quite on the map," Verbinski told Empire Online. "It has its dark secrets and treatments that have a lot to do with water and the purification of our fluids. It’s a tiramisu: you have multiple layers."
While the action may all happen on-screen, the Verbinski adds that the content of the film may make audiences question their own wellness.
"We’re trying to hypnotize the audience, to make them a little uncomfortable," he added.
"A Cure for Wellness" is slated for release on February 17th, 2017.
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