Greetings, splatter lovers! It is starting to get warm outside, and you know what that means? The dog days of summer, along with suntan lotion and good horror flicks, are heading our way!
Here are my five top horror picks that I will certainly be catching this coming summer.
It Comes at Night (June 9, 2017)
What it’s about: It’s the end of the world, and a man is trying to protect his family from the apocalyptic horror ravaging the world. His humanity is put to the test when a young family seeks refuge with him and his family, and he finds what lengths he is willing to go to in order to protect the ones he loves.
Why you should care: Trey Edward Shults follows up his decorated 2016 debut of Krisha with this horror flick. And, with impressive 100% early reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, I am certain this film will kick off the summer horror season just right.
Amityville: The Awakening (June 30, 2017)
What it’s about: Directed by Franck Khalfoun, and starring Jennifer Morrison (“Once Upon a Time”) and Bella Thorne (The Duff), the new installment of the Amityville franchise begins when Belle (portrayed by Thorne) and her family begin anew, moving to a new house to help save money. But, when things start to go awry, Belle discovers that her and her family have moved into the infamous Amityville house (maybe that’s why the rent was so cheap?)
Why you should care: There is definitely a lot of hype surrounding the new Amityville installment, with hope that this movie will bring a dash of originality back into the saga. And, with the creepy flick P2 under his belt, I have high hopes that Khalfoun might be exactly what this saga needs to bring back the terror.
The Dark Tower (July 28, 2017)
What it’s about: Based on the popular series, penned by the master of horror himself (Stephen King, in case you don’t know already), The Dark Tower follows Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger, as he fights to keep the remnants of his world from being destroyed by the Man in Black.
Why you should care: Stephen King probably would not imagine that his series, the first of which was released in 1982, would finally be hitting the big screen 35 years after the first book’s release. And, yet, here we are. This film is directed by Nikolaj Arcel (screenplay for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and starring Idris Elba (Prometheus), and Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar and too many chick flicks to count). And, while the story is not straight-up horror, I have no doubt that this will be an artfully-done masterpiece that touches many genres.
Anabelle: Creation (August 11, 2017)
What it’s about: The second installment of the Anabelle saga is set to serve as a prequel to the 2014 film. It details the origin story of how the hellish doll was created, and how it came to terrorize its unsuspecting victims.
Why you should care: This new installment is directed by David F. Sanberg, who also directed last year’s hit, creepy movie, Lights Out. This lends hope that the new movie will almost certainly surpass the first in terms of creep and originality.
IT (September 8, 2017)
What it’s about: Set in the small town of Derry, kids are disappearing. A gang of young misfits discover that Pennywise, an evil clown who lives in the sewers, is responsible for the disappearances. They band together to kill the clown and believe in their success for 27 years, only to find that they had failed. They reunite once again in order to defeat the clown once and for all.
Why you should care: There are too many reasons why you should–no, need–to care! Not only is it a reboot of a horror classic from the twisted mind of Stephen King, but it is the first movie treatment of the story (even though Tim Curry undoubtedly did a superb job as Pennywise in the TV version). Andres Muschietti, the director for Mama, is also taking the reins for the reboot, along with a talented cast, such as Bill Skarsgard (“Hemlock Grove“) and Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things”). I am most certainly going to make the opening of this one, splatter lovers!