6 Horror Films To Get Excited About (August-October 2017)

This year (2017) is crushing it with brilliant horror film releases already this year, and its not done with us yet. We thankfully haven’t had as much celebrity death in 2017, but we’ve had lots of awesome, juicy horror goodness to sink our teeth into.
Its such an exciting year to be a fan of horror films, and each month that goes by, it feels like things just keep getting better, and better, and the next 3 months are no exception.

Here are a hand picked selection of some of the upcoming films that we can’t wait see in theatres.

1. Annabelle Creation

Synopsis: Several years after the tragic death of their little daughter, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from an orphanage into their home.
Soon after, they become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation.
Starring: Stephanie Sigman, Mirana Otto, Lulu Wilson
Release Date UK:
August 11th
Release Date US:
August 15th 2017
The Scream Source Says: Having already managed to catch this film, its a marked improvement on the first effort from 2014. Scary, imaginative and plenty happening to keep you occupied. A definite must see for all fans of The Conjuring universe.


2. IT

Synopsis: In Derry, Maine, seven friends come face-to-face with a shape shifter, who takes the form of an evil clown who targets children.
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sopia Lillis, Nicholas Hamilton, Megan Charpentier, Owen Teague, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor
Release Date UK: September 8th, 2017
Release Date US: 
September 8th, 2017
The Scream Source Says: Being a huge fan of the original film adaptation from 1990, and the record of remakes in the modern era of horror, you can understand my cynicism and outrage when it was announced that a remake was being put into production. That said, the trailer looks terrifying. Bill Skarsgård who plays the role of Pennywise, looks to be a brilliant piece of casting. He stars in the super successful Hemlock Grove, so is no stranger to the horror genre. Finn Wolfhard from the equally popular Stranger Things also features.


 3. Mother

Synopsis: A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
Release Date UK: September 15th, 2017
Release Date US: 
September 15th, 2017
The Scream Source Says: This film looks a dark and disturbing as it does complex and intriguing. Its a welcome back to genre for Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Pfeiffer, in what really could be a dark horse. In amongst heavyweights like Alien Covenant, IT, Leatherface, and Jigsaw, may be one of 2017’s unsung heroes.


4. Flatliners

Synopsis: Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment. By stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience, giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.
Starring: Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Diego Luna, Kiersey Clemons, Kiefer Sutherland, Beau Mirchoff, Steve Byers
Release Date UK: September 29th, 2017
Release Date US: 
September 29th, 2017
The Scream Source Says: As with IT, i’m a fan of the original, and had a spit the coffee moment’ when I heard this was being remade. I’ve since read in numerous sources that this is supposed to be sequel. The cast is really good, with Ellen Page coming back to the fold for the first time since 2005’s Hard Candy, and Nina Dobrev who starred in the very brilliant The Final Girls also stars. They line up next to horror film royalty in Kiefer Sutherland, who returns to Flatliners after starring in the 1990 original.


5. Leatherface

Synopsis: A teenage Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a road trip from hell while being pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.
Starring: Finn Jones, Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, James Bloor, Nicole Andrews, Vanessa Grasse, Sam Coleman
Release Date UK: August 25th 2017 (Horror Channel FrightFest)
Release Date US:
 September 21st 2017 (TV premiere)
The Scream Source Says: The mention of another film to do with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre completely baffled me. After the god awful reboots, I really hoped we would be left to live with the happy memories of Tobe Hooper’s and Gunnar Hansen’s 1974, blood soaked master piece. That was then though, and on the strength of the trailer for Leatherface, this looks like a film that the franchise both needs and deserves and really hope it delivers where it counts, when it counts.


6. Jigsaw

Synopsis: Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade.
Starring:  Laura Vandervoort, Tobin Bell, Brittany Allen, Clé Bennett
Release Date UK: October 27th, 2017
Release Date US: October 27th, 2017
The Scream Source Says: Jigsaw will be the 8th instalment in the hugely successful Saw franchise, which began all the way back in 2004. The 7th, and what was billed as the final film went off the rails somewhat compared to the previous films and for some, was a film too far. Something that is loved about the films is of course the traps, which in the trailer look pretty decent so the hope is that the story will back them up, and be ambitious be feasible.


Unfriended: Movie Review

Unfriended, is a found footage movie, but not as we know it. It’s filmed in the point of view perspective, of the main character, Blaire’s MacBook, while she Skype video chats, with 5 of her high school friends.

The basic jist of the film here, is… A girl gets cyber bullied, to the point of killing herself, after a video of her, having a drunken mishap at a party, is posted on YouTube. On the first anniversary of her death, comes back to get some good old-fashioned revenge… But this isn’t just another film, re-telling the story, about how a group of friends, get haunted by a vengeful spirit… This is quite clever, and its own way, quite unique.

We’re introduced to the movie, by a live leak video, showing a girl, called Laura Barnes, committing suicide. And then shown the video of her having the previously discussed, drunken mishap, at a high school, house party.

Main protagonists Blaire, and her five friends, who are 2 girls, called Val, and Jess, and 3 guys, called Ken, Adam, and Mitch, are video chatting on Skype. After they’ve all greeted each other, they very quickly realise, there is someone else in the private, group video chat with them, and they’re not alone. The person has a plain blue avatar, and no matter what they try, they can’t disconnect this person from the call. They first dismiss it as a glitch, but then the glitch starts to send typed, instant messages to the group. Blaire and the others, receive vicious threat messages, from the mystery person, saying if they hang up, they will die.

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One of the girls, decides that she has had enough, and does hang up. In front of everyone, she is made an example of.

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And in true ‘Saw’ type style, tells them, they’re going to play a game of ‘Never Have I Ever’ and the first to lose will die… and then the next one to lose after that, and so forth, until there is one left. Then, just before they start playing, the person reveals who’s really behind this online assault. The group choose to not believe this, and the assailant turns out everyone’s lights.

Terrified out of their wits, they begin the game. They are all asked, varied questions, of a very intimate nature, designed to turn them against each other. It works to great effect. One by one, they run out of fingers, and again, each person that loses, is made an example of to the rest, in a more brutal fashion than the last, until one remains. A big mistake made by the sole survivor, in their past is posted online, for the world to see, and where it lays, forever it will stay. Forever haunted by their lies and wrong doings.

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What is important about this film, is theme, or message of it working as a deterrent to online/cyber bullying, as. It is a harsh, real life reflection, of the lengths some people will go to, when they’re pushed over edge, and feel there is no way out, but suicide.

The acting is of a high standard and a credit to the film. You really feel the terror they’re feeling, and the emotional pain and anguish they’re going through. The dialogue is relevant too, and works well for the nature of the film. Visually, it flows well, from video chat as a group, to direct messages, between different members of the group. The way this aspect of the film is out together, is really quite clever. It helps in bringing out the characters personalities, traits and flaws. The more the film goes on, I found myself switching from thinking, ‘oh my god, these poor teenagers, are being stalked, and are scared out of their minds’, to then finding out, more about the group, and realising, they’re actually a collective bunch, of back stabbing bastards… And ultimately, started rooting for the so-called ‘villain’. With teen horrors, you run the risk of turning the whole film into one big cliché, but the writer and director manage to avoid this, which made me very happy. It’s a solid film.

Negatives that I could pull from the film, would be that during the Skype video chat segments, on each of the characters there is constant 5 second burst of a grainy webcam and lag. Here and there, would be ok, but it’s constant through the whole film and it’s incredibly annoying. More is not always better. I understand that they would want to feature this, to try, and make it look as realistic as possible… But it’s too much.

The production company behind this film, Blumhouse Productions, have definitely got the formula nailed, when it comes to found footage movies. Movies, that in monetary terms, can be made for next to nothing, as far as making movies goes, and will make a huge profit at the box office. Previous success with found footage film, has been with such titles as, the Paranormal Activity franchise, and Ouija, to name but a few. In the instance of Unfriended, the movie in its entirety, was made for around $1,000,000, and took in an estimated $38,000,000 in the U.S alone. That’s a massive return on their investment.

It’s no wonder then, that a sequel is already being made, and will arrive in 2017. An exact date is still to be confirmed.

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