As always there are certain films that you look forward to at the start of each and every year. Of course there are the films that come out of nowhere and surprise you but the most anticipated films carry the heaviest burden. I've put together my 7 most anticipated horror films of 2017, so with a deep breath and fingers crossed let's get to it. If I didn't mention yours let us know on twitter or in the comments.
James Gunn and Greg McLean team up for an intriguing premise.
In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.
If the trailer is anything to go by The Belko Experiment looks bloody with plenty of tension, two things that mix well together.
Gore Verbinski returns to horror territory for the first time in fifteen years.
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps but soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem.
Great visuals and plenty of sinister happenings, should have horror fans very excited about this one.
M. Night Shyamalan follows up The Visit with a personality identity nightmare.
After three girls are kidnapped by a man with 24 distinct personalities they must find some of the different personalities that can help them while running away and staying alive from the others.
You know that Shyamalan deals in twists and with James McAvoy always putting everything into his roles, this along with The Visit could be the beginings of the M. Night renaissance.
The pair behind one of the most brutal and bleak films ever, go back to Leatherface's childhood.
Prequel about teenage Leatherface who escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a young nurse and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.
Let's be honest if it was anyone but Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury at the helm, this film would have been already written off. Despite the propensity for this to go badly, one can't help but be excited by the prospect of these two in charge of an icon's origin.
Talented female directors + female leads in an anthology film!
XX is a new horror anthology with a gender twist - all segments will be helmed by female directors and will star female leads. The directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, but all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre.
I love anthology films and with all the talent involved (Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin & Jovanka Vuckovic) means good things ahead.
Kong Skull Island
Kong is back and he looks big and menacing, the way it should be.
Explorers encounter a gigantic ape and other monstrous creatures after traveling to an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean.
I'm a sucker for films featuring anything giant and this looks like a lot of fun. A good cast and some excellent visuals bodes well.
The one film on this list that carries a great deal of risk. Can the Spierig brothers, reinvigorate the franchise?
Nothing concrete but you can rest assured that Jigsaw will be back in one shape or another.
In my opinion the Saw films went away from their own rules and suffered for it, not mention getting too many backstories/same time plots happening. If they can take it back to its roots and keep it simple, the Spierig brothers can make this successful.
Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78