While others are excited for major box-office breaking blockbusters this summer, we’re just over here looking to be frightened. Summer is the perfect time for reboots, classic villains, and entirely new horror flicks to keep us wide awake on long hot nights. With Jordan Peele’s Get Out already stealing our souls with its debut earlier this year, it’s going to be a pretty tough act to follow. Still, we’re optimistic that we won’t be disappointed. Here are six scary summer movies that we can’t wait to see.
6. Amityville: The Awakening
Premiere Date: June 30, 2017
Directed by Franck Khalfoun, Amityville: The Awakening is the seventeenth (yes SEVENTEENTH) installment of the Amityville Horror franchise. Normally that wouldn’t be much of a reason to get our blood flowing, however, after two years of sitting on the shelf, the film is finally making its long-awaited debut. The Awakening will follow a young girl who moves into a new home with her single mother and comatose young brother. Things begin to spin out of control when the brother makes a miraculous recovery. The film stars Bella Thorne and Jennifer Jason Leigh who are both great actresses, which means Amityville: The Awakening might have slight more zing to it than we expected.
5. Annabelle: Creation
Premiere Date: August 11, 2017
We all watched Annabelle come to life in the prequel to The Conjuring, and the film eventually got its own debut on the big screen. So naturally, it’s time for the sequel. In Annabelle: Creation, a dollmaker, and his wife welcome a nun and several orphans into their home, 20 years after the tragic death of their little girl. Everything is gravy until the nun, and the orphans are tortured by one of the dollmaker’s creations. Can you guess who it is? Doll-centric horror films are always terrifying, so we expect no less from this one.
Premiere Date: August 25, 2017
Polaroid is about to give us some Final Destination realness, and since we live for nostalgia, we just had to include this on the list. Directed by Lars Klevberg, Polaroid centers on a high school loner who stumbles upon a vintage Polaroid camera. However, he soon learns the camera houses a terrible secret (of course). Whoever has their picture taken by the camera meets a tragic and violent end. This is going to be quietly lit!
3. Alien: Covenant
Premiere: May 19, 2017
Fans are pressed for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, and we can’t say we blame them. In this flick which is set in a far-off galaxy, members of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. However, their mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous. Scott said in interviews, Alien: Covenant will answer many of the questions viewers had after walking out of Prometheus. From the looks of the trailer, it’s going to be INCREDIBLE.
Premiere: September 8, 2017
Pennywise is back y’all, and he’s not here to play any games. The latest adaptation of Stephen King’s It is going to make the 1990 version look like child’s play. Directed by Andres Muschietti, It (this is the first of two films) follows a group of teens who defeat the titular creature, who then returns years later to torment the adults who now have no memory of the first battle. The film has an R-rating, so we suggest going in a group for moral support.
1. Spike’s The Mist
Premiere: June 22, 2017
Stephen King’s short story, The Mist has gotten its fair share of somewhat lackluster adaptations, but it looks like Spike has finally gotten it right. Though it’s a series and not a film, we just had to include it. The series expands the original premise where strange vapor rolls in, and otherworldly predators are unleashed. This time we’ll be seeing several locations with a full, robust cast of characters. Series creator Christian Torpe told Entertainment Weekly, “We establish different little pressure cookers. Each of them come up with different theories or beliefs about what’s going on. Eventually, the story lines will dovetail and turn into conflicts.” We’re not sure we’re ready for this, but we’ll be there to watch when the series premieres in late June.
With so much great horror coming our way, it looks like we’re in for terrifying summer. Are you ready?