In recent years, studios have loaded up their summer release schedules with a wide range of horror films. This was never more apparent than in 2016 when Lights Out, Don’t Breathe, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Purge: Election Year, and the Conjuring 2 made large sums of cash (for the most part on austere budgets) and helped to shore up an otherwise lackluster summer for movies. 2017’s list of summer horror films were not as notable, with the two exceptions being the surprise hit 47 Meters Down and the prequel Annabelle Creation.
The first trailer for the late August horror film Polaroid has just been released.
In the Horror News Network’s Summer Horror Movie Preview, we discussed the origins of the the film, which is actually a remake of sorts, explaining that the film “…started as a 25 minute short film by Norwegian director Lars Klevberg (who is also on board for the American re-make/extension). Critics raved about the short film, and Variety described the new film as “the story of a high school loner, Bird Fitcher, who stumbles upon a vintage Polaroid camera tainted with a dark secret. She soon discovers the camera’s special power: those who have their picture taken are destined to have a tragic fate.” If this sounds a bit like a new take on The Ring concept, you’re not alone.” read more
The long delayed and embattled Amitville: The Awakening has been once again moved off of its release date on June 30th. No new release date has been announced at this time.
In the Horror News Network Summer Movie Preview, I detailed the long, winding road that this film has taken stating that “The only thing more shocking than the film’s troubled past is the fact that is going to be released at all. It all started in 2012 when the film was called Amityville: The Lost Tapes and was designed to capitalize on the popularity of “found footage” films such as Paranormal Activity. By the time production began, the Weinstein Company got the memo that they missed the “found footage” window of opportunity, and decided to scrap the whole project and make a traditional horror film. The original trailer was released in August of 2014(!) and the film’s release date was set for January of 2015. It was then mysteriously removed from the studio’s schedule and then resurfaced, moving to April of 2016. Once people finally saw the film at test screenings, the feedback was so negative that the studio yet again moved the film to a different date (and also had star Bella Thorne return for additional filming), this time January of 2017. Think it’s over yet? Nope. The studio finally (we think) moved the release to June 30th, 2017, where it sits at this very hour. Will it stay there? Time will tell. Should you pay money to see this movie? That’s a better question…” read more
Coming off of an unusually busy (and profitable) winter season, this summer’s slate of horror films brings some well-known franchises, properties, and directors, as well as some expensive and inexpensive gambles to your local multiplex. These films will not only be competing with each other for horror fans’ dollars, but they will naturally also have to contend with the usual high profile tent-pole action and super hero films. Let’s take a look at the upcoming releases and trailers below and please use this as your Horror News Network guide for the summer season: read more