I’m a huge genre nut. Both horror and science fiction are genres with no definite shape so as to be just one thing. They can be mindless and inquisitive. They can be bombastic and speculative. They’re always my go-to movies when I visit the theaters.

But why is it that there is no definitive guide to movie-watching the genre? On this post, I set out to change that.

Here you’ll find what you need to know about forthcoming horror and sci-fi films that are coming out all throughout the year. Check back every month, too, as I’ll be doing a monthly audit so as to make this as accurate as I can. Also, look for the star emoji next to the movie’s title. That means I’m looking forward to see that movie, and suggest that you set your sights on it, too.

Finally, chime in the comments if I have missed something.

February

A Cure For Wellness ⭐

February 17, 2017

Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth
Synopsis: 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.

Rings

February 22, 2017

Director: F. Javier Gutiérrez
Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki
Synopsis: A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in seven days.

March

Logan ⭐

March 1, 2017

Director: James Mangold
Stars: Doris Morgado, Hugh Jackman, Dafne Keen
Synopsis: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

A Kind Of Murder

March 8, 2017

Director: Andy Goddard
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Haley Bennett
Synopsis: In 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara who leads a seemingly perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective, while at the same time lusting after another woman.

Pwera Usog

March 8, 2017

Director: Jason Paul Laxamana
Stars: Devon Seron, Joseph Marco, Sofia Andres
Synopsis: A Filipino horror movie based on the superstition “pwera usog” in which an evil stare from a stranger becomes the cause of an unexplainable affliction and disease.

Kong: Skull Island ⭐

March 10, 2017

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Corey Hawkins, Brie Larson
Synopsis: A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

Power Rangers

March 22, 2017

Director: Dean Israelite
Stars:  Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Becky G.
Synopsis: A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Ghost in the Shell ⭐

March 29, 2017

Director: Rupert Sanders
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Michael Wincott
Synopsis: A cyborg policewoman attempts to bring down a nefarious computer hacker.

April

Death Note: Light Up The New World

April 15, 2017

Director: Shinsuke Sato
Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Sôsuke Ikematsu
Synopsis: An update to the “Death Note” series in which a mysterious notebook contains deadly powers.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ⭐

April 26, 2017

Director: James Gunn
Stars: Chris Sullivan, Pom Klementieff, Chris Pratt
Synopsis: Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

May

Alien: Covenant ⭐

May 17, 2017

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Michael Fassbender, James Franco, Katherine Waterston
Synopsis: The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

Annabelle 2

May 18, 2017

Director: David F. Sandberg
Stars: Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Javier Botet
Synopsis: Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Life ⭐

May 26, 2017

Director: Daniel Espinosa
Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds
Synopsis: An international space crew discovers life on Mars.

June

The Mummy

June 7, 2017

Director: Alex Kurtzman
Stars: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe
Synopsis: An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Transformers: The Last Knight

June 21, 2017

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins
Synopsis: Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.

July

Spider-Man: Homecoming ⭐

July 6, 2017

Director: Jon Watts
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Angourie Rice
Synopsis: Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Peter Parker attempts to balance his life in high school with his career as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man.

War For The Planet Of The Apes ⭐

July 12, 2017

Director: Matt Reeves
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Sara Canning
Synopsis: A nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar becomes embroiled in a battle with an army of humans.

September

It ⭐

September 7, 2017

Director: Andrés Muschietti
Stars: Finn Wolfhard, Bill Skarsgård, Javier Botet
Synopsis: In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

Flatliners ⭐

September 29, 2017

Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Stars: Nina Dobrev, Charlotte McKinney, Diego Luna
Synopsis: Medical students experiment on “near death” experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives.

October

Blade Runner 2049 ⭐

October 6, 2017

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Jared Leto
Synopsis: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Insidious: Chapter 4

October 6, 2017

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Jared Leto
Synopsis: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Geostorm ⭐

October 6, 2017

Director: Dean Devlin
Stars: Katheryn Winnick, Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish
Synopsis: As a man heads into space to prevent climate-controlling satellites from creating a storm of epic proportions, his brother discovers a plot to assassinate the president.

December

Ready Player One ⭐

December 13, 2017

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, Ben Mendelsohn
Synopsis: When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Last Jedi ⭐

December 15, 2017

Director: Rian Johnson
Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill
Synopsis: Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.

Movies without official release date

 

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