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31 Days of Halloween: A Ranking of the ‘Friday the 13th’ Films from Crystal Lake to Outer Space

By Jordan Peterson |

The blockbuster film franchise Friday the 13th began life as a cheap rip-off of John Carpenter’s Halloween (a fact producer/creator Sean S. Cunningham openly acknowledges). That’s not too surprising. After all, success begets imitation (and Halloween had plenty of imitators).

What is a bit shocking though is just how popular the hockey mask-sporting serial killer has become. Since the release of the 1980 original, Friday the 13th has spawned 10 sequels plus a reboot. According to Box Office Mojo, the series as a whole has scared up north of $821 million at the box office (adjusted for inflation). Add to that the millions more in subsequent home video, merchandising, and video game sales.

All this success has branded Jason Voorhees a pop culture icon and his bloody odyssey a cornerstone of the slasher genre. In lieu of his lucky day, I retrace the footprints of the notoriously unhappy camper and recount his barbarous trail of carnage and dismemberment.

These are all the Friday the 13th films ranked worst to best:

12.) Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

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Jason Goes to Hell finds itself burred at the very bottom of my list because it ignores everything that came before and plays more like a demon possession flick than a Friday the 13th film. Here Jason gains the ability to transfer his soul between victims after the corner responsible for his remains devours the killer’s still-beating heart. It’s a disgusting gimmick and clearly only exists to set up the inevitable Freddy vs. Jason matchup. One of these things is most certainly not like the others.

Director: Adam Marcus

Year: 1993

Box office (adjusted for inflation): $34.2 million

Behind the mask: Kane Hodder

11.) Friday the 13th- Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

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Props to the filmmakers for exploring new territory here (literally) and for trying to keep the franchise fresh on its eighth outing. Unfortunately, that’s where the compliments stop for Friday the 13th- Part VIII. This seventh sequel reeks of a cash grab. Laughably lame kills and the weakest story of the entire series quickly sink any intrigue this follow-up might have bore on the printed page. The movie’s called Jason Takes Manhattan, so why does two-thirds of it take place on a ship in the middle of the ocean? And why does Jason suddenly decide to up and leave his beloved camp? So many unanswered questions!

Director: Robin Hedden

Year: 1989

Box office (adjusted for inflation): $34.2 million

Behind the mask: Kane Hodder

10.) Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

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This is the Season of the Witch of the Friday the 13th films. For those not in the know, the third Halloween movie did not feature the series’ famed shape Michael Myers. Similarly, the masked maniac terrorizing the halfway house in A New Beginning isn’t Jason, at least not the genuine article. It’s admirable of Director Danny Steinmann to want to return the IP back to its POV/mystery roots, but we’ve been there and done that. Ultimately, if you’re a diehard Jason fan then this twist may leave you feeling a bit– ahem– empty on the inside.

Director: Danny Steinmann

Year: 1985

Box office (adjusted for inflation): $54.9 million

Behind the mask: Dick Wieand, Tom Morga (Dream sequences)

9.) Friday the 13th- Part III

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The third Friday the 13th film has a lot going for it. Director Steve Miner is back on board following the superior ‘Part 2.’ The setting is aptly wooded and off the beaten trail. The  counselors are a rowdy, horny assortment of personalities. Henry Manfredini introduces his funky take on the theme. Oh, and Jason finally gets his iconic mask. Unfortunately, the film itself is sort of a bore. None of the kills stand out, supposedly “funny” exchanges go on for far too long and do nothing but provide fluff, and the acting is as stiff as a rock Jason would use to bash in their skull.

Director: Steve Miner 

Year: 1982 

Box office (adjusted for inflation): $104.5 million 

Behind the mask: Richard Brooker 

8.) Friday the 13th (2009)

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This Friday the 13th reboot is arguably the best constructed film in the series, technically speaking. The makeup is upsettingly realistic and the detailed set design and cinematography recreate the familiar eeriness of Camp Crystal Lake. Outside of that, however, this film does nothing to distinguish itself from the other gritty, soulless 80’s remakes of the 2000s. If anything it adopts from them the unfortunate trend of grounding its villain, which ultimately takes away from them that which made them so scary in the first place.

Director: Marcus Nispel

Year: 2009

Box office (adjusted for inflation): $77.4 million

Behind the mask: Derek Mears

7.) Jason X

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Much like the entire series, Jason X is ridiculous. On the page, the idea of sending Jason Voorhees into outer space reads like a desperate attempt to keep the character relevant (because it is). Thankfully, on screen it’s a bit more fun than that. Director James Isaac cleverly intertwines tropes established by previous ‘Friday’ films with tropes from the sci-fi genre in general. The result is an often uneven but fully enjoyable Frankenstein’s monster of a slasher movie.

Director: James Isaac

Year: 2001

Box office (adjusted for inflation): $20 million

Behind the mask: Kane Hodder

6.) Freddy vs. Jason

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This film was stuck in development hell for over a decade, but as far as this writer is concerned, it was well worth the wait. Though it’s obviously designed to service a highly anticipated fight between two horror juggernauts, Freddy vs. Jason actually provides a compelling story and justification for why such a thing would happen. Up to this point, Jason had had a continuing run of movies (since 1980). On the other hand, it’d been nearly a decade since Freddy had hit the big screen in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. So in a world where people have seemingly forgotten about Krueger, it makes sense that the dream killer would want to be remembered and reviving Jason to do his dirty work is kind of a cool plot incentive as well as a reflection of real life. The story also mixes the two mythologies without one ever overshadowing the other. The characters feel real and the acting is some of the best in either series. Though the actual fight at the end leaves much to be desired, the joy of Freddy vs. Jason is the journey and not its final destination.

Director: Ronny Yu

Year: 2003

Box office (adjusted for inflation): $121.8 million

Behind the mask: Ken Kirzinger

5.) Friday the 13th (1980)

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It might be a Halloween rip-off, but Friday the 13th possess its own unique identity and much of that is thanks to the 1980 original. The gruesome deaths, Harry Manfredini’s hair-raising score, Pamela herself and Kevin Bacon were all introduced in this film. Thanks to Betsy Palmer’s crazed performance, Pamela Voorhees is one of cinema’s most underrated villains. She’s insanely evil, but you completely understand why she’s doing what she’s doing. Though Friday the 13th went another direction with Jason as the killer after 1980, the O.G.’s influence can be felt all the way through and into the remake.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham

Year: 1980

Box office (adjusted for inflation): $131.3 million

Behind the mask (camera): Betsy Palm

4.) Friday the 13th- Part VII: The New Blood

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Jason Voorhees is a supernatural force of nature who punches above the weight class of his promiscuous prey. However, he may finally have met his match come The New Blood in the form of a teenage girl named Tina who possesses telekinetic powers. It’s a fascinating, pulpy premise and the majority of the film plays out like an elevated game of cat vs. mouse. Beneath this film’s campy façade, however, lies a compelling character study about a young girl coming to grips with the fact that her psychic influence caused the death of her abusive father. It’s a powerful conflict and it adds a whole new layer of emotions and stakes for moviegoers, which is something most of the other ‘Friday’s’ lack.

Director: John Carl Buechler 

Year: 1988

Box office (adjusted for inflation): $41.4 million

Behind the mask: Kane Hodder

3.) Friday the 13th- Part II

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 Then you should know Jason’s mother, Mrs. Voorhees, was the original killer. Jason didn’t show up until the sequel. — Scream (1996)

That’s right. Prior to Friday the 13th- Part II, Jason only existed as a passing reference made by his mother, Pamela, to justify her slaying of the original Crystal Lake counselors. Everything comes full circle this time around as her son returns to the camp where he died, seeking revenge. Director Steve Miner knows this series and in the hands of a lesser talent, the extension of Jason’s mythos here could have come across like a bad joke. Instead, ‘Part 2’ is an unsettling and ballsy addition to the cannon. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the sack (still my favorite look for Jason), which is to this day the creepiest thing a mass murderer has put over his face this side of a spray painted Captain Kirk death mask.

Director: Steve Miner

Year: 1981

Box office (adjusted for inflation): $69.4 million

Behind the mask (sack): Warrington Gillette

2.) Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

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Had The Final Chapter truly been the swan song for Friday the 13th, the series would have gone out on a high note. The film is sharper and deadlier than those that came before it, as if the filmmakers behind it had perfected the craft of a Jason movie. Legendary special effects artist Tom Savini returns and realizes some of the series’ goriest and most violent kills. The performances are also an improvement, with additions like Crispin Glover and Corey Feldman as Jason’s young nemesis, Tommy Jarvis. And thanks to a nighttime setting and the inclusion of rain (sort of a big deal in this world), The Final Chapter boasts a haunting atmosphere of dread and despair. This movie embodies everything people have come to love (and hate) about the Friday the 13th.

Director: Joseph Zito

Year: 1984

Box office (adjusted for inflation): $87.2 MILLION

Behind the mask: Ted White

1.) Friday the 13th- Part VI: Jason Lives

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Jason Lives is a Friday the 13th film on steroids. It’s everything fans have come to know and love about the franchise turned all the way up to eleven. Director Tom McLoughlin’s installment whole-heartedly embraces the identity of its brand then unabashedly goes hog wild with it, to the point where nothing is without excess. Jason can’t even smash a guy’s face into a tree here without that guy’s face leaving behind a preposterous smiley face dent. This movie exudes that type of joy and it’s full of similarly outrageous kills and self-referential jokes. The characters are a motley crew and the dialogue pops off the screen. Even when Jason is murdering random stragglers, those scenes feel like comedic horror shorts. But it’s not all fun and games. The humor is well balanced with a deadly serious Tommy Jarvis and some truly spooky camp scares. In all, Jason Lives is so much fun that it gives off the impression that Jason enjoys his job.

Director: Tom McLoughlin

Year: 1986

Box office (adjusted for inflation): $46.6 million

Behind the mask: C.J. Graham

That’s my ranking of all 12 Friday the 13th films! What do you think? Do you disagree on any of these film’s slots? What does your ranking look like? Let me know in the comments below!

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31 Days of Halloween: All 7 Chucky Movies Ranked Worst to Best

You’ve noticed by now Hollywood’s proclivity for remaking and rebooting any and all franchises with any sort of brand recognition, including those featuring cherished slasher icons. Jason, Freddy, Michael, and Leatherface have all been revived within the last fourteen years (much to the chagrin of horror fanatics).

One maniacal mainstay of the genre, however, has managed to elude the reboot bug since his debut back in 1988. Enter Charles Lee Ray, aka The Lakeshore Strangler, aka Chucky. Though there was once upon a time talk of rebooting the original Child’s Play, America’s favorite killer doll has lived on through a slew of sanguinary sequels.

This week marks the release of the highly-anticipated seventh installment (sixth sequel) in the series, Cult of Chucky. Does the latest outing rank towards the top of the toy chest? Find out for yourself as I rank all seven Chucky films from worst to best:

7.) Seed of Chucky (2004)

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One thing about the Chucky movies and their progenitor Don Mancini is that they are not afraid to take risks and try something different. Each installment takes the character to bold new places. Obviously that doesn’t always guarantee success, which is something both fans and filmmakers found out the hard way with Seed of Chucky. This film desperately tries to recapture the tongue-in-cheek humor of its predecessor by introducing Chucky and Tiffany’s transsexual son/daughter Glen/Glenda. Ultimately, ‘Seed’ was such a mess that it killed the franchise for nearly a decade. The once-terrifying toy had become the punch-line of his own joke.

6.) Child’s Play 3 (1991)

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Regarded by many (including series creator Don Mancini himself) as the worst entry in the franchise, Child’s Play 3 was released a mere nine months after Child’s play 2. Though military academy seems like the next logical step for the young and unlucky Andy Barclay, the resulting film feels rushed and often uninterested in fully exploring its new playground. That’s a shame too because ‘CP3′ features one of the series’ spookiest set pieces (a carnival ride from Hell) as well as some of its most brutal kills (anybody up for some paintball?).

5.) Bride of Chucky (1998)

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Following Scream in the mid 90s, it seemed as if the slasher genre as a whole suddenly became self-aware. Sadistic serial killers started cracking jokes at their own tropes as spine-tingling scares gave way to knee-slapping wisecracks. Luckily, Chucky always possessed a sense of humor so the tonal shift wasn’t too jarring. On the contrary, a more whimsical and wed Chucky seemed to be just what the series needed after the dismal misfire that was Child’s Play 3. Jennifer Tilly gives 100% of herself to the role of Tiffany, Chucky’s blushing, psychotic bride who is every bit as stubborn and dangerous as her husband. The couple’s chemistry is insanely infectious.

4.) Child’s Play  (1988)

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The film that started it all. Child’s Play introduced the world to the Good Guys dolls and their infamous homicidal icon. The film also introduced audiences to Chucky’s long-time nemesis, Andy Barclay (who at least makes a cameo appearance in five of the seven films), as well as to the serial killer’s crucial voodoo practices. While Child’s Play serves as the bedrock for crazier, future installments, it definitely takes the fewest risks. Still, it’s a solid, frequently scary slasher flick that earns its spot on this ranking for making me scared of a child’s toy.

3.) Curse of Chucky (2013)

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After Seed of Chucky nearly killed the franchise nine years prior, Curse of Chucky reinvigorated the redheaded icon by returning him to his horror roots. The film introduced us to Nika (Fiona Dourif) as Chucky’s latest recurring adversary with some intriguing ties to Charles Lee Ray. Obviously ‘Curse’ returns the series to a darker place but it also expands upon the established history of its titular butcher. Though he was steering his ship in a slightly new direction, creator/director Don Mancini managed to maintain the essence of what makes the series so special.

2.) Cult of Chucky (2017)

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Cult of Chucky is the boldest Chucky film yet. It takes the most significant stride forward for the series in terms of narrative while introducing some disturbing and unique twists. Following the bloodbath that was Curse of Chucky, Nika (Fiona Dourif) has come to believe that it was truly her and not the Chucky doll who murdered her family, resulting in her commitment to an asylum for the criminally insane. ‘Cult’ takes advantage of its apt, new setting in some diabolically fun ways without completely caving into those comedic tendencies. ‘Cult’ is also the prettiest film in the franchise, providing some of the most frightening and haunting imagery to date.

1.) Child’s Play 2 (1990)

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When debating the entries of a long-running franchise such as the Chucky movies, inevitably the discussion turns to the original when siting which is “the best.” And when you’re talking about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, or A Nightmare on Elm Street, it’s tough to argue against that. However, narrative speaking, Child’s Play 2 builds off the original in interesting ways. With Andy’s mom committed to a psychiatric hospital, Andy is placed in foster care where we meet Christine Elise’s charming Kyle. We also get a peak inside the company responsible for the Good Guys dolls as they try to rebuild their damaged brand. Director John Lafia displays a tighter grip on the film’s scares and truly ups the anty from the original film. Plus he gets some credit for the improved performances by the cast, including star Alex Vincent.


Well there you have it! That’s my ranking of the seven Chucky movies so far. What’s your ranking look like? Hit me up in the comments below and let the discussion begin!

31 Days of Halloween: 13 Horror Movies That Will Definitely Leave a Scar

October is finally upon us which means it’s officially horror movie season! What better way to kick off a month-long celebration of fear than to recount some of the most traumatizing horror films ever made? I can’t think of any! Enjoy!

13.) Don’t Breathe

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Among other things (which I won’t delve into for fear of spoilers), this film plays with our fear of disabled folks. What begins as a tense reverse-home invasion thriller quickly devolves into something much more sinister. What is the Blind Man capable of? Initially you’ll find yourself thinking “Those kids broke into the guy’s home. They deserve this.” However, once the Blind Man’s secrets are uncovered and the now-infamous scene hits, you may find yourself shouting “Holy crap! Nobody deserves this!”

12.) The Hills Have Eyes

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In these circumstances, I typically include the year of release to distinguish an original film from a potential remake. I’m not doing that here. Both Wes Craven’s 1977 original and Alexandre Aja’s 2006 remake push the envelope of unrelenting gore and uncomfortable social commentary. Shocking hyper-violence, mutant inbreeding and baby-napping highlight these savage and unpleasant pulp outings. There’s nothing worse than an interrupted vacation.

11.) Paranormal Activity

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Paranormal Activity is a simple film about a newlywed couple moving into a haunted house. The husband happens to be a videophile so the whole film is shot like a homemade movie. As is usually the case with demons, it’s what the couple doesn’t see that frightens them (and us). The manipulation of sound to illicit disembodied footsteps or growling in the blinding dark is paralyzing and the supernatural bedlam only builds from there. Good luck getting some shuteye after this one.

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Is too much of a good thing a bad thing? That’s the question horror novelist Clive Barker explores in his evocative directorial debut. A man seeking unearthly pleasures solves a mysterious Chinese puzzle box only to discover he’s opened a portal to Hell. Appropriately, every frame is dominated by an unsavory sense of foreboding. Grotesquely detailed production design and sadistic torture sequences will have your stomach churning. This film has such sights to show you.

9.) Hostel

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Horror fanatic Eli Roth has never been one to shy away from a little blood and guts. Or a lot of it. That’s exactly what he has in store for you with this terrifying tale of a band of American college students who’re lured to a human chop shop whilst backpacking across Eastern Europe. Believe it or not, the grisly dismemberment that ensues isn’t what will stick with you. It’s the idea that, for the right price, ordinary citizens can and will pay for the privilege (I guess?) of committing unspeakable acts on strangers. It’s a horror that, unfortunately, seems less and less ridiculous every day.

8.) Teeth

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If more schools showed Teeth in sex ed class, I guarantee there’d be less teenage promiscuity. Based on the folk tale of the vagina dentata, this quirky horror film follows the sexual awakening of one very special teenage girl. It works a fascinating feminist spin on the typical genre motifs while serving as a grave and bloody reminder that one can never be too careful when it comes to intimacy.

7.) The Last House on the Left (1972)

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Before he revitalized the horror genre with Scream or haunted our sleep in A Nightmare On Elm Street, Master of Horror Wes Craven shocked the world with The Last House On the Left. Unlike his more iconic work, the antagonists in this film are (for lack of a better word) ordinary people. Its infamous brutality against its teenage protagonists is raw and realistic. This film is the reason parents tell their kids not to talk to strangers.

6.) The Exorcist

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The Exorcist speaks to our timeless fear of the unknown and our inability to protect ourselves from that which we do not fully understand. One’s heart can’t help but ache for Chris while she’s helplessly sidelined as her daughter’s body and spirit are ravaged by an otherworldly evil. Levitation, deformation, evacuation, and masturbation á la crucifix make for some strong imagery that you’ll need an exorcist to unsee. This film earns its reputation as one of the scariest movies ever made.

5.) The Descent

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The Descent is actually two taut horror flicks in one centered around a gaggle of girlfriends who get lost while spelunking in an unmarked cave system. The first half works as a psychologically distressing exploitation of claustrophobia, which could have worked as its own film. Then, out of nowhere, things take a bloody turn for the worse as the girls collide with a vicious pack of devolved humanoids. The resulting splatterfest will surely satisfy those audience members looking for an edgier, more physical fright. This film’s got something for everybody!

4.) Raw

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Raw isn’t a gory bloodbath. Like Teeth, this is a dark coming of age film about a vegan who develops a taste for her fellow classmates during her first year of veterinarian school. As sickening as cannibalism is on its own terms, what’s tragic about Raw is how it slowly it sneaks into this girl’s everyday life and devours (literally) her closest relationships. She can’t help herself. She has the need to feed and those urges manifest in raw and unsettling ways, including that revolting finger scene. For those fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to have seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about. Yuckie!

3.) Goodnight Mommy

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There is no closer a bond than that between a mother and her children. That’s where the horror of Goodnight Mommy lies. A luxurious house surrounded by cornfields is where nine-year-old twin brothers await their mother’s return from reconstructive surgery. Upon her return, the brothers notice mommy isn’t quite herself. That sets the stage for the mounting, unforgettable horror that ensues. Goodnight Mommy examines miscommunication as well as the dark underbelly of imagination and never lets up on its slow build. Looks like mommy won’t be getting any sleep tonight!

2.) The Mist

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With television shows like 11/22/63 or feature films like It or Gerald’s Game, 2017 has been a strong year for Stephen King adaptations. However, they’re hardly the first successful translations of the famous author’s works to screen. Frank Darabont is the filmmaker behind some of the most praised examples, including The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and, of course, The Mist. The latter works as a frightening creature feature and a powerful commentary on desperation. Then, of course, there’s that ending, which will hover over you like a dark cloud for the rest of your moviegoing days.

1.) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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The 1970’s gave us some of the most brutal horror films ever made; perhaps none more so than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Tobe Hooper’s low-budget exercise in unrestrained ferocity is as transgressive as it is nauseating. Furniture made from bones, masks made of human flesh, and a family of cannibalistic hillbillies are just a few  of the mortifying secrets hidden within the walls of the Hewitts house. ‘Texas Chainsaw’ inspired decades of uncompromising exploitation flicks and still stands as the golden standard to this day.


Those are my thirteen horror films that will definitely leave a scar. What do you think of my list? And which horror films have emotionally shattered through the years? Let me know in the comments below!

11 Movies That Should Have a Sequel by Now (But Don’t)

It’s thirty-five years later and we are just now getting a sequel to Blade Runner, arguably one of the most influential science fiction films ever made. Denis Villeneuve’s (Prisoners, Arrival) follow-up to Ridley Scott’s seminal 1982 film, Blade Runner 2049 (aptly titled as it takes place 30 years after the events of the original), lands in theaters on October 6th. To celebrate this next entry in the series, I’ve gathered a list of other films that I believe should have had at least one sequel by now (but don’t):

11.) District 9

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District 9 is a fantastic film, sci-fi or otherwise. It’s buzzing with stunning visuals, compelling performances, and meaningful symbolism. And while it (mostly) serves as a rich standalone story, it does leave open some major loose ends that could easily lead into a second chapter. Unfortunately, writer-director Neil Blomkamp’s subsequent films were not been up to par with District 9, which begs the question: “Should he just leave well enough alone?”

10.) Evil Dead (2013)

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Evil Dead is a cult classic and the idea of a remake with Sam Raimi only attached to produce seemed like a cheap money grab. Little did we know this would be Director Fede Alvarez’s (Don’t Breathe) coming out party. The fresh-faced filmmaker took the beloved franchise in a more serious direction, choosing to emphasize horror over comedy and cranking the gore factor to ten. The result is a fun splatter fest that left the door open for more crazy-disgusting battles featuring our traumatized, badass heroine.

9.) Big Hero 6

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Baymax is cuddly and charming and playfully innocent. Those qualities have made him a cinematic icon, though strong characterization is simply one of many things that Big Hero 6 does right. The film is fun, funny, action-packed and quite often endearing. It’s also beautifully animated with a distinct style all its own. Plus it made quite a bit of money. You’d think Disney would have already green lit a sequel to such a crowd pleasing production.

8.) Zombieland

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By the end of its theatrical run, the apocalyptic comedy Zombieland had quadrupled its budget, which is an impressive feat for a film offering one, recycled gag and a cast of mostly nobody’s (at least back then). It’s a fun road trip romp featuring a small band of eccentric weirdo’s that audiences enjoyed spending time with (plus zombie Bill Murray is classic). With such star power as its three leads have built up over the subsequent years, a sequel could do some serious box office damage.

7.) How to Train Your Dragon 2

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There were four years between How to Train Your Dragon movies. Surely, DreamWorks couldn’t have known how successful the first film would become and it takes considerable time to animate a feature film, especially one as stunning as ‘HTTYD.’ Still, that’s a long time and by the looks of it, we have to wait at least that long until the third film. I guess if it means getting another entry that’s as beautiful and riveting as the first two, then I guess I’m game.

6.) Wreck-It Ralph

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Like Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph is a feel-good Disney adventure. The titular Ralph may not be as squishy-cute as Baymax, but he is a compelling, misunderstood character who’s easy to relate to and root for. Set in a world made up of classic and original video games alike, this franchise has seemingly unlimited lives. It’s true that Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is in the works, but it’s been five years since the original. Seeing is how that film made nearly half a billion dollars worldwide, why has it taken this long to even announce a sequel?

5.) Unbreakable

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Before you get on me about M. Night Shyamalan being in the midst of producing an Unbreakable follow-up, let me remind you that this post is about films that should have had a sequel by now, but don’t. As it stands, we still have yet to know what happened to David Dunn following the events of the 2000 superhero drama or how it ties in with James McAvoy’s Beast. After Split, Blumhouse quickly set their sights on the next entry in the series and with the current comic book craze, now is the perfect time to put it out. 2019 can’t come quick enough.

4.) Man of Steel

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A second Man of Steel film was actually in development before DC and WB opted to introduce Henry Cavil’s Big Blue Boy Scout to the Dark Knight and the whole project morphed into Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Both films were critically divisive and neither met the lofty expectations of Marvel’s big hitters. Still, Superman is one of the most iconic figures in fiction and the powers that be clearly have their hearts set on this interpretation, so why did we get a Suicide Squad movie before a “Man of Tomorrow?”

3.) Dredd

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This is more a selfish pick and less a convincing studio pitch. Dredd lost DNA Films millions of dollars. Still, I love everything about this movie. From Karl Urban’s performance as the Law to the visual production and overkill violence. It even made effective use of the otherwise lame 3D technology. Clearly I wasn’t the only fan either. Dredd did pretty well in home video sales and has since garnered somewhat of a cult following, thus making idea of a sequel more relevant. Other notable franchises have justified sequels through years of DVD sales (Anchorman & Zoolander, anyone?).

2.) The Incredibles

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If ever there was a Pixar film that set itself up for a sequel, it’s The Incredibles. I mean the film ends off with the super family getting ready to square off with a potential supervillain. Now I’m aware that the long-awaited next installment is finally in production, but by the time it hits theaters next year, it’ll have been fourteen years since that first film and the generation that grew up with the Incredibles as kids will have their own kids to share them with. It’s a sweet sentiment and Incredibles 2 will make gangbusters money, but that’s nearly a two decade wait. There have been three Cars films in that time!

1.) Avatar

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Avatar is the highest grossing movie of all-time (not adjusted for inflation, of course). Throughout the film, Director James Cameron (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Aliens) spends a lot of time and effort building the universe of the Na’vi. All things considered, we should have had at least two more follow-ups in the last eight years. Now Cameron is currently working on four more Avatar movies, but we won’t see the first sequel until 2020. That’s eleven years. Will people still care then?


What do you all think about my eleven films that should have had a sequel by now? Do you agree? What other films do you think should have seen another new installment by now? Let me know in the comments below!

10 Most Anticipated Movies of October

October is an exciting time for movies. Thanks to Halloween, the month is prime real estate for horror movies and other genre films. Not only that, but it’s also smack dab in the middle of Oscar season. Whatever you’re into, October has something for all movie lovers!

This October in particular has me quivering with excitement. There’s something to look forward to each week! Here are the films I’m most looking forward to next month:

Blade Runner 2049

Release date: October 6th

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Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner from 1982 is a seminal sci-fi motion picture. Its influences on subsequent films can be seen and felt through the years. That said, I never believed the film needed a sequel. I still don’t. However, it’s tough to say no to the talent involved. Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Arrival) is arguably the hottest director in Hollywood today. Likewise, Ryan Gosling is arguably the hottest on-screen talent in the industry right now and the draw of putting him opposite Oscar-winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyer’s Club) is irresistible. Cinematographer Roger Deakins has shot some of the most transfixing images in cinema history (The Shawshank Redemption, A Beautiful Mind, Skyfall, Sicario) and by the look of it, he’s immaculately recaptured the iconic, neo-noir styling’s of the original. Team those four up with returning Blade Runner veterans like Hampton Fancher (screenwriter) and Ridley Scott (producer) and then say Harrison Ford will be reprising his role as Deckard? Take my money.

The Florida Project

Release date: October 6th

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I know two things about The Florida Project and its originator Sean Baker: 1.) The guy’s previous works include Tangerine, which was shot on an iPhone, and 2.) I saw the trailer once and have been sold ever since. Willem Dafoe is one of my favorite under-appreciated actors and he always shines in these smaller, independent titles (though judging by the trailer, I’m not so sure how much screen time he’ll get). However, the real highlight of what I’ve seen so far is Brooklynn Prince. The young actress just oozes charisma and seems like a perfect fit for the role of a snarky, rebellious child. Her credits don’t include much up to now, but if this film is as charming and sincere as it looks, The Florida Project could be a star-maker.

Happy Death Day

Release date: October 13th

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I love horror. It’s my favorite genre. I especially love slasher flicks. Psycho, Peeping Tom, Halloween, and Scream are some of my all-time favorite films. Happy Death Day seems to be paying homage to those types of movies while having fun in the process. From its Halloween-inspired cake poster to Jessica Rothe’s indulgently silly performance to the Groundhog Day manipulation of time to the killer’s oversized mascot helmet, everything about this film looks ludicrous and amusing. Count me in for a slice.

The Foreigner

Release date: October 13th

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Jackie Chan is a cinematic icon who’s known for doing his own, insane stunt work and fight choreography. Lately, the martial arts legend has withdrawn from the spotlight and mostly taken up work voice acting in family-friendly animations such as the Kung-Fu Panda films and the recent sequel to The Nut Job (which he was the best part of, I might add). With The Foreigner, Chan resurfaces to the public eye with a good, old-fashioned revenge tale and I for one can’t wait to see the honorary Oscar-winner do what he does best: kick some serious ass. Plus he’s teaming up with Martin Campbell, who’s proven to be a competent action director with GoldenEye, Casino Royale, and the Antonio Banderas-lead Zorro films. It doesn’t hurt that Chan is starring opposite someone as talented as Pierce Brosnan. Plus, it’s always fun to see a previous Bond star play a villain.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

Release date: October 13th

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Dr. William Moulton Marston is famous for three things: creating Wonder Woman, inventing the lie detector, and being in a polyamorous relationship with two women. With Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman, the story of the women behind the man behind the woman (as the film’s tagline goes) finally gets the silver screen treatment it deserves and it couldn’t come at a better time. From the initial controversy of the Wonder Woman comic itself to the scrutiny surrounding the relationship that influenced its creation, this story is ripe with timely, dramatic potential. Not to mention the film stars Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall, two phenomenal actors no doubt worthy of such rich material.

The Snowman

Release date: October 20th

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Again, The Snowman is a film I know very little about and I’m doing everything in my power to keep it that way. That said, I do know Director Tomas Alfredson helmed Let the Right One In, which is a poignant, disciplined example of dramatic horror. If he can bring those same sensibilities to a methodical, cat-n-mouse murder mystery like The Snowman and effectively utilize the prolific talents of an actor like Michael Fassbender, then I’m totally game. Not to mention the bizarre imagery in the trailer has haunted me ever since I watched the damn thing. It begs questions that I must know the answers to!

Jigsaw

Release date: October 27th

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It seems odd, doesn’t it? Placing the eighth installment of a horror franchise on any “Most Anticipated” list? Maybe. But keep in mind there hasn’t been a new Saw movie in seven years. That’s the better part of a decade and exactly how long the series initially ran once James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring) flipped the switch back in 2004. Babies born that year are starting grade school this year! In other words: it’s been a minute, so you’ll have to excuse my enthusiasm for Jigsaw. Plus it’s being directed by the Spierig Brothers, who are responsible for one of my all-time favorite films in Predestination. Sure, their films don’t always stick the landing– ahem, Daybreakers— but they’re always brimming with creativity, which is exactly what a long-running franchise like this needs. So cue up the tapes, Billy, papa wants to play a game!

Thank You for Your Service

Release date: October 27th

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I haven’t read the David Finkel novel that Thank You for Your Service is based on, but by all accounts, it’s a powerful read. That comes through in the trailers. PTSD is a tragic reality for a lot of vets returning from active duty. While many films attempt to communicate the devastating effects that the disorder can have on the lives of those who suffer from it, not many movies delve into how it affects the lives of those closest to them. Thank You for Your Service, at least judging from its trailers, seems to be all about that family dynamic and Haley Bennett with Miles Teller seems to be a perfect matching. Thankfully, over the last few years, Miles Teller has dug himself out of being typecast as the frat boy/ YA heartthrob and established himself as a serious actor thanks to his work in films like War Dogs and Whiplash. Thus, I have complete faith that he’ll dedicate himself whole-heartedly to this role and do right by those living his character’s reality.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Release date: October 27th (Limited)

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I’d hate to sound like a broken record, but The Killing of a Sacred Deer is yet again one of those upcoming films that I know next to nothing about. I, however, absolutely adored The Lobster, a 2015 film also written and directed by Athenian filmmaker (you don’t hear that very often) Yorgos Lanthimos. That film also starred Colin Farrell, who is one of my favorite actors, period. The addition of Nicole Kidman can only be a positive thing. The two always commit themselves to their work, disappearing into every role. Plus the synopsis for The Killing of a Sacred Deer promises a “sinister” turn and both Farrell and Kidman excel given edgier material.

Suburbicon

Release date: October 27th

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Obviously, I’m a fan of when big-name Hollywood talents team up to make a movie. I crossed that bridge with Blade Runner 2049 and The Snowman (see above). This time around, George Clooney is pairing with Matt Damon to realize a script written by Joel and Ethan Coen. Now George Clooney as a director tends to be hit or miss, but the fact that he’s been around a while and has previously crafted some strong cinema (Good Night, and Good Luck; The Ides of March) means that I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to Suburbicon (at least for now). Plus, the Coen Brothers are such a singular voice in the industry and I’ll watch anything they’ve put their hands on. It also helps that Matt Damon has the chops to match their quirky wit.


Those are my ten most anticipated movies of October. What movies are you guys and gals looking forward to next month? Anything I missed? Drop down into the comments section and let me know!

2017: 11 must-see films from the first six months

We are more than halfway through 2017 already. If your New Year’s resolution was to see more movies this year but you just haven’t gotten around to seeing as many as you’d hoped, don’t worry. To make things easier on you, we’ve compiled a list of the movies you really need to see (so far this year)!

*All films were released within the first six month (Jan.-Jun.).

11.) Split

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Brace yourselves, we may be in the midst of a Shyamalanaissance (you’re welcome). After the critical and financial success of The Visit, M. Night has taken an even bigger step towards reclaiming his lost title of “The Next Spielberg.” Split is a strong return to form for the writer/director. It’s a tense, deliberately paced thriller that perpetually intrigues and features a spine-tingling performance from James McAvoy as multiple personalities. The film also boats one of the most exciting reveals this year and of Shyamalan’s entire career.

10.) Colossal

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Contrary to its marketing, Colossal isn’t exactly a romantic comedy, monster movie mash-up. Though it shares similar plot points with those types of films (especially in the first act), Writer/Director Nacho Vigalondo actually explores some pretty dark, mature themes here. That said, it is one of the quirkiest, most original films this year with Anne Hathaway reminding us all why she won her Oscar. Jason Sudeikis is strong as Hathaway’s main foil and the two share a captivating dynamic that you won’t soon forget.

9.) Raw

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Word was people were fainting during festival screenings of this French horror flick. While Raw didn’t quite affect me in that way (thankfully), certain scenes still make me cringe weeks later. But this film left me with more than just a stronger gag reflex. By exploring the complicated relationship between two sisters, Raw offers unique observations on (among other things) sisterhood and its impact on certain familial structures. Simply put: it’s one of the meatiest films of the year. There’s a lot to sink your teeth into. Okay, I’ll stop.

8.) The Lego Batman Movie

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From hard-R cannibalism to animated family fun! Not enough people saw The Lego Batman Movie, which is a shame. It’s some of the most fun I’ve had in a theater this year. Director Chris McKay hysterically pokes fun at Batman and his storied silver screen history with self-referential styling’s similar to the original Lego movie. McKay simultaneously delivers the kickass action we’ve come to expect from a Batman flick. Perhaps the best thing about this film is that it offers a fresh take on the Dark Knight despite serving two of the most iconic brands in the world.

7.) Wonder Woman

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Sure it took 75 years, but it was well worth the wait. Wonder Woman is a pure delight from start to finish. Director Patty Jenkins took one of comics’ silliest, most convoluted origins and adapted it into a coherent and compelling narrative. Gal Gadot is a revelation as Diana Prince and Chris Pine is irresistibly charming as the romantic interest Steve Trevor. Their chemistry is magnetic and holds the film together throughout. Charismatic performances from the supporting cast even win out against some undercooked side character development. Wonder Woman also manages to fit visually within the context of the DC Extended Universe while incorporating some of that humor and infectious energy that make the MCU movies so much fun.

6.) Wakefield

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Wakefield is a singular experience filtered through the mind of a sincerely disturbed suburbanite who withdraws from his life and family by hiding away inside the attic of their detached garage. It’s a twisted character study that offers surprisingly frequent laughs as well as some unsettling insight into the psyche of identity and the toll of soulless routine. Bryan Cranston is hypnotic as Howard Wakefield and convincingly conveys the man’s frenzied journey to self-discovery.

5.) It Comes at Night

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If you go into It Comes at Night with the wrong set of expectations, chances are you’ll leave disappointed. I knew nothing when I sat down to screen it. Gradually, I took what Writer/Director Trey Edward Schults was offering. I encourage all of you to do the same. If you can accept It Comes at Night as a cerebral, slow-burning character study, then you may be able to enjoy the film’s narrative simplicity, haunting cinematography and nuanced performances. You may even find yourself asking “What would I do in this situation?”

4.) John Wick: Chapter 2

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Sometimes there is just no substitute for fun. That’s what the John Wick movies are. The first film gleefully embraces Keanu Reeves’s inner badass as well as an inexplicably intricate mythology and hyper-realistic violence. ‘Chapter 2′ furthers said mythology and doubles down the series’ now iconic “gun-fu.” If you loved John Wick then you’ll probably love John Wick: Chapter 2 all the same, if not more. I certainty did.

3.) Baby Driver

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Continuing the theme of fun is Baby Driver. Writer/Director Edgar Wright spins familiar elements of the crime genre in a way only he can for this analog comedy. It features Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver who continually listens to music in order to drown out the Tinnitus in his ears. The script is tight and full of snappy dialogue. The supporting cast is equally kinetic and charming, with special props to Jamie Foxx for his standout performance. Wright also makes better use of his soundtrack than any other film I’ve seen, particularly during the riveting action sequences (yes, including Guardians of the Galaxy).

2.) Get Out

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Get Out is not only one of the best movies of the year. It’s one of the most important ones too. Writer/Director Jordan Peele (one-half of Comedy Central’s sketch comedy Key & Peele) has crafted a deft social thriller akin to the likes of The Stepford Wives and Rosemary’s Baby. Here Peele observes the subversive evolution of racism in America through the lens of a young African American man who’s meeting his Caucasian girlfriend’s parents for the first time. It’s a timely, haunting film and one that’s already made a splash via multiple box office records. Look for Get Out come time for Oscar nods.

1.) Logan

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Logan is not just a great comic book movie. It’s a great movie, period. It’s also the last time Hugh Jackman will play the iconic X-Man Wolverine, after nearly twenty years. Thankfully, Logan is the perfect swan song. Director James Mangold and company have realized a poetic and exhilarating tale of redemption in a world where mutants are nearing extinction. We finally get to see Wolverine in all his raging, R-rated glory. Patrick Stewart gives arguably the best performance of his career as a broken, desperate Professor X. In fact, Logan has the potential to be the first comic book film since The Dark Knight to see an Oscar nod for performance.

There you have it! Our picks for the top 11 must-see movies of the first half of 2017. What do you think of our list? What films made it onto your list? We want to know! Hit us up in the comments section and let’s talk about it!

20 Movies to get hyped for down the back half of 2017

Believe it or not, we are already halfway through 2017! So far we’ve seen some truly great flicks and though the summer movie season has been off to a sluggish start, things will definitely pick up down the back half of the year. To help mentally prepare you for the coming greatness, we’ve assembled a brief look forward to our most anticipated movies of these last six months!

JULY

1.) Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Totes obvi, right? Not only will Spider-Man: Homecoming be one of the biggest films of the summer (if not, the biggest), but it’s also one of our most anticipated and for some good reasons. First off, it’s the third cinematic interpretation we’ve had of the character since Sam Raimi’s original back in 2002 and after the bump in the road that was The Amazing Spider-Man films, it’ll be interesting to see how audiences respond to yet another reboot. Then there’s the casting of Tom Holland. We got a taste of his take on the Web Head in Captain America: Civil War and, needless to say, we want more. Plus who doesn’t want to see Spidey swinging around with Ironman on the big screen?!

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters July 7th.

2.) War for the Planet of the Apes

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes took audiences and critics by surprise with how good it actually turned out and then Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was even better. These films somehow have us rooting against our own race! Motion capture guru Andy Serkis owns the role of Cesar and gives arguably his best performances in these films. ‘Dawn’ Director Matt Reeves returns to helm this third entry in the reboot and if it’s anywhere near as good as the previous film, this trilogy belongs in the discussion as one of the all-time great movie trilogies ever.

War for the Planet of the Apes will ravage a theater near you July 14th.

3.) Atomic Blonde

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Before Deadpool 2, Director David Leitch (also co-director of the first John Wick) is taking on another comic book property: Atomic Blonde. Leitch shoots some of the most exciting action today and his choreography is brutal so casting is important. So when you don’t have someone as hard working as Keanu Reeves in front of the lens, it’s important to secure equally committed talent. Charlize Theron fits that bill perfectly, having completely changed her model appearance (and winning an Oscar) for Monster (directed by Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins). Slap some supporting talent like James McAvoy and Sofia Boutella on the side and we’ve got one of our most anticipated movies remaining.

Atomic Blonde busts into theaters July 28th.

AUGUST

1.) Detroit

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Kathryn Bigelow is the only female to ever win Best Director at the Academy Awards. She did so back in 2008 with The Hurt Locker (which went on to win Best Picture that year). Her subsequent film, Zero Dark Thirty, was also nominated for Best Picture in 2012. Bigelow continues her streak of hard-hitting reenactments with Detroit, based on the city’s infamous string of tragic protests in the late 60s. A powerful true story with immense talent behind the camera deserves equal talent in front of the camera and that’s just what we’re getting. John Krasinski, Will Poulter, John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, and Jason Mitchell all headline this tremendous cast.

Detroit hits theaters August 4th.

2.) Logan Lucky

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Steven Soderbergh  (Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven, Erin Brockovich) hasn’t made a movie since 2013’s Side Effects. After mid-ranged film budgets seemingly went extinct in Hollywood, Soderbergh declared his retirement from directing. Naturally, his resurgence alone is reason enough to include his next project on this list. Imagine our excitement then when we found out who’s in it: Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, and Hilary Swank. As if that weren’t enough, they’re going to try robbing $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway during a race! You don’t have to steal from me, Soderbergh. Just take my money now.

Logan Lucky steals into theaters August 18th.

3.) Death Note

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Thanks to Ghost in the Shell, moviegoers shudder when “anime” and “live-action” are used in the same sentence. Couple that with the fact that, outside Beasts of No Nation, Netflix hasn’t exactly been hitting it out of the park as far as their original films are concerned (their television on the other hand… So good!). Those two things considered, we understand if you’re not high on Adam Wingard’s upcoming Death Note reimagining. We, however, maintain optimism that the man who brought us You’re Next, The Guest, and the underappreciated Blair Witch sequel, will do the hit anime justice. Because, if he doesn’t, that’ll put a damper on Kong vs. Godzilla.

Death Note falls into your Netflix queue August 25th.

SEPTEMBER

1.) IT

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In the 90’s, Stephen King’s cherished novel was made into a television miniseries starring Tim Curry as the iconic killer clown. Now, over twenty years later, the scaring source material is finally receiving its big screen dues, only this time Bill Skarsgard is dawning the red and white makeup. And while Mama wasn’t one of our favorite horror movies of 2013, it’s a solid step above par. As long as Director Andrés Muschietti can nail the tone and let his young, talented cast take care of the rest, IT could become a Halloween staple. Not to mention the first trailer broke the YouTube record for most views in a single day. Clearly we’re not the only ones hyped.

IT crawls into a theater near you September 8th.

2.) Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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Director Matthew Vaughn first sent up the superhero genre with Kickass, based on the little-known comic centered around a group of kids who come together dressed as superheroes to fight crime. After making more of a traditional superhero flick in X-Men: First Class, Vaughn set his sights on similarly small ‘Kingsman. Now we’re getting the sequel. Not only is Kingsman: The Golden Circle reuniting Vaughn with beloved cast members from the first film, but it’s also introducing the likes of Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, and Julianne Moore as the villain. If those names alone don’t get your blood pumping, nothing will.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle explodes into theaters September 22nd.

3.) American Made

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American Made has intrigued us ever since we learned that Tom Cruise was attached to star as real life U.S. commercial pilot-turned-drug-smuggler-turned-DEA-informant Barry Seal. It’s an insane story and one definitely worthy of the silver screen treatment and Cruise’s talents. Not long after, Doug Liman joined to direct. Liman previously directed Cruise in the understated sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow and also directed The Bourne Identity as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith. So something like American Made seems right in his wheelhouse. Adding to the hype was the equally bonkers trailer that dropped today which perfectly encapsulates the insanity of this high-stakes dramedy.

American Made flies into theaters September 29th.

OCTOBER

1.) Blade Runner 2049

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For sheer quantity, October is our most anticipated month remaining and it starts off with the much-desired sequel to the sci-fi classic Blade Runner. Imaginatively titled, Blade Runner 2049 brings back Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) as executive producer and Hampton Fancher as screenwriter. The the main attractions, however, are Ryan Gosling as the star and Director Denis Villeneuve, who is currently blazing one of the hottest streaks in Hollywood with Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival. Then there’s the cinematography. Blade Runner has a specific visual style so it only makes sense to once again pair Villeneuve with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins (The Shawshank Redeption, No Country for Old Men), who was previously lit both Prisoners and Sicario. This film is bringing back all the right people and tossing in some of the freshest talent around. We can’t wait to see the result.

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters October 6th.

2.) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Martin McDonagh is one of the most talented storytellers in Hollywood today. The writer-director’s films, much like Quentin Tarantino’s, bear a distinctive, auteurist style that similarly infuses hyper violence with dark, edgy humor and center on quirky, crime-based narratives. McDonagh also casts his films well. In the case of ‘Three Billboards,’ Frances McDormand stars as a mother who wages an all-out war against the local police after months of failing to make any headway in the case of her daughter’s murder. The equally charismatic Woody Harrelson co-stars as the chief of the aforementioned police force and Sam Rockwell as his second-in-command. In a market saturated by established IP’s, McDonagh is a force of originality and a breath of fresh air.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starts playing in theaters October 13th.

3.) Mother!

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The Hollywood marketing machine has a tendency to overshare footage from upcoming films. Whether through multiple trailers, television spots, posters, prologues, early behind the scenes, studios want to make sure you know exactly what you’re in for ahead of time. This has become so much the norm that films like Mother! almost seem revolutionary. We know almost nothing about it (although the film is still a few months out so there’s still plenty of time to ruin it). All we have to go off are a few tasty nuggets of info. The first comes in the form of the darkly alluring poster (see right). Next is that the film will tell the story of a couple whose “relationship is tested” after “uninvited guests” arrive, “disrupting their tranquil existence” and that it stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. We also know that it’s directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) who intends for his film to be a psychological thriller, a genre he has proven skilled in. It’s not a lot to go off but if you ask us, it’s more than enough to secure our tickets.

Mother! makes birth in theaters October 13th.

4.) God Particle

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Last year saw the release of 10 Cloverfield Lane, the surprise second film in the Cloverfield universe which re-ignited the franchise. Originally, a third film was scheduled for release less than a year later in February of this year. It was pushed back, however, to October and has found its way onto our list. 10 Cloverfield Lane, though taking place in the universe of the first film, distinguished itself by taking the approach of a slow-burning psychological thriller. Some deft direction as well as an unnerving performance by John Goodman elevated it above our expectations. J.J. Abrams returns to produce God Particle, which also sets its self a part by taking place aboard a space station while the live-in astronauts fight for survival with reality warping around them. The fresh faced Julius Onah will direct the established talents of Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Bruhl, and David Oyelowo. We’re can’t wait to see if and how Onah takes advantage of this hard-core science fiction idea.

God Particle lands in theaters October 17th.

5.) Saw: Legacy

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We know how dopey this looks. Saw is (no pun indented) a dead franchise that hasn’t put out a good film in a very long time. But we still have nightmares about Billy the puppet and deep down we’ve been yearning for the days where Halloween meant another Saw movie! Maybe we’re just suckers for the genre. Or, maybe, we’re just excited to see brothers Peter and Michael Spierig (Daybreakers, Predestination) take a shot at the series. Their films don’t always hit like they’re supposed to but the duo always bring their A game in terms of creativity and originality. Hopefully they’re the spark that revives R-rated slashers at the box office!

Saw: Legacy starts playing games October 27th.

NOVEMBER

1.) Thor: Ragnarok

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Thor: Ragnarok is not only our most anticipated movie down the back half of 2017 but it’s our most anticipated movie of the year, period. It looks to be taking galactic elements from the establish MCU mythos and mixing them in with bits and pieces of Planet Hulk, which is some of the most fun you can have reading a comic book. Then you get a guy like Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) to direct and spin it with his unique brand of humor. The addition of Jeff Goldblum and Cate Blanchett as the villain are two brilliant cherries on top. We haven’t even mentioned the fact we’re going to see Doctor Strange interact with Thor and Hulk on the big screen! It’s as if though rock n roll itself materialized into a deliciously kickass comic book romp!

Thor: Ragnarok rocks into theaters November 3rd.

2.) Justice League

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Admittedly, we were not fans of Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, or Suicide Squad (see our in-depth thoughts and ranking of the DCEU films here). But Wonder Woman blew past our expectations (catch our review here). In light of recent success, we’re more willing to give Justice League a chance. Besides, the casting of our main heroes thus far has been pitch perfect and we can’t wait to see Jason Momoa’s take on Aquaman. Hopefully this film does well and the DC Extended Universe expands further into some of their deeper-cut mythology so we can see some of it come to life on the silver screen. Isn’t that every geek’s dream?

Justice League swoops into theaters November 17th.

3.) Coco

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In Pixar we trust. It’s that simple. Their films eventually wind up on everybody’s “most anticipated movies” list of whatever year. They’re that good. And even after taking a dump with Cars 2, the studio has consistently proven they know how to effectively tell an emotionally compelling story capable of reaching the hearts of viewers of all ages (who among us hasn’t cried watching a Pixar film?). And despite the increase in sequels the studio has put out over the last few years, they’ve still shown with films as recent as Inside Out that they want to expands viewers’ imaginations with creative, original material. Such is the case with Coco and we can’t wait to have our minds blown.

Coco starts playing its tune November 22nd.

DECEMBER

1.) The Shape of Water

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Guillermo del Toro is a filmmaker who isn’t afraid of taking risks and as a powerhouse of imagination, he’s made a career out of doing just that. Of course risk opens the door to potential missteps as much as it does to success. Del Toro has had his fair share of both. However, from what we know so far, The Shape of Water is (pun intended) shaping up to be one of the filmmaker’s most exciting endeavors yet. Star Doug Jones (who is also featured prominently in del Toro’s two Hellboy flicks) described the film as a Cold War-era romance between the last creature of a near-extinct [aquatic?] race (Jones) and a woman (Sally Hawkins) who discovers him held captive inside a secret, American laboratory. Also featuring one of our favorites in Michael Shannon, The Shape of Water could be the throwback to del Toro’s days of Pan’s Labyrinth that, I think we can all agree, we’ve been waiting for.

The Shape of Water takes shape December 8th.

2.) The Disaster Artist

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Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is widely considered the worst movie ever made (if you’ve been fortunate or misfortunate enough to see it, then you probably understand why). A decade after its release, Actor Greg Sestero wrote a book chronicling both Wiseau’s embarrassing failure through the system as well as Sestero’s own experiences on set.  From all accounts, it’s a hilarious, riveting read. Thankfully, Director and Star James Franco knows we don’t like to read, so he’s turning the book into a movie and we can’t imagine a more perfect fit for this material. And get a load of the cast: James Franco, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Alison Brie, Bryan Cranston, Kristen Bell, Dave Franco, Sharon Stone, Adam Scott, and Seth Rogen. Need we say more?

The Disaster Artist will attempt to be a movie December 8th.

3.) Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

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We started this list with an obvious pick and that’s how we’re going to end it too. Let’s be honest, the next episode in the Star Wars saga would make this list no matter who was behind the camera. That said, we feel especially safe knowing that it’s Rian Johnson. The man has proven he knows good storytelling, having written and directed films like Brick and Looper. He’s also directed some of the best episodes that Breaking Bad had to offer. Then of course there’s the stress-inducing levels of anticipation moviegoers have for finding out about Ray’s lineage. And let’s not forget we’ll finally get to hear Luke Skywalker talk for the first time in nearly 35 years. What’s he been up to, I wonder?

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi sparks its saber December 15th.

That’s our list of the most anticipated movies remaining this year! What do you all think? And what movies are you most looking forward to? Drop into the comments section below and let us know!