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Christmas Gift Guide

'It'

'Insidious: Chapter 4'

'Amityville: The Awakening'

'Polaroid'

'Jackals'

'Friend Request'

'Flatliners'

'Cult of Chucky'

'Happy Death Day'

'The Snowman'

'Leatherface'

'Jigsaw'

'mother!'

Clowns and storm drains and "we all float down here" and GAAAAH, Stephen King's "It" has terrified readers and viewers since the novel came out in 1986. In this big-screen version, Bill Skarsgård plays Pennywise the horrifying evil clown. "It" comes out Sept. 8. (Watch the trailer here.)

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The "Insidious" franchise, about demonologists plunging into the supernatural world, has been one of the hottest in horror since the first film came out in 2010. The fourth movie, written by series co-creator Leigh Whannell, was supposed to come out in October 2017, but now has been shifted to Jan. 5, 2018.

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What's more believable, the supposed paranormal events in an Amityville, NY, house, or the fact that this is the seventeenth film in the "Amityville" series? Both seem unreal, but "Awakening" is for real, and has a cast including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jennifer Morrison and Kurtwood "Red Forman" Smith. Although it's been shown in a couple of countries, including the Philippines and the Ukraine, a U.S. release date is unclear as of summer 2017. (Watch the trailer here.)

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Remember Polaroid cameras, instantly spitting out photos that developed before the photographer's eyes? In "Polaroid," due out August 25, a young woman named Bird Fitcher (Kathryn Prescott) finds a vintage Polaroid with a bloody secret: If it takes your photo, you're doomed. And if someone tries to set fire to a photo it took of you -- you catch on fire. Think twice before you say cheese. (Watch the trailer here.)

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Home-invasion movies are a super-creepy genre, because it's too easy to put yourself in the residents' desperate position. In "Jackals," due out Sept. 1, a family tries to rescue their son from a murderous cult, but then the murderous cultists come to them. And there's a baby in danger, which is as cold-blooded as those movies that put family pets in danger. (Watch the trailer here.)

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Mom always warned you to be careful online. In "Friend Request" (opening in the U.S. on Sept. 22), that proves to be a good plan. When a popular college student accepts an online friend request from a lonely girl in one of her classes, death and destruction follow. (Watch the trailer here, and rethink how you manage your social media.)

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This "Flatliners" is the sequel to the 1990 Kiefer Sutherland-Julia Roberts-Kevin Bacon film about a group of med students who see nothing wrong with bringing themselves back from near-death experiences. This version, due out Sept. 29, stars Ellen Page ("Juno") and Diego Luna, and it looks like creepily curious med students never learn. Sutherland reprises his role as an older, but perhaps not wiser, version of his original character. (Watch the trailer here.)

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Years before there was "Annabelle," there was Chucky, the original killer doll of "Child's Play" fame. In this seventh film in the series, Brad Dourif returns as Chucky, with Jennifer Tilly once again playing Chucky's badass bride, Tiffany. The film hits Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on Oct. 3. Wanna play? (Watch the trailer here.)

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Happy death day to you, happy death day to you. "Happy Death Day" mixes "Groundhog Day" with a "Friday the 13th"-style slasher movie. College student Tree (Jessica Rothe) keeps reliving her own birthday/death day over and over as she desperately tries to stop her own murder. The film comes out Oct. 13, fittingly a Friday the 13th. (Watch the trailer here.)

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British detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) sets out to investigate a disappearance on the day of winter's first snow, but then fears a brutal serial killer may be at work. And is that snowman wearing a decapitated human head? Based on a book by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, "The Snowman" opens Oct. 20. (Watch the trailer here.)

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Everyone, from Han Solo to The Joker is getting an origin story nowadays. Even Leatherface, the creepy killer of "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" fame. In the film, due out Sept. 21 on DirecTV and Oct. 20 on VOD and in limited release, teenage Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates and a kidnapped nurse. Don't mess with Texas indeed. (Watch the bloody trailer here.)

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Will the "Saw" films never end? In "Jigsaw," opening Oct. 27, gruesomely murdered bodies begin to turn up that show the marks of the infamous torture-trap killer Jigsaw -- but he's been dead for a decade.  (Watch the trailer here.)

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Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream," "Black Swan") directed and wrote "mother!", whose creepy trailer has earned the psychological horror film some social-media buzz. Jennifer Lawence stars as a woman whose tranquil life with her husband (Javier Bardem) is threatened by the arrival of a mysterious couple (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, in case Lawrence and Bardem weren't enough star power for you). Watch the trailer here.

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