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The Best Horror Movies of 2017 So Far!

The Best Horror Movies of 2017 So Far!

Overall, we’ve enjoyed a pretty great year in horror so far. There are a number of indie breakouts to be excited about. On the wide release front, things have certainly been hit or miss. Even a couple standouts that I genuinely enjoyed suffered from serious issues. Thankfully, the release schedule for the remainder of 2017 is pretty stacked, and I’ve no doubt by year’s end this list will look drastically different. Not to mention, I simply haven’t seen everything yet. My “watchlist” is filled with titles such as It Comes at Night, We Are the Flesh, and The Bad Batch. As it stands now, this list is comprised of a healthy mix of mainstream fare, critical darlings, and a couple of under the radar treats.

A quick note on the selection: Inclusion on the list is based on a production’s US release date. Even if a film was made years prior, it has to have been released within the calendar year (in cinemas, on demand, or home video). Cheers!


LAKE BODOM

#10. Lake Bodom

Lake Bodom is a Finnish film that attempts to breathe new life into the slasher genre. The setup is exactly what we’ve grown accustomed to; a group of teenagers escape for a weekend of camping and smoking weed, all while bubbling over with hormones. Naturally, their chosen campsite is also the real life location of an unsolved mass murder from 1960. As horror fans, this is a setup we’ve all seen time and time again, but Bodom is far from being a generic slasher. Writer/director Taneli Mustonen is dead-set on throwing as many twists and turns at the audience as the 85 minute runtime can withstand.

While, personally, I saw most of the big reveals coming a few knife slashes away, I still admired the film for “going there”. It’s refreshing to see a modern take on the old slasher conventions without the filmmakers falling back on a meta send up. As tightly paced as the film is, the beginning of the third act is where Bodom takes off. I won’t spoil the direction of the story for anyone, but a sequence of vehicular mayhem plays out like a horror version of The Fast and the Furious. It’s easily the highlight of the entire film and packs in enough suspense to warrant Lake Bodom a spot on this list.


ALIEN: Covenant

#9. Alien: Covenant

Here’s the thing, I realize that the reaction to Alien: Covenant ranged from middling to “burn this movie!” A select few have fallen madly in love with it, and then there’s me. The truth of the matter is, while sitting in the cinema for the duration I was fully immersed in the experience. It really “worked” for me. In fact, I thought the film was far too short, only realizing after leaving the theater that the runtime clocked in at two hours. A number of the set-pieces were fist pumping, adrenaline boosts. The scenes between David and Walter were beautifully shot and acted. They were the standouts… the yummy icing on the cake.

Ultimately, though, it was all empty calories. The majority of the characters, as many have noted, are written (or perhaps, edited) with such paper thin material they become interchangeable. Apparently one of the couples was gay? Apparently “so and so” was sad because “other so and so” was their wife? I don’t know, and the film didn’t care to clarify. Fingers are crossed the home video edition will help flesh out some of the key players’ roles. Despite these flaws, the film succeeds at delivering on big budget spectacle. I found a number of the set-pieces to be breathlessly exciting, and despite moments of dodgy CGI, the effects were pleasantly repulsive. It’s just difficult to write off an entry in the most important sci-fi/horror franchise as merely a fun popcorn B-flick.


#8. 47 Meters Down

I have a strange, unexplainable soft spot for Mandy Moore. It’s not that I was ever into her music as a kid, and in terms of her acting resume, I can only think of her Saved role (which she is amazing in). Whatever the reason, seeing the trailer for 47 Meters Down, I knew I would be actively rooting for her survival in the film. It turns out, I was right. Despite my somewhat biased opinion on the matter, what I got was a genuinely suspenseful, fly out of your seat thriller that does exactly what it sets out to accomplish. You just have to wade through some of the absolute worst dialogue to get to your aquatic chills. Thankfully, this is the last film on the last that I had any serious issues with.

47 Meters Down held me tightly in its waterlogged clutches for the first half. Once the two leads are at the bottom of the ocean floor, trapped in a cage, and surrounded by hungry sharks, director Johannes Roberts (upcoming The Strangers 2) manages to build tension to suffocating degrees. Then…our tortured heroines open their mouths to constantly tell us how many “bars” of oxygen they have left. There’s even one “Oh, gosh,” at one crucial moment. Every line becomes truly on the nose, explaining things that have already been conveyed visually. It’s possible the problem was created by a combination of producers who felt the audience needed their hand held and an overzealous ADR session. Despite the overtime I clocked groaning, the film worked so well that it still managed to reel me back in by the final third. As the credits rolled, my heart was racing and I was a tense bundle of nerves.


#7. Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl

Fashioned as a low-key 70’s style paranormal thriller in the vein of Burnt Offerings or Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, Sweet, Sweet, Lonely Girl isn’t an easy film to recommend. For one, it moves at a glacial pace and the “scares” are few and far between. Because of the deliberate narrative structure, when all the tension building is momentarily released, you will feel the chill, however. One particular jump scare mid-way through left me screaming like a banshee. Patient viewers will be rewarded by a final act that goes full blown spook-house. So, while the legit horror bits are scarce, they’re assuredly effective.

The film is more a rumination on loneliness and that desperate, unfounded hysteria known as “first love”. Our lead, Erin Wilhelmi (Adele), is perfectly cast as the “sweet”, wide eyed girl just trying to fit in…anywhere. Her love interest, Quinn Shephard as Beth, plays the perfect foil to such a naive young girl. Beth is cultured, edgy, sexy – everything Adele is not. For all the film’s pitch perfect vintage trappings, it comes out feeling more like a companion piece to Lucky McKee’s classic May (minus the comedy) rather than another faux-throwback like House of the Devil.


Devil's Candy via IFC Midnight Sean Byrne

#6. The Devil’s Candy

After seeing The Loved Ones, I was prepared to follow director Sean Byrne wherever he may go. When news broke of his follow-up, The Devil’s Candy, I couldn’t wait to check it out. Add to that Shiri Appleby and Ethan Embry, both familiar faces from my adolescence, and this flick cemented itself on my radar. Once the film premiered as part of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, the buzz started building hot and heavy. Early word painted this as the next breakout indie-horror. Then I saw the film’s trailer…my anticipation was tempered. From where I was standing, it looked like another retread of the Amityville style “family moves into haunted house and dad starts going psycho” trope but with heavy metal! Sure, those films can still work. Insidious 2 plays in that ballpark and certainly has its wonky charms.

So, once The Devil’s Candy was finally released this past March through IFC Midnight, I didn’t rush to check it out. I’m glad that I finally did because it’s not at all the movie I was expecting. Yes, the family moves into a creepy house with a little something unnatural (whether “super” or otherwise) at play. There’s also a creepy serial killer (played with exceptional creep factor by Pruitt Taylor Vince) who is dead-set on returning to his family home. Byrne does wonders with his simple setup by slowly cranking up the tension like the knob on a guitar amp. Embry carries the film as a father who will do anything for his wife and daughter. Appleby is, regrettably, relegated to the stressed out wife role but manages to deliver it with charm. In the end, it all boils over in an explosive finale. Candy doesn’t reach the same heights as Loved Ones, but it’s a damn fine sophomore outing from a director we should all keep an eye on.


#5. Raw

Raw is a tough film. It’s repulsive and shocking. There are long stretches where the narrative direction seems unfocused, and the actual “point” of all of the insanity isn’t crystal clear. As an audience member, you’re going to have to do some heavy lifting. Billed as a cannibalism shocker, this is far removed from the likes of Cannibal Holocaust. At it’s core, Raw is a coming of age tale. It’s a hard, unflinching look at a our relationships with our own bodies and how we allow blood relations to sometimes mold who we are, what we will become, or even, what we refuse to become.

I’ve read a few different analytical breakdowns of the film, and I haven’t wholly agreed with any of them. I also think that was writer/director Julia Ducournau’s intent. The subtext of this particular body horror is difficult to parse and justify, but that’s why it’s such a strong work. Each viewer can take something different from the proceedings and come to their own conclusion. In regard to entertainment value, it doesn’t hurt that Raw oscillates from grimly hilarious to gross out shock value from scene to scene either.


Among the Living

#4. Among the Living

Made in 2014,  Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Among the Living, became one of those films that seemed less and less likely to wind up with an official release here in the US (much like the duo’s other film, Livide). Thankfully, the fine folks over at Shudder rectified the issue a couple months ago when the film was finally released to streaming on the platform. Maury and Bustillo have proven yet again, they know what the hell they’re doing behind the camera. While the film is set in present day, it feels like the type of cinema from a bygone error. There are obvious comparisons to be made to the likes of Stranger Things, but it’s all in the aesthetic.

Shades of HalloweenThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Stand by Me all get mixed in the genre blender and served up in a buffet of frights. While only the opening scene takes place at Halloween, the entire movie feels like a perfect addition to any autumnal viewing lineup. The directors juggle various tones and tropes exceptionally well. From coming of age tale, home invasion, a clan of backwoods murderers, to terrified babysitter – this is an old school horror fan’s playground. The emphasis is mostly on more light, goosebump-y thrills unlike the duo’s wickedly mean spirited Inside. Granted, shades of the former still creep in during a few particularly gruesome moments. Knowing these two were at the wheel for this October’s Leatherface, I couldn’t be more excited to check it out.


#3. The Void

Written/directed by Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie, part of the demented Astron-6 (The Editor and Father’s Day), The Void is far from what one would expect. This is not a comedy in the slightest. Yes, moments of situational humor are sprinkled throughout, but this is a film created with the intent to thrill its audience and not tickle their funny bones. A lot has been said on how the film riffs too heavily on the 80’s classics such as Hellraiser, The Thing…pretty much all of John Carpenter’s filmography with heavy Lovecraftian flavor. Part siege story, part creature feature, and part interdimensional journey to hell, The Void has it all. For fans who are always saying, “They don’t make em’ like they used to,” you need to check this film out ASAP.

Some critics soured on the flick for its familiar tropes, but I find that to be a lazy excuse. At the end of the day, most horror films (really, films) are retreads of something that has come before. Truly unique ideas are few and far between these days. It’s all comes down to execution in my book. Sometimes a film can go too far and lift ideas and scenes from another movie beat for beat. That’s far from what The Void does. What’s presented here is oftentimes an eerie, always engaging, throwback to the films of the 80’s. All the better because Kostanski and Gillespie never seem to be winking at their audience (except for maybe that final shot) as if to say, “Remember this?! If you do then you must think this is cool too, right?” The Void is a love letter to old school horror with its own identity. Not to mention, the effects work is genuinely jaw-dropping. I couldn’t believe some of the practical effects on display. They far exceed the film’s small budget and even the work seen in larger scale productions. This is an exciting entry into the modern horror canon, and I hope we get to journey deeper into this cosmic horror world with future installments.


FEBRUARY aka Osgood Perkins’ The Blackcoat’s Daughter

#2. The Blackcoat’s Daughter

The Blackcoat’s Daughter is the feature directorial effort of Oz Perkins (son of Anthony). Unfortunately, it set on the shelf for a while and was actually released after his follow up, the divisive Netflix film I Am the Pretty Ting that Lives in the House. The Blackcoat’s Daughter (originally titled February) is a cold dark film. From moment one, everything feels off kilter. Taking place at a nearly deserted Catholic boarding school, Perkins concocts an air of magic in each frame that will leave you feeling like the devil is scratching right at your door.

Ultimately, the story weaves two separate narratives that tie together in a very interesting way. I won’t dare spoil the turns the film takes, but this is a film you must actually pay attention to. No Twitter dives half way through! All the pieces of the story’s puzzle are presented to the viewer, some in brief flashes, so you’ve got to be on your toes. It’s appreciable that Perkins has made a movie that doesn’t feel watered down or simplified to appease a mass audience. The performances from both Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka are top notch, and this is one quiet flick that’s sure to creep up on you and linger in your mind long after the film has ended. Never before has a line so simple as “Don’t go” felt so subversive.


#1. Get Out

There’s little that can be said at this point in regards to Jordan Peele’s directorial debut. Get Out is a wild and suspenseful film that builds to the type of amazing climax we so rarely get within the genre these days. Using horror as a means to tell a socially relevant story is nothing new. The master George A. Romero did that all his career. Horror is the perfect vessel for delivering underlying commentary without losing sight on entertainment value. Peele, however, was the first to do it so successfully with a mainstream release in a very long time.

The only real drawback to Get Out is that mainstream critics started acting like social commentary buried underneath a fright flick was ground breaking. The term “social thriller” started getting bandied about, and flash forward to “post horror”. Groan. Despite that, Get Out is an amazing slice of cinema that manages to unnerve its audience only to turn around and have them cheering by the end. Get Out easily takes the top spot, and unless a real heavy hitter comes our way in the next several months, it’s likely not going anywhere!

There you have it! What’s missing from the list? What’re your Top 10 so far?



COMMENTS

124 Comments
  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    I recently watched Get Out. Was definitely different.

  • Darren Kerr

    Must admit…The Blackcoat’s Daughter bored me senseless.
    Perhaps it was my frame of mind at the time…I’ll try it agin.
    Get Out & The Void definitely stick out for me.

    • See I loved Blackcoat’s Daughter but thought The Void was really boring. =/

      • Darren Kerr

        As I say, I’d have to re-watch Blackcoats to see if I was missing something the first time.

    • jackie

      Yeah the Blackcoats Daughter was very boring. It’s one of those movies that is more interesting to think/ talk about after you watch it. But very boring during!

  • Blood Boil

    Great list minus Among the Living, I had to shield my eyes from the second hand embarrassment I had for the directors, what an awful movie.

    The Blackcoat’s Daughter and Raw were both excellent- definite recommendations…and the first 40 minutes of The Void I recommend

  • Brawler

    No Personal Shopper? That’s surprising, I thought it was fantastic.

  • Jesse Hammer

    The Void all day, man. That flick has moxie.

  • Creepshow

    Don’t fret about not yet seeing It Comes At Night, Zach. It wouldn’t have made this list anyways. That is unless this list was about movies that leave you with “blue balls”.

    • That seems to be the general consensus, but I’m often a glutton for punishment. 🙂

      • Matt Miller

        I’m among the ones who loved It Comes At Night, I thought it was brilliant. It’s slowly and expertly constructed and the ending is horrifying in the best way, I’m not of those that are easily scared but I just wanted to stop watching.

        • It’s certainly a devisive flick. The night I was going to see it, it’d already exited theaters in my area. :/ I’ll be checking it out soon.

    • ChowYunPhat

      The Bad Batch and We Are The Flesh are even more worthy of skipping. They’re both pretty shallow films hiding behind attempts to look arty. I don’t know that I’ve ever watched something as inert as The Bad Batch.

      • J Jett

        ChowYunPhat, yeah, BAD BATCH was like meh…
        i used to think Keanu Reeves was pretty much a terrible actor but he won me over with MATRIX and JOHN WICK. after seeing his performance in BAD BATCH….Keanu Reeves is a terrible actor unless he’s in an action film. his entire line delivery/performance in BAD BATCH is shockingly terrible. LOL.

        • Matt Miller

          “This here is THE BAD BATCH. We are BAD”. Lol that line was great. But yeah it was a very stylish and very shallow movie.

      • Matt Miller

        We are the flesh was a quite painful view. It was senseless, boring and offensive. At least The Bad Batch was better crafted and stylish.

        • ChowYunPhat

          Yeah, Lily Amirpour is a really good director and I quite liked A Girl Walks Home at Night Alone, but she’s more concerned with aesthetics than telling a full formed story.

  • Wayne’s Pet Youngin

    The Blackcoat’s Daughter was a random watch for me on Prime. I really enjoyed it but was somewhat put off by the “box art” which makes a very solid horror movie seem like some on-the-cheap PG-13 teenybopper thriller.

  • Homeless Joe

    Get Out, Split, The Void, The Devil’s Candy, I enjoyed those films very much. I still need to get to Raw and The Blackcoat’s Daughter. I know I’m forgetting more. I cannot wait for IT. That looks promising so far and if IT, no pun intended, that will go on to my list.

  • jurgmandr

    Get out was meh for me. It Comes at Night and The Void were awesome though. I need to watch Raw.

  • Brian Unfried

    “Get Out” was OK, don’t get why everyone is losing their minds over it. The twist is pretty easy to figure out.

    • I agree in terms of “the twist”. I believe where it headed as far as the basic plot wasn’t groundbreaking and was somewhat expected. It was the suspense, style, humor, acting, directing, commentary that left an impression.

    • I don’t even view it as a twist. I think it’s obvious from the get-go what is going on. The movie isn’t hinging on a twist at all. The social commentary is what makes it so fascinating. And yes, everything that Zach mentioned below as well.

  • Darkknight2149

    “Alien: Covenant” is probably the most underrated film of the year so far.

    • jackstark211

      Agreed.

  • Logan

    “Raw” was better than three films you put above it. “Among the Living” (huge fan of Bustillo and Maury, but this disappointed), “The Void” (a visually stunning ripoff of Hellraiser that never quite came together) and “Get Out (the most fawned over horror film I can remember that came nowhere near meeting its hype) all failed to come anywhere near how unique and engrossing “Raw” was.

    I’ve yet to see “The Blackcoat’s Daughter”, but now I’m looking forward to checking it out. I just don’t see it impressing me as much as “Raw”.

  • *Ahem* Mandy Moore is phenomenal in Saved!, but she also gives great performances in A Walk to Remember, The Princess Diaries, American Dreamz (though the movie is BAD), Tangled and of course, This is Us. =)

    • A2VL

      American Dreamz is not that bad. Its a fun riff on the 2000s

      • I think it could have been but something about it feels off. I don’t think the satire fully works.

      • Forca84

        Ameeerican Dreamz. Dreamz with a Z. 🙂

    • Thanks for the clarification. 🙂

    • pablitonizer

      Spill that true tea! Mandy is also great in Because I said so with Diane Keaton! I hope she gets in more horror films, I wanted to see her so bad in “Falling slowly” film which unfortunately was never made

  • Lady Bathory

    That’s a great list and I enjoyed most of these films! The Void, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, and Raw are my favourites, though. I didn’t like Get Out as much as everyone apparently wanted me to. It was a good idea and I’d love to see films like that advance. Also, the fact that the promotion did not entirely consist of ‘you must like this or else you’re racist’ (*cough* Ghostbusters *cough*) I appreciated a lot!
    I have yet to see Alien because after Prometheus, none of my friends, not even my gf wanted to come with me to the cinema. :/

  • A2VL

    The Void’s pacing and writing just ruins it for me. It’s not familiarity that kills it for me but just how unengaging it gets the more its on.

  • Biscoito18

    “A Dark Song” and “7 Witches” are among my 2017 Top 10 until now.
    I also liked “Hounds of Love”, “A Cure for Wellness” and “The Belko Experiment”.

    • CalUni

      Oooh A Dark Song is one of my very next.

    • I haven’t checked out A Dark Song yet but looking forward to it. Wellness and Belko just didn’t do it for me. :/

      • Creepshow

        I concur about Belko. The only thing that stuck with me about that film, was how they tried to copy the “elevator scene” from The Departed. XD

        • J Jett

          yeah, i hated BELKO for the most part. i adore the lead actress Adria Arjona (from the short lived EMERALD CITY on NBC…she’s so gorgeous!) and i loved the very last scene between Mike and those in charge of the experiment but everything else i just hated.

      • ChowYunPhat

        Same. It was a tonal disaster that couldn’t figure out what it wanted to be.

    • Justin Anthony

      Don’t Knock Twice is also good if you haven’t seen it.

      • J Jett

        DON’T KNOCK TWICE was pretty decent. it has awesome Katee Sackhoff and awesome Lucy Boynton (from BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER and I AM THE PRETTY THING)!

      • Biscoito18

        I’ve seen it. It’s a decent horror but it didn’t impacted me much.

    • Matt Miller

      Those are some good too. A dark song was well crafted but I felt the second half didn’t live up to the concept, and that ending xD I still don’t know if it’s deep or silly. Hounds of love is definitely one of the best, terrificly directed, disturbing and realistic (except for the ending). And The Belko Experiment was a lot of fun.

      • Biscoito18

        I love the ending of A Dark Song, but I can see why some people find it silly or tacky. It worked for me.

  • CalUni

    Great to see Alien Covenant, 47 Meters Down and Blackcoat’s Daughter (they went with the ‘February’ title here in Ireland) all highlighted deservedly. Intriguing recommendations otherwise that await my viewing pleasure (here’s hoping)!

  • Frau

    Get Out us hugely overrated, it’s not bad but it’s not that good

  • Matheus Martins

    The Void is the best hands down.

  • Travis

    I watched Alien Covenant last night and was extremely disappointed. I didn’t really follow the film except for watching the red band trailer due to not wanting to be spoiled. I probably shouldn’t have even watched the trailer but I couldn’t resist. I was beyond let down. I kinda thought of it as a reboot to the series. But it just turned into a Prometheus sequel. Two hours long and five minutes of alien action. The trailer made it look like a totally different movie.

  • Surprised to see RAW that low. My second fave of the year behind Blackcoat’s Daughter.

    I still need to see Among the Living.

  • J Jett

    Zach, for the most part this is a great list! i’m surprised AMONG THE LIVING is on it though. IMO it’s Bustillo & Maury’s weakest/worst film. it starts off pretty well but the final 3rd of the film…just…it seems like they ran out of money and just threw anything together that would even slightly resemble an ending. the editing alone (in the big reveal/confrontation in the end) is worse than the UBER-crappy editing in RES EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER! lol.

    i went and watched COVENANT in theaters on opening day (i was excited to see it!) but i started to become worried when nearly 40 fucking minutes into the film and we were STILL dealing with the ship’s damaged/repaired solar panel thingy!!! most of that entire part of the film should have been condensed/removed to focus on character development (some was achieved for 2 or 3 characters only though). but anywho…the visuals in the film, no surprise, are GORGEOUS but the film is basically just “The Michael Fassbender-David/Walter….oh and some aliens too Show!”. i tried just last week to rewatch the film again (again, parts of the film i like) but just lost interest/patience once the idiotic crew (Tennessee, Ricks & Upworth) decides to save their selfish/idiotic fellow crewmates stuck on the Engineer City EVEN AT THE RISK OF OVER 2,000 COLONISTS!!!!

    sorry about the long post LOL. i’m definitely going to check out (hopefully tonight) SWEET SWEET LONELY GIRL!

    • Yeah, I understand Covenant not being a favorite on everyones’ list. It had major issues but I found it entertaining.

      • J Jett

        Zach, it’s been years(?) since i watched AMONG THE LIVING (and the English subtitles accompanying it were horrible/barely correct!) so i’m going to give it another shot. i just ordered the DVD (thankfully i have a region free DVD player since the DVD is region 2 and i’m here in the states) for $1.20 plus $3.99 tax!! at least this time when i watch it it will have CORRECT English subtitles. LOL. who knows, maybe this time i will like it more? one thing i forgot about the film is how most of the kills happen off screen (which adds to my theory that the 2 directors had hardly any money for blood/gore/fx or good editing in the final showdown gig).

        • It felt like a series of vignettes for me. It starts off with Stand by Me then moves to TCM, then Halloween, then home invasion, and finally the directors’ own strange conclusion. It was pastiche but done with a lot of heart and suspense. I hope you dig it more this time.

  • Justin Anthony

    IMO Get Out sucked majorly , was about as predictable as it gets, and I fell asleep watching it twice before finishing the worthless pos. The Void is hands down the best horror movie of the year without a doubt!

    • nicholasmwalker

      i agree that the void was great, but i did enjoy get out as well

      • Justin Anthony

        Idk just thought it was to similar In plot to 5-10 other movies, felt the same about Don’t Breathe. Void was original although it borrowed ideas from other movies.

  • MODOK

    Good list. The only one I think doesn’t belong is Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl. I would’ve included Life instead. I also really liked I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House, but I know how polarizing that one is.

    Unfortunately, this list illustrates how weak a year it’s been for horror movies so far. Not too many standouts you’ll be remembering for years to come.

    • Matt Miller

      I loved IATPTTLITH (sorry xD) too but a lot of people seem to hate it. I found it terrifying and the sense of slow dread and the gothic touch were great. And the performance of Ruth Wilson was amazing.

      • MODOK

        There was a good interview with Os Perkins on AV Club where he talked about his movies:

        I’m not that interested in plot. I’m not that interested in, “this happens, and then this happens, and then this happens.” That can be great also, but I just don’t find myself going towards that in the creative process. I find myself much more turned on by mood and color and shadow and being observational.

        http://www.avclub.com/article/horror-trojan-horse-blackcoats-daughter-director-o-252538
        That’s clearly what he’s doing in I Am The Pretty Thing. It’s not a “movie” in the traditional sense, with a build-up, big climax and final resolution. It’s more like an exercise in dead and atmosphere, almost like something you’d see playing in a loop in an art exhibition somewhere. Obviously that will disappoint those viewers who weren’t expecting that and want a more traditional movie experience. But I loved it.

    • scryberwitch

      I honestly couldn’t stay with I am the Pretty Thing. I don’t mind slow, methodical terror (like We Have to Talk About Kevin), but after about a half hour of her boring monologue and LITERALLY NOTHING HAPPENING I had to bail. Life is too short.

      • MODOK

        Yeah, it’s really not much of a movie in terms of what we normally expect. Although little actually happens, I appreciated it as an artistic exercise (which hopefully doesn’t sound pretentious). I used to roll my eyes when movies were described as “tonal poems” and things like that, but I can see how I Am The Pretty Thing fits that description.

        Besides, I’ve seen so many horror movies that sometimes it’s nice to have something different once in a while. Plus, Elvis Perkins does a great job with the music in both I Am The Pretty Thing and Blackcoat’s Daughter. He’s able to create this terrific sense of dread with all the drones, hums, piano chords he comes up with.

  • Derek Matthew Shipley

    You’re fucking terrible at recommending movies

    • J Jett

      no he’s not. you’re fucking rude. get over yourself. instead of being a dick and being incredibly rude, why don’t you list some movies YOU think are worthy of being watched and let us see if you’re better at recommending films. drive by dickhead insults like the one you posted (to Zach who’s a very nice guy) with no offer of better film choices just shows cowardice.

  • kevinhorror

    I was completely underwhelmed with Get Out. I liked the premise and the cast, but I went in thinking that we were about to see the next great revelation of film. Boy, I was wrong. It was so overrated I began to question everyone else’s opinions. I will give it another look on bluray and see if my view of the film will change on second viewing.

    • Simon Allen

      It was just a Stepford Wives re-tread with the race card thrown in .
      I think it’s possibly the most overrated film of the year .

      • Hank_Scorpio

        Totally agree

  • Matt Miller

    My top 5 (that I think arte the truly great ones) is:
    1. It comes at night (this is real horror)
    2. Hounds of love
    3. Raw
    4. The girl with all the gifts
    5. Killing ground (people need to watch this).

    • Neto Ribeiro

      Hounds of Love was amazing

      • Matt Miller

        Yes, it was! And incredibly well filmed, written and acted for this kind of movies. I just found the ending a bit unrealistic in comparison with the rest of the movie.

        • Neto Ribeiro

          Agreed, it was a bit of a let down, but still a pretty underrated movie

  • McGilli

    PEOPLE THAT WORK ON THIS SITE

    Doing articles like this – is what makes my horror viewing awesome. Not only because of the movies you recommend, but then it stirs up the comments with maybe another 10 or so movies I’ve ever seen or even heard.

    Making a list right now 🙂 Thanks all.

    • Capn Howdy

      This.

  • VOID – Huge disappointment
    RAW – Nonsense
    DEVIL’S CANDY – more Nonsense
    COVENANT – even more Nonsense

    GET OUT & AMONG rock!!

  • Juicyfruit

    Not a good list at all.

  • Nealus

    Not a huge fan of Get Out. Covenant and It Comes at Night really did it for me. I’m eagerly anticipating watching Killing Ground this weekend. It Comes at Night is my favorite movie of the year thus far. A24 is KILLING it with genre pieces.

    • Will Schuster

      I hate everything about this post.

      • Nealus

        My post?

        • Will Schuster

          Yep.

      • Nealus

        You’re an idiot.

    • Matt Miller

      It comes at night is my favorite movie too. And Killing Ground is also very effective.

      • Nealus

        Tonight I watched The Black Coat’s Daughter and that was a much better horror film than Get Out.

        • Matt Miller

          Yeah, I was really hyped to watch Get Out and it was dissapointing, but The Black Coat’s daughter didn’t do it for me also.

  • Tetra-Gramaton-Cleric

    The Void was fantastic. Low budget and rough around the edges but excellent overall. A nice cross between Lovecraft and Carpenter with a smattering of Barker for good measure.

    • Mayday

      I loved The Void because of its heavy Lovecraft influence, but it seems anyone who isn’t a huge Lovecraft fan hates it. Heathens.

  • B. Eelzebub

    Get out was pretty good, i did not know the dude from key and peele made it, im more interested in the recommendations in the comments.

  • le4therfac3

    got no idea what people see in the devil’s candy. i thought it was the most generic thing ever.

  • sliceanddice

    Get the void off that fucking list, pal
    Otherwise, lovely 🙂

    • James

      If anything should come off the list it’s Alien: Covenant.

      • sliceanddice

        honestly, i see where you’re coming from but The void is a bigger mess. Biggest cinematic disappointment of the year.

        • MODOK

          The Void was fun. It had some really cool imagery and practical effects. It wasn’t a great movie by any means, but it was enjoyable for what it was. It deserves its place on this list, though that also speaks to the relative weakness of this year’s crop of horror films.

  • WOLF

    Not a good year so far lol

  • HalesTales

    There’s a few of these I still have to see, but the real winners for me were The Blackcoat’s Daughter and 47 Meters Down! Both had me thoroughly engaged and fully delivered. I really enjoyed Alien: Covenant even though I’m not a huge Alien fan, so that was a pleasant surprise. The Void pleased me overall, but was a tad weak. I’ll definitely take it because it did a lot right!

  • drew

    Get Out is a terrible movie. Get over it already.

    • Shamis Sabri

      its not

    • Nah, it’s fine, but it _is_ essentially just a slightly more horror themed version of The Stepford Wives with American racial issues put in the mix. From a European perspective, it’s honestly a bit boring.

    • sailor monsoon

      In what world is get out “terrible”?

  • pablitonizer

    So glad 47 meters down is there, I also have this thing for Mandy! hahaha Still haven’t seen Get out and Alien Covenant was terrible, so sad

  • Michael Blackney

    Thanks for the list, I must look out for some of these. On the wide release front I was surprised Alien: Covenant got a mention over Split.

  • Munchie

    Blackcoats Daughter was utterly pretentious twaddle and The Void was an interesting failure. Hated Alien with a passion sadly. Still need to see It Comes At Night. Very excited for Killing of a Sacred Deer, which I do believe is essentially horror. Thanks for the list guys.

  • BreeBennett

    2016 was better.

  • ChowYunPhat

    I don’t know if it’s getting enough eyes on it since it’s a Shudder exclusive, but Prevenge is probably my favorite of the year, so far.

    • Matt Miller

      That’s a really good one too.

  • Simon Allen

    It’s kind of a sad day when the best “Horror” movie I’ve seen this year was 47 Meters Down which isn’t really a horror movie is it ?
    Here hoping Annabelle – Creation really lives up to it’s amazing reviews but then again Ouija – Origin of Evil had great reviews so I’m not holding my breath.
    Its a pretty stinky year so far id say .

    • Charles Cumella

      Completely agree about “Ouija…”, it was boring, unoriginal and just plain crap, and everyone I know said it was good, and sadly I fell for it haha. I doubt Annabelle will be any better than the first crap fest…

      • Simon Allen

        It was terrible right !
        I would say there is hope for Annabelle-Creation because i really liked the directors previous movie Lights Out (in fact it was one of my favorites of last year) but saying that, i really liked most of Mike Flanagans work before he messed up with Ouija – Origin of Evil .
        I guess we are just gonna have to wait this one out 🙂 .

        • Chance LeBoeuf

          I haven’t got to see Lights Out yet, but I’m practically sworn off any more Annabelles after the utterly boring and pointless crapfest original.

          • Simon Allen

            Yep Annabelle was like some really bad direct to cable bullshit .
            But do give “Lights Out ” a go and you will see why i have a tiny bit of hope for the new one .

  • I’ve seen few, but here’s my list

    Best:
    Get Out
    Raw

    Worst:
    Split
    Alien

  • Charles Cumella

    I loved “The Void”! It was really a love letter to a litany of 80’s horror movies, it kept me interested and the effects were amazing. When it comes to “Alien: Covenant” I’m a 50/50 kinda guy, didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it, but I do hope Ridley Scott gets to finish his story…

    I must say “Get Out” wasn’t much of a “horror” movie, the most it gets from me is a Thriller/Dark Comedy genre.

    I do think “Split” should be on this list though, it meshed a few different sub-genres together and was very much different to many movies that seem to get more mainstream attention. And, has anyone seen “Life” around here? I would honestly say it’s better than “Alien: Covenant”, and it has a very good amount of Sci-Fi / Horror… So, ya know, I think it counts as one of the 10 best (until now).

  • Mightygil

    I don’t know if I’m becoming some kind of movie snob, but based on this list I would say horror is having a bad year. I thought Alien Covenant was mediocre, Lake Bodom became boring as each predictable twist came and went (give me a “generic” slasher anyday please), I hated Get Out, The Void had some nice effects that were too dark and fell apart at the end, Blackcoat had amazing atmosphere and dread that led to a weak and disappointing conclusion, and Among the Living was terrible with one of the stupidest villains I’ve seen and awful dialogue. I still need to see Raw which looks promising and will probably check out Devil’s Candy since people seem to like it

    • Leslie James Dalzell

      You hated Get Out? So interesting and cool oh well

      • Mightygil

        yup, although I know I’m alone lol

  • Mayday

    Lake Bodom was a disappointing generic slasher, just in a foreign language. The twists weren’t even interesting.

  • Corey

    I loved The Void. I enjoyed Alien:Covenant but I was sort of disappointed they pretty much abandoned the engineer plot line from Prometheus.

    I haven’t seen the others on the list yet, so I’ve got a bit to catch up on.

  • Carl Chrystan

    Now let’s have a ‘most disappointing movies so far’ list. Here, I’ll get things going…

    1. Split
    2. A Cure for Wellness

    In a few months we’ll probably have to add ‘IT’.

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      I thought “A Cure For Wellness” was OK just for the fact that it was a straight up Gothic Horror movie and those are few and far between. The plot kinda trips over itself and ultimately doesn’t lead to too many satisfying resolutions, but it’s got some great cinematography and performances while like I said, encompasses that Gothic Horror tone completely. Even has some good body horror thrown in the mix.

      A little disappointing sure, but I didn’t regret watching it. Thought it was worth checking out at least once.

  • DrewHamster

    I have yet to see any of these except for Alien: Covenant, but because it gets so much hate, I’ll say it again that I absolutely loved that film!

  • Akuma No Shisho

    IMDB dates it as a 2015, but I think it was released this year, if that counts, but Baskin was a really good flick. I think I enjoyed it more because it’s a Turkish horror that was done so well. It really created a foreboding atmosphere, for me, and I very rarely get that.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4935418/

    If you guys like Horror / Comedy, these were fun…

    Night of Something Strange (2016) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3315380/
    Gravy (2015) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2822578/

    This is also a good watch…

    Southbound (2015) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4935334/

    Like I said, they’re dated 15/16, but I think they were released this year… if not, mehhh… now ya have something to check out, if you haven’t seen them yet 😉

  • Vanessa Atkins

    It Comes At Night isn’t a horror though. The trailer and the film are really different beasts.

    I liked Get Out, really liked Split as well tbh. I was also quite fond of A Cure For Wellness, but I spent a long time deciding that. Someone mentioned Prevenge, and I think that’s probably my favourite. Also I think Eyes of my Mother finally came out over here this year too, so that was a big fave for me.

  • Forca84

    Welp. I’m gonna sound like a douche. But honestly I was either accidentally spoiled on some listed or some just really don’t interest me. May look up “Devil’s Candy” as I like Shiri Appleby. Will prolly look for “Covenant” when it hits the cheap bin.

  • Aaron Burg

    These list are very good. Some movies though are not that well written. But overall, these are movies that are worth watching. Visit also http://chamberofhorrorsny.com/

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