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Mr. Disgusting Picks the Best Horror Films of 2017!

Mr. Disgusting Picks the Best Horror Films of 2017!

*Keep up with our ongoing end of the year coverage here*


There is no question that 2017 was one of the best years ever for horror. Just a few years ago I was unhappy that The Babadook topped my best of the year list. It perfectly represented where horror was at the time, being that none of the films deserved the honor of “best of the year”. But then something happened – in 2015, there was an overload of independent films that made choosing a top ten immensely difficult. The momentum continued through 2016, setting the stage for what could easily be horror’s ultimate mic drop.

There’s panic across the board about getting people into theaters. The box office is shrinking. Studio tentpoles are failing. Yet, there stood several horror films that annihilated everything in their path. From Split to Get Out, Annabelle: Creation, and then IT, horror film after horror film continued to take the top spot at the box office, taking in hundreds of millions worldwide. Our genre is quite literally unstoppable right now.

They say when the world is in flames and there’s political turmoil, entertainment has the most to gain, especially horror. It’s pure and unadulterated escapism. People aren’t looking for superheroes to save them, they’re looking for the final girl to stab that bad mother fucker in the back. It’s the fantasy of self-induced power and the fight for survival. Horror movies give us the illusion of control when the world is coming for you, and there’s nothing more satisfying than standing up to life and kicking it right in the balls.

Horror does not discriminate. Horror is unity. Horror is for everyone. Horror is 2017.


Honorable Mention: Downrange (D. Ryuhei Kitamura; Eleven Arts)

Ryuhei Kitamura’s Downrange is quite simple, stranding a carpool of teenagers on the side of the road as an enigmatic sniper targets them one-by-one. The film is 100% pure rage, leaving brains splattered across the hot pavement, and murdering innocent children who accidentally end up at the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s about as mean-spirited as horror can get…and it’s glorious. While typically turned off by films this dark and unforgiving, Downrange is an uncomfortable and unapologetic breath of fresh air. It feels necessary. Horror has gone soft.

It’s also loaded with nonstop thrills that will have audiences on the edge of their seats until the shocking conclusion. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen anything with this much grit and guts, with Kitamura digging down deep to deliver a punch that’s going to knock audiences right on their asses.

Other Honorable Mentions:

  • mother! (D. Darren Aronofsky)
  • Split (D. M. Night Shyamalan)
  • Happy Death Day (D. Christopher Landon)
  • Wish Upon (D. John R. Leonetti)
  • Annabelle: Creation (D. David Sandberg)

10. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (D. Yorgos Lanthimos; A24)

Director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) reunites with Colin Farrell (In Bruges) in this frightening thriller about the sacrifices one man has to make in order to protect his family. While Farrell is always entertaining to watch, Barry Keoghan carries this Shakespearean nightmare on his shoulders. Keoghan plays a young boy who befriends a doctor (Farrell) who may or may not have killed his father in the operating room. He’s plotted his revenge. His performance is seductive, manipulative, and even more so unnerving when you find yourself wondering if a young boy is capable of such horrors. The movie is a high-strung slow burn that terrorizes the audience with agonizing tension that’s never released.


9. Pyewacket (D. Adam MacDonald; IFC Midnight)

One of the biggest surprises of the year was the Adam MacDonald‘s under-the-radar Pyewacket, a frightening coming-of-age slow burn that delivers brooding heavy metal horror. Beautifully shot with impressive performances all around, what’s great about Pyewacket is that it never overplays its hand. MacDonald is never trying too hard to shock the audience and is more determined to make his film believable than anything else. In that regard, he still delivers on his promise and offers up a shocking finale that’s equally crushing as it’s mortifying. Pyewacket is a surprisingly simple movie, but it’s incredibly well made and entertains with the best of them. It’s brooding tension will get under your skin and leave you thinking about it for days after.


8. Tragedy Girls (D. Tyler MacIntyre; Gunpowder & Sky)

Tyler MacIntyre’s Tragedy Girls, powered by Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand‘s performances, is fiercely entertaining. Boasted as a “new spin on the slasher genre,” the film delivers on this promise, approaching the killing from a different perspective. While the film is lightning fun, the deaths within it are brutal, Final Destination brutal, directed and edited with precision for maximum impact that surely will have audiences roaring in delight. Tragedy Girls is sweet and salty, the perfect mix of horror and comedy that surely will have you clicking the “heart” button over and over.


7. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (D. S. Craig Zahler; RLJE)

While this isn’t the best genre film of the year, it may very well be my favorite. I couldn’t tell you the last time I obsessed over a movie as much as Brawl in Cell Block 99, which stars a badass Vince Vaughn as a man who must fight his way through several prisons in order to save his wife (Jennifer Carpenter), and the baby inside her. The stakes are off-the-charts high as director S. Craig Zahler threatens the life of an unborn baby, setting the stage for Vaughn to go full Wolverine, brutally annihilating everyone in his path. The best way to describe the film is “Tarantino-lite”, told in a pulp-y, over-the-top manner that results in excessive (unrealistic) gore and ultra-violence. The practical special effects are weird and unnerving, tapping into old-school horror, turning Cell Block 99 into a massive bloodbath. I’m obsessed with this authentic cult midnight movie that’s more fun than anything else you’ll see all year.


6. Raw (D. Julia Ducournau; Focus World)

Garance Marillier delivers a powerhouse of a performance, playing a young vegan girl entering her first year of veterinarian school. There, she reconnects with her older sister, while battling new feelings, emotions, and urges in this coming-of-age horror film that can only be likened to Ginger Snaps.

Julia Ducournau’s film is as riveting as it is tense, chewing on complex issues while also hammering the audience with fucked up sequences (one in particular nearly made me vomit). And as gross as Raw can get, the camerawork and cinematography together are masterful, delivering one of the most gorgeous horror films in years.

Up Next: My Top 5 Horror Films of the Year

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COMMENTS

238 Comments
  • Frank Gambino

    I’m gonna have to check out downrange. Any idea when it’ll hit streaming services?

  • Papa_spoosh

    I really wanna see tragedy girls but can’t seem to find release info. Anyway, awesome list, I rarely agree with these but this year we’ve definitely been spoiled. I loved IT, Get Out and The Shape Of Water the most this year based on my excitement to rewatch but nothing was more impressive than Gerald’s Game and yet I definitely don’t wanna watch that again soon lol.

  • Garbageface

    I hated the last ten minutes of Gerald’s Game so much. Soooo much. It didn’t ruin what was an otherwise excellent movie but it sure did bring it down a notch or two.

    • Cure4Humanity

      Your feelings mirror my own.

  • Mightygil

    It blows my mind that something as average as IT is top to bottom continues to get such praises, especially from horror fans. Between that and Get Out, which I hated, it’s hard to be positive about the future of the genre, but I still haven’t seen many of the others listed here so I’ll have to wait before I judge the entire year

    • Frank Gambino

      Don’t see why it’s so difficult to understand. It was well liked by critics as well as movie goers. And it made a ton of cash.

      • Mightygil

        Again, I can understand why I mainstream critics and audiences would love it, but for seasoned horror veterans it offers absolutely nothing that hasn’t been done many times before. Making tons of cash is irrelevant to the quality

        • kanwill

          You shouldn’t speak for the “seasoned horror veterans” at all. I know many seasoned horror veterans who love the movie and I’m one myself. It offered something that most of these horror films couldn’t and never achieved: good character development and protagonists to root for, great villain, and was creepy and humorous, etc. It did offer a lot watching a couple of times. Sure, it wasn’t the scariest film, but tbh, when the last time a horror film was scary? I’ll wait. And that’s not JUST what horror films is about. It’s more than that. But that’s my opinion but at least I’m not gonna speak for everyone, mainstream/horror veterans. But you was right about something I agree with: with the success, it could get many studios to actually take horror movies seriously instead of not putting effort and care to make a buck cuz it’s cheap.

          • Mightygil

            hey, if you like it I’m happy for you, I just personally don’t share your enthusiasm for the film. One thing I didn’t like was the “character development”. A predictable jump scare for each character is barely what I would call character development for a movie that’s over 2 hours long and based on a 1000+ page book. I didn’t like the protagonists either. In the TV miniseries (I haven’t read the book) the loser’s club were likable kids who overcame their perceived weaknesses together. There’s none of that here. Just really annoying kids with “edgy” dialogue. Ultimately, it offers nothing new as I said. I liked the new Pennywise, but I didn’t think he was any better than Tim Curry. I love the first part of the original, and it’s not nostalgia since I first saw it this year. This one just failed to be better in any way for me. I completely agree with the “scary” remark. But I don’t watch horror movies to be scared, I watch them for other reasons.

          • kanwill

            Well, I guess we just gonna have to agree to disagree. The miniseries sucked ass, only thing memorable to “EVERYONE” (let’s be honest) was Curry. And yes I saw it b4 I read the book. I do agree, some characters had less time and development, still had some but like I said you cared for the characters and the losers club was more like the book which was better of course. These kids WAS likable and you felt their comradeship. First part was ok, the child actors was good but that second part was god awful that brought that miniseries down. I’m not gonna compare Skarsgard and Curry because they were different incarcerations. People barely compare Nicholson/Ledger Joker because they were different but still great on their own. Same with Curry and Skarsgard but IF I had to choose it’ll be Skarsgard. Hopefully Pt 2 won’t follow that and it’ll be just as good as the first part.

          • Mightygil

            yeah, I guess we will disagree. But I purposely only compared it to the first part, which you didn’t like anyways. I like to separate the miniseries cuz yeah, the second part is awful. I’m sure we will both agree the new second part will easily blow the original away

          • kanwill

            Yes. I think people shouldn’t compare the Chapter 1 to the whole miniseries until 2 comes out. We should wait. But I didn’t HATE the first part, I hated the second tho but I have no problem with your likens to it at all.

    • dsxy

      I enjoyed get out alot but found IT to be massively overrated, however because it’s been such a success, it will hopefully encourage more studios to back horror films and throw a bit more money into them.

      Wish upon was dire in every way, it’s everything that’s wrong with pg13 horror, naff acting and lazy writing.

      Oddly enough, I loved happy death day though, had zero expectations from the trailer but it was great.

      Downrange looks decent, will have to check that out.

      Wolf creek season 2 is available, which is next on my list. John Jarratt is fantastic.

      • mark long

        Wolf Creek season 2 is a BLAST! So much fun and seemed like more screen time for Jarratt this season.

        • dsxy

          Awesome, that’s great to hear! Season one was very different from the films and I thought it worked brilliantly, will get the chance to start it tomorrow.

      • Mightygil

        I’m all for more studios backing horror films, but if they are similar to It then it’s kind of pointless. I haven’t seen Happy Death Day, but I’m interested in seeing it. I’m definitely a sucker for Groundhog Day style films

      • david

        I also enjoyed Happy Death Day. I wasn’t expecting much since it’s a PG13 rated horror film, but I was actually surprised. The movie would have been so much better if it were rated R though.

    • Garbageface

      I’m going to regret this but what did you hate about Get Out?

      • Mightygil

        It was basically a guy (the writer/director) whining and blaming every awkward or bad moment in his life on the colour of his skin while a character cracks super lame “white” jokes. I think there’s a good core concept and/or message in there, but I think he tried too hard to pull awkwardness or racism out of something where it didn’t exist at all, such as the Tiger Woods conversation. To top it all off he framed it in a Stepford Wives setup, another movie I really hated.

        • Creepshow

          And in the end, it’s just a movie.

          • Mightygil

            yeah, and not a very good one

          • Alexander Howlin

            Don’t listen to “Garbageface.” I’ve encountered him before here. There are at least a few people on this site who enjoy throwing the word “racist” around. You are absolutely right.

        • Garbageface

          I had a feeling you were probably kinda of a stupid racist

          • Mightygil

            what the hell is that supposed to mean?? I said nothing racist from what I can tell

          • Garbageface

            Reducing that movie to a black person whining and blaming every bad moment in his life on the color of his skin is racist as fuck. I mean, if that’s what you took from that movie, you’re probably a fucking racist.

          • Mightygil

            Like I said, trying to pull awkwardness out of something like the Tiger Woods conversation where the wasn’t any. There’s no doubt he’s received racism towards himself at some point, but there was moments where it was just too stretched

          • Garbageface

            So, the reason why you hated this movie was because of the awkwardness of the Tiger Woods situation?

          • Mightygil

            Situations like that, and the stepford wives setup, and the unfunny joker as I said above

          • Mightygil

            He took these things from life experiences if I remember correctly

        • Adrian Sewell

          “I think he tried too hard to pull awkwardness or racism out of somthing where it didn’t exist at all.”

          The film itself is about the HORROR of racism that’s the point….. That was the concept and his purpose. It’s also not just Jordan’s Experience but from what I’m sure many black men or women including myself have had when dealing with “it’s not racist” but racist encounters. It’s one thing to may have an awkward conversation but if you weren’t able to break down where it was not only awkward but completely to the point of embarrassment then you missed the point entirely..

          Also I highly disagree on you’re criticism of its Stepford Wives setup as I felt it actually went hand and hand of telling the concept and its message as perfectly as the original film did for their concept as well.

          The actor you’re referring to I felt was more of a comical relief for the film but a similar character that I feel resonated with audiences especially in horror films or spoofs.

          • Mightygil

            I understand it was supposed to be about the horror of racism, but for me personally it dropped the ball in that respect. I also understand the racist encounters, but the example I gave should not in any remote way be viewed as racist or awkward. It’s simply placing those elements where they simply don’t exist. I just don’t like Stepford Wives, but I completely get why he did something similar. It’s strange how it’s supposedly comic relief, yet if it was reversed with someone telling lame “black” jokes I don’t think the same people would be finding it so funny

          • Adrian Sewell

            The actor himself was a comic relief to what was going on outside of the films central conflicts with the main character. And while yes there were some lame insentive white jokes. They were mostly aimed towards the main character’s girlfriend through the beginning of the film and during the scene when He tried to get ahold of her the night the main character went missing. And that’s the point I’m trying to make about the awkward conversations and lame black jokes They were ALL THERE in that scene alone.
            Some of them were actually funny others were……

            The example you have however I understand that it wasn’t in a place where it was considered racist but what it was however was a conversation brought up by the fact that a black person there was present and that’s what motivated him to have that conversation because of the commonality in that they were black.

          • Mightygil

            see and that’s where I completely disagree. They were having a conversation about golf (if I remember correctly) and the guy brings up Tiger Woods, you know, probably the greatest golfer of all time. A guy that’s so popular that he’s remained so as his personal life has been tainted and his game has dropped in quality. There should be absolutely nothing awkward at all about bringing up the greatest golfer in a conversation about golf. That’s what I mean by trying to make something of nothing. Now, if he mentioned hockey and immediately talked about PK Subban THAT would make sense since he almost obviously chose him because of the commonality of skin colour, since very few hockey players share that trait

          • Adrian Sewell

            Nobody is downplaying Tiger Woods accolades or his name being thrown into the subject for the fact that he’s great at it. BUT the fact he randomly brought him up just for the main character to ease his way to having that chat by bringing that name UP. Even in how the conversation was being pushed it was obviously motivated into a very clear direction. But needless to say that Moment was HARMLESS compared the rest.

          • Mightygil

            I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree. Bringing Wood’s name up in a golf conversation is almost guaranteed to not be random. He’s arguably the only golfer many non-golf people could name. The conversation was pushed in that direction by somebody who felt that it should be awkward. I just feel that’s the kind of thinking that needlessly throws around ideas that end up fueling hateful racist people, of which I am not despite what some commenters seem to think here, and takes away focus from things that are TRULY racist

        • joewaters

          Boy that got racist super fast

    • Cure4Humanity

      I enjoyed IT quite a bit honestly. There were some well put together scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat. I also liked the way the kids worked off each other, reminded me of the Goonies to a degree. Was the movie “scary”? Not really, but then again it’s fairly rare to find a film that I can genuinely call scary. I will however agree with you on Get Out. I don’t understand in the least what everyone found so great about it. I thought it was lackluster, cliched as shit, and watching it was kind of grating. To each their own I suppose, but that was one movie that was average at best imo.

      • Mightygil

        well, I’m glad you liked IT. Yeah, a lot of people mention “scary” with horror movies, but I wouldn’t describe them as scary myself. Obviously we all have different fears, so I always say a movie about somebody dying of cancer would be terrifying to me because it’s legitimately something that could happen to any of us. Great to see I’m not the only one who didn’t like Get Out. It’s difficult to say that about that film and not be called names or labeled as other things sadly.

        • Cure4Humanity

          People on the web can call me whatever they like. Makes no difference to me. I didn’t care for the film and from what I can tell neither did plenty of folks. We are all entitled to our opinions. I didn’t think it was terrible, just plainly average and not the second coming of horror that people made it into. I get your point on people having different fears and that affecting their opinions of “scary”. I totally agree. A movie about somewhat stalking and murdering children would terrify me.

          • NOCC Monkey

            I’m with you here. I really liked IT. Was it perfect? Probably not, but it was pretty close. I thought Get Out was just ok. It creeped me out, and I enjoyed watching it, but I don’t consider it to be a horror movie. Maybe supernatural or suspense I suppose.

  • Has nobody here seen ‘Better Watch Out’? One of the most surprising, sick (and darkly funny) horror films I’ve seen in a long time. Go seek it out, it’s worth it!

    • Mightygil

      I personally didn’t love it like you did, but I think it’s considered a 2016 release

      • Right you are, my bad.

      • Daniel Baldwin

        It was a big hit on the 2016 festival circuit under the title Safe Neighborhood, but didn’t see actual release until late this year. I think the disconnect and gap between then and now has caused a lot of people to forget it or completely miss it altogether.

        • Mightygil

          well that’s the thing with movies that have festival releases, but that also means Split is technically a 2016 film as well, but people seem to forget that. Probably 97% of us saw it THIS year as Better Watch Out, so it, of course, will be associated with this year

          • Whenever we do year-end lists we usually don’t include festival releases. So for a 2017 release it would have to actually see an actual release in 2017, even if it screened at festivals in 2016.

    • J Jett

      i was excited for the film. it was pretty decent but once the “twist” happens it becomes unbearably awful. it’s one of THE most annoying films i’ve watched in years.

      • Mightygil

        honestly, I was loving the movie at the start when they were working together to survive and the exchange of both characters covering the other’s weaknesses, but then that “twist” comes and it was a lot less impressive for me

    • david

      Lots of people on this site saw it and hated it.

    • Simon Allen

      A lot of us HATE it .

      • Yeah, I figured that out by now 😉

      • Klive Kraven

        You seem to hate everything but liked that 47 meters down flick? hahaha SIT down sir, your opinions are invalid.

        • J Jett

          Klive, don’t be a douche bag.

          • Klive Kraven

            Shut it down Joan Jett.

        • Archer

          I didn’t like both 47 meters and Better watch out. Does that make my opinions valid according to you?

    • MODOK

      I agree. Besides the twist, I liked its streak of nasty, dark humor.

    • Evi

      Loved it, but I think it was on last year’s list.

    • Cure4Humanity

      I liked the first half of the film. Once the big reveal happens it just got more idiotic as the film progressed. I did enjoy the ending though.

  • My list is:

    1. It
    2. Raw
    3. Annabelle 2
    4. Jigsaw
    5. Death Note (I know everybody hates, but I’ve never seen the anime, so don’t judge me)
    6. The Belko Experiment
    7. Get Out
    8. The Babysitter
    9. Happy Death Day
    10. Better Watch Out

    Honorable Mention: Gerald’s Game

    • DukeStKing

      Yes! The Belko Experiment was awesome.

    • Simon Allen

      I liked Death Note too ….so much so that I almost forgave Adam Wingard for Blair Witch !

      • david

        I didn’t bother watching Wingard’s Blair Witch because I utterly despised The Blair Witch Project.

        • Simon Allen

          A very wise choice indeed.

        • J Jett

          david, same here. BLAIR WITCH PROJECT was god awful. lol.

    • Saturn

      My top 10 best :

      01 – It
      02 – The Void
      03 – Annabelle : Creation
      04 – Happy Death Day
      05 – The Babysitter
      06 – The Ritual
      07 – Creep 2
      08 – The Devil’s Candy
      09 – Prevenge
      10 – Get Out

      With honourable mentions…..(some aren’t horror per se so I didn’t qualify them for the list)

      Kong Skull Island
      Logan
      The Belko Experiment
      Split
      Underworld : Blood Wars
      Resident Evil : The Final Chapter
      Split
      It Comes At Night
      Cult Of Chucky
      Alien Covenant

      I haven’t seen Gerald’s Game,Raw and plenty of others that may have made it to the list. I can only work with what I’ve seen. In fairness, I feel that 2017 has been a good, solid, year for horror movies – of course there have been a few stinkers, but like the above list I can only work with what I’ve seen, so perhaps I’ve missed some shite for my following list……

      01 – Jeepers Creepers 3 – I haven’t seen it, but it’s here , well, just because….
      02 – Phoenix Forgotten – TERRIBLE movie, the worst of the found footage Phoenix lights movies, EASILY. The movie is best left FORGOTTEN.
      03 – Rings – I didn’t feel the movie was nightmarishly bad, more legendarily mediocre.
      04 – Flatliners – Should have been left un-resuscitated
      05 – Wish Upon – Pah, wish I’d never seen it…Shit, my pet cat just died…
      06 – The Dark Tower – I wasn’t a bad movie per se, just a little under-whelming.
      07 – The Mummy – Again, not really a bad movie per se, and I had fun with it, but as a horror movie it flat out failed.

      Now I’m struggling to think of 8 onwards, like I say, for me it’s been a pretty solid year for horror movies, and stuff like The Bye Bye Man I haven’t seen, so cannot comment.
      Hopefully 2018 will continue the trend of good, decent horror.

      • I really wanted to see Bye Bye Man, but unfortunately the movie is very away of being good.
        Jeepers Creepers 3 is so unnecessary.
        Rings is so forgettable.

        I liked The Mummy, as an action film. It’s better than some blockbusters.

        • Saturn

          The Mummy was, for me, a fun movie – but as a horror movie?
          This is why it’s in my top 10 worst horror movies list of the year – not that it’s it’s a bad movie per se, but it didn’t work as a horror movie.
          For me it’s more in line with the Brendan Fraser movies (which I enjoy) but a few things bugged me about it.
          Usually I like Russell Crowe, he’s a fine actor, but I loathed his character in The Mummy – for me it felt out of place.
          The blatant theft from An American Werewolf In London was also a bugbear of mine.
          A lot of people went in wanting to hate the movie because it stars Tom Cruise – personally I have nothing against the guy as he’s made some good shit over the years, for me he wasn’t the problem, nor was the female Mummy, it was just a bunch of small things that kinda ruined what could have been a serviceable intro the The Dark Universe.

          In regards to RINGS I was extremely disappointed with it, as it could have had so much potential, but it was wasted.
          Sadly, of the American remakes of the Ring franchise, only one is any good, and that’s the first one, which itself isn’t a patch on Nakata’s original cinematic version of the story.
          The Japanese definitely did it better as a franchise as a whole.

  • Jay Bennett

    1. Raw
    2. Geralds Game
    3. The Shape of Water
    4. Get Out
    5. IT

    Honourable mentions:
    The Belko Experiment, love me some battle royale survival movies
    Jigsaw, just for existing, was nice to see Saw back on the big screen even it was not that great

    • Cure4Humanity

      Have you seen Mayhem? If you liked The Belko Experiment it may be right up your alley.

      • Jay Bennett

        Ive been meaning too! Ive got so many things on my watchlist

  • Bloodspatta

    I really like this list and agree with most of it. Haven’t seen Tragedy Girls or Super Dark Times as yet.

  • IWC-3PO

    The Horror Icon Johnathon Schaech does not appear in any of those films…

    • Alanmac

      I think he was probably an uncredited producer or even director in pretty much all of them. There’s nothing he can’t do.

  • Drew

    Get Out. lol

  • Trav

    IT really did become an instant classic! I look forward to seeing the extended version. Chapter Two will be fun as well, and it’s gonna be a challenge to make the adult portion of the story as scary as Chapter One was.

  • gary41172

    My top 10 in no particular order…IT, Jigsaw, Happy Death Day, Gerald’s Game, 1922, Cult of Chucky, Split, Gremlin, Life, Don’t Knock Twice

    • Hash-Slinging Slasher

      Good lord, Gary! How tf did you even make it all the way through Don’t Knock Twice, let alone put it in your top 10??

      • gary41172

        Different strokes for different folks I guess. I enjoyed it.:)

    • GunsOfNavarone

      So Gremlin was good? I thought the trailer for that looked neat.

      • gary41172

        I liked Gremlin, was it great? Not by a long shot, but I don’t look for greatness from any movie, as most of the time, if we do, we’ll all be disappointed. But I did enjoy it for what it was, enough to add it to my collection 🙂

  • By the way, do a list of the worst horror movies of 2017.

  • The_Gentleman

    I didn’t think gerald’s Game was good at all and Mike Flangagan is puzzlingly overrated. I liked Oculus but Hush was lame. Ouija was meh. I don’t get all the hype for him. He’s ordinary.

    • david

      I agree. I don’t see why he’s considered such a great horror director. I actually liked Hush, but hated Oculus.

      • danweL

        Oculus was a great movie while Hush lacked anything special. I see why you found so much in common with it, David.

    • Klive Kraven

      Where can we view your body of work good sir?

    • James

      Everyone ya different tastes. I loved Absentia, Oculus and Gerald’s Game. I think he’s an excellent horror director but no director’s body of work will be received the same by everyone.

      • J Jett

        i love Flanagan’s BEFORE I WAKE a lot. 🙂

    • bondagegel

      He’s hit and miss. Oculus was incredible, but even it had some hack-y qualities. Hush was a fine home invasion film. Ouija and Gerald’s game were average at best in my opinion. And Before I Wake was absolutely terrible. He doesn’t seem capable of coaching out great performances from his actors and some of the situations are cringingly contrived.

  • captaintrips

    I watched IT last night for the first time (having a 2 1/2 year old beautiful baby boy will seriously alter a life long movie fanatics ability to consume said vice in theaters opening weekends)

    And I can totally see why it made as much cash as it did and why people love it. I mean what’s not to love….it’s Pennywise for Christs sake!
    Things I was worried I would hate didn’t bother me (i.e. Pennywise himself). I was totally on the fence about his look and couldn’t get past TCurry mentally, but I rather enjoyed new guys take.
    I felt the kids worked real well (Ben and Bev in particular) but found it odd that Mike came across as a bit of an afterthought.
    I loved the bits they pulled from the novel that the miniseries didn’t (i.e. leper, eddies mom being heavier set, Patrick in it at all, turtle references, henry killing his dad, so on and so on) but questioned changes made (Like mikes dad killed, Henry’s dad being a cop, Ben researching the town, Patricks death, ect.
    But having read the novel 4 plus times, that’s all just nitpicking.

    Overall it was a trip back to Derry that I’d recommend to any family looking for some small town carnival fun.

    • NoGutzNoGory

      Mike, in the second film, will be a junkie I heard… instead of the historian/librairian.

  • RJ MacReady

    Some decent movies on the list, but 2017 was overall pretty weak for horror.

    • Simon Allen

      Right !
      People keep going on about what a great year it was for horror when the truth is that a FEW horror movies made a bunch of money and got some good reviews but actually overall the quality of horror movies this year was actually quite shit .

    • david

      Really? A lot of people are saying that this year has been one of the best years for horror ever. I think this was the biggest year ever for horror at the box office.

    • I thought 2017 as a whole was pretty weak (according to my IMDb stats), but the horror subgenre was quite good!

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    Super Dark Times is ok, is not great and does not deserves the hyperbolic hype BD usually makes with some movies (member blair witch remake review? i member!) it was ok, i like the 90 settings and the realistic portrayal of teenagers, but is not a great movie

  • I Am Colossus

    Split and It, seen the rest unimpressed

  • Rohan

    The Shape of Water isn’t a horror movie, at least to me. It didn’t try to scare you at all, it was just kind of a weird romance movie.

    • Alanmac

      Yeh but for some reason everyone bows down to Del Toro if he so much as sneezes and then try to justify his movies failing at the box office as some sort of “him being too deep for most of us to get” type thing. I don’t get it.

      • J Jett

        i love Del Toro a lot but it’s his eye for visuals/FX designs/cinematography (in his films/shows) that are truly his strong point. i’ve enjoyed many/most of his films but
        i don’t “love” any of them.

        • Alanmac

          Pan’s Labyrinth is pretty much his only film worth watching, for me anyway. He’s definitely talented but he just can’t seem to hit the mark for some reason.

          • DoopGremlin

            Lolz.

          • Joe Holdsworth

            While Pan’s Labyrinth is incredible and Pacific Rim VERY average, Devil’s Backbone is a real treat. I’m surprised you weren’t into it?

          • Alanmac

            Never checked that one out. To be honest, I tend to stray away when I see his name attached.

  • Simon Allen

    The top 3 here namely IT Geralds Game and Get Out happen to be 3 of the biggest disappointment of the year to me .
    I’ve seen no love anywhere on these pages for my big surprise of the year which was 47 Meters Down (ok so arguably maybe not a horror movie but that is the case for a lot of the crap that’s been crowed about ).

    • david

      So what would be your top 3 horror movies of 2017 Simon?

      • Simon Allen

        47 Meters Down because it made me sit on the edge of my seat and jump out of my skin …..and that ending .
        Personal Shopper because it was original, moving and Kirsten Stewart is amazing in it .
        Death Note as i knew nothing about it(not being into Manga) and was completely entertained and thought Wingard did a great job thus restoring my faith in him after the awful Blair Witch.

        • Hayden Koutras

          People only hated Death Note because it was incredibly unloyal to the manga, but it’s a great film in it’s own regard, other than some shoddy writing at parts.

          • Cure4Humanity

            My issue with Death Note was the main character. I found him to just be unlikable and irritating. But Dafoe’s performance was top notch imo. I’ve never actually read the manga so I had no real bias or expectations going in.

        • J Jett

          i’ve had PERSONAL SHOPPER on my computer for months and still haven’t gotten around to watching it. i like Kristen Stewart a lot too. i need to watch that movie.
          and fuck yes!! THE MONSTER is fucking amazing! Zoe Kazan’s performance in that is imo award worthy. she’s amazing.

          • Simon Allen

            Stewart is on of my favourite actresses at the moment even though i have only ever watched half of the first Tweenlight movies and none of the others LOL .

      • Simon Allen

        And Thanks for asking David 🙂 .

        • david

          Don’t mention it Simon.

          • danweL

            Cause David will

    • If it makes you feel any better, it’s my Number 13. =)
      https://letterboxd.com/tracedthurman/list/2017-horror-films/

      • Simon Allen

        I feel much better now Trace …Thank you.

    • J Jett

      Simon 47 METERS DOWN is 100% a horror movie!! it was great! it’s one of THE most scary/unnerving shark movies ever imo. the scene where Mandy goes to retrieve the flashlight and has to swim over/off the underwater cliff scene…it’s literally the scariest thing i can ever imagine. i had to watch the movie in sections. i’d watch it up a point that was WAY too intense for me, then i’d pause it and have to come back to it (the same day) a little bit later. LOL.

      • Red Right Return

        I felt that way about The Reef.

        • NOCC Monkey

          Loved The Reef. Best shark movie next to jaws i think.

    • DoopGremlin

      47 Meters Down? Really?

      • Simon Allen

        Yes, REALLY .

        • DoopGremlin

          No accounting for taste.

          • Simon Allen

            Or manners it seems .

    • Mightygil

      I had forgotten about that one and still need to see it. Thanks for reminding me 😉

    • Adean

      I was very pleasantly surprised by “47 Meters Down” too. Great acting and directing, insanely intense and with a nasty twist at the end. It’s everything we look for.

  • Carl Chrystan

    Oh my God!!!! I’ve just realised why ‘Get Out’ is a sheer work of brilliance! The intention of the film was to expose the patronising liberal people out in the real world, who will who laud it as some important indictment of racism in the 21st century but in reality haven’t got a clue about such things! I think a lot of the people who big it up so much are the very same people that are being lampooned in this sci-fi thriller. Jordan Peele is a genius, man!

  • Dannyll Kaanan

    I wanna see Down range is it out yet tho?

  • Candice

    I thought Spilt sucked ass and I caused a near uprising by the users here for saying it sucked. I am standing by it. I did think James McAvoy was amazing in it. But the story sucked. But I learned that there will always be people loyal to M. Night no matter how awful I personally think it gets. I can’t wait to see Happy Death Day. I saw the trailer for it while waiting for IT. It looked great. A lot of people were saying it was good. IT was really good but I am only disappointed that I am grown up now and no longer scared by movies. If I had been the same 12 year old when the first one came out I would have loved it more. I just wished that added that super crazy part they were talking about in the historical context where people were handing over their babies to it. Supposedly that scene was cut but was super awful. I wanted to see that. But over all it was more funny than it was scary because of the kids. They didn’t feel like losers. They seemed tougher than the kids in 90’s movie. But overall I liked it and I think they did it great job making it their own movie, their own vicious clown. Bill Skarsgard was awesome in it. It’s just nice to have good commercial success of a horror movie like that. I am glad they mentioned The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. I saw that movie but had no idea what it’s about so now I will rent it because it’s on dtv right now.

    • Alanmac

      I’m with you on Split. I don’t understand the fascination with that movie.

      • Candice

        You should have seen the people going off on me for daring to say it. It was hilarious.

        • david

          I’ve gotten the same reactions for saying that I hated The Cabin In The Woods.

          • Cure4Humanity

            Aww man, you didn’t like Cabin In The Woods? Lol, I get why a lot of people were turned off by the film, I really do. But for me, it was a satirical blast of a film to watch.

          • danweL

            How did all two of the people you actually discussed this with respond?

    • Cure4Humanity

      I enjoyed Split for what it was, but the whole thing was elevated mostly by McAvoy’s performance imo. I think someone else in the role may have made the entire film a turd, but that’s neither here nor there. Happy Death Day imo was pretty damn good. Especially given that it was a pg-13 film, I was somewhat impressed overall. It did a decent job of swerving some of my expectations.

      • Candice

        That is so good to hear. HDD looked awesome in the theater previews. I am 100% with you about McAvoy. He was worth watching. The plot sucked. I was so bored by the end that David’s appearance in the end made me roll my eyes so hard. He has a premise there but it’s M. Night and it’s not connecting for me. Not the way Unbreakable did.

      • david

        Happy Death Day was pretty good. It would’ve been perfect if it would’ve been rated R though. I always say that for a horror movie to be perfect it should have boobs, butts, guts, and sluts. 🙂

        • Cure4Humanity

          Fair enough. But Carpenters The Thing is my favorite horror movie (pretty much favorite film actually) and that doesn’t include any sluts, butts, or boobs. In fact, it’s a huge sausage fest…but damn if it isn’t a great film.

          • NOCC Monkey

            You sir, are so correct!

        • danweL

          Pretty good for a movie with no plot and a stupid twist that undermines how the killer unmasked suddenly can’t overpower the lead in a fight. But then again, we can’t all be David.

    • david

      You’re wrong about Split Candice. It didn’t suck ass. It sucked a big bag of dicks. 🙂 I also don’t understand what all the fuss was about the movie, but I have to admit that I’ve never seen Unbreakable either. I just hated the fact that the movie starts off as a thriller, and ends up turning into a science fiction/supernatural movie. I also thought that the scene when the girls first encounter James McAvoy’s charater was completely unrealistic. Who in the World would just sit there and politely tell a complete stranger that they are in the wrong car? Smh.

      • danweL

        Watch the first movie rather than say you didn’t like the sequel? Probably a good start, but then again we can’t all be as smart as David.

  • pryopenthirdeye

    IT was really just an R-rated movie aimed towards kids who like Stranger Things. why else would they omit the smoke hole scene other than fear of controversy that could’ve arose from the target audience imitating it and dying of smoke inhalation. the movie played it too safe, and you can’t be safe on a skateboard mister.

    • REC03

      it wasn’t in the movie because it was to expensive. the director said it might be in the sequel.

    • Red Right Return

      This comment is kind of funny. How can IT, written about a bunch of kids in the 80s and far before Stranger Things came out, be aimed at kids who like Stranger Things? I mean, its like a chicken and egg thing. Stranger Things is very much lifted from IT, and other 80s movies. That said, I wasn’t as big a fan of IT as many people are and felt it could have been a bit better. Still better than most horror movies these days though.

  • ShadowInc

    I liked BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99, but I suspect the film would have been better served with someone other than Vince Vaughn in the lead.

    • NOCC Monkey

      Thanks for that bit of info. That is the exact reason why I couldn’t get 100% into Hacksaw Ridge. He has become a comic character actor now and seeing him and any serious role is just off putting.

      • ShadowInc

        I loved Vaughn in SWINGERS, and MADE, but in every serious role (like TRUE DETECTIVE, HACKSAW RIDGE, or BRAWL), he just comes across as flat. It’s like he loses something by doing serious roles.

  • Wil Munny

    It is so hard to determine what is horror anymore. Which is a great thing if you ask me. The diversity in the types of films horror fans see are increased. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” was just incredible. Easily my favorite film of 2017. “Get Out” was great. There is no point saying more about that film. Sadly one of the underling issues of the film shows how relevant the movie is by reading the comments posted on this website. “IT” was a very good adaptation. It is impossible to nail that. And the racist elements from the novel and first film being cut made it more enjoyable. I thought “The Lure” was pretty amazing too. Foreign horror is still a place all genre fans should venture through. Either way this was a great year for Horror.

    • DoopGremlin

      Right, because anybody who doesn’t like Get Out is a racist…

      • Wil Munny

        It isn’t out the realm of possibilities that the same underlying premises that are in play that devalue the accomplishments of minorities in everyday life can be in play with the response of people towards this movie. Hollywood has a problem and so does the viewers of their products. And just because a person doesn’t think they racists means they are not. Listen not everyone can like a the same movie. But when people get on are rant how they won’t support a racist movie cause it paints white people badly is ironic. Because most movies paint white females as tropes of the worst kind repeatedly. We watch films where even if there kill group is diverse most likely the final girl is white. I can keep going on. The racial devaluing of groups is a theme in movies. Don’t give me that just because a person does like “Get Out” they are racist. I didn’t say that. But I’m not say many are not either.You don’t have to like something and not see the impact it has. I think Stars Wars is trash.However, it obvious speaks to people who are fans of that genre, I can dislike it but you appreciate its place in cinematic history.

      • Mightygil

        yeah, sadly that seems to be a common thing

  • ShadowInc

    THE SHAPE OF WATER looked great, had excellent performances, and the creature efx were top notch. However, it still managed to disappoint me. Perhaps because it seemed too predictable, and by the numbers. The unsatisfying ending that seemed to try too hard to be poetic, didn’t help matters either.

    • Creepshow

      It was a decent movie. Some have said it’s better than Pan’s Labyrinth.

      That, it is not.

      • ShadowInc

        It was ok. I liked it more than PACIFIC RIM, but not as much as THE DEVILS BACKBONE, or PANS LABYRINTH.

        • Creepshow

          I have erased Pacific Rim from my mental Del Toro library.

      • Evan3

        Haven’t seen Shape yet, but GDT already outdid Pan’s with Devil’s Backbone.

    • Adean

      It looks pretentious as hell to me. And I generally am on board with DelToro until his endings. Meh. Just can’t make myself see it.

      • ShadowInc

        The ending made me wince.

    • DoopGremlin

      It’s a masterpiece. What a bunch of contrarian edgelords you all are.

      • djambi

        I say the same thing to myself anytime I visit the comments section of this site. Horror fans stay basic af.

  • joewaters

    This was a great year for horror.With the return of Twin Peaks, Stranger Things, and an awesome underrated Exorcist. Also with the return of Saw after 7 yrs, It remake, and the end of Resident Evil. I cant wait to see some of your best of films. You had a great list this year. Thank you for it.

    • Red Right Return

      Saw is trash. Torture porn is boring and not scary. Glad the genre is dead.

      • joewaters

        Its not dead. Will never be dead

      • Spunker666

        you sound so 2013

        • Red Right Return

          Glad it crashed at the BO. Seems the genre is dead.

  • Anthony DeRouen

    List was great until I saw IT was number one. The movie was crap. And why are the kids swearing like bitter old sailors? Terrible writing.

    • llcc1103

      bingo.

    • romain D

      True that

    • Mightygil

      glad I’m not the only one who hated the “edgy” dialogue in that movie

    • turk

      I didn’t have a problem with the swearing. I know my friends and I swore a ton at that age. But it was very overrated. I don’t get the love.

    • Archer

      Im willing to give IT credit for popularizing the genre even more, but it was an overrated jump scare fest.

      • Mightygil

        But is popularizing the genre good if it just leads to more overrated jump scares fests??

        • chuck

          Yes, and do you know why? Because we will get more horror/studios will be more willing to risk $$ and time promoting horror.

          It is a win/win. Just remember, not everything is made with YOU in mind so there will be films you don’t like but overall its good for horror.

          • Mightygil

            can’t say I share your positive outlook, but hopefully it DOES benefit us all and we find $$ thrown towards things we all get enjoyment from

  • Adean

    I would like to see a list of movies that regular people can see. I’m sure most of these are indie flicks that may or may not be coming to a theater near us next Fall.

    • J Jett

      Adean, i agree w/ you. it’s hard to connect to many/most of these films since they aren’t released yet (other than playing at a film festival or two).

      • MrX13

        That’s why I have to wait until they come on Netflix, Amazon, or at Redbox for a $1.

    • RedNeoCon

      Yeah a lot of these are hard to find.

    • Mightygil

      I agree, but it’s probably a stretch to find 10 great horror films that regular people can see from this year

    • MrX13

      Thats why services like Netflix and Amazon are the best places to watch these indie films. You see something that looks interesting and post your opinion about it. A lot may agree and some may disagree but you will see that a lot of us have seen the same movies as you.

  • DoopGremlin

    Get Out is so fucking overrated…

    • Right Is Right

      Not to mention being a blatant rip-off of “The Skeleton Key.”

      • Cure4Humanity

        Wait…that godawful movie with Kate Hudson?

        • Right Is Right

          Yep, one and the same.
          One has white people transferring their souls into black victims (via science), the other has black people transferring their souls into white victims (via voodoo). Same premise, but with a PC twist.

          • Cure4Humanity

            Makes sense that I didn’t care for it then. Skeleton Key was complete shit.

    • RedNeoCon

      The best part is that it’s nominated for Best Comedy/Musical by Golden Globes…..LOL!!

    • bondagegel

      Nah

    • turk

      It had a black writer and a black lead. So, I’m pretty sure I know why you think that.

      • DoopGremlin

        Lol. You people are too much.

    • Spunker666

      Get Out wasway too overrated i agree..not that great of a movie ..people think its great because they dont want to disagree with it..i mean its not a bad movie…but its not a great one either

  • Right Is Right

    Funny how liberals deduced “Get Out” was a movie about evil white racists, when in actuality it’s about stupid white liberals.

    • bondagegel

      I wouldn’t call the antagonists stupid, but you can definitely characterize them as (at least pretending to be) liberal. But it’s undeniable that they are both evil and racist.

    • turk

      It wasn’t about either. Your’re just an idiot trying to ascribe politics. But it did have black people in the lead roles and as writers, so I assume you hate it for that.

      • Mightygil

        what an stupid assumption

      • Right Is Right

        Get a clue, turk. Every critic out there lauded this movie for its “political astuteness” and “social commentary on race,” so no, ’twasn’t me ascribing a political theme, it was the liberal PC crowd.

        • turk

          Not the way you think it did. You’re oversimplifying it based on your own limited intellectual shortcomings.

          • Right Is Right

            Of course you’re right—liberals are always right about everything, after all. I shall henceforth eschew any opinion I might have once had and forever look to you as an omniscient, shining beacon of wokeness.

          • turk

            The world thanks you.

    • DukeStKing
    • Nathan Michael

      Hey black guy here just leaving my opinion since you know it’s about racism at all this was about white racists are both conservative and liberal

  • James Rigney

    The Void isn’t on there? I know some places it’s listed as 2016 but I didn’t see it till this year and I think that goes for most of the general population who don’t get to go to film festivals or early screenings and such..but either way it was one of the better horror movies I’ve seen in a long time, they do a great job with the fx and not using cgi which would have totally ruined the whole thing and feeling but the basement scene could have been shot a bit slower or lightened uo to see all those great monsters instead of the seizure enduring head spin rush thru they did do with it, but other than that it was hands down my fav horror movie of the year

    • Mightygil

      you answered your own question: both imdb and letterboxd have it listed as 2016. I didn’t see it til this year either though

    • turk

      If you had asked me my opinion of “The Void” at about the halfway mark, I loved it! Then we got some poorly lit, disco scenes with really crappy practical effects. It really lost me.

    • MrX13

      The Void was an awesome movie! I didn’t see until 2017 and recommend it as well. A bit different but I liked that it used practical effects instead of CG for the creatures. Odd story but was still well done.

  • Biscoito18

    My favorites. Still have to watch ” The Shape of Water” though. And I use the date on RT to make my lists.

    10. Hounds of Love (the more I think about this movie, the more I like it);
    09. 7 Witches (it flew under the radar of a lot of people unfortunately);
    08. RAW (Extremely well acted and well shot);
    07. Gerald’s Game (Carla Gugino was fantastic and it has probably my favorite jump scare of the year);
    06. A Dark Song (my biggest surprise this year; Very underrated);
    05. A Ghost Story (it made me cry);
    04. The Devil’s Candy (the ending is a little exaggerated, but until there it’s fantastic);
    03. IT (Bill Skarsgard, the kids and Andy Muschietti beautifully recreated a huge horror icon and honored SK’s material);
    02. The Blackcoat’s Daughter (like I wrote in my review in Letterboxd: “Loneliness captured in light and sound”. A new cult masterpiece);
    01. mother! (My best experience in theaters this year. I loved the references to the Bible, the acting is a delight and the whole movie looks like a delirium, an extremely well-built nightmare. Like a string of David Lynch dreams that never ends.). https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/79b801536d621f3ad1ec9e4171fdfa7ec0a3670c51438e16a473137b62aadc15.jpg

    • Unknown User

      Hey thanks for this list. I didn’t care for 7 witches or dark song but having not seen a few I checked them out today. Blackcoats daughter is one of my favorites so I watched hounds of love earlier and loved it. Gonna watch devils candy next.

      • Biscoito18

        I hope you like it! ;D

  • romain D

    What about the gem of a movie called “1922” on Netflix

    • Chris

      Hated that movie!

  • djambi

    For starters, I’m terribly behind on my horror viewing, so I have no room to provide a decent year-end round up. Hounds of Love was probably my “favorite” (an ugly, tense film that left quite the impression.)

    Get Out was great, and played a lot more like straight-forward horror than I was expecting. Not to that it wasn’t racially charged, but it had a lot more camp than I was expecting (which worked for me.) Side note: my other favorite thing about Get Out is how it keeps exposing racist ass horror fans, here and everywhere, who think calling something “PC” is a legitimate critique and not just thinly veiled code for their racist bs.

    Raw was well done if not pretentious in the way that debuts can be, but it was certainly a technical achievement. Speaking of pretentious, I’m already over seeing mother! on so many Top 10s. It was barely allegorical, pseudo-arthouse trash that was only a smart movie for stupid people.

  • bondagegel

    You know how you know Get Out is a great film? The most common criticisms come from angry white people who take issue with its themes and the way they are presented. It’s an as-close-to-consensus great film as the genre got this year. Brilliantly paced, well acted, genuinely creepy. It wisely embraces certain horror cliches and subverts others to create a true crossover experience that us fans of the genre should want to introduce to anyone who is sceptical of horror as anything other than exploitation. Some triggered racists just confirm its brilliance.

    • Minya

      I’m a not so angry white person, I felt the same way with Get Out as I did with The Blair Witch Project. I waited to long to see them, both so hyped, both leaving me so disappointed, that’s all it is in my case, Happy New Year all.

    • MrSparkuru

      Great argument “only wacsist white devils don’t like my movie!!!!” Like way to completely ignore someone and reduce them to the color of their skin you sir are the REAL racist, the movie didn’t work for some people, some found it’s message overbearing and obnoxious, and you know what not all that relevant to today’s society beyond the batshit insane sjw types

  • turk

    I thought “Gerald’s Game” and “It” were overrated and overhyped. “GG” was all about one scene at the end, and yet the rest of it hardly built up to it. “It” resembled a Hallmark Channel mini-series to me. Some decent scares and imagery, but I never understood the accolades. I did love “Get Out” and “Super Dark Times”. Otherwise, I kind of felt 2017 was a fairly mediocre year for horror. I hope for better things in 2018.

  • Pf Mahan

    Lets face it, IT was teeny bopper sh itttttttttttt

    • SpacemanSpliffz

      i’ve had morning constitutionals that were more entertaining 🙂 it 2017 was a cat poop without the litter

  • kieron callaghan

    There are quite a few on this list that i really want to see, ‘The Shape Of Water’, ‘Pyewacket’, ‘Downrange’ and ‘Tragedy Girls’ (and others like ‘Thelma’ and ‘The Ritual’) but for me personally it has been a great year.
    I can’t list them in order as i have too many favourites so in no particular order:
    ‘It Comes At Night’ ‘mother!’ ‘Raw’ ‘Hounds Of Love’ ‘Killing Ground’
    ‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ ‘The Transfiguration’ ‘Super Dark Times’
    ‘Berlin Syndrome’ ‘Lake Bodom’ ‘Shrews Nest’ and i also really enjoyed ‘The Devils Candy’ ‘A Dark Song’ ‘Prevenge’ ‘Most Beautiful Island’ and ‘Found Footage’ (in 2D).

    • MrX13

      Some of your favorites are mine as well: Hounds Of Love, Killing Ground, Berlin Syndrome, Devil’s Candy, and Raw. But some really disappointed me like Transfiguration, It Comes At Night. Those films were hype but was soon let down and I didn’t like it, but oh well

      The others I haven’t seen yet

      • kieron callaghan

        Even though i really loved ‘It Comes At Night’ and ‘The Transfiguration’ i totally understand why a lot of people were so disappointed. So glad to see you liked ‘Berlin Syndrome’ too as my friends loathed it but not as much as they hated ‘mother!’ and ‘It Comes At Night’.

        • MrX13

          Berlin Syndrome was a different kind of movie and worked well. I haven’t seen mother! yet but It Comes At Night was ok, good story but the ending ruined it for me. It seems that they were building up to something but it never happened and then it ended…really?? Same thing with Transfiguration. I was hoping the kid was going to do “eat” those gangsters and then run away with his girl, but nope. At least I watched them 🙂

    • Matt Miller

      Is Found Footage worth watching? Also your list is identical to mine so I think your advise would help xD.

      • kieron callaghan

        I must admit Matt that i went into watching it thinking i would really not like it as it’s billed and promoted as a comedy horror which just isn’t my thing, (apart from ‘What We Do In The Shadows’) but i was really pleasantly surprised as i thoroughly enjoyed it. In a way it shares the same clever sensibilities as ‘Behind The Mask:The Rise Of Leslie Vernon’ in that it offers reasons/explanations as to why, for example, would you still keep filming if your being pursued but it does it so tongue in cheek. I won’t give any spoilers but there were a few surprises and a change of tone. I really hope you enjoy it as much as i did and so far I’ve yet to see a film on ShudderUK that i haven’t enjoyed.

  • SpacemanSpliffz

    i know it’s your list but man, how could killing of a sacred deer be under brawl on cell block 99? sacred deer blew every movie i’ve seen this year out of the water!!!

  • Evan3

    First off Brad – thanks for this website and your uncanny ability to make all commenters irate (I for one rolled my eyes soooo hard at the 1% comment… and your honorable mention of Wish Upon…. that I’m nursing two concussions).

    But what I want to talk about is IT. Like many, I thought it was fine. Perfectly decent. A few nice scares. A few batshit ridiculously dumb things. Solid acting. And yes, very overrated (sorry, Skaarsgaard really is not scary, nor remotely as good as Curry). But I finally have come to terms to thinking it should be ranked number 1 and a horror classic. It hit an undeniable chord – easily crossing into the pop-culture reference machine. It drew out people that never watch horror, was good enough to satisfy genre fans, capable of giving us that juicy nostalgia kick, and memorable enough to be instantly recognizable when referenced elsewhere. Love it or hate it, it’s earned it’s throne as best of the year.

    • Evan3

      Also, great work on the year end lists this year. Lots of unique ones. That said, I ALWAYS love a “worst of” list and was disappointed not to see that as well as a horror comics list!

  • I haven’t watched Shape of the Water yet, Get Out is fantastic and Bill Skarsgard’s IT is my best experience in theaters this year.
    http://www.movierola.com/hollywood

    • F. This

      Shape of Water is the best film I’ve seen all year. Though it has some of the earmarks of Del Toro it is his least horror driven film. It feels like what Tim Burton should have graduated to, if that makes sense. Hope you enjoy it!

    • MrX13

      Haven’t seen Shape Of Water yet but would love to see it too. But I agree that Get Out was great and Skarsgard as Pennywise was superb!

      • Evan3

        I’ll never understand it. They could have replaced Skarsgaard with CGI and it would’ve been the same. He was so covered in prosthetics and CGI that there was little of him to peek out. And I am pretty sure he has about 50 words of dialogue (a lot of them being rote stuff like “you’ll float too”). I’m fine with It and with him, but I just don’t think Skarsgard brought anything remarkable to the role.

        • MrX13

          It all has to do with performance! Skarsgaard, even though covered with makeup and cosmetics, performed the character well. It would have been horrible if Pennywise was all CG so no it wouldn’t have been the same. He was able to cross his lazy eye (not CG eyes), he drooled for real, his performance was real but yes some things had to be CG’d which is usual but still outperformed other villains.

          Just like with Heath Ledger, he really got into his character as the Joker and gave one of his best performance ever.

          • Evan3

            Those things you describe are tics, not character. Undoubtedly, the miniseries sucked. But it’s beloved simply because Curry added so much depth and personality to It. Skarsgaard gave a fine physical performance, but there’s nothing I can remember about the character Itself. Like, everyone references the dancing scene, or the Georgie arm bite, or the balloon. Those are all physical effects that anyone could’ve done.

          • MrX13

            Sorry you feel that way. I disagree but we all have our opinions and I respect yours

  • MrX13

    Great list! Never seen Downrange but seems interesting! Need to check that one out.

    • Unknown User

      Wonder if with the subject matter we will get a delay in the us

      • MrX13

        I hope not but if it is, oh well

  • Unknown User

    Two Christmas horror movies this year better watch out and the babysitter were so good.

  • Unknown User

    Belko experiment too…
    I watching geralds game devils candy lake bodom killing of a sacred deer today thanks for the suggestions everyone

  • OneFootFriendly

    ” …they’re looking for the final girl to stab that bad mother fucker in the back.”

    You could have said girl or guy if you believed in equality so badly.
    That looks more like imagining that your turning the tables on perceived tropes and stereotypes with more of your own tropes and stereotypes.

    The woman who’s always the brave victim of “bad mother fckers”.

    But I actually prefer honesty.
    You be honest about you and I’ll be honest about me.

    I’ll respect you more for it.
    And I’ll be expecting the same respect that I give you in return.

    “Horror does not discriminate. Horror is unity. Horror is for everyone.”

    I appreciate the sentiment.
    Its a pretty slogan.
    But nothing is universal.

    I see movies and read articles that seem to deliberately insult and discriminate towards me.
    And I’ll bet you see things that probably make you feel the same way.

    How could anything be completely universal unless we all completely agreed with each other.
    And that sounds like a TRULY terrifying fascist place to be. That would be a real life horror,
    I only enjoy horror as an escapist fantasy.

    Who would be in charge of what we all agree on?
    And what would you do if someone dared to disagree?

    So although it sounds pretty,
    that almost makes it kind of sinister that it sounds so pretty but would be fcked up if it were actually true.

  • Spunker666

    I dont understand the hyper over Get Out..very overrated..not that great of a movie overall

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