Everyone wants to be the best right? But what’s the best horror movie of 2017 so far? 2017 has been a great year for this under appreciated genre, with so many awesome horror movies so far and the teasing of so much more to come. Possibly the most anticipated of which Stephen King’s IT, coming just around the corner. Below in no particular order are my favourite horror films of 2017 as it stands now (but don’t worry I’m not going to use words like “post-horror” too much).
1. Get Out
When talking about Jordan Peele a standout horror movie with a political message isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind, yet somehow it makes perfect sense that his directorial debut is an intelligent and defining movie in the horror scene. A young African American meeting his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time in a secluded estate in the woods; sounds like a lovely way to spend an hour and three-quarters of your life, but everything takes a turn for the worst and fast. Enough has been said about this movie that you don’t need to take my word for the quality. With 7.8 on IMDB and an 84 Metascore, it was an all round favourite. Both Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams are authentic, natural and absolutely superb as the two leads.
Starring Joel Egerton, Carmen Ejogo, and Riley Keough, It Comes At Night is another one of these fabled “post-horror” films, which critics use to say that horror fans aren’t smart enough to understand the story and therefore do not like the film. The word was thrown around for Get Out, Ghost Story and now It Comes At Night, replacing jump scares with existential dread. Every time I hear this I roll my eyes and audibly groan. It Comes At Night is part disease, part paranoia horror, which is a frightful and effective combination. It was most likely unintentional, but the trailer was effective in its misdirection of the pacing and style of film you were about to see. However, this did lead to split opinion on the film, with some calling it a revelation of the horror genre and some saying it was just plain boring. For me, it’s a fantastic film for a relatively new director with only one other feature film to his name, Trey Edward Shults has written himself a wonderful script and relayed it onto the screen very well, and it deserves a place on this list.
Admittedly, this movie almost didn’t make it due to its first act structure being a little sloppy, however getting into the meat of the film it picked the pace and my interest along with it. Like a mix between Silent Hill and Shutter Island, Gore Verbinski’s latest mind torture is a good time, for all its pitfalls it has so many positives that you can forgive the clunky start. Unfortunately, it’s weirdness can be off putting for those not accustomed to the style, which is a true shame because it is worth giving it the time of day to get through it. A Cure For Wellness is definitely enough to make you forgive his last film, The Lone Ranger, and sits up there with his 2002 English remake of The Ring.
Australians make great films and it’s not just Australians who think so (sorry I couldn’t help myself, points if you understand what I’m going on about). Seriously, Australians make awesome horror flicks and the proof is in the pudding here with another debut on the list. Ben Young’s The Hounds Of Love is terrifyingly uncomfortable to watch, Stephen Curry and Emma Booth are are a deranged couple who kidnap young girls, make them sex slaves and then kill them… sounds like good weekend viewing with the parents right? The climax of this film is probably one of the nerve racking scenes to date.
So that’s my top picks just over halfway through the year. Looking at what’s coming up, what I’m most excited about is obviously IT, but also the newest in the Saw franchise which has been handed to Australian siblings the Spierig brothers. There’s another origin story to a classic horror franchise with Leatherface, the newest in the Chucky series (which is unfortunately not going to the big screen) and Darren Aronofsky’s mother!. All in all 2017 is the year of the horror and I am so excited.
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