2017 has been an eventful year if we take horror movies into consideration. Some low-budget horror films have made a glaring impact this year, and have set the box-office on fire.
Out of the plethora of horror films released this year, it is certainly a difficult task to make a list of the best ones. However, we try to churn out a top-7 horror list and here it goes:
7. Annabelle: Creation
Undoubtedly one of the good horror films to come out this year, this surely was a betterment from the first Annabelle flick. Though not consistently effective, it was shot well and had enough muscle power to make more than $300 million worldwide at the box-office!
6. Gerald’s Game
One of those films with the weirdest possible premise. Only one character alone in a room, and the narrative following her thoughts as she finds herself in an increasingly harrowing situation.
Adapted by Netflix from Stephen King’s novel, this had some good acting going for it. Starts off very solid and though the ending is weird (again), it made for a decent viewing.
5. Happy Death Day
A teen horror/slasher flick doesn’t interest you?! Well then you do need to watch this one!
Described by many as “Groundhog Day meets Scream,” it’s a fairly apt comparison. With an intelligent premise and a good mixture of various genres–comedy, campus satire, horror, and sci-fi–Happy Death Day is not your routine slasher drama.
Made on a budget of less than $5 million, this flick has already made $60 million till now and counting.
Raw is that weird horror movie which doesn’t depend on ghosts to scare you. It is based on cannibalism and how it affects the life of a girl, the lead protagonist.
Director Julia Ducournau creates an atmosphere which is impactful and truly unique, aided by an award-worthy performance by Garance Marillier. Cerebral and visceral, one of the best of 2017.
IT was that rare adaptation which many thought was even better than its previous one.
Centered around a group of adolescents in Derry, Maine who call themselves The Loser’s Club over the course of one summer as they are confronted by a terrifying eldritch abomination that takes the form of a clown named Pennywise.
Directed by Andy Muschietti and helped by top-notch cinematography by Chung-hoon Chung, It: Chapter One smartly separates the “childhood” and “adulthood” structure that were interwoven in both King’s novel and the 1990 miniseries.
Made on a budget of $35 million, IT has already made $650 million worldwide! A sensational feat for a horror R-rated film!
2. Get Out
Get Out was that striking social satire which blends racial tension with horror. Yes you read it right, racism with horror!
Chris is a black photographer visiting his white girlfriend’s family for an extended weekend and quickly realizes that something’s very wrong with all of the other minorities he comes across in their neighborhood–particularly when a black guest at the family’s party has a seizure when Chris takes a picture of him and warns him to “get out.”
Get Out is one of the best reviewed films of 2017, and made a huge killing at the box-office. Smart, witty and thrilling this one surely made for a great viewing.
In a film revolving around a black lead with a story having racial undertones, you need a strong actor and boy Daniel Kaluuya delivers! Kaluuya gives a great cynical performance in this thriller, a man who is constantly uncomfortable in new surroundings, always feeling the need to make sure he isn’t about to be stabbed in the back.
1. It Comes At Night
Whenever the setting is “the unknown”, the fear is more horrifying to deal with. That is what makes this movie the best horror flick this year, in my opinion.
A plague is quickly decimating the world’s population–but the family the film centers on has already fled the world, finding some semblance of safety in the isolation of the woods. Family’s peace is shattered as an unseen presence seems to be haunting them. As tensions rise between the members of the families and one family accuses the other of being ill with the plague, it all boils down to survival instincts.
The film was well received by critics but oddly performed poor with the audiences. Probably the audience went in searching for gore, which was pretty less due to the mysterious setting.
Nevertheless, a movie which should be watched and enjoyed by all horror enthusiasts. It Comes At Night is surely one of the best films this year.