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Top 25 Best Horror Movies Of 2017

9th – Gerald’s Game
Starring: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel
Director: Mike Flanagan
Released: September 29, 2017
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 -Seen It-  Jessie (Gugino) and husband Gerald (Greenwood) travel to their remote summer house to try some bondage sex in an attempt to rejuvenate their relationship. But when viagra-popping Gerald drops dead of a heart attack, she is left handcuffed to the bed. With the hours ticking by and a stray dog beginning to eat her husband’s corpse, madness sets in and she’s tormented by conversations with Gerald’s spirit, with herself, visions of her troubled childhood, and visits from a tall death-like figure… The adaptation of Stephen King’s 1992 novel has been in and out of development for 25 years, but while the one-location horror wasn’t considered big enough for a studio theatrical release, it’s perfect for a high-quality Netflix movie. Director Mike Flanagan has been quickly turning out a string of horrors (‘Oculus’, ‘Hush’, ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’) each of which rose above expectations. And so it is here with a satisfying adaptation that captures the spirit of King’s writing. Direction is assured, acting is solid from two industry veterans, and the script streamlines smartly while keeping King’s insightful character work. Momentum does however sag in the second act, it’s not truly creepy until she tries an escape, and the Crypt Creeper ending from the book only harms authenticity, but together with ‘It’ this marks a good year for the master of horror.

8th – Life
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Released: March 24, 2017
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 -Seen It-  Six astronauts on the International Space Station, including a space-depressed doctor (Gyllenhall), an underqualified quarantine officer (Ferguson, ‘MI: Rogue Nation’) and a quick-witted but overbearing engineer (Reynolds), receive and study a sample collected from Mars containing a single-celled organism. But as the crew experiments on the first ever extraterrestrial life, the lifeform proves to have a growth, a violence and an intelligence no one expected… The director made ‘Safe House’ with Reynolds, and the screenwriters wrote ‘Deadpool’. This is ‘Alien’ meets ‘Gravity’ and thanks to committed high-end talent in all departments it pulls off a worthwhile verson of the B-movie premise. The money is on screen and in the casting. Gylenhaal, one of the best actors alive, is a bit lost in the events but brings what he can to what he’s given. The creature design is quite nicely done (it’s all-muscle, all-brain, all-eye), and though it doesn’t have the personality or lasting appeal of the Alien or Predator (calling it Calvin doesn’t help), it does evolve from deadly nuisance to something fairly chilling. ‘Life’ isn’t a sci-fi/chiller classic but kudos to Hollywood for throwing a big budget and A-List stars at a horror concept, it doesn’t happen too often.

7th – My Friend Dahmer
Starring: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Vincent Kartheiser, Anne Heche
Director: Marc Meyers
Released: November 3, 2017

The high school life of Jeffrey Dahmer, the infamous serial killer and cannibal, before he went on to murder 17 men between 1978 and 1991. A socially-awkward loner who collects roadkill and has a tortured family life, puberty is bringing Dahmer’s necrophiliac urges to the surface and only alcohol dulls them. His loud impressions of a mentally disturbed person, secretly based on his mother (Heche), draw him a small fanclub at school, but none of them offer genuine friendship… This is a true account, based on the graphic novel written by a classmate, and filmed in Dahmer’s actual childhood home in Ohio. The comic, available in its entirety online, is an eerily brilliant and insightful character study, and festival critics say this carries over to the film, fuelled by a powerful lead performance (from a Disney Channel star). Don’t expect gruesome onscreen horrors, this is a sinister precursor for what was to come that’s as much about isolation and the failure to deal with the mentally unbalanced.

6th – Raw
Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Naït Oufella, Laurent Lucas
Director: Julia Ducournau
Released: March 10, 2017
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When a young vegetarian undergoes a hazing ritual eating raw rabbit kidneys at veterinary school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her. As all her primal hungers unlock and she begins to take pleasures in flesh, her desires turn from raw meat to cannibalism… French film debut of writer-director Julia Ducournau, this has scored terrific festival reviews (inc. a Best First Feature win at the London Film Festival) for its stylish body horror and thematic exploration of femininity, sexual awakening and the sisterly bond. Its bites and open wounds are reportedly squeamishly gory so a strong stomach is required.

5th – Mother!
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Released: September 15, 2017

 -Seen It-  A loving wife (Lawrence) lives with her older husband (Bardem) in his isolated house. She’s restoring it after it was gutted in a fire at the end of his last relationship, whilst he suffers from complete artistic paralysis. An intrusive superfan (Harris) appears at the front door, later his partner (Pfieffer) and their two children (Domhnall Gleeson and real-life bro Brian), all of whom are warmly invited to stay by the husband, much to the wife’s dismay. Many more uninvited guests appear, each ruder than the last, and as her potential pregnancy keeps being mentioned she wonders what is really going on… From writer-director Darren Aronofsky (‘Black Swan’, ‘Requiem For A Dream’). The first two acts are narratively straightforward, making for a suspenseful and excellently acted mystery (Lawrence, Bardem, Harris and Pfeiffer are one hell of a quartet). The intense third act takes a big step into the extreme with moments designed to shock and narrative vagueness / symbolism that will frustrate general audiences but provoke much discussion amongst cinefiles. At its core it’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’-inspired, mixed with Aronofsky’s take on how an artist can feed selfishly off a muse. Given Aronofsky is Lawrence’s partner in real life, with the same 22 year age gap, there’s likely an autobiographical element here. Watch ‘mother!’ if you fancy being challenged by the year’s most artistic and controversial horror-thriller. Or if you love hearing Jennifer Lawrence say “excuse me” to rude people.

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  • Nuno Correia said

    Ah yes, here we go!
    A great and interesting mix, as always – good job!
    I had many of these in sight, along with a few you may have missed (namely ‘Amityville: The Awakening’) and others that are still awaiting a 2017 release date, such as ‘Jeepers Creepers 3’, ‘Death House’, ‘Mom and Dad’, ’47 Meters Down’, ‘The Dark Tapes’ and the highly unlikely ‘World War Z 2’.
    Thanks for the heads up on a slew that flew under my radar – ‘The Void’ and ‘Life’ seem especially interesting…
    Here’s to a (hopefully) great and varied year in horror!

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Thanks a lot for reading. Yes when all is said and done I think it’ll be a really solid year for horror. ‘Amityville: The Awakening’ settled in 26th place so didn’t quite squeak on. I also don’t see any way ‘World War Z 2’ comes out this year. Admittedly ‘Death House’, ‘Mom and Dad’, ‘The Dark Tapes’ were not on the reserve list, so thanks for the heads up. ‘Mom and Dad’ with Cage and the director of ‘Crank’ sure should make for some insanity. Let readers and myself know of any future discoveries as things evolve…

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    • Victor cserer said

      Wasn’t girl with all the gifts 2016? Good movie. Think 28 days later meets planet of the apes.

      Great list…no gunslinger? Watched covenant preview. Looks like it’s diving back into the alien franchise. Hope scott ties the two together.

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      • Sheridan Passell said
        Sheridan Passell

        Good points. The list is going by US release dates so Girl With All The Gifts is counted as 2017, even though we in the UK have seen it (I still need to remove it from last year’s list…). The Dark Tower crosses multiple genres, but is mostly action-adventure-fantasy, so is going on the action list, for now. I wish I had a bit more faith in Ridley Scott’s storytelling after Prometheus, but if Shyamalan can turn it around anyone can.

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        • Victor cserer said

          Agreed. I come to your site regularly as you are pretty good at updating your list as you run into good horror. One of the few sites I go to when I need a good horror flick to watch. Keel up the good work my friend!

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  • gd smith said

    You never know with horror. The best movies in the genre tend to come out of nowhere.

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  • gd smith said

    Despite some doubts I’m looking forward to Alien Covenant. I liked Prometheus because it took in more of the often overlooked influence of H.P Lovecraft on O’Bannon’s original concept. The main problem I can see with this one is that it leans too much on fan service when that’s precisely what has diluted the movies in first place. Not interested in Suspiria at all. To me the whole point of the original is the style. The story barely exists beyond a set up which is not dissimilar to Harry Potter (three sisters/houses, rooms that seem to appear from nowhere, and so on), Remaking it is like rewriting a novel. No mater how good the talent involved is they are not Henry James. I’m not saying this to be snobby. There are plenty of classic things I find a bit of a chore or don’t like, but when that happens I recognize that the issue is my taste not the classic thing.

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    • Victor cserer said

      Remaking susperia? I don’t even know how (or why) you would. Not knocking the film, I liked it. I just can’t imagine a remake. How about a Demons remake? Don’t think argento directed (Bava maybe?), but produced. Definitely my most fav flick he was involved with.

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      • Sheridan Passell said
        Sheridan Passell

        Yeah Demons remake would be fun. Long time since there was a decent horror set in a cinema.

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  • gd smith said

    >> SPLIT SPOILER << I have it on good authority that fans of Unbreakable might like Split.

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  • Nuno Correia said

    Breaking news:

    ‘World War Z 2’ fate confirmed: not anytime soon – and definitely not this year.

    Also, the ‘Friday the 13th’ reboot seems to have been shelved… permanently!

    Can’t say I had high hopes for any of those two.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Yeah, disappointing, especially as Friday 13th was quite far along. The new PC game shows there’s a great retro-feeling Friday waiting to be made. World War Z 2 could be good if they stick closer to the novel and keep Pitt as lead. Both are big moneymakers in prospect so I don’t know what they’re playing at…

      Thanks for the update Nuno.

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    Updated with a review of The Void, plus previews of Devil’s Candy and It Comes At Night. Rings has been removed for being bad.

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    • Nuno Correia said

      ‘The Void’ seems even more interesting now, and ‘It Comes at Night’ also looks quite interesting, even though it somehow sends off flashes of ’10 Cloverfield Lane’.
      Was ‘Rings’ really that bad? Haven’t seen it yet.
      Also, did you end up doing any change to the 2016 Horror Guide lineup?

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      • Sheridan Passell said
        Sheridan Passell

        Because It Comes At Night is so mysterious, it’s hard to determine if it definitely will be horror, or more like 10 Cloverfield Lane. I think it has a creepier, more unsettling edge to it, compared to ‘Lane which was more Hitchcockian suspense.

        The Void feels like a film from 25 years ago and if you like its influences is definitely worth a watch, though I wouldn’t call it a classic.

        Rings has an IMDB rating of 4.5 and Rotten Tomatoes of 7%, which are both terrible. Making a sequel to The Ring has proved an impossible task for filmmakers, including the director of Ringu. It seems to be a concept that only works within a single film. Bye Bye Man will be the next to go bye bye.

        I’ve been slowly working my way through last year’s late releases, but not updated the list yet. I was hoping Beyond The Gates would chart, but now I’ve seen it, it was my biggest disappointment. I’m expecting The Autopsy Of Jane Doe and I Am Not A Serial Killer to get added. Potentially Ouija 2, Eyes Of My Mother and Evolution.

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        • Nuno Correia said

          There’s also ‘Sadako v Kayako’ (the Japanese version of Freddy vs Jason), which also didn’t seem to garner new cheers for either Ringu or Ju-on…

          On a side note, why don’t you keep the “bad” movies in a separate part the list (like “honorable mentions” or “not good enough to make the list”), like you used to do in previous editions, instead of removing them altogether? Still would give readers a chance to know about them and whether they are worth seeing or not; if they are not mentioned at all, people may think you forgot them and will see them unaware that they may be about to waste a few more hours of their lives.

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          • Sheridan Passell said
            Sheridan Passell

            I may add the ‘not good enough’ back, however I just found too many readers were complaining about the one film in there that they liked, often with venom, and so it became a less positive experience overall. Also with only so many hours in the week I’ve been actively avoiding watching the more notoriously bad ones.

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  • Nuno Correia said

    Regarding the selection of films to watch given the little time available to watch them, I can totally relate. That’s why I’m still in 2008 and haven’t yet caught up with the more recent ones 😉
    I used to watch a lot more, but nowadays I tend to skip those with lower overall ratings.

    As for the complaints, there will always be some. As long as you make it clear that it’s a list based on personal tastes and explain why those movies were left out (and that you haved indeed seen them), you’re pretty much entitled to your opinion no matter what. People will always complain about their favorite movie being left out (more so than those happy to see their favorites in, who usually keep silent). As long as you stay true to your opinion and don’t take comments personal (which usually ends in losing one’s composure), it should be less negative.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      You’re going to have to be less comprehensive, you’re almost a decade behind, the Prom Night remake does not need to be watched!

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      • Nuno Correia said

        Considering that I started with 1920 and covered up almost everything up to mid-2008 in about 5 years, it may not take too long to catch up. But yes, the last decade has seen a boom in horror movies of variable quality and I really must only stick with the essentials. The ‘Prom Night’ remake is actually one of next ones in line and I was actually considering skipping it, since I didn’t even like the original. Now I’m certain. Thanks for the heads up!

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  • brooklyn. said

    I love ❤ horror movies I’m a HUGE fan of them when I get home I sit right on the couch straight Away And watching. All the latest horror movies and my favourite is Cult of Chucky if u haven’t seen it go watch it now its awesome!

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    ADDED
    Previews – Tragedy Girls, My Friend Dahmer, The Limehouse Golem, Jigsaw (Saw 8), Killing Ground, Better Watch Out, Darren Aranofsky’s Mother!
    Reviews – Prevenge, Life, Cure For Wellness, Get Out
    Removed – The Mummy, Resident Evil Final Chapter, Insidious 4 (out next year), Cloverfield: God Particle (ditto), and The Bye Bye Man went bye bye

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  • Davin said

    Thanks for a cool list!

    I really appreciate it.

    When I try Google to find a good list of Horror movies, it comes up with sites that are actually horror movie / review / news sites (UHM et al); I would expect they would post a nice list of movies reviewed by them. Though most of the time they leave me guessing, which movies were good by year.

    Thanks for keeping it clear.

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