2017 has been an interesting year for films, some fantastic and some insanely awful. The same as any other year, really. As usual there have been a plethora amount of horror movies released, spread out throughout the year. From personal experience, I find the box office usually soars with the horror genre, as they are always a favourite with cinema goers. Of course being only one person, I have not been able to see some of the most recommended films like Get Out, so they will not be featured on this list unfortunately! Some spoilers, beware.
Quick and to the point, here are my top horror movies or 2017!
Annabelle: Creation is directed by David F. Sandberg, a personal favourite. Being part of a wider theatrical universe, it is a prequel to Annabelle (2014) and part of the wider The Conjuring film series. As the 2014 Annabelle had already been made, I was left to wonder what more they could possibly say about the origin of this famous possessed doll. Lots, as it turns out. With child actors who aren’t half bad, jump scares that don’t take over the film and a plot that makes sense as a prequel, this movie was enjoyably suspenseful in cinemas and I would recommend to anyone who is already a fan of the franchise.
Happy Death Day
The horror version of Groundhog Day, this film caught my interest from the beginning and carried it until the very end, without the use of the usual jump scares or gore sequences. With a likeable main character, you’re rooting for her to find the killer all the way through, along with taking wild guesses yourself (it could be anyone!). With the occasional comedic moment this makes for a fun viewing, and although the end could be picked apart slightly if you think too hard about the events that occur throughout the film, this doesn’t prevent Happy Death Day from being an enjoyable experience.
This was one film I was not expecting to enjoy as much as I did. I was constantly interested as to how she was going to get herself out of the situation, as well as being aware of the horror elements that were mainly towards the end of the film. Unfortunately someone had already told me what happens, so the arrival of the ‘moonlight man’, was less of a scare than it would have been. All in all it was an interesting film, with the moonlight mans appearance being scarier than I had imagined, bringing that missing creepy factor to the horror.
A Cure for Wellness
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this film, but I know it has stayed with me since the first viewing. If you have seen A Cure for Wellness then you will understand the feeling. By director Gore Verbinski, this film boasts an eerie tone, well cast actors and stunning locations. With some grim scenes, this film will stick with you once you have finished viewing, along with you still trying to wrap your head around the final plot twists and elements.
The Girl With All The Gifts
Although this movie failed to impress in the cinemas, I’m going to include it as the book it is based on is one of my all time favourites. From that perspective, I’m going to review it as I can remember based on the book plot, rather than the rushed film version (read the book!). It is told from the viewpoint of Melanie, a young girl in a dystopian world. It is revealed Melanie is in fact a ‘zombie’, but with higher intelligence and the ability to think for herself unlike the adult ‘zombies’. It follows her journey with adult companions through this world as they look for safety and possibly, a cure. The movie hopefully caught the attention of the general public, but viewing after reading the novel (seriously read the book!) the film fell short of the original quality plot line and character development.
By notorious plot twister M. Night Shyamalan, this film features incredible acting by James McAvoy and his take on the split personality role. Keeping up the suspense with the three girls trapped in a basement scenario, the film balances this with the normality of McAvoys characters regular visits to his psychiatrist during the day. The underlying tone of the film is tense, but the real reason for this isn’t revealed until the final acts.
The Blackcoats Daughter/February
If you enjoy little known indie flicks, then this is the title for you. A somewhat slow approach to a an interestingly put together thriller, the film doesn’t all tie together until the end, which is fairly satisfactory. Unrelenting and different, you’re never quite sure whats real and what is just imagined in the characters head.
IT: Chapter One
The first film chapter of well the known Stephen King novel IT was the standout horror film of the year, utilising exceptional dialogue, good child actors and the general publics well founded fear of clowns to it’s advantage. Well directed and produced, the visual effects are used creatively to maximise the creepiness of Bill Skarsgard’s notorious clown Pennywise. The actors portraying the Losers Club, the main seven kid protagonists, excelled in their job and managed to make each character likeable in their own way. One of the best movies of the year.