For many of us, horror films pull at our primal instincts with suspense, monsters, gore and the supernatural - not to mention they’re often a heck of a lot of fun!
To help you indulge in some of this year’s best screamfests, we’ve compiled a top 10 list of 2017’s best horror films. Because sometimes, there’s just nothing better than a good scare from a good movie.
It Comes At Night
After a plague has ravaged the world, two families are forced to come together in this devastating horror-thriller, only to reveal that humanity is the true monster. That conceit isn’t necessarily anything new, but It Comes At Night offers an uncompromising viciousness, along with compelling cinematography and remarkable sound design to make it a profoundly watchable film.
There was enormous chatter about Get Out at the time of its release, and if you’ve seen the movie you’d know why. Get Out is a modern horror-thriller tinged with racial tension and director Jordan Peele’s sharp wit. The impeccable pacing of the film holds the tension taut before reaching an explosive and cathartic conclusion - the mark of a great horror classic.
It: Chapter One
This refreshing horror remake gives us well-crafted characters, excellent performances, chilling visuals and shocking violence in a neat package that properly honours the source material. It: Chapter One also happens to be an energetic film brimming with heart and determination, pushing through positive messages amidst the darkness. Definitely worth a watch.
It: Chapter One isn’t the only Stephen King adaptation out this year. Gerald’s Game is one of King’s less-well-known books, and is structured in a way that makes it incredibly difficult to adapt to film. Yet, supported by Carla Gugino’s intelligent, multilayered performance, director Mike Flanagan brings to the table an intimate, Hitchcock-ian sensibility that turns the material into a riveting drama and survival thriller.
Super Dark Times
Super Dark Times is a film that oozes mood and character, as it delves into the bleak, empty world of gawky teenage boys. The movie is scary because it explores how an act of violence can affect several lives in varied ways. You’ll start to care so much for the characters, you'll almost forget that you’re watching a horror movie and instead experience the relatable terror of real life.
The Blackcoat's Daughter
Every scene in The Blackcoat’s Daughter has a suffocating, ominous feel designed to unnerve you. Tension and suspense linger throughout the film, the reward of which at the end is a nightmarish shock.
The Devil's Candy
The Devil’s Candy relays one man’s internal struggle with the voices in his head, against a backdrop of heavy metal music and satanic imagery. Right off the bat, the film strikes fast and hard, a pace it maintains over the course of the movie. Metalheads will have a blast as the film captures the gruesome essence of the genre.
Raw infuses stylised horror with humour and heartbreak. But be warned: the visuals are so graphic that when the movie was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, several members of the audience passed out. That said, there’s also a powerful social commentary buried within the vivid terror.
Who would’ve thought that a prequel to a mediocre spin-off (Annabelle, itself a prequel to The Conjuring 2) would do so well? Annabelle: Creation effectively channels the appeal of the franchise by preying on our fears, brought to life via moody suspenseful shots and chilling audio cues, and delivers plenty of shocks and thrills as a result.
Happy Death Day
Happy Death Day takes the timey-wimey classic Groundhog Day and puts a slasher-horror spin on it. The result is a wonderful deconstruction of the genre that is both deftly and confidently shot. Jessica Rothe dazzles in an impressive lead performance, propelling the film with immense heart and energy, and crafting an intensely entertaining story.