Although 2017 was a great year for horror fans as a number of low-cost, high-quality scary movies generated consistently massive profits in theaters, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out”, was both an historically entry into the suspense category, and one of three horror films to break the $200 million mark at the global box office. But the big horror movies in 2017 where there were several outstanding debut features, it was a great ascension for women playing lead roles in the category. Directors Julia Ducournau and Alice Lowe made knockout first films as writer-directors, and performances from actresses like Lowe, Carla Gugino, Garance Marillier, Emma Booth, and Catherine Walker made sure that the genre will never die.
It can be said 2017 has been a phenomenal year for horror movies as it crushed previous records to become the biggest year for horror in movie history. Although critics will never stop, Jordan Peele‘s lauded Get Out, is poised to make it all the way to the Oscars, which is a rarity for any horror film. Not only that, VOD, Netflix, and other platforms offered an even greater number of outstanding films for the horror movie enthusiast. If you want to watch horror movies on Netflix, you need Cox Internet service for a reliably fast connection. Cox internet packages excellent speeds for even the most basic Internet user and comes with several packages to choose from.
Here are 10 of the best horror movies of 2017.
10. Happy Death Day
Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) wakes up in a strange boy’s dorm room on her birthday, walks back to her sorority, and gets killed on the way. She keeps dying and coming back to life, but doesn’t know why. She comes to the conclusion that if she has to understand why she keeps coming back, she has to uncover her killer. The movie is a lot of fun with new introduction Rachel Matthews whose excellent performance as the head bitch in charge of the sorority house is second to none. The horror flick raked in more than $100 million at the box office. Worth watching.
9. Creep 2
An excellent sequel to Mark Duplass and writer-director Patrick Brice’s 2014 Creep, in which Duplass plays a serial killer who forges weird friendships with his victims before killing them. Creep 2 has one of the best nude scenes of the year. Do watch.
Written, directed and starring Alice Lowe, Prevenge is one of the dark movies to come out this year. Ruth, a pregnant woman, played by Lowe, is mourning her partner’s death by taking orders from her angry fetus to kill a bunch of people. The result is amazing horror, and a must watch.
7. The Devil’s Candy
The head of a working-class family, Ethan Embry plays a metalhead and aspiring artist in the movie. They want to buy a house on sale for a very low price, but the real estate agent doesn’t tell them that the previous owners were killed by their son after the devil told him to do it. Australian director Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy is a must watch.
6. Gerald’s Game
In this Stephen King movie, Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood play Jessie and Gerald, a married couple who want to put some spark back into their relationship getting away for the weekend. Jessie says she’s up for new experiences, but things get rough when Gerald cuffs her to the bed and starts playing out a rape fantasy she wasn’t aware of. Gerald suffers a heart attack and dies. Gerald leaves her chained to the bed. Gugino delivers gives a powerful performance, playing the victim on the bed. Another movie to watch.
5. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Director Yorgos Lanthimos’s films feel like mega nightmares. Sacred Deer starts off as a dark comedy, but there comes a point where you actually feel you’re watching a full-throated horror movie. The movie is so tense you’ll want to reject the experience.
4. Hounds of Love
A debut from Ben Young, it’s a story of a mildly rebellious high-schooler taken prisoner by a couple that kidnaps local girls, makes them sex slaves, then kills them. In the movie, the female victimizer is played by Emma Booth, who is abused by and is infatuated with her murderous boyfriend, which she can’t help.
3. A Dark Song
Ireland’s Liam Gavin debuts with the film, in which a woman hires an occultist to help her to reach her dead son. Set in an isolated country manor, strange things start to happen to her. The problem is, once the house has been bound, no one can leave the premises until the process is done.
The movie is a first feature by French director Julia Ducournau and a mix of drama and cannibal horror. A girl who feels she’s in the shadow of her more popular older sister now that they’re both in veterinary school together leaves her with a new desire. A terrifying bridge between being a teen girl and a young woman, Garance Marillier plays the part to the hilt. Must watch.
1. Get Out
The story revolves around a black man going to meet his white girlfriend’s family, only to discover an unsettling plot. Get Out started 2017 with great reviews and big box office haul, and is a serious awards contender. It might just get recognition at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Do watch.
There have been many extremes in the horror movies of 2017. From obscenity and soft characters to old-fashioned thrillers and the breathlessly new. But, however much we lament 2017, it gave us plenty of great films in the horror movie genre.