ARTISTS CHOOSE - THEIR FAVORITE HORROR FILMS OF 2017

Let's try something different. 

Every year its the same old "best of" list. If you read the site, then you already have an idea as to which films tickle us most, and which ones left us feeling flat. So instead of spouting more hot air, we decided that it'd be much more fun if we flipped the script, and asked the artists themselves what their favorite horror films of the year were. Writers, directors, producers, actors, actresses, musicians, special effects technicians, this list - through its participating artists - covers a variety of filmmaking production roles. So too does this variety bring with it, a nice spread of opinion, giving us some very interesting picks for "horror" film of 2017. Horror in quotes, because as you'll soon find, the word and the genre it represents, are very personal - very subjective things. Horror, it turns out, truly is in the eye of the terrified.

OH PLEASE. YOU JUST WANT TO AVOID WRITING A LONG "BEST AND WORST" LIST, YOU LAZY SUMBITCH

Is it lazy? Maybe. Maybe it is.

Does it relieve the Thirteenth Floor editors of having to pick a winner and loser this year? Absolutely, BUT there are no losers. Even films we wouldn't spend another minute watching post review, represent the blood, sweat and tears that come with all the hard work in putting these projects together. Someone loved these stories enough to deal with unreliable crew members, or heart-breaking kickstarter campaigns, or the grueling work of pushing their film on social media, just to share them with us. So here they are, the cinematic soldiers (and their picks) that put themselves through all kinds of shit, just so we can get our jollies with bloody castrations, decapitations, eye gouges, and other forms of depraved ultra-violence. Enjoy.

**Click on any of the video trailer links below to watch a short preview clip and the option to rent the film for your own viewing pleasure (where applicable)**


JESSICA CAMERON (DIRECTOR, ACTRESS - TRUTH OR DARE, SONG OF SOLOMON)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - CREEP 2

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"Mark Duplass gives an intense, pitch perfect performance while managing to keep the audience not only engaged to his every word but hopeful for his characters redemption."

 

Sara, a video artist primarily focused on creating intimacy with lonely men, thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams after coming across a stranger's online post. Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to drive to a remote house in the forest to spend the day with the man claiming to be a serial killer.

DAVID PALAMARO (DIRECTOR - MURDER MADE EASY)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER

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...The standout for me was easily The Blackcoat's Daughter directed by Oz Perkins. A masterpiece of atmospheric/slow burn horror... 

...The Blackcoat's Daughter takes a seemingly simple story and twists it masterfully in a non-linear manner much how Christopher Nolan attempted in Dunkirk but Perkins' film is far more successful at it. Plus it has fantastic performances and is spooky as all hell."

Director:

 Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins)

Writer:

 Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins)

Stars:

 Emma RobertsKiernan ShipkaLucy Boynton

Two terrified girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break in this chilling and suspenseful horror film.

DANIEL LIMMER (DIRECTOR - EMMA)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - COLD HELL

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The movie is an uncompromising serial killer flick set in the underground districts of Vienna that has both, thriller and horror elements...

...as well as strong performances, especially from actress Violetta Schurawlow as brutal avenger angel in the lead. For me my top pick of 2017."

Director:

 Stefan Ruzowitzky

Writer:

 Martin Ambrosch

Stars:

 Violetta SchurawlowTobias MorettiRobert Palfrader 

Vienna, a woman is witness to a murder in the neighbor apartment. But she is also seen by the murderer, and her life turns upside down as she trys to protect herself. The police won't help her but one detective gives her shelter...


ANDREW JD ROBINSON (WRITER, DIRECTOR - A WALK HOME ALONE)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - GET OUT

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"Get Out is my favorite horror film of 2017 not only because of how effectively entertaining it is, but how important its sociological dialogues are."

When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend's (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

SARAH GIERCKSKY (WRITER, ACTRESS - SARGAD, MIMES)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - PURGATORY ROAD

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"Purgatory Road, because it blew my mind with all of its craziness!"

 

Director:

 Mark Savage

Writers:

 Tom ParnellMark Savage

Stars:

 Jeremy SandeTrista RobinsonSylvia Grace Crim

Special Effects by 

Marcus Koch

Visual Effects by 

Kelly Sheeran

On the highways of Mississippi, a psychotic priest and his brother are on a crusade to absolve sinners with their own brand of murder. The only person brave enough to challenge them is a woman more crazed, more deadly, and more insane than they are.


DAN BROWNLIE (WRITER, DIRECTOR - SERIAL KALLER, GRINDSPLOITATION)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - CIRCUS OF THE DEAD

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"This film instantly made Billy Pon my top director to keep an eye on. Just plain amazing film."

Family man Don's visit to an old, run down Big Top circus and chance encounter with a nihilistic group of clowns leaves him fighting for his life and the lives of those he loves. As Don becomes drawn deeper into lead clown Papa Corn's games, he comes closer to the edge of reason and sanity.

GIGI SAUL GUERRERO (DIRECTOR - LA QUINCEANERA, MEXICO BARBARO)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - IT

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"I saw a lot of amazing horror films  - and just films in general - in 2017!! It was an amazing year for filmmaking. Picking only one horror film, for me, would have to be IT...

...I really was not expecting a good remake, but this one blew my mind. IT was not afraid to push boundaries, especially for having child actors. Those kids had not only amazing dialogue but incredible comedic timing and were so believable. This was a brilliant remake of the original. IT felt fresh and current!"

Director:

 Andy Muschietti

Writers:

 Chase Palmer (screenplay by), Cary Fukunaga(screenplay by) | 2 more credits »

Stars:

 Bill SkarsgårdJaeden LieberherFinn Wolfhard

The horror thriller "IT", directed by Andrés Muschietti ("Mama"), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids is faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

MATTHEW C. VAUGHAN (WRITER, ACTOR - EVENT ZERO, CAT SICK BLUES)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

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"A distressing yet hilariously-stilted horror about a creepy, spaghetti-loving teen who puts a curse on the alcoholic surgeon who killed his papa. Tense, taut and deliciously dark. Yorgos Lanthimos at his best."

Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing.

CHRIS MCINROY (WRITER, DIRECTOR - DEATH METAL, WE SUMMONED A DEMON)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - IT

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Had some of the best bad guys in any horror movie this year pitted against some of the best heroes; 80's kids vs Pennywise and bullies and parents.

 

Director:

 Andy Muschietti

Writers:

 Chase Palmer (screenplay by), Cary Fukunaga(screenplay by) | 2 more credits »

Stars:

 Bill SkarsgårdJaeden LieberherFinn Wolfhard


JASMINE MARTINEZ (ACTRESS, SPECIAL EFFECTS - SARGAD, ROTTEN LOVE)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - MOTHER!

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A nightmare come true. I've never been so stressed and uncomfortable in a film. Loved it."

academy award® winners jennifer lawrence (silver linings playbook) and javier bardem (no country for old men) deliver unforgettable performances in academy award nominated darren aronofsky's (black swan) praised opus. the film shattered audiences and critics around the world. it's been called "darkly exhilarating" (justin chang, los angeles times) and "aronofsky's most daring film yet" (ben croll, indiewire).

GEORGE JAMES FRASER (WRITER, DIRECTOR - HAPPENSTANCE, MY LITTLE MIRACLE)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - IT

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"Muschietti's adaptation of King's It, blew me away. It was partly due to the nostalgia. The original made for t.v. version was one of the fist pieces of horror that I saw as a kid...

...Later I read the book. So you could say it kicked me off on my love of horror film and literature. The casting, the cinematography, the score, the atmosphere, it was all just perfect. Reminded me why I fell into the genre to begin with"


STEVEN DEGENNARO (DIRECTOR, SOUND MIXER - FOUND FOOTAGE 3D)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - MOM & DAD

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"My favorite horror film of 2017 actually doesn't come out until 2018, but I saw it at Fantastic Fest and I want to encourage everyone in the world to go see the absolutely gonzo Nic Cage performance in the hilarious 'Mom & Dad'."

A teenage girl and her little brother must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids.


DAVE JACKSON (DIRECTOR, ACTOR - CAT SICK BLUES, FEVER DREAMS)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - GET OUT

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"Frightening, fresh, funny, uncomfortably relevant without seeming preachy, and all under the satisfying umbrella of an old school, chilling structure that is straight out of 1970s horror cinema."

It's time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.


MATTIE DO (DIRECTOR, PRODUCER - DEAREST SISTER, CHANTHALY)

FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - INGRID GOES WEST

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"I think the horror movie of 2017 that resonated with me most was "Ingrid Goes West". Maybe most people wouldn't call that a horror movie, but it was to me super horrifying...

...I see young girls, hell, women my age all around me completely addicted to portraying a perfect and better than everyone life on social media, and seeing it sink claws into the mentally sick character, Ingrid, and watching her life spiral out of control because of it was just gloriously horror-ific! I loved it. I think about it every time I find myself sighing over perfect insta-lives and wishing I had a perfect insta-life myself! I guess we can all watch this and take it as an ounce of prevention, though the ending might not be for everyone."

Director: Matt Spicer

Writers: David Branson SmithMatt Spicer

Stars: Aubrey PlazaElizabeth OlsenO'Shea Jackson Jr.

Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unstable young woman with a checkered past of obsessive behavior. She secretly moves to Los Angeles to befriend Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) - an Instagram "influencer" with a fabulous artist boyfriend, a camera-ready terrier, and an array of new products and brands to promote to her followers.

ONWARD! TO 2018 AND BEYOND...