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)**
DAVID PALAMARO (DIRECTOR - MURDER MADE EASY)
FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER
...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."
Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins)
Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins)
DANIEL LIMMER (DIRECTOR - EMMA)
FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - COLD HELL
The movie is an uncompromising serial killer flick set in the underground districts of Vienna that has both, thriller and horror elements...
ANDREW JD ROBINSON (WRITER, DIRECTOR - A WALK HOME ALONE)
FAVORITE HORROR FILM OF 2017 - GET OUT
"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!"
"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."
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.
"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
"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'."
"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