Our TOP FILMS of 2017!
A few of our lovely writers have taken a look back at 2017 and compiled a list of their favourite films, horror or otherwise:
Top 5 Full-Length Films
Top Short Film
2017 has been another year of significant events and WTF moments that make you question reality. Thankfully cinema and horror cinema is at hand to both let us escape from the outside world and also reflect some of the problems with it. Most notably in two of the films on my list GET OUT and IT COMES AT NIGHT that highlight particular unsettling social situations and the divisive breakdown between members of society. GET OUT in particular being one of the breakout hits of the year and a great example of how genre cinema can be funny, terrifying but still highly intelligent. On top of that I’ve also included M.F.A. Again another particular topical spin on the often used rape revenge genre, that is cleverly skewering such often used tropes of that genre with an intelligent and stylish attack on the subject of rape in college campuses in America. I’ve also put into the list Julia Ducournau’s RAW which made my honourable mentions of 2016 list on UK HORROR SCENE, but after seeing it on its release back in April, the second viewing opened me up to this intelligent female fronted view of growing up pains, University life, body horror and cannibalism. A film that everyone should check out. HOUNDS OF LOVE has been added as this was a brilliant, intense and dark study of a serial killing couple in Australia, partly based on real events. I’ve also added some great fun horror flicks with the brilliant effects laden tribute to 80’s horror in THE VOID. BETTER WATCH OUT which is a blast of seasonal fun and which you can currently catch at your local multiplex and 68 KILL which is a wild, darkly comic tale of horrid people doing horrid things to other horrid people. As well as that I have given special mention to Darren Aronofsky’s headfuck of a film MOTHER!, and also MY FRIEND DAHMER, a brilliant unsettling slow burn adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name that looks at the teen years of one of America’s most well known serial killers.
There’s also a list of honourable mentions of films that almost made the list but are still excellent and need to be see. And for once I’ve also included a best TV series of the year mainly for the fact I wanted it to be TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN which has been once of the most original, confounding, visually stunning and confusing experiences on TV and is a testament to the fact that someone allowed David Lynch the money and time to craft such a unique TV event.
BEST FILMS OF 2017:
GET OUT (Jordan Peele, USA, 2017)
RAW ( Julia Ducournau, FRA/BEL, 2016)
THE VOID (Steven Kostanski/Jeremy Gillespie, CANADA, 2016)
HOUNDS OF LOVE (Ben Young, AUS, 2017)
IT COMES AT NIGHT (Trey Edward Shults, USA, 2017)
MOTHER! (Darren Aronofsky, USA, 2017)
BETTER WATCH OUT (Chris Peckover, USA/AUS, 2017)
M.F.A (Natalia Leite, USA, 2017)
68 KILL (Trent Haaga, USA, 2017)
MY FRIEND DAHMER (Marc Meyers, USA, 2017)
DIG TWO GRAVES, THE BLACKCOATS DAUGHTER (aka FEBRUARY), IT, FREEHOLD, RABBIT, MOHAWK, GERALDS GAME, BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
BEST TV SERIES OF 2017:
TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN (David Lynch/Mark Frost, USA, 2017)
WORST FILM OF THE YEAR:
THE MUMMY (Alex Kurtzman, USA, 2017)
Mr D’s Top 5 list can be found on his website right HERE. Check out PLENTY of other cool shit while you’re there!